The Property Design Mini-Course – An Online Training
Create Your Own ‘Framework’ Permaculture Design for Your Property
With Our Guidance Along Each Step
Trainings Runs 4-6 Weeks. Limit: 30 Students
Pricing and Registration
Fall Course: Sept. 20 – Oct. 25, 2021
Winter Course: Feb. 7 – March 14, 2022
- 3-Hours on Monday Evenings (6:00-9:00pm Central)
- Plus 3-6 hours each week of your own study/design time
- It Takes Four Weeks to Design your Residence (up to 1 acre)
- Add a Fifth Week if You are Designing a Homestead (1-10 acres)
- Add a Sixth Week if you are Designing a Small Farm (10+ acres)
Each week builds upon the last. The 5th and 6th weeks are not sold separately.
When the course is complete, one-on-one consultations with Bill are available for a fee if you would like him to review and add his own input to your final design.
Below: Example of Residential (.75 acres) Framework Permaculture Design
Note: The above design was created on Google Slides, which is a free program we will show you how to use. This is the foundational work possible from taking this online workshop.
What is included in Each Session?
- Essential Permaculture Instruction and Guidance
- Clear Explanations & Demonstrations of the Design Process
- How to translate this all into a digital design on Your Computer
- A look at Two or Three Different Student’s Design Progress
(We all learn by seeing and brainstorming each-other’s properties)
- Guidance and Homework between each Session
Do You Need to Have a Piece of Property to Take this Course?
This is a great training for anyone who wants to learn the skills of permaculturally designing any piece of property. If you don’t have property to design we have real life exercises for you to learn from.
If you might own property someday, or especially if you are in the market for property now, this training is a must as it will give you the eyes to see opportunities where others see challenges.
|“Before we went to look at the property, Bree and I had already pulled up all of the site data which we learned from the course. As we walked the property and ran some perc tests they thought we were some sort of university professors. The property was exactly as we had envisioned it through our digital research. I can see the potential and challenges with every property we look at now Bill. This is really exciting. Thanks so much for bringing it all to life for us.” |
Jason B. – Ohio
A word from Bill…
Why This New Design Training?
I’m glad you are considering this training.
Having walked over 1000 students and clients through the foundational permaculture design process, we know what essential information people really need to see some of the potential and challenges of any given piece of property and to also learn the skills to create a good digital framework design.
I know you would gain a world of understanding and inspiration from the full Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course but I also know that the time and financial commitment for a 72-hour training can be a hurdle for many.
With the experience and success of our new Online PDC courses, we now know that we can effectively teach permaculture over the internet (Zoom) which makes this shorter training possible to deliver, and deliver it well. You get to learn from home, eliminate the travel, design your own property (if you have that) and receive a great permaculture training. This is a true permaculture model in efficiency.
If you have done a lot of permaculture study, or are in a hurry to gain the essential understanding to designing your own property, this mini-course might be perfect for you. Our goal at Midwest Permaculture is to get permaculture thinking/living/designing out into the world. I trust that this training will help.
Now, should you decide to take the full PDC at a later date there is a $200 credit from taking this training toward any of our online, or in-person, PDC Courses.
To All of Our 1700+ Existing PDC Graduates… there is a $200 discount off this training for you as well! This is a wonderful follow-up course to the PDC which will allow you to refresh and deepen your design skills. We take the time in this training (that we just don’t have in the PDC) to dive deeper into the world of digital design. This course will take your design skills up to the next level and I will look forward to seeing your face again…!!! BDO
Here’s to creating beautiful and functional properties in the world…Bill
How This All Works
What is Covered in the First 4 Weeks
The Focus is on Residential Design and Permaculture Zones 1 & 2 (home and yard)
- The permaculture design process – Step-by-step
- How to gather and utilize site data from the internet
- Learn to use Google Slides or PowerPoint to create your digital permaculture design basemap
- Managing rainwater. What do your really need and where to put it. (swales, rain gardens, moats, mini-ponds, hügelkulturs, porous pavers, cisterns, etc.)
- Designing with the sun in mind
- Identifying key locations, micro-climates and access paths
- Plant selection, plant guilds, and planting strategies
- Building plant and soil health
- Basic hardscaping (fencing, vertical space, raised beds, cold frames, pergolas, greenhouses, aesthetics, etc.)
