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  1. Permaculture: Principles and Pathways beyond Sustainability
    Permaculture: Principles and Pathways beyond Sustainability
    Permaculture: Principles and Pathways beyond Sustainability
    Permaculture: Principles and Pathways beyond Sustainability
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  2. Permaculture: Principles and Pathways beyond Sustainability

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David Holmgren brings into sharper focus the powerful and still evolving Permaculture concept he pioneered with Bill Mollison in the 1970s. It draws together and integrates 25 years of thinking and teaching to reveal a whole new way of understanding and action behind a simple set of design principles. The 12 design principles are each represented by a positive action statement, an icon and a traditional proverb or two that captures the essence of each principle.

Holmgren draws a correlation between every aspect of how we organize our lives, communities and landscapes and our ability to creatively adapt to the ecological realities that shape human destiny. For students and teachers of Permaculture this book provides something more fundamental and distilled than Mollison's encyclopedic Designers Manual. For the general reader it provides refreshing perspectives on a range of environmental issues and shows how permaculture is much more than just a system of gardening. For anyone seriously interested in understanding the foundations of sustainable design and culture, this book is essential reading. Although a book of ideas, the big picture is repeatedly grounded by reference to Holmgren's own place, Melliodora, and other practical examples.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

I wanted to love this book but I felt it was so hard to read. Very creative and deep thinking but unless you have a pretty good understanding of permaculture this book might just fly by your head. I had a hard time understanding some examples when it was describing David's native Australian countryside. Also it felt like it was a jumble of notes compiled together. Sort of reminded me of Bruce Lee's Tao of JKD. They try and categorize each section into the Permaculture principles but there is so much jumping around and reconnect I lose sight on what that section is focusing on.

Lots of run on sentences that were really wordy. I had to read over many things two to three times to try to wrap my head around things. You really need to be focused to take in the information in this book. It does show how permaculture is a diverse web of interactions both on an ecological and principle level. But if you studied permaculture you'd know that already.

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A masterpiece of rigor and moral clarity. Holmgren has taken the next important step in the global Permaculture movement started by the brilliant and charismatic Bill Mollison, in that he has crystallized Mollison's insights into a mandala of twelve key principles. These principles go well beyond the detailed suggestions for regenerative gardening techniques that comprise most Permaculture literature--they are generalized so as to be universally applicable, yet clear and precise in their explanations. This theoretically dense book should be read slowly and deliberately in a group--a book club, for example, so that these principles can be thoroughly grasped and discussed. If Bill Mollison's Permaculture Design Manual is the practical permaculture "bible," this book is its theoretical complement.
This is an outstanding book -- it is wholesome and commendable in its approach to global-sized solutions; even more so, it is dynamic in it's challenge to imagine, apply and actually "feed" the improvements, which can be brought about..The reader is guided well, in traveling through the usable concepts, to find his or her vision uplifted into a realistic permanence. It opens up heavy doors so that you personally and collectively experience the realness..., not only of needed survival, but of joy! You -- the designer, architect or cultivator -- are encouraged and 'brought to life'! At that point, you can join in the dance of being woven with that magical "tapestry" of life -- where there's harmony between life being lived, and all the things living! Buy this book, absorb it; then exude its usable power to the world around you!
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