Principles and Pathways signed hardcover bundle

Exclusive to the Holmgren webstore. Signed hardcover copies of David Holmgren’s most influential work is now available to the public as part of this comprehensive ‘Principles’ bundle.

Included in this bundle is the Essence of Permaculture booklet, Permaculture Ethic & Design Principles DVD, Collected Writings eBook, the Principles and Pathways eBook (2015 update) along with the signed hardcover printed version of Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability (2017 update)

Now you’re in a great place to really absorb this ground breaking book, which draws together and integrates 25 years of thinking and teaching to show a whole new way of understanding and action behind a simple set of design principles.

Essence of Permaculture booklet

David's summary of the principles, including thoughts about the future of the movement and the values and use of the permaculture principles.

Permaculture Ethics & Design Principles DVD

David gives an inspiring overview of permaculture ethics and design principles that can be applied to every aspect of life. Included in a sleeve inside the back cover.

Collected Writings & Presentations: David Holmgren 1978-2006

Extensively referenced in the book, this collection includes his most important early essays.

Permaculture: Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability - signed hardcover

This 2017 revised edition is more accessible than the original, with redrawn graphics, corrected and amended text, new references and a newly designed layout that invites the reader into the world of whole systems thinking that is permaculture.

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FREE - Permaculture: Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability eBook

The 2015 digital edition (original cover design) 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.

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When it was originally published in 2002, Permaculture: Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability explained the systems of permaculture in 12 design principles that together with three central ethics provided a foundation for a diversity of ecological solutions that characterise permaculture design, teaching, development and activism.

Fifteen years on the book has been translated into nine languages and has proved to be the seminal text for extending permaculture beyond its agrarian roots.

Principles and Pathways draws together and integrates 25 years of thinking and teaching to show 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.

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.

185mm wide x 250mm high, 280 pages – Hardcover. Printed in Australia in black and white with illustrations by Joel Meadows.

ISBN 9780994392848


Also available in Japanese, Portugese, Spanish, Czech, Italian, French, German, Korean and Chinese.

David Holmgren

David Holmgren 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). 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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