Kendall Permaculture: Permaculture courses, permaculture training, sustainability, self sufficiency

We are simple people living simply. Rather than getting caught up in the societal drive for yield (money or other), we have decided to live simply and self sufficiently, and pass on as much information as possible for free. In order to continue to provide free information on this website and through our Youtube channel, we run PRI (Permaculture Research Institute) Accredited PDC /  Permaculture Design Certificate courses and permaculture workshops on our Permaculture Demonstration site “Maungaraeeda” in the Noosa Hinterland village of Kin Kin on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia. These are taught by Permaculture Research Institute Australia accredited Permaculture Teacher Tom Kendall. We also offer farm stays, farm tours, Permaculture events and permaculture consultations and implementation. We are close to self sufficiency on our farm and love to share with people how we have been able to achieve this on a low budget with little outside inputs.

We currently produce on our farm:
100% cooking fuel
100% water
100% fertiliser/compost
90-95% our food
75% electricity
65% animal feed

Plus we also:
Create our own websites
Do our marketing
Write our copy
Film and edit our videos
Use all our own photos for promotion, taken on the property

Watch the video below to see why we do what we do:


We involve our Permaculture Design Certificate course students in the running of our farm and include a lot of hands on activities. As a PDC student you will be involved in the daily routines that come with running a Permaculture farm. This is why we limit our course intake to 15 people per PDC only. Learn to milk a cow, separate cream, make butter, cheese and yoghurt, feed our biogas bio-digester, look after chickens and goats, make compost, survey the land for earth works, eat healthy food produced on the farm and much, much more! Click here for more info and to book.

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Permaculture Design Certificate Course

Sustainability, Self Sufficiency, Self Reliance, EMPOWERMENT!

Next PDC: 3 to 14 September 2018

Accredited 72 hour Permaculture Design Certificate course.

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. It teaches 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 and self sufficient lifestyle. The course is run by the Permaculture Research Institute Sunshine Coast Inc., taught by Tom Kendall 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

We involve our Permaculture Design Certificate course students in the running of our farm and include a lot of hands on activities. As a PDC student you will be involved in the daily routines that come with running a Permaculture farm. This is why we limit our course intake to 15 people per PDC only. Learn to milk a cow, separate cream, make butter, cheese and yoghurt, feed our biogas bio-digester, look after chickens and goats, see holistic animal management in action, make compost, survey the land for earth works, eat healthy food produced on the farm and much, much more! By involving our students in the daily runnings of the farm, the learning experience during the 2 weeks will be enhanced, as well as give everyone the feeling of belonging to a community and strengthening the bond of the group.
With smaller student numbers we are able to cater to individual needs of the students based on their travels of the permaculture journey. We have noticed a marked integration of the curriculum and concepts with the introduction of practical components.

Permaculture meals at Maungaraeeda

Zaia cooks wholesome delicious food, grown and produced on the farm at Maungaraeeda. As we focus on smaller student numbers, we can supply most of the meals from the farm. 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 holistic animal management to feeding the biodigester, cream separating to yoghurt making and compost making to 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. The practical activities also allow you to integrate the theoretical course material quicker.

Accredited Permaculture teacher Tom Kendall

Tom Kendall is a permaculture farmer with over 40 years farming experience. 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 local and international land owners and NGOs. For complete bio click here.

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

Camping accommodation is included in the Permaculture Design Certificate course (byo tent and camping equipment). A caravan with queen size bed and bedding is available at $40 per night for students (usual price $45 per night). A camp kitchen is available for students’ use on the weekend. Toilet and shower facilities are shared. Showers are heated with a wood fired heating system, which students will learn to light and look after.

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

Please note:

  • To provide an intimate, high quality course with lots of practical experiences, we can only take 15 students per course.
  • Our courses are non-denominational; we do not include any spiritual practices and welcome people from all cultural, spiritual and religious backgrounds. The course material is science and observation based.
  • By studying with us you will be supporting improvements to our demonstration site, which we use to educate and train others, including young people. It also enables us to support those of lesser economical means to be educated in Permaculture.
  • The days will be long, starting early mornings with practical experiences followed by all day classroom including some practical, and finishing with regular movies at night to re-inforce material taught during the day.
  • If you need a payment plan, please contact us on info [at] permaculturesunshinecoast.org

Price: $2,300

Pay in full by 6 weeks prior to course start and get a $250 discount, making the course price just $2,050!

Click here to read student feedback.

