Event Details

Event Phone: 608-687-3332

2016 August 8 – 17

IMG_2559This 10-day Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course provides a comprehensive introduction to Permaculture principles, applications & design practices as first set out by Permaculture founder, Bill Mollison, and meets a common international standard as a foundational course for Permaculture practitioners and teachers.  The PDC is not a “how-to” garden or “how-to” homestead course. Rather, it is a more fundamental approach to learning ways to engage with your property. This course is packed with methods and tools you will be able to use to design your own project whether it be a backyard garden, a homestead, farm, orchard or other endeavor. It does not matter what area of the world you are from, how large or small a property you have, or what your experience is with gardens/soil/water/etc – the methods presented work in all scenarios. Our instructors have experience in many biomes and will give special attention to climatic zones represented by course participants.

20150718_132529Earn your Permaculture Design Certificate while enjoying some of the best local, home-grown food around. Three meals a day are included in the course. Our instructors are experienced and engaging. We will be bringing in one or two guest speakers and taking special field trips to see area farms, gardens and/or homesteads. These are being finalized and will be announced here and on social media when they are scheduled.


IMG_0867IMG_3198IMG_6914Days will be filled with class time and plenty of hands-on activities in our fields, gardens, prairie, forest and natural building sites.  Nights are time for campfires, stories and stargazing. We have some wonderful dark skies and will bring out a telescope at least once!

Course Topics:

  • Permaculture principles
  • Concepts and themes in Permaculture design
  • Observation – skills in seeing beyond the surface
  • Site assessment
  • The local ecosystem
  • Pattern understanding
  • Climatic factors
  • Zone and sector analysis
  • Plants and their uses in medicine, food and utility
  • Plant propagation – seeds, grafts, starts, …
  • Trees and their energy interactions
  • Water management
  • Soil management – building soil, earth-working and earth resources
  • Food forests and small animal husbandry
  • Harvest and natural forests
  • Aquaculture
  • Structures, homes, and the built environment
  • Planning a homestead
  • Basic necessities – examining “need” versus “want”
  • Craftwork and chores
  • Equipment, tools and vehicles
  • Renewable energy and energy conservation
  • Waste management and recycling
  • Permaculture strategies for different climates
  • Business topics, marketing and management
  • Urban and suburban Permaculture
  • Forms of eco-gardening and farming
  • Small farm and garden management
  • Practical work on design

Course Instructors:

Wayne Weiseman

IMG_0367-1Wayne has loved and shared Permaculture for the majority of his life, even before the word “Permaculture” was coined. He has taught many PDCs, advanced design courses, teacher trainings, and special topic deep-dive courses. His specialty is plants and he has co-authored the book Integrated Forest Gardening. Wayne has lectured and consulted in the USA and internationally for many years. He has worked as a teacher and consultant to educators and administrators in curriculum and professional development. As a primitive wilderness instructor he learned to rely on observation techniques and a thorough understanding of the natural world to ply his trade. He has worked extensively with corporate executives in the art of team building, and the application of ideas in business and life developed through the observation of the cycles and connections found in the natural world. He has worked as a builder and contractor, herbalist, renewable energy expert, and farmer for the past thirty years. Based on his book and on his extensive experience Wayne offers lectures, classes and hands-on practicums. He is passionate about care of earth and care of people.

Nick Tittle  (7/15/2016 NOTE: Due to small enrollment and related financial constraints on Kinstone, only one instructor will be present for this course. Therefore, Nick will not be teaching in 2016.)

