CRYSTAL WATERS PERMACULTURE VILLAGE

30/09/2013     WWOOFing in a Community

Some time ago I had the great experience of being a WWOOF (www.wwoof.com.au) host for a number of years.  So I was really looking forward to the opportunity of doing the reverse and being a WWOOFer.  If you don’t know what a WWOOFer is, please go to their website and you can read all about it.  I am also very interested in alternative communities, and there being a number around Nambour it was an ideal opportunity to visit and experience life as a WWOOFer.   I had a good look in the WWOOF book, picked out Crystal Waters because it sounded pretty, and chose a host that was a woman who was very involved in permaculture and woman’s issues – this looked like the one for me.  Luckily she was happy to have me on short notice, so up to Maleny I drove and out to Crystal Waters.  (crystalwaters.org.au)  There is a lot of information about Crystal Waters on their website, so I am not going to repeat it all.

Robin Clayfield (www.dynamicgroups.com.au) made me very welcome in her lovely home.  As part of her business ventures she gives guided tours of the whole community – Crystal Waters Tours with Robin Clayfield. Short Village tours, whole Eco-Village tours with either a general, Permaculture garden, or building design focus, sustainability and Permaculture education tours, school and group tours. All tours are suited to your needs, interests and timeframe.   I was really lucky because Robin had a tour organized during the time I was with her, so I was able to go with her and have a good look around the community.

The back of the bakery at Crystal Waters showing the evacuated hot water system in particular.

The back of the bakery at Crystal Waters showing the evacuated hot water system in particular.

The bakery from a different angle, it is set on the village green where the community hold their monthly markets.

The bakery from a different angle, it is set on the village green where the community hold their monthly markets.

Eco Dome House at Crystal Waters

Eco Dome House at Crystal Waters

Passive Solar House

Passive Solar House

Sod Roof House

Sod Roof House

House built on sustainable princples showing permaculture garden. See next picture for continuation of housee.

House built on sustainable principles showing permaculture garden. See next picture for continuation of house.

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The view from the verandah of this beautiful house.

The view from the verandah of this beautiful house.

After the buildings, we had a look at a five acre block that has been used to farm bamboo. It certainly grows well in this area, as do the kangaroos, they were everywhere and not afraid of people, a pretty sight, but they probably cause problems for gardeners.

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Can you see the feet or tail of the joey in the pouch?

Can you see the feet or tail of the joey in the pouch?

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Thin bamboo

Thin bamboo

This species is yellow with green rings, very decorative, and used as such by the Chinese.

This species is yellow with green rings, very decorative, and used as such by the Chinese.

All members of the community buy an acre of land which is theirs to do with as they wish.  I slept in a delightful cabin, nestled among bamboo planted on Robin’s acre, the whole front of the cabin was glass looking out onto rainforest, early morning brought all the calls of various  birds and even for me it was impossible to stay in bed with such a dawn chorus.

The cabin I slept in from the front.

The cabin I slept in from the front.

View of cabin from further up the block.

View of cabin from further up the block.

This is the view from the front window of the cabin.

This is the view from the front window of the cabin.

View along side of Robin's house showing raised vegetable gardens and herb gardens.

View along side of Robin’s house showing raised vegetable gardens and herb gardens.

Showing Robin's house from the side, the vegetation is so lush that it is difficult to get a picture that really shows the building.

Showing Robin’s house from the side, the vegetation is so lush that it is difficult to get a picture that really shows the building.

Another attempt to photograph the house, but at least you can see the garden.

Another attempt to photograph the house, but at least you can see the garden.

All too soon Saturday arrived, the day I am leaving.  It is also the first Saturday of the month, so it is Community Market day.  I have had a great time here, would have liked to stay longer but it just didn’t suit at the moment.

Crystal Waters Community Market

Crystal Waters Community Market

Robin's little business headquarters during the market.

Robin’s little business headquarters during the market.

Robin and I outside her business building.

Robin and I outside her business building.

Another part of the market

Another part of the market

Community Gardens situated alongside the village area where the market is held.

Community Gardens situated alongside the village area where the market is held.

All in all a great first experience at WWOOFing and it will certainly not be the last.

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2 thoughts on “CRYSTAL WATERS PERMACULTURE VILLAGE

  1. Chris and Bruce

    Looks lovely and peaceful. Some great photos.

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