“I feel that Tom and Zaia have made an enormous commitment to bring us what they strongly believe in – they are demonstrating that being as self reliant as possible is achievable by education and continued learning, and hard work. It is such a large topic: Permaculture and Tom brings in much life experience and knowledge. Garden food is so good!” — L.G.
“I have enjoyed learning from Tom who has a gentle manner – lots of patience.” — T.B.
“I really enjoyed it, it has opened my mind to a lot of aspects. Loved eating real food, great detox!” — P.S.
“It was very inspiring and informative, totally well tutored by Tom, what a great, patient and informative teacher you are Tom!” — F.C.
“I’m currently doing my PDC with Tom Kendall, and I can tell you that this is a couple who walk the talk. I’m loving the atmosphere at the farm and Tom is an excellent teacher. You really have to see how he hugs his cows! If you are looking for a PDC you would do really well to consider doing it in Kin Kin.” — K.S.
“Recently I have completed my PDC with Tom Kendall, I was very happy with his broad knowledge of permaculture and his ability to relate the permaculture ways from rural to urban and micro to macro applications. Testament to his experience with large scale farming and his adaptability to his students needs. Toms capacity as a permaculture teacher is evident in the demonstration site, his home and his way of life all sustainable and in order. We could sit and observe Tom on a daily bases and it would be difficult to find one thing that is not in order with nature and Permaculture, I found this alone very inspiring and to witness Toms capacity to manage and build the demonstration site whilst teaching each day I commend highly and honourably. The majority of us (even some Permaculture teachers) have a lot to learn from Tom Kendall in his implementation of permaculture as his way of life and not something separate that he dabbles in. ” — B.M.
“Tom presented each lesson with not only a true knowledge of the material but with personal experience and interesting first hand illustrations. Tom held our interest from week to week and demonstrated the Permaculture Design principles and directives in a very understandable and practical manner. It is obvious that Tom has a passion for Permaculture and for what he is doing.
I thoroughly enjoyed the course and felt that upon completion I had a good understanding of the Permaculture Design principles. I am able to put them to use immediately on my own property and also feel that I can offer my knowledge and understanding of Permaculture to others.
I would recommend Tom’s course to anyone who is interested in taking the Permaculture Design Course as I feel that the course actually exceeded my expectations and was a very enjoyable experience.” — S.B.
“Found it even more interesting than originally anticipated. The 2 weeks simply flew past which confirms this. Loved it all and rearing to put information to good use. Thank you so very much!” –K.B.
“It has given me an informed direction to head in and continue pursuing my dreams with confidence.”
“I enjoyed the course and appreciated the extra practical design elements Tom put in. Tom is a very lucid, patient and respectful teacher and this was reflected in his handling of controversy and general content.”
“Course was fantastic, everything I hoped it would be and more, Tom and Zaia are very welcoming and helpful at every step, the setting was fantastic, listening to the birds and the wildlife while studying, awesome, far better than any classroom. Tom is an excellent teacher with a vast knowledge on the subject who was also willing to learn from the class and their different experiences and points of view, always eager to discuss and explain in different ways for different styles of learning. Thank you both.” –S.D.
“I’m feeling inspired by the learning I’ve experienced and the connection and sharing with Tom and other students and kids. Felt like family. I’m feeling enthusiastic and empowered to take Permaculture Design to the next stage of my life., so I can share my knowledge with First Nation communities in the Kimberlies. Much gratitude.”
“Tom and Zaia are very welcoming. Tom has a very in depth knowledge of the topics and great practical experience. Chef was great! Food fresh from the garden, great to see it all in action!”
“Tom is a great teacher who passes on his vast knowledge in a practical and easy way. I reckon everyone should do a PDC!”
“It was wonderful! It’s great that Tom is so hands on and Zaia is organised. It was great to experience farm life and see a beautiful partnership / family life! Thank you so much!”“I am enthusiastic about this life experience, and I’ll keep it alive in my daily life, trying one day to become a real Permie! Thank you!”
“The course was great, so much info to take in. Each principle was backed up with examples, which was great.”“I feel so great, I do not know how to explain. Meeting new friends and doing new things in the nicest environment, I’m the one who should ask, how do you feel!”
“Thanks so much for a thoroughly enjoyable and ultra informative PDC. The friendly atmosphere and passion for Permaculture created an infectious thirst for knowledge amongst the group. Good luck with your future projects, I hope I can be involved in one sometime further up the road.”
“Have enjoyed the course, the time structure was good, the indoor/outdoor classroom was very pleasant. Catering throughout the course has been excellent, everyone eating together was extremely rewarding in setting an example of Permaculture community. Tom’s teaching style was easy going and relaxed, making it an excellent learning experience. Thanks!”
“I am so happy I decided to finally do a PDC! This course has provided me with a much more solid broad understanding of ecological sustainability and sustainable food production, as well as opening me up to a whole range of interesting techniques.”
“I think that Tom has been really resourceful with lots of knowledge. The hospitality and friendliness of Tom and Zaia was great. I would recommend the course to anyone who was interested in Permaculture. Thank you Tom and Zaia for everything. The things I have learnt I think I will take through life!”
“This course made me so excited about improving my future. I tried to join as much as possible in practical experiences as I could. I am glad there were so many practical experiences as they helped my learning.”
Poem: a Gully Gold –by Karlee Burgess, student 20 May 2012 – 1 June 2012
On the Sunshine Coast
in a Gully Gold
There is a place
in a valley fold
where laws of alchemy are told
– They take brown leaves
Green grass and goo
from birds and beasts
and the nature loo
Then set it in a pile to stew
For 18 days, give or take a few
–The steamy heap the acolytes tease
with pitchforks to 55 degrees
Then laze around with cups of teas
While nature does the job with ease
–Is gold the object of their toil?
Uranium or maybe oil
Diamonds worthy of a royal
Or handy sheets of alcan foil
–Don’t be a fool, don’t be a muppet
Those things all leave the earth quite stuff-ed
And turn good people into puppets
But there is hope we can out-bluff-it
–For on the coast in a valley fold
Permies learn the skills of old
From weeds and leaves
And scraps and mold
Dross makes soil, true Gully Gold…
–note: apparently in Japanese “Kin” means gold
Poem by Francoise Chenovre, PDC student 11 November – 23 November 2012
This is the poem of swales in fields
That makes our food a higher yield
so come and join us in our plight
to spread the word and give all light
so come bring back paradise
cause we’re going to save the world
One swale at a time
and bring back seasons, humus and rhyme
A swale snakes sleepily by
bringing water to the dry
and areas and makes them lush
growing plants in a big big rush
so make the opportunity to celebrate
our new lush yielding fate
cause the old ways don’t work
the answer is not in money but in the dirt
Let’s take a different approach
away from relentless striving
we need to change our way of living
one swale at a time
so let’s stop talking and start digging
One swale at a time
and bring back seasons, humus and rhyme
one swale at a time
Tahlea Skennerton, PDC student 27 January – 8 February 2013 writes:
On Golden Gully Road you will find a place that can teach about living a sustainable life style and the Principles of Permaculture are learnt.
The gardens are full of colours which harvest yummy fruit and veggies, it is nice even in the dark.
The sounds of the birds make it peaceful through the day and the frogs and crickets will put you to sleep.
The mountains are so very high they nearly touch the sky.
Sometimes it was sunny, sometimes it rained, but it did not stop Tom teaching us about nature and how the systems work.
The surrounding of nature on Golden Gully are so beautiful.
The fresh clean air and the lovely dam made by Tom made it very relaxing.