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Hello and Welcome 

Hello Wonderful Facilitators, Educators, Group Leaders and Interested People :)

This is a very quick eNewsletter so you have the dates for next year's events, info for the EcoVillage Film Festival happening in Maleny this Sunday and to ask for your support in our Crowd Funding campaign to raise funds to build a new entrance for The Sacred Union Labyrinth.        

Have a great few months, hopefully see you at Woodford Folk Festival, till next time,  Robin

Exciting Special Events with Special Guests
in March and May 2020

Starhawk from USA

Charlie McGee and Formidable Vegetable

Robin Clayfield, on behalf of Northey Street City Farm (and herself) has invited the much loved and respected author, activist, ritualist and Permaculture teacher Starhawk from the US to be our very special guest at the APC (Australasian Permaculture Convergence) and to also co-facilitate a 3 day and 3 night Social Permaculture in Action Immersion with Robin at Crystal Waters Permaculture Village.

Dates for the APC - 20th to 23rd April 2020

Dates for the Social Permaculture are 7th to 10th May

Poster and Link still to  come  :)

Robin's annual 'Dynamic Groups, Dynamic  Learning' Creative Teachers, Facilitators and Group Leadership Course at Crystal Waters Permaculture Village is fast approaching.

Dates - 15th to 20th March 2020

Immediately afterwards the absolutely fabulous, fantastic and frolicking Permaculture band 'Formidable Vegetable' will play at Crystal Waters for a night of fun and dancing. This will be their first ever appearance at Crystal Waters.

Date - 21st March 2020

We're Crowd Funding a New Entrance for The Sacred Union Labyrinth

 Please Support Us

The Sacred Union Labyrinth has been created in several different locations over its nine years since inception. Designed by Robin Clayfield, with a spark of inspiration from Mark Healy plus art and project design support by Rob Clark and Christine Clegg, this special Ceremonial Labyrinth has become an integral part of Woodford Folk Festival and The Planting Festival. It’s also been an ephemeral structure for weddings, events, retreats, celebrations, sacred ceremonies, gatherings and local community occasions.

At Woodford patrons enter through a stone wall type threshold to get away from the hustle and bustle of the festival precinct and make their way to walk the path to the heart, which is the Sacred Union Labyrinth.

Robin dreams of creating a new entrance that’s light and easy to erect. It will be able to be erected for weddings and functions in backyards, parks, gardens, wedding venues and even town and village centres across South East Queensland and beyond.

The design will utilise nine light weight plasma cut panels that lock together in a supporting structure. 

Robin’s fund raising via Pozible for the entrance which will cost $8000. Pledges for all of this amount are needed or they don’t get the money!!!! Knowing your love of Labyrinths, maybe you can support and receive a great reward in return.

May it support your new beginnings and visions for the future as well as the Labyrinths.

Here’s the link :)

Dynamic Groups, Dynamic Learning 6 Day Course at Crystal Waters
5th to 20th March 2020

Places are filling for Robin's annual Crystal Waters Teacher Training, Facilitators and Group Leadership Training for people from all  different industries and walks of life.

Robin has pioneered creative and interactive learning and facilitation methods around the world since the  late 80's. She has guided and mentored a whole generation of trainers and group leaders who now expand the edge of training and facilitation in Permaculture and many other fields globally. 

Offering this course in her home community of Crystal Waters is a highlight and enables the fullness of resources,a great venue and the very best cooks and local food yummyness to be present.

