Education and Mentoring

What is permaculture?

“Permaculture is an ethical system of design which re-integrates humans with the natural world.” -Rhonda Baird

Permaculture is a design system which cuts across world views. It’s a network of people dedicated to a resilient world. It’s grounded in earth repair, care of people (including you!), and sharing the abundance while turning away from economic and social manipulation.

Learn to see the world in a new way…

Whether you are interested in taking a Permaculture Design Course or a workshop on a topic related to healing the earth and its communities, a little support can go a long way. 

We facilitate learning, and we have for hundreds of people.

2017 Advanced Design Course, GLPDC, Chicago, IL
2017 Advanced Design Course,
Great Lakes Permaculture Design Collaborative,
Chicago, IL


Sometimes you just want a bit of support after your permaculture design course. Or you would like to learn more about permaculture in a supportive, one-on-one environment suited to your interests and needs. I (Rhonda Baird) have worked with permaculture education and had my own design practice for more than a decade. In that time I’ve connected with teachers and programs all over North America; and I find that I enjoy this kind of connection and support.

I would love meeting with you in person, if you are local, or on Skype or Zoom. We can connect, discuss, and implement action plans that help you meet your goals and help you become a more effective leverage point for regenerative culture.

If you would like to explore a mentoring relationship, let me know.

This is so fun! I love how I see the world now.

– DL, 2016

What Rhonda brings to the course is so valuable. More of that!

– SD, 2018

Want to know more….

Let us know what you are interested in. We’ll let you know what’s coming up–whether it’s with us or someone else in the region.

Black Tiger Swallowtail on Echinacea
Permaculture gardens foster
life and health


  • March 30: Urban Permaculture workshop, Great Lakes Permaculture Design Collaborative (GLPDC), Chicago, IL
  • April 27: Social Permaculture workshop, GLPDC, Chicago, IL
  • May 3-5: Earth Repair Conference, Port Townsend, WA
  • May 12-18, June 16-22: Agraria Permaculture Design Course, Community Solutions, Yellow Springs, OH
  • May 26: Plants and Permaculture, GLPDC, Chicago, IL
  • June 23, September 28, December 7, March 21: Permaculture and Nature Connection, GLPDC, Chicago, IL
  • June 24-28, Online Permaculture Design Course with Great Lakes Permaculture Design Collaborative (GLPDC) commences.
  • July 14-27, Blue Sky PDC, Whitehall, MI
  • August 26, Indiana University Permaculture Design Course begins, Bloomington, IN