Hans and Gaby Weiland have always been ahead of the curve. They were into organics before everyone else. They were into foraging before everyone else. They were into cheesemaking before (almost) everyone else. They were into fermentation before Sandor Katz was out of short pants.
And the amazing thing is, they stay ahead of the curve. Just look at the array of courses designed for 2013 in The Organic Centre, in Leitrim. You can learn about grains, breads and sourdough. Master your polytunnel. Learn how to propagate fruit trees, explore woodlands, explore fermentation, build a reed bed; master living off the grid, and brew your own beer, amidst a myriad of other skills. Gifted lecturers and instructors take you to where you want to be.
So, if the state of the country is getting you down, resolve to get the skills that will allow you to make your own part of the country as good as it can be. A national treasure, for sure.