The Property Design Mini-Course
Live Online

Create a ‘Framework’ Permaculture Design for Your Own Property

With Our Guidance Along the Way

Over 4-6 Weeks


"Bill, I am so grateful. Thank you for this course! It gave me the practical skills to plan out all the things rattling around in my head."

Next Live PDMC Course

Winter: Begins Feb.20, 2023

All on Mondays from 6:00-9:00pm

  • Week 1 Feb. 20
  • Week 2 Feb. 27
  • Week 3 March 6
  • Week 4 (Residential Students Complete) $495 - March 13
  • Week 5 (Homestead Students Complete) $645 - March 20
  • Week 6 (Small Farm Students Complete) $795 - March 27

Discount of $50 Applies for Early Registrations Received before Dec. 20th

Need It Now?
Our On-Demand “Recorded” Property Design Mini Course Is Available Instantly

What is covered?

Weeks 1-4

The Residential Design

The Focus on Permaculture Zones 1 & 2 (home and yard)

Residential Design of Midwest Permaculture Home
Here is the framework design map of the home of Midwest Permaculture (.25 acre lot). This is an example of what you will be able to create for yourself from what you will learn in the first 4 weeks of this Mini-Course.
10-acre Framework Design

Weeks 5

Homestead Design (1-10 acres)

Focus is on Permaculture Zone 3 

Weeks 6

Small Farm Design (10+ Acres)

Focus is on Permaculture Zone 4

Note: Combining graphic design work with photo images as seen here is easy for us to do using PowerPoint or Google Slides. We’ll show you how. 

High Intensity Grazing - Permanent fence design - Multi-Species Grazing Design

How This Works


3-Hours on Monday Evenings (6:00-9:00pm Central)


Plus 2-6 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.

What is included in Each Session?

You do not need to own a property to take the course!

“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.”

Bill Wilson – Lead Designer/Trainer at Midwest Permaculture

Why This New Design Training?

A word from Bill…

I’m glad you are considering this training.
Having walked over 2000 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 2000+ 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

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 permaculture designer. Megan will be an integral part of this training and will guide those students using Google Slides to create beautiful and clear design maps. Google Slides is free software and you do your work while logged into the internet.

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 your 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.

Frequent questions

Great. No problem. Student can use any software they are comfortable with but our instruction is in Google Slides and PowerPoint. Learning the design process is what is really important and it matters not what software is used to create the graphic representation.

A full permaculture design is far to customized and detailed for us to be able to teach in a larger group setting in the time we have. We offer full designs on an individual basis. This training however is loaded with insight and ideas while helping you get the foundational pieces right and over time you can develop your own Full Permaculture Design if that is desired.

  • 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, ponds, etc.), other rainwater harvesting systems, larger planting systems and the placement of other key elements such as the home, paths and roads..
  • 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.

If you are not completely sure which level you’ll need, feel free to just sign-up for the residential course initially (4 weeks) and if during the training you decided that the homestead and even the small-farm sessions would be really helpful to you, 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.

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 after the training if desired, for an added fee. You can also just hire Bill to consult with you outside of this training at $250/hour if you would like him to review your own best plans or offer key pointers on your project.

There is No Certification with this training.
(It is a self-study program that we guide you through and contains about 25% of the Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course.)

If you are taking this PDMC as part of the Advanced-Permaculture Design Course (APDC), your attendance is required at each session (or turn in your notes after listening to the recording) to access the second half of the APDC and thus earn your APDC Certification from Midwest Permaculture.

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 all 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.

Students have their cameras on during our trainings.

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 start-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 20 minutes early so that we are sure everyone is in and able to see/hear us.

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.

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 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. 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 disruptive 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.

Fees and Registration


Weeks 1-4
Feb. 20 – March 13, 2023



Weeks 1-5
Add March 20, 2023



Weeks 1-6
Add March 20 & 27, 2023


There are early registration discounts 60-days out.

Early Registration Discounts 60 days out

  • 4-week Residential Design $50
  • 5-week Homestead Design $65
  • 6-week Small-Farm Design $80

Discounts Automatically Applied on Registration Pages

Midwest Permaculture PDC Graduate’s Discounts

If you are one of our 1800 PDC Certificate Graduates here is your discount.

  • 4-week Residential Design $150
  • 5-week Homestead Design $200
  • 6-week Small-Farm Design $250

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.


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 within a day or two. 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 $300/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 $200, paid in advance.

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