Please consider joining the permaculture movement by becoming a member of the Denver Permaculture Guild!



Permaculture is more than just smart gardening. It’s more than urban agriculture and green activism, more than backyard chickens or food forests, solar panels or bike trailers. In fact, it isn’t even something you “do”.

Permaculture is a problem solving methodology; a practical, positivist answer to the crises of our time.
The term “permaculture” was coined by Bill Mollison and David Holmgren, two Australians working together in the late 1970’s. Their new word represented the quest for a permanent human culture, one not in debt to non-renewable resources and constant growth.

Mollison and Holmgren drew heavily on the values and practices of many indigenous cultures in addition to the modern science of ecology. At the Denver Permaculture Guild, we recognize the huge number of people and organizations who may not identify with the word “permaculture,” but are working towards the same purpose: to establish stable and regenerative human habitats that enrich and heal the greater environment.

At permaculture design courses around the world, students learn a set of ethics, principles, and decision-making tools. These principles and protocols are drawn from the balance and harmony found in natural ecosystems. In permaculture design, we work to model patterns in the natural world and work with existing ecosystems rather than against them. A great introduction to one set of permaculture principles can be found via David Holmgren here.

We feel that this is a crucial time, an inflection point in the history of the human species, and that intentional permaculture design is one tool to meet the challenges ahead of us. And because every situation is unique, it presents the opportunity for limitless creativity.

We don’t “do” permaculture. We use it, wherever we are and in conjunction with whatever talents and passions we already have. Permaculture is for builders, lawyers, artists, and caretakers. For community organizers, teachers, gardeners, accountants, and scientists. Permaculture can help in any facet of human communities, and the more diverse and varied the movement becomes, the stronger and more resilient it will be.