Books written by our contributors and friends
Many of the people who contribute to our films are experts in their field. In natural building, permaculture design, collaborative decision making and much more. These links will send you to the book retailers, with whom we have an affiliate program, but you may wish to search for them elsewhere.
David Holmgren is famous for being the co-originator of permaculture. He has a property in rural Victoria, Melliodora, where he lives with his partner Su Dennett and puts into practice many of the techniques about which he speaks in his books.
Robin Clayfield lives at Crystal Waters Permaculture Village in Queensland, is a facilitator for groups and gatherings and runs courses as part of her Dynamic Groups, Dynamic Learning company.
Claire Dunn is a writer, journalist, educator and barefoot explorer. Leaving her high-pressured job as an environmental campaigner, her partner and busy city life behind, Claire embarked on a journey of self-discovery and healing while learning wilderness survival skills during a year in the bush. My Year Without Matches is the story of her journey.
Greg Foyster - A Melbourne author and resident of Murundaka Co-Housing community, Greg and his partner Sophie cycled the length of Australia in search of a simpler way of life.
Glen Ochre was a founder member of Commonground Co-Operative and the Groupwork Institute. She brought a lifetime of experience and skill to group facilitation, collaborative decision-making and conflict resolution.
Paul Wimbush is a co-founder of Lammas ecovillage in Wales and presenter of more than half of the episodes on Living in the Future.
John Seed is a founder member of Bodhi Farm community and now lives with his partner and young son at Narara ecovillage near Sydney. he developed, with Joanna Macey, the Council for All Beings and established the Rainforest Information Centre in response to a need for more knowledge about their rich diversity.
Dr. Bill Metcalf
Dr. Bill Metcalf is a social historian with an avid interest in community. He speaks with authority and humour about the realities of communal living in his books, and makes an informed narrator in the Deep Listening film.
Tony Wrench (episode 16) is referred to in the Lammas film as “the UK’s premier roundhouse builder” and that’s not an understatement. He lives in Wales with his partner Faith in a roundhouse which began as a planning aberration and ended up on the cover of the new Welsh planning guidelines for One Planet Living.
Eric Maddern is a storyteller who lives in North Wales on a piece of land on which he has built a village of different natural homes. Initially rejected by the planning authority, Cae Mabon is now celebrated as a place of architectural excellence. He has written many storybooks, some of which you can see above.
Alistair Knox was a maverick building designer who pioneered the mudbrick house in the area of Eltham, near Melbourne.
In this rich and moving story, Melbourne writer Maya Ward embarks on a pilgrimage which traces the Yarra river along the ancient Aboriginal song line from the sea back to its source in the hills above the city. On the way, she weaves in historical and cultural tidbits from the world of both traditional and modern Australia which flavour the trip with a deep and poignant significance.