- Creating your framework residential design
What is Covered Week 5 for Those with 1-10 Acres?
Focus is on Homestead Design and Permaculture Zone 3 (orchards, food forests, small livestock, small scale food production, etc.)
- Assessing the practical use of swales and keylining
- Linear food forests
- Small livestock raising for multiple yields (Tree-Range Chicken?)
- Polyculture vs. specialty crops
- Double-deer fencing
- Small ponds
- A quick look at energy and infrastructure design
- Creating your framework homestead permaculture design
What is Covered Week 6 for Those with 10+ Acres?
Focus is on Small Farm Design and Permaculture Zone 4
- Locating the Key-Point and the Key-Line and determining if they are truly helpful/needed
- Is there a case for incorporating swales, keylining, linear food-forests and specialty production on your farm?
- High intensity grazing operation of larger livestock
- Efficiency. Profitability. Long-term Development
- A deeper look at energy and infrastructure design
Creating your framework small-farm permaculture design
Making It Look Like Something
The 8.7 acre framework design above was created by Bill Wilson but the digital graphic representation you see is the work of Megan Christian, our computer graphics designer. Megan is a rising permaculture designer who will be an integral part of this training and will guide some students in the use of Google Slides to create beautiful and clear design maps. Google Slides is a free software and your work is done while online.
Bill works in PowerPoint and will assist those interested with that software. PowerPoint is a Microsoft product that sits on your computer that you pay for and allows you to do your design work from you computer hard drive. Both work equally well once you spend some time with them.
Learning to use either program to achieve the results as seen above is easier than you might think. We’ll show you how in this training but your own individual practice is important to getting proficient at it.
Do you have your own graphic design software you like to use?
Great. No problem. Student can use any software they are comfortable with but our instruction is in Google Slides and PowerPoint.
Please Note: This Training Focuses on Conceptual and Framework Designs!
A full permaculture design is far to customized and detailed for us to be able to teach in a larger group setting. We offer full designs on an individual basis however. But this training is loaded with insight and ideas while helping you get the foundational pieces right.
|The Difference Between a Conceptual, Framework and Full Permaculture Design?|
– A Conceptual Design includes the broad stroke of ideas and possibilities for that property.
– A Framework Design identifies the most likely placement of earthworks (swales, raingardens, berms, etc.), other rainwater harvesting systems, planting systems and other key elements.
– A Full Design typically includes greater detail of all areas including specific plant cultivars, integrated elements, microclimates, recommended nurseries, time tables and estimated budgets for all.
$495 – The First 4 Weeks – Residential Framework Design (Under 1 acre)
$645 – Add the 5th Week for $150 – Homestead Framework Design (1-10 acres)
$795 – Add the 6th Week for another $150 – Small Farm Framework Design (over 10 acres)
|We do not take students for just weeks 5 or 6. Each week builds upon the previous.|
Individual follow-up consultations with Bill are available following the training, if desired, for an added fee. You can also just hire Bill to consult with you outside of this training at $200/hour if you would like him to review your own best plans or offer key pointers on your project.
Fall Course Registration
– Start Date Sept. 20, 2021 – Register Here
– Our PDC Course Graduates Discount Registration Here
Winter Course Registration
– Start Date Feb. 7, 2022 – Register Here
– Early registration discounts apply through Dec. 7th.
– Our PDC Course Graduates Discount Registration Here
|Fall Course Dates 2021|
All on Mondays from 6:00-9:00pm
Week 1 – Sept. 20
Week 2 – Sept. 27
Week 3 – Oct. 4
Week 4 – Oct. 11 (Residential Students Complete)
Week 5 – Oct. 18 (Homestead Students Complete)
Week 6 – Oct. 25 (Small Farm Students Complete)
|Winter Course Dates 2022|
All on Mondays from 6:00-9:00pm
Week 1 – Feb. 7
Week 2 – Feb. 14
Week 3 – Feb. 21
Week 4 – Feb. 28 (Residential Students Complete)
Week 5 – March 7 (Homestead Students Complete)
Week 6 – March 14 (Small Farm Students Complete)
Choose the Sessions Best for You
If you are not completely sure which level you’ll need, feel free to sign-up for just the residential course initially and if during the training you decided that the homestead or small-farm sessions would be really helpful, we will have special registration links set up for you then. There are no extra charges if you register this way. We want this to work for you.
