The Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Course:
Next PDC course: 23 January to 3 February 2017
The not for profit organisation the Permaculture Research Institute Sunshine Coast Inc. runs regular Permaculture courses at “Maungaraeeda”, a Demonstration and PRI Master Plan Site. (Click here for PRI Sunshine Coast website). PDCs are taught by Tom Kendall, a lifelong agriculturalist, who comes from a broad acre bio-dynamic farming background and now farms according to Permaculture Principles at Maungaraeeda (see his bio here). Tom is a PRI Australia accredited teacher and your certificate will be a PRI Australia certificate, which is recognised and held in high esteem world wide.
If you are looking for better health, more knowledge, tools for a better, more sustainable lifestyle and a nurturing community experience, courses run by PRI Sunshine Coast deliver! Tom Kendall’s passion for sustainable living, self reliance and empowering people, Zaia Kendall’s passion for food, health and nutrition and living and working as a community with other students and volunteers and finding appreciation for your skills and talents makes this a unique and holistic PDC experience! Tom and Zaia combine theory with hands on farm and community experiences, encouraging everyone to be involved. They have found that lasting connections and friendships are formed at Maungaraeeda, with people leaving the property feeling empowered, inspired, energised and excited; ready to take on the world!
To build a community spirit we encourage everyone to participate in communal activities for the time they spend at Maungaraeeda. Everyone will be shown and will be required to participate in a number of aspects of sustainable and community living and Permaculture systems and routines. This will enhance the learning experience during the 2 weeks, as well as give everyone the feeling of belonging to a community and strengthening the bond of the group. We encourage everyone on site to acknowledge their talents, so they can contribute to the community experience by doing what they are good at.
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 sustainable lifestyle. Permaculture ethics are Earth Care, People Care and Return of Surplus and this is taught by showing students to focus on local resources and their local community, and to have well thought out design practices to create abundance sustainably. This course is taught by Tom Kendall, with occasional guest teachers.
Camping (tent) accommodation is included in the course fee, please byo tent and camping gear (bedding etc). Should you not wish to stay in a tent, we can offer limited private caravan accommodation for $35 per night (you will need to supply bedding). Bathroom facilities are shared. We invite all students to share our home cooked meals with us, 3 meals per day plus morning and afternoon tea. Meals are produced with as much produce from the farm as possible. The middle Saturday and Sunday of the courses are days off, and students will need bring food to cater for themselves on those days (fridge for food storage and stove available).
Directions to get to the Permaculture Research Institute Sunshine Coast: Take the Bruce Highway towards Gympie from the South or toward Brisbane from the North. Take the Pomona Kin Kin turnoff. Follow the road, turn right at the T-intersection. Take the road through Pomona town, straight through the roundabout, over the railway line, then turn left at the T-Intersection. Follow that road to Kin Kin. Turn left to go into Kin Kin and past the pub. Follow that road for about 3 kms, Golden Gully Road is on your left (a dirt road). “Maungaraeeda” is 930 metres down that road on your left. Click here for Google map.