Place: The Mattila Heritage Farm, Koli National Park, Finland (address: Ylä-Kolintie 12 B, Koli, Finland)
Cost: 890 € (including the training, training materials, accommodation, food)
If you can afford it, we’d like to invite you to pay a higher course fee so that we can  offer bursaries to less well-off participants.
Trainer: George Sobol

Permaculture is the conscious design and development of agriculturally productive ecosystems which have the diversity, stability and resilience of natural ecosystems. It is the harmonious integration of landscape and people — providing their food, energy, shelter, and other material and non-material needs in a sustainable way.

Permaculture is a practical system of design for sustainable land use and community and economic development. It offers an ethical, creative and inspiring response to today’s global challenges [alienation, climate change, peak oil, financial meltdown, to name but four]. It stresses working with nature and with natural systems’ patterns/models.

The Course

The Permaculture Design Course will help you identify steps for positive change for yourself, your family and your community. The course will introduce you to the ethics and principles that underpin permaculture design. The design process looks at how we can use a range of techniques and tools to rebuild soil, water and biodiversity.

The course offers a fully-participatory approach to learning, with discussions, group work, slide and film presentations, practical session and site visits, alongside regular teaching sessions. There will also be the opportunity for participants to present their own projects or those that are still at the planning stage.

The course will be in English.

This course is for anyone who is interested in permaculture – a sustainable lifestyle, organic gardening, farming and forestry, energy-efficient buildings and technologies – and who believes that we need to find ways to care for ourselves, for each other and for the Earth.

The course takes place at the unique heritage farm of Mattila in the national park of Koli. The venue has its own special touch of calm, silence and a timeless atmosphere. “One of the loveliest places I have taught over the last twenty-five years.” (George Sobol)

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course you should be able to:

– observe patterns in nature and apply what you learn from them as guiding principles
– use permaculture ethics and principles with a range of other design tools to create sustainable systems
– understand the importance of caring for soil and water, and know techniques for doing so
– start using permaculture in your personal and community life to create a more sustainable lifestyle
– understand how to apply permaculture design to both land-based and non-land-based systems, around energy, buildings and communities
– understand how to move towards a more ethical, sustainable and fulfilling livelihood

The Permaculture Design Course (PDC) is an internationally-recognized, 72–hour full design course resulting in a permaculture design certificate. The PDC serves as a foundation for further permaculture work and studies. The trainer George Sobol is an experienced trainer and facilitator who has been organising and teaching permaculture courses since 1989. He was the co-ordinator for the Permaculture Association (Britain) from 1990–1994 and was the co-founder of the Permaculture Education Project in 1993.


Registrations should be made with before 30th July 2015 (please include your name, address, phone, email and special dietary requirements). The whole cost of the workshop will be charged if cancellation after the last registration date is made without a valid reason (injury, illness etc.). More detailed information about the course will be sent to you after your registration. For further information please contact Ilkka Aula,, telephone +358 (0) 45 8797999

The course is arranged by Elontila (ET) Ay, Ylä-Kolintie 12 B, 83960 Koli, Finland, email:, co-operation with Vihreä Opinto- ja Sivistyskeskus Visio.

  • Kolin kansallispuisto, Ylä-kolintie 12, 83960 Lieksa, Suomi
  • Aug 30, 2015 at 09:00 AM -
    Sep 11, 2015 at 04:00 PM
  • $1000
  • +358 (0)45-8797999