Our Students

Our Students and their Feedback

Now in our 12th year with 75+ PDC courses delivered and 1,500+ PDC graduates, we are still excited about each course we host and teach. Because permaculture is always growing in the world there is continually new information and real life stories to tell. And there was never anything boring about the PDC curriculum to begin with. These trainings are powerful for both students and teachers.

Our students are of all ages and come from all walks of life but regardless, most everyone seems to pull multiple gems from the talks, exercises, videos, instruction, hands-on experiences, discussions and conversations with teachers and fellow students. This training as designed by Bill Mollison is, quite-simply, brilliant. So, whether one is a beginner or a seasoned professional there is something substantial for everyone. And because of the way we teach there is rarely a dull moment.

In essence, out students tell us that the richness of the training experience for them came from three main factors:

1. The wealth of resources made available to them before, during and after a training  including the Foundations of Permaculture Webinar Series, handouts, presentation materials, links to videos, links to websites, recommended books, etc..

2. The richness of the content of the PDC curriculum with the essential aspects of permaculture being clarified to the point of ‘really getting it’ and knowing what to do with it in their own lives. Learn about our instructors here.

3. And the depth of real life experience of our instructors and the creative ways in which we teach.

We are proud of the trainings we offer and are dedicated to continuing to improve them.  We are also impressed by the depth, creativity and passion of our students. These are amazing courses for all of us.

The Midwest Permaculture Teaching Team

Graduates from Cal-Earth PDC, Hesperia, CA
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 “An excellent course for both experienced and beginners to permaculture. The educators have a huge amount of knowledge which they share in an interesting and dynamic way. I have recommended this course to friends already.”
Susan P. (40) – London England, UK

“Midwest Permaculture blends the permaculture knowledge base with fascinating presentation style and a very strong emphasis on the human and community element, which makes the workshop a very unique and fun experience.”
Waa M. (41) – Liberia, Africa

“I really appreciated the dedication of the staff as well as their passion and understanding of the material. And finally, the levity – jokes and all.”
Dave W. (59) – Hesperia, CA – Builder/Contractor  

“Bill’s hands on training gave me the confidence to move from reading about permaculture to doing it.”
Amir A. (42) – Qatar – International business

“The Training was very inspirational, very informative, and the teachers made the topics crystal clear!”  Christian G. (32) – Arsta, Sweden – Photographer

“This was a life-changing experience that will carry me forward in new directions. I’m hugely appreciative of the wisdom I’ve been exposed to. The training went beyond plants & land-forms, and really conveys permanent culture. Also the general attitude of the instructions was warm & friendly (&funny!). The spiritual undertone and location of the course  were a wonderful surprise too.”
Bill S. (35) – Grass Valley, CA – Computer Tech

“I wish I, and everybody else in the world would have learned this by 5th grade… how different our planet would look…. A holistic approach to relating to the Earth and all it encompasses.”
Nils- (22) – Montegue, CA – Farmer/Gardener

SpringPDCStelleGraduationDayGraduates from a Spring Stelle, IL, PDC
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“The course was excellent. The heart of the materials felt honed and honest by the teachers. The experience was fun. I laughed a lot. I made some new friends. And I deepened my understanding of things. Thank You.”
Ross G. – Indiana – Ph.D. Literary Professor and Poet (40)

“I loved all the technical and concrete information! Learning details about creating guilds, surveying a site, and how to make a graft were so valuable to me. I am really glad I came.”
Anna V. – Chicago, IL – School Garden Coordinator (28)

“Thank you so much. I really loved all of the real-life farmers that we met and to be able to learn directly from them.”  Charity – Arkansas – Single mom. Starting her own small farm (30)

“This training is absolutely critical for all. A great experience.”
Kelly C. – Ph.D. Prof. at a State University (52)

“I enjoyed the opportunity of working with, and listening to, people of such diverse backgrounds, cultures and experiences. And I really appreciated the generosity and skill with which potentially difficult situations and discussions were handled.”
Laura B. – Rural IL – Home schooling mom of 10 and small farmer (48)

” I loved this course. The knowledge I have gained has inspired me to get my hands dirty in permaculture.”  Jesse T. – Small Town Illinois – Recent B.A. in Landscape Architect – (25)

“This course was extremely beneficial and absolutely reinforces my excitement and motivation to continue moving in this direction and doing this work.”
Sara C. – Rural Wisconsin – Recent College Grad and new farmer (26)

“The course provided me a unique opportunity to learn and grow on many levels. It certainly was a ‘Permaculture Course Intensive’! I loved it. And, we created community. Thank You.”
Sharron M. – Rural Michigan – Late mom. Entrepreneur. New farmer (55)

YogaFarmPDC20122Graduates from a Grass Valley, CA, PDC
Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm“I appreciated working on projects, all the information, the videos, the site visits with such variation, all of it. I was never bored.”
Lorna P. – Joliet, IL – Retired (63)“I could feel the love, compassion and passion Bill has for people and earth – truly wonderful teaching by example.”
Ingrid S. – Lincoln, NE – Dancer, Gardener, Mom – (40ish)

“Showed how permaculture is more than just gardening but a moral, ethical, spiritual lifestyle.”
Steve K. – Los Angeles, CA – Contractor & Tai Chi Master (40)

“Bill, you are one of the most inspiring teachers I have ever had.”
Ryan S. – Granville, OH – Organic Farm Certifier & Athlete – (28)


Graduates from a Fall PDC in Stelle, IL.  Proud builders of this hugelkultured swale.

