Integrated Design | Integrated design examples | Ecological design photos | Consulting | Ecological design Q&AFree Newsletter


Permaculture Design

Original Permaculture Designs, Resources, & Information on


On this page:

Oasis Permaculture Design

Oasis Design is a wellspring of original content and designs which you won't find elsewhere.

We specialize in the nuts and bolts of sustainability—practical systems for living well, in harmony with nature and each other. These include designs for managing water, wastewater, energy, money and other resources.

Our goal is to live really well, on a small amount of well-managed resources, and help others do the same. We don't need resource wars...we just need to make the most of our fair share.

There are several hundred pages of free permaculture information here on our web site, as well as an additional several hundred in our books and articles.

We hope you enjoy your visit, and find something which helps you thrive.

Yours, The Oasis Team


Permaculture design consulting info

PermacultureSite evaluation form

Permaculture activism

Permaculture Frequently asked questions

Home school in hammoc at creek.

"The most important permaculture design tool is a hammock"


Permaculture Lectures and Workshops

Ecoversity graywater workshop attendees


Permaculture education: upcoming and past presentations on on permaculture-related topics


Permaculture Books and Articles

Water Storage-book

Oasis greywater-book

Builder's GW Guide-book

Maruata at the Crossroads (download)

Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands (book by Brad Lancaster)

Hand Sculpted House (book)

Rocket Mass Heaters (book)

Creating a Life Together (book)

Eco Design Principles-download

Green 4,000 ft2 home?

Water Quality Testing Procedures and Information Packet (download)

Understanding Wild Water (download)

Edible Landscaping - Fruit Tree Selection Chart: tool for agroforestry, permaculture gardens

Vote for new content: which new permaculture books should we write?

Ecological Design

Bubinga hardwood gate made from guitar factory milling reject wood.

Integrated Design

Eco Design Principles-download

Ecological design/permaculture photos

Integrated design examples: permaculture principles in practice

Permaculture in an Indigenous community

Nature & balance gallery: natural artwork

Ecological design Q&A

Green 4,000 ft2 home?

Integrated design examples

Eco village house : permaculture design example

Web design : maximize information sharing for ecological and social good



Greywater Central

Greywater central: the most complete greywater resource on the web

Common greywater mistakes

Oasis greywater-book: the world's best-selling greywater book

Builder's GW Guide-book

Wild water wisdom-article

Indoor greywater reuse

System selection chart-pdf

Gray water workshop

Greywater policy centerGreywater laws and suggested improvements


Rain water runoff catchment  harvesting dam with filter.

Water Central

Water central: info, books, articles on natural water system design based on permaculture principles

Water Storage-book

Wild water wisdom-article

Water testing-download: How to do your own water tests

Understanding water class

Fecal coliform counts

Slow sand filters

Rainwater harvesting


Bikes, busses and pedestrians co-exisisting on Copenhagen street.
Bikes and Public Transportation in Copenhagen


Transport/ bicycles  : sustainable transportation

The way of the bicycle

Invincible bearings

Healthy is sexy: bike!

How safe is bicycling?

What driving costs


Photo: Dave Muscroft

Drum dance circle in Santa Barbara

Full Moon drumming and dancing resources


Beautiful indoor composting toilet installation.

Composting Toilets

Composting toilet Q&A

Composting toilets suppliers list


Art Ludwig's Bio

Art Ludwig is an ecological systems designer with 27 years full-time experience in water, wastewater systems, energy, shelter and human powered transport. His specialty is complex, integrated "systems of systems."  Art has studied and worked in 22 different countries, consulted for the states of New York and New Mexico on water reuse policy, and given dozens of lectures and workshops.

He designed his own education in Ecological Systems Design, graduating from UC Berkeley. At Berkeley, he developed the first cleaners specifically designed to be biocompatible with plants and soil, and founded a successful business to manufacture and distribute them. Art studied permaculture with Bill Molllison in New Zealand and Australia. He has authored numerous articles (including one on water testing procedures) as well as the books "Water Storage" "Principles of Ecological Design," and "Create an Oasis with Greywater."


Permaculture Definitions

Dan Hemenway

Permaculture integrates people into Nature's design. A permaculture design provides us with shelter, food, water, income, community and aesthetic and spiritual fulfillment within a balanced and healthy biological community.

Permaculture is Applied Science and Ecology; Ethical design of human systems for a sustainable future. It offers practical solutions to the global environmental and cultural crises we now face.

Permaculture (Permanent Culture) is the conscious design and co-creative evolution of agriculturally productive ecosystems and cooperative and economically just social systems which have the diversity, stability and resilience of 'natural' systems. It is the harmonious integration of landscape and people providing their food, energy, shelter and other material and non-material needs in a sustainable way. The practice and development of liberating mental, emotional and spiritual ways of being. It seeks to provide a sustainable and secure place for living things on this earth.


