Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course September 2014 at PRI Sunshine Coast

What happens in a PRI Sunshine Coast PDC course?

On the 26th of January we started another Permaculture Design Certificate course here at the Permaculture Research Institute Sunshine Coast. This article is to give you more of an idea how our PDC is run and what we do.

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Sunset in Hawaii

PRI accredited Permaculture Design Certificate course on the beautiful Big Island, Hawaii

Jesse Leavitt and Wynton Wizinowich join Tom Kendall from the Permaculture Research Institute Sunshine Coast to teach a Permaculture Design Certificate accompanied by 3 days of practical experience on the beautiful Big Island in Hawaii. Tom’s hands-on lifelong agriculture experience and his passionate delivery of content will be combined with Jesse and Wynton’s Permaculture Aid experience in this 15 day submergence into Permaculture. Students will receive a PRI accredited certificate at the end of the course. Continue reading

Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course September 2014 at PRI Sunshine Coast

Certificate and Diploma programs now accredited by PRI

In some news today, after discussions with Geoff Lawton the Certificate and Diploma programs launched by us recently will now be PRI accredited courses. Due to this we have decided to change the names of the Certificate and Diploma to “PRI Practical Permaculture Certificate” and the “PRI Practical Permaculture Diploma”. The Certificate and Diploma will be recognised on all PRI Master Plan sites and we aim to make the curriculum available to all Master Plan sites so that eventually they can be taught around the world!

First intake will be in January 2015 at PRI Sunshine Coast.There also will be a  second intake at PRI Sunshine Coast in July 2015.. Each intake will only admit one Certificate and one Diploma student. Deadline for applications for January 2015 intakes will be 28 November 2014. Please click here to apply.


The Permaculture kitchen garden is getting new plants.

Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC)

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 2 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.

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 cabin accommodation at $30 per night or backpacker style shared accommodation at $10 per night (you will need to supply bedding). Bathroom facilities are shared. We invite all students to share our meals with us, 3 meals per day plus morning and afternoon tea. The middle Saturday and Sunday of the course are days off, and students will need bring food to cater for themselves on those days (fridge for food storage and stove available). Some volunteer work may be available in exchange for meals on Sundays only.

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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.

This course is capped at 20 students!

Course hours: 8.30am – 5.30pm daily, Monday to Friday (Saturday and Sunday off), Monday to Friday

Full amount: $1950, $250 non-refundable but transferable deposit upon booking, full amount due 3 weeks prior to course start.

Early Bird: $1790, $250 non-refundable but transferable deposit upon booking, full amount due 6 weeks prior to course start.

Bookings Essential! Please book by filling out the form below or by emailing info (at) (replace (at) with @ in the email).