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Subtle Disruptors podcast

There is a moment when I am talking with David Holmgren that I notice a shift in myself. He has been sharing the origins of the concept of permaculture in the 1970s, and how quickly it was picked up by people at the time.

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Canberra Weekly Review

RetroSuburbia is a fascinating and sometimes confronting book about preparing for an expected “energy descent future”. Author David Holmgren believes that collectively as individuals we can foster increased resilience in a rapidly changing world – especially through connecting with like-minded people in our community.

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Rune Soup podcast

Gordon from Rune Soup talks all things permaculture and Retrosuburbia with David Holmgren.

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All Being Well

In many homes worldwide, David Holmgren is a beloved name. As the co-creator of the global permaculture movement, his work has touched millions of lives, and can be seen etched into the gardens of inner city projects, community co-operatives and large-scale farms.

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3RRR’s Greening the Apocalypse

Author, environmental designer and co-originator of the permaculture concept, David Holmgren, joins the team on Greening the Apocalypse to discuss what a RetroSuburban future might look like.

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Green Magazine: Permaculture Propagator

David Holmgren is a passionate activist committed to shaking up the status quo. To his devoted followers – as witnessed at this year’s Sustainable Living Festival in Melbourne – he is the oracle from on high, the rockstar of permaculture. This consummate pedagogue is now fervently espousing his message of...

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The New York Times: An Australian environmentalist’s next act

David Holmgren grows almost everything he eats. He doesn’t own a mobile phone or a television, and most of his clothing is secondhand. He never flies, won’t go to a supermarket and can’t remember his credit card PIN.

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Seymour Telegraph: Is Seymour ready for ecological renewal?

Globally recognised ecological thinker, David Holmgren, has identified Seymour as a potential key model for regional community-based ecological renewal.

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Permaculture Design Magazine review

A major new addition to the permaculture canon, this practical book offers the most complete example of its author’s approach to living so far published, and exemplifies what motivated him to articulate the permaculture thesis with Bill Mollison in the 70s.

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Seymour Telegraph: Urging sustainable living

Have you ever wanted to live cleaner or smarter? Perhaps grow your own produce, try permaculture or perhaps go completely off-grid?

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Australian Women’s Weekly: Sustainable Suburbia

In the sprawling suburbs of Western Sydney, tucked down the end of a cul de sac in St Claire, is the solar-powered home of Nevin and Linda Sweeney. It sits within a garden that provides them with all the food they need. They have cultivated a lush, edible oasis that...

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Rob Hopkins’ RetroSuburbia Review

I am increasingly fascinated by two words I think are vital to our future, but which I see declining in the world around us, “what if?” Navigating a way to a safe, nurturing and liveable future requires our coming together to create What If spaces, places and events where we...

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RetroSuburbia gives us a philosophical & practical series of tool-kits on how to change our suburbs, country towns, cities & ourselves - to live, as Paul Hawken says, as if it were a sacred act.

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In conversation with Morag Gamble

In this interview Morag Gamble explores why David wrote RetroSuburbia, his vision for cities and where he feels we need to put our energy.

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Radio Adelaide interview

RetroSuburbia: it’s not a political manifesto, but it could easily be one, as it links to many of the major social and political issues of our time.

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ABC Organic Gardener

Abdallah House retrosuburban case study + book review.

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Seymour FM: EarthChat interview

Host Phil Bourne interviews RetroSuburbia designer + case study star Richard Telford, and project manager + editor at large, Beck Lowe.

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RetroSuburbia: Comments by Peter Harper

RetroSuburbia is undoubtedly a tour de force, and it is not too much to say it is also a masterpiece. It represents the distillation of a lifetime of experience by one of our generation’s most acute and original minds. Further, one of our generation’s most untiring observers and practitioners.

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ABC’s The Conversation Hour

Jon's guest is environmental designer, gardener, futurist, and author David Holmgren, co-originator of the permaculture concept (with Bill Mollison). His new book is RetroSuburbia: the downshifter’s guide to a resilient future (Melliodora Publishing).

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RetroSuburbia Review: Owner Builder magazine

In his long awaited new book, David Holmgren throws out a challenge to all of us – can we adapt in place, and thrive?

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Grass Roots review

Rather than longing for acreage so you can achieve your self-reliance dreams, Holmgren's long-awaited tome is a blueprint for doing it now, and turning a bog standard suburban backyard into a resilient and productive food garden.

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ABC Gardening Australia review

Permaculture co-originator and renowned ecological thinker David Holmgren explores how to activate change and adopt practical solutions for a carbon-positive, low energy future.

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Retrofitting the suburbs: Owner Builder magazine

Our 1000m2 plot, which we call Tree Elbow, sits on the edge of town, the Central Lake Reserve and the Wombat State Forest in Daylesford, Central Victoria. When we moved here nearly a decade ago the vacant swampy block had only two trees: an oak to the north and a...

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Milkwood review

This book is dangerous. In its essence, RetroSuburbia invites and inspires us all to stay right where we are. Turning our suburbs upside down, to make the world we want.

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ABC Big Ideas podcast: Transforming the Suburbs

Whether it’s a herb pot on the windowsill or tomatoes in the garden, we are being encouraged to grow at least some of our own produce for a healthier and more sustainable lifestyle. In some parts of our cities and towns community gardens are flourishing. Chickens and native bees are...

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The Local Magazine

How are we to live? At a time when changes in everything from the weather to how politics and the economy work, uncertainty barges in, accompanied by fear and society becomes increasingly divided, this is the Big Question.

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