Foundations of Permaculture Webinar Series
The Prerequisite to all of our PDC Courses
A Self-Study Program

14-Hour Webinar Package Includes:
– 9 Recorded Video Webinars – Downloadable and sent via snail-mailed on DVD
– 8 Different Teachers – Wonderful Diversity (scroll down)
– PDC Course Textbook – Earth User’s Guide to Permaculture by Rosemary Morrow
– 150-Question Study Guide
– Over 3-Dozen Articles and Resources from our Design Courses
In Addition
– Continue to Receive all Updated Webinars – Indefinitely
To Order/Register
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For Registered Students
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The Webinar Series 

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“I’ve LOVED these webinars.  Thank you so much for offering the webinar-only option. I plan to take a certification class within the next couple of years, but these webinars allowed me to really bring together the self-study and in-the-dirt projects I’ve been working on. THANKS!”
Leigh W. (left) – Arkansas

“I went through the webinar series last spring.  Even if I never get out there for the PDC Course, the webinars were well worth the time and money.”  
Dave M. – Colorado

“I think the webinars were key to everyone bring ready to arrive at class, ready to work and gel as a group.”
Julie K. – OK – Small farm entrepreneur, mom, and now PDC Course Graduate

 Note: The full price of this webinar series can be applied toward
  our future PDC Courses (for up to three years).


How This Works
We have put together some of the foundational webinars we have hosted in the last few years along with several great stories and examples of individuals applying permaculture thinking and actions in their own lives.

These are not canned or edited presentations.  Webinar students receive the recorded sessions just as they unfolded live for those who participated in the original webinar.

Not long after a student registers they receive a welcome email from Becky that grants them access to full webinar series which is posted for immediate downloading and/or online viewing.

Computer Requirements
To download or view the webinars and handouts students need a computer that is connected to the internet and has the modest capabilities to download standard internet files (.mp3, .mp4, .doc, .pdf).

Computer DVD Videos
For those that don’t wish to download the large webinar files, a DVD of the webinars along with the textbook (The Earth User’s Guide to Permaculture by Rosemary Marrow), is shipped via snail-mail shortly after registration and arrives in under a week, possibly just a few days.  As long as your computer can play a DVD, just about any computer will be able to play the video webinars (mp4).

Technical Assistance
Midwest Permaculture’s technical support person, permaculture teacher and all round great guy, Milton Dixon, is available via email or cell phone to assist all webinar students with any start-up quirks.  It’s pretty easy once you get started.  Don’t let the technology part of this keep you away from these very useful and inspiring webinars if you are truly interested. We will assist you.


The Webinars – All on a Single Computer Video

# Teacher Title
1 Bill Wilson The Case for Permaculture
2 Larry Korn Story of “The One-Straw Revolution” (book)
3 Becky, Bill, Milton Ethics, Principles and Patterns in Nature
4 Donna & Robyn Your Backyard Farmer
5 Bill, Becky, Milton Methods of Design
6 Helen Cameron Urban Roof-Top, Certified-Organic Farm
7 Milton, Bill, Becky Climate, Weather and the Hydrological Cycle
8 Marcus de la Fleur Holding Water on the Urban Landscape
9 Bill Wilson New! – Suburban/Urban Permaculture


“Hi Bill, I just wanted to thank you for putting together the webinar series. I’ve been listening to them again, this time in the greenhouse while planting onions.

They are still as enlightening as ever and it makes thinking about spring that much more enjoyable.”

Whitney S.(Ohio) — PDC Graduate Student 


About the Presenters and Webinars

Webinar #1 — Bill Wilson

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The Case for Permaculture:
This is the foundational material from Bill’s 3-hour “Introduction to Permaculture”  seminar.
Listen to this First Webinar for Free
We have posted this one webinar to YouTube so that anyone may listen to it.  It will give the listener/viewer some great foundational information along with many practical examples of applied permaculture design and thinking.

