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Visionary Permaculture Book

Explore the Visionary Permaculture at the Chapel of Sacred Mirrors.

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"Information is the most portable and flexible investment we can make in our lives; it represents the knowledge, experience, ideas and experimentation of thousands of people before us." - Bill Mollison and Reny Slay


Sharing a clear, concise and accessible synthesis of permaculture design from the Permaculture Design Certificate Course (PDC) curriculum as well as a teaching manual sharing top tips for teaching any subject. Includes best practices for planting, seed saving, food preservation, medicine making & green building.

Delvin entirely volunteers to produce this work. The book is a free download online. It is also available as a cloth bound, foil stamped, hand numbered, limited edition collectible book printed on Forest Stewardship Council Certified (FSC) 100% recycled paper. Get on the ground team and help support this project by ordering a copy.

The culmination of 18 years of teaching 27 year long PDC’s, advanced programs and serving as a Permaculture Diploma Mentor & Tutor. During this period I took 13 permaculture teacher trainings, 13 advanced courses as well as a PDC with Rosemary Morrow in Greece, Bill Mollison and Geoff Lawton in Australia and Toby Hemenway in Portland. While developing this body of work I have taken a Diploma and Masters Degree with Bill Mollison and the Permaculture Academy, a Diploma with Larry Santoyo and Scott Pittman through the Permaculture Institute, and Diploma with Looby Macnamara through the Permaculture Association. This book was a central part of my Doctorate in Permaculture Education under the mentorship of Larry Santoyo and the Permaculture Academy. Currently I am training as a Diploma Tutor with the Permaculture Association with guidance from Looby Macnamara and doing a Post-Doc with the Permaculture Academy and Larry Santoyo. I am the Diploma Program Co-ordinator for the Permaculture Institute and a registered teacher through the Permaculture Association (UK) & Permaculture Research Institute (AU)

Deepest thanks to the core team for epic level contributions : Grace Solkinson, Kym Chi, Dana Wilson, Tamara Griffiths and Annaliese Hordern. Grateful for proof reading from Niki Hammond, Tes Tesla, Stephanie Johnson & Katie Houle. Thanks for amazing illustration by Brenna Quinlan and design by Alexa Spaddy. Extra thanks for art from Ben Tour and Martin Bridge, especially in the companion Elements Game. Source inspiration and content comes my teachers Bill Mollison, Rosemary Morrow, Larry Santoyo, Toby Hemenway, Looby Macnamara, David Holmgren, Robin Clayfield, Michael Becker, Starhawk, Patricia Michael, Geoff Lawton, Mark Lakeman, Max Lindegger, Sam Bullock, Doug Bullock, Tomi Hazel, Jude Hobbs, Susun Weed, Robyn Francis, April Sampson-Kelly, Graham Bell, Aranya, Chris Evans and many more 


This carefully curated collection from Delvin Solkinson’s 15 year journey is a wonderful reference that will prove to be the perennial words of positive works everywhere.

- Larry Santoyo, Permaculture Academy


This is a foundational work that will inform and guide many into the future. I am deeply inspired and grateful for the immensely valuable contribution of the Permaculture Design Notes. Everyone interested in learning, teaching and facilitating Permaculture will benefit from this very practical and beautifully crafted text. It skillfully weaves together essence, depth of content and the 'Fair Share' ethic. It researches and brings forward wisdom and teachings from the past, flavours it with present brilliance and developments and offers a foundation for the next evolution of Permaculture.

- Robin Clayfield


Amazing energy and input. This is a gift to Permaculture.

- Looby Macnamara


This is a dense but well formatted book offers many strategies and techniques to teachers, designers and practitioners. Delvin and the team have summarized most the knowledge we hold in permaculture. The summaries collate at material and information used by most teachers. I could see Delvin’s encyclopaedic mind through it all. The team deserves a huge ‘thank you’ for pulling all  this together. It works best through its checklists and summaries. This book gives abundantly and freely to all people - permaculturists or not.   

- Rosemary Morrow


A wonderful effort and full of great information.

- Max Lindegger


The book provides a useful summary for teachers and students of permaculture alike. It is well designed, thought provoking, and clear. I am going to be leafing through this potent, comprehensive collection for some time.

- Maddy Harland, Editor & Co-Founder of Permaculture Magazine

These Permaculture Design Notes are a brilliant, accessible, comprehensive and luminous work of love that has instantly become my primary teaching text! 
Mark Lakeman

Thanks Delvin, to you and the crew of talented, thoughtful folks who put together this great resource to share!!
- Sam and the Bullocks farm crew

If you thought the Designers’ Manual (Bill Mollison) was a weighty tome, try this book for size – and content. 455 pages of wisdom harvested from a core team of 15, incorporating experience from  24 ‘source teachers’. At the helm has been Delvin Solkinson who starts the book with eight pages of acknowledgements embracing several dozen more people.  This alone is worth a doctorate (in gratitude).  Section 1 covers teaching the Design Course (PDC) Curriculum.  Section 2 Practical skills, Section 3 Teaching Skills.  So, whilst it can support teacher effectiveness for the PDC it has many other applications including the Diploma and skills courses. The beauty of all these is the multiple examples from different sources giving different approaches to similar tasks.

I am delighted by this significant addition to my toolbox for teaching Permaculture.  I so value this kind of information on the printed page.  It really works for me.  The layout is logical and accessible.  The huge number of contributors filtered through the design and writing team make this an invaluable treasury of ideas, inspiration and practical methodology for moving forward our work in helping others build a sustainable future for all living things on planet earth.

Delvin quotes Mother Teresa: “Do small things with great love,” and says he sees the book as an “act of service to a learning journey with permaculture, sharing:
- Core notes from the Permaculture Design Certificate Course
- Practical skills of planting, seed saving, food preservation, medicine making and green building
- Support for people to discover their inner teacher and share what they have learned with top tips for teachers in any field for any age group “

I believe this work arrives at the crucial time of recovery from Covid 19, and the many other potential tidal waves threatening humanity right now- from climate change to the sixth mass extinction, for social injustice and environmental degradation. The generosity of the production team in bringing this weighty resource to those in the frontline right now is so welcome.  It could not have been more timely – we must not come out of humanity’s present situation as we went into it.  This book and its supporting online tools are loaded with a mass of solutions that we need to spread globally, right now.  Please take it up and use it.  I cherish my printed copy, but the digital version can be downloaded free
- Graham Bell
published in Permaculture Magazine


Scope and Depth. 

All projects, be they land or life require both to be successful. In an international pilgrimage to permaculture pioneers, practitioners and projects Delvin Solkinson has deftly crafted this tome sourcing from over two dozen living pillars of wisdom. For craftsmen, seeking high grade tools to progress their work in regenerative living, I recommend this book. My sincere gratitude to Delvin for his work.

- Javan K. Bernakevitch


Permaculture Design Core Curriculum Notes provides permaculture teachers, students, and practitioners with a holistic outline for permaculture literacy. This book deserves a place on your bookshelf next to Bill Mollison’s Permaculture: A Designers’ Manual.

- Scott Mann


The Core Curriculum Notes are way more than just an outline of the Permaculture Design Course curriculum. They are an index to a whole process, from the culture of a class and presence of an instructor, to a road map of where students can go beyond the PDC. It's always fascinating to see how someone as deeply studied as Delvin arranges and sequences the curriculum, borne of his own trial and error and the trials and errors of his mentors and teachers. I will definitely be referencing this text as I do my own work, and am very appreciative that this is put together as an open source document to lift up all teachers in the Permaculture field.

- Andrew Millison

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