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. Instead of creating a membership area for visitors to our website, our information is freely available to all. In order to continue to do this, we run PRI (Permaculture Research Institute) Accredited PDC courses (Permaculture Design Certificate courses),  and permaculture workshops on our Permaculture Demonstration site “Maungaraeeda” in the Noosa Hinterland on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia. These are taught by PRI accredited Permaculture Teacher Tom Kendall. We also offer farm stays, farm tours, Permaculture events and permaculture consultations. 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 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:

As we involve our students in the running of our farm and include a lot of hands on activities, there are only limited spaces available for our September 2018 Permaculture Design Certificate / PDC course. Click here for more info and to book.

CelebrATE! program out now! Click here to see the program, presenters, performances and to book!

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Permaculture Design Certificate Course

Next PDC: 24 September to 5 October 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 Permaculture Design Certificate course (byo tent and camping equipment). A caravan with queen size bed and bedding is available at $50 per night for students (usual price $55 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. 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 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

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 do not wish to focus on big numbers of students in the courses, instead we focus on high quality integration of course material by the students.
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 the morning animal routines and property maintenance.

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.

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 and individual attention, 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

Click here to read student feedback.

CelebrATE! 2018

A long weekend celebration of Permaculture, Music and Food.

Limited tickets include:

– ALL meals (homegrown local produce cooked by fantastic local chef from Blackant Gourmet!)
– Camping for two nights
– Permaculture based hands on workshops
– Q & A with Geoff Lawton
– Fantastic performances
– Music jam for everyone
– A guided tour of the permaculture demonstration site “Maungaraeeda”, home of Tom and Zaia Kendall and the PRI Sunshine Coast Inc.
(individual day and performance only tickets also available)

Read about CelebrATE! 2017


Saturday 5 May 2018:
from 12 noon: Arrival and set up camp
1.30pm: lunch and welcome
2.30pm: farm tour with Tom Kendall
5.00pm: afternoon tea & vocal workshop with Mal Webb
6.30pm: dinner
7.30pm: Mal Webb and Kylie Morrigan

Sunday 6 May 2018 (International Permaculture Day!):
6.30am In the nursery with Jason Davies
8am: Breakfast
9am: Food Forest with Geoff Lawton
10.30am: Morning tea and Q & A with Geoff Lawton
11.30am: Looking after your chooks with Amanda Moore
1pm: Lunch
2pm: Biodigester: making biogas with Tom Kendall
3.30pm Afternoon tea
4pm: Join the jam with Linsey Pollak
6pm: Dinner
7.30pm: The Unusual Suspects

Monday 7 May 2018
6.30am: Urban Permaculture with Jason Davies
8am: Breakfast
9am: Preserving and Fermenting with Jodie Williams
10.30am: Morning tea
11am: Composting with Tom Kendall
12.30pm: Lunch and departure

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Geoff Lawton
Geoff Lawton is a world renowned permaculture consultant, designer and teacher. He first took his Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Course in 1983 with Bill Mollison, widely considered the “father of permaculture.” Geoff has undertaken thousands of jobs teaching, consulting, designing, administering and implementing, in 6 continents and over 50 countries around the world. Clients have included private individuals, groups, communities, governments, aid organizations, non-government organisations and multinational companies.

He has currently educated over 15,000 students in Permaculture worldwide. These include graduates of the Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Course and courses focused on the practical design of sustainable soil, water, plant, animal, energy, structures, legal and economic systems… read more
Ted talk:

Tom Kendall
A permaculture farmer with over 40 years farming experience and a broad acre agricultural background, Tom is co-founder of the PRI Sunshine Coast Inc and PRI Luganville, Vanuatu and runs PDC courses and Permaculture training on his Permaculture Demonstration Site “Maungaraeeda”. Tom regularly co-teaches Permaculture Design Certificate courses with Geoff Lawton and has taught Permaculture courses in Australia and overseas. He is part of Geoff Lawton’s Permaculture Sustainable Consulting team and does regular consultations for personal land holders as well as not for profit organisations and government departments in Australia and overseas… read more

Jason Davies
Jason’s passion is designing Permaculture properties from unit patios and suburban house lots to acreage. He has a solid background in horticulture, running his own landscaping business for many years. After doing his Permaculture Design Certificate at the Permaculture Research Institute Sunshine Coast Inc. he embraced permaculture and now does regular consultations,  designs and maintenance for small and larger properties. His passion is bringing Permaculture to smaller spaces and his background is growing plants from seed. Over the CelebrATE weekend he will share his knowledge on both with you.

Amanda Moore
Amanda has extensive experience looking after chickens as she bred different breeds for several years. She now focuses primarily on providing housing for chickens in the form of domes which will be on display on site.
In the workshop she will discuss and show the following:
– Chickens’ role in a permaculture system (role, benefits, breeds)
– Creating rotational chicken cells, fixed and mobile. What are they for and how do they function?
– Fermenting food for chickens, what is it? How to do it? Benefits to chickens.
– Permaculture plants that provide food for chickens.
– Homegrown protein sources.

Linsey Pollak
Linsey has a reputation for making and playing instruments made from rubber gloves, carrots, watering cans, chairs, brooms, bins, and other found objects. He has worked as a musical instrument maker for over 30 years and has designed a number of new wind instruments as well as specialising in woodwind instruments from Eastern Europe (having studied Macedonian bagpipes in Macedonia). He has specialised in designing and making marimbas and other tuned percussion. His ongoing obsession combines much of this: Making music more accessible to the Community through musical instrument  making and playing workshops.

