Permaculture looks for the patterns embedded in our natural world as inspirations for designing solutions to the many challenges we are presented with today. It is a philosophical, spiritual and practical approach to the use of the land, integrating microclimate, functional plants, animals, soils, water management and human needs into intricately connected, highly productive systems. In essence, permaculture uses observation as basis for creating sustainable and effective human settlements. The authors discuss the components Earthshare, Fairshare and Peoplecare, with a specific emphasis on the spiritual aspects of the design process. Topics range from soil and plants, energy sources and house design to alternative economics, group process, governance, and spiritual nurturing and enquiry. Examples of existing permaculture structures from around the world, most notably from the Findhorn Community Eco-Village, bring the concepts to life. First-hand accounts of how people got started on their permaculture project lend a personal touch. The first book to look at the spiritual aspects as well as the practical implementation of permaculture design.
Craig Gibsone has lived at the Findhorn Ecovillage since the early days of the community, witnessing many organic developments in this place. He is a permaculture and ecovillage designer and educator as well as a potter and much involved in community life.
Jan Martin Bang was born in Oslo, Norway, and grew up in England. In 1984 he moved to Israel where he was a co-founder of the Israeli Permaculture Association. In 2000 he moved to Camphill Solborg in Norway. Jan has a diploma in Permaculture and is an active member of the Norwegian Permaculture Association.
"Since it's founding in the 1960's the Scottish community of Findhorn has always been ahead of its time. It's widely believed that the 'green movement' has it roots in Findhorn's Community Eco-Village. In Permaculture: A Spiritual Approach. Craig Gibsone and Jan Martin Ban, who lives in Eco-villages like Findhorn, take an in depth look at the development of agricultural eco-systems through natural and edible landscaping. The focus specifically on the permaculture components of Earthshare, Fairshare and Peoplecare and on the spiritual aspects of permaculture design as a divine creative activity. The book is a philosophical spiritual and practical approach to integrating microclimate, functional plants, animals, soils, water managements and human needs into the intricately connected, highly productive systems of permaculture. The authors also look for the patterns embedded in our natural world as inspirations for designing solutions to the many challenges of creating sustainable architecture. The book covers a range of permaculture issues from soil conditions and plant choices, energy sources and house design to alternative economics, managing group process and governance. Spiritual nurturing and enquiry are also central to the authors' point of view and they point to the Findhorn Community Eco-village as an example of how many of these issues can be addressed and solved. They include personal examples and accounts of how they and others got started on permaculture projects and focus on the most effective and spiritual approaches to creating sustainable and effective human settlements."