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Slow the Money Down

I encountered these questions today: What would the world be like if we invested 50% of our assets within 50 miles of where we live? What if there were a new generation of companies that gave away 50% of their profits? What if there were 50% more organic matter in our soil 50 years from now? This is the heart of regenerative design: slowing the money down to stay where we work and live and, in doing so, providing real wealth for the future.  Our wealth will be in the form of thriving local living economies and fertile, rich, abundant soil.  By "returning the surplus" (a permaculture ethic)  we create and ensure such a future--one of ever increasing abundance. Did you know that carbon is best sequestered in soil? That the simple act of building soil, around the world, will help the climate? Think about that.  This means that we can repair the world... one compost bucket at a time.

Gross National Happiness...

Anything is possible.

Permaculture Book: Tending the Soul's Garden

Denise's book entitled Tending the Soul's Garden : Permaculture as a Way Forward in Difficult Times is available online. If you would like to order the paperback, visit here: or order via or buy the ebook here:

Harvest the Rain--Book Event

Friday, October 7, 2011 from 3:00 pm until 5:00 pm  Watershed Books in Lakeport, California will celebrate the publication of a new book by Nate Downey, Harvest the Rain: How to Enrich Your Life by Seeing Every Storm as a Resource Here's a preview.. For millennia, people relied on rainwater harvesting to supply water for households, landscape, livestock, and agricultural uses.  Today, our planet's water shortage is a reality for people worldwide, but actually enough precipitation falls annually to provide ample water for everybody.  We simply have to collect, store, distribute, and reuse just a small percentage of that which falls from the sky. Fortunately this way of saving the world comes with perks such as increasing your property's value, lowering your utility bills, or simply creating a comfortable oasis outside your door. In his new book, Nate Downey shows you the way that anyone can use to begin implementing rainwater harvesting designs today  Harvest the


 Inspiration is not garnered from the litanies of what may befall us; it resides in humanity’s willingness to restore, redress, reform, rebuild, recover, reimagine, and reconsider. -- Paul Hawken Ethical Intention Permaculture starts with ethical intention .  The three statements of ethical intention for the practice of permaculture are: Care of Earth : All life systems have the provisions and resources to continue and thrive. Care of People : All people have the provisions to access the resources necessary for their existence. “Fair share” or Return the Surplus : We set limits to consumption by taking only what we need, and by governing our own needs so that resources are set aside for Earth and others. [i] The ethical intention is a statement of our most significant primary relationships and in some sense, what “right” or “good” relationship can be. The ethical intention of permaculture is the conscious dream, or the desired fruit of our work.  We imagine the world as we

What is Permaculture?

At first look, permaculture, also known as regenerative design or ecological agriculture, ( perm anent agri culture ) is an ecologically-based design system which allows us to improve our relationship with the land by observing and imitating nature, while using and integrating natural systems and methods rather than fighting against them. Permaculture ethics, root practices and principles are those of nature herself, and can be applied to the garden, the farm, and indeed any living system including human structures. However, in practice, permaculture also cultivates a way of being that tends to go much deeper than simply a system of ecological design. Somehow, by engaging with nature in intimate observation, we gradually become a part of the system and magically and necessarily engage in our own evolution and transformation. In fact, the ethics, principles, and roots of permaculture practice, can go far beyond the garden or farm and into the invisible structures of our relationships

Denise's Book: Tending the Soul's Garden

I've published a book entitled Tending the Soul's Garden : Permaculture as a Way Forward in Difficult Times I really enjoyed writing it... it was a labor of love. If you would like to order the paperback, visit here: Tending the Soul's Garden or order via or buy the ebook for $9.99 here: