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Permaculture Design Certificate

September 3 - September 14Book Now

PRI Sunshine Coast
93 Golden Gully Road
Kin Kin, QLD 4571 Australia
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If you are looking for better health, more knowledge, tools for a better, more sustainable lifestyle and a nurturing community experience, the Permaculture Design Certificate course at PRI Sunshine Coast delivers! Tom Kendall’s passion for sustainable living, self-reliance and empowering people combined with Zaia Kendall’s passion for food, health and nutrition, plus 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 the 72-hour theoretical course with hands-on farm and community experiences, encouraging everyone to be involved. They have found that their PDCs create lasting connections and friendships between people, with each group usually creating their own network and students leave the course feeling empowered, inspired, energised and excited; ready to take on the world!

“I just got back from doing a twelve-day Permaculture Design Certificate course in Kin Kin (on the Sunshine Coast between Noosa and Gympie) with Tom Kendall at Maungaraeeda, the permaculture centre that he and his wife Zaia run. Fantastic experience. After doing some research on available PDC courses, I went to Maungaraeeda with high expectations – and they were exceeded. Tom is a wonderful teacher, very warm, very knowledgeable, and very committed to ensuring his students get the most out of the course.” – a quote from GC, one of our satisfied PDC students.


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.

As part of the spirit of Permaculture, we encourage students to participate in community building for the time they spend at the institute. Students 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 Permaculture learning experience during the two weeks, as well as give students the feeling of belonging to a community and strengthening the bond of the group. We encourage students to acknowledge their talents, so they can contribute to the community experience by doing what they are good at.

About the Teacher

Tom Kendall grew up and worked on his parents’ farm and took on the farm in 1992 when his father retired. He downsized the 11,000 acre farm to 7,000 acres and converted to Biodynamics. The farm produced wheat and barley and ran cattle and sheep. In 2000 he sold the farm and moved to the Sunshine Coast. In 2005 he and his partner Zaia found their ideal property in Kin Kin, Noosa Hinterland. Tom had by then become interested in Permaculture and started converting the property into a Permaculture site. With his background in farming, he was able to take on most jobs that needed to be done himself; renovations, building, operating heavy machinery for earthworks, etc, gardening, fixing, installing plumbing and many other jobs that came with setting up the property. He became a WWOOF host and always taught the WWOOFers about Permaculture and why the property was set up the way it was. In 2008 he did a Permaculture Design Certificate with Bill Mollison and Geoff Lawton. He followed that up early 2010 with a Teacher Training Course with Geoff Lawton.

At that stage he realised he had so much knowledge to share with people about Permaculture and Self-Reliance skills that he decided to focus on teaching. It was a natural extension from teaching wwoofers for all those years. Tom is a very practical person with a wealth of knowledge about shaping landscapes and creating tools and infrastructure. Having spent all his life working the land he has an astute awareness about today’s environmental issues and aims to minimise his footprint as much as possible. His courses are unique in that he shows a lot of practical applications on his property, Maungaraeeda, now a Permaculture demonstration site, to complement the theory taught. His aim is to bring Permaculture to as many people as possible and to empower people to be self-reliant. He is a Permaculture Research Institute accredited teacher and runs The Permaculture Research Institute Maungaraeeda, on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland Australia and is co-founder of the Permaculture Research Institute Luganville, Vanuatu.


Course location

The Permaculture Research Institute Maungaraeeda
93 Golden Gully Road, Kin Kin QLD 4571, Australia

Course hours

Full days, Monday – Friday (Saturday and Sunday off).


Camping (tent) accommodation is included in the course fee, please BYO tent and camping gear (bedding etc). Backpacker style shared accommodation ($10 per night per person) is also available. Arrive after 4pm Sunday prior to course start for camp set up.


We invite you to share our meals with us. We cook a variety of gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan and meat meals, prepared by volunteers on site. On Saturdays and Sundays we ask students to cater for themselves. A camp kitchen is available for use. First Sunday evening meal provided at 6.30pm.

Directions to get to the Permaculture Research Institute Maungaraeeda

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). PRI Maungaraeeda, Kin Kin SOULS is 930 metres down that road on your left.


You can pay for your course now via Paypal or credit card by purchasing a ticket below, or you can contact Zaia at All prices are in Australian dollars. An early bird discount is available if the course fee is paid 42 days prior to the course start date.


September 3
September 14
$1950 - $2150
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The Permaculture Research Institute, Sunshine Coast
+61 7 5485 4664


Meals are fully catered with three meals per day plus morning and afternoon tea.
Camping accommodation will be available.
Tom Kendall


PRI Sunshine Coast
93 Golden Gully Road
Kin Kin, QLD 4571 Australia
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+61 7 5485 4664


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September 2018 Permaculture Design Course with Tom Kendall at PRI Sunshine Coast Regular Price$2,150.00
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