Accredited Permaculture courses and PDC / Permaculture Design Certificate courses.

The Permaculture Research Institute Sunshine Coast Inc. is an Incorporated Not for Profit Organisation set up to further education in Permaculture, Sustainability and Self Reliance. PRI Sunshine Coast runs permaculture courses, PDC / Permaculture Design Certificate courses and training in sustainability and self reliance on the Permaculture Demonstration Site “Maungaraeeda”, a Permaculture Designed property in the Noosa Hinterland village of Kin Kin on the 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. Training and courses are run by Zaia and Tom Kendall, who have been training people in Permaculture on the property for 11 years. Proceeds of the courses are used to further permaculture education by improving on and adding to the existing permaculture systems on the demonstration site. Students are encouraged to participate in daily routines that are part of the Permaculture experience. Some of the Permaculture systems available on the property:

Animal systems: chickens, cows, ducks, goats, dogs
Cooking fuel systems: rockets stoves and biogas (methane from cow manure)
Food forestry
Kitchen gardens
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
Systems to minimise outside input and/or using locally available materials
and much more!

Visit Tom and Zaia’s website here to see what they do on their property.

Next PDC course 23 Jan – 3 Feb 2017

Accredited 72 hour Permaculture Design Certificate course.

PRI Accredited Permaculture Design Certificate course with Tom Kendall

Accredited Permaculture Design Certificate

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 design system for a sustainable lifestyle. The course is run by the Permaculture Research Institute Sunshine Coast Inc. and your certificate is accredited by PRI Australia,  recognised and well regarded world wide.

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


Camping accommodation is included in the course (byo tent and camping equipment). Caravans with queen size beds and bedding are available at $55 per night for students (usual price $65 per night) or shared backpacker style accommodation is available at $15 per night.

Permaculture meals at Maungaraeeda


Zaia cooks wholesome, delicious food, mostly grown and produced on the farm at Maungaraeeda. Zaia is a CHEK Holistic Lifestyle Coach level I 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.

Accredited Permaculture teacher Tom Kendall

Your permaculture teacher Tom Kendall

Tom Kendall is a permaculture farmer with a lifelong broad acre agricultural background. 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 personal consultations. For complete bio click here.

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

Practical permaculture experiences

During the PDC course you will be immersed in farm activities, from animal care, cream separating and yoghurt making to compost making and 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.

Community activities during the PDC course at the PRI Sunshine Coast

Community activities

To build a community spirit we encourage everyone to participate in communal activities for the time they spend at Maungaraeeda.  You will be shown and required to participate in a number of aspects of sustainable and community living and Permaculture systems and routines. This will enhance your learning experience during the 2 weeks, as well as give you the feeling of belonging to a community and strengthening the bond of the group. We encourage everyone on site to acknowledge their talents, so as to contribute to the community experience by doing what they are good at.

Student Feedback

Read more feedback here.

The most incredible, insightful, knowledge rich experience I have had to date. I have been to many courses similar to this, but in terms of experiential knowledge, practicality and approachability of Tom, this surpasses all!

PDC student 13 April 2015

I really enjoyed the course. A good mix of theory and practical. Loved the group dynamics and the opportunities to work together (chores and tasks included). Communal activities were really useful to the overall experience. Food – BRILLIANT and inspiring.

PDC student 21 September 2015

Book your PDC

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.

Early Bird Price (paid in full by 12 December 2016): $1,950
Full Price: $2,090


PDC course with Tom Kendall

Chop and drop

Permaculture Edge


The Permaculture Research Institute Sunshine Coast Inc. is looking for 2 dedicated people who want to learn more about Permaculture at a hands on level. They will be trained by Tom and Zaia Kendall on their property Maungaraeeda in Kin Kin, Queensland. Applications have now closed, however if you are interested in this training for future intakes, please email info (at)


Gravel for the reed bed

This training is not for the faint hearted: the hours are long (6am until 5 or 6pm), the work is hard (lots of handtools, shoveling, scything, wheelbarrow pushing, cutting, planting, digging etc) and the learning is intense. You will get in depth knowledge of the Permaculture systems and design principles at Maungaraeeda, and you will learn from a PRI accredited Permaculture teacher (see Tom’s bio here). On weekends we ask you do minor jobs (eg animal routines on a Saturday or Sunday morning), but the weekend will mostly be yours.


Our first olive picking...

Please note that this is NOT a paid position: we are offering you a free learning experience, as Tom will take his time showing you how things operate on the property, show and teach you our permaculture systems and self reliance. The more you work with him, the more you will learn. It is your responsibility to find him and be with him on the property to get the most out of your time here. The days are long and the work is hard, but immensely satisfying and empowering. A Permaculture Design Certificate is not required for this training.



Ginger planting at Maungaraeeda

You will start on a 3 week probation period, if we like each other and things work out you will be asked to stay for 3 months. At the end of 3 months, if we still like each other and both parties wish to continue, you may be able to stay longer term.


Working the concrete to prevent cracking on the biodigester dome

Accommodation is in a tent (supplied by you) for the first 3 weeks. Our facilities are very basic, with compost toilets and wood heated showers. If you end up staying longer than 3 weeks, one of our buses will be made available to you. In the bus you will have a bed and your own lounge space, as well as access to the external communal lounge and kitchen area. You will need to make your own meals in the communal kitchen area. Some food from the property may be available at times. Please beware that the communal lounge and kitchen area may be shared with paying guests from time to time.


Trying to find the technique.

We do not allow any drugs, alcohol, chemicals or cigarettes on the property. Please check any soaps, shampoos, sunscreen, insect repellents and toothpastes you bring, whether they have any sulphates or other nasties. If unsure, please ask, we can always supply you with the above items at cost price.


In the kitchen garden at PRI Sunshine Coast

Please only apply if you desire a longer term, intense, hands on learning experience! To apply, please complete and submit the form below. If successful we will contact you the week after the deadline for a conversation. Please be honest in answering the questions, and be honest with yourself. We are after hard working keen learners who would like to make Permaculture their life!


Some of Tom and Zaia’s blog posts