Please note that booking preferences will be honoured on a first come, first serve basis (upon receipt of a completed booking form and payment), and those booking by Friday 6th April will receive an early bird discount of 20% on accommodation only.

We need all bookings and payments in by 31st May.

This year we are bringing Learning with Nature Experiences to the gathering, with activities that inspire children and adults to connect to nature all around us.

We are also looking forward to the inspiring History Alive Workshops and the much in demand Musical and Rhythm get togethers and the super Talent Show!

We will be arranging daily meet ups for new or interested families, to have the opportunity to ask questions about the TUSLA registration process or any other Home Ed matters.

As always, there are options to suit everyone including camping, dormitory or private room accommodation; catering or self-catering.

We look forward to seeing you all there!

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However, day visitors are very welcome and can pay on the day.

Day rate

€15 for HEN member families

€20 for non-HEN member families.

Further information about the 2018 Gathering can be found below.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Natacha Weadick

Gathering Organiser

Download the HEN Gathering 2018 Schedule here!

Join our private HEN Gathering 2018 Facebook Group for all the latest news!


Perform-a-song Workshop, Mobile Planetarium, Science Workshop, History Show with Michael Moylan, Tie Dying, Bubble Workshop, Dungeons and Dragons, Football Skills, Arts and Crafts, Entertainment Show, Table Quiz and Campfire Singsong.


Guest Speakers, AGM, Massages, Educational Stands, Meditation/Mindfulness and Discussion panel on home ed and curricula

Download the HEN Gathering 2018 Schedule here!

Guest Speakers

Harriet Pattison will speak at our Gathering this June about her book, Rethinking Learning to Read which I think will be of great interest to lots of you. Harriet has been involved in home education personally and academically for the last 20 years. She has researched and written on many aspects of informal learning and wrote her doctoral thesis on learning to read at home. She is now particularly interested in the philosophy of home education. I’m sure she will have lots of wisdom to impart and we look forward to meeting her.

We are delighted that Robyn Steward will be speaking about autism at the upcoming gathering. Robyn is an autistic woman who speaks to parents and children about what it’s like to live as an autistic person. She will do a talk for parents on the Friday afternoon and one for younger people on the Saturday morning. You can check out her website to learn more:


There will be a display of work completed by home educated children/teenagers at our gathering in June. This includes (but not restricted to) projects, artwork, poetry, crafts, plants, models, pottery, etc. etc. etc. It would be great to have a large vibrant display, so please, start planning now and bring your work with you to the gathering so everyone else can see what you get up to.

Accommodation options

Accommodation consists of dorm rooms in the main house or camping for tents, caravans and camper vans within the grounds. Please note that electricity is not supplied to the camping pitches.

Both catering and self-catering options will be available.

See Prices for further details.

There are also a number of Bed & Breakfast Guesthouses available locally.

Prices for the HEN Gathering 2018


Full Weekend 

€30 HEN member families; €40 non-HEN member families.

Day rate

€15 for HEN member families; €20 for non-HEN member families.


Shared Dorm 

€6 per person per night (to a max. of €30 per family per night). Children under 3 go free.


€6 per person per night  (to a max. of €30 per family per night). Children under 3 go free.


Use of self-catering kitchen 

Please note that this facility will be available up to a maximum of 25 families, booked on a first come first served basis.

€10 per family.

Catering Options

Adult/12+ Catering – 3 days (Thursday – Sunday) 9 meals €40

Child Catering – 3 days (Thursday – Sunday) 9 meals €32

Adult/12+ Catering – 2 days (Friday – Sunday) 7 meals €33

Child Catering – 2 days (Friday – Sunday) 7 meals €26

One Day Adult/12+ – (4 consecutive meals) 4 meals €20

One Day Child – (4 consecutive meals) 4 meals €14