“Listening to Bill was like a breath of fresh air. I knew that there had to be a way out of the energy and societal challenges before us, and now I see it. Very inspiring and hopeful…!”
Webinar Student

 Webinar #2 — Larry Korn

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Larry Korn
The One-Straw Revolution and Masanobu Fukuoka
Larry is a soil biologist, an ecological landscaper, and is the translator/editor of one of the most influential books to touch the lives of scores of natural farmers,  The One-Straw Revolution by Masanobu Fukuoka.

As a young man, Larry spent five years in Japan, two of those with the author, Masanobu Fukuoka, on his farm in southern Japan.  He lived in one of the mud-walled huts in Mr. Fukuoka’s orchard and performed farm chores with the other workers and students, learning all he could about Masanobu’s unique form of farming.

Pictured below: Larry in a barley field with Masanobu Fukuoka

  When Larry returned to the states he promised Masanobu Fukuoka that he would do all he could to see that his book, The One-Straw Revolution, was translated from Japanese into English and then published.This is a fascinating story that Larry shares during this intimate webinar with many slides and much detail.  We end up hearing stories about Robert Rodale, Wendell Berry, Wes Jackson, Bill Mollison, Gary Snyder and more.

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Robert Rodale
Wendell Berry
Wes Jackson
Gary Snyder

 Webinars #3… #5… #7 — MWP Teaching Staff

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Milton Dixon of Midwest Permaculture Foundations of Permaculture Webinar Series

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Becky, Bill and Milton make up the lead teaching team for Midwest Permaculture’s trainings and design courses. All three hold advanced permaculture training certificates in teaching permaculture. Honest, insightful, knowledgeable and inspiring is how students describe their combined teaching styles. Click here to learn more about each…


 Webinar #4 — Robyn Streeter and Donna Smith

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Robyn and Donna

Your Backyard Farmers
Portland, Oregon
Learn many of the details about how these two farmers (who had little money and no land) were able to set up 53 “mini-farms” and earn a great income. Donna and Robyn are the first we’ve heard of who run their farming operation from other peoples back yards. And they don’t rent peoples back yards, they charge the homeowners yearly to have much of their own family’s food grown for them right in their own backyards. Robyn and Donna visit each home once a week, attending to all that is necessary in the vegetable garden, leaving a full basket of produce on the residents doorstep when the little farm starts producing.

How is this permaculture?  Learn how they turn wastes into resources, minimize work, increase yields, and improve every environment.

 Webinar #6 — Helen Cameron

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Uncommon Ground Restaurant – Chicago
The First Roof-top Certified Organic Farm
Helen and her husband Michael had been restaurateurs for almost 2 decades. In 2007 they decided to open a second location for their successful restaurant and chose a building on the far North Side of Chicago because of the large-flat roof. Helen wanted to grow at least some of the food and herbs that they serve to their customers. At some point they decided to become organically certified and in the process they became the first certified organic rooftop ‘farm’ in the United States. A very inspiring and instructional story.

 Webinar #8 — Marcus de la fleur

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Marcus and Cathy

Marcus de la fleur and Cathy Haibach didn’t stop with just rain barrels to capture the bountiful rainwater falling on the suburban home they lived in.They also incorporate: bio-swales… porous pavements… rain gardens… a green roof… a cistern… and gravel grass.Marcus de la fleur is a Registered Landscape Architect and owner of the design and consulting firm de la fleur LLC in Chicago, IL.  He received his degree from the School of Horticulture at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK, and obtained his Masters in Landscape Architecture at the University of Sheffield, also in the UK. In the webinar, Marcus takes us for an intimate journey through this website that documents the work that he and Cathy did on this very-suburban home.

 Webinar #9 — Bill Wilson 

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Suburban/Urban Permaculture
Over 60 Creative Ideas
Since most people live in suburban or urban neighborhoods, it has become increasingly important that we take a much deeper look into how we can apply permaculture thinking and designing to these environments. Probably only 15% of our students actually have a large enough piece of land where swales, ponds or other large earthworks will be usful, so this webinar is for all of us who have a small lot or even no plot of ground at all.  You can certainly be a practicing permaculture person and have no land to work on.  Permaculture is a way of being, living and making choices that affect everything–no land is required. This 2-hour webinar is loaded with over 60 creative ideas of how to live in a more permaculture and creative way in smaller spaces.

