Permaculture Research Institute Sunshine Coast Inc., Permaculture courses, PDC courses

Permaculture Research Institute (PRI) Australia accredited Permaculture courses, PDC / Permaculture Design Certificate courses. Permaculture courses run on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia and are taught by Zaia and Tom Kendall.

The Permaculture Research Institute Sunshine Coast Inc. is an Incorporated Not for Profit Organisation founded by Zaia and Tom Kendall to further education in Permaculture, Sustainability and Self Reliance. PRI Sunshine Coast Inc. runs permaculture courses, PDC / Permaculture Design Certificate courses and training in sustainability and self reliance on the Permaculture Demonstration Site “Maungaraeeda”, a Permaculture Designed property and Permaculture Demonstration and Education site in the Noosa Hinterland village of Kin Kin on the sub tropical Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia. The beautiful Noosa Shire is a United Nations accredited Biosphere area and has an amazing diversity of Flora and Fauna. Training and courses are taught by Zaia and Tom Kendall (see also kendallpermaculture.com), who have been training people in Permaculture on Maungaraeeda for over 11 years, they teach real permaculture with integrity.

Tom and Zaia are closing the input/output loop on their Permaculture demonstration site and are able to provide most of their daily needs onsite. Students are encouraged to participate in daily routines that are part of the Permaculture experience so they can learn some of what it takes to be self sufficient; even the theoretical PDC course has a large practical component at Maungaraeeda. Courses are accredited by PRI Australia, giving students an internationally recognised and highly valued Permaculture certificate. Some of the Permaculture systems available at Maungaraeeda:


Animal systems: chickens, cows, ducks, goats, dogs, cat

Cooking fuel systems: rockets stoves and biogas (methane from cow manure)

Food forestry

Kitchen Gardens

Compost turning during a Permaculture Design Certificate course
Variety of composting systems (inc. composting toilets)

Water management systems (dams, swales, rainwater harvest & distribution etc)

Soil Management

Animal Food growing systems


Natural local building materials

Real people practising real permaculture
Zaia and Tom Kendall, real people practising real Permaculture with Integrity

Garden Harvest from our Permaculture Farm Maungaraeeda
Systems to minimise outside input and/or using locally available materials
and much more!

Visit Tom and Zaia’s website kendallpermaculture.com here to see what happens at Maungaraeeda.

Our PRI Australia accredited PDC courses / Permaculture Design Certificate courses:
January and September 2018

Accredited 72 hour Permaculture Design Certificate course.

Camping, caravan or shared accommodation for your Permaculture Design Certificate course

Camping accommodation is included in the course (byo tent and camping equipment). A caravan with queen size bed and bedding is available at $50 per night for students (usual price $65 per night).

PRI Accredited Permaculture Design Certificate course with Tom Kendall

The Permaculture Design Certificate is a 72 hour theoretical course based on Bill Mollison’s Designers Manual, teaching how we can use today’s tools and technology to create a more sustainable and equitable world for all species. Permaculture is more than just gardening, it is a design system for a sustainable lifestyle. The course is run by the Permaculture Research Institute Sunshine Coast Inc. and your certificate is accredited by PRI Australia,  recognised and well regarded world wide.

Milking the cow during the Permaculture Design Certificate course at PRI Sunshine Coast

To build a community spirit we encourage everyone to participate in communal activities for the time they spend at Maungaraeeda.  You will be shown and required to participate in a number of aspects of sustainable and community living and Permaculture systems and routines. This will enhance your learning experience during the 2 weeks, as well as give you the feeling of belonging to a community and strengthening the bond of the group. We encourage everyone on site to acknowledge their talents, so as to contribute to the community experience by doing what they are good at.

Permaculture meals at Maungaraeeda

Zaia cooks wholesome, delicious food, mostly grown and produced on the farm at Maungaraeeda. Zaia is a holistic health coach and has studied and researched health and nutrition for the past 20+ years. Tom and Zaia invite you to share their meals with them, breakfast, lunch and dinner, and morning and afternoon tea during all course days. Middle weekend are days off and students can use the camp kitchen for those days. For some samples of Zaia’s cooking you can check out her recipes here.

During the PDC course you will be immersed in farm activities, from animal care, cream separating and yoghurt making to compost making and food forest planting. As this is a working farm with a lot of systems, everyone on the property can be fully involved in farm activities to get the most out of your stay at the permaculture farm and the PDC course.

Accredited Permaculture teacher Tom Kendall

Tom Kendall is a permaculture farmer with a lifelong broad acre agricultural background. He is co-founder of the PRI Sunshine Coast Inc and PRI Luganville, Vanuatu and runs Permaculture courses on his Permaculture Demonstration Site “Maungaraeeda”. Tom has co-taught PDC courses with Geoff Lawton and has taught Permaculture courses in Australia and overseas. He is a PRI (Permaculture Research Institute) accredited teacher and is part of Geoff Lawton’s Permaculture Sustainable Consulting team and does regular consultations for land owners and NGOs. For complete bio click here.

Do your Permaculture Design Certificate course with us and receive Bill Mollison’s Permaculture Designer’s Manual FREE! (valued at $114.90)

Added bonus: book and pay in full before 15 December 2017 for our January 2018 course and go in the draw for two season tickets to CelebrATE! worth $450!

Please note: to provide an intimate, high quality course with lots of practical experiences, we can only take 15 students per course.

Early Bird Price (paid in full 6 weeks prior to course start): $1,990
Full Price: $2,150


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