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Denise Rushing has been empowering organizational and cultural transformation for over thirty years. She is an environmental engineer, organic grower and permaculture designer. An engineering graduate of Stanford University, she studied environmental science and later earned her Master's Degree in Culture and Spirituality from Holy Names College. Her business career as an energy-efficiency and environmental technology executive spans two decades. More recently, she was elected to public office on a platform of stewardship of the land, water and resources. Today, she "gardens" on her farm, in her community and within organizations. Her personal mission is to empower the positive transformation of people and places through insight, inspiration and permaculture. Visit her on the web at: DeniseRushing.com.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Dancing TreePeople Publications (February 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983502609
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983502609
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,915,714 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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To be honest I thought this book would be about a lot of spiritual dogma and rhetoric. I was so pleasantly surprised to see that wasn't the case. This author has spent a lot of time researching the ideals behind permaculture and has applied them beautifully into a system that anyone can adapt in their own lives. First the author takes you through an honest account of the world we live in and how the neglect and depletion the human species are wrecking on the world impacts our own soul. In particular I loved the story of the candle and how just one small candle can light a room.

The author explains permaculture as having three distinct aspects - ethics, principles and practices. They explain how these three things interact with each other and how these can be used to effect change both in your own life and on a global perspective. Indeed the authors' own personal dream bought tears to my eyes - so simple yet so accessible by anyone.

But as I mentioned earlier this is not just about the theories behind this mode of living, the authors have outlined a complete step by step process on how anyone can use these principles to create their own garden. It includes both practical and spiritual steps that all work together to achieve a positive footprint on this earth. If you follow this book and start small, believe me good things can grow.
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This book is a well-written introduction to Permaculture, a set of spiritual principles based on the observation of how the Mother Earth works. These principles are very profound and show you the way to a more harmonious and hassle-free life. By hassle-free, I don't necessarily mean that the stressful outer circumstances would change; rather, the way you react and respond to those circumstances change. As the author points out, we are in a crisis as a species collectively, and this book is a gentle invitation to a more functional way of living and being. Just reading the principles, you can see how your life can be more peaceful and you might even feel youself becoming more peaceful.

Final thought: as far as I understand, Permaculture is a way of living, not necessarily an exclusive and dogmatic spiritual tradition. I think this is compatible with any spiritual tradition you might identify yourself with. If you are at all interested in getting peace of mind, I highly recommend this book. This is a very short and easy read, but the effect of the words on you will be profound.
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Excellent book--offers hopeful action for the future. Poetic and practical. Many will be able to relate to the author's issues and will find inspiration in her solution.
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Living in the same county as the author, I've seen and admired how this woman 'walks her talk', and ever so clearly and gently. My initial response was 'judging a book' by how slim & simplistic it 'seemed'. Wrong! A short 'read', and the whole wonderful concept exploded in my mind. The ideas found in her writing keep growing in my 'soul's garden', and feels like JOY !

Yes, Folks, 'we' CAN do many things, simple ones, by how we think and act. I find myself employing her concepts in my daily life. It's actually EASY. 'Doesn't 'cost' you anything, other than a few thoughts--it's changed my Perspective, and perspective is where the growing, healing action is. I finished the book thinking: "Wow. I really CAN help and be a positive influence in this world, right where I live and right now!" 'Tending the Soul's Garden...' puts a smile on my face that was not there before I read it.

As a writer by profession, I give Denise Rushing 5 Stars for being able to 'catch the concept' and getting it into book form so that thousands of people CAN 'start gardening', and reap the guaranteed Harvest.
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Denise's gentle, nurturing writing style invites us to take action--in the physical world of soil and seeds, and the inner world where we cultivate our selves. She transforms "sustainability" into a permanent practice readers can use no matter where they live.

As she writes herself, "Like a garden soil that is lacking in specific nutrients, it is important that we reclaim and restore all available wisdom. We must seek balance in order to cultivate a new abundance in our lives. To engage in the Great Work of restoring and renewing our world, we must start with the soil of our own spirit." (130-131)

I highly recommend this book if you are a person who eats and breathes and lives on Earth!
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I have read a number of permaculture books and taken classes. Denise brings such insight to the process while encouraging the reader to join her in a personal relationship with nature. She writes, "Returning to the principles of permaculture time and again, we can engage in a way that is life giving, renewing and satisfyng." She also clearly understands and practices the ethics and principles of permaculture.
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