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Permaculture Design Certification Course with Bill Wilson

Registration Deadline is May 1, 2015

Pierce Cedar Creek Institute—Hastings, Michigan
Saturday, May 30 through Saturday, June 6, 2015

This is an intensive week-long course designed to provide participants with the skills and experience necessary to develop and create a permaculture landscape on their property. The principles of permaculture can be incorporated into areas from a backyard to a farm.

The workshop will be led by Bill Wilson of Midwest Permaculture. Wilson has hosted and taught at over 50 PDC courses.  He holds two Permaculture Design Course Certificates and two Advanced Training Certificates, one in permaculture design and the other in teaching. Having lived in a sustainably-oriented community for 36 years, Bill has had a front row seat in learning what it takes to create authentic-permanent culture (permaculture).

Students who complete the full curriculum earn the internationally-recognized Permaculture  Design Certificate. It provides an introduction to permaculture design as set forth by the movement’s co-founder Bill Mollison. Credit for this course is now accepted by a growing number of universities around the world.


What is included in our PDC Courses?Midwest Permaculture Design Certificate Graduates - Earn a Certificate at Pierce Cedar Creek Institute this May

     The Internationally Recognized 72-Hour PDC Curriculum

     Our Foundations of Permaculture Webinar Series (Required)
     Classroom Instruction
     Multiple Site Tours
     Hands-on Experiences
     Permaculture Design Exercises/Experience
     Healthy Meals
     A Registered, PDC Certificate upon Completion
    Post-Training Study Resources for Continued Learning


The course covers sustainable living systems for a wide variety of landscapes and climates. It includes the application of permaculture principles to foodproduction, home design and construction, energy conservation and generation, and explores the social and economic structures that support a culture that cares for the planet and all its inhabitants.

Aquaponics Greenhouse by Joshua Shultz - Permaculture Design Certification Course at Pierce Cedar Creek Institute

Permaculture isabout designing ways in which we as humans can live abundantly well on our planet while ALSO leaving it in better condition than whenwearrived on it. The objective is to design livable and abundant systems for people and place that mimic the patterns found in nature and therefore, require less work. Permaculture is grounded in a respectful approach to others, to all of life, and to future  generations. 








Greenhouse - Permaculture Design Certification Course with Bill Wilson at Pierce Cedar Creek InstituteMidwest Permaculture and Bill Wilson at Pierce Cedar Creek Institute - A West Michigan Nature CenterSolar Power - Permaculture Design Certification Course with Bill Wilson at Pierce Cedar Creek Institute


Permaculture looks for the natural/logical  integration of all aspects of living.  Those who have benefited from the course are: Homeowners, renters, educators, gardeners, students, farmers, elected officials, community organizers, landscapers, architects, local and regional planners, developers, and green entrepreneurs. Vineyard -  Permaculture Design Certification Course with Bill Wilson at Pierce Cedar Creek Institute

There is pre-requisite study that must be completed before starting the course.

Foundations of Permaculture Webinar Series
A Self-Study Program

14-Hour Webinar Package Includes:
- 9 Recorded Video Webinars – Downloadable and sent via snail-mail on DVD
- 8 Different Teachers – Wonderful Diversity (scroll down)
- PDC Course Textbook - Earth User’s Guide to Permaculture by Rosemary Morrow
- 150-Question Study Guide
- Over 3-Dozen Articles and Resources from our Design Courses
In Addition
- Continue to Receive all Updated Webinars – Indefinitely

Lodging is available at Pierce Cedar Creek Institute.

Full PDC Course including Lodging at Pierce Cedar Creek Institute: Members $1,345 | Non-Members $1,375
Without lodging: Members $1,145 | Non-Members $1,175
All meals are included.

Registration deadline for the Permaculture Course is May 1, 2015

Please call (269) 721-4190 or sign up online. Register


A non-refundable deposit of $250 is due at the time of registration with the balance of course payment due on May 1, 2014

If cancelling after May 1, a refund will be issued minus $365.

Questions about the Permaculture Course at Pierce Cedar Creek Institute? Contact Program Manager Matt Dykstra.

Content for this page courtesy of Bill Wilson and Midwest Permaculture.

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