Early Registration Discounts 60 days out
-$50 for 4-week Residential Design
-$65 for 5-week Homestead Design
-$80 for 6-week Small-Farm Design
Discounts Automatically Applied on Registration Pages
Midwest Permaculture PDC Graduate’s Discounts
If you are one of our 1700 PDC Certificate Graduates here is your discount.
-$150 for 4-week Residential Design
-$200 for 5-week Homestead Design
-$250 for 6-week Small-Farm Design
See the special registration pages above set up for you.
Low Risk Cancellation and Refund Policy
30+ days out receive a full refund less $50.
10+ days out receive a full refund less $100.
1+ days out receive a full refund less $150.
We do extend a full Credit for the non-refunded amount toward future MWP Courses up to 3 years.
There are no guaranteed refunds for cancellations or withdrawals once the course begins. However, in certain circumstances, we may extend partial credit towards a future design course.
Onlookers Policy… 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 they are certainly welcome to do so.
However… while online, they should be mostly observers. We can’t have 7 family members all jumping in with their questions and comments.
For each registration there should be one key person working on one design.
But we are delighted if others are able to gain knowledge, wisdom and wonder from this mini-course too.
What is Online Learning Like?
Probably the better question is what CAN it be like? Online learning varies widely but from our recent experience, we have been able to make our courses feel like we are in a room together while also keeping the learning experience at a high level. Besides, the content of the course is so compelling that we have found that the online technology became a real gift rather than a limiting factor.
If you have never done online learning before do not let the technology stop you. Our tech team will help all who would like assistance with getting everything set up and working before the training begins. Email Megan with any questions () or call our course voicemail line and leave a message at (815) 246-2894. We check messages twice a day.
Using a Zoom Room – Cameras On!
A day before the course begins we will send you the URL link to the Zoom classroom. All you need to do is click on the link at the right time and follow the simple prompts that appear on your computer. We’ll get you in. For the first session we will be online and in the Zoom room 30 minutes early so that we are sure everyone is in and able to see/hear us.
And please note: Bill asks that everyone have their cameras on during the training sessions (except for obvious situations when you need to get up or check out for a few minutes). Bill will not teach to a blank screen of names so if you wish to remain completely invisible, you might want to consider someone else’s training. Thank you for understanding the value we hold of teaching to people and not just a name. Bill will make exceptions upon request.
What Kind of Computer/Equipment/Internet Needed?
A laptop or desktop computer with a camera, microphone and speakers (headphones) 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. Maybe there is a back-up location you can access with a stronger internet?
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 get back to you with clear answers. ( — 815-246-2894)
Online Classroom Expectations
Probably not much needs to be said about this — we are simply interested in each of us supporting the creation of a constructive learning environment with a minimum of unnecessary distractions. Our courses are run in a relaxed and open manner as we work through a good amount of information, so we are very open to questions and even some comments. We want you to learn as much as possible. But with a good sized class there is a limited amount of time so we ask everyone to be mindful of how essential each question or comment might be. We rarely have any problems with this and just ask that all students exercise consideration for others. To be clear however, we do reserve the right to ask high-maintenance students to leave a session, even the course, should that be necessary.
Main Focus is on the Temperate Climate
Since this training is tightly condensed we won’t have time to explore many of the design variations called for in desert or tropical environments. The design basics are the same for any climate but most of the techniques and details in this training will be particularly relevant to the temperate climates where there are freezing temperatures in the winter.
If you live in a different climate, this mini-course will still walk you through the steps to designing any property, show you how to pull up online data for a site and interpret it, and teach you how to lay out a permaculture design basemap, but we will only be touching lightly on specific desert/tropical applications.
If you still have questions feel free to email us at . You can also call our mini-course training line at 815-246-2894 and leave a voice message, but email is always best.
Note: We attempt to check email and phones twice a day and will get back to you for sure. If we don’t return your call it either means we just could not understand your phone number or your call screening won’t let us connect to you. Please email us if you don’t get a call back from us. Thank You.
Not sure what you really need to design your property?
You can always just hire Bill to consult with you over the phone or Zoom at $200/hr.. He will brainstorm your property with you or discuss any questions you might have about your property. Our minimum charge to set an appointment with Bill is a 30-minute session of $100, paid in advance.
Best of luck with your permaculture adventures and projects. We’re here to support you if it feels right to you.