Here's the poster for the course. Please contact Robin for an emailed full size version.

the EcoVillage Voice
and the
EcoVillage Film  Festival

A new online magazine, Eco Village Voice, presents special events and the first is the Eco Village Film Festival in Maleny, QLD. This film festival celebrates the rise of sustainable communities aka "ecovillages" who are using appropriate technology to combat the effects of climate change, and are focus more on care for the planet than consumerism and are promoting a healthy lifestyle for the future of humanity. Separate website - 


Eco Village Voice is essentially an online magazine - global quarterly, local monthly. Our monthly ecovillage supplements, with Crystal Waters Ecovillage being the first, is a way for ecovillage residents to network and publicise their activities. It also integrates an independent social media platform for anyone interested in ecovillages and permaculture, or regeneration and sustainability, and more! See:

and Here's a Few Posts from the Last eNewsletter in Case You Missed Them

All are still relevant and worth repeating :)

Permaculture Women Pioneers



Documented by Robyn Francis for a conference presentation. She’s also here as a Pioneer but didn't put herself in the picture..

The Time of the Great Remembering

The Glasshouse Mountains on the Sunshine Coast, Qld, Australia 
with a beautiful rainbow tail illuminating the mountains and the misty plains.

“It is the time of the Great Remembering…

Remembering as humans that we are part of the Earth. Remembering our nature intelligence. Remembering we are part of a symbiotic and amazing ecosystem that bubbles and pulses with life. Yes, we have evolved beyond our hunter-gatherer roots, yet we can still purposefully gather all the tools, resources and companions to connect together for a healthy world. We are powerful, creative and co-creative beyond measure and we are a tiny speck in the web of life.

May each speck be a spark of illumination and remembering of our ancient roots and deeply intimate relationship with Earth and all beings… for a better world.” – Robin Clayfield

Read it here.

Delvin Solkinson’s Teachers
Notes Handbook


This wonderful collection of ideas, tips and information is the result of all Delvin’s notes from the numerous courses and workshops he’s participated in and especially what he’s gleaned from Robin Clayfield and Rowe Morrow. There’s also info from Looby Mcanamara and Robyn Frances. Well worth a read and available as a download for free. Access the notes here...

Permaculture Design Companion Book
by Jasmine Dale

Visit her 'Being Somewhere' Website to have a look at this fantastically useful book or to buy it. 

General info about the book..."This is a practical workbook to apply permaculture to your OWN project from start to finish. It is a step by step guide for integrating places and people, buildings and ecosystems." plenty of info, pages to view, testimonials etc on the website.  


3rd November
EcoVillage Film Festival

Maleny Community Centre
Robin as a Guest. Organised and hosted by Michael Ney.
Crystal Waters 30 Years on Film showing + others

23rd November
Crystal Waters EcoVillage Tour

hosted and organised by Northey Street City Farm
with Robin C as Tour Guide plus a visit and tour with Morag Gamble and Evan's Raymond's garden, Barry Goodman, Max Lindegger and more.

Here's the link to see more information or book.


December 2019/January 2020
The Sacred Union Labyrinth
at Woodford Folk Festival
with Robin and team facilitating Ceremony
Check out the festival here


Late February
Possible Hawaii Retreat
The Love Feast

Stay tuned and contact Robin if interested

MARCH 2020

March - Dates to be announced
Being Woman... Gathering

Camp Warrawee near Joiner, Nth West Brisbane Area.
Robin possibly involved Facilitating a workshop and part of the Ceremony team for the Opening and Closing Ceremony.
Click to see the website
Here's the poster from the 2019 gathering as a sample.


March 15th to 20th
Dynamic Groups, Dynamic Learning

6 Day Training at Crystal Waters Permaculture Village. South East Queensland.
Residential Course, Fully catered.
See Robin's website for more information

Here's the poster

March 21st Evening
Formidable Vegetable Music Gig

Crystal Waters EcoVillage
Organised and hosted by Robin
Poster and Booking Link still to come

March 22nd to April 3rd
Annual Crystal Waters PDC

Permaculture Design Course. 
Robin as guest presenter.
See the info on the website here

APRIL 2020

Annual April Camp - 14th to 18th April
Journey's to Manhood Camp

at The Rock Via Summerset, SE Qld. Rite of Passage for Teenage Boys. Robin working with the Mum's. Run by Powerhouse Programs. 
Click here to see the website

19th April
APC (Australasian Permaculture Festival)

