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Permaculture Design Deck


A creative card deck sharing the largest collection of permaculture principles, strategies, attitudes, ethics and design methods. These cards can support your permaculture practice, learning, teaching, designing and consulting. As a gift to the World Community, a version of the cards is available as a free download.

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After 16 years of permaculture design study, this card deck is a final project in Delvin Solkinson's experimental Doctorate in Permaculture Education under the guidance fo Larry Santoyo as well as stacked Diploma through the Permaculture Association with the tutoring of Looby Macnamara. 

The card deck features text from Delvin Solkinson sharing Permaculture Design Core Concepts learned from Bill Mollison, Rosemary Morrow, David Holmgren, Geoff Lawton, Michael Becker, Toby Hemenway, Larry Santoyo, Susun Weed, Robin Clayfield, Tom Ward, Jude Hobbs, Starhawk & Looby Macnamara. Additional contributions were inspired by Rob Hopkins, Dave Boehnlein, Max Lindegger, Graham Bell, Richard Wallner, Mark Lakeman, Doug Bullock, Andrew Faust, Penny Livingston-Stark, Ian McHarg and P.A. Yeomans. Core source inspiration from Robin Clayfield whose many card decks and games led to this creation. Special thanks to Maddy Harland for her mentorship and support.

The cards are divided into five suits:

Design Principles
Ethical Principles
Attitudinal Principles
Strategic Principles
Design Methods

There are three bonus sets. 
7 Ways to Think Differently
Design Web
Grounded Gardening 

Featuring permaculture illustration by Brenna Quinlan, the cards can be played with to gamify experiences and education in the classroom, garden or home. 

This work is the culmination of 16 years of Permaculture Design study by Delvin Solkinson which spanned a PDC, Diploma and Masters Degree with Bill Mollison and the Permaculture Academy, a second Diploma through the Permaculture Institute and a current third Diploma through the Permaculture Association. Delvin has collected these principles and core concepts at 25 different Permaculture Design Advanced Courses and Teacher Trainings as well as additional PDC's with Rosemary Morrow and Toby Hemenway.

Awesome thanks to my core team: 
Grace Solkinson, Kym Chi, Dana Wilson, Annaliese Hordern.

Awesome thanks for core support:
Martin Bridge, Tamara Griffiths, Paul Myers, Keri Chiveralls, Dan Palmer, Elijah Santoyo.

Proofreading and Copy Editing by Philippe Bourse.

This is a companion for the Permaculture Design Notes and Permaculture Teachers Notes. Together they form a toolkit sharing a creative essence of Permaculture Design. 

Share and support this work to make permaculture accessible in a gamified form which is freely shared with the World Community. Delvin Solkinson entirely volunteers to produce this work. It is a grassroots initiative to share permaculture in an accessible form. 

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