The Sacred Union Labyrinth at Woodford Folk Festival, Qld

Woodford Folk festival attracts 120,000 visitors over a six day period from 27th December to 1st January each year. For three years running Robin has coordinated and enjoyed immensely participating in creating ‘The Sacred Union Labyrinth’ as an art instillation and community ceremony space.

Photographed in the Sacred Union Labyrinth during the 2015-16 Woodford Folk Festival near Woodford, Queensland, Australia.
The Sacred Union Labyrinth

It takes weeks of gathering materials, a full week to construct and one and a half days to return to nature at the end. Much maintenance is required to keep the space fresh and beautiful throughout the festival for literally thousands of people to walk. Four sacred ceremonies are held, where participants walk the Labyrinth to live music. The ceremonies are facilitated by Robin, Mark Healy, Christine Clegg, Stephane Cazard and Rob Clark.

The Sacred Union Labyrinth at Woodford Folk Festival with Robin Clayfield and Rob Clark
Robin Clayfield and Rob Clark walking The Sacred Union Labyrinth

Robin is deeply honoured to share her design with the world in this expansive and supported way and acknowledges Mark for his spark of inspiration, Rob for his co-dreaming of the project and stunning sign and visual art and Christine and Stephane for bringing their creativity and flair and being such a big part of the innovative team of 15 people that crafts such beauty and sanctuary.

The journey promises to continue into future festivals and you can follow the documentation of the journey on the dedicated FaceBook page for The Sacred Union labyrinth. Click here to like the page

The Sacred Union Labyrinth at Woodford Folk Festival
Making the Labyrinth Paths in the First Ceremony

The Labyrinth’s lead musician Andy Copeman has recently written an instrumental piece called ‘Labyrinth’ inspired by the Woodford ceremonies. He has produced a stunning video track, accompanied by footage his partner Laurel Heffron took in Ceremony in the Labyrinth at last year’s festival. Click here to view and listen

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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