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Aranya
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7 April 2012 1856230910 978-1856230919 First
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. While written for anyone with a basic grasp of permaculture, this book also has plenty to offer the more experienced designer. This guyde covers; systems and patterns, land and non-land based design, site surveying and map making, project management, placement and integration, amongst many other topics.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Permanent Publications; First edition (7 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1856230910
  • ISBN-13: 978-1856230919
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 15.1 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,308 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I've been experimenting with what permaculture can do since my design course epiphany in 1996. In the years that followed I've designed a collection of gardens, along with a few other non-land based designs, writing them all up to gain my Diploma in Applied Permaculture Design in 2003. Since that time I've followed a teaching pathway, that now involves delivering on average ten two-week design courses a year. Along the way I've met many amazing people that give me hope for the future and who in no small way have influenced the content of 'Permaculture Design - a step by step guide'. I'm also a long-term barefooter, certain that this helps me be more aware of nature, stay grounded and walk lightly on the Earth.

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For most people, taking the permaculture design course is a major life event. It opens the door on a new way of looking at the world, a new way of being in the world. It affects you on so many levels that, however well you took notes, inevitably some of what you learnt passes you by. That s why Aranya wrote this book: so that people could go away from the design courses he teaches and have a reference to the design methods he s taught them. In effect it s a toolbox of permaculture design methods. So this book provides two useful functions. It s a useful primer to prepare you for the major life event that is a permaculture design course, giving you many insights into applying the design process. And if you ve already done the course, it will consolidate and reinforce the many design skills you ve learned, enabling you to put permaculture into practice on the ground. --Patrick Whitefield is an author, teacher and permaculture consultant.

About the Author

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, ten two-week design courses a year. 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.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My permaculture must have! 3 May 2012
Format:Paperback
As an apprentice on the Diploma in Applied Permaculture Design and a Gaia University Associate, no other book has come close to the amount of times I have referenced it as much as Aranya's guide to the design process.

I was fortunate to receive a pre-printed copy as part of a diploma support event I had attended with Aranya. Ever since I have continued to go back to the pages time and time again.

Aranya goes through the design process in a beautifully clear way - no other permaculture textbook really comes close to its logic and practicality. Always backed up with real life examples, Aranya brings the design process alive.

Whenever I've felt lost in a maze of analysis - whether its designing for my smallholding or for the community projects I organise with - Aranya's book helps me to get the process straight in my head. The flowcharts, key questions and design tools all help me to organise my thinking in a way that I can get the most out of the design process.

As a permaculture columnist for Positive News, I also get sent a whole lot of books to review for my permaculture pages. This has been one of the most useful books I have had to review in the job to date.

If you are new to permaculture, or you are completing the diploma or even if you are an experienced designer - get this book! It is a must and one of the most useful texts in the permaculture toolkit to date!

Even if you've never heard of permaculture before, make the most of these tools to help re-design your life or projects you care about, you will not be disappointed!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Permaculture design brilliance 21 April 2012
Format:Paperback
Hurray! Aranya's long called for book is finally here! There are many design techniques in permaculture, and this book explains them all in easy to understand steps without compromising on any complexity. With a logical format, it has many mind maps, flow diagrams, lots of examples of Aranya's own designs and diagrams throughout, it is illustrated beautifully. It also contains lots of colour photos to accompany the informative text. This book is a must for beginners and experienced permaculturists alike. As the back of the book says, owning a copy really is like having an experienced permaculture teacher at your side.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
Having been on a Permaculture Design Course (Aranyas in fact) I needed something to guide me through the process in the real world. Something that would condense 90+ hours of tuition into a form that I could take with me to ensure that I use the best tools and techniques for the project in hand.

This books breaks down the process into small easy to follow steps written in simple text with diagrams, photos, drawings helping you avoid potential pitfalls and clarifying your goals.

Whether or not you have done a Permaculture Design Course or are completely new to Permaculture I would recommend this book to you as a reference that you will turn to time and time again.

Tony (Small Holder and grower of over 17,000 trees)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A hands on Designer's handbook 22 Jun 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Having trained and worked as a Landscape Architect and a Permaculture Designer I find this book a welcome companion as I tackle my latest projects. This book sits on the table next to me to dip into when I hit blank moments. I particularly like the photos, diagrams and flowcharts. Even though I have a great relevant background, I think the design process can be complex and daunting. Aranya breaks it down into accessible pieces. The book can be read cover to cover or dipped into. And can fit into a bag or a big pocket!

Aranya gives generously in his teachings and contributions to Permaculture. This book is packed full of comprehensive information and practical tips. It is a real gift to the Permaculture world.

If you are new to Permaculture I would recommend a different book to start with. If you want to do Permaculture Design, this is written for you.

I recommend this book to all designers land, building or otherwise. Especially beginners and experienced.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars positive permaculture 23 April 2012
Format:Paperback
My thought process and views are based on an evolving knowledge of Permaculture and appreciation of nature, which began its adventure in 1992 with my subscription to The Permaculture Magazine. Frequently feeling isolated and alone in my aspirations, the magazine has been a great support, reminding me that I am not alone in my dreams and ambitions for a different future. Aranya's book I feel, will become my new trusted and supportive friend! Thanks! It has even rekindled the desire to further my permaculture journey.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Permaculture Design 21 April 2012
Format:Paperback
This small book is perfect for anyone who has done a pdc or is thinking of doing one and plans to take their designing beyond their home garden or pdc project and it sets a great example as it was clearly designed using the 80/20 principle itself fulfilling the principle that "each important element has multiple functions"-it takes the reader through a step by step guide to each stage of the design process and nicely fills a very important niche in the permaculture book shelf. It includes some great tips & tools, high and low tech, around observing, mapping, placement etc and even includes a section on non-land based designs - if you want one and are serious about the ethics of permaculture contact the author and purchase a copy direct
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Very practical handbook for all designers
Very practical handbook for all designers. Especially useful if you are studying or practising Permaculture, or if you just care about the planet and people.
Published 2 months ago by d beal
4.0 out of 5 stars I liked it
Seemed a very good overview to me. I'm beginning to learn about this area, so not an expert yet, but would recommend it as worthwhile.
Published 7 months ago by Kevin
4.0 out of 5 stars informative
there is a lot of useful information and ideas to get you started
pretty good book
broad spectrum covered in it
Published 10 months ago by jo
2.0 out of 5 stars Overpriced, not what it says on the tin
This book was not at all what I was expecting about design. Most of the book is dedicated to 101 on project management and team building. Read more
Published 11 months ago by wittybear
4.0 out of 5 stars Teaching Design
First of all, it's a fun book to read; easy format, font and language usage (especially for someone who's mother tongue isn't English). Read more
Published 18 months ago by ZornxIV
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth waiting for!
Most of the other reviews have said much of what I feel about this book, it really is that good. I have been wishing for a book like this for ages, there are many books out there... Read more
Published 21 months ago by R. Woodisse
5.0 out of 5 stars MARVELOUS
Although intentionally small in physical scale, for portability, Aranya's book is HUGE in terms of inspiration, clarity and enabling creative designs. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Mel Bambury - High Heathercombe
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