The rural economies in the twelve pilots of the PoliRural project are characterized by their own challenges and dynamics. To illustrate the diversity and complexity of the rural economies in the twelve PoliRural pilots, case studies on new entrants and new activities in the twelve PoliRural pilots are gathered. The case studies on new entrants and new activities in the twelve PoliRural pilots are available on the Best Practice Atlas and are interesting examples from practice that are fully or partially transferable to other regions or serve as inspiration for partners in the value chain.
A good example is the one from Monaghan: Siolta Chroi Co-operative Society Ltd, which is an environmental education and retreat centre, formed in October 2020 at an old farm in County Monaghan. They are a collective of educators, environmental activists and holistic practitioners who work together to bring opportunities to people in Ireland for deepening their connection with ourselves and wider nature through courses, workshops, retreats and projects. They carry out training and deep group work to help people explore their own selves and relationship with wider nature, they offer courses on and advocate for regenerative and resilient food systems, and they carry out ecosystem restoration work on the island of Ireland.