"Permaculture is a creative and artful way of living where people and nature are all preserved and enhanced
by thoughtful planning, careful use of resources, and a respectful approach to life, and thus embrace
these atributes and create an environment where all may thrive for untold generations."
"A permaculture approach naturally evolves to a complex system that regards the essential
interconnectedness of all things, plants, animals, humans, energies and the earth - nothing is separate.
Permaculture uses a set of guiding principles that act like threads in a beautiful patterned design.
Principles such as flow, patterns, sector analysis, and zonation. For example, a farmer might use flow to
understand how the movement of resources through the farm such as seed, water, manure and labour
create a dynamic pattern that tacitly recognizes the whole as something far greater than the sum of its
Bill Mollinson - the "father" of Permaculture said:
"Permaculture seeks the Garden of Eden - and why not?"
Chogyam Trungpa said: "The principle of man that is of human beings and human lives joins heaven and
earth together" (Chogyam Trungpa was a Buddhist meditation master, scholar, teacher, poet, artist, and a
Trungpa tulku) He and his students developed Shambhala Training, a secular approach to meditation based
on "Shambhala Vision" which sees enlightened society as not purely mythical, but is realizable by people
of all faiths through practices of mindfulness/awareness, non-aggression, and sacred outlook.
Founded on the sanity and gentleness of the Buddhist tradition, at the same time it has its own
independent basis which is directly cultivating who and what we are as human beings. The same principles
are inherent in the ethical and spiritual basis of Permaculture.
Chogyam Trungpa is also the author of "SHAMBHALA: THE SACRED PATH OF THE WARRIOR"
One of the principles of thermodynamics is that of entropy. Although a scientific concept in Physics, it too
can be seen in a spiritual context. The concept basically says that entropy, in the universe, as a measure
of chaos, is constantly increasing. However, the permaculture view of natural systems is that living
organisms and their systems tend to evolve to a more complex state of order and balance. Herein lies the
duality in Permaculture - a balance of chaos and order. Permaculture takes this concept one step further
and says that living systems REQUIRE a synergistic combination of chaos and order to be sustainable. The
Permaculture way of seeing and it's design techniques work towards establishing the right conditions that
will promote natural systems to find their balance and sustainability in the Universe.
So when you are planting your survival garden to feed your family, the seeing and the planning is the key!