Permaculture: Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability eBook

AUD $20.00

This 2015 eBook edition of David Homgren’s seminal work, has been reviewed to improve grammar, use of terms, and includes updated and additional references. The digital edition is fully searchable, with new colour icons, live links to updated web addresses and direct cross-referencing to precise points in the text rather than general chapter references.

The 2017 revised edition, which includes revised illustrations and a new cover, is currently only available in a hardcopy format.

ePub format is suitable for most tablets and smart phones with .mobi for Kindle.



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

See the post with an extract of David’s prologue for the eBook release or download a sample (ePub).

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

For students and teachers of permaculture this book provides something more fundamental and distilled than Mollison’s encyclopedic Designers Manual. 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. For anyone seriously interested in understanding the foundations for sustainable design and culture, this book is essential reading.

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

Check out the summary of permaculture concept and principles taken from the above book. The Essence of Permaculture is available as a booklet, PDF or ePub – ideal for mobile devices.

File size: around 8MB. 489 pages in standard display size on an iPad2

David Holmgren

David Holmgren

David 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: How Communities Can Adapt to Peak Oil and Climate Change (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

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