Guest Profile

Bill Wilson

Bill Wilson is the lead certifying instructor, designer and co-founder with his wife, Rebecca, of Midwest Permaculture as the culmination of a life's work of everything Bill and Becky hold dear and have been working on for over 30 years. From starting on a shoestring in 2007, the business has grown to now offer an internationally recognized Permaculture Design Certification Course, The Permaculture Teacher's Certificate Training, and a host of Permaculture Design Services.

Bill holds two Advanced Permaculture Training Certificates, one in permaculture design and the other in teaching. He took his Permaculture Teacher's Training with Jude Hobbs of the Permaculture Institute, USA. Jude is a Bill Mollison trained teacher and designer. He and Becky have now hosted and taught over 50 Permaculture Design Certification PDC courses. And they have over 1,000 graduates.

Bill and Becky live in the small and somewhat unique community of Stelle, Illinois where some portion of the community has always been interested in diverse aspects of sustainable living. Together they created an organic garden co-op, community tool co-op, a dinner co-op, a solar-powered telephone company which includes solar-powered, community wide WiFi, a windmill-assisted fresh-water treatment facility, Illinois' first straw-bale home, and more. Having lived in a sustainably-oriented community for 35 years, Bill has had a front row seat in learning what it takes to create authentic-permanent culture. Bill's full-time work is managing, teaching, speaking, writing, and providing permaculture design services which have him traveling widely from California to Africa.