One day workshops – first Sunday every month

One day workshops run on the first Sunday of the month, taught by Tom Kendall. All workshops include a theoretical and a practical component. Workshops run from 9.30am – 4.30pm. BYO lunch, morning and afternoon tea will be provided from the property.
$95 per workshop.

Tom Kendall has over 40 years farming experience. In those years he has turned around a conventional 7000 acre broad acre farm in Western Australia with biodynamic techniques and a 34 acre ex-banana farm in sub-tropical Queensland with Permaculture techniques. The soil on both properties had become highly degraded through years of mis-management. Tom managed to turn both around into highly productive, fertile properties.
Due to Tom being away early July, the Biogas workshop will now run the first Sunday in August.

Workshop 5 August: Biogas

Everyone can make their own gas from organic materials like manure and kitchen scraps. Tom will show you the design of our biogas bio-digester here at Maungaraeeda and explain the principles behind it. He will also take you through the processes put into place to further compost the effluent coming out of the bio-digester, show you how we “feed” the bio-digester every day and go through plans for large and small bio-digesters to suit where you live.

Workshop 2 September: Composting methods

This one day workshop will run you through a variety of cold and hot composting, composting with the aid of biological resources, short term composts and longer term composts. Tom will show the composting systems on the property, humanure compost, chicken compost, bio-digester compost and much more. You will also make an 18 day hot compost on the day. The theory behind compost will be explained as well as the composition of a successful compost.

Workshop 7 October: Sustainable property management and Self Sufficiency

Tom will show you ways to run your property sustainably without large cash injections. He will explain methods of setting up your property on a low budget and how to become self sufficient. Tom will touch on methods of animal and plant management, water, energy and soil management to improve your productivity.

Workshop 4 November: Soil management and improvement

Tom has worked with a number of properties with extremely difficult soil, and was able to improve soil quality significantly in all instances. He will explain about soil and soil structures and methods of improving and building soil. Composting, compost teas, inoculants, ferments, natural pest controls and the reasons behind pests and much more.

Workshop 2 December: Swales, earthworks and water management

Water management is an extremely important area, especially in drier countries. Erosion can happen anywhere though, and proper water management can prevent and even fix erosion issues. Swales are a common Permaculture method of water management. The swale principle will be explained in detail and you will see many practical applications on the property. You will also see the construction of a swale in action, and management of exposed soil post earthworks will be discussed and shown.

Volunteer worker’s application

We are a working farm and Permaculture educational facility, and as such we ask that you work full days. You will be learning a lot during the working days, Tom will explain why we do things the way we do when he shows you a job. Weekends are days off, with no work to be done on the farm apart from feeding the animals. You may be asked to look after the animal routines on weekends, we try and take turns so that everyone can have a full weekend off on occasion. Due to the complexity of the Permaculture Systems you will be learning, we ask that your minimum stay is 4 weeks, unless things aren’t working out for either or both of us. Please do not apply if you are unable to stay for the minimum 4 weeks.

We are unable to cater for special dietary needs. If you have special dietary needs (eg vegetarian, vegan, raw food) we ask you to self cater, there are cooking facilities which you will be able to use. We may be able to provide some food.
You will share our breakfasts on week days, breakfasts are mostly vegetarian. All volunteers will take it in turns to cook lunch on week days for shared meals. Dinner is self catering for everyone, volunteers and trainees can work out shifts for cooking dinner if so desired.
Wwoofing / volunteer accommodation is in a tent (supplied by you). Our facilities are very basic, with composting toilets and wood heated showers. Jobs that need doing are harvesting, weeding and mulching in the garden, kitchen assistance, animal care and cleaning, helping with projects, chop and drop, building projects, digging, planting etc.

Dinner on dy 7 of the Prmaculture Design Certificate course at PRI Sunshine Coast

We do not allow any drugs, alcohol, chemicals or cigarettes on the property. Please check any soaps, shampoos and toothpastes you bring, whether they have any sulphates or other nasties. If unsure, please ask, we do always have spare soaps, shampoos etc available for use on the property.
We can provide pickup if necessary from Pomona, preferably on Tuesday or Wednesday, but we can possibly organise other days. Bus number 632 runs from Noosa and Cooroy to Pomona daily.
Please note that volunteers are required to assist in processing animals for eating. If you do not wish to partake in these activities or are put off by it, please do not apply.
Please read the following Memorandum of Understanding. If you apply for a volunteer / wwoofing position with us, you agree to the MOU below by submitting your application.

Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Permaculture Research Institute Sunshine Coast Inc.(PRI-SC) and you for the Sunshine Coast Institute demonstration site at 93 Golden Gully Road, Kin Kin Queensland, Australia.

You will be volunteering for the Permaculture research Institute Sunshine Coast Inc. (PRI-SC), the not for profit organisation which runs Permaculture courses, training, workshops and events as well as teaches and trains volunteers at “Maungaraeeda”, the Permaculture Demonstration and Education site at 93 Golden Gully Road, Kin Kin, Queensland, Australia.

PRI-SC agrees to share breakfast, lunch and camping facilities with its volunteer workers, wwoofers and helpers (henceforth referred to as volunteers) on week days throughout the duration of their stay. On weekends and at night time volunteers need to self cater, food may be supplied when available.

PRI-SC respects all religious beliefs and encourages inter-cultural relations. PRI-SC will not tolerate discrimination of any kind.

Drug and Alcohol Policy

PRI-SC has a strict smoke, drug, chemical and alcohol free policy. Possession or being under the influence of alcohol or any illicit substances is strictly prohibited on the premises of the Demonstration Site (DS). This policy will be strictly enforced and anyone who breaches this contract will be asked to leave the property. Cigarettes can be smoked off the property on the road side, but please remember the environmental impact of smoking and dispose of any filters personally (off the property). Please be aware that many personal care products contain chemicals which can interfere with the natural processes on the property. We ask you use natural, chemical free products at all times on the property, some products may be made available for you on site.

Dress Code

PRI-SC requests that all volunteers recognise that the DS is a privately owned farm and that in order to respect the cultural sensitivities of the organisers, students, other workers on the property and guests, a modest dress code is requested. Swimming is allowed in dams, however, modesty is requested—this means no nude swimming. The organizers retain the right to request a change in one’s dress if a volunteer does not adhere to the dress code.

Sexual Harassment and Behavior

PRI-SC discourages casual sexual behaviour at the DS between staff, students, volunteers and interns. The purpose of this policy is in order to retain a sense of professionalism between staff, volunteers and students and to avoid problems, conflicts and negative outcomes which could potentially arise. Sexual harassment between any parties will not be tolerated.

PRI-SC is committed to creating an environment in which all members of the community feel safe and secure, free from harassment. PRI-SC will not tolerate violent, aggressive or arrogant language or behaviour of any kind. Repeated offenses will result in one being asked to leave the property.

Infringement of PRI-SC’s Policies

PRI-SC reserves the right to address a volunteer’s particular behaviour or dress. In a case where the No Drug and Alcohol Policy has been breached, a volunteer may be asked to leave without prior warning. In all other cases, PRI-SC will discuss the matter with the volunteer and provide a warning wherever appropriate. In cases of extreme behaviour or cases where the rights of other volunteers, students and staff have been infringed upon, a volunteer may be asked to leave without a warning.

PRI-SC VOLUNTEERS

Volunteers agree to adhere to PRI-SC’s MOU (this agreement) throughout the duration of their stay.

Volunteers are expected to work a 5 (occasionally 6) day week plus partake in animal care duties on weekends, and breakfast and lunch are shared with you from Monday to Friday. When courses are held on the property, meals will include vegetarian options. When no courses are on, special dietary needs will need to self cater. Breakfasts are mainly vegetarian. In applying for a volunteer position you agree that you have been made aware that dairy products we use on the farm are not pasteurised or homogenised. If you prefer pasteurised dairy, you will be able to purchase them at the local store in Kin Kin or the IGA in Pomona. As we share our meals with you, you take full responsibility for consuming raw dairy products at PRI-SC if you do not let us know you would prefer not to consume our dairy.

All other dietary requirements have to be self-purchased and self-catered.

Accommodation is camping in volunteer-provided tents. You agree to bring everything needed to be comfortable in your tent like a mattress, sleeping bag, pillow etc.

Medical Release

The DS is a working farm. The volunteer understands that there are certain hazards or potential for accidents on a farm and agrees to abide by all safety rules set forth at the beginning of their stay. He / she also declares that should a medical event occur, neither PRI-SC nor the farm owners/manager will be held responsible. If the volunteer has any previously existing conditions or is on prescriptive medication, they should list it in the space provided in the application form.

Media Release

From time to time, PRI-SC documents courses and happenings at the institute and on the farm. This could be in the form of still photographs or film. By ticking the box below, the volunteer gives permission for his or her image to be used in future media, including DVDs, website, photographs and publicity material.