Permaculture is the solution.

What is Permaculture?

Permaculture is a set of design principles centered around whole systems thinking, simulating or directly utilizing the patterns and resilient features observed in natural ecosystems.

Typically we see these principals applied to regenerative agriculture, however they can be applied to business, community, basically any form of organization you can imagine. Including the GoodLifeGang.

The science of Permaculture is guided by 3 core tenets and several key design theories.


Permaculture's 3 core tenets are as follows:

Care for Earth:

We need the Earth to survive, so we must base all plans on taking care of it. This includes all non human life on Earth.

Care for People:
Promotes self-reliance and responsibility towards the greater community.

Fair Shares (Return of Surplus):
Take what you need, return the rest. This includes all forms of abundance, including wealth, knowledge, experiences and more in order to build better communities.

12 Design Principles of Nature

These 12 principals are the guiding rules for identifying, designing, and implementing work.

1: Observe & Interact

Join forces with nature, learn processes first handed by taking passive and active observation of patterns and shapes.

2: Catch & Store Energy

The realization that everything is energy, even captial. It's another form of energy and could be interpreted as an opening for the future.

3: Obtain a Yield

Time is valueable - do not give yourself away for the sake of working.

4: Use & value renewable resources

Work with this in mind. Use, renew and recycle what you can in your workspace. Use green products and services.

5: Self-Govern & Accept Feedback

Get yourself organized and get structures in place to avoid overlfow. In work, company growth, or in keeping yourself on duty.

6: No-Waste Communications

Remember that people's time andmind share are precious. Design communication to be valuable information, not pollute visually or create junk.

7: Design From Patterns to Details

When beginning a design, look at the overall picture. However, first ask yourself what do I want to accomplish? What types of visuals could support that message?

8: Integrate Over Segregate

Maximizing the realationship for optimized results can be translated to effectively designed communication by relating the parts to the whole.

9: Smaller & Slower Solutions

"More is better" is an idea that needs to be rethought. There are many advantages to narrow, smarter thinking that recognizes niche possibilities.

10: Cherish Diversity

Nature never relies on just one solution. Complexity and diversity are essential to flexibility.

11: Understand the Value of Edges

In nature, edges define the changes between processes or cycles. Nature draws lines from grassland to mountains. The same applies in design.

12: Follow Nature's Lead of Resilience

Nature is abstract, meditative, always in flux. Continuously re-balancing, restoring itself as new circumstances occur in the environment. 

Zones, Guilds and Layers


Zones: An intelligent organization of design features based on frequency of use/need.

Layers: Production through stacking functions in three dimensions.


Guilds: A combination of parts that work better as a whole than as individuals.

The GLG Permaculture Bookshelf

Reads that we personally recommend.

Restoration Agriculture

Mark Shepard

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Sepp Holzers Permaculture: A Practical Guide to Small-Scale, Integrative Farming and Gardening

Sepp Holzer

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The Resilient Farm and Homestead: An Innovative Permaculture and Whole Systems Design Approach

Ben Falk

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No Risk Ranching: Custom Grazing on Leased Land

Greg Judy

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Gaia's Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture

Toby Hemenway

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Paradise Lot

Eric Toensmeier

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Comeback Farms

Greg Judy

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Everything I Want to do is Illegal

Joel Salatin

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You Can Farm: The Entrepreneur's Guide to Start & Succeed in a Farming Enterprise

Joel Salatin

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The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals

Michael Pollan

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The Third Plate: Field Notes on the Future of Food

Dan Barber

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The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich

Tim Ferriss

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Prefer podcasts? Here's what we're listening to:

The Survival Podcast

The Joe Rogan Experience

The Joe Rogan Experiance

Joel Salatin
Paul Stamets

The Tim Ferriss Show

The Tim Ferriss Show

Visit Tim's Website

Visual Learner? Here's a few videos to take you down a YouTube rabbit hole.

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