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Permaculture Patterns Game

With this interactive game, learn how to see patterns, their functions to create great systems.




Learn how to recognize patterns in nature and how they function to support us in creating efficient technology and Permaculture Systems.

I enjoyed taking time to reflect on natures design and hand draw symbols to represent each pattern which i am happy are included in the recognition portion of the deck.

So grateful to Shaun Friesen of for his visionary support with the main design of the deck, Delvin Solkinson for his inspiration and soul level mentorship, and to my teachers and mentors  Bill Mollison, David Holmgren, Rosemary Morrow, Toby Hemenway, Robin Clayfield, Larry Santoyo, Michael Becker, Looby Macnamara, Scott Pittman, Geoff Lawton, Robyn Francis, Mark Lakeman, Patricia Michael, Starhawk, Bullock Brothers, Tom Ward, Jude Hobbs, Marian Farrior and Frances Michaels for their teachings and source curriculum used in this game.

Creative Commons License This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.

Game Instructions:

  1. Hand out Recognition cards (yellow) to single participants, partners or groups and have them go into nature to see if they can find examples of their patterns in the natural world.
  2. Hand out the Technology cards (blue) and see if participants can match their pattern to one of the technology images and have them lay cards where they think they belong.
  3. Hand out the functions cards (purple) and see if participants can match them to the proper pattern. When all cards are down, you can correct any misplacements as a group and review the answers.
  4. On completion you will have 3 circles within circles of all of the cards.

To attain an answer key for part 3 (matching the functions) please download our Patterns worksheet here: Core Curriculum Notes 2017 Final 04 Patterns Game Crafters.pdf

If you have any questions about this game, please contact Kym Chi:


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Publish Date June 19, 2017
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