Over time different communities are emerging as part of the Making Permaculture Stronger project. Currently there are two streams of communities that meet regularly online – practice and inquiry.


Currently a group of 15-20 of us meet online every six weeks for a few hours to grow and support each other’s design practice. Most sessions include:

  • Dan inviting us to reflect on how we currently think about or approach some key aspect of permaculture design process (this usually happens in breakout groups of two or three people).
  • Dan then shares a framework he’s been working with that makes several different ways of approaching that thing explicit. Participants now reflect on how their originally articulated understanding sits (or doesn’t sit) within this context.
  • Members from the group share either an upcoming, ongoing, or recently completed design process experience. Often this involves sharing something they agreed to do during the last session. Anyone sharing benefits from reflections from Dan and the rest of the group.
  • Sometimes Dan sharing ideas or diagrams from one of his books-in-preparation

A key focus of this group is collaboratively becoming more literate in the dynamics of healthy design process.

The usual way to join this group is to support the project and become a patron at the $20 per month or above tier. However if for whatever reason this is unfeasible please contact Dan to explain your situation as he doesn’t want to exclude anyone on financial grounds if participating in this group would make your permaculture work in the world more effective.


For people becoming patrons of the project at the $50 or above tier, in addition to the standard community gatherings, a smaller group of us meet in between those gatherings where there is the intimacy to really get to know each other as unique individuals and go deeper in supporting each other’s evolution as designers. This means there is a chance to connect every three weeks if you attend both groups and as well as having detailed individual support from Dan and others in your practice, you will be welcome to fully participate in the behind-the-scenes development of the shape of Making Permaculture Stronger moving forward.

Please be in touch if any of these options appeal to you or you have any questions or reflections. Also keep in mind it only takes two of us to start a new group off!