Permaculture is a creative design process based on whole-systems thinking informed by ethics and design principles.
This approach guides you to mimic the patterns and relationships you can find in nature and can be applied to all aspects of Human habitation, from agriculture to ecological building, from appropriate technology to education and even economics.
The philosophy behind permaculture is one of working with, rather than against, nature;
of protracted and thoughtful observation rather than protracted and thoughtless action;
of looking at systems in all their functions, rather than asking only one yield of them; and allowing systems to demonstrate their own evolutions.
As the basis of permaculture is beneficial design, it can be added to all other ethical training and skills, and has the potential of taking a place in all Human endeavors.
In the broad landscape, however, permaculture concentrates on already settled areas and agricultural lands. Almost all of these need drastic rehabilitation and re-thinking.
By adopting the ethics and applying these principles in your daily life you can make the transition from being dependent consumers to becoming responsible producers.
This journey builds skills and resilience at home and in your local community that will help to prepare for an uncertain future with less available energy.
The techniques and strategies used to apply these principles vary widely depending on the location, climatic conditions and resources that are available.
The methods may differ, but the foundations to this wholistic approach remain constant. By learning these principles you can acquire valuable thinking tools that help you become more resilient in an era of change.