Welcome to our homestead Beyond Buckthorns for the Summer of '24 PDC permaculture course in Finland!

About the PDC

The PDC, permaculture design certificate course, is a 72 hour course that will cover all aspects of permaculture, giving you a wide understanding of what permaculture is and how to use it in your own life.  The curriculum follows the guidelines detailed by Bill Mollison in his book “Designers Manual”. The course will touch all elements required by the UK Permaculture association - outlined in their “Core curriculum”. 

The course is a low carbon footprint course – you will be camping, eat locally sourced food (as much as possible during this time of the year), use energy created from solar panels, water heated from solar heating, etc.

Our Focus

While we touch different aspects to create a regenerative human settlement, our main context at Beyond Buckthorns is homesteading. Dominik is the leading expert in DIY biogas in Finland and currently the only available diploma-awarded PDC teacher who has years of practical experience with the Finnish climate.

What you will learn

In 72 hours you learn about ethics, principles, design tools, soil, water, energy, social aspects and much more. Techniques and concepts like food forests, herb spirals and passive solar heating will be only few amongst many in your repertoire as a permaculture designer at the end of this course.

Course details

The 72 hours are split over 13 days. There is one free day in the middle of the course.

Place: Beyond Buckthorns, Kuisemantie 150, 36660 Laitikkala
Main Tutor: Dominik Jais
Co-Tutors: Lumia Huhdanpää-Jais, Dan McTiernan, Kalle Nikkanen, Anton Nordqvist
Price: 890,- €
Date: 6th of June 2024 to 19th of June 2024

The course includes

  • 3 meals a day (vegetarian)
  • coffee breaks (and sometimes even cake)
  • a spot to pitch a tent (for a small extra fee we also have a Tentsile to rent - ask about it on the sign-up form!)
  • Access to shower, facilities & sauna
  • Teaching materials
  • International Permaculture Design Certificate upon completion of the course
  • Practical workshops and site visits
  • Opportunity to spend time on a versatile permaculture site
  • and often life-long friendships and life-changing experiences!


  • You have to bring your own tent, sleeping mat and sleeping bag. Also plan for rain!
  • If you live/stay close by, you can of course sleep at home, too


The course is limited to a maximum of 10 people and the minimum is 6. If the minimum number can’t be reached the course will be canceled and deposits will be paid back.

Course language is English. Dominik also speaks German. Lumia also speaks Finnish and German.

Sign-up / Payment

The sign-up is open now for two early bird tickets for 790 € each! Get them before they're gone!
In order to secure your spot a deposit of 25% of the course fee is necessary. The remaining course fee has to be paid 2 weeks before the course. You will receive invoices for both payments.

If you need to pay in arrears or have very low means and would need a sponsored ticket (50% off - for one person), please write us an email at perma (at)

Welcome! Tervetuloa!