8-day PDC Course
June 17-24 and September 16-23, 2023
Led by Midwest Permaculture
Click Here to see a full picture summary of a recent PDC course at Bending Oak
This PDC course consists of our Foundations of Permaculture Webinar Series plus 8 very full days on-site.
Take your PDC at Bending Oak Permaculture Farm
We began designing this site with our client, Bending Oak Farm, over 7 years ago in an effort to take this 25-acre site that had been clear-cut with much of its topsoil removed by the previous owner, into a site that includes bounty, beauty and ecological regeneration. We are having a great time developing this site with our client and will enjoy sharing all of our lessons and progress with you at this PDC course.
Bending Oak’s Vision:
Bending Oak Farm is an educational farm committed to a mission of showing people what is possible when looking to create a more sustainable world. Through classes, workshops, school tours, community programs and hands-on experiences, we look to demonstrate attainable practices to better the lives of all people as we move to a sustainable culture.
“I gave this course an overall rating of 5 stars. If I could go higher I would, you exceeded my expectation by a huge amount.”
“This course should be a requirement to living on the planet.”
“This was such a wonderful experience. I can’t imagine a better use of my time and money. I’m leaving with clear ideas of how to implement permaculture into my life and inspired to do so.”
“I really enjoyed what Bill and his team brought to this course. Their vulnerability, honesty, experience, knowledge and integrity inspired us all week. Each day was an adventure in what is really possible.”
Lodging, Camping and Meals
The price of registration includes plenty of free camping space on mowed grassy areas. We also offer the option to upgrade to a cabin or private campsite. Click here to see all of our options for accommodations.
All of your meals begin with lunch on Saturday. We prepare our organic meals with many locally sourced foods and always have a vegetarian option. Are you vegan or gluten-free? Just let us know and we’ll work with you.
A Solar-Energy ‘Lite’ Course
Since we will be running everything off of our 1.6KW solar panel system we will all have to be mindful of how much electricity we are consuming. When the sun is high and bright we will have plenty of energy. By evening, however, we will need to conserve a bit. As a backup, we have a gasoline-powered electric generator if/when it becomes necessary.
Group and Personal Design Projects
For all PDC training, students work on several design projects and usually in small groups. These design exercises are a requirement of certification. The projects selected will be determined by the instructors but student’s preferences are strongly considered.
Bring Your Own Design Project
If one of the reasons you are taking this training is to learn the skills necessary to create a permaculture design for your own home, business, farm or property, we invite you to bring information about your site to the training. If you have them, bring a sketch of your property in fairly accurate proportions and/or an aerial view photo or map. We can look this information up online as well. Also, bring 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. You should also be as clear as you can be about what your current dreams or visions are for the property. There will be some time in the latter part of the course where these individual projects can be explored.
What to Pack & Other Details
About 4 weeks before the on-site training begins, students will receive more information concerning what to pack, when and where to arrive and other details. No big surprises here. Just the usual stuff.
Students who complete this design course will receive a ‘Certificate of Completion’ from Midwest Permaculture, which in the permaculture tradition, allows them 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.
“Bill, I was concerned coming in that I would not be able to learn anything by the evening sessions. Not so. With the long meal breaks and the way that you and your team kept the material so interesting, I was fully engaged all day. Great job. I didn’t want the week to end.”
Rebecca – 48 – Social Worker
Description of our Full, Permaculture-Design-Certification Courses
If you would like more detailed information about our PDC course, Click Here.
September 10th-17th, 2022
Fees and Registration
Early Bird Special $1,450
if you register more than 2 months in advance
The price of the course includes camping in our designated open areas. However, you can choose to upgrade to a private campsite, small, or large cabin.
Group Pricing: If you have those who are close to you who are also interested in permaculture, we offer a reasonable discount of $300 for the second and all subsequent people coming as a group. It is difficult to explain to others all that one learns at a PDC course. It is always so much better if people take this training together. You will be seeing the world through new eyes following this PDC and it makes a great difference if those around you can see and understand the same way. Group discounts will be applied to your cart. If you have any challenges registering please call (330) 942-0950.
Learn firsthand how we designed and implemented:
You Will Also Learn About: – Fruit and Nut Orchard Design and Planting – How to Build Three Inches of Topsoil In Three Years – Double-Deer Fencing – Equipment and Tools Needed to Build a Permaculture Site – Small Bridge and Pergola Design/Build – Understandable and Clean Composting Toilet System – Root Cellar Basics – Creating and Maintaining Paths and Driveways – How to Create Your Own Permaculture Design …and much more.
Here is the design layout map for the full 25 acres.
Bring your own tent to stay on our free campsite! Our mowed-grass camping area allows you to further immerse yourself in the Bending Oak experience while giving you immediate access to our other offerings and all the fresh outdoor air that you can handle!
As part of the camping set-up, there is a shower-house with clean composting toilets (a new system we have developed combining the elements from others) and plenty of hot and cold running water supplied from our rainwater harvesting system.
Classes will be held in the large open area of the shipping container barn. The barn does not have air conditioning but the open-concept design provides a steady, cool breeze. If you have a favorite lawn or folding chair you are invited to bring it!
You Can Begin The Training Now with the Pre-Course Studies
This permaculture course actually begins with registration when you receive a welcome email with links to the webinar series which includes: – 14 hours in our Foundations of Permaculture webinar series, – links to over 3-dozen selected articles and resources – 150 question study guide – Our textbook, The Earth User’s Guide to Permaculture within a week following registration.
Bill Wilson – Lead Teacher and Designer for Midwest Permaculture
When Bending Oak approached us 7-years ago to assist in the development of its property, none of us foresaw how our passion for this project would grow.
Taking a couple of key lessons from the Permaculture Designer’s Manual, we decided to observe the property over time while simultaneously implementing some slow and steady solutions.
To be clear, we did not have all the answers before we started. We still don’t. But we advance confidently taking one step at a time, applying permaculture systems thinking and techniques, and learning much as we progress.
We will share our step-by-step process with you for all who attend this training, including our design details.
These PDC’s at Bending Oak are wonderful courses, and I am very much looking forward to them. I hope to see you there!
– Bill Wilson
“This was unequivocally the best educational experience of my life. You made permaculture completely understandable and I am so inspired to implement this work. This training has tied it all together for me. Thank You.”
Kate M. – College Student
“Thanks so much for all your work!! I was so inspired by the course. I’ve already integrated permaculture into a community project I’m working on. After 25 years of landscaping, I needed this boost of BLISS!”
Catherine R. – Professional Landscape Architect
Our recent PDC Course Graduates at Bending Oak
We hope you can join us this year!
Continuing Support Following Graduation
Students who have completed a Midwest Permaculture design certification course (PDC) are then invited to become part of our growing network of graduates. There are three ways we work to support our graduates:
- We have a separate website where all graduates can connect, share ideas and look for some assistance from each other.
- We host occasional permaculture reunions for our graduates and their families.
- Graduates may audit any future 72-hour certification courses at half price.
Our objective is to support our students for as long as they need it or want it and encourage them to support each other.
Still Have Questions?
Email us at or call Carol at (330) 942-0950
Low-Risk Cancellation and Refund Policy
Should a student have to cancel their enrollment in the course up to 30-days before the on-site portion of the course begins, there is a full refund less $250. The student retains access to webinars, keeps the course handouts and textbook, and receives a full $195 credit towards any future Midwest Permaculture design certification course.
If a student cancels within the 30-day period before the course there will be a full refund of less than $350 and the student still receives a $195 credit towards our design courses. 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 or full credit towards a future design course.