Dates: 3 September – 9 September 2016
Venue: Elontila, Salmintie 72, Lahti, Finland
Course leaders: George Sobol & Ilkka Aula
Price: 510 € (includes tuition, training materials, accommodation, food, sauna). If you can afford it, we would like to invite you to pay a higher course fee so that we can offer bursaries to less well-off participants. More information on the registration form.
Registration: Use the registration form before 15th of August 2016.
Contact: For further information please contact Ilkka Aula,, telephone +358 (0) 45 8797999
Cancellation and pre payment: The whole cost of the workshop will be charged if the cancellation after the last registration date is done without a valid reason (injury, illness etc.). The registration is confirmed after the pre payment (25 % of the whole course fee) is paid. Pre payment is paid back if Elontila (ET) Ay cancels the course or because of the valid reason of the participant (injury, illness etc.).
Teaching is like passing the light through the prism, where the light changes its characteristics at the end point. And there are at least two prisms – the Trainer and the Student. Making an informative and interesting permaculture course depend on teacher’s ability to find the right balance between providing the correct understanding the essence of permaculture in the multitude of its aspects and enriching the subject by both teacher’s and student’s personal experience and understanding. The permaculture teacher should be able to find the appropriate course format and to compose the individual programme based on the international curriculum taking into account resources available, natural and cultural peculiarities and community demands. The trainer should be familiar with specific requirements for adult education and to be able to maintain a friendly atmosphere of mutual learning. The use of interactive teaching methods and techniques of accelerated learning is now becoming the norm in permaculture education.
Throughout the course there will also be a programme of daily sessions that will introduce participants to methods and techniques for working with children/young people.
Since the course gives a lot of emphasis on workshops and practical teaching sessions led by each course participant, the maximum number of students is limited to 15 persons. The course will be taught in English. Participants are expected to have completed the 72 hour Permaculture Design Course (PDC).
George Sobol is a trainer and facilitator who has been organising and teaching permaculture courses since 1989. He is a founder member of the Permaculture Education Project and is widely recognised as one of the UK’s most experienced permaculture teachers.  Email:,
The course will be held at a unique venue  which was designed by well know architect Unto Ojonen in the 1940’s. The building is surrounded by a special Nikko Park garden with many hidden stories and wonders. The house was built using the fengshui principles, which creates the special harmonious atmosphere of this place.
  • Salmintie 72, 15460 Lahti, Suomi
  • Sep 03, 2016 at 09:00 AM -
    Sep 09, 2016 at 06:00 PM
  • $570
  • +358 (0)45 8797999