Permaculture seeks to design sustainable lifestyles based on conditions unique to each place and designed according to the same principles by which nature integrates other species into her ecosystems. While permaculture obtains its design principles through careful study and search for comparable principles in nature, permaculture strategies are based on the realities of the 20th century.

Ben Haggard

Permaculture is a design system that reconciles human communities with the ecological imperatives of a living planet. Permaculture design may be used to restore ecosystems, create sustainable farms & healthy towns, & promote economic systems that support Earth care.

Permaculture provides an ethical & holistic foundation for sustainable culture. The principles are derived from three basic ethics: Care for the Earth; Care for people; Limit needs & reinvest in the future.

The core emphasis of permaculture is that landscapes are complex & integrated wholes. Ecosystems are healthy & relatively stable when their parts are connected in a diverse web of relationships. In a Permaculture design, decisions flow naturally from observations of these relationships. Decisions that arise from connection are inherently functional & frequently beautiful.

Permaculture uses the energies of wind, sun, water, soil & the myriad biological processes of the world's organisms. These powerful energies, used appropriately, assist in reclaiming soils. Forest, prairie, & river systems regenerate. waste products are minimal & reused. Human Communities provide for their own needs in small, efficient farms & gardens, allowing the broad landscape to return to health.

Permaculture is a body of knowledge, susceptible to learning & teaching. But it is is also a way of organizing knowledge, a connecting system that integrates science, art, politics, anthropology, sociology, psychology, & the diverse experiences & resources available in any community.

Guy Baldwin, Cortez Is, BC

Permaculture is a holistic approach to landscape design and human culture. It is an attempt to integrate several disciplines, including biology, ecology, geography, agriculture, architecture, appropriate technology, gardening and community building.

Peter Bane

Permaculture is the conscious design of "cultivated" ecosystems that have the diversity, stability, & resilience of natural ecosystems. It is a harmonious integration of people into the landscape in such a way that the land grows in richness, productivity, and aesthetic beauty.

Permaculture is an ethical design system for creating human environments that are ecologically sound & economically viable. Permaculture systems provide for their own needs, do not exploit or pollute, & are therefore sustainable.


Permaculture is a design system that works toward establishing productive environments - providing for food, shelter, energy, waste recycling, material & non-material need - as well as the social & economic infrastructures that support them. It aims to create systems that will sustain the present as well as future generations.

Bill Mollison

Permaculture. A copyright word, owned as a common copyright by the Permaculture Institutes & their graduates. Derived from "Permanent" and "Culture," as follows: Permanent: From the Latin permanens, to remain to the end, to persist throughout (per = through, manere = to continue) - Culture: From the Latin cultura - cultivation of land, or the intellect. Now generalized to mean all those habits, beliefs, or activities than sustain human societies.

Thus, Permaculture is the study of the design of those sustainable or enduring systems that support human society, both agricultural & intellectual, traditional & scientific, architectural, financial & legal. It is the study of integrated systems, for the purpose of better design & application of such systems.


Permaculture is a philosophy of working with, rather than against nature; of protracted & thoughtful observation rather than protracted & thoughtless action; of looking at systems in all their functions rather than asking only one yield of them & of allowing systems to demonstrate their own evolutions.

Bill Mollison & Scott Pittman

Permaculture (Permanent Agriculture) is the conscious design and maintenance of cultivated ecosystems which have the diversity, stability & resilience of natural ecosystems. It is the harmonious integration of landscape, people & appropriate technologies, providing good, shelter, energy & other needs in a sustainable way. Permaculture is a philosophy and an approach to land use which works with natural rhythms & patterns, weaving together the elements of microclimate, annual & perennial plants, animals, water & soil management, & human needs into intricately connected & productive communities.

Graham Bell

Permaculture is the conscious design and maintenance of agriculturally productive systems which have the diversity, stability, and resilience of natural ecosystems. It is the harmonious integration of the landscape with people providing their food, energy, shelter and other material and non-material needs in a sustainable way.


Permaculture Resources

Regenerative Design Institute- Non-profit educational org. in Bolinas, CA that focuses on hands-on skills development.

Proyecto San Isidro

Cob Cottage Company Suggest you purchase the Hand Sculpted House and attend one of Ianto's life-changing workshops.

Permaculture Activist magazine

Aprovecho Institute

The Institute of Reverential Ecology


Santa Barbara Permaculture Network

Earthflow Design Works Landscaping and permaculture design

Occidental Arts and Ecology Center

Pikes Peak Permaculture

Cascadia Permaculture

Bullock's Permaculture Portal Permaculture site on Orcas Island

Education for Sustainable Living--program of the California Student Sustainability Coalition of permaculture forums and discussion, including many discussions on content on

More permaculture links on various ecological design topics