Design Guide

Have you read some books or done a course and still feel unsure about how to make use of permaculture in the real world? This may be just what you need...

Design Process Guide Aranya Large
The Design guide is a practical and portable companion to other permaculture books. While it includes the ethics, principles and philosophies, it places them directly into the context of the design process. It also provides clarity about where different tools and techniques can be effectively applied in the overall scheme of things.

While there are plenty of excellent books already written about permaculture, I hadn't found one that really explained the design process in a step-by-step fashion from start to finish. This was a gap I initially filled on my design courses with a set of worksheets, which were then tried and tested by 15 groups of design course students over 18 months, before being turned into this guide.

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The guide looks at:

  • Systems and patterns
  • Design frameworks
  • Land based design and beyond
  • Working as part of a design team
  • Site surveying and mapping
  • Client interviews
  • Working with large client groups
  • Identifying functions and setting goals
  • Choosing systems and elements
  • Placement and integration
  • Different design formats
  • Implementation and maintenance planning
  • Presenting your ideas to clients


If you already have a basic knowledge of permaculture, from either reading another book or attending a course (even just an introductory one), then this guide could be just what you need to build on your prior knowledge* and put it into practical application.

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  • 'Aranya takes you through the process with the same chisel-sharp clarity as he describes the individual design tools'

    'Aranya takes you through the process with the same chisel-sharp clarity as he describes the individual design tools'

    Patrick Whitefield, from his Permaculture Magazine review
  • 'I love it - it has been written with such warmth and commitment that it is going to rekindle my desire to do something more practical'

    'I love it - it has been written with such warmth and commitment that it is going to rekindle my desire to do something more practical'

    Claire Wise, permaculture Diploma student
  • 'Filling an important and largely empty niche, it deserves to be in the hands (or in the back pocket or handbag) of every serious designer.'

    'Filling an important and largely empty niche, it deserves to be in the hands (or in the back pocket or handbag) of every serious designer.'

    Peter Bane, from his Permaculture Activist review
  • 'Aranya goes through the design process in a beautifully clear way - no other permaculture textbook really comes close to its logic and practicality'

    'Aranya goes through the design process in a beautifully clear way - no other permaculture textbook really comes close to its logic and practicality'

    Nicole Vosper, permaculture teacher and columnist in 'Positive News'
  • 'Each chapter is packed with ideas, tools and concepts... the beauty is the cohesive way in which they are presented'

    'Each chapter is packed with ideas, tools and concepts... the beauty is the cohesive way in which they are presented'

    Gary Finch, from his Permaculture Works review
  • 'This is an excellent, important and evolutionary book for the permaculture movement'

    'This is an excellent, important and evolutionary book for the permaculture movement'

    Steve Charter, permaculture teacher and author of 'Eat More Raw'
  • 'This book fills a huge void in permaculture literature'

    'This book fills a huge void in permaculture literature'

    Esther Allerton, staff at Permies.com

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