Crystal Waters was designed around Permaculture ideas during 1989, with it’s layout of the land, dams and waterways being important aspects. A number of current residents of Crystal Waters continue to work with Permaculture and related principles of harmony with the land and wildlife, ecologically built housing and organic food production. Crystal Waters also hosts Permaculture workshops and other events that educate and demonstrate the principles in practice. Please contact us for information on upcoming events.
Upcoming Permaculture Courses or Workshops
The Crystal Waters Co-Op runs annual PDC Courses
April 23 – May 5, 2017
Permaculture by Design
“A method based on old ideas, Permaculture is not a dogma, but it has fixed ethics. Permaculture is not one person’s way only, but follows the expanding paths of many. Permaculture is not just local, it is worldwide. Permaculture is not stationary, it is growing in its fullest sense. Permaculture is not back to nature, but it uses natural methods. Permaculture is not organic gardening alone, but it includes it. Permaculture doesn’t happen, it is designed“ (Barry Goodman). Permaculture has its basis in PERMA nent agri CULTURE but it has bearing on all aspects of culture, as the land is our natural heritage. The origins of the two words are “to remain” and “to care”.
From this came the three ethics of Permaculture. We care for the earth
- All living and non-living things; animals, plants, water, land, air.
We care for people
- Promoting self-reliance and community responsibilities
We disperse that which is surplus to our needs
- Distribution of surplus labour, information, money, skills.
Where’s the Permaculture?
Permaculture is about design, and the efficient and productive use of land while taking care of the earth. Permaculture looks at the incredible diversity of plant and wildlife, the intricacies of eco-systems with their natural checks and balances and uses this knowledge to create a sustainable way of life.
Examples of principles used in the design are:
- The balance of the hydrology was maintained, ensuring that the quality and quantity of the water downstream has not been negatively affected by Crystal Waters’ development.
- 17 dams were created and are multi-purpose –
- increasing the ‘edge’,
- providing access for traffic from ridge to ridge,
- opportunities for aquaculture, climate moderation, recreation, beauty and habitat.
- They provide a flood mitigation strategy; as they absorb runoff and the overflow is directed into the Mary River and Kilcoy Creek via specially placed swales.
- They are also a source of emergency water.
- Re-use and recycle are two catchcrys of Permaculture. Evidence of this philosophy can be seen all around Crystal Waters, in the overall design and in individual lots. There has been a consciousness change towards human waste. It is not seen as someone else’s problem but as a resource.
- A long term sustainable approach is taken, particularly with regard to forestry. Trees have been planted with the intention that they provide habitat and moderate environmental extremes, as well as various timber end uses.
- Buildings make extensive use of renewable materials such as earth and wood, with particular emphasis on solar passive design.
- The multiple usage of land. Crystal Waters can now accommodate up to 300 people, 83 home gardens. The best land has been set aside for agriculture, the steeper areas for forestry, recreation and natural habitat.
- Zoning can be seen on individual lots, but also in the overall design.
- The public face of the village is placed in Zone 1, and all are Welcome here. This is The Village Green, The Deck & Kitchen, The Bakery, Gaia Healing Centre and other Businesses are also part of this zone.
- Zone 2 incorporates the Visitor’s Camping Area (VCA) and the Community House/Training Centre, where visitors come for short term stays and to take part in courses.
- Zone 3 contains the residential, agricultural and habitat areas, and visitors need to be invited here.
The Ethos Foundation, run by Morag Gamble, has an ongoing range of Courses & Workshops on topics related to Permaculture and living sustainably, including Programmes for Children of all ages. Website. Facebook page here.
There are quite a number of people in Crystal Waters Village who are actively involved in Permaculture and some Properties can be experienced by appointment. For information on organised Tours of Crystal Waters and it’s Permaculture, please check The Tours info.
Crystal Waters Resident Permaculture Trainer
Max Lindegger’s website at Ecological Solutions
Crystal Waters Resident Permaculture Trainer
Robin Clayfield has spent the past 30 years working, playing and interacting in groups in various capacities… Since 1990 she has been facilitating and creating one and two week intensive residential courses, Training Teachers, Guiding Women’s Weekends, Designing and Leading Empowerment and Visioning sessions (for Community Groups, Businesses and Individuals), Lobbying Governments & Councils, Chairing Meetings, Presenting at Conferences and Festivals, as well as Living, Working and Sharing with others in Community – all in a spirit of empowerment, creativity, joy and holistic growth and learning.
Robin’s main website is Dynamic Groups
Crystal Waters Resident Permaculture Trainers
Discover more at their website at SeedInternational.com.au