Books By Looby Macnamara

Looby has published 4 books; Cultural Emergence, People and Permaculture, 7 Ways to Think Differently and Strands of Infinity.

Cultural Emergence is the fourth book Looby has written and comes out in December 2020.

People and Permaculture is the first book to directly explore the ways in which we can use permaculture principles and design to enhance our well-being, relationships and society.

7 Ways to Think Differently explores ways to address personal, social and environmental concerns in simple practical steps in our daily lives, helping us to make incremental, achievable changes.

Strands of Infinity is a collection of over 40 poems which take the reader on a journey from the personal to the global.

You can find out more about each of them below. If you want to order a book click the buy the book button and it will take you to our shop page. 

People and Permaculture

People and Permaculture  is the first book to explore how to use permaculture design and principles for people. It widens the definition of permaculture and takes it right into the heart of our own lives, relationships and society. It provides a clear framework and guidance for both experienced permaculturists and people completely new to permaculture. It is for anyone who wishes to live a more creative, abundant life.

This book is full of stories, interviews, personal anecdotes and practical exercises with tried and tested, step by step techniques. People & Permaculture is a pioneering guide to creating a regenerative world. An introduction to the second edition can be downloaded here.

People and Permaculture is a powerful, hands-on guide that will help you to:
  • Enhance your well-being with profoundly effective tools for self-care and regenerative thinking
  • Improve the dynamics and well-being of your relationships with family, groups and communities 
  • Empower yourself with over 50 practical activities
  • Create spirals of health, real wealth and abundance
  • Forge a wider vision for all of our social systems
  • Learn about permaculture; a potent blend of common sense, magic and design
  • Discover the Design Web; a versatile framework for initiating positive change in any aspect of life
  • Connect with a bigger vision of possibility for yourself and humanity

Looby uses her solid grounding in permaculture to show that its principles and thinking can help us all be effective and hopeful in an age of change and challenge.

David Holmgren
Co-originator of Permaculture

Looby Macnamara speaks with luminous clarity, lean eloquence and an exquisite knowledge of systems. Her opening chapters on ‘thinking like an ecosystem’ should be required reading in every classroom from third grade to graduate school.

Joanna Macy
Author of Coming Back to Life, co-author of Active Hope and originator of the Work That Reconnects

People & Permaculture is a pathway to a new world. It will indeed change your life if you absorb its wisdom and apply its tools and techniques. It will enhance your personal and professional relationships and help you to design better projects. It is a big step forward in permaculture thinking and a valuable addition to any library.

From the foreword by Polly Higgins
Founder of Stop Ecocide

7 Ways to Think Differently

7 Ways to Think Differently explores ways to address personal, social and environmental concerns in simple practical steps in our daily lives, helping us to make incremental, achievable changes.

The thoughts and actions of people past and present have determined the current state of our planet. If we change our thinking, we can change the health of our own lives, and also the future state of our world. 7 Ways to Think Differently explores ways to address personal, social and environmental concerns in simple practical steps in our daily lives. This helps us to make incremental, achievable changes. As well as addressing our internal landscapes, Looby explains how individuals and communities can work together to achieve positive change. She also explores the current political and mainstream paradigms and where they are leading us.

Learn about:

• Abundance Thinking; Solutions Thinking, Systems Thinking; Thinking like Nature; Co-operative Thinking; Thinking for the Future; From Thought to Action

These ways to think differently are influential alternatives to the current mindset.  They can shift us to a better present, as well as setting us on a trajectory towards a regenerative future. This is for anyone who wants to make a difference in the world. Looby offers potent medicine for a world full of challenges

In this wonderful book, Looby shines a light on more than just one transformational shift of thinking. Ushering in a spirit of abundance, she invites us to explore seven.

From the foreword by Chris Johnstone
Co-author of Active Hope, Resilience trainer

Strands of Infinity

Strands of infinity mandala purple with rainbow circle

Strands of Infinity is Looby’s collection of poems. They are based on themes from the spiral of the Work That Reconnects; Coming from Gratitude, Honouring our Pain, Seeing with New Eyes and Going Forth. Written over a 5 year span they bring an extraordinary depth of connection and insight.

Looby Macnamara’s poems are soul medicine.  Read them and feel the healing effect.

Satish Kumar
Editor of Resurgence Magazine

I am a huge fan of Looby Macnamara. Her profound insights and skill with the written word always touch me deeply. This extraordinary collection of her poetry takes us on a journey, reminding us of our great love for our Earth and our ability to create connection to the wonders of all life. She touches our deep emotions as she explores our common feelings of outrage, injustice and empathy that these present times bring, and brings us to a place of stillness, timelessness and personal empowerment. It reads like a good book, and is a veritable feast for the soul! 

Glennie Kindred
Author, artist and editor of the Earth Pathways diary

Strands of Infinity is journey of words to nourish the soul: secular prayers of sacred eternity; songs of remembering, of loss, gratitude and joy; visionary mouthfuls of encouragement, freedom and possibility that remind us what it is to be fully human.

Lucy H, Pearce
Author Burning Woman, Moon Time, The Rainbow Way. Founder Womancraft Publishing.

Cultural Emergence

Cultural Emergence book cover

Cultural Emergence is an invitation to create cultures of personal leadership, collective wisdom and Earth care. Emergence initiates breakthroughs that expand our thinking and enable us to build personal and collective resilience, and embody new ways of being and interacting. This book nourishes and empowers us to design the world we want to live in. Read more about the book here.

If you’re interested in the intersection between plants, society and yourself, then read  Looby Macnamara. This has been the case since People and Permaculture hit the shelves  in 2012, became even more true with 7 Ways to Think Differently in 2014, and now, with  Cultural Emergence, Looby’s voice has carved itself into the womb-walls of our collective  evolution, where it echoes gently yet firmly the call to change, to connect, to emerge.

Heather Jo Flores
author of Food Not Lawns