How we Deliver the World Recognized PDC Course
For our In-Person Courses, No Matter the Location
|This Year’s In-Person Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Courses held at:|
Bending Oak Permaculture Farm, Youngstown, OH
Jun. 4-11, 2022 -&-
Sept. 10-17, 2022
Most of our in-person PDC Courses are delivered over 8 days, preceded by our Foundations of Permaculture Webinar Series.
View our PDC Course Curriculum Outline (.PDF)
Full schedule of upcoming courses.
What is included in our PDC Courses?
- The Internationally Recognized 72-Hour PDC Curriculum
- Our Foundations of Permaculture Webinar Series (Required)
- Classroom Instruction
- Multiple Site Tours
- Hands-on Experiences
- Open Discussions between Students and Teachers
- Permaculture Design Exercises/Experience
- Healthy Meals and Camping (where specified)
- A Registered, PDC Certificate upon Completion
- Post-Training Study Resources for Continued Learning
Our goal is for students to come away with a solid foundation in permaculture thinking and designing with the confidence to apply it to their own lives and communities.
|”Bill, I came to earn my PDC Certificate and to learn more about permaculture. I came away looking at the world through a whole new lens. I am thinking about permaculture all the time now. Thank you so much. Loved it.”|
Lynette S. – (36) Architect
Our Trainings Typically Have Between 10 and 25 Students.
Foundations of Permaculture Webinar Series
Allows Students to Complete Their PDC with 8-Days On Site
Traditionally, the 72-hour PDC certificate course is offered over 12-14 days (approx. 6-7 hours/day). Since finding a two week period of time to take a training is a challenge for many, we created our webinar series that allows our students to do much of the textbook-type learning and reading before the on-site portion begins.
- 9 recorded, downloadable webinars
- A 150-question study guide
- The Textbook – Earth User’s Guide to Permaculture
- And dozens of useful resources online…
Full Days – Refreshing Pace
During the on-site portion of our courses we have learning experience going on mornings, afternoons and evenings for a total of about 9 hours each day. The curriculum is delivered via exercises, hands-on experiences, discussions and classroom lecture. These may seem like relatively long days but most students are energized by the diversity of learning experiences and the simple brilliance of the material covered in a PDC Course itself. Most students tell us the week flew by and was paced perfectly.
Not so. With the long meal breaks and the way that you and your team kept the material so interesting,
I was fully engaged all day. Great job. I didn’t want the week to end.”
Rebecca – 48 – Social Worker
Our Lead/Certifying Instructor
Each of our PDC courses are still lead by Bill Wilson, cofounder of Midwest Permaculture.
Besides being a nationally recognized permaculture teacher, he is also backed by an exceptional teaching team. Our students tell us that they really appreciate our teacher diversity, experience and teaching abilities.
|Just weeks after her training: “…they thought that I had been involved with permaculture for at least 5 years. That is a tribute to your teaching abilities Bill. The information and insights that you passed on to me in the training have given me a solid foundation from which to work.” |
Cindi – 45 – Mom and Small Business Owner“Your teaching style is fluent and logical enough that everything hangs together in a memorable delivery Bill. Your expertise of permaculture and even your understanding of the group dynamics were perfect. Please never give up teaching permaculture.”
Stan… 55, Green Architect, Washington, DC
Some Commonly Asked Questions
|Who Can Benefit from a Permaculture Design Certificate Course?|
|What Subjects and Permaculture Principles are Covered?|
|Should I take a Course in my own Bioregion and Climate?|
|What do Students have to Share About Their Course Experience?|
Note: Clicking on the above links will take you to other locations on our site. Come on back.
Other Key Features of a Midwest Permaculture PDC Course
|Classroom and Hands-on Learning|
As compelling as the PDC Course curriculum is, we know that most of us don’t retain most of what we learn from just sitting in a classroom. Therefore, the on-site portions of our PDC trainings include many hands-on activities and exercises.
|Actual Permaculture Design Experience|
Because we will have covered so much ground before the on-site portion of a course with the webinars and the guided self-study, we have time for students to engage in various permaculture design exercises. The best way to learn permaculture design is to do it.
Personal Design Projects
Continuing Support Following Graduation
Our objective is to support our students for as long as they need it or want it, and to encourage them to support each other.
Different Design-Course Features
Every course we host has a full description of the individual details on a separate webpage. Please see our course schedule which will link you to each of our trainings.
|“This course was outstanding. The best value in my history of education! Thanks.” Jeff R. – 38 – Advertising Business Owner|
A student’s Design Certification Training begins when they sign up for a course. Shortly after registering, students receive a welcome email that gives them immediate access to the Foundations of Permaculture webinar series, including over 3-dozen linkable resources. The course textbook (The Earth User’s Guide to Permaculture) will arrive via snail mail a few days later.
|“The information, design methods, networking, and even food were beyond my expectations. Taking this course has re-ignited a fire in me that had been only embers. There is hope for the human species.” |
Ron N. —60, Landscape architect
Already A Permaculture Design Course Graduate?
We do offer a 33% discount to students who have graduated from any other recognized PDC course (from anywhere in the world) who wish to take a Midwest Permaculture course as a refresher. The discount only applies if there are open slots in the intended course. Please email for details.
|“I just wanted to thank you and Becky for a wonderful week. I learned much more than I expected. I have been asked about giving some permaculture classes by our local community college in Cleveland. Thanks for the confidence you instilled in me!”|
Sean K.-45, Homeowner with 2-Acres
Please contact Becky at Midwest Permaculture for further information or for over-the-phone registration.
If one is seriously interested in learning about permaculture but cannot commit at this time to a full PDC course, the FOP webinar series and self-study features that accompany it can be enjoyed now.
Students will gain a solid foundation in permaculture from their own home.
It includes 14-hours of recorded webinars, our PDC Course textbook, 150-Study Questions and links to over 3-dozen selected resources.
"I've LOVED these webinars."
Thank you so much for offering the FOP webinar series. I plan to take the full course within the next couple of years, but these webinars allowed me to really pull together the self-study I've already done. I have listened to the entire series over three times. Loved it!