PDC Graduates

Feedback from our PDC Course Graduates

Katlin Smith – Business Owner
PDC Course #84 – Fall 2019
Straight up incredible. Even as someone who was less than familiar with agriculture and has never spent time on a farm, I found it incredibly valuable. Bill is a remarkable teacher, probably one of the most gifted teachers I’ve ever come across. I had no idea how impactful that would be in my selection of a permaculture course. He helps you understand the full picture at a micro and macro level… at both a logical and emotional level. He ensures everyone follows along, he’s funny, he’s passionate, he’s engaging. I never thought 10 hours a day in class would be so easy. I wish this course were mandatory for everyone as a citizen of the world. I understand the world around me differently for this course and highly recommend it for all.
PDC Course #84 – Fall 2019
I had the fortunate opportunity to attend the Fall 2019 course. I come from the corporate/suburban world and was not quite sure what to expect. Bill and Becky put on a first class event. Bill is a remarkable human and anyone would be fortunate to spend time with him. He is so passionate about permaculture and leaving the world better than we found it. There is something in this week for everyone and the sense of community that I felt with everyone else was awesome! I highly recommend the courses offered by Midwest Permaculture!
Kirsten Spainhower – International Aid & Development
PDC Course # 83 – Fall 2019
I took the Permaculture Design Certification course and absolutely love it. It was interesting, inspiring, and most of all gave me a lot of hope. Becky and Bill helped me move from an armchair permaculturist to one ready to take on actual projects. The training exposed me to a variety of approaches that could be adapted to a range of challenges. Most important they teach with heart and it really shows in what they share. I stayed in a charming little cob earth house in Stelle and had a lovely time. The food is also fantastic. The course was a lot of bang for the buck. I’m so glad I found these folks.
Meg M. – Community Garden Admin
PDC Course #80 – March 2019
“I learned a TON! The information was presented at a level that everyone could understand while the more
knowledgeable and experienced people in our class were also blown away by the depth of useful content. I realize now that permaculture is about the skills needed to be a responsible human on this planet. This course was a paradigm shift for me. Thank you Bill and Becky.”

Jimi – Small Business Owner
2 years following his PDC 
Bill, we made a deal on 30 acres in Kentucky. So grateful for my PDC as I felt confident enough to make this leap.  Got a good deal too as it is considered  ‘less than desirable’ land. Not so at all. It’s perfect for a permaculture design. Finally have our own land!


I got my Permaculture Certificate with Bill Wilson of Midwest Permaculture, and I really can’t imagine a better teacher.  Bill has years of experience and thus so many examples with which to bring the concepts alive.  His real world examples left me feeling that everything I learned was not just a glorified theory, but rather a perfectly possible practice.  Terry K. 

How the Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course has influenced our graduates lives and their work.


Jodi Trendler is a Graduate of:
PDC Course #33 – June 2012
at Midwest Permaculture, Stelle, IL
Michelle Hickey is a Graduate of:
PDC Course #38 – Jan. 2013
at Midwest Permaculture, Stelle, IL

Cofounded The Resiliency Institute
in Naperville, IL, immedialtey following their PDC courses.

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Tim is a Graduate of:
PDC Course #53 – Feb. 2015
at Midwest Permaculture, Stelle, IL

  • Opened a business Sweet Greens in Cleveland, OH, -a supply store for indoor growers

  • Transforming his 12 acres in suburban Cleveland

  • Working to open the eyes of residents and city regulators about the opportunities around urban food growing.

“As Bill and Becky said at the PDC, if we wish to create a more compassionate and sustainable world (a more permanent-culture) we need to live it and share it.”   Tim… (read more…)

Scott is a Graduate of:
PDC Course #62 – April 2016
at Heal the Planet Farm, Koshkonong, MO

  • Sold his legal practice in Arizona and retired early to pursue a life more meaningful to him.

  • Moved to Missouri and is establishing his own permaculture homestead on 6 acres. Just got the URL… Inwood Gardens LLC.

  • Has already provided legal, permaculture design and managerial consulting/services to Heal the Planet Farm.

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Bridget is Graduate of:
PDC Course #38 – Jan. 2013
at Midwest Permaculture, Stelle, IL

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Ian is Graduate of:
PDC Course #60 – Oct. 2015, Grass Valley, CA
Teacher Training #7, July 2016 in Stelle, IL

  • Youth Educator at University of Minnesota’s Landscape Arboretum

  • Creator of the ‘Internal Landscape Design’ workshop

  • Founder/Owner U&i LLC

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