Permaculture Design Certification Course

Bill Wilson, Becky Wilson, Mike KlukTuesday, November 11 – Friday, November 21, 2014Tuition : $1200.00














Permaculturists can grow food just about anywhere, repair environmentally damaged lands, design lovely and long lasting green-buildings, produce power ,run successful people-oriented businesses, and build authentic community. All by using fundamental permaculture principles and applying the three Permaculture Ethics:

  1. Care of People

  2. Care of Earth

  3. Share the Surplus

Permaculture is a creative and artful way of designing our lives, where waste become resources, productivity and yields increase, work is minimized, people and nature are preserved. All by thoughtful planning and a respectful approach to life.  Thus embraced, we create an environment where all may thrive for future generations.  


We as humans have the ability to re-design the world we live in.  All it takes is desire, know how, will, and time. Even if it takes 50-100 years, the change can begin with each one of us right now and the effects of our work will have beneficial consequences for generations.  

Consider this: The ratio of tensile strength-to-density of spider silk is approximately 5 times greater than that of steel, while a single thread, wrapped around the earth, would weigh only 1 pound (16 oz.).  

The amount of sunlight that intersects our earth in 40 minutes is equivalent to the total, global-annual-consumption of energy. 

Permaculturists look at facts such as these and ask the question. 'If there is that much energy available, and if a spider can make something so strong simply by eating crickets, what kind of world can we create for ourselves and our neighbors if we work hand-in-hand with the natural systems surrounding us?'  

The Goal

The goal of permaculture is to create harmonious relationships with all aspects of our life, to learn how to live abundantly well without hurting or polluting our surroundings and actually leave the planet in better condition than when we arrived on it.  

To be clear, permaculture is a lot more than just food production. A thorough study of permaculture invites us to look at our homes, our uses and sources of energy, our methods for providing food and comfortable shelter, our work, our relationships with others, and even our relationship with ourselves.   


As in Yoga, permaculture is essentially a spiritual approach to living consciously, harmoniously and healthfully on the planet. We can heal this planet. We can live lightly and we can live well. We can each make a difference... a big difference.  

For the fourth year, the Yoga and Permaculture design certificate is being offered at the Yoga Farm by Bill Wilson of Midwest Permaculture. This course will not only deliver the foundational educational experience for understanding permaculture design and earning a permaculture design certification, but all involved will have the unique opportunity to experience it within the context of a practicing Yoga ashram community.  


"For practitioners of Yoga, permaculture can offer a practice in which our external actions express the core yogic teachings of the unity of all creation and the yamas and niyamas. For practitioners of permaculture, Yoga offers an understanding of our basic spiritual nature which underpins all our actions." 

— Swami Omkarananda, Director of Sivananda Yoga Los Angeles Center      

"Sampling the Yoga tradition at this unique yoga ashram will help students better appreciate the connection between spirit and the natural elements that surrounds us at all times."  

— Bill Wilson, Nationally Recognized Permaculture Instructor

Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC)

PDC Training Consists of Pre-course Study plus 10 very full days on Site.  Students who complete this design course receive the world recognized Permaculture Design Course "Certificate of Completion"

  - Observations and Patterns 
  - Principles and Ethics of Permaculture 
  - Designing for Different Climatic Zones
  - Soils, Plants, and Trees
  - Guilds and Polycultures
  - Water and Earthworks
  - Utilizing Micro-climates
  - Eco-Building
  - Zone and Sector Analysis
  - Aquaculture
  - Planning the Homestead
  - Bio-Fuels, Economics, Urban and Suburban
  - Community Building Possibilities
  - Garden Management
  - Large-Farm Possibilities
  - Small-Farm Strategies
  - International Implications
   - Starting your own Permaculture Business, and more.

Click here for detailed outline of the course.

Daily Schedule

6-7 am Optional Satsang
7-8 am Recommended Yoga Class
8-8:30 am Light breakfast
8:30-10:00 am Permaculture Class
10:00-11:00 am Brunch
11:00 - 3:30 Permaculture Class
4:00 - 6:00 pm RecommendedYoga Class
6:00 -7:00 pm Dinner
7:30-9:30 pm Permaculture Class


Begin The Training Now with Pre-Course Studies: 
This 11-day permaculture course actually begins with registration when the student receives a welcome email that contains:

  - access to our Foundations of Permaculture webinar series,
  - links to over 3-dozen selected handouts
  - 150-Question Study Guide.

Within a week, students also receive a DVD of the webinars via US Mail along with the course textbook.

Course Textbook

'Earth User's Guide to Permaculture'
by Rosemary Morrow (Included with the price of Registration)

This gem of a text, shipped to students upon registration, is written by Rosemary Morrow. An Australian, that has taught permaculture around the world for decades.

Arrival and Departure

  - Arrival between 9 - 11am on Tuesday, November 11th
                 (class begin an 12noon on the 11th)
  - Departure on Friday, November 21st after 3pm.

Please feel free to arrive a day early to give yourself time to adjust to the ashram environment.

Tuition and Accommodations

$1200 for Tuition plus Accommodations
See below for Accommodations Rates


“I learned more than I thought possible. The site visits were amazing. I loved our overall group. Great vibe and life changing teachers. Thank you.”
Nate A. – Ann Arbor, MI – Non-Profit Administrator & Musician (33)

“I appreciated working on projects, all the information, the videos, the site visits with such variation, all of it. I was never bored.”
Lorna P. – Joliet, IL – Retired (63)

“Showed how permaculture is more than just gardening
but a moral, ethical, spiritual lifestyle.”

Steve K. – Los Angeles, CA – Contractor & Tai Chi Master (40)


Bill Wilson

Bill Wilson is the lead teacher and permaculture designer for Midwest Permaculture and has hosted and/or taught over 50 PDC courses. He is recognized as one of the top permaculture teachers in the nation and we consider ourselves privileged that he returns to lead our annual permaculture course each year. With over 35 years of community living experience, Bill is uniquely able to understand the intricacies of what it takes to build a permanent culture. Just spending 10 days with Bill is an education in itself.  We hope you can join us.

Becky Wilson

Becky earned her Permaculture Design Certificate in 2007 and her Permaculture Teaching Certificate in 2011, the latter from Rosemary Morrow who is a respected scientist, agriculturalist and elder in the permaculture world and is also well noted for her popular text, The Earth User’s Guide to Permaculture, which is the book we use for all of our PDC courses. Besides being active in family and community life, Becky has served as the Stelle Community Association Manager for 18 years and served as the Community Association Board President for 8 years. From these experiences she has developed a strong understanding of community process and development.

Mike Kluk

Michael Kluk has been an avid gardener all of his adult life. He grew up on the North Coast of California where his parents grew a large garden and raised cows, pigs, chickens, geese and bees. Mike and his wife Susan moved next to the Sivananda Yoga Farm on to a 20-acre parcel in 2008 where they are homesteading and implementing a Permaculture design. Even though he now lives in a rural area, Mike lived in cities for 30 years and is interested in applying Permaculture design principles to suburban and urban areas as well.