What is Permaculture?
Bill Mollison, an Australian ecologist and co-founder of Permaculture defined Permaculture as “a design system for creating sustainable human environments.” It is a living system that creates a richer harmony between human dwellings, food production, animals and plants, with zero waste.
Permaculture is caring for people and the planet. Permaculture has developed principles by which people can live a culture of Dharma acknowledging that industrial and post-industrial society has lost its moorings in natural sustainability. Just as the Five Points of Yoga would be natural if we lived within the natural laws of health, and serve as a road map for a sick civilization back to health, Permaculture principles follow natural laws of sustainability that can help us reestablish our relationship with the natural systems of the planet.
Recommended articles and video recordings on permaculture:
Greening the Desert
Behind Greening the Desert (follow up on the project years later)
A photostory narrated by Vidya Chaitanya (Director of Sivananda Yoga Vedanta center in LA) about the connection between yoga and permaculture
Article on Permaculture and Yoga by Mira Binzen from Yoga Chicago magazine
Article on Permaculture and Yoga from LA Yoga magazine