To our PDC students living in the city or suburbs… YOU WILL WANT TO VIEW THIS WEBINAR AT LEAST TWICE.  Like we said… it is loaded…!!!

Begin Now
Shortly after registering, webinars students receive a welcome email from Becky of Midwest Permaculture with instructions on how to access the webpage were everything is posted for immediate downloading. For those that don’t wish to download large webinar files, the DVD will arrive several days later in the same package with the text book, The Earth User’s Guide to Permaculture.  Get started on your permaculture education by accessing all of the 36+ articles and resources we will link you to via email while waiting for the DVD and book to arrive.

In Addition, Continue to Receive Updated and New Webinars – Indefinitely!
Whenever and however the webinars are updated in the future, you will always receive the latest version of the webinar series via the internet.  It’s sort of like a “life-time membership”. We feel that you have become part of our Midwest Permaculture family when you have ordered these webinars and we want you to have access to continued permaculture resources to the extent that you are interested.

 Foundations of Permaculture Webinar Series

Registration – On-Line or by Phone

 Price of Webinar Series — $195.00

Webinar Package Includes
– 9 Recorded Video Webinars – On-line and/or on Computer DVD (14 Hours)
– 8 Different Teachers – Wonderful Diversity
– PDC Course Textbook – Earth User’s Guide to Permaculture by Rosemary Morrow
– 150 Study Questions
– Over 3-Dozen Articles and Links from our Design Courses
In Addition
– Continue to Receive Updated and New Webinars (whenever we update the series)
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Order Here

Option 1
Purchase Online. We take MasterCard, Visa and Discover.
Once your order in complete, you will receive a notice of confirmation.  Shortly thereafter (usually within a few hours) you will receive an email from Becky with the latest access code to the webinar series, and you’re in!

Option 2
Call Becky
to purchase over the phone at 815-256-2215. You can voice message or text her at 815-782-2216.             

Reminder: The full $195 is subtracted from the price of any of our full Permaculture Design Certificate Courses for those students who register within 3 years of ordering the webinars.

Group Pricing - We do have special pricing for schools, universities, not-for-profits, and other organizations and institutions.  See Below.

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A Few More Details

PDC Course Textbook
Included with these Webinars

‘Earth User’s Guide to Permaculture’
by Rosemary Morrow

This gem of a text, shipped to students upon registration, is written by Rosemary Morrow of Australia who has taught permaculture around the world for decades.

The book is straightforward and loaded with illustrations, depth and substance.  It covers theory and also focuses on the practical aspects of how to implement permaculture design.

This book is a must read for the serious permaculturist and is a requirement for students of our design certificate courses.


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Institutional or Group Pricing
6-16 Students                                    $175/ea.
(Includes a 90-min. live webinar with Bill Wilson of MWP)

17-48 Students                                  $150/ea.
(Includes two 90-min. Live Webinars with Bill Wilson of MWP)

49-96 Students *                                $140/ea.
(Includes four webinars or a half-day training with Bill Wilson at your location) 

Benefits to Each Student
Each student receives the full webinar package with textbook , DVD and study guide.

In Addition:
–  A $ credit, commensurate with amount paid, is given to each student toward the price of any of our future PDC Course should the student wish to earn their certificate.
–  Students will also have access to all future updates of the webinar series


The institution or group typically registers each student by name, mailing address, and email address so that we can ship out the DVD & book and connect students to the on-line information.
Students can be registered all at once or we will set up a shared spreadsheet with the institution or group so that they may add their students piecemeal.

( * For groups of 49 or more who wish to bring Bill in for a half-day of training, the only additional costs are for Bill’s travel and motel if necessary.)

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Becky%20Wilson%20(1) Foundations of Permaculture Webinar Series Please contact Becky at Midwest Permaculture for further information, other variations on the above, registration of students, and payment.
Phone: 815-256-2215, voice message or text us at 815-782-2216