Note: To deliver the full PDC curriculum, our 8-day courses are preceded with the Foundation of Permaculture Webinar series consisting of 14 hours of webinars, plus the text, plus a study guide.

Our Key Offerings/Services

We teach the full Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course as outlined by Bill Mollison, one of the originators of permaculture.

And with 35 years of community living experience we thoughtfully tie in useful insights regarding the art of working with others–for the Achilles’s heel of most permaculture projects is not the design piece, it ends up being the people piece.

This is known as Social Permaculture.

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 this endeavor.

Since then, Midwest Permaculture has continued to grow each year.  We have delivered over 50 PDC Courses and now have over 1,000 PDC student graduates. 

The requests for permaculture design services continues to increase as property owners see the clear value in permaculture thinking and design to their own 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 not biased toward any one perspective. It’s objective is to look at the world through a clear lens and make decisions based on caring for others and planet.  We would enjoy working with you or having you in a training if this feels right to you.

Bill & Becky Wilson – Co-founders of Midwest Permaculture

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

IMG 20131014 005629 Pictures of PDC at Fox Hollow Farm

Hayden Wilson and Bethany Gardner of Midwest Permaculture

Hi Friends of Midwest Permaculture.

Bill, Ernest, Hayden and I ( Bethany) are at our farming PDC course here at Fox Hollow Farm in Ohio. Bill is doing most of the teaching while the three of us support the delivery of the course along with the Rickard family (the farmers) and staff.

Bill asked me and Hayden to make a brief photo-log of the course and to drop the pictures here into a single blog post.

We’ll break it down into daily selections which we hope will give you an idea of what happens at a typical PDC course along with the unique aspects of this wonderful farming course.  We’re having a great time.

Hope you enjoy…. Bethany 



Day 1

Students Pictures of PDC at Fox Hollow Farm

On day 1 we toured the farm meeting one of the Rickards horses, Polly. It is a halflinger breed used to pull logs and other heavy items around the farm.


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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