The Essence of Permaculture introduces the concept of permaculture and outlines the twelve permaculture principles. This booklet is both a ‘taster’ for the full length book, and a standalone introduction to permaculture. It has been very popular with permaculture teachers to give to their students for introductory or further reading on the principles. It also contains some of David’s reflections on the history and uptake of permaculture, and the future of the movement.
Printed on FSC certified paper using vegetable-based inks.
About the author
David Holmgren is best known as the co-originator with Bill Mollison of the permaculture concept following the publication of Permaculture One in 1978. Within the growing and international permaculture movement, David is respected for his commitment to presenting permaculture ideas through practical projects and teaching by personal example that a sustainable lifestyle is a realistic, attractive and powerful alternative to dependent consumerism.
As well as constant involvement in the practical side of permaculture, David is passionate about the philosophical and conceptual foundations for sustainability, which he explored in Future Scenarios (2009), and Permaculture: Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability (2003/2017) and his most recent book RetroSuburbia (2018).
With an increasingly high profile as a public speaker, David Holmgren provides leadership with his refreshing and unorthodox approach to the environmental issues of our time. David lives with his partner Su Dennett at “Melliodora“, a one-hectare permaculture demonstration site at Hepburn Springs, Central Victoria, Australia. Visit his web site at holmgren.com.au.