TEDX talk:

Jodie Williams
Jodie is a qualified chef, who has worked in Noosa’s food industry for more than 25 years. Jodie’s love of the country, animals and cooking has led her to Kin Kin. Mayan Farm allows her the opportunity to produce culinary delights – from paddock to plate.
Jodie’s Black Ant Gourmet range of dips and condiments use as many locally grow ingredients as possible. Black Ant Gourmet uses Mayan Farm’s own grown free range beef, duck, chicken and pork in their catering business.  She has given new life to the bones of the original Kin Kin General Store with clever design to keep in with Kin Kin’s country theme and never-less-than-extraordinary food.  It’s a hive of creative expression with all food being free range and no spray as well as organic coffee. Jodie’s catering business Black Ant Gourmet will provide all the food for CelebrATE!

Mal Webb
Around the world and into your gob, vocal explorer and songwriter Mal Webb takes you on a lip to lung journey through the physics, physiology and phrivolity of all the sounds a face can make. Sideways yodelling, beatbox/mouthdrums/vocal percussion, harmonics/throat singing, mic technique, looping, advanced clapping and vocal distortion (without hurting) are all explored on the way to being a band with your voice and the lead singer too. Check out his TEDX talk here:

Mal Webb & Kylie Morrigan
Vocal adventurer, multi-instrumentalist and looping beatboxing songwriter Mal sings his brain provoking songs using all sorts of vocal techniques, guitar, mbira, slide trumpet, trombone, chromatic harmonica and a loop recording pedal called Derek. And Kylie (who’s played with Orchestra Victoria and the likes of Stevie Wonder and Barry White!) provides violin and voice in a perfect balance to Mal’s nutsness. Their arrangements are intricate and playful. Imagine Einstein, Dr Seuss and Paganini making pancakes.

The Unusual Suspects
A 25 piece street band – 8 drummers, 6 saxes, 3 trumpets, a clarinet, a tenor horn, 2 trombones, a sousaphone, an ipod, a xylophone, a cittern and a cumbus. Unusual music in unusual times and in unusual clothes. Balkan, funky dance music for dancing in the streets (or anywhere really).
Their repertoire begins with Balkan Gypsy style pieces exploring dance grooves in varied time signatures. From their traditional Balkan pieces to their high energy originals, the Unusual Suspects are sure to get any crowd moving! Unusual beats, unusual sounds, unusual instruments, unusual looks, unusual people…
Started in 2012 by Linsey Pollak and based in the Sunshine Coast hinterland town of Maleny, this exciting band has very quickly built a strong local following, playing in the street and for Weddings, Parties ….Anything!

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When: Saturday 5 May 12 noon until after lunch on Monday 7 May (labour day)
Weekend and Day tickets available.
Ticket sales finish on Wednesday 2 May for catering purposes. No tickets will be sold after Wednesday 2 May!
Please note: Maungaraeeda is a drug, chemical, smoke and alcohol free property. Children welcome under parental supervision.

Where: In the picturesque Noosa Hinterland, Queensland. 93 Golden Gully Road, Kin Kin.

Please bring:
– Your tent and camping gear for season ticket holders: mattress, sleeping bag, pillow, torch, towel.
– Clothes that can get dirty
– Gumboots, raincoat
– A water bottle, filtered water is available.
– Your favourite cup/mug for tea, coffee and other drinks. If you prefer your own cutlery to the wooden ones provided, please bring them. Also bring a tea towel so you can wash and dry your own cup and cutlery after use and put them in a safe spot. Even better, mark them with your name!

All meals, workshops and performances are included in the entry price as per ticket.

Food forest workshop with Tom Kendall

Black Ant Gourmet is the local catering solution from Kin Kin. They make incredibly tasty and wholesome meals at the Kin Kin General Store, mostly with locally sourced and/or grown produce. The local Mayan Farm supplies much of the meat used for the meals. For CelebrATE, Black Ant Gourmet will be using food produced at Maungaraeeda, home of the Permaculture Research Institute Sunshine Coast Inc. All meals are cooked from scratch, with no preservatives, flavours, colours or other nasties added. We have a choice of Meat and Vegetarian meals, which needs to be specified when booking. Tea, coffee and some cool drinks are also supplied, and morning and afternoon snacks. Filtered drinking water is available.

Food is served on biodegradable plates and with wooden cutlery, which will be composted on the property.

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Saturday 5 May:

Afternoon tea with Mal Webb
Exploring the physics, physiology and phrivolity of every sound a face can make.

Sunday 6 May:

In the Nursery
Get your plants off to a good start with Jason Davies
Pots, potting mix, fertilising and seed and seedling care.

Food Forests
Building a self sustaining food forest with Geoff Lawton
Design, preparation, planting out and maintaining. Followed by a Q & A with Geoff over morning tea.

Feathered Friends
Looking after your chooks with Amanda Moore
Feed, supplementation, breeds and breeding and housing of your chickens.

Biodigester: making biogas
Making gas with waste
Tom Kendall explains the workings of the biodigester which makes biogas (main cooking fuel at Maungaraeeda)

Join the jam
Australian music icon Linsey Pollak leads a jam where everyone can play! Join in the fun with a variety of percussion instruments.

Monday 7 May:

Urban Gardens
Handy hints for small spaces with Jason Davies
Garden beds, container gardening, small animal systems and plant species for the small space.

Fermenting and preserving
Learn to make Saurkrauts, Chutneys and Jams with Jodie Williams
Quick and easy ways of processing food to increase shelf life and yummy-ness!

How to make active compost with Tom Kendall
Compost full of life, made with your own local materials.

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.


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.