When it comes to an explanation of  this both simple and complex system, lets start with the co-founders….

“Permaculture is a philosophy of working with, rather than against nature – of protected and thoughtful observation, rather than protracted and thoughtless labour, and of looking at plants and animals in their functions, rather than treating any area as a single-product system”

(Bill Mollison)


“Permaculture is a design system based on ecological principle, which provides the organising framework for implementing a permanent or sustainable culture. It draws together the diverse skills and ways of living which need to be rediscovered and developed to empower us to move from being dependent consumers to becoming responsible producers.

In this sense, permaculture is not the landscape, or even the skills of organic gardening, sustainable farming, energy-efficient building or eco village development as such, but can be used to design, establish, manage and improve these and all other efforts made by individuals, households and communities towards a sustainable future.”

David Holmgren (2002)


Leading on from Holmgen’s publication of Permaculture: Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability in 2004 (putting permaculture back on the map as a radical design science), Rob Hopkins is taking permaculture a practical step further with the concept of Transition Towns. By seeing permaculture as a contraction of ‘permanent culture’ the aim is to build community via communication and education about the reality of a world beyond peak-oil, and to build resilience on a neighbourhood scale.

Transition Towns is about the importance of empowering individuals by the generation of the 6 principles that underpin the Transition model: positive visioning, inclusion, awareness raising, resilience, psychological insights, and credible and appropriate solutions.”


a permaculture heaven

Eternity Springs is an ever evolving permaculture heaven….