Common Ground is an education, retreat and  therapy centre based on a farm in Northern Ireland.  It is a not-for-profit Community Interest Company.  The core activities are rooted in nature, in the landscape of Co Fermanagh and its ecosystems. These include horticulture therapy, ecotherapy, indoor therapies including counselling and psychotherapy, creative arts, professional training, and courses.  We will be teaching people how to grow food whilst actively supporting biodiversity. Before you proceed to the rest of the site please take time to read the poem.

Common Ground

No matter how many walls we build
fences we stretch across this landscape –
No matter how many names we speak
against the others to make them different, wrong –

Each of us was born from the soil of this land
to breathe the same air, drink the same water –

We share one sky – our lingering looks at changing clouds
and the pattern they cast on the hills we call home –

And in the folds of these valleys,
the woods, fields, hedgerows,
daily conversation of wren, robin and blackbird
is broadcast to anyone who cares to stop, to listen –

From dawn to dusk sunlight is offered equally,
our shadows stretch and withdraw at the same rate –

At night we turn our faces upwards,
enter the shared wonder of the stars –

You point to the plough – I nod in agreement.
The moon invites us all to the freedom of our dreams.
When the wind blows from the east everyone feels the chill
and as rain falls there is no law to say whose field gets wet –

The ground receives your hayseed and mine equally,
makes no specific promise based upon the creed I speak
or the colour of your skin.

In life the earth receives our blood and tears without question.
In death it embraces our bones without favour.

©Robbie Breadon

To get a taste of Common Ground – have a look at this slideshow. This is a wonderful combination of the words and voice of Bianca Fachel, the guitar playing of Djamen and images from the farm in the Spring of 2015.

You can support Common Ground by (in order of priority):

  1. registering interest for any of the courses, services and workshops;
  2. commenting on any page;
  3. making a donation either through this site or at Localgiving.com;
  4. spreading the word to your networks using the buttons provided.

Thanks for all the kind comments on the poem: please do go on to register and comment on other pages too!

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56 thoughts on “

  1. Henry Keys

    The photography is brilliant and does the farm justice, not to mention the river. The poem resonates for me in that it emphasises our common humanity which transcends our divisions and prejudices. May Common Ground go from strength to strength.

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    1. commongroundni Post author

      Dear Henry
      Thanks for you lovely comment and for your support. We hope to see you on the farm again soon. RB

      Reply
  2. Josephine Keohane

    Beautiful poem Robbie, wholesome, grounding and thought provoking, the video is beautiful also, I would hope to visit you at Common Ground sometime.
    I will share on my social media site. Best wishes, Josephine

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    1. commongroundni Post author

      Hi Josephine – thanks for visiting the site and for your comments. We look forward to welcoming you to Common Ground.
      Thanks also for the support on other channels. RB X

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  3. HIlary Prentice

    Much appreciation for the clarity, integrity and brilliance of your vision. I think just such a centre is exactly what the world badly needs, and will support the healing of our world and the gradual development of a saner human presence on our beautiful planet. I wish you all success, and imagine that many others will be inspired by your vision and go on to develop other such centres whereever they may be. Salut!

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    1. commongroundni Post author

      Dear Hilary – thanks for you support and affirmation. It would be amazing if others are inspired
      to do this elsewhere. Robbie x

      Reply

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