Teacher Training

Advanced Training in Teaching Permaculture
at Midwest Permaculture, Stelle, IL
NOTE: We are not scheduling a TT at this time in 2021. We intend to have our online version available in 2022. Please check back in the fall for dates. Thank You
Prerequisite: Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course

Learn how to teach this brilliant subject from two experienced and passionate permaculture teachers.

Bill and Becky Wilson Teaching

Becky and Bill Wilson of Midwest Permaculture are the instructors for all of our teacher trainings. Many of our students have gone on to lead multiple workshops and some are teaching their own PDC courses now. Bill and Becky’s philosophy:

“Teaching is about providing key and helpful information and then supporting the student in building upon what they already know!”

Who is this Training For?
This training is for graduates of the 72-Hour Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Course who wish to become competent and inspiring teachers of this brilliant design/living approach called permaculture.

Every student gets to teach what we call mini-sessions to practice their new skills. Adam here is teaching about this hugelkultur bed in Bill and Becky’s back yard.

What Will Be Covered?
– How do people really learn;
– Teaching techniques for different learning styles;
– How to prepare to deliver 1-hour, 1-day, 1-weekend, or the full PDC courses;
– How to improve one’s teaching skills;
– How to start one’s own teaching/educational business.

“Becky and Bill, this teacher training has been profoundly helpful.
You have given me insights, tools and even greater inspiration to offer my own workshops and trainings.
Best of all, you were modeling what you were teaching the entire time. Seeing is believing. Thank You.”
Grant S. – (Became a permaculture teacher and project manager)

What to Expect from this Training
The primary focus will be on how one becomes an effective permaculture teacher. People who are passionate and committed to living and teaching an authentic way of living on the planet will likely find this training invaluable.

During the week, and under the experienced guidance of Becky and Bill, students will be compassionately supported in exploring those parts of themselves that make us all more effective teachers and communicators, and not just of permaculture.

We will also offer each student teacher a wealth of practical-permaculture resources from which to draw upon while they are developing their permaculture teaching curriculums, skills and business. This includes Midwest permaculture’s full PDC course curriculum. We will identify some of the key pieces and aspects of our PDC Courses that really make an impression on most students and why.

Bottom-line: How do we transfer the brilliance and possibilities of permaculture to the general public?

“The whole week was amazing. I feel so much more ready now to set-up, organize and present my own workshops. Thank you Bill and Becky!”
Bianca H. – Workshops, PDCs, TED Talk

Bianca went on to give an enlightening and heart-felt TED Talk where she is modeling many of the things we discuss in our teacher trainings. If you are interested in community or relationships in general, this talk is a must. Thank You Bianca!

Why do you want to be a teacher of permaculture?
Is it because you simply want to make money teaching something that is considered ‘Green’?
Is it because it looks easy to market and host permaculture trainings?
Or is it because permaculture is in your bones and you just have to share your passion for this approach to living with others? Bingo…!

Who are the ideal Permaculture Teachers?
In our opinion, it starts with the person who is willing to share their love of permaculture with others, whether they receive financial compensation for it or not.

It is the one who knows that the deeper insight into permaculture is its ethical underpinning–seeking to find ways of healing the planet while caring for the human condition.

It is the person who is passionate about sharing this inspiration and information, but they are also solid within themselves. We have found that it is not what a person teaches or how they teach that is so important, but rather who they are that usually makes the difference between an adequate teacher and a great one.

Are you willing to come from your core when you teach and have loads of fun while you are doing it? If so, then this training is an excellent fit for you.

“The biggest impression for me was the session on ‘Teaching from Your Core’.
It was deeply insightful and inspiring. Bravo Bill and Becky.”
Lacy B. – Green Architect (38)

Olive and Erik Peterson are both Midwest Permaculture Teacher Training Graduates. They met at a PDC course and decided to make permaculture a key part of their life’s journey together as a married couple. They now own land in Ohio and are 7 years into creating their permaculture educational homestead called Fern Hollow Farm.  They host an annual Midwest Permaculture PDC course right on the farm. 


Practical Aspects of the Training

Start and End Times
We typically begin our Teacher Trainings on a Sunday afternoon and conclude at noon the following Friday.

Traveling to Stelle is Easy
If you live a good distance away you might consider using public transportation to get to us. If you can get to Chicago we can get you here for $2-$5!
Here is a full explanation on how that works. 

Daily Schedule
We will have class morning-afternoon-evening, from 8:30 a.m. through 9 p.m. There is a lot of interesting information to cover so we ask students to come ready to study, work and learn. There will be plenty of fun and some good breaks each day including 90 minutes for lunch and 2-hours for dinner.

All meals, snacks, coffee, tea and water will be provided as part of the course tuition. Meals will be prepared from mostly organic and locally raised foods and will include vegetarian and meat options. We can usually accommodate other dietary preferences if we know about it well ahead of time.

Camping and Accommodations
Free camping space will be made available with toilets and showers close by. This is light camping as you will likely only be spending time in your tent to sleep.

Indoor lodging options are available that run $150 for the entire week. Please email Becky (or call 815-256-2215) if you have any questions.

What to Bring
Three to four weeks before the training begins, every student receives a detailed email which includes a list of things to bring as well as more information about your training.

Sharon Bagatell is a long-time permaculturist and resident of Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage. A natural teacher in her own right, she took her teacher training with us and has since hosted and taught several PDC courses and multiple workshops in her community and elsewhere.

“Bill and Becky, this training was so incredibly helpful. Thank You!”


Course Fee
The price for this course including Bill and Becky Wilson as full-time teachers, all meals, camping space (with shower facilities), training handouts and other educational and teaching materials runs about $1,500.

Pre-Training Assignment
Once you are registered you will receive a welcome email with the pre-training assignments attached to it. It will take about 4-5 hours to complete the simple Q&A and a short teaching segment.

Down-Payment / Course Reservation
If breaking up your payment is an important factor to your ability to participate a $350 deposit will secure your seat in the TT. You’ll find that option on the online registration page.

Low Risk Cancellation and Refund Policy
We know unexpected things happen or come up. Therefore, should a student need to cancel their enrollment in this training there is a full refund less $150. This can be applied as credit toward another MWP training.

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

Questions? Need to talk this through a bit?
Feel free to email or call Becky. 815-256-2215

Click - Information about Stelle

Stelle, Illinois, Home of Midwest Permaculture

Stelle (rhymes with ‘bell’) is where Becky and Bill have been residents now for 40 years. The community hovers around 110 people in size with 45 suburban homes, and there has been a strong sustainability focus among some of the residents for over three decades.

Aerial view of Stelle, Illinois, home of Midwest Permaculture – Photo by David Imm of Panamedia

During this time those who have been interested in permaculture, sustainability or community have created such things as an organic garden co-op, a community tool co-op, a dinner co-op, a solar-powered telephone company (which includes solar-powered, community wide WiFi), a wind generator assisted fresh-water treatment facility, Illinois’ first straw-bale home, and more. If you would like to know more about the community of Stelle, visit our community website.

As the home of Midwest Permaculture, students will be given a tour of the community of Stelle and will be able to see first hand some of the early permaculture work that has been going on. In particular, students will be able to fully explore Bill and Becky’s permaculture yard and witness the progress on the 8.7 acre CSC permaculture design project.

Bill and Becky have been deeply involved in Stelle for decades and as such are willing to share of their experience. Some of the evening sessions will be filled with open discussions on permaculture, community and related topics. It will be a rich week.

Wind generators looking outside of Stelle.