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 method to help our students really learn?
                                    Read it…  Hear it…  See it…  Touch it…  Do it!
 More about our Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Courses…  

Bill Wilson

Bill Wilson


Welcome… We started Midwest Permaculture in January of 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 45 PDC Courses (almost 1,000 graduates) and are doing an increasing amount of design work as others request assistance for 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

June 20-22, 2014 — Custer, WI

25thEnergyFairLogo640 Our Webinar Series Delivered Live at the MREA Energy Fair

New This Year… MREA Fair Special.

The Foundations of Permaculture
Webinar Series

…offered live… 

All Three Mornings
10:00am – 1:00pm
9 Hours Total
Fee: $150 (Portion goes to support the MREA)

Students return home with the Full Webinar Series as well.
(DVD & Text -$195 Value)

An 8-day Completion Training Immediately Follows just 3 Hours down the Road
June 23-30, 2014

Register for the Prescott, WI, PDC Course and receive the webinar series now so you can prepare for the course ahead of time. You can still enjoy the live presentations at the MREA as part of your training free.

Teaching at the MREA Energy Fair Our Webinar Series Delivered Live at the MREA Energy Fair

Click Here to Register

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“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