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Apologies if our phones and emails go unanswered. Apologies if we miss appointments, lunch dates and birthday parties. We are too busy reading the latest addition to the Melliodora Publishing family:

The Art of Frugal Hedonism: A guide to spending less while enjoying everything more

By Annie Raser-Rowland with Adam Grubb, authors of the hugely popular Weed Forager’s Handbook

The Art of Frugal Hedonism

About the book

A lot of stuff we spend money on actually makes life less enjoyable in the long run. And a lot of cheap and free stuff is very enjoyable indeed. So why choose the stuff that requires us to work all the time and get stressed about bank balances? The stuff that leads to looking in the mirror and seeing your dear face grown all puffy from too many pad Thai takeaways eaten mid-commute, because finding the energy to cook at the end of the day often feels impossible. To gazing at your house full of random possessions that seemed wonderful when you bought them but now seem to demand more care, organising, and storage space than you have the capacity for. To finding yourself at the gym, or maybe on the therapist’s couch, suspecting that you wouldn’t need to be there if you just had the time to sleep in more, or to go out dancing, like you’d love to.

“This is not a good scene!” declares the Frugal Hedonist, and opts for ditching some pricier habits and lifestyle expectations in favour of less stress. They focus their spending where it provides maximum bang per buck, and become connoisseurs of free pleasures. Then they kick back and reap the rewards.

What the heck are we talking about already? Let’s get example-y.

A Frugal Hedonist might often catch up with friends by taking a long walk together and raving about the week’s thoughts, rather than by buying drinks at a bar. They’ve noticed that the passing scenery adds just as much to the conversation as assessing the merits of the latest craft beer. They probably also go to bars now and again, but the simple act of frequently choosing the walk, means that over time layers of saved money and improved butt-tone add up to make the Frugal Hedonist enjoy other aspects of life more. Like being able to afford an extra week of unpaid holiday time over the summer, or wearing tight pants. And their friends associate them as much with the sound of birdsong or having seen a cloud in the shape of a gorilla doing push-ups, as with waking up with a blurry head and an empty wallet.

We could go on. But there’s a book that does that. It’s called… The Art of Frugal Hedonism.

“The freest and most contented people pretty much follow the advice in The Art of Frugal Hedonism.” ~ Clive Hamilton, author of Growth Fetish and co-author of Affluenza.

The Art of Frugal Hedonism is an absolute joy. It is good-natured not pious, humane not self-righteous and a guide to ethical living that makes the impossible possible. I am happy to make this my bible.” ~ Christos Tsiolkas, author of The Slap

“An invaluable harvest of tips oozing with hedonistic wit and wonder. Packed with ideas about why and how we are to live with less to ensure we have a hell of a lot more.” ~ Meg Ulman, co-author of The Art of Free Travel

“In an age that is obsessed with consumer trinkets and oblivious to waste, the philosophy of frugal hedonism provides a welcome and necessary antidote. The simplicity of this message is profound. Be frugal and be free.” ~ Samuel Alexander, co-director of the Simplicity Institute

Who is it for?

  • For people who want to reshape their spending for maximum pleasure and minimum pain.
  • For people who are already challenging cultural consumption assumptions, but would love a little backup now and again.
  • For anyone who gets a kick out of reading humorous writing (laced with a lot of nifty science) that inspires thoughts about the braver and better things in life.

You can read sample chapters and buy your copy here.

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Principles & Pathways reviewed and updated for eBook

An extract of David Holmgren’s prologue from the newly released eBook edition of Permaculture: Principles & Pathways Beyond Sustainability


The world has changed radically since Permaculture: Principles & Pathways Beyond Sustainability (PP&PBS) was first published in 2002. By many environmental, economic and social measures, local communities and global systems are now in crisis and even collapse. The premise of the book was that the ‘energy descent’ future would inevitably require new ways of thinking to replace the failing principles that guided industrialisation, modernity and globalisation.

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In reflecting on the book, I remain happy with the eclectic mix of abstract theory, grounded examples and personal anecdotes that riled academic and editorial sensibilities. While some ideas and points remain speculative, many others have since become clearer through the course of a growing body of practice and more than a decade of turbulent world history that we have lived through. For example, for the well-informed, Peak Oil has moved from speculative concept to historical reality that underpins the explosive growth in renewable energy, economic contraction and geopolitical realignment. Similarly, the environmentally heretical positive view of species naturalisation that I articulated in the book, is now supported by a rapidly growing body of peer reviewed science within the new field of study of ‘novel ecosystems’.

The delay in producing an eBook version of the text (not having a publisher driven by financial logic) has been fortuitous because it has allowed a comprehensive review of the text to improve grammar, use of terms, and an update and the addition of references. Most importantly the capacities of a digital edition enabled live links to updated web addresses and direct cross referencing to precise points in the text rather than general chapter references. This allows the reader, including those who have read the printed book, to explore in more depth the non-linear nature of systems thinking that accounts for at least some of the difficulty of this work. The fully searchable text allows the reader to easily find a point that this labyrinthian character tends to hide.

Readers of existing translations can be assured that the changes made are of a minor in nature compared to the great difficulty in translation generally and especially for this work. We trust that the painstaking translation work, by those with an understanding of and commitment to the concepts, has captured the text for the better but we hope the text of this digital edition will make any future translations a little easier.

