Foundations of Permaculture Webinar Series

Foundations of Permaculture Webinar Series A Self-Study Program and the Prerequisite to all of our PDC Courses Study the Webinars Now… Take one of our In-Person or Online PDC Courses Later! Receive Full $195 Credit Toward the PDC

14-Hour Webinar Package Includes: – 9 Pre-recorded Video Webinars  – Audio .mp3 files for each for mobile listening – 8 Different Teachers with Varied Real-world Experience – PDC Course Support Text – Earth User’s Guide to Permaculture by Rosemary Morrow – 150-Question Study Guide – Over 3-Dozen Articles and Resources from our Design Courses Also Includes The new 3-hour ‘Site Data & Digital Design Workshop’ (recordings) – All Updates to the Webinars…Indefinitely!

To Order Click Here  For Direct Access (Registered Students with Your Password) The Webinar Series 


“I’ve LOVED these webinars.  They were not boring or dry at all.  I plan to take the onsite class within the next year or two but with little ones at home it is hard to get away.  I now have such a better understanding of permaculture. THANKS so much. I look forward to meeting you all!” Jason P. – Minnesota

“I went through the webinar series last spring.  Even if I never get out there for the PDC Course, the webinars were well worth the time and money.” Dave M. – Colorado

“I think the webinars were key to everyone bring ready when they arrive at class to work and gel as a group. The webinars were very good. The PDC incredible.” Julie K. – Florida – Small farm entrepreneur, mom

Note: The full price of this webinar series can be applied toward any of our future in-person or online PDC Courses (for up to three years).

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 from Becky that grants them immediate access to the full webinar series for downloading and/or online viewing. Text Book 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 @, 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?
#1The Case for Permaculture
#2Story of “The One-Straw Revolution” (book)
#3Ethics, Principles and Patterns in Nature
#4Backyard Farming
#5Methods of Design
#6Urban Rooftop: First Certified-Organic Farm
#7Climate, Weather and the Hydrological Cycles
#8Holding Water on the Urban Landscape
#9Suburban/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
BillWilson 12The 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

Larry 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

Larry&Masanobu 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
Robert Rodale
Wendell Berry
Wendell Berry
Wes Jackson
Wes Jackson
Gary Snyder
Gary Snyder
 Webinars #3… #5… #7 — MWP Teaching Staff #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 Wilson
Becky Wilson
Bill Wilson
Bill Wilson
Milton Dixon
Milton Dixon
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
Donna & RobynYour 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
Helen CameronUrban 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
Marcus-Cathy 2Holding 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 
Bill-and-Bloomingdale-the-catSuburban/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.
College 2In 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 of Webinar Series — $195.00 Once again, the 14-Hour Webinar Package Includes: – 9 Pre-recorded Video Webinars  – Audio .mp3 files for each for mobile listening – 8 Different Teachers with Varied Real-world Experience – PDC Course Support Text – Earth User’s Guide to Permaculture by Rosemary Morrow – 150-Question Study Guide – Over 30 Articles and Resources from our Design Course In Addition – You will Continue to have access to all Updated Webinars…Indefinitely!
MWP LogoOrder Here Reminder: The full $195 is subtracted from the price of any of our onsite or online Permaculture Design Certificate Courses for up to 3 years.
Group Pricing – We do have special pricing for schools, universities, not-for-profits, and other organizations and institutions.  See Below.
University and College Permaculture Classes or Courses
A Few More Details
Earth_Users_Guide1PDC Support Text Included with these Webinars ‘Earth User’s Guide to Permaculture’ by Rosemary MorrowThis gem of a text, shipped to students upon registration, is written by Rosemary Morrow of Australia who has taught permaculture around the world for decades.The book is straightforward and loaded with illustrations, depth and substance.  It covers theory and also focuses on the practical aspects of how to implement permaculture design.This book is a must read for the serious permaculturist and is a requirement for students of our design certificate courses.

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A Midwest Permaculture training at Purdue
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.)
Becky Wilson (1)Please contact Becky at Midwest Permaculture for further information, other variations on the above, registration of students, and payment. ">Email  Phone: 815-216-4124‬