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paul wheaton the duke of permaculture

Paul Wheaton is a powerful advocate of permaculture and its ability to solve many of the world's problems. He was dubbed the Duke of Permaculture by both Geoff Lwaton and Sepp Holzer. And, he was given the title "The Bad Boy of Permcaulture," by Occupy Monsanto.

paul wheaton

Paul Wheaton spreads permaculture in many, many ways: his youtube channel, podcasts, presentations, facebook, workshops and events at Wheaton Labs, articles, appearances on radio shows, and much more. Paul is the owner of,, and

He began his journey toward permaculture innovation in 1995. At that time, he had created Bananacom, a program used to communicate between computers before there was even the internet! He received his Advanced Master Gardener certificate in 1997, and started writing articles about permaculture techniques in 1999 (he also started a forum to discuss java programming at the same time). Five years later, in 2004, Paul started up his permaculture forums. And things have grown exponentially since!

permaculture filmography

Rocket Oven: How Cooking Food Can Save the World

The Rocket Oven movie is a feature length movie topping out at 2 hours and 12 minutes of film. It will help you not only build your own rocket oven, but also understand the science behinds it. Rocket ovens take rocket stove technology and wrap it around an oven so that the oven can be quickly and efficiently heated with just a few stick. A rocket ovens is a clean, efficient way to cook that makes delicious food, all while being better for the planet!

Online Permaculture Design Course and Appropriate Technology Course

177 hours of permaculture education, for you to view and learn from at your own pace. This is the complete recording of Paul's 2017 Permaculture Design Course and Appropriate Technology Course. You will learn from experts in their fields, Tim Barker, Helen Atthowe, Thomas J. Elpel, Paul Wheaton, and many more!

Better Wood Heat: DIY Rocket Mass Heater Videos

8 DVD set on how to make your own Rocket Mass Heater, as well as the science, technology, and innovation that went into designing the rocket mass heater. You will also learn about multiple different rocket mass heater builds: a traditional cob style RMH, a RMH built in a tepee, a pebble style RMH, one made with a shippable core.

World Domination Gardening 3-DVD set

This 3-DVD set covers two separate earthwork workshops. In both workshops, you will see all the steps and final creation of a pond without a liner, a swale, and a hugelkultur bed on a terrace.

permaculture print media

Building a Better World in your Backyard

Join Paul and Shawn on a journey featuring simple alternatives that you may have never heard of — alternatives which are about building a more symbiotic relationship with nature so we can all be even lazier. Nurture nature and nature nurtures us all.

Make a huge, positive, global difference from your own home! Prioritize comfort over sacrifice while saving thousands of dollars. Explore dozens of solutions and their impacts on carbon footprint, petroleum footprint, toxic footprint, and other environmental issues.

Written by Paul Wheaton and Shawn Klassen-Koop and illustrated by Tracy Wandling.

Permaculture Playing Cards

Paul Wheaton's Permaculture Playing Cards

These cards were created with the idea of ... what would be a great holiday gift that I could give to my friends and family that thinks my permaculture lifestyle is crazy. Something they would enjoy, and that might make me seem less crazy and it's a stocking stuffer too!

While these are fully functional poker cards, their primary purpose is to show people the rich diversity of permaculture. Permaculture embraces gardening well beyond organic, plus natural building, greening the deserts, alternative energy, feeding the world and blazing a trail for less toxic living.

Designed by Paul Wheaton, and illustrated by Alexander Ojeda.

wheaton labs events and education opportunities

Permaculture Bootcamp

permaculture bootcamp at wheaton labs

Bootcamp is like WWOOFing with benefits. It's a way to take part in epic--and not so epic--homesteading and permaculture activities. And gain skills in the process! You put in a good 40 hours of work a week, and gain back a lot in exchange. And, if you stick around, you get your own plot of land to build and grow on! Find out more, here:

More Events at Wheaton Labs

Wheaton Labs

Some of the many events hosted at Wheaton Labs:

  • Permaculture Design Course -- Learn Permaculture design science, taught by some of the biggest experts in the field.
  • Permaculture Technology Jamboree -- A innovative event with a multitude of instructors both teaching and creating new technologies to decrease our dependence on fossil fuels.
  • SKills to Inherit Property -- In this event, you'll learn permaculture and homesteading skills through doing and creating useful things.


Here are some of the many subjects Paul has presented on:

  • replacing irrigation with permaculture
  • sepp holzer's permaculture
  • wofati eco buildings
  • raising chickens 2.0: no more coop and run
  • introduction to permaculture
  • making the big bucks with permaculture
  • the "animals in the landscape" segment for a PDC
  • carbon/eco footprint and urban vs. rural
  • rocket mass heaters

He presented to 140 people in Oceanside, California and they recorded more than two hours of that. You can see it here:

He presented to over 200 people as the Keynote Speaker at the Southern California Permaculture Convergence:


For information on phone and in-person consulting, look HERE

permaculture forums and emails


Paul is the owner of, the world's largest permaculture and homesteading site. It is a a forum devoted to finding permaculture solutions without getting bogged down by trolls and nay-sayers.

You can sign up for the permies community newsletter, and get spiffy freebies, too, here

paul's programming side



In Paul's past life, he was a software engineer. In 1998 he made a web site about some of his philosophies and it grew into a rather large community about java programming. This has expanded in a forum for discussing all kinds of programming. You can find out more at CodeRanch