As ever I remain one of permaculture’s strongest internal critics in insisting that for permaculture concepts and teaching to remain relevant, it must be grounded in practical action that regenerates nature and improves the lives of ordinary and especially impoverished people. In addition, it must remain open to influence from parallel and complementary concepts, movements and ideas that are contributing to a gentler and more benign energy descent future in which nature’s wealth is regenerated and humanity finds its place in that natural order.

David Holmgren
Melliodora  April 2015


shop_PPPBS-eBook_800sPermaculture: Principles & Pathways Beyond Sustainability eBook is now available as an ePub for AUD$20.

The ePub file download can be opened and read on most modern smart phones, tablets and desktop computers using appropriate software, like iBooks for Apple users.

489 pages in standard display size on an iPad2

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Pip ahoy

PIP Logo_red:Pink_FINALAustralia is to have a Permaculture periodical in the form of PIP Magazine. The new magazine on permaculture and sustainable living features informative articles on various aspects of permaculture as well as profiles on people, projects, gardens, farms, houses and businesses. It is full of practical ideas, recipes, reviews, a directory containing permaculture related businesses, courses and people and a classifieds section. Gorgeously designed and printed in colour on 100 percent recycled paper, the magazine will no doubt make permaculture and sustainable living look more attractive too.

 

Harvest14_Banner_640x350-01The new magazine will be launched at Melbourne’s Ceres, as a part of its 15th annual Autumn Harvest Festival on Saturday 22nd March. The festival is going to be huge with free workshops and practical demonstrations, and of course, lots of good and local food. Liz Stringer and a score of other live musicians will keep the festive mood going for a whole day. David Holmgren will help set sail the newest Australian permaculture magazine Pip at 11 am.

 

 

Here is the interview Pip founding editor, Robyn Rosenfeldt did with David, discussing how we can change the world.

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Magazine subscription here.

 

 

 

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The Tea House launches

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Last month a new collection of poems by Venie Holmgren was published. Since then Venie has had launches in Daylesford and Castlemaine promoting The Tea House Poems. The  Melbourne launch will be held this Thursday Dec 5th (4.30pm) at Collected Works bookshop in the city.

Most people report they just love Venie’s poetry, as well here are some endorsements from people who know what they are talking about:

It’s rare to find a book that works so well as a sustained, quiet sequence, with a real sense of personality and as well as sharp intelligence

Ross Gillett

The most beautiful collection of poetry I have read in the longest time.

Jordie Albiston

I hold her teahouse poems more gently than I do most, in my hands.

Kathy Kituai

Exquisite and glorious

Lizz Murphy

Perfectly poised work. A remarkable book.

Peter O’Mara

A lovely production, perfectly suited to your [Venie’s] spare, elegant poems.

Chris Mansell

A much needed story of old age told by a master poet.

Dorothy Bysouth

Here are some of the highlights recorded in Daylesford and Castlemaine.

Peter O’Mara launching Venie’s new book, read some from the Tea House Poems in Daylesford, accompanied by Tony Soccio on mandolin.

Here’s one of Venie’s performances.

Nola Firth made a launching speech at Castelmaine, while Ross Donlon M.C.’d.

The Tea House Poems are available from Lulu.com.

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“Changing gears” launch

Hop on your bike and head on over to Daylesford’s Paradise Books on Friday Oct 4 for the book launch of Changing Gears: A Pedal-Powered Detour from the Rat Race.   David Holmgren, as featured in the book, and as a genuine ‘local’, will say a few words to give the book a push start and get the wheels rolling.                   

Looking for inspiration about how to simplify their lives, Greg Foyster and Sophie Chishkovsky cycle from Melbourne to Far North Queensland (via Tasmania, naturally). Preposterously underprepared, they are propelled by the many inspiring and eccentric characters they meet – from a forest activist living up a tree to an 18th-century woodsman and a monk walking barefoot through Queensland. Featuring eye-opening encounters with DIY downshifters and leading figures in sustainability, Changing Gears is a jaunty adventure that explores an important question for the future: can we be happier with less?

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Oi da Australia

This is the video message sent from David Holmgren for the launch of his Principles book in Portuguese, “Permacultura: príncípíos e camínhos além da sustentabílídade” published in Brasil.

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In Spanish

Permacultura, Principios y senderos mas allá de la sustentabilidad de David Holmgren
 libro recientemente editado en castellaellano.

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Este es el libro tan esperado por los permacultores de habla hispana, seguidores de los pasos de David Holmgren, co-creador de la Permacultura.  En este nuevo libro Holmgren hace un propio rediseño de sus ideas iniciales, permitiendo que la permacultura a una nueva etapa de mayor alcance en las propuestas para el cambio. La union de su amplio análisis de la situación global, con su dedicación por años en el trabajo de campo, ha generado estos 12 principios de diseño de permacultura que ofrecen propuestas claras para diseñar sociedades que puedan adaptarse a los desafíos presentes.

Sus páginas se convierten en un material clave para todos aquellos que quieran aplicar la permacultura.

http://www.kaicron.com.ar/paginas/ecologia/permacultura.htm

Distibuye Instituto Argentino de permacultura
http://www.gaia.org.ar/  •   gaia@gaia.org.ar  •  ecovillagaia@gmail.com

Consultar por distribución directa en España y México y otros países!

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