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This first dedicated book on Peoplecare explores how to use permaculture to restore personal, social and planetary well-being.

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This is the first book to explore how to use permaculture design and principles for people, to restore personal, social and planetary well-being. People and Permaculture widens the definition of permaculture from being mostly about land based systems to taking it right into the heart of our own lives, relationships and society. It is for anyone who thought permaculture wasn’t for them because they didn’t have a garden. It is for anyone who wants to improve their ability to care for themselves, their friends and family and for the Earth.

People and Permaculture transforms the context of permaculture making it relevant to everyone. It covers tools and techniques we can use in our own lives, investigates ways of creating harmony in our relationships and groups, and forges a wider vision for our social systems. It further explores how to expand our feelings of connection across the globe and finally focuses on how we can manifest a positive future with the use of a new design framework specifically created for people-based designs.

Part 1 - contains a detailed introduction to permaculture design and principles as applied to people.

Part 2 - looks at the tools and techniques we can use in our own lives; how we can transform our internal landscape, enhance our well-being and be at our best.

Part 3 - investigates ways of creating harmony in our relationships and groups, through our communication and decision making.

Part 4 - explores a wider vision for our social systems, in particular health and education.

Part 5 - moves on to explore how to expand our feelings of connection across the globe.

Part 6 - focuses on how we can manifest a positive future with the use of a new design framework specifically created for people-based designs.

Full of stories, interviews and personal anecdotes from permaculture people and beyond and with over 50 practical activities, readers are empowered and given practical tools to initiate positive change in their lives. People & Permaculture is a practical and holistic guide to creating a sustainable world.

About the author
Looby has been teaching permaculture since 2002, and is partner of a leading teaching and consultancy partnership, Designed Visions. She runs full permaculture design courses as well as teacher training, advanced permaculture design and peoplecare courses. She has a passion for creative teaching methods and likes inventing participatory activities and games to enhance learning. Her degree in Human Sciences provides a wealth of perspectives to bring into her teaching and writing. 

Looby travels to Nepal to support the Himalayan Permaculture Centre and has founded a Fair Trade business, Spirals of Abundance, importing organic cotton clothes and other Nepalese handicrafts.
 
She has supported the development and growth of permaculture nationally through her input as trustee of the Permaculture Association (Britain) for 5 years (2001-2006) and was the Chairperson for two of these. She is still an an active member of the permaculture community and is engaged with the education working group and is a diploma tutor.
 
She lives in Herefordshire with her partner Chris Evans and two daughters. She enjoys singing, yoga, gardening and making all sorts of things from cakes to wine, and clothes to blankets.


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Author Looby Macnamara
Short title People and Permaculture
Long title People and Permaculture - caring and designing for ourselves, each other and the planet
Publisher Permanent Publications
Page count 304
Language English
ISBN-10 No
ISBN-13 9781856230872
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A refreshing approach Review by Max O Lindegger, permaculture pioneer
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A lovely, refreshing way to look at permaculture. Full of common sense for a world where common sense is so often lacking. Well structured, full of enthusiasm, bringing simplicity into a complex theme with appeal well beyond permaculture – put down the remote control, pour yourself a homebrew and enjoy!
(Posted on 01/11/2012)
Inspiring Review by Stefan Geyer, chair-person of the Permaculture Association (Britain)
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I’m inspired by the scope and depth of People & Permaculture – it captures the current trend focusing on how permaculture really is an emerging culture – and how it can inform our lives and community, helping us navigate through the maze of building a sustainable future.
(Posted on 01/11/2012)
An enlightening handbook for those who want to change the world. Review by Melissa Corkhill, editor of The Green Parent magazine
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Looby Macnamara presents an exciting and inspiring vision for humanity in People & Permaculture. Most importantly she also equips readers with the tools and techniques needed to make this vision a reality.
(Posted on 01/11/2012)
Bravo to Looby Review by Andrew Langford, co-president, Gaia University
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This is a work of significant courage – for years now considerations of the peoplecare aspect of permaculture have been so conflicting that no-one has dared publish a volume like this. Bravo to Looby for breaking through the wall of silence and producing this book. I found it to be of startling breadth and timely.
(Posted on 01/11/2012)
an outstanding contribution Review by Satish Kumar, editor of Resurgence
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The future of culture and agriculture is in permaculture. This book is perhaps the first to give readers the big picture and a comprehensive understanding of permaculture and how it can underpin our ecological, social and spiritual paradigm. The book is an outstanding contribution to an ever evolving vision which is creative, imaginative, sustainable and joyful.

(Posted on 01/11/2012)
Proving the importance of Peoplecare Review by Patrick Whitefield, permaculture teacher and author
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Peoplecare is as important to permaculture as earthcare – unless we learn to live in harmony with each other, we’ll never get anything done. Looby’s book fills a gap that has long been there in permaculture literature. I heartily congratulate her. (Posted on 01/11/2012)
a pragmatic and holistic approach to transforming our relationships Review by Natalie Fee, author of The Everyday Alchemist’s Happiness Handbook and The Everyday Alchemist’s Book of Poems
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Living in today’s global climate can be fraught with fear, overwhelm and despair. Looby Macnamara effortlessly eases you out of that predicament and on to an upwardly-spiralling path of practical exercises, solutions and earth-based wisdom. Essential reading for anyone who wishes to reclaim their most intimate connection to people, place and planet.
(Posted on 01/11/2012)
gain insight as to how you can work more effectively with others Review by Andy Goldring, CEO, The Permaculture Association (Britain)
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In my experience the most challenging aspect of design is not which plants or elements to include, but how to work with my fellow humans, and create situations where each person feels valued and able to make their best contribution. Looby has done the permaculture community a great service with this book. It has helped me explore my own potential and think in new ways. I urge you to read it. (Posted on 01/11/2012)
practical wisdom Review by Chris Johnstone, author of Find Your Power
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People & Permaculture is a book of practical wisdom that can improve our lives, our relationships and our ability to act for our world. (Posted on 01/11/2012)
A roadmap for joyful expression Review by Kosha Anja Joubert, president of the Global Ecovillage Network
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Looby offers us the world as our playground – not something we have to set straight, but something we have the honour of engaging with. A roadmap for the joyful expression of our love for each other and this wild, beautiful planet we call our home. (Posted on 01/11/2012)

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