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People and Permaculture by Looby Macnamara

5.00 out of 5 based on 1 customer rating
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Caring and designing for ourselves, each other and the planet

This is the first book to explore how to use permaculture design and principles for people – to restore personal, social and planetary well-being. People & Permaculture widens the definition of permaculture from being mainly about land-based systems to taking it right into the heart of our own lives, relationships and society.

This book provides a framework to help each of us improve our ability to care for ourselves, our friends, our families and for the Earth. It is also a clear guide for those who may be new to permaculture, who may not even have a garden, but who wish to be involved in making changes to their lives and living more creative, low carbon lives.

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People & Permaculture transforms the context of permaculture making it relevant to everyone. People & Permaculture contains:

  • Part 1 – a detailed introduction to permaculture design and principles as applied to people.
  • Part 2 – the tools and techniques we can use in our own lives; how we can transform our internal landscape, enhance our well-being and be at our best.
  • Part 3 – ways of creating harmony in our relationships and groups, through our communication and decision making.
  • Part 4 – a wider vision for our social systems, in particular health and education.
  • Part 5 – how to expand our feelings of connection across the globe.
  • Part 6 – how we can manifest a positive future with the use of a new design framework specifically created for people-based designs.

Including over 50 practical activities, People & Permaculture empowers readers with tried and tested tools to initiate positive change in their lives. It is a hands-on yet powerful guide to creating a sustainable world.

“Many of us have long hankered for the insights and principles of permaculture to be translated to serve all aspects of our lives. Looby Macnamara fills the bill with luminous clarity, lean eloquence and an exquisite knowledge of systems. Equally rewarding are her applications of permaculture to health, communication and the life of the mind.” Joanna Macy, Author

“Grounded, practical and brimming with joy for the good stuff. What I like most about this book, is that we are not banished from nature, but centred in it.” Alys Fowler, gardener, writer and presenter

“A significant contribution in the on-going evolution of permaculture as a concept and a movement creating a better world.” David Holmgren



Published 2012. B&W paperback, 304 pages. 140 line drawings and diagrams – ISBN 9781856230872

Additional information

Weight .780 kg
Dimensions 246 x 188 x 17 mm

2 reviews for People and Permaculture by Looby Macnamara

  1. Permaculture has been very strong on Earth Care but one of its other key ethical foundations, people care, has often been under-valued and given only peripheral and shallow attention. This has been at our peril, as soil, water and plants can often sort themselves out with minimum intervention, and we have pretty much all the awareness, knowledge and technology to do the sorting if and when needed. Not so people, and how we motivate ourselves and others, and manage our relationships remains probably the most common reason for systems’ malfunction, and failure to regenerate them to abundance and ever-increasing productivity. This book eloquently identifies the missing links to how we can do this, taking a deep look at ourselves, our relationships and communities, and illustrates with often embarrassingly simple pathways to regeneration of the soul – how can we look after the earth if we can’t look after ourselves?

  2. 5 out of 5

    This book is something that has been missing from the permaculture collection for far too long. Looby draws on her experience in groupwork and psychology to look at people care from the perspectives of the permaculture principles. It should be required reading for anyone doing a permaculture design that involves people and if a design doesn’t, why not? It contains many exercises and tools that will help the individual look at not just how they are addressing people care in their designs but it is also one of the best new books for years that helps the individual to look at their own life and where it is going.

    A must read!

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