"Essential reading ... signposts to sustain an activist's heart ... "
Rob Hopkins, co-founder of Transition Network
"Maddy's voice of courage is a clarion call to anyone who has a rumbling in their belly, a hunger for a world of radical care and vital connection."
Looby Macnamara, author of People and Permaculture
and 7 Ways to Think Differently
"Strangely rollicking good fun!"
John D. Liu, film maker
and Founder of the Ecosystem Restoration Camps movement
Maddy Harland offers a unique frontline take on the environmental successes and challenges facing this planet and its people. She explores the rise of permaculture globally, from its origins in Australia in the 1970s to its current worldwide activities, and describes the positive developments of this global movement and its huge potential.
Amid a wealth of solutions and the ecocide of `business as usual', Maddy interfaces practical permaculture with global transformation and deep ecology. She writes of regenerative culture, earth restoration and social permaculture long before they became core ideas and practices. Her deep connection with the natural and human worlds and all that our differing cultures have to offer adds a beautiful dimension of heart to the book ...
A treasure trove of gems of inspiration arising from the edges where the personal, local, national and global intersect and a glimpse into the life and mind of a remarkable woman.
Maddy Harland is a co-founder and editor of Permaculture International: Practical Solutions Beyond Sustainability, a magazine which offers practical, innovative solutions and global perspectives. 2017 is the magazine's 25th Anniversary Year. In 1990 Maddy co-founded Permanent Publications, a publishing company specialising in practical ecological solutions, and the Sustainability Centre in Hampshire, UK, once a military base, and now a thriving immersive learning center. She is a founding member of Gaia Education, which developed the Ecovillage Design Education course endorsed by UNESCO. An activist, gardener, teacher, community leader, Queens' Award winning entrepreneur, and mother, Maddy is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and is a Visiting Knowledge Exchange Fellow of the Institute of Theological Partnerships at the University of Winchester in the UK.