Permaculture

A design system based on the common sense principles of nature and often used to design gardens, landscapes, buildings and even social systems.

‘Dynamic Groups’ at Lebensgarten EcoVillage in Northern Germany

Robin was delighted to re-visit Lebensgarten after 19 years and be hosted by the amazing 82 year old Declan Kennedy for her ‘Dynamic Groups, Dynamic Learning’ course and then have some gentle time off for a few days, including witnessing a ‘Global Water Dance’ and receiving a visit from Queensland friend Kestral who’s now living in Netherlands. Lebensgarten is one of the original three EcoVillages that started off the GEN (Global EcoVillage Network) along with Crystal Waters Permaculture Village, (Robin’s home in South East Queensland) and The Farm in Tennessee. One of the ‘Glue’ aspects of the 32 year old …

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Thanks from Permaculture Mediterranea

by Mandy Merklein 9/6/17 on FaceBook A big thank you to Robin Clayfield for her time here on Mallorca, six workshops, PDC support, over 60 participants and sharing loads of information and materials on dynamic groups, decision-making and facilitation! In addition we shared fun, gardening, sailing, sunsets, garden meals and inspiring stories. Thanks to all the workshop participants for your creative involvement, and to Ana Digon for your amazing translation, and Miquel Ramis of Artifex Balear for co-hosting. And thanks to the PermaMed and Escola Kumar team and Bruce and Elias Robson for your support! Robin left us with lots …

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Braziers Park in UK – A Group Work Experiment

An invitation from the Education Team at Braziers Park Community enticed Robin to the experimental group work and social research community in South Oxfordshire for four days. This completed her stay in UK. Members were interested to participate in a ‘Dynamic Decision Making’ one day workshop and Robin also encouraged some community cross pollination by giving a presentation about ‘Crystal Waters Permaculture Village’ on her last evening there. The community is housed in a small Gothic style castle, quite an extraordinary building that was originally a farm house built in 1688 and extended with the Gothic turret type wings in …

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UK Adventure Begins Tour of Europe

Robin’s seven country ‘Dynamic Groups’ course tour began in the UK at The Sustainability Centre in Hampshire in mid May. The centre is an educational trust and offers facilities and experiences for adult workshops, school tours and a diversity of learning opportunities, volunteering and ways to be involved. Half the property is a natural burial ground where people are laid to rest in a simple earth friendly way. Such a beautiful thing to witness. The centre is also home to a delicious vegetarian cafe and Permanent Publication, a book publisher and producer of the UK Permaculture Magazine, a very quality …

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Interview with Robin on International Women & Permaculture Site

Robin will be a speaker in the wonderfully crafted Regenepreneurs Interview Series! The host, Karryn Olson-Ramanujan*, created this series to highlight women leaders in Permaculture and shed light on the entrepreneurial skills that help us thrive in our regenerative right livelihoods. The interview will be live on Friday April 21st 6pm EDT in the U.S. (UTC-4), which is Saturday April 22nd at 8am in Australia (UTC+10). Please mark your calendars, because if you attend the live interview, she will answer your questions about her approach to thriving in her work. If you can’t attend at that time, the recording will be available …

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Bruns Ecovillage ‘Village Development Program’ is Dynamic

by Erin Young The Brus Ecovillage ‘Village Development Program’ (VDP) guides 120 people through Ecovillage design education for five weekends over 12 months.  As part of the facilitation team currently bringing this potent curriculum to an enthusiastic group of future Ecovillage residents, it has not only felt natural but also very necessary to utilise ‘Dynamic Groups’ processes to support the content to be fully conveyed and received. Small group work is an effective way to navigate a group of this size to support the intention for robust individual and group engagement.  Grouping processes have been essential, energising, and connective.  The …

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