“Incredible teachers and curriculum.”
Heidi R. – Elkhart, IN – Beginning Farmer – (37)

“I will always remember and cherish this experience. This course felt like the first big step in the right direction.”  Angela S. – Harrisburg, IN – Corporate Sales Rep. (43)

“I loved drawing various elements of PC together and weaving them into the fabric of the future and community. Thank You.”  David M. – Zion, MI – Non-Profit Director (59)

“I think the webinars were key to everyone bring ready to arrive at class, ready to work and gel as a group.”  Julie K. – Tahlequah, OK – Small farm entrepreneur and mom (38)

“This was an eye opening experience. I am a better human being because of this week. I made some connections with people who may become life long friends.” – Denise M. – Ava, IL – Horticulturist (43)


Midwest Permaculture PDC Course - Madison WI 2009 Graduates from Madison, WI, PDC

“This training exceeded my expectations. It was life changing. I see permaculture and all it embraces as the best hope for peace in the world.” – David F. – Ann Arbor, MI – Musician (42)

“This training far exceeded my expectations. Would I recommend it to others? Heck ya!” – Brian K. – Heber City, UT – Landscape Designer and Contractor (31)

“This course was the best birthday gift I have ever considered for myself and the future.”
Marian L. – Public School Teacher (52)

“I would absolutely recommend this course. I am really glad I registered early. It gave me time to do the webinars, read the materials and try to apply permaculture design principles before the class.”  Katie K. – Ann Arbor, MI – College Administrator (40)

“I thought the idea of the webinars before the training was excellent.”
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“I wish every high school freshman could be offered the opportunity to take this training.”
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“I think the awareness and outlook you brought to me about co-ops and community was one of the greatest things learned this week. I will live by these (permaculture) principles forever. I would 100% recommend this course.”  Tyler L. – Madison, WI – Recent College Grad (23)



Feedback long after the training is over…

We know that students leave an intensive training on a high so when we hear from them months or years later, it means even more to us.


Bill, I’m not doing anything revolutionary (for permaculturists, at least)
but what I am doing in my yard is still considered a big deal in my little part of the world.
I so LOVED my training with you!  Thanks again…
Best to all,  Katie  
From Minneapolis –  5 years later


 Seems hard to believe that it was almost 4-1/2 years ago I took my course in Stelle. What a life changer for me. Thanks to all at Midwest Permaculture for contributing to that change.
Kate H-C – Madison, WI – 2 years later


Bill… Everything that I do, think, and feel seems to revolve around permaculture!   I love it!
Sherry R. – Portland, OR. – Graduate – 4 years later


I am loving my permaculture work.
Lynne M. –Orlando, FL – Graduate – 4 years later


It’s harvest time and there is no better time than that. Primarily I have let most all herbs go to seed this fall for collection in anticipation of next spring at the farm.  I should be able to collect in seed and vines about $3000.00 worth for the big planting.  Just from a city lot and that doesn’t include eggs, honey, vegetables, 50 chickens, grapes (wine), hops (beer), some herbs other than seed and of course the usual  bushels of tomatoes (I love those tomatoes), peppers, squash, well you get the picture and I will send some later if you would like.  My next project is the solar water and PV system. I’ll keep in touch.

Victor S. – Fargo, ND – Graduate – 2 years later


Hi Bill… It has been a wild year…not a year later and I’m co-managing a small CSA and market garden at an intentional community near Toronto, Ontario.  It has been a very busy season with lots to learn but the grounding from the Permaculture course at Stelle set me off on the right footing …especially the emphasis on relationships and community!  I feel blessed to have had teachers like you.
Adrienne L. – Ottawa, ON, Canada – Graduate – 1 year later

I’ve fallen in love with permaculture – all that heady energy, fireworks, and electricity is still going.  Here’s my little progress report.

Have been wandering around the neighborhood with a broom gathering big bags of leaves from the sidewalk.  Driving to horse stables to shovel my station wagon full of manure – it gets very hot in there.  Coming up with plans for the chicken coop and have planted more alpine strawberries amidst crimson clover.  Trying to figure out how to direct the roof water into the yard and am fixing up the outdoor bath tub so that it will drain into a little rain garden.  My husband and I are planning to host a neighborhood open house to talk with our neighbors about peak oil and permaculture – hoping to inspire our ‘hood’ to begin growing food and collaborating.  Seems like the best approach to domestic security I can fathom.
Having a ball!

Elanne K. – San Francisco, CA – Graduate – 18 months later