The Foundations of Permaculture
Webinar Series

This is the Pre-Training Material required for Our PDC Course Experiences

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14-Hour Webinar Package Includes:

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How This Works

We have put together some of the foundational concepts of permaculture and put them into several webinar presentations. Also included are 4-recorded live interviews with multiple individuals sharing how they have applied permaculture thinking and actions into their own projects and lives.

These are not canned, polished or edited presentations.  You receive the recorded sessions just as they unfolded live.

Online Connection to Webinars

Shortly after a person purchases these webinars or registers for one of our PDC courses, they receive a welcome email that grants them immediate access to the full webinar series for downloading and/or online viewing.

Support Text is Mailed Out

The Earth User’s Guide to Permaculture by Rosemary Marrow is shipped out (via US snail-mail) shortly after registering and should arrive within a week.

Rosemary has been working internationally for 40 years and is considered a treasure in our permaculture world. One of her many accolades is her receiving of the International Achievement Award from the University of Sydney for her permaculture work in remote and sometimes war-torn villages as well as in refugee camps. She is one of the principles and an active volunteer for the organization Permaculture for Refugees. We love how she sometimes wears her string of pearls into remote sites and even into the garden since she is not usually available for cocktail parties. Thank you Rosemary for your continued work and inspiration!

Rosemary Morrow (right): Photo Courtesy of The Examiner – TAZ

Computer Requirements

For these webinars, just a bare-bones computer capable of playing/displaying standard computer files (.mp3, .mp4, .doc, .pdf) is necessary.

Technical Assistance

Midwest Permaculture’s technical support person, Will Wilson (will @ midwestpermaculture.com), is available via email or phone (815-216-4124‬) to assist any webinar student 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.

What is in These Webinars?

#1

The Case for Permaculture

#2

Story of “The One-Straw Revolution” (book)

#3

Ethics, Principles and Patterns in Nature

#4

Backyard Farming

#5

Methods of Design

#6

Urban Rooftop: First Certified-Organic Farm

#7

Climate, Weather and the Hydrological Cycles

#8

Holding Water on the Urban Landscape

#9

Suburban/Urban Permaculture

Hi Bill, I just wanted to thank you for putting together the webinar series. I’ve been listening to them again and 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 each Webinar

Webinar #1

Bill Wilson

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

The One-Straw Revolution and Masanobu Fukuoka

Larry was 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 and permaculturists, The One-Straw Revolution by Masanobu Fukuoka. We say ‘was’ because Larry passed in 2019. We are very grateful for his friendship & guidance and for this recording of a session he did for one of our PDC courses. 

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.

Robert Rodale
Wendell Berry
Wes Jackson
Gary Snyder

Webinar #3 #5 & #7

Becky Wilson, Bill Wilson & Milton Dixon

#3 Ethics, Principles and Patterns in Nature

#5 Methods of Permaculture Design

#7 Climate, Weather and Hydrological Cycles

These three webinars include much of the meat at the heart of permaculture design and thinking. Our goal in these webinars was to keep it simple, clear and practical. You could listen to these webinars 3 times and still get more each time.

Becky, Bill and Milton make up the lead teaching team for these three webinars. Each of them hold advanced permaculture training certificates in teaching permaculture and have been practicing permaculture for years.

“Honest, insightful, knowledgeable and inspiring” is how students have described the combined teaching styles of these three. Click here to learn more about each…

Webinar #4

Robyn Streeter and Donna Smith

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 family’s own food grown for them right in their own backyards. Robyn and Donna visit each home (mini-farm) once a week attending to all that is necessary in the vegetable garden, leaving a full basket of produce on the residents doorstep when their plot 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

Urban Rooftop: First Certified-Organic Farm

Uncommon Ground Restaurant – Chicago
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, became the first certified organic rooftop ‘farm’ in the United States. A very inspiring and instructional story.

Webinar #8

Marcus de la fleur

Holding Water on the Urban Landscape

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 were renting. They also incorporate: bioswales… porous pavements… rain gardens… a green roof… a cistern… and gravel grass. Marcus de la fleur is a Registered Landscape Architect 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.

Webinar #9

Bill Wilson

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 useful, 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, webinar 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. Within a week the support text, The Earth User’s Guide to Permaculture, will arrive via US Mail. Get started on your permaculture education by accessing all of the 30+ articles and resources and the webinars that we will link you to via email while waiting for the 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.

Price: $195.00

If you previously accessed the webinars using a password-protected page, click here.

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 study guide.

In Addition

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

Registering

The institution or group typically registers each student by name, mailing address, and email address so that we can ship out the 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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