Beyond Buckthorns’ Lumia and Dominik invite you to their weekend PDC at their homestead.

About the PDC

The PDC, permaculture design certificate course, is a 72 hour course that will cover all aspects of permaculture as 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 internationally recognized certificate is accredited by the Finnish Permaculture Association upon completion of the course.

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 PDC teacher who has years of practical experience with the Finnish climate.

What you will learn

After this course you will have a good understanding of permaculture design – about its ethics, principles, design processes and tools and how to apply it in different contexts.

Course details

The 72 hours are split over 5 weekends (10 days in total).

Place: Beyond Buckthorns, Kuisemantie 150, 36660 Laitikkala
Tutor: Dominik Jais
Co-Tutors: Lumia Huhdanpää-Jais, others to be announced soon.
Price: 700,- €
Dates: 2/3.07 | 9/10.07 | 16/17.07 | 23/24.07 | 30/31.07

The course includes

  • 2 meals a day (vegetarian - Saturday: Lunch & Dinner | Sunday: Breakfast & Lunch)
  • a spot to pitch a tent
  • Access to shower, facilities & sauna
  • Teaching materials
  • International Permaculture Design Certificate upon completion of the course
  • Practical workshops
  • Opportunity to spend time on a permaculture site Lumia and I develop


  • You have to bring your own tent, sleeping mat and sleeping bag– or coordinate sharing a tent. Also plan for rain.


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.

Sign-up / Payment

The sign-up form will close on the 01 of June. The course fee has to be paid 2 weeks before the course – latest 14th of June.

In order to secure your spot a deposit of 25% of the course fee is necessary. You will receive our bank account details after your sign-up.