Version 2Nick studied small business management and entrepreneurship. He traveled the world visiting farms and gaining valuable insight into indigenous agricultural practices before heading to South East Asia. He spent three years managing volunteers, interns and apprentices at the Panya Project Permaculture and Earthen Building Education Center in Thailand. Nick specializes in consulting and teaching a variety of subjects including natural building, organic gardening, forest gardening, soil food web technology, animal husbandry and alternative economic systems.  Nick received his Permaculture Teacher Training certification from John Champaign in 2010 and has consulted in Thailand, China, India, and the USA. He was a featured speaker at the 1st South East Asia Permaculture Convergence, presenting about rehabilitating a monoculture orchard into a perennial polyculture food forest.  He is currently based in Charleston, South Carolina where he is the farm coordinator for Fresh Future Farm. He is also working on setting up an Urban Permaculture Education Center where he will teach Permaculture Design Certificate workshops and related courses in the state of South Carolina. For more information about Nick and to see a list of workshops he has facilitated: Here


Kristine Beck

20160121_212323 (1)Kristine has been a student of Permaculture since 2010 when she left the world of corporate employment and became fully engaged in developing her 30-acre site in Western Wisconsin that has since become known as Kinstone. She earned her Permaculture Design Certificate in 2011. Since then she has been using permaculture principles to guide her work on more advanced design projects as she continues work on developing Kinstone as a hands-on Permaculture demonstration and education site, a contemplative megalithic garden, and a unique eco-tourism destination. She readily shares her experiences about starting a Permaculture-based business from scratch, growing food for herself and others, adding animals into the mix as well as keeping all the gears turning behind the scenes (finding workers, marketing, accounting & taxes, customer relations, event coordination, and on and on…)!

Certificate of Completion:

Participants that complete this course earn a Permaculture Design Certificate which states they have successfully completed the course; this certificate allows the recipient to use the word “Permaculture” in their work. The certificate will be signed by the lead instructor, Wayne Weiseman who is internationally certified.

A Permaculture Design Certificate, affectionately known as a PDC, is a piece of paper that students of Permaculture are presented with when they complete a foundational 72+ hour Permaculture Design Course. This paper, like any certificate of achievement, is a symbol of accomplishing a set course of action. It is granted in a ritual presentation ceremony at the culmination of the course. Attaining your PDC is a significant, often life-changing event and well worth noting. Display your certificate in your home or office with pride!

The PDC is an essential prerequisite for:

  • Permaculture design consulting
  • All advanced Permaculture programs offered at Kinstone Academy
  • Teaching Permaculture

Prerequisites: None

Course length: 72+ hours over 10 days

Course Dates: August 8 – 17, 2016

Daily Schedule: Day 1 we start at 1:00pm and end at 5:00pm; all other days we run from 8:30am – 5:00pm, plus some evening activities and field trips.

Course Fee:  Early bird: $1,165   After July 1: $1,295

Course Texts:  All participants receive an informal collection of notes and resource information called A Permaculture PDC Handbook with over 150 pages providing you with a valuable information resource throughout the course and for your future reference.

Recommended Reading:

  • Permaculture: A Designer’s Manual, Bill Mollison
  • The One Straw Revolution, Masanobu Fukuoka

Other References:

  • Design for Human Ecosystems, John Tillman Lyle
  • Earth Users Guide to Permaculture, Rosemary Morrow
  • Ecological Design, Sym Van der Ryn and Stuart Cowan
  • Ferment and Human Nutrition, Bill Mollison
  • Gaia’s Garden, Toby Hemenway
  • Holistic Resource Management, Alan Savory
  • Introduction to Permaculture, Bill Mollison
  • Patterns in Nature, Peter Stevens
  • Permaculture One, Bill Mollison
  • Permaculture Two, Bill Mollison
  • Permaculture: Principles and Pathways beyond Sustainability, David Holmgren
  • Plan Graphics for the Landscape Designer, Tony Bertanski
  • Regenerative Design for Sustainable Development, John Tillman Lyle
  • Small is Beautiful: Economics as if the Earth Really Mattered, EF Schumacher

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Upcoming Date(s) and Time(s)

  • 2016 Kinstone PDC
    August 8, 2016 - August 17, 2016
    12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Event Location


S3439 Cole Bluff Lane, Fountain City, Wisconsin, 54629, United States