Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” 

- Albert Einstein


A creative card deck sharing the largest collection of permaculture principles, strategies, attitudes, ethics and design methods. These cards can support your permaculture practice, learning, teaching, designing and consulting.


A version of the cards is available as a free download at printable resolution.

We just did a conscious crowd funding campaign to make the cards available for half the cost they were previously.


USA $63 including shipping

International $80 including shipping


Contact delvin@cosm.org to order a deck

After 16 years of permaculture design, this card deck is a final project in my experimental Doctorate in Permaculture Education under the guidance fo Larry Santoyo as well as stacked Diploma through the Permaculture Association with the Tutoring of Looby Macnamara. 

The card deck features text from Delvin Solkinson sharing Permaculture Design Core Concepts learned from Bill Mollison, Rosemary Morrow, David Holmgren, Geoff Lawton, Michael Becker, Toby Hemenway, Larry Santoyo, Susun Weed, Robin Clayfield, Tom Ward, Jude Hobbs, Starhawk & Looby Macnamara. Additional contributions were inspired by Rob Hopkins, Max Lindegger, Graham Bell, Dave Boehnlein, Richard Wallner, Mark Lakeman, Doug Bullock, Andrew Faust, Penny Livingston-Stark, Ian McHarg and P.A. Yeomans. Core source inspiration from Robin Clayfield whose many card decks and games led to this creation. Special thanks to Maddy Harland for her mentorship and support.

Featuring visionary design from Sijay of www.OnbeyondMetamedia.com these cards can be used in countless ways to inspire, evolve and uplift your practical understanding of permaculture. 

The cards are divided into five suits

Design Principles

Ethical Principles

Attitudinal Principles

Strategic Principles

Design Methods


There are three bonus sets. 


7 Ways to Think Differently

Design Web

Grounded Gardening 


Featuring permaculture illustration by Brenna Quinlan of www.BrennaQuinlan.com the cards can be played with to gamify experiences and education in the classroom, garden or home. 

This work is the culmination of 16 years of Permaculture Design study by Delvin Solkinson which spanned a PDC, Diploma and Masters Degree with Bill Mollison and the Permaculture Academy, a second Diploma through the Permaculture Institute and a current third Diploma through the Permaculture Association. Delvin has collected these principles and core concepts at 23 different Permaculture Design Advanced Courses and Teacher Trainings as well as additional PDC's with Rosemary Morrow and Toby Hemenway. ​

Awesome thanks to my core team: 

Grace Solkinson, Kym Chi, Dana Wilson, Annaliese Hordern.


Awesome thanks for core support:

Martin Bridge​, Tamara Griffiths​, Paul Myers, Keri Chiveralls​, Dan Palmer​, Elijah Santoyo​, Flip.

Awesome thanks to my profound and powerful teachers (Top Right to Bottom Left)  

Patricia Michael, Rosemary Morrow, Looby Macnamara, Robin Clayfield, Jude Hobbs, Tom Ward, Robyn Francis,

Starhawk, Bill Mollison, David Holmgren, Scott Pittman, Larry Santoyo, Toby Hemenway, Mark Lakeman, Susun Weed, Chris Evans, Geoff Lawton, Michael Becker, Doug Bullock, Sam Bullock, Jason Gerhardt, Jenny Pell, Penny Livingston-Stark & Peter Cow.

This is a companion for the Core Curriculum Notes.

Together they form a toolkit sharing a creative essence of Permaculture Design. 

Share and support this work to make permaculture accessible in a gamified form which is freely shared with the World Community. 


Delvin Solkinson entirely volunteers to produce this work. It is a grassroots initiative to share permaculture in an accessible form. 


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