On-Site PDC in the St. Louis Area

Sept. 30th-Oct. 7, 2023

Our Internationally Recognized 72-Hour PDC

The Permaculture Course - Live/Online

Taught Live Over a 31-day Period


What is included?


The Internationally Recognized 72-Hour PDC Curriculum


Our Foundations of Permaculture Webinar Series (12+hour Pre-Training Treasures)


Live Instruction from Bill Wilson and our experienced MWP Teaching Team


Hands-on Exercises for you to do at Home to Apply what you are Learning


Open Discussions between Students and Teachers


Design Exercises to Gain Experience and Confidence


Post-Training Study Resources and Free Access to Bill's Twice-Monthly Office Hours for Continued Learning

Bill Wilson
Bill Wilson - Cofounder & Lead Teacher of Midwest Permaculture

This Course Covers How To:

All by using the 12 permaculture principles
and applying the Permaculture Ethics of:

– Care of People –
– Care of Earth –
– Care of the Future –

“Within a Permaculture designed system, wastes become resources, productivity and yields increase, work is minimized, and the environment is restored.”

The Link Above will take you to a full description of the content of this course. 

Earn your Permaculture Design Certificate

For those who would like to do more with permaculture such as becoming a designer, start an installation business, or offer permaculture classes, then earning the internationally recognized permaculture design certificate will be valuable.

Once you complete this course by participated fully, you will become a Midwest Permaculture PDC graduate. Our PDC Certificate will be mailed to you, signed by Bill (Wilson).

“My husband is laughing because I earned my bachelor's degree from Harvard, my master's from Yale and my PhD. from Columbia, but the only certificate I have hanging in our home is from my PDC course with you. This course is an essential, yet missing link in our educational system. What a priceless training. Thank you, Bill and Becky."
Catherine K.

How Have We Maintained a 4.9 Star Rating over all these years?

We can only assume it has to do with our determination to make the subject of permaculture come alive so that it is immediately understandable and useful to our students. We put the same kind of effort into this online course as we always have to our in-person PDCs. We are dedicated teachers, designers and people. If someone is going to trust us with their training, we are going to give them the best that we have.

Come Away with a Design for Your Own Property — Or Not.

If you already own a piece of land you are invited to use it for your final design project. One of  the greatest advantages of designing your property during the course is that you will have access to one or more of the MWP teaching staff and other students to brainstorm your design with you — if this is what you want.

No Land? No Problem!

About Half of our students have no property

There is much more to permaculture than developing land or building a homestead. We have plenty of students who are mainly interested in the ‘culture’ aspect of ‘Perma-culture.’ In order to create more permanent cultures, we also need to improve our understanding of how things really work in a world where everyone and everything is cared for and appreciated. How we run our businesses, establish our community organizations, set up and run our institutions, and work with others on a personal level, are all essential aspects of permaculture that we will also look at during the PDC.

But this course is also a must for anyone who thinks they might buy or develop land in the future as it gives the student greater insight into what is possible to accomplish on any given piece of land. The course will change the way you look at a property, and you will be able to see opportunities on a landscape that others (or the seller) think are less than ideal and are willing to sell for less when in actuality, it could be a perfect piece of property for a good permaculture design.

Frequently Asked questions

Because this training comes with the internationally recognized PDC Certificate, we as the host and teachers must guarantee that our students participated fully in at least 85% the training. So, unless you don’t care about the certificate, everyone who takes this training will need to have their camera on, so that we can all see each other, while going through the training together.

Also, each online session will also be recorded and posted shortly thereafter so if a student misses a session, they can listen to it the next day. If a student misses more than 9-hours of the live sessions in person, they will be required to take written notes from the recordings of all additional sessions they miss and email these to us for review. If the notes are missing key information a student may be requested to review the session again and resubmit their notes.

Make sense? There are no testing requirements to earn the certificate, but you do need to attend and listen, and also participate in the course design exercises. 

A laptop/computer with a camera, microphone and speakers is all that is needed, and of course, a decent internet connection. If you have a slow internet this could become an unpleasant experience for you as we will be sharing a fair amount of content. In that case, it may be best to find a back-up location where you can access a stronger internet connection. You might also consider taking one of our On-Site PDCs scheduled in the near future or the very flexible On-Demand PDC which you can begin right now. 

If your laptop or desktop computer does not have a camera or microphone, they are inexpensive to purchase and are easy to plug in. They are combined into one device and typically run between $20 and $50. Please email or call us if you have any questions about this and we’ll be sure Milton or Will get back to you with clear answers.

Probably the better question is, what CAN it be like?  Online learning varies widely but from our recent experience, and with the energy of our students, we have been able to make our online PDC courses feel like we are in a room together.  Almost all students have agreed that the online nature of this course was not a hindering factor in the quality of the learning experience. We have a great time!

