Event Details

Event Phone: 608-687-3332

2017 July 8 – 16



Come learn with Wayne Weiseman, long-time Permaculture designer, teacher and co-author of Integrated Forest Gardening. Wayne will share lessons learned from teaching years of primitive skills and hundreds of PDC courses. He is a permaculture and plant expert and will share knowledge about using plants, guilds, and polycultures in permaculture designs on many levels and for many functions. His urban yard yields a huge percentage of his family’s food – how does he do it? There is so much to learn from his experience and knowledge. DON’T MISS THIS! There is a BIG EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT.

WHAT is it?

A 9-day Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course that offers a comprehensive introduction to Permaculture principles, applications & design practices and meets the international standard as the 72+ hour foundational course for Permaculture practitioners and teachers.

The Kinstone PDC is unique. You will be learning at an active Permaculture site and agro-tourism destination that is visited by hundreds of people each year. You will have many opportunities to put theory into practice by doing hands-on, creative activities at Kinstone. We will also visit at least one regional site in an urban or rural setting where Permaculture principles are actively practiced and promoted. Special guests will share their expertise as well.

While learning about our habitat and our own relationship with the environment, we will take a look at how humans have been relating to Earth throughout history and into today’s modern urban times. The three main historical viewpoints we will study are:

  • Hunter/Gatherer

Training in hunter-gatherer living and nature skills sharpens our ability to see life as it is. We  develop hand and eye coordination, and become one with an environment where we must observe and create what we need in an immediate and balanced way.

  • Agricultural Settlement

Exposure to various methods of sustainable agriculture, i.e. Permaculture, Biodynamic Agriculture, Bio-intensive gardening, the eco-agriculture movement, organic systems, the natural way of farming of Masanobu Fukuoka and indigenous systems of agriculture. You also learn about renewable energy systems (wind, water, solar), ecological building practices (straw bale, cob, cordwood, etc.) and everything from tool making to animal husbandry.

  • Urban/Suburban

Studying the urban and suburban landscape and learning ways to live sustainably in the midst of concrete and close-quarters. Discover how permaculture design can help those living in urban and suburban areas meet their needs for nutrition, energy and community while maintaining meaningful work and upholding sustainable policies in towns and cities.

WHERE is this?

Right here at Kinstone in Fountain City, Wisconsin, USA. This is in Western Wisconsin about 30 miles north of LaCrosse, about 180 miles northwest of Madison, and only about 110 miles southeast of Minneapolis, MN!

WHEN is it?

Summer 2017: July 8 – 16

HOW much does it cost?

Early Bird Tuition:  $1,145 (due in full by the early bird deadline: June 7, 2017)

Regular Tuition:  $1,295 (this is the total amount due if you have not paid in full by the early bird deadline of June 7)

Non-Refundable Deposit: $325  (this amount is required to hold your space in class and is non refundable)

Discounts are available!! We offer a 10% discount each when you register as a group of two or more. We offer a 10% discount for military personnel and veterans with proof of service. We also offer a 10% discount if you have taken a prior course at Kinstone Academy. Only one (1) discount may be applied per registration. Contact Kristine to find out if there are any scholarship funds available as there often are.

Registered students who attend the course receive 3 meals per day on class days except only two meals on the last day (no dinner). There is limited availability for students to camp onsite for free during the course; spaces are reserved on a first-come basis. Anyone wishing to camp at Kinstone must make arrangements via email or phone (see the Contact us link) in advance after they have completed registration

Note: If the course is cancelled by Kinstone for any reason, all registered students will receive a full refund of any tuition paid, including the deposit amount. In all other cases, cancellations are handled as described in our Cancellation Policy.

WHO should come?

You! And anyone you know that meets one or more of these criteria:

  • Is concerned about the future
  • Owns a home
  • Rents a home or apartment
  • Lives in the city or the ‘burbs
  • Lives in the country
  • Is a professional architect, landscape architect or contractor
  • Is a gardener or landscaper
  • Is a teacher or parent
  • Is an elected official or government staff
  • Is an officer or leader in a business or corporation
  • Is a realtor or developer
  • Is a civil engineer or community planner
  • Is a homesteader, farmer or rancher
  • Has some experience with gardening and/or permaculture
  • Has no experience with gardening and/or permaculture
  • Is a human being living on this earth… 🙂


Because this course is a game changer. It brings into focus practical principles and ethics that many of us have forgotten or dismissed. It is like picking up a master key that unlocks many doors leading to abundance and health. Students have repeatedly stated they have found that by regenerating the earth and improving their relationship with it they have regenerated themselves in the process. You want this master key!

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Upcoming Date(s) and Time(s)

  • 2017 Kinstone PDC
    July 8, 2017 - July 16, 2017
    8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Event Location


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