Looby leads a productive career as a pioneer of permaculture and Cultural Emergence, as well as time spent at Applewood hosting and teaching courses and gardening on the land here and being a mother of 2 daughters. I am author of People and Permaculture, 7 Ways to Think Differently and Strands of Infinity. (available directly from me here). People and Permaculture is the first book globally to translate the use of permaculture principles and design for people based systems, widening the definition of permaculture and making it relevant and accessible to all.
I have been chair of the Permaculture Association Britain and am a senior diploma tutor.
My current projects
I am creator of the Design Web, a holistic design framework that has been used thousands of times globally for all sorts of personal and social designs. I am currently training 8 Shields staff in the Design Web and is supporting 8 Shields in their design process.
I am researching and developing the Cultural Emergence with other visionaries and leaders including Jon Young, Starhawk, Maddy Harland. Cultural Emergence is a profoundly effective toolkit to support personal and global shifts towards a regenerative culture. and will be shared in my forthcoming book Activating Cultural Emergence.
I am working for the Permaculture Association as part of the Mother Nature project - to support mothers in their process of personal transformation. I am using the Design Web and Cultural Emergence as tools to support new mothers. https://mothernatureproject.org
For more info see www.LoobyMacnamara.com
“Looby Macnamara is blazing a trail across the new edge of permaculture design. Combining teaching methods from many traditions, Looby is building a bridge to guide people into the next level of their lives and livelihoods. Her books have uplifted thousands and her in-person classes take these teachings to a whole new level of understanding and application”
About Looby as a facilitator
I am a resourceful facilitator who awakens each person’s talents and curiosity through play. I create deep transformative experiences through building community, creating a safe container and stretching edges. I facilitate with creativity and fun, creating a magical field of possibilities for the group, within which each person can shine and connect with their deepest, authentic self and a wider vision for humanity
I have been teaching permaculture since 2002, and is partner of a leading teaching and consultancy partnership, Designed Visions. I run teacher training, advanced and people care courses as well as full permaculture design courses. I also run shorter workshops on creating productive, synergetic groups; designing for ourselves; and The Work That Reconnects. Since 2016 I have been collaborating with Jon Young on the Cultural Emergence project. Our vision is to accelerate global cultural transformation towards a culture of connection, care and possibility.
The vision for each course is to inspire transformation using the creativity of permaculture principles and design in all aspects of our lives to build a life sustaining culture
Each course will vary as to which aspects of life we focus on, for example the people and permaculture courses focus on our own health and well-being, right livelihoods and our communities. A full design course will give us tools to use in our gardens and small holdings as well as how we can use them in changing our thinking. And in our teacher training courses we explore the use of them in designing courses and empowering learners. Cultural Emergence Design courses take our thinking into how we can emerge cultures of care and connection. Cultural Emergence has become my main focus for the forthcoming years.
“Looby is a cutting edge author and facilitator who can catalyze growth and transformation in people with masterful course design and interaction. Her creativity and experience make for inspiring event”