People & Permaculture is a powerful, hands-on guide that will help you to:

Enhance your well-being with profoundly effective tools for self-care and regenerative thinking

Improve the dynamics and well-being of your relationships, family, groups and communities with simple and creative methods

Empower yourself with over 50 practical activities

Create spirals of health, real wealth and abundance

Forge a wider vision for all of our social systems

Explore how to expand our feelings of connection across the globe

Learn about permaculture; a potent blend of common sense, magic and design

Discover the Design Web, a versatile framework for initiating positive change in any aspect of life

Connect with a bigger vision of possibility for yourself and humanity

This is the first book to explore how to use permaculture design and principles for people. It widens the definition of permaculture and takes it right into the heart of our own lives, relationships and society. It provides a clear framework and guidance for both experienced permaculturists and people completely new to permaculture, and indeed for anyone who wishes to live a more creative, abundant life.

Full of stories, interviews, personal anecdotes and practical exercises with tried and tested, step by step techniques. People & Permaculture is a pioneering guide to creating a positive and regenerative world.

Looby Macnamara speaks with luminous clarity, lean eloquence and an exquisite knowledge of systems. Her opening chapters on ‘thinking like an ecosystem’ should be required reading in every classroom from third grade to graduate school.”
Joanna Macy, author, originator and teacher of The Work That Reconnects

The gift Looby has brought is her profound ability to pull the threads of design spirit out of everyone and make us realise ‘I can’. She shows all of us, including me, how we can be more effective in redreaming and regenerating our world in a truly beautiful way.”
Jon Young, founder of the 8 Shields Institute

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Book Details

Published: 1st edition 2012, 2nd edition with new intro 2019

ISBN: 978 1 85623 087 2

Size: 248mm x 190mm

Format: Paperback, 304pp. 140 b/w line drawings and diagrams


Looby has been teaching permaculture since 2002, and is partner of a leading teaching and consultancy venture, Designed Visions. She runs traditional introduction, full and advanced permaculture design courses, as well as teacher training. She also specialises in People and Permaculture courses, including Design Immersion weeks, Social Permaculture and 7 Ways to Think Differently courses.

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