the downshifter’s guide to a resilient future

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Are you looking to create a more sustainable life?
Would you like to be more resilient in the face of growing uncertainties?
Would you like to retrofit your house, your community and your life?
Are you interested in downshifting but don’t know where to start?

Whether you’re interested in the big picture of how, as communities, we can downshift our energy use, or the details of how you can grow more food for your family, RetroSuburbia is rich with real world examples and behavioural strategies applied by those already on the downshifting path.

“Aren’t we all craving real world ways to make an impact, and make our lives feel significant in the face of the global challenges we face?”
David Holmgren asks.

Part A

the Scene

B: Built Field

Patterns of
Human Habitats

C: Biological Field

Patterns of
life and growth

D: Behaviour Field

Patterns of
decisions and actions

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A heartfelt thank you

Thank you to the following people for their generous support to the RetroSuburbia campaign so far.


Joanna Richardson, Hamish Murphy, Davin Eberhardt from Biologic PerformanceOstii Ananda Flowji, Belinda Hopcroft, Sylvia and Pete the Permie.


Brett Adamson, Ed Adamthwaite, Harlem Valley Homestead, Jamie Bowyer, Mal and Meg, Sue Brunskill, Selina Cheng, Alan Cummine, Martin Fallding, Jetto’s Patch, Graeme George, Emily Gimellaro, Tony Gimellaro, Pat and Helen Grace, Andrea Hamer, Jenny & Sol Hanna, Bec Hopper, Brett Hough, Robyn and Lynda, Yandoit Farm, Joy Finch, Sebastian Kitchen, Kat Lavers, Campbell Loader, Jen Love-Huppatz, Resilio Studio, Auckland Permaculture Workshop, Greater South East Permaculture Group, Mark Mathieson – The PermaPsychology Institute, Kym McCarthy, Jenny McGrath, Eliza Mills, Jo & Dylan, Alexander Olsson, Len Pavelka, Jeremy P, Jane Ramsay, Ellen Richardson, Nikolas Rosalski, Diana Saucedo, Mary and Duncan Joske Shaw, Virginia + Stephen Solomon, Jaine & Martin Stockler, Malcolm Swan, Terry Thompson, Dr James Ward, Olly Nada Helen, Monica Winston, Lukas Worth, Shayne and Tracie, Yael and Matty, Wendy Marchment, anonymous x 5


Kate & Dave Allen, Terry Avery, Phil Baulch, David Beaty, Maryanne Bell, Purple Pear Farm, Peter Brandis, Anthony Briggs, Jye Brodie Snowdon, Steve Burton, Sue Burton, Jenni Clugston, Dick Copeman, Maureen Corbett, Tracey C, Peter Dawkins, Christopher Milton Dixon, Terry Dolman, Clare Dunn, Pia Ednie-Brown, Laura Fisher, Rocco Fornari, Greg Foyster, Robert J Freeman, Kellie Galletly, Morag Gamble, Kerry Gibbons, Kelly Gillespie, John Grogan, Simeon Hanscamp, Lucas Ihlein, Nate Keen, Lisa Kelly, Cecilia King, Roshan klissarov, Heather Lamont, Fair Harvest Permaculture, Ann and Felix MacNeill, Michelle Mahony, Helen Mann, Kathryn Marks, Diane & Greg Nightscales, Ryan Noll, Greg O’Keefe, Rachel Pontin, Vishnu Prahalad, Kushala Prem, Deborah Punton Greensong, Lalitha Raman, Doug Rolfe, Wendy @up_on_the_rooftop, Meg Smith, Jo Stubbs, Catherine Sullivan, Paul and Carmel, Hinkler Loft, Spruce Tip Farm and Nursery, Anja Williams, Gordon Williams, Sophie W, Jonathon Wright


Akasamati Thompson, Alison Heeley, Andy Ashton, Angus, Annabel Mazzotti, Annette Dahler, Anthony Giarratano, Aranka Young Melbourne Australia, Atlanta Camilleri, Ben Bush, Bev Courtney, Bob Parker, Bridie De Vecchi, Brooke Caddell, Caroline Smith, Chris Ennis, Christine Wilcox, Clíodhna Lancaster UK, Dan Milne, Erin Young, Etienne Gernez, Giselle Burningham, Watts Permaculture, Greg and Carol Colwill, Heli Iso-Aho, Janoel Liddy Morrey, 13 Albion Street, Jennifer Arrow, Joanne Blythe, Johan Swinnen, John Quinlan, Woodies Contribution, Kate Pospisil & Family, Keryn, Kevin Bayuk, Laura Fisher, Li Milla, Wildcat Artists Canada, Llewellyn Wishart, Marianne Worley, Mary Ragno, Murray Watson, Nicole Manuel, Nikki Valentini, Robyn Clayfield, Roger Wolfe, Rosemary S, Ruby Blessing, Sadie Chrestman, Sally Foran, Shannon in Malaysia, Stephen Lloyd, Susan McQueen, Sylvain Eymard, Tom Maxwell, Very Edible Gardens, The Malthouse Tidmarsh Lane, anonymous x 5

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Feeding RetroSuburbia

Interested in rebuilding the household economy?

David Holmgren’s upcoming book RetroSuburbia
highlights the ongoing and incremental changes we can make
to our built, biological and behavioural landscapes.

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