About Us

Sean & Helen with Terry Prone (centre) of The Communications Clinic at Roscommon Lamb Festival 2010

The Butler Farm in Tavanagh converted to organic methods back in 2004 at a time when animal health issues were rising and the only solution being actively promoted was the ever-increasing use of medicines. Having experimented on a small scale we discovered that a reduction in stock numbers and a return to more natural farming methods created a less stressful environment for the animals, resulting in healthier and more content livestock which produced better quality, healthier meat. An unexpected benefit for us was a more relaxed and stress-free farming experience and during this time we developed our interest in alternative therapies. Reiki, reflexology and life-coaching are now available on the farm.

We have seen the benefits of this lifestyle change for ourselves and want to share it with others and so, Hillside Organic & Holistic Farm was created. Here on the farm there is the opportunity to reconnect with the earth by growing healthy, organic food on an allotment.

Hillside Organic & Holistic Farm is a family friendly environment – children are welcome on the allotments and we’ll do everything we can for everyone to have an enjoyable gardening experience.


Sean is the 5th generation of the Butler family to farm the land here in Tavanagh. After leaving school in 1976, he studied in Mountbellew Agriculture College and has been farming here since. He’s an avid sheep shearer having won several competition awards over the years and shearing every summer on a contract basis.

After converting the farm to organic methods Sean went on to study Reiki, Reflexology and Shamanic Healing and practices these therapies here at Hillside Farm.


Helen has spent over 30 years working in different roles with people as her focus. Empowering people to be the best that they can be is her passion and through her coaching she works with her clients to bring positive change to their lives.
From her commitment to lifelong learning Helen believes that every day brings a new opportunity and boundless possibility.

Helen is a qualified youth worker and trainer and also holds a Diploma in Personal and Business Coaching. Her passion for people is visible through the diversity of services she has helped set up and her involvement in community activities and voluntary work.

Helen delivers both adult and youth coaching.

  • News

    • 11 Oct 2017
      Organic Trust AGM
      Sunday 8th October saw us visiting Rock Farm in Slane, Co
    • 9 Sep 2017
      What a trip!
      Exhausted, sunburned and bubbling with excitement, we departed Solta on a 5am ferry to start the trek home after an amazing week! Work done, new friendships made and a beautiful country visited! The four groups (Ireland x2, Italy and Croatia) shared accommodation in a former military camp on the island of Solta, just off the coast from Split
    • 3 Aug 2017
      Sweat Lodge with Erica Gagnon
      A first for Hillside Farm! Canadian Ceremonial Leader & Wisdom Keeper Erica Gagnon will facilitate a Sweat Lodge here on the farm on Thursday 21 September at 7pm
    • 14 Jul 2017
      Exciting Workshop - The Secret of Me
      Self-mastery coach Epp Adler will deliver a 3 hour workshop here on the farm on Thursday 24 August at 6pm
    • 13 Jul 2017
      Climate Change People Change
      We head off to the Croatian island of Solta on Sunday next, 24th July for a 7 day adventure with our 6 young people, joining forces with young people from Italy, Croatia and another Irish group from Leitrim! Our partners are Good Energies Alliance from Leitrim, DOOR from Croatia and Legambiente from Italy - all environmental organisations
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