Sourdough Course Level 1

Course details:

This course is suitable for beginners as well as for people who have some experience baking sourdough bread. It is a thorough and fundamental introduction to sourdough baking.

  • 8 places, €125 per person, 11am-6pm, 1-day course

Price includes:

  • A delicious vegetarian lunch made with organic, fresh, local ingredients.
  • Organic/Fair Trade tea and coffee served throughout the day.
  • Fresh sourdough starter to bring home with you.
  • A selection of breads you have baked yourself to bring home with you.


  • Saturdays – 22nd July 2023 (places available), 29th July 2023 (places available), 19th August 2023, 26th August 2023 (places available), 30th September 2023 (places available), 7th October (places available), 11th November 2023 (places available)

  • Tuesdays – 25th July (places available), 15th August (places available), 19th September 2023 (places available), 17th October 2023 (places available)

You will learn:

  • how to make flavoursome and highly nutritious wheat and rye sourdough breads
  • how to start and maintain a rye sourdough starter
  • how to manage the fermentation and flavour of your doughs
  • how to blend flours to create different flavours in your breads
  • how to incorporate Irish grains and flours into your baking
  • how to maximise the nutritional benefits and digestibility of sourdough breads

You will bring home with you a full set of course notes, selection of breads you have baked yourself, fresh sourdough starter and the confidence to bake real bread at home!

Please see terms and conditions here.


“Over the course of a day we learned a vital life skill, and picked up tips about every aspect of the process of making bread. The nine people attending the course were made up of beginners, bread-makers and bakers, and everybody went away with an increased skillset and an understanding not only of how to bake bread, but armed also with a new insight into community, agriculture, and the well-being of the planet.The course is very good value for money, and classes are small. You really learn deeply here in Riot Rye, and you’ll be so glad you chose to take a class in Cloughjordan.”


Sally McKenna, McKenna Guides

“Joe Fitzmaurice, baker extraordinaire in Cloughjordan, Ireland, is the godfather of sourdough in Ireland. Take a sourdough course with Joe and a few of your pals. It’s the best money you’ll spend this year!”

Susan J White

“A huge thank-you to Joe and Julie for their hospitality on their Sourdough Course. I highly recommend this course as Joe is a master sourdough baker who is passionate about the ethos behind feeding people with nutritious, healthy, well balanced, organic food. Thank-you!”

Peter, Newry

“Joe is so knowledgeable and kind with his time. He gave us a great understanding of the fermentation process and how to get the best nutritional value and digestibility from your bread. For anyone wanting to increase their knowledge whether beginner or amateur baker this course is for you. We travelled from Dublin for the day and I have to say it was well worth it. And its great craic too!”

Elysia, Dublin

“Thank you for a really wonderful day in your beautiful bake-house. The course was fascinating and inspiring and the lunch absolutely delicious. I was also delighted to become acquainted with the Ecovillage. I’d heard much about Cloughjordan over the years but never been there, so your introduction to the project, Julie, was most welcome. I used to be a historian and a long time ago I wrote about the history of the co-operative movement in Ireland. The poet, painter and co-operative organiser, George Russell had a vision of how he would like to see villages in Ireland evolve which is quite close to what you are achieving. I’m sure he would be thrilled to know that his dreams haven’t died.”

Carla, Shillelagh

“I did a one day course with Joe and it was excellent. Really enjoyed the day, the people, the food, the bread making, the oven and everything else! Been making sourdough bread regularly ever since. We make more bread than we buy now, for sure!”

David, Kilkenny

“Fantastic day baking along with my hubby and daughter last Saturday..just baked our first Common Loaves this evening. Thanks guys for sharing the love of good wholesome bread”

Maureen, Mayo