Leanne Ejack, PDC student at PRI Sunshine Coast Jan/Feb 2014

Permaculture – A lesson in patience

By Leanne Ejack
Alberta, Canada
Student PDC Jan/Feb 2014 at PRI Sunshine Coast

I was bred, born and raised in the Western Canadian prairies surrounded by massive cattle feedlots and kilometre-long stretches of monoculture grain crops. I always enjoyed the farming lifestyle, but I knew as a young teenager that the farming practices that I was surrounded by were inflicting long-term harm to the soil and environment. Spending a year after university working for a large agricultural company opened my eyes even further to how these large companies have spent years manipulating farmers into complete dependency upon their chemical inputs. Farmers are caught in a toxic and corrupt spiral of powerlessness. I was driven to start educating myself about a more sustainable way of food production that also placed the power back in the hands of farmers. I had heard about permaculture and,after researching it further, I knew I needed to become more immersed in it.  Continue reading

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 of the course is a day off, and students will need bring food to cater for themselves on that day (fridge for food storage and stove available).

Click here to read past students’ feedback

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 15 students!

Course hours: 9am – 5pm daily, Sunday to Friday (Saturday day off), Sunday to Friday

Course price: $1590, $200 non-refundable but transferable deposit upon booking, full amount due 3 weeks prior to course start.

Early bird discount: $1450, $200 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) permaculturesunshinecoast.org (replace (at) with @ in the email).

Biogas project, prevention of concrete cracking by working the concrete whilst wet.

Project courses

Projects Courses in 2014:

Project 1: Water Management
Being able to store and correctly distribute water on a property is of utmost importance, especially with drought and flooding becoming more common place. It is vital for any land owner to plan for disaster, and good water management design will assist minimising erosion issues and ensure there is enough water on a property to last through a drought.

This course focuses on designing water management for a property, building dams and swales and subsequent planting out to prevent erosion. As part of the design surveying and contour will be discussed and applied in practice.

Project 2: Sustainable Building Methods
In this world full of waste it is essential we all give thought to recycling old materials and using local natural materials to minimise our ecological footprint. This course focuses on designing and building structures using natural, locally sourced and recycled materials. White ant prevention, natural heating methods and solar passive design are also discussed and implemented.

Please note that Project Courses are capped at 15 participants!

Project course participants will need a PDC.

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 students to share our meals with us, 3 meals per day plus morning and afternoon tea.

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.

Course hours: 9am – 5pm daily. Breaks for meals and morning/afternoon tea.

Course price (price includes camping accommodation (byo tent)):

1 week project: $795 ($100 deposit upon booking)

Deposits are non-refundable but transferable deposit upon booking. Full amount due 3 weeks prior to start date.

We only take small groups of participants to maximise the individual learning experience, so book now to secure your spot!

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

PROJECT COURSE DATES:
Water Management Project: 20 October – 24 October
Sustainable Building Project: 27 October – 31 October
 
Group photo of the PDC class 23 June

Permaculture Design Certificate at PRI Sunshine Coast

Please have a look at this article written by one of the students in our last PDC course, which ran from 23 June to 5 July. Here is an excerpt:

” 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 (see below), 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.” You can read the remainder of the article here: http://lockyervalley.org/2013/07/10/permaculture-design-certificate/.