– Cultivating the Way of the Sacred Earth

by Alanna Moore, 2009.

Permaculture is the ethical design of sustainable culture and it’s mostly associated with eco-smart food gardening. For the past 22 years author Alanna Moore has been a keen permaculture practitioner and promoter, while for 26 years she has also worked as a geomancer, assessing and balancing the subtle energies of places. Through combining her two fields of expertise she has discovered that implementing a geomantic permaculture design for sustainable food production and living helps to alleviate environmental problems on many levels, as well as the negativity and unsustainability of today’s society. In this book she describes how to undertake a sensitive analysis of land capability in order to co-creatively develop a harmonious permaculture plan.

Alanna has been dividing her time between Australia and Ireland, both places where knowledge of geomancy ­ the Earth’s subtle, energetic dimensions – has survived relatively well, in understated undercurrents at the least. The Australian Aborigines and native Irish are highly intuitive peoples. Like other animist societies, the Irish believed that fairy beings help to care for their crops and livestock and that the ‘Good People’ must always be thanked, and their homes and pathways respected.

Nature spirits continue to be a dynamic force in the landscape, Alanna has discovered in her life of professional dowsing experience, travel and international teaching. By pendulum dowsing and meditative attunement she finds exactly where these beings are stationed and can thus avoid disturbing them. In this book she explains how eliciting nature’s help in the garden and co-operating with the resident fairies can foster harmonious feng shui and the growth of giant juicy vegetables, as well as nourish our own inner, spiritual gardens.

Sensitive Permaculture focuses on an energetic, loving approach to sustainable land planning, ” says Alanna, who has three permaculture diplomas, “and when we connect to the sacred dimensions of life our activities become positively life-affirming and joyful.”


Chapter 1: Sacred perspectives
The sacred landscape Diminuation of ‘resources’ Living traditions Animism

Chapter 2: What is permaculture? 
Final frontiers Permaculture design Eco-spiritual approach

Chapter 3: Slow living
Slow cooking Slow down Living slow Still mind Slow get around

Chapter 4: Sustainability and Dreaming
Sustaining our dreams Sustaining Earth’s Dreaming

Chapter 5: Earth awareness, self awareness 
Colonisation Unwelcoming lands Learning to listen

Chapter 6: Assessing land capability 
Path of Least Effort Ethics of site selection Recovering landscapes
Patterns of influence State of the soil Soil dowsing Soil aeration and initial planting

Chapter 7: Geobiology and geomancy
‘Hungry grass’ Geomancy & Earth dragons Planning with the fairies Feng shui Confirming the best home site

Chapter 8: Sensitive site analysis
Connecting to the Dreaming Microclimates Survey the wildlife Trackways Vegetation mapping

Chapter 9: Harmonising your space 
Balance of the elements Sacred relationships with nature Hauntings and emotional debris Earth acupuncture Altering energy patterns Honouring spirit beings Troubles at boundaries

Chapter 10: Co-operating with the land 
Loving the land Deva gardeners Dowsing in the garden Problems with metals Curvy gardens Keeping dragons happy Zone Five fairyland DIY sacred sites

Chapter 11: Permaculture on a low budget

Getting livestock Soil improvement
Getting plants Trading energy The waste resource Free stuff

Chapter 12: Sensitive earthworks
Preparation for earthworks Dam building The aftermath

Chapter 13: Pollution and transformation 
Liquid waste Urine in the garden Humanure Devas and compost

Chapter 14: Dealing with pests and weeds 
Slow weeding Below the radar Less pests in polycultures Biodynamic approach

Chapter 15: My Irish summer with the fairies 
Discovering the land’s magic Fairy warning Preparation for earthworks Magic flower crop Crone deva

Re-aligning the fairy pass Building blessings Dark lord of the fields

Chapter 16: Restoring the woodlands 
We want natural woodlands! Sacred trees Plant sacred groves

Chapter 17: Living energies of the household 
Imagine House spirit Building biology Living Architecture

Chapter 18: Seeding an eco-future
Save our seeds Cultivate good energy Celebration and thanks

References by chapter.


‘Sensitive Permaculture’ (ISBN – 978-0-9757782-2-7)

is an A5 paperback of136 pages with 20 photos and several line drawings, published by Python Press.Written in Ireland and wholly produced in Victoria, Australia,

Some feedback from readers:

A delight to read” – Callie

I really enjoyed the book and found it hard to put down. The Earth spirit idea is new to me at that level but the sense of approaching permaculture work from a more intutive level is very rational and feels right” – Celia, Permaculture Tasmania

You make permaculture so easy and alive and sweet” – Joy, Taiwan

Lovely book!” – Morgana, Wiccan Rede/Pagan Federation, Holland