Permaculture Design: A step-by-step guide

AU$ 29.95


Are you excited about permaculture but unclear how to put it into practice for yourself? Permaculture Design: A Step-by-Step Guide is just what you need!

In this unique, full colour guide, experienced permaculture teacher Aranya leads you through the design process from beginning to end, using clear explanations, flowcharts and diagrams. Permaculture Design: A Step-by-Step Guide is based on course worksheets which have been designed, refined and tested on students over time.

Linking theory to practice, Aranya places the ethics, principles, philosophies, tools and techniques directly into the context of the process itself.

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While written for anyone with a basic grasp of permaculture, this book also has plenty to offer the more experienced designer.

This guide covers:

  • Systems and patterns
  • Working as part of a design team
  • Land and non-land based design
  • Design frameworks
  • Site surveying and map making
  • Interviewing clients
  • Working with large client groups
  • Identifying functions
  • Choosing systems and elements
  • Placement and integration
  • Creating a design proposal
  • Project management
  • Presenting your ideas to clients
  • and much more

“This book is like having a teacher on hand all the time. A great reference for anyone who has done, or is thinking of doing, any kind of permaculture course.”

“Permaculture Design offers the reader a full look at the design process from team formation and management to client interview to data gathering to analysis. It goes on to give guidance for presenting proposals, managing implementation (including time management), and evaluating results. Filling an important and largely empty niche, it deserves to be in the hands (or in the back pocket or handbag) of every serious designer. The book is a major addition to the permaculture literature by a deeply insightful and generous author. Highly recommended.”– Peter Bane, author of The Permaculture Handbook

Product details

Published: April 2012
Permanent Publications
Paperback, 208pp, full colour illustrations and diagrams throughout, 210mm x 148mm.
ISBN: 9781856230919


Aranya has been experimenting with permaculture since his design course epiphany in 1996. In the years that followed he designed a collection of gardens, along with a few other non-land based designs, writing them all up to gain his Diploma in Applied Permaculture Design 2003. Since that time Aranya has followed a teaching pathway that now involves delivering, on average, eight two-week design courses a year. Along the way, he says, “I have met many amazing people that give me hope for the future and who in no small way have influenced the content of this guide”. Aranya is a long-term barefooter, certain that this helps to make him more aware of nature, stay grounded and walk lightly on the Earth.

Additional information

Weight .4 kg
Dimensions 210 × 148 × 12 mm

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