Arrowroot harvested from the permaculture garden put to good use in an Arrowroot cake

Gluten Free Carob Arrowroot cake

As arrowroot grows incredibly quickly and easily here at Maungaraeeda’s Permaculture garden, we plant a lot of it. It is wonderful supplemental cattle feed and the roots make a fantastic bread or cake. I came up with this recipe the other day for a Carob Arrowroot cake.  Continue reading

Finished bench seat and outhouse doors

The compost toilet outhouse

We had several Nature Loo composting toilets around the property, which we either purchased second hand or were given. One toilet is at the teaching space and the other at the student “chill” space. We had to walk to either location from the house to go to the toilet. Last month Tom and one of the interns built us our outhouse, overlooking the Permaculture kitchen garden!  Continue reading

A dozen gluten free hazelnut muffins

Gluten Free Chocolate Hazelnut muffins

This is the favourite recipe of our long term volunteers here at the Permaculture Research Institute Sunshine Coast. It is Gluten Free and uses no flour at all, and is a veritable taste sensation!

Add 3 1/2 cups of hazelnut meal, 1 Tbs baking powder and 1 1/2 Tbs cacao powder to a bowl and mix. In a blender blend 7 eggs and 3/4 cup rapadura sugar. In a double boiler melt a bar of your yummiest dark chocolate (optional). Mix the dry ingredients and the blended egg mixture, then add the optional melted chocolate if you so choose. Stir well.

Grease a 12 piece muffin tray well (I found coconut oil to work best to prevent sticking). Add a big spoonful of mix to the tray, filling each hole (don’t overfill). Bake in the oven on 160C until firm to touch. Best eaten warm, but will be eaten in any state….

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) (replace (at) with @ in the email).

Sustainable Building Project: 3 – 7 November
Water Management Project: 17 – 21 November