Northey Street City Farm
All day with workshops
Here's the website link

20th to 23rd April
APC (Australasian Permaculture Convergence)

Hosted by Northey Street City Farm
at Redlands Bay
Here's the website link

23rd to 28th April
Tours of Crystal Waters, Green Harvest and Yandina Community Garden plus Noosa Permaculture site as part of APC

Organised by Robin and others.
Stay tuned for details


1st to 3rd May
The Sacred Union Labyrinth at
The Planting Festival

with Robin and Friends offering Ceremony
Here's the link to the festival website

7th to 10th May
Social Permaculture in Action

with Starhawk and Robin Clayfield
At Crystal Waters Permaculture EcoVillage
Stay tuned for poster and event booking details


10th to12th July
Qld Garden Expo

Robin has a stall here


12th and 13th September
Social Permaculture Weekend

with Robin and Erin Young
Stay tuned for details

17th to 20th September (to be confirmed)
The Joining Retreat

Springbrook Mountain

29th September to 3rd October
Journey's to Manhood Camp - Annual September Camp 

at The Rock Via Summerset, SE Qld. Rite of Passage for Teenage Boys. Robin working with the Mum's. Run by Powerhouse Programs. 
Click here to see the website


Crystal Waters Village Markets
First Saturday of each month. 8am to 2pm

(No Dogs or cats please). Robin will set up with her stall in February 2019 and most markets in the early months of 2019.
Visit the Website


  • Creative Facilitation
  • Programming and Session Planning Review and Revamp
  • Group, Business, Project and Event Start Ups and Visioning
  • Permaculture and Social Permaculture Design
  • Self Publishing
  • Life Design
Book with Robin to suit your schedule.  OR, receive a one hour consultancy every three months (among other rewards) if you join Robin on Patreon at the $50 a month reward tier.

Tours of Crystal Waters Permaculture EcoVillage.
Book with Robin for either of several options.

  • 1.5 hour general tour
  • 2.5 hours offering a more extensive personally designed tour that expands on the general tour and can include a special focus on either Building Design, Garden Design, Bamboo Farm and Businesses or Social Permaculture 
  • 20 minute Village Introduction

Online Social Permaculture Workshops
Beginning in 2020 hopefully and ongoing through Sustainable Living Guide. See their Website and keep an eye out for Robin's presentations.


Erin Young's eNewsletter - Thriving People, Better World
with a free link to 'An Insiders Guide to  Sociocracy'
Have a look here

Savour Soil PDC
(Permaculture Design Course)
11th Aug. to 24th Nov.

with Michael Wardle
at Laidley, Qld
Robin doing one day on Social Permaculture Plus... 
on 10th November.
Here's the link to the website

Delvin Solkinson's Fantastic New Version of
Permaculture Design Core Concepts Cards 
from Dew Permaculture in Canada

Here's the Link for a free download

and the Design Deck

Plus Delvins' Visionary Permaculture Design latest eNewsletter

and the issue before with links to the Teachers Notes which Robin's work is featured in.
"Profoundly grateful to Robin Clayfield, a treasured teacher and magical mentor. She is at the heart of my permaculture design work and the source inspiration for much of my teaching methods and the Permaculture Design Deck." Delvin


Natures Apprentice
The most wonderful body of work and eNewsletter
Here's the eNews link


Permaculture Australia Membership

Here's the link to join
Australia's Permaculture Magazine

The Change Agency
Click to see latest e-news
They have all kinds of great info and links here.
See their website

'Dynamic Groups, Dynamic Learning' YouTube Clip: Robin explains the methodology with the Magician jig saw puzzle to help her. Nearly 9000 views. 

 Watch it Here

Also see one of the Gaiacraft clips recorded in the UK in 2015.
Robin's Dynamic Groups and Creative Facilitation

With thanks to Dana Wilson, Delvin Solkinson and the Gaiacraft/Visionary Permaculture team.

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