13th Year - Over 80 Courses - 1600+Graduates
We Teach Permaculture
"This PDC course is about understanding life itself
and how we can create security and abundance everywhere."
"Totally appropriate and useful at any stage of one's life."
PDC Grads from ages 16-81
We Sort Through the Ocean of Permaculture Information
to bring our students what we sense is truly essential and useful.
We deliver enlivening and highly useful permaculture trainings that we trust will stick with students for a lifetime.
We honor the traditional PDC curriculum while updating it with present day developments.
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.
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"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
Welcome... We started Midwest Permaculture in 2007 on a shoestring.
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 in and around our area 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 into our 13th year.
Permaculture design and living is catching on because it clearly demonstrates how we as humans can create real security and abundance on this planet and not only for ourselves, but also for everyone else and for every living system around the world.
Welcome to the world of permaculture. Whether you train with us or others you won't be sorry you opened the Permaculture door. It is so worth the exploration for it is nothing less than a deep look into life itself.
Bill & Becky Wilson
“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 and design principles which will allow you to create positive living systems 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. 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 plains, the mountains, the desert and the tropics.
Here is the Latest Post From our Growing Blog:
Chronicle of a Work-Trade Program
One scrappy idealist’s venture into the world of permaculture
“This permaculture summer of mine was magical for me in a lot of ways, and beginning my journey with the work-trade program was certainly a beautiful way to get started on that journey.” Coral
Perhaps you are an experienced permaculturalist and manage an amazing piece of land or you educate others in the ways of the swale. Or perhaps you have a PDC and are eager to learn more. Or maybe you’ve recently begun this journey and are looking at what Midwest Permaculture has to offer. A Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) is a good investment but it can be kind of expensive. If you’re a young 20-something like myself you may not be able to drop a thousand bucks for a week-long training. Fortunately, Midwest Permaculture provides another option: their work-trade program.
We extend our gratitude to co-founders Bill Mollison and David Holmgren for their gift of...
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.
"Though the problems of the world are increasingly complex,
the solutions remain embarrassingly simple."