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Permaculture Is Awesome!

I love the principals and possibilities that Permaculture offers for healing our land. For those of you who have never heard of it, Permaculture is an approach to designing human settlements and agricultural systems that mimic the relationships found in natural ecologies.

Permaculture Principles

Take a look at this little video describing the main principles of Permaculture:

The idea has been around since 1970 or so, and it’s finally beginning to get the recognition it deserves. EarthFlow Design Works (Orange County) and City of Angels Permaculture Academy (Los Angeles) both offer courses in Permaculture. The courses are taught by some of the most knowledgeable designers out there. If you have an interest in gardening and/or the environment, then this is right up your alley. Check it out and if any of you sign up for the classes, I would love to hear about your experience.

I use Permaculture the best that I know how, on my land and in my life. However, I don’t incorporate the animal part into the equation. Personally, I don’t really feel that I need to use animals in Permaculture. I really like most of the thinking behind Permaculture, I just choose to leave the animals alone, as I don’t feel that we need to use them to effectively and beautifully live.

And if any of you are interested in this, and don’t really know where to start, check out the Permaculture Institute. It’s a great resource for learning about permaculture, finding permaculture design courses, and connecting with other people who are also into permaculture.

And if you know about other similar classes or workshops out there, I’d love to hear about those too.


Photo Credit: Guaranteed Outdoor Solutions & Holocene Design


  • Cheryl Lister

    This is so timely, Alicia, thank you for posting. I have shared this on my FB page. It’s synchronistic as my family is just about to jump off-the-grid, on July 11, to an isolated rainforest farm in the Dominican Republic. For a million reasons. Alicia, I met you briefly at WC on Sunday, March 16th – it was my arrival yoga class and your departing yoga class and we bonded over being in love with our babies! I’m the 53 year old w/ the aching back, in love with my 5 and 2 year old daughters, do you remember?! I have been hoping to somehow connect with you re. some of the millions of reasons we are moving off-the-grid. If there’s a way to be in touch, I know you’d resonate with our hopes and intentions. If you feel inspired, (and others, too!) you can find me on Facebook, Cheryl Lister, or email me at [email protected] Everyone here, I wish you much peace, love, happiness, health, safety and goodness. xoxo

    • Alicia Silverstone

      Cheryl, I completly remember you! Sending you love and thrilled for your off the grid journey!!! Would be great to hear about it- we will be in touch!

    • TheKindLife

      Cheryl, I completly remember you! Sending you love and thrilled for your off the grid journey!!! Would be great to hear about it- we will be in touch!

      With love,

      • Cheryl Lister

        Alicia! We made it – we are in the rainforest:) There’s a LOT of bouncing around from bliss to overwhelmed right now, since we are just trying to settle, and the general community is off for their summer break. But it makes for a memorable ride! Stay posted if you can via If you’re inspired by the rainforest, let’s talk about creating an educational/permaculture/self-sustaining/eco-tourism/fun/holistic retreat type of thing here – I would LOVE for you to come and help host something; share your wisdom and sparkle with the locals and folks from afar that could help save this precious land. MUCH love xoxo

      • Cheryl Lister

        Hi again Alicia! We’ve been moving ahead with our off the grid, solar powered, organic rainforest retreat in the Dominican..I just sent a post on your post related to nutrition in food..hoping to inspire you to come host a retreat for us!!! With LOVE

  • Cheryl Lister

    P.S One more thing – Alicia, yesterday I felt so inspired by your blog, your courage in putting yourself out here, and remembrance of the sparkle in your eyes — I just got on a roll and started my own blog, to track our journey off-the-grid. If you have time, or others wish to check it out, please look at my baby blog in progress, Huge hugs to all! xoxo

  • Andrea Love Light

    Loved seeing this here. I’ve been vegan half my life and now getting to the age of considering trying to bring a soul into the world so your site seems to be in alignment with me which is magical. Started reading up about permaculture a few years back, an amazing group called spiral seed, and fell in love with the works of vegan permaculture guru Graham Burnett.. He’s so humble, can’t wait to do one of his courses aimed at vegans.
    Love and light

  • Mark Ogilvie

    Animals are essential to Pemaculture, but that doesn’t have to mean livestock, particularly for those of us in the city, where livestock are often not allowed. By creating habitat in our gardens for birds, fish, beneficial insects and other wild life, even down to small arthropods and microbes, they can partner with us in keeping pest insects in check, fertilizing our soils and helping pollinate our crops. As for fertilizer, soil fungi will break down cellulose from trees, grass, and leaves, converting it to rich soil. Compost it! Permaculture classes are great, but many people are forming Permaculture study groups on Facebook or There might be such a group near you!