Permaculture and Building Authentic Community is what we are about. 
If working with people is to be a part of your permaculture project or design…our PDC courses are likely for you. 

The Achilles’ heel of most permaculture projects are the human relationships.  When the relationships go south so do the projects. With 35 years of community living experience, Bill and Becky Wilson of Midwest Permaculture comfortably bring deep insights into this area while delivering the full content of the PDC Course Curriculum.

Permaculture is about… designing ways in which we as humans can live abundantly well on our planet while ALSO leaving it in better condition than when we arrived on it.  Permaculture design is exemplified when there is a convergence of common sense, indigenous wisdom and appropriate technology. The objective is to design livable and abundant systems for people and place that mimic the patterns found in nature and therefore, require less work. Permaculture is grounded in a respectful approach to others, to all of life, and to future  generations  More about Permaculture…

Midwest Permaculture is about… making permaculture understood, relevant and available to others.  Our strength is hands-on learning experiences and helping students learn how to have successful and enjoyable human relationships within community, business or their personal lives.

More about our Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Courses…  

Bill Wilson

Bill Wilson


Welcome… We started Midwest Permaculture in 2007 on a shoestring. Deeply inspired by the brilliance and relevance of permaculture thinking, we could see how the application of its design principles could solve so many of the challenges in our world today.  We could also practice permaculture on a very personal basis. So we launched.

Since then, Midwest Permaculture has continued to grow each year.  We have delivered over 45 PDC Courses (almost 1,000 graduates) and are doing an increasing amount of design work as others request assistance with their own property and projects.

Welcome to the world of permaculture.  It is the real deal.  You won’t be sorry you opened this door.  Permaculture only asks the questions, what is…and what works.  It is an attempt to look at the world through a clear lens. 

Bill & Becky Wilson

Becky Wilson

Though we deliver a variety of educational trainings,
our well-designed and nationally-recognized 
Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Courses are our key events.  
 Below are Some Examples

 Thank you for a fantastic week.  It renewed the passion I have to continue what we are doing here and provided me with so many new ideas and possibilities.  David (60) Residential Permaculture Designer, Wisconsin

Bill and Becky, a huge thank you for an amazing PDC course. I have returned to London feeling happy and refreshed. 
I have already started a deck garden, new window boxes and signed up to be a member 
of our local Permaculture group. 
 Susan (42)- London, England

Bill and Becky,
Thank you for giving us the language.
I am seeing the world through a new lens.
Keren T. (31) – Environmental Educator – (W. Virginia)

...and 4 PDCs at Midwest Permaculture in Stelle, IL -- 5 Scheduled for 2013

We deliver multiple PDC Courses and  trainings each year here at Midwest Permaculture in Stelle, IL   Click Here for a Picture Summary of our Stelle PDC Courses

View our Schedule of all Trainings


Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Course 
Learn the Basics of Permaculture – Apply it Anywhere

In a full PDC course, all of the basic principles and ideas behind a permaculture approach to designing or living are covered to meet Bill Mollison’s (co-founder of permaculture) requirements for a certificate of completion.  

Therefore, it matters little where you live or where you take a design course.  You should be exposed to the fundamentals of permaculture thinking which will allow you to create positive living designs for just about any location or situation on the planet. 

The fundamentals, the principles, and how one applies these to every-day living are the key to understanding permaculture at a useful level.  We use lectures, design exercises, hands-on experiences, videos and open-frank discussions to help our students anchor their own understanding of this life changing approach to designing an authentic way of living on this planet.  It’s not just about our gardens or homes.  It is about the whole picture. 

The education you receive from a Midwest Permaculture PDC will be universally applicable, practical, inspiring, and we trust, memorable.

We have hosted
trainings in:

the Midwest 

the Mountains

the Desert

the Tropics



A Midwest Permaculture PDC Grad Student, Teaching Villagers in Africa

Grant and Paige Shadden are Midwest Permaculture PDC grad students and have taken their new skills and understanding of productive living systems to Africa where they have been volunteering their time during the winter months.
See Grant and Paige’s Blog Posts of Their Work 



Here is the Latest Post From our Growing Blog

Over the last 7-plus years, Becky and I and our Midwest Permaculture team have hosted 49 PDC Courses.  Course #49 graduated today (July 13, 2014) and with it our 1000th student earned their PDC Certificate.

Midwest Permacultures 49th PDC Course and Student 1000 July 2014 1000+ PDC Graduates

Midwest Permaculture Course #49 — Students Posing on the Hugelkultured Swale They Built — There were people in their 20′s, 30′s, 40′s, 50′s and 60′s.  Permaculture is appealing to many regardless of political, racial, religious or socioeconomic differences.

As most of you know, Midwest Permaculture was started on a shoestring with the belief that permaculture was an ethical-based design tool that could be applied to most challenges facing us in the 21st century.  We felt that this brilliant approach to creating security and abundance on our planet needed to be shared with the larger culture.

When we first started offering PDC courses in 2006-2007, there were only a handful of other courses,  books and videos offered in the entire US.  Today, there is a bountiful abundance of  all including a growing number of experienced permaculturists sharing their wisdom, design skills and teaching abilities.   This is really good news.

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Bill at the MREA Energy Fair With Our Students Who are Now Teaching Too

In 2004 we offered our first workshop on the subject of permaculture at the MREA Energy Fair up in Custer, WI.  The fair offers over 200 workshops on sustainable topics over a three-day period each year.   Since then the number of permaculture workshops has risen.  This year we counted over 30 permaculture workshops listed and over half of those were offered by us or by graduates of ours.  This is really good news as well.

Though the word ‘permaculture’ is not a household word yet, it is becoming more known in the greater culture.  There are mainstream horticulturists, gardeners and farmers who are starting to embrace permaculture thinking and designing as a  clear alternative to many of the established methods of growing.  The results of permaculturally designed plant systems are providing demonstrative yields without pollution and degradation to soil and land.

At a recent PDC course we taught up in Prescott, WI, we had 3 people who had earned their PhD’s  and another 3 with their Masters Degree.  We also had householders, retirees, college students, teachers and a motorcycle mechanic.  All got along beautifully and enjoyed their training immensely. 

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Young Penny – 2 Months Old

Permaculture is the great equalizing language that cuts across so many divisions in our culture.  If you are a person that cares about other people, about the condition of our planet, and about the future, then it matters little the reasons or the way you have come to those values.

In the same course we can have students of opposite political and religious views, different ethnic, social and economic backgrounds, and people of all ages.  Together we quickly find the common ground of what it is we need to do to live abundantly well while also leaving the planet in better condition than when we arrived on it.

At the Prescott PDC Course we had a young father who asked if his wife and new baby daughter could join us.  Certainly.  Penny’s mom would whisk her up if she started to get noisy but otherwise she was a very welcomed part of the training.  Everyone felt Penny added a valuable dimension to the course.  I was not able to grant her a PDC Certificate as she slept through almost all of my lectures (if you can believe that) but I very much hope to see her in a future PDC Course in about 15 years.  I expect to be here.

Cheers…. Bill Wilson



“Though the problems of the world are increasingly complex,
the solutions remain embarrassingly simple.”

Bill Mollison – Permaculture’s Co-founder - Australia



We extend our gratitude to Bill Mollison and David Holmgren for their gift of…
Their lifetime of  work and inspiration is greatly supporting the path toward
a sustainable and compassionate world.

Bill Mollison

Bill Mollison

Permaculture Ouroboros

Permaculture Ouroboros

David Holmgren

David Holmgren