Event Details

Event Phone: 608-687-3332

2015 August 5 – 16

The Permaculture Design Course (PDC) course is a training program that utilizes the teachings of Bill Mollison’s Permaculture Design System. The goal is to achieve a basic working understanding in ecologically-based planning, site design and management. This 12-day 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.  We give special attention to climatic zones represented by course participants.

Key skills and proficiencies learned includes: surveying, communications, IT and web skills, preparing maps and plans, practical gardening, composting, soil management, animal systems, natural building, implementation planning, design graphics, client brief, concept and detail drawings, bills of quantity, report writing, botany, propagation, food forests and orchards, native plants, integrated pest and weed management, planning food security, small crop production – vegetables, herbs, spices, craft plants, harvest and post harvest, storing and preserving crops, community event organization and management, wild foods and restoration ecology, specialist practical and theory workshops on composting toilets, waste water treatment, water testing, soil food web, seed saving and managing  a seed bank, biochar, blacksmithing, plant harvest, treatment and construction, making natural dyes and inks, tropical crops and vegetable production, animal systems, and more.

Children ages 13-17 may register with a registered adult. 

Participants that complete this course earn a 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.  Wayne is also recognized by various organizations in the USA including PINA and the Permaculture Institute.

The PDC is an essential prerequisite for:

  • Permaculture design work in the field
  • All Advanced Programs offered at Kinstone Academy
  • Teaching Permaculture

Prerequisites: None

Organization:  The PDC at Kinstone Academy includes the standard 72-hour international PDC curriculum, addressing all major climatic zones (temperate, subtropic, tropical & arid) and the breadth of Permaculture applications for sustainable urban, suburban, rural, and bioregional design and development.

Course length: 72+ hours over 12 days

Course Dates: August 5-16, 2015

Daily Schedule: 9:00am – 5:00pm, plus some evening activities and possible field trips

Instructors: Wayne Weiseman

Course Fee:  Early bird: $1,240   After July 1: $1,380

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 future reference.

PDC Preparatory Reading:

  • Earth users Guide to Permaculture, Rosemary Morrow
  • Introduction to Permaculture, Bill Mollison
  • Gaia’s Garden, Toby Hemenway

Course Topics:

  • Permaculture principles
  • Concepts and themes in design
  • The local ecosystem
  • Forms of eco-gardening and farming
  • Broad scale site design
  • The application of specific methods, laws and principles to design
  • Pattern understanding
  • Climatic factors
  • Plants and trees and their energy interactions
  • Water, soils, earth-working and earth resources
  • Zone and sector analysis
  • Food forests and small animal husbandry
  • Harvest and natural forests
  • Aquaculture
  • Planning the homestead
  • Structures
  • Craftwork and chores
  • Equipment, tools and vehicles
  • Renewable energy and energy conservation
  • Waste management and recycling
  • Permaculture strategies for different climates
  • Urban and suburban Permaculture
  • Small farm and garden management and marketing
  • Strategies of an alternative global nation
  • Practical work on design

 Recommended Reading:

  • Basics of Permaculture Design, Ross Mars, 1996
  • Design for Human Ecosystems, John Tillman Lyle, Island Press, 1999
  • Design for Sustainability, Janis Birkeland, Earthscan, 2005
  • Design with Nature, Ian McHarg, Natural History Press, 1969
  • Ecological Design, Sym Van der Ryn and Stuart Cowan
  • Ecovillage Living: Restoring the Earth and Her People, Jackson and Svensson, Gaia Trust, 2002
  • Ferment and Human Nutrition, Bill Mollison, Tagari Publications, 1993
  • Field Guide to Appropriate Technology, Hazeltine and Bull, Academic Press, 2003
  • Green History of the World, Clive Ponting, Penguin Books, 1991
  • Holistic Resource Management, Alan Savory, Island Press, 1988
  • Living Communities: a Permaculture Case Study at Sol y Sombre, Ben Haggard
  • Patterns in Nature, Peter Stevens
  • Permaculture Garden, Graham Bell
  • Permaculture Two, Bill Mollison, Tagari Publications, 1979
  • Permaculture in a Nutshell, Patrick Whitefield
  • Permaculture: A Designer’s Manual, Bill Mollison, Tagari Publications, 1988
  • Permaculture: Principles and Pathways beyond Sustainability, David Holmgren, Holmgren Design Services, 2002
  • Plan Graphics for the Landscape Designer, Tony Bertanski, Prentice Hall, 2003
  • Regenerative Design for Sustainable Development, John Tillman Lyle, John Wiley and Sons, 1994
  • Small is Beautiful: Economics as if the Earth Really Mattered, EF Schumacher, Harper and Row, 1989

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Upcoming Date(s) and Time(s)

  • 2015 PDC
    August 5, 2015 - August 16, 2015
    9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Event Location


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