Who are we

Tom and Zaia Kendall
Tom and Zaia Kendall at “Maungaraeeda” (Place of Food), their Demonstration and PRI Master Plan Site.

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 PDC and Practical Life Skills training courses on his Permaculture Demonstration Site “Maungaraeeda”. Tom regularly co-teaches PDC 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. He has extensive experience in tropical, sub tropical and dry land climates and has the ability to read large scale as well as smaller scale landscapes. With his farming background, Tom is a very hands on and practical man and is solution focused. He has extensive travel experience, integrates easily with local cultures and people and enjoys studying landscapes, buildings and the effects of climate on structures, flora and fauna.

Work Experience:
Co-founded PRI Luganville, Vanuatu (Tropical environment)

2016 – current
Running school camp groups and teaching teenagers skills in building and farm activities.

2012 – current
Co-founded PRI Sunshine Coast Inc in 2012, running short courses in earth works and building as well as PDC courses and Internships (http://permaculturesunshinecoast.org)
Co-taught several PDC courses with Geoff Lawton. He has over 1000 hours of PDC teaching experience and has been training people in practical permaculture skills on his site since 2006. He has taught in Jordan and Vanuatu and has experience in tropical, sub tropical, temperate and dry land climates.

2010 – current
Consulted for personal land holders, not for profit organisations, government departments and companies, in Australia and overseas. He became part of the Permaculture Sustainable Consulting team in 2014.

2005 – current
Working on his demonstration site “Maungaraeeda” in Sub Tropical Queensland, Australia, putting Permaculture systems in place such as animal systems (chickens, cows, goats, cell grazing systems etc), energy systems (solar, building a biogas biodigester etc), food forestry (using biological resources), earth works and water management (swales, dams, water catchments, nutrient cycling etc), vegetable gardens (composting systems, plant propagating etc), building (solar passive with local rock and recycled materials) and many more. These systems were all put together by himself using local resources mainly from the property itself.

2000 – 2011
Roof construction, wwoofing (volunteering) on Permaculture properties, property investment and part time maintenance and building jobs

1992 – 2000
Farmed 7000 acres Bio Dynamically with wheat, cows and sheep (broad acre farming) in Western Australia (average rainfall 250-280mm per year)

1964 – 1992
Born and raised on a 11,000 acre farm in Western Australia which he took over from his father in 1992. He farmed wheat, sheep and barley in a conventional manner with his father until he took over the farm, downsized and converted to Bio Dynamics in 1992.

1988 – 1990
Worked in the building industry in Perth focused on carpentry.

Education background:
1982 – current
Self education by means of research, reading and practical experimentation.

Teacher Training course with Geoff Lawton

Permaculture Design Certificate course with Bill Mollison, Geoff Lawton and Gregg Nibbs

1981 – 1982
Carmel Agricultural College in Western Australia

More about Tom’s consulting: https://kendallpermaculture.com/consultations-and-coaching/
Tom’s daily blog: https://kendallpermaculture.com/category/toms-blog/
Please see his video channel at http://www.youtube.com/permacultureSC


Zaia grew up in a family of musicians in Holland, and has a background in top sport and web development and design. She co-founded the PRI Luganville and PRI Sunshine Coast Inc with Tom, and runs all the background stuff, like finances, business administration, website design and maintenance, writes articles, records and edits videos and also organises the cooking and the kitchen on site. She has researched and studied nutrition and health for 20+ years, has a certificate in Nutrition and continues to study by research, reading and daily observation. She is a certified member of the International Institute of Complementary Therapists and is a holistic food, health and lifestyle coach. She is an active member of several musical projects and bands, involved in community music and runs occasional percussion workshops. She was the percussion leader for the Woodford Folk Festival People’s Orchestra in 2015 and 2016 and composes as well as plays music.

Work Experience:
2012 – current:
Administration, finances, web development, design and maintenance, cooking and meal planning, marketing, social media, video production, bookkeeping for the local community store.

2006 – current:
Involved in various percussion bands: Latin American Percussion, Marimba and Gypsy Bands. Played in Big Bara Boom, Kkarimba and Jambezi, and is still active with The Pyrophone Juggernaut and The Unusual Suspects. She conducts marimba and percussion lessons and workshops and composes her own music. Released her solo CD “Breaking Barriers” in 2014, and has also recorded with Big Bara Boom, Kkarimba and the Unusual Suspects. Has been performing at Woodford Folk Festival since 2008 and is actively involved in community music. Did a music collaboration with Maati Baani, Linsey Pollak and Allaa Wardi in 2016 (released January 2017). She runs music workshops at festivals and events, leads the percussion section of the Woodford Folk Festival People’s Orchestra and performs regularly.

2009 – 2011:
Administration, cleaning, reception and marketing at Living Valley Springs Health Retreat.

2005 – 2008:
Homeschooling her children.

2001 – 2003:
Contracted for Drake International Employment Agency as Web Developer and was director of Animo, a web solutions company in Noosa.

1997 – 2001:
Web Developer at seek.com.au from when they first started the business. Front end design, database integration design and development, worked with HTML, ASP, SQL, PHP, Javascript, CSS and MySQL.

Designed websites for Internet Service Providers and their customers.

1993 – 1996:
Worked at Mt Buller in the Race Department in Administration, at TAFE in Administration and course design and at ski lodges in Housekeeping and Kitchen; created and sold paintings, designed and painted signs for small businesses in the area, designed and printed T-shirts.

1990 – 1993:
Various positions in Computer Based Training Development, Administration and Sales

1987 – 1989:
Full time snow ski racer living in Austria. Dutch Slalom champion in 1989, competing in FIS and Europa Cup events in slalom and giant slalom.

Education background:

1997 – current:
Ongoing personal research and education in nutrition, exercise and lifestyle.

October 2015:
CHEK Holistic Lifestyle Coach Level 1

Certificate in Nutrition

Permaculture Design Certificate

2002 – 2006:
Mystery school graduate
Pranic Healing, level 1, 2 and 3
Reiki Level 1, 2 and 3
NLP and Kinesiology

Studies in Anatomy and Physiology, Bio Chemistry and Ayurvedic Medicine.

Certificate in Training and Assessment

Certificate IV in Computer Programming Technology

Read Zaia’s daily blog here

You can contact Tom and Zaia at:

93 Golden Gully Road

Kin Kin

Queensland 4571


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