The PDC is not heavy on digital map making.

Yes, we will use the internet to gather data on our properties and use observation and some empirical data gathering to analyze and assess what is happening, and then look at what this data means in relation to our vision for the property. But after this, the traditional PDC pulls out paper and pencil to do some very basic designing and mapping.

This being said, few of us use paper and pencil anymore to do design work now that so many basic digital-tools are easily available and understood. So we show our students how to obtain and save information off of the internet and then translate that to simple design presentations using software as basic as Google Slides and Microsoft PowerPoint.

Creating a final design using digital tools is not an expectation or requirement, at all, but most students end up using a digital interface they are familiar with. For those that prefer pen and paper, that’s great. What we are really interested in is the thinking behind the design decisions that are made.

If someone is familiar with Adobe Illustrator or other professional design map-making software they might prefer to use that, but creating a layered design map is not required for the PDC.

We do go into a lot more digital-mapping detail in the APDC and the Mini-PDC.

Heck yes. If you have a partner, friends, family members or children, that are also interested in permaculture and want to look over your shoulder during this online training, and dig into the pre-training webinars and exercises, they are certainly welcome to do so. But while we are live, they are observers only.

There is only one person registered for the training and they are responsible to show up and participate in the exercises, discussions, and design work. This person earns the PDC Certificate. The onlookers should mostly be invisible, but we are delighted that they are there and hope they gain much knowledge, wisdom and wonder from the course too.

Onlooker or Registered Student?
If a potential onlooker is really interested in permaculture and could see themselves becoming more deeply involved in permaculture work, then we would genuinely recommend that they fully enroll.

Full participants get more out of the training when having a ‘seat at the table’ — and when it is over they will then have the internationally recognized PDC certificate which could open other doors.

And if you are a couple/team, planning on designing your own permaculture property or homestead, we have found that it really does makes a difference when both people are fully engaged in the training. A lot more goes on in a training than just the transfer of a few cool design concepts.

Taking the PDC fully, and sitting through each session, tends to create a mind and heart shift in most people that cannot be transferred by conversation to others later on.  Most students report that they experienced a foundational shift in understanding and awareness that left them more hopeful and certain about how to move forward on their own projects and in life in general.  This is an invaluable experience for couples designing a life together. There is almost no way one can describe this training to a partner afterwards and have them understand the full meaning and impact of it. We are just sharing this from what students have told us and from what we have observed. There is a substantial discount for the second and subsequent participants too.

Begin Now with the Webinars

Once you get registered for the course, the Foundations of Permaculture Webinar Series will be immediately accessible to you while your book and other handouts are snail-mailed to you. Enjoy the webinar series and handouts with the goal of having them done before the live-online portion of this PDC begins.

Schedule of Online PDC

  • Tuesday Evenings 6:00-9:00
  • Wednesday Evening 6:00-9:00
  • Thursday Evenings 6:00-9:00
  • Saturday Morning 8:00 to 1:00

(Central Time Zone)

Price: $995

($895 -- The Early Registration Price 60-days out)

Pay in Full or Make a Deposit

If starting with a $250 deposit works best for you, choose that option. It will reserve your seat in the course, you’ll receive the Foundations of Permaculture webinar series right away, and you will be invoiced shortly before the course begins.

Course Options:

Limit: 24 Students/Course

Oct. 17 - Nov. 16 2023


FIC Supporters: You will be able to enter the Promotional Code and Save $100 when you click on PAY IN FULL above. Welcome!

Feb. 20 - Mar. 21 2024


Early Registration Discount Ends Dec 22nd, 2023

Groups (Families, Couples, Friends)

$995 first person/$895 early registration

$695 for each additional person when registering as a group in the same course.

Registration for groups or couples.
Each member of a group registers separately with a $350 deposit. Note in the comment section the name of the person you are registering with. After we receive your deposit you will receive an invoice from us for the balance at the group rate divided equally among participants. The balance needs to be paid before your course begins. 

When you register separately, you will each receive your own access to the online course materials.

Low Risk Cancellation and Refund Policy

If a student cancels their registration 30-days before the online portion of a course begins they receive a full refund less $250.  The student retains full access to all of the webinars (a $195 value), keeps the course handouts and textbook, and receives a $195 credit towards any future Midwest Permaculture PDC Course (in-person, on-line or on-demand), good for up to 3-years.

If a student cancels their registration in the 30-days before the course begins there will be a full refund less $350 and the student still receives a $195 credit towards our design courses in the future.  The credit is good for up to three years.

There are no refunds for cancellations or withdrawals once the course begins.  However, in certain circumstances, we may extend partial credit towards a future design course.