These are the PDC Courses Hosted in Stelle - See our Schedule of all Trainings for Additional
|About the Internationally Recognize PDC Course – What is Taught|
|How we Deliver this Powerful Training Experience – Regardless of Where we Teach|
|What to Expect at our PDC Courses in Stelle, IL
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“This training had a relaxed and informal approach
yet we learned so much. My husband and I loved it.”
Carolyn - Public School Teacher for 16 years
And Where is Stelle, IL, Located? (Click Here for Google Map)
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Addition Features of Every Training
“I really enjoyed the content of the training, the hospitality,
and the sense of community we created.”
Talia – College Graduate and First Year Medical School Student
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“Doing the hands-on parts of the training really allowed me to fully understand
the permaculture concepts. “
Gina – (45) College Professor
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“Stelle is a wonderful and welcoming place to hold this training.“
Catherine – Mom and Non-profit Business Administrator
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“I really appreciated the atmosphere that the teachers
and students created together. “
Grant - Foreign Aid Worker from Africa
“Thank you Bill and Becky for such an incredible, life-altering week.”
Jody T. – Community Organizer
|Lead Instructor for Training
Bill was also the community garden coordinator for several years in the small, sustainably oriented community or Stelle, IL, where he has lived for over 34 years.
Now, as co-founder of Midwest Permaculture, he holds two PDC Certificates and two Advanced Certificates, one in Design and the other in Teaching.
He and Becky have hosted and taught at 40 PDC courses and dozens of other permaculture workshops.
Bill Wilson of
|Milton Dixon More…
Milton Dixon holds a PDC and earned his Permaculture Teaching Certificate from David Jacke, author of the books, Edible Forest Gardens. Besides being Midwest Permaculture’s tech support he is an avid urban permaculturist. If we’re lucky, he will share some of his homemade wine with us.
Becky Wilson is co-founder of Midwest Permaculture and will offer her insights throughout the week. She is the lead designer for the Midwest Permaculture property (our home), and has her PDC certificate.
She earned her Permaculture Teaching Certificate with Rosemary Morrow, the author of our PDC Course textbook, The Earth User’s Guide to Permaculture.
Becky Wilson More…
“Bill, this was unequivocally the best educational experience of my life. You and the others made permaculture completely understandable and I am so inspired to implement this work. This training has tied it alltogether for me. Thank You.
“Thanks so much Bill, Becky and Milton!! I was so inspired by the course. I’ve already integrated permaculture into a community project I’m working on. After 25yrs of landscaping, I needed that boost of BLISS!”
Catherine R. – Landscape Architect
|Description of our Full, Permaculture-Design-Certification Courses
If you landed on this page and happened to have missed the full description of the training, you might still be wondering what is actually covered in a certification course. If so, Click Here.
Start and End Times – And Very Full Days
The on-site portion of our Stelle courses typically begin on a Saturday at 1:00 p.m. and ends the following Saturday at noon. Even though students will have already completed up to 20-hours of certification studies through the webinar series, there are still 52+ hours of training ahead. To fit the balance of the curriculum into only 8 days we start each morning 8:30 and run all the way through 9 p.m. There are long breaks for lunch and dinner… but students need to come prepared for a very full week of learning, designing, and fun.
|“I thought the longer days would be a challenge for me but with such variety in how the course was delivered I never got stressed or bored. Everything was so interesting, I didn’t want to miss a single session, even in the evenings.”
Elizabeth M. – Recently Retired Office Admin.
Group and Personal Design projects
For all PDC trainings, students work on various design exercises and projects, individually and in small groups. This is a requirement of certification and important to help anchor the learning experience.
Personal Design Project Invitation: If one of the reasons you as a student might be taking a PDC Course with us is to learn the skills necessary to create a permaculture design for your own home or property, we invite you to bring information about your site to the training. For example, bring a sketch or map of your property in fairly accurate proportions and/or an aerial view, a plant list of what is on your property now (does not have to be exhaustive – what are the dominant species – place them on the sketch), note the sunny and shady parts of the property and what direction is south, and what your current dreams or visions for the property might be. There will be some time over the 8-days where individual/personal projects can be explored.
All meals, snacks, coffee, tea and water will be provided as part of the course tuition and will be served beginning with dinner on the first Saturday evening through lunch a week later. Meals will be prepared from mostly organic and when possible, locally raised foods will include a vegetarian option. For other dietary needs or preferences, we most often can accommodate but we do need to know well before the course begins and students may be asked to supply some of their own specialty items.
As part of the price of tuition, free camping space is provided with toilets and showers nearby in heated spaces. Remember, students will only be sleeping in their tents. The rest of the time will be spent in the classroom or community dining room so elaborate camping set-ups are not required.
Rooms in Stelle – $150 for the Week
Some of our fellow residents in Stelle are delighted to rent out their guest rooms for this modest fee for the whole week. All are a short walking distance from the classroom. Students can reserve a room when they register for a training directly on our E-Commerce site. Please email Becky (or call 815-256-2215, message or text us at 815-782-2216) if you have questions.
What to Pack & Other Details
About 3-4 weeks before a training begins, students receive more information concerning what to expect, arrival details, what to pack, access to maps, etc.
Students who complete this design course will receive a ‘Certificate of Completion’ from Midwest Permaculture which in the permaculture tradition, allows one to use the word ‘permaculture’ in the promotion of their work or business. Graduates may offer workshops, lectures and design services. Click here for more on certification.
2010 Winter Course Graduates
Begin The Training Now with Pre-Course Studies
A $250 Deposit holds one’s seat in a training while receiving our Foundations of Permaculture webinar series which includes:
To receiver the early registration discount students will then want to pay in full before the early registration period ends.
These are the PDC Courses Hosted in Stelle - See our Schedule of all Trainings for Additional
Group Registrations - Save $100 per Person
2 or more may register as a group and receive a $100 discount each. We’ve had friends, family members or couples register together and in the weeks before the course, bring in several more friends, everyone saving $100 each.
Students: (Registered and taking full hours) $900
Seniors: (Over 62 and on fixed income) $900
We have several slots available for the student and senior discounts in each training.
|Payment Plan: If making payments would support you in being able to take a training, call Becky (815-256-2215, message or text us at 815-782-2216) to make these arrangements.|
Low Risk Cancellation and Refund Policy
If a student cancels their registration 30-days before the on-site portion a course begins they receive a full refund less $250. The student retains full access to all of the webinars, keeps the course handouts and text book, and receives a $195 credit towards any future Midwest Permaculture design certification course, good for up to 3-years.
If a student cancels their registration in the 30-days before the course begins there will be a full refund less $365 and the student still receives a $195 credit towards our design courses in the future. The credit is good for up to three years.
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 design course.
Continuing Support Following Graduation
Students who have completed a Midwest Permaculture design course are then invited to become part of our growing network of graduates. There are three ways we work to support our students:
Our objective is to support our students for as long as they need it or want it and to encourage them to support each other.
Already A Permaculture Design Course Graduate?
We offer a 33% discount to students who have already graduated from another recognized course (from anywhere in the world) who wish to take a Midwest Permaculture course as a refresher. Please email for details.