Online PDC

Great Lakes Permaculture Design Collaborative presents:



WHAT IS PERMACULTURE? Permaculture design is a holistic science and an ethical approach to organizing the world around us for the benefit of all. Permaculture is also a network of practitioners working to ensure mankind’s place on this planet in an energy descent future.


  • Better understand your local environment and improve your ability to interact with the local ecosystem
  • Learn how to save money on food, water, fuel, energy, and materials
  • Engage in the beauty of a healthy home system
  • Learn practices that regenerate the environment and the community
  • Understand the role of design in your life and how to identify sustainable or regenerative design
  • Become part of a network that spans the globe

The internationally-recognized, 72-hour Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course yields the Permaculture Design Certificate. This course includes hands-on demonstrations and serves as an introduction to permaculture design as developed by concept co-creators Bill Mollison and David Holmgren, which opens the door to further practice, work and advanced education.


The Great Lakes Permaculture Design Collaborative is a trio of permaculturists from Ann Arbor, Michigan; Bloomington, Indiana; and Chicago, Illinois. We’ve teamed up to create a unique hands-on learning experience that can catapult you into a regenerative practice of your own.

Through the grounding of the lectures and the experience of the hands on work this course empowers you to take up permaculture design in your own life and to share a common context with the global network of permaculture practitioners.

A week of two hour evening sessions, 7-9pm
June 24-28

Two hour online sessions in the evenings and three full day field days in Chicago

Twice a Week Monday/Wednesday, 7-9pm
July 8 & 10, 15 & 17, 22 & 24, 29 & 31
August 12 & 14, 19 & 21, 26 & 28
September 9 & 11, 16 & 18, 23 & 25
October 7 & 9, 14 & 16, 21 & 23, 28 & 30 

Day Long – locations TBD, possibly in Chicago IL, Bloomington IN & Ann Arbor, MI 
July 28 – Field Day (8:30 am – 6:00 pm)
September 22 – Field Day (8:30 am – 6:00 pm)
November 3 – Graduation & Party (8:30 am – 6:00 pm)

COURSE FEE: Sliding scale (from $700 – $1,400+)

We want to make this course affordable and available to everyone! The course fee is on a sliding scale from $700 – $1,400+, with a suggested base price of $1,050.

Convenient payment arrangements are available at all levels. Please think about what you can honestly and realistically afford, with consideration for us and the work we do. Because of the powerful nature of this course, we trust you to give us what’s fair with all those things in mind.

Contributions above the base cost of the course ($1,050) will help to support those who might not be able to afford it.

To reserve your spot the please pay the deposit of $200. The remainder of your course price can be paid in equal installments over the duration of the course (the deposit covers the final two weekends of the course).

No one will be turned away — please inquire for additional details/options.

Course fee includes textbook and all course materials

This PDC is designed for greater impact through active, peer-based learning using liberating structures and other learning approaches. To enable this students complete approximately 10 hours of reading and recorded lecture in between each class. Ultimately, students will be more able to apply and adapt their learning across the wide variety of situations they will encounter.

Examples of our online lectures:

This course dives deeper than traditional lecture-based courses into the design process through case studies, hands-on activities, games and stories to build a quality foundational experience. Also, the location based nature of the course builds community that will exist after the course, giving it more impact in the local area.

I highly recommend this course to anyone wanting to deepen their knowledge of Permaculture, learn from a dynamic team of instructors, and connect with likeminded people in and around your local area. – Nate 2016

The Local Ecosystem
, Trees, Forests, Plants, and Cultivated Ecologies
, Tropical, Arid, & Cool Climates
, Broadscale Landscape Design, 
Urban Permaculture, 
Ecovillage and Neighborhood Design, 
The Built Environment
, Energy & Appropriate Technology, 
Garden Design/Seed Saving/IPM
, Waste & Bioremediation, 
Climate & Biogeography
, Home System
, Soil
, Aquaculture
, Design for Catastrophe, 
Access to Land (Settlement Patterns), Intro to Permaculture
, Design Methods, Mapping & Process
, Systems Thinking & Pattern Language, 
Ethics & Principles
, Patterns & Pattern Application
, Microclimates
, Reading the Landscape, 
Design Exercises, 
Dig a Swale, 
Economic Systems
, Social Systems
, Pattern Language & Conceptual Design Process
, Design Interview Fishbowl


 William Faith Upon encountering permaculture for the first time in 2005, the nature of his artistry and activism changed for the better, both finding a confluence in permaculture. Shortly after completing a permaculture design course at the Ecovillage Training Center at The Farm in Summertown, TN in 2006, he co-founded Ars Terra, a sustainable homestead project in Palmdale, CA, where he taught several permaculture courses and workshops before moving to Chicago, where he co-founded the Chicagoland Permaculture Guildin 2012, and completed an advanced permaculture design course at Kinstone Academy of Applied Permaculture in Fountain City, WI in 2014. In 2015, he completed an advanced permaculture teacher training at Kinstone,  became board president of the Great Rivers and Lakes Permaculture Institute, co-facilitated the first ever vegan PDC in the U.S. at Wild Earth Farm & Sanctuary in Irvine, KY and also launched Genius Loci Permaculture, a full-service Design, Build and Education firm.

William regularly gives presentations on permaculture at libraries, colleges and universities, eco/green fairs and festivals and private events, including several radio interviews on the subject.

 Rhonda Baird is a seventh generation Hoosier, with deep ties to the forested hills and rivers of southern Indiana. In 2005, as she was finishing up her second stint in graduate school, she stumbled into a Permaculture Design Course with Peter Bane and Keith Johnson and never looked back. From the end of that course, she began apprenticing as a teacher. She holds diplomas in Education and Site Design from the Permaculture Institute of North America.

In 2006 she co-originated the Bloomington Permaculture Guild. In 2008, she began working with Permaculture Design Magazine (formerly The Permaculture Activist) and began Sheltering Hills Design, LLC. She presented at both North American Permaculture Convergences (as well as serving on the 2016 core organizing team); co-originated the Great Rivers and Lakes Permaculture Institute, and serves on the diploma committee for thePermaculture Institute of North America. She also sits on advisory committees for Permaganic (farm certification for permaculture-based farms) and Cambia (a regenerative system of almond-farming based in California).

C. Milton Dixon is an permaculturist, forager, educator, and and all around computer savvy guy. He builds connections between people and the places in which they live. 

You can read about his latest projects at Permaculture Productions. He has taken a PDC with Midwest Permaculture, a teacher training course with David Jacke, and besides working with the GLPDC, he has taught PDCs with Midwest Permaculture, The Permaculture Project , and a two year Educators PDC co-designed with Jesse Tack. He is a farm consultant for Polliwog Farm and co-manager at the emergent The Cooperative at Dawn Farm.

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