What Is Permaculture and How It Can Make Your Life Better

Dec 11, 2020 | Blog, Design Strategies | 0 comments

Many have come to know the term “Permaculture” in reference to land management.



As a result, many of those people mistakenly think that it doesn't apply to them and their life in the city or suburbs.   

It's a shame, really, because the principles that guide permaculture design are exactly the kind of approach that can solve a wide spectrum of today's urban imbalances

I'd like to take you on a journey, in this series, to help you understand not only what permaculture is, but how it can make your life better, no matter where you live.

The term “Permaculture” was initially coined in the 1970s by Bill Mollison and David Holmgren.

They devoted much of their lives to traveling the world, investigating best practices for land management from indigenous, traditional, and modern-day land stewards alike. 

The term originally referred to “permanent agriculture” but was later expanded to represent “permanent culture,” since social aspects were recognized to be inseparable from a truly sustainable system.

Application of the Principles in this way
is often referred to as “Social Permaculture.”

Their discoveries led them to assemble what is now known as the Permaculture Design Course, through which tens of thousands of individuals worldwide have studied, adapted, and experimented with these techniques for a regenerative approach to land management.

As useful as these ideas and innovations have been for redefining its practitioners’ approach to homesteading and growing food, this study extends far beyond garden maintenance and water management.

The brilliance of permaculture isn’t confined to its innovative techniques and technologies; it’s in the application of its Principles.

The brilliant and insightful founders of this movement saw beyond the doing and put the focus on contemplation first.   Patrick Whitefield, author of The Earthcare Manual, called permaculture “the  art of designing beneficial relationships.”

The steps for planning and problem-solving in Permaculture generally start with consideration for the three founding Ethics.

From there, the Principles are used as directors for creative thinking, designing, and problem-solving.

Next, a strategy is designed to set up systems that meet the short and long-term needs of the situation, to maximize output with as little ongoing input as possible.

Only then are techniques and technologies applied to create the systems or lifestyle patterns. For this reason, it doesn’t matter what country, climate, scale, need, or function you are facing.

The Permaculture Principles will guide you to the best tactics and technologies appropriate for your situation. 

This is Part 1 of a 15 part series, pulled from the Permaculture Lifestyles Explained eBook, which contains over 100 tips for how someone might apply the permaculture principles to their life for greater efficiency, impact, and happiness.

If you'd like to get the whole book to download and read offline, drop your email below and I'll be happy to send you a link.

Reclaim your life from uninformed choices and outdated habits!

Improve The Quality of Your Life While Being a Benefit to the World Around You!

Your Copy Awaits

Share this blog on socials


Select a Child Category


Follow their Insights!

Subscribe to get notice of bonus content & further exploration on some of these timely topics.

I am:

 An Owner/Operator of an Impact Center
 A Curious Eco-enthusiast
 A traveler who loves visiting IC's

We respect your privacy and take protecting it seriously.

Follow Us On:

Don’t Envy The Change  Makers  – Be One!

Don’t Envy The Change Makers – Be One!

I’ve laid out a long list of options for how one might choose to apply the Permaculture Principles to their home life, relationships, business, and lifestyle.  You may very well be practicing some of these things, already. Congratulations! The Principles, themselves,...

read more
Creatively Use and Respond to Change

Creatively Use and Respond to Change

Change happens.  It’s up to us to decide how we’re going to respond to it. To remain firmly fixed, in the face of change, can be difficult and ultimately lead to stress and a breakdown of vitality and effectiveness. To be flexible in life and business is considered...

read more
Use Edges and Value the Marginal

Use Edges and Value the Marginal

The interface between things is where the most interesting events take place. These are often the most valuable,  diverse, and productive elements in the system. As someone who enjoys dreaming up systems composed of systems connected in synergistic ways,  this...

read more
Use and Value Diversity

Use and Value Diversity

Diversity reduces vulnerability to a variety of threats and takes advantage of the unique nature of the environment in which it resides. Look, we’re all different. Our physical characteristics, preferences, habits, and cultural norms differ, as do our economic...

read more
Use Small and Slow Solutions

Use Small and Slow Solutions

Small and slow systems are easier to maintain than big ones, making better use of local resources and producing more sustainable outcomes. One can easily argue that large and fast solutions are sometimes needed. Emergencies happen, and we should contemplate...

read more


Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.