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Six Months of Fun!

13 workshops, 2 hours each - YOUR choice -- any or ALL!
PLUS: 6 Green Drinks events, 1 Grand Finale Celebration and a chance to win a home compost bin!
Join with a friend -- Permaculture is contagious and you will want someone to share the journey with!

  • Skills You Will Acquire

    Each of the 13 interactive workshop sessions will include skill-building exercises or activities to help you understand the permaculture principles and how they can be applied to your daily life. These skills will include:
    * Benefits of Permaculture Design
    * Foodscaping
    * Rain Garden Design
    * Water Conservation
    * Benefits and Uses of Native, Edible, and Medicinal Plants
    * Composting
    * Nature Connection
    * Mushrooms
    * Food Preservation
    * Garden Planning
    * Mindfulness
    * Chicken Keeping

  • How You Will Learn

    The 2022 TRIal Membership workshops will meet
    These 13 sessions are designed to be highly interactive:
    Also included are online course materials that you will have access to outside of workshops which include various resources such as step-by-step instructions, recipes, examples, and reference materials for ALL workshops -- even those you cannot attend.

    *No prior gardening or permaculture experience is needed.*

  • Need to Know

    Workshops are designed to be interactive, and this includes outdoor hands-on activities. You will want to come prepared with gear to ensure your comfort in weather conditions.
    Special instructions will be provided as necessary for each workshop.

    *See workshop descriptions and details below!

Membership Events Schedule

  • Workshops

    WEDNESDAYS 7:00-9:00 PM
    * 6/15/2022
    * 7/20/2021
    * 8/17/2021
    * 9/21/2021
    * 9/28/2021
    * 10/5/2022
    * 10/19/2022
    * 11/16/2021

  • Green Drinks & Celebration

    FRIDAYS 6:00 PM:
    * 3/4/2022
    * 4/1/2022
    * 5/6/2022
    * 6/10/2022
    * 7/8/2022
    * 10/14/2022

    YEAR END CELEBRATION: SUNDAY 1:00-3:00 PM, December 4 - Location TBD

  • Locations

    Workshops will be held at McDonald Farm: 10S404 Knoch Knolls Road, Naperville, IL 60565

    Green Drinks will be held at various venues in the western suburbs including:
    Quigley’s Irish Pub - Naperville
    Ballydoyle - Downers Grove and Aurora
    Allegory - Naperville
    McDonald Farm

Early Bird Pricing options

The early bird gets the best deals! Save on the $335 regular price (a $675 value!) of this fun, immersive, resiliency-building membership package by registering early! The earlier you register, the more you will save!

Claim even more savings on your membership through March 30, 2022! Regular pricing will be effective April 1st.


Learn good things and help do good things!

Your participation in our programs supports our "Growing Food Security" community outreach and resilience-building programming! Proceeds from our courses are used to help fund our community forest garden projects and programs. Learn more about them by clicking below.

Join to Win!

Home Compost Bin

Thanks to The Conservation Foundation's generous donation of a home compost bin, for each workshop you attend, you will receive a ticket to enter a raffle for a chance to win it at the end of the year. The more workshops you attend, the more chances you have to win, and some workshops even offer “bonus” tickets! Join The Conservation Foundation as a member today, and receive 5 extra bonus tickets!

Meet Your Instructors

Nature Rx Guide

Jodi Trendler

Jodi Trendler is a co-founder of The Resiliency Institute. Jodi has worked to build community sustainability through several non-profit, community and municipal organizations over her career. She has advanced training in permaculture design and teaching as well as training with several veteran permaculture designers, and became a certified Forest Therapy Guide in 2015. Jodi uses this certification in combination with her training in psychology and stress management to help people develop mindfulness practices for resilient living. The Resiliency Institute’s nature connection programming is a foundational component to all programs. It is our philosophy that re-connecting people to nature is the necessary leverage point to ensure the success of all other resilience building programs. Jodi always welcomes the opportunity to share a walk in the woods or forest garden with everyone who will join her!

Permaculture Design and Gardening Instructor

Connie Kollmeyer

Connie has been an organic gardener for 25 years and specializes in natural, sustainable, and regenerative growing systems that produce an abundance of food, flowers, and herbs in relatively small spaces. She runs her own small-scale suburban farm, Copper Fox Farm, using her years of experience and learning, including knowledge gleaned from her 2014 Permaculture Design Certificate (hosted at The Resiliency Institute) and her Master Urban Farmer training through the University of Illinois Extension. You may have met her at local farmers markets selling fresh heirloom produce, herbs, and flowers, plus foraged items and herbal preparations. To broaden her foraged and herbal knowledge and offerings, she completed The Resiliency Institute’s Edible Wild Plants Certificate and Bioregional Herbalism Certificate. Connie also owns and manages Plot Twist Permaculture, growing gardens for others in their own outdoor spaces and coaching them to become successful organic gardeners on their own. Connie is a Master Naturalist, Environmental Educator, Adjunct Sustainable Urban Agriculture and Study Abroad Instructor at College of DuPage, and recently earned an International Permaculture Teaching Certificate after completing training in Spain. She is a volunteer in local natural areas as well as gardens and seed libraries dedicated to increasing food security, sovereignty, and community resilience. She has a small flock of backyard hens, and as a lifelong learner, she is currently learning beekeeping as well, and is pursuing her master of science degree in regenerative organic agriculture.


  • Do I have to attend all workshops?

    We strongly encourage you to attend all workshops, but attendance is not required. You will have access to the handouts, instructions, and course materials for ALL workshops through December 31.

  • What are your Covid protocols?

    We will be following State and host facility policy regarding mandates. Currently, the requirement is that masks will be required to wear indoors for those portions of the workshops. Outdoor sessions will not require masks. The classroom and facilities are disinfected before and after use.

  • What supplies do I need to bring?

    All supplies for the workshop take-home projects are included! You will want to bring a notebook, writing utensil, water bottle, and any weather-dependent outdoor clothing or items for your comfort.