Social permaculture, Robin Clayfield, Starhawk
Looby, Starhawk, Robina and Robin. pioneers of Social Permaculture

Social Permaculture Expanding Across the Globe

Social Permacxulture, Robin Clayfield, Starhawk
Facilitating a Session on the Social permaculture Course UK

Being part of the five person facilitation team for the Social Permaculture course in the UK was a major highlight of Robin’s whole year. Months of planning and Skype meetings across five countries saw the group find their flow and direction together and create the bones of the program. The Sustainability Centre in Hampshire was the perfect Permaculture venue and many people camped and enjoyed the surrounding woods. Here’s a few definitions of Social Permaculture by some of the facilitators.


  • “Preparing people to step into positions of power and leadership
  • “Social Permaculture is creating new sets of principles and guidelines for groups”
  • The art of social permaculture and facilitating groups is to be aware on as many levels as possible of what is happening under the surface
  • The goal of social permaculture is to bring tools and skills to communities impacted by the most destruction or do not have access”

Robin Clayfield

Social permaculture, Robin Clayfield, Starhawk
Looby, Starhawk, Robina and Robin. pioneers of Social Permaculture
  • “Social Permaculture supports people care and healthy group culture and uses our Permaculture principles and applies them to social design and social situations”

Looby Macnamara

  • “Social permaculture is about design, principles and ethics
  • Relating things specifically to this
  • How we can use a design framework that is specifically catered to people based designs”

Robina McCurdy

  • “Social Permaculture is the application of Permaculture Principles to the design of

sustainable social systems, for the creation a healthy, well-functioning society where all can thrive”

Click here to see the booklet produced from course materials and photos. Acknowledgements follow.

It’s Title is – Exploring Social Permaculture

Delvin’s Words – “Social Permaculture is a new wave of activism and inspiration pouring forth from permeable edges of the Permaculture Movement. Those surfing the wave of this evolution can cast an eye towards a hopeful future where all beings and things are cared for. It’s up to each of us to make a personal commitment and dedication to play our own part in co-creating the harmonic and healthy future, helping take Social Permaculture beyond the edge and into ‘the everything’.”

Collaborative Design – Dana S Wilson, Delvin Solkinson, Kym Chi, Annaliese Hordern

Source Code –

Looby Macnamara

Social Permaculture, Robin Clayfield, Robinba McCurdy
Story Telling on Social Permaculture Course UK

Robin Clayfield


Robina McCurdy

Peter Cow

Photos – Dana Wilson

Text – Delvin Solkinson

Thanks to All Course Participants

Created on Location – The Sustainability Centre

Click here to watch the musical slide show made by Dana Wilson, Delvin Solkinson and the Gaiacraft team

Since returning to Australia Robin facilitated a one day workshop on Social Permaculture in Melbourne and will offer a weekend Social Permaculture workshop with Robina McCurdy on 10th and 11th September when she’s over from NZ. Stay tuned to Robin’s website and FaceBook wall for details or express interest by emailing Robin. Click here.

About Robin Clayfield

Robin Clayfield is an international teacher, facilitator and author who is passionate about healthy groups, organisations and communities, their structures and governance and most importantly, their facilitation and group dynamics. She presents and consults all around the world to support global health, well-being and whole systems change through using Permaculture, Social Permaculture and ‘Dynamic Groups’ methodology. Robin is a Permaculture Pioneer and Elder who has lived at Crystal Waters Permaculture Eco-Village in SE Queensland, Australia since 1988. Her books and resources include ‘You Can Have Your Permaculture and Eat It Too’, ‘The New Permaculture Principles Card Game’, ‘The Creative Community Governance and Decision Making Resource Kit’ and the ‘Creative Process Wild Cards’. She is also the co-auther (with Skye in 1995) of ‘The Manual for Teaching Permaculture Creatively’ plus several resources and card games for teachers and facilitators.

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