Permaculture: Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability – Hardcover

AUD $78.00

David Holmgren

Illustrations by Joel Meadows

This is a limited edition format of Holmgren’s seminal work, with only 200 copies bound with a hard cover.

Drawing together and integrating 25 years of thinking and teaching to show a whole new way of understanding and action behind a simple set of design principles.

Essential reading for permaculture designers and accessible to a wide range of critical thinkers. This 2017 revised edition is made more accessible with redrawn graphics, amended text, new references and a newly designed layout that invites the reader into the world of whole systems thinking that is permaculture.

Also available in the standard soft cover format. An updated version (2015) is available as an eBook that contains the illustrations from the original book, first published in 2002.


When originally published in 2002, Permaculture: Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability explained the systems of permaculture in 12 design principles. Together with three central ethics they provided a foundation for diverse ecological solutions that characterise permaculture design, teaching, development and activism.

Fifteen years on the book has been translated into nine languages and has proved to be the seminal text for extending permaculture beyond its agrarian roots.

Principles and Pathways integrates 25 years of thinking and teaching to show a whole new way of understanding and action behind a simple set of design principles. These principles are relevant to every aspect of how we reorganise our lives, communities and landscapes to creatively adapt to the ecological realities which shape human destiny. It is essential reading for permaculture designers and accessible to a wide range of critical thinkers.

For students and teachers of permaculture this book provides something more fundamental and distilled than Mollison’s encyclopaedic Designers Manual. And for the general reader, this book provides refreshing perspectives on a range of environmental issues and shows how permaculture is much more than a system of gardening. This book is essential reading for anyone seriously interested in understanding the foundations for sustainable design and culture.

Although a book of ideas, the big picture is repeatedly grounded by reference to Holmgren’s own patch, Melliodora, and other practical examples.


“If you want a clear, deep and passionate guide to how we, as a race, might adapt to the rapidly approaching reality of energy descent in such a way that we not only survive but thrive, you must read this”. – Rob Hopkins, the Transition founder

“If the Permaculture Principles that David Holmgren discusses in this extremely important book were applied to all that we do, we would be well on the road to sustainability, and beyond”. – Professor Stuart B. Hill

Check out the summary of permaculture concepts and principles taken from this book in The Essence of Permaculture – available as a PDF or ePub, ideal for mobile devices.

Product details

Published 2017
Melliodora Publishing
Hardcover, 280 pages, b&w illustrations throughout.
185mm wide x 250mm high.
Printed in Australia
ISBN: 9780994392848

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

Additional information

Weight 0.8 kg
Dimensions 252 × 180 × 24 mm


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