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A Student's Guide to the Theory and Practice of Ecovillage Design

Jan Martin Bang

256 pp.  
6 1/8" x 9 1/4"

Floris Books

Permaculture design has been the bedrock of the growth of the worldwide ecovillages network since the mid-1990s. A well-developed set of educational programs has evolved, too, including the permaculture design foundation course.

This invaluable resource brings together everything students of such courses need to know about ecovillage design. Beginning with a historical survey of the tradition of intentional community, the author covers topics ranging from community size, gardening and farming, building and technology, to economics and tools for helping communities grow and develop.

Permaculture also features a number of richly-observed ecovillage case studies, with photographs alongside lots of tips for facilitators and self-study groups.

This comprehensive book will be of interest to anyone interested in or wishing to contribute to the establishment and building of ecovillage communities for a sustainable future.

Praise for Jan Martin Bang's previous books on ecovillages and eco-communities:

“A comprehensive review for those who seek to initiate an ecovillage or for those in existing community who seek a transformation to a more sustainable way of life.” —International Communal Studies Association Bulletin

“A comprehensive guide to the principles and practice of sustainable communities.” —Scientific and Medical Network Review

“Part life testimony, part textbook for all kinds of sustainable living. An important snapshot of how community life has evolved since the communes of the 1970s. Life-affirming.” —Camphill Correspondence

'Takes an inspiring, serious look at sustainability in alternative communities across the world, Food for thought for anyone wanting to rationalise their carbon footprint.” —Wave Magazine

“Practical in its approach and with a critical eye, the book paints a vivid picture of a variety of communal lives. For those of us not living in communities, it gives an excellent introduction to the problems faced and the joy in overcoming them.” —Living Lighty

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