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.

There are several Permaculture related Courses happening each year at Crystal Waters.

Information changes regularly, so please check back for new Courses & Dates.

Upcoming Permaculture Courses or Workshops

The “Crystal Waters Co-Op” runs annual PDC Courses

2020: March 22 – April 3

The 2020 Permaculture Training Certificate Course – information here


Permaculture At Crystal Waters.

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 core 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, sustainability 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 basic aspects of Permaculture and there are other principles at play. 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 EcoCentre, Visitor’s Camping Area (EcoPark), 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.

Visit Permaculture & Gardens

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 is a designer of ecological communities and sustainable systems of international repute. Max is a respected and sought-after teacher in the disciplines of Permaculture and sustainable systems. His reputation is born of over 39 years of hands on experience and leadership in the design and implementation of practical, workable solutions to the challenges of sustainability. more

Max Lindegger

Crystal Waters Resident Permaculture Trainer

Robin Clayfield has spent the past 35 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
Morag Gamble and Evan Raymond are passionate permaculture designers and educators who love teaching and helping individuals, groups and communities to create abundant permaculture food gardens, and cultivate fantastic networks around food and edible gardening.