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Benefits of taking a Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Course with Midwest Permaculture
We deliver enlivening and highly useful permaculture trainings that stick with students for a lifetime.
We honor the traditional PDC curriculum while updating it with present day progress.
Our instructors are not only passionate about the subject but are excellent teachers and active permaculture practitioners.
Students tell us this training has saved them years of self study and costly trial and error.
Why? We focus on the nuts, the bolts and the brilliance of Permaculture.
Our passion is to deliver one of the best trainings in the world.
Here are some comments from our students.

Learn how to turn this...

Home of Midwest Permaculture BEFORE...

Home of Midwest Permaculture BEFORE...

...Into this.

Midwest Permaculture Today

...and 60 useful species of plants Today.

Or This...

Bec Hellouin Farm in 2005

Bec Hellouin Farm in 2005

...into This.

Be Hellouin Farm in 2015

...and in 2015.

The above photos of the Bec Hellouin farm are from their new book "Miraculous Abundance" by Perrine and Charles Herve-Gruyer.
We Highly Recommend Reading It...!!!

"An unbelievably great course.
I learned much more than I expected. I was looking for a realistic, practical and useful understanding of permaculture to apply to my life and 
I got it! Bill and Becky are real and down to earth. Two of the best teachers I've ever experienced."

Tim W. - 38 - Greenhouse Vegetable Grower - PDC Course Graduate

Our Evolving Permaculture Home in Stelle, IL

Learn more about the home of Midwest Permaculture

Welcome... We started Midwest Permaculture in 2007 on a shoestring.

Bill Wilson

Deeply inspired by the brilliance and relevance of this life-design science we could clearly see how the application of permaculture design could solve so many of the challenges in the world today.

When we first became interested in the study of permaculture we could not find a training in our part of the country so we decided to start Midwest Permaculture to make it easier for others to learn about permaculture. 

With an on-going commitment toward excellent trainings our reputation has grown and as a result, so has Midwest Permaculture. We are now in our 12th year. 

Becky Wilson

Permaculture design and living is catching on because it clearly demonstrates how we as humans can create real security and real abundance on this planet and not only for ourselves, but also for everyone and every living thing around the world. And we can do that while ensuring life and abundance for future generations.

Welcome to the world of permaculture.  Whether you train with us or another, you won't be sorry you opened the Permaculture door. It is so worth the journey. It is a course in life itself.

Bill & Becky Wilson
Co-founders of Midwest Permaculture

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    “This course has made me rethink everything I do, not only in my garden but in the world!  I have been an organic gardener for about 15 years but permaculture takes those concepts and applies them in such an all-consuming, logical way…it’s mind blowing!  I came home with a whole new approach to redesign my own yard and those of my friends and clients."

    Jason – 40 – Gardener/Landscaper

    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.


    Here is the Latest Post From our Growing Blog:

    Here is some information about the progress we are making with our outdoor shower house projects. With campers coming to our Stelle (Il) and Bending Oak (Youngstown, OH) projects this summer we want to have a way that they can take a warm shower using current sunlight (scrap wood) to heat the water. (More on solar vs. wood burning hot shower water systems below.)

    The goals for our shower houses are 5-fold;
         1. Non-permanent and portable
         2. Knock-down for winter storage
         3. Inexpensive (easily available or recycled materials)
         4. Easy to assemble/duplicate
         5. Attractive (Has to have a welcoming factor)

    Prototype #1

    The first concept we came up with that cost the least turned out to be more of a job to construct than first imagined, may not hold up in a hard wind, and frankly, looks a bit tacky (to me). But the price is right at $65.

    Low-cost outdoor shower house made with T-posts and a tarp

    Prototype #1 – Tarp and T-posts

    (read more…)



    Bill Mollison - Permaculture's Co-Founder

    Bill Mollison (1928-2016)

    We extend our gratitude to co-founders Bill Mollison and David Holmgren for their gift of...
    “Permaculture”

    We are also thankful to so many other permaculture people here in the US and abroad who are doing the work of creating a more permanent culture.

    Holmgren

    David Holmgren (1955 - )

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

    Bill Mollison