Growing a Regenerative Southwest Michigan!

The PDC. The educational event that has become famous around the globe for transforming lives, worldviews and communities. It’s a class that can show you a new way of viewing the world, a new way of relating with nature around you, and help you identify opportunities for satisfaction, growth and “right livelihood” in your community and environment that were invisible before.

And this special “hyper-local” PDC will connect you with resources and opportunities right here in Southwest Michigan: people who want to share their understanding and experience about how our local ecologies, economies and conditions work.

In this special PDC we will work together to begin designing a mutually beneficial Regenerative Enterprise Network to support the development of regenerative lives and livelihoods in Southwest Michigan.

While man-made designs and organizations are charactarized by decline, problems, waste, and the burden of endless inputs of time and resources, complex biological systems like ecosystems are naturally “regenerative.” A forest doesn’t decline without intervention, it continuously “catches and stores energy” to grow healthier, stronger, more diverse and more abundant over time, even if no humans are tending it or spending money on it.

We can do the same.

The Permaculture Design Certificate Couse trains entrepreneurs, professionals, organizers, and activists, to understand and apply the principles that nature herself uses to create these enduring “regenerative” systems that aren’t just “sustainable,” but that grow better over time. These principles can be applied to physical “habitats” like landscapes, gardens, farms, and housing, but also to “invisible” structures like communities, organizations, businesses, neighborhoods or even local economies.

It is often used to redesign people’s lives and livelihoods.

What can it offer me?

* Find more natural, easier ways of gardening and growing food. In one study by MSU the highest earning farmer used Permaculture techniques to reduce costs and workload.

* Find a more resilient, self-reliant way of life.

* Greater security in an age of climate change and resource scarcity.

*Greater connection with nature.

* Revolutionize how a business or non-profit organization relates with its community and customers.


Michael Hoag will be the principle teacher and organizer for this year’s PDC. Michael is the manager, designer and principle teacher at Lillie House Permaculture. He is passionate about Michigan’s “wild” ecologies and what they can tell us about profitable farm and garden design. He has studied with Bill Wilson and Geoff Lawton and has taught at McHenry County College, The Kalamazoo Nature Center, and workshops throughout the Great Lakes region.

PJ Chmiel is founder of VanKal permaculture, and co-evolves with Rustling Knapweed Forest Garden in Lawton Michigan, an extensive forest garden site.

Sam Ewbank will be adding his expertise on building to our understanding of climate-appropriate design for the Great Lakes region.

Norm and Rita Bober will give us a tour of their passive solar homestead and lend their experience on raising animals.

Rachelle Yeaman will be helping us with resources on Cooperatives and institutions in S.W. Michigan’s economy.

Kim Willis, co-owner of Lillie House and Development director for WMUK Public Radio will be giving us a Permaculture Perspective non-profit development for those with questions on non-profits and fundraising.

We will also be providing several “extra curricular” educational opportunities and tours on various topics throughout the region.

View full curriculum. 

The in-class portion of the Course runs 8 Saturdays in Fall – Spring, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (informal discussion & reflection to 6:00), to be available to the largest number of students. Spaces are limited. Registration begins September 15, 2016.

2016 -2017 Dates:

December 3rd, 17th

January 7th, 21st,

February 4th, 18th

March 4th. March 18th.


To enroll, please fill out our registration form, here and reserve your spot by selecting one of the payment options below.

Tuition: $1,200. Register Now and save $100 by paying in full:
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OR Register via the Payment Plan with a downpayment of $200, and be billed $200/month monthly from November through March 2017.
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Snacks will be provided, or bring a “brown bag lunch.” Catered Vegan Lunch option available for an additional $100.
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