Accredited Permaculture Design Certificate course (PDC course) with lots of practical onsite applications!

Course is limited to only 15 students to ensure all students get the best possible value from the course.

Permaculture courses and training on a self sufficient farm

Accredited Permaculture Design Certificate / PDC courses, workshops and training. Permaculture courses run on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia and are taught by Tom Kendall on his self sufficient farm.

The Permaculture Research Institute Sunshine Coast Inc. is an Incorporated Not for Profit Organisation founded to further education in Permaculture, Sustainability and Self Sufficiency. PRI Sunshine Coast Inc. runs permaculture courses, PDC / Permaculture Design Certificate courses and training in sustainability and self sufficiency at the Permaculture Education and Demonstration Site “Maungaraeeda” (“place of food” in the local Aboriginal language). Maungaraeeda is a self sufficient Permaculture Designed property and is owned and run by Zaia and Tom Kendall in the Noosa Hinterland village of Kin Kin on the sub tropical Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia. The beautiful Noosa Shire is a United Nations accredited Biosphere area and has an amazing diversity of Flora and Fauna, with the Kin Kin Valley being especially diverse. Training and courses are taught by Zaia and Tom Kendall (see also, who have been training people in Permaculture at Maungaraeeda for over 13 years and have a combined permaculture experience of over 25 years. Tom is a Permaculture Research Institute Australia (PRI) accredited teacher and courses are accredited by PRI Australia, giving students an internationally recognised and highly valued Permaculture certificate.

Experience practical Self Sufficiency on a Permaculture Farm

Tom and Zaia are closing the input/output loop on their Permaculture demonstration site and are able to provide most of their daily needs onsite. Students are encouraged to participate in daily routines that are part of the Permaculture experience so they can learn some of what it takes to be self sufficient; even the theoretical PDC course has a large practical component at Maungaraeeda. Some of the Permaculture systems available at Maungaraeeda:


Animal systems: chickens, cows, ducks, goats, dogs, cats

Cooking fuel systems: rockets stoves and biogas (methane from cow manure)

Food forestry

Kitchen Gardens

Compost turning during a Permaculture Design Certificate course
Variety of composting systems (inc. composting toilets)

Water management systems (dams, swales, rainwater harvest & distribution etc)

Soil Management

Animal Food growing systems


Natural local building materials

Real people practising real permaculture
Zaia and Tom Kendall, simple folk living simply and self sufficiently

Garden Harvest from our Permaculture Farm Maungaraeeda
Systems to minimise outside input and/or using locally available materials
and much more!

Visit Tom and Zaia’s website here to see what happens at Maungaraeeda.

Our PRI Australia accredited PDC courses / Permaculture Design Certificate courses run in January and September

Sustainability, Self Sufficiency, Self Reliance, EMPOWERMENT!

Accredited 72 hour Permaculture Design Certificate course.

PRI Accredited Permaculture Design Certificate course with Tom Kendall

The Permaculture Design Certificate is a 72 hour theoretical course based on Bill Mollison’s Designers Manual. It teaches 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 design system for a sustainable and self sufficient lifestyle. The course is run by the Permaculture Research Institute Sunshine Coast Inc., taught by Tom Kendall and your certificate is accredited by PRI Australia,  recognised and well regarded world wide.

Milking the cow during the Permaculture Design Certificate course at PRI Sunshine Coast

We involve our Permaculture Design Certificate course students in the running of our farm and include a lot of hands on activities. As a PDC student you will be involved in the daily routines that come with running a Permaculture farm. This is why we limit our course intake to 15 people per PDC only. Learn to milk a cow, separate cream, make butter, cheese and yoghurt, feed our biogas bio-digester, look after chickens and goats, see holistic animal management in action, make compost, survey the land for earth works, eat healthy food produced on the farm and much, much more! By involving our students in the daily runnings of the farm, the learning experience during the 2 weeks will be enhanced, as well as give everyone the feeling of belonging to a community and strengthening the bond of the group.
With smaller student numbers we are able to cater to individual needs of the students based on their travels of the permaculture journey. We have noticed a marked integration of the curriculum and concepts with the introduction of practical components.

Permaculture meals at Maungaraeeda

Zaia cooks wholesome delicious food, grown and produced on the farm at Maungaraeeda. As we focus on smaller student numbers, we can supply most of the meals from the farm. Zaia is a holistic health coach and has studied and researched health and nutrition for the past 20+ years. Tom and Zaia invite you to share their meals with them, breakfast, lunch and dinner, and morning and afternoon tea during all course days. Middle weekend are days off and students can use the camp kitchen for those days. For some samples of Zaia’s cooking you can check out her recipes here.

During the PDC course you will be immersed in farm activities, from holistic animal management to feeding the biodigester, cream separating to yoghurt making and compost making to food forest planting. As this is a working farm with a lot of systems, everyone on the property can be fully involved in farm activities to get the most out of your stay at the permaculture farm and the PDC course. The practical activities also allow you to integrate the theoretical course material quicker.

Accredited Permaculture teacher Tom Kendall

Tom Kendall is a permaculture farmer with over 40 years farming experience. He is co-founder of the PRI Sunshine Coast Inc and PRI Luganville, Vanuatu and runs Permaculture courses on his Permaculture Demonstration Site “Maungaraeeda”. Tom has co-taught PDC courses with Geoff Lawton and has taught Permaculture courses in Australia and overseas. He is a PRI (Permaculture Research Institute) accredited teacher and is part of Geoff Lawton’s Permaculture Sustainable Consulting team and does regular consultations for local and international land owners and NGOs. For complete bio click here.

Camping, caravan or shared accommodation for your Permaculture Design Certificate course

Camping accommodation is included in the Permaculture Design Certificate course (byo tent and camping equipment). A caravan with queen size bed and bedding is available at $40 per night for students (usual price $45 per night). A camp kitchen is available for students’ use on the weekend. Toilet and shower facilities are shared. Showers are heated with a wood fired heating system, which students will learn to light and look after.

Do your Permaculture Design Certificate course with us and receive Bill Mollison’s Permaculture Designer’s Manual FREE! (valued at $114.90)

Please note:

  • To provide an intimate, high quality course with lots of practical experiences, we can only take 15 students per course.
  • Our courses are non-denominational; we do not include any spiritual practices and welcome people from all cultural, spiritual and religious backgrounds. The course material is science and observation based.
  • By studying with us you will be supporting improvements to our demonstration site, which we use to educate and train others, including young people. It also enables us to support those of lesser economical means to be educated in Permaculture.
  • The days will be long, starting early mornings with practical experiences followed by all day classroom including some practical, and finishing with regular movies at night to re-inforce material taught during the day.
  • If you need a payment plan, please contact us on info [at]

Price: $2,300

Pay in full by 6 weeks prior to course start and get a $250 discount, making the course price just $2,050!

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