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 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. Training and courses are taught by Zaia and Tom Kendall, who have been training people in Permaculture on the property for over 11 years. Students are encouraged to participate in daily routines that are part of the Permaculture experience; even the theoretical PDC course has a large practical component at Maungaraeeda. Courses are accredited by PRI Australia, giving students a globally recognised Permaculture certificate. Some of the Permaculture systems available at Maungaraeeda:

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 happens at Maungaraeeda.

CelebrATE! 30 April & 1 May 2017

A two day celebration of Permaculture, Music and Food, with 7 workshops, 3 performances, a Permaculture Systems tour, a music jam and homegrown food cooked by a fantastic local chef!


Where & When

At “Maungaraeeda”, home of the Permaculture Research Institute Sunshine Coast Inc. and Tom and Zaia Kendall, at 93 Golden Gully Road, Kin Kin QLD. Kin Kin is a picturesque small village nestled in the Noosa Hinterland and close to the Noosa Trails. Directions will be emailed to you upon booking.

CelebrATE is from 3pm Saturday 29 April to 4.30pm Monday 1 May (Labour Day) and is for people 15 years and over.

Arrival is strictly between 3pm and 6pm on Saturday 29 April. Dinner is served at 6.30pm.

CelebrATE finishes at 4.30pm on Monday 1st May. No dinner will be served that night.

A two day celebration of Permaculture, Music and Food, with 7 workshops, a music jam, a Permaculture Systems tour and performances by 3 fantastic bands (see below)!

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

More info

Please bring:
– Your tent and camping gear: mattress, sleeping bag, pillow, torch, towel.
– Clothes that can get dirty
– Gumboots, raincoat
– A water bottle, filtered water is available.
– Your favourite cup/mug for tea, coffee and other drinks. If you prefer your own cutlery to the wooden ones provided, please bring them. Also bring a tea towel so you can wash and dry your own cup and cutlery after use and put them in a safe spot. Even better, mark them with your name!

All meals, workshops and performances are included in the entry price.

PLEASE NOTE: Maungaraeeda is an alcohol, drug, chemical and smoke free property. Please respect this and do not bring any of those substances onto the property. As Maungaraeeda is aiming for a closed cycle, it will not be able to handle a great influx of toxic materials. Please only bring natural sunscreens and other cosmetics and biodegradable soaps etc. If you smoke cigarettes, we will make buckets with sand available on the road side for disposal of cigarettes. We ask that you only smoke where the buckets are.
Wash facilities and toilets will be very primitive.

We will aim to bring people together for car sharing to and from the event. Please fill out the appropriate details on the booking form.

Questions? Please email info (at)

Community activities during the PDC course at the PRI Sunshine Coast


29 April:

Odd rhythms
Going beyond four on the floor with Zaia Kendall
From 5, 7 and 9 to 11, 13 and even 30, get the Balkan feel with body percussion.

30 April:

Feathered Friends
Looking after your chooks with Amanda Moore
Feed, supplementation, breeds and breeding and housing of your chickens.

Urban Gardens
Handy hints for small spaces with Jason Davies
Garden beds, container gardening, small animal systems and plant species for the small space.

Food Forests
Building a self sustaining food forest with Tom Kendall
Design, preparation, planting out and maintaining.

1 May:

In the Nursery
Get your plants off to a good start with Jason Davies
Pots, potting mix, fertilising and seed and seedling care.

How to make active compost with Tom Kendall
Compost full of life, made with your own local materials.

Saurkrauts, Chutneys and Jams
Fermenting and preserving with Jodie Williams
Quick and easy ways of processing food to increase shelf life and yummy-ness!

See below for Performances at CelebrATE!


Music Jam with Linsey Pollak

Musician extraordinaire Linsey Pollak will lead a music jam with instruments like marimbas, thongaphones, doofs and other percussion instruments available for people to play on. He will show people parts to play and will create amazing tunes off the cuff with beginners through to experienced musicians and anyone else who wishes to have a play!

Sunday 4pm

Here she is sticking her tongue out at me!

Permaculture Systems Tour

A guided tour of Permaculture Demonstration Site “Maungaraeeda” with Tom Kendall. Tom has implemented a lot of Permaculture systems on Maungaraeeda, which he will show in this tour. He will explain the systems individually and the interrelation between them on site. Animal systems, composting systems, water management systems and energy production systems and more are shown and explained.
Sunday 6am



Black Ant Gourmet is the local catering solution from Kin Kin. They make incredibly tasty and wholesome meals at the Kin Kin General Store, mostly with locally sourced and/or grown produce. The local Mayan Farm supplies much of the meat used for the meals. For CelebrATE, Black Ant Gourmet will be using food produced at Maungaraeeda, home of the Permaculture Research Institute Sunshine Coast Inc. All meals are cooked from scratch, with no preservatives, flavours, colours or other nasties added. We have a choice of Meat and Vegetarian meals, which needs to be specified when booking. Tea, coffee and some cool drinks are also supplied, and morning and afternoon snacks.

Food is served in biodegradable plates and with wooden cutlery, which will be composted on the property.

CelebrATE! Performances


Formidable Vegetable Sound System
“So infectious that the most ardent climate sceptic would have trouble staying still”- Sydney Morning Herald
Western Australia’s Formidable Vegetable Sound System are the world’s most triumphant experiment in ‘ecological electroswing’ busting out energetic, quirky mashups of speakeasy-style antique-beats with live ukulele wonk, hyperactive horns and the principles of permaculture. WAM Song of the Year and Australian Independent Music Video Award winners, the more-or-less-4-piece from Fremantle (via Melbourne), Australia have been touring both hemispheres for the past three years and aren’t about to stop now. From their unexpected debut on the main stage at Eclipse2012 Festival in Australia, Formidable Vegetable Sound System has since chalked up an impressive backlog of shows including Glastonbury Festival (UK), Shambhala Festival (Canada), Symbiosis (USA), BOOM Festival (Portugal) and Woodford Folk Festival (Australia). Realising that music is one of the best tools for bringing about cultural change, globetrotting permaculture troubadour and ukulele-strumming frontman of Formidable Vegetable Sound SystemCharlie Mgee committed himself to composing a repertoire of swingin’ tunes addressing the principles of permaculture in various musical styles ranging from ‘energy-descent electroswing’ and ‘climate-change dubstep’ to ‘peak-oil polka’ and ‘post-apocalypso’, which make for an eccentrically entertaining and unforgettable dancefloor experience when pumped through the ‘rad-ish beet-box’.
Monday 3.30pm-4.20pm

The Unusual Suspects
A 25 piece street band – 8 drummers, 6 saxes, 3 trumpets, a clarinet, a tenor horn, 2 trombones, a sousaphone, an ipod, a xylophone, a cittern and a cumbus. Unusual music in unusual times and in unusual clothes. Balkan, funky dance music for dancing in the streets (or anywhere really).
Their repertoire begins with Balkan Gypsy style pieces exploring dance grooves in varied time signatures. From their traditional Balkan pieces to their high energy originals, the Unusual Suspects are sure to get any crowd moving! Unusual beats, unusual sounds, unusual instruments, unusual looks, unusual people…
Started in 2012 by Linsey Pollak and based in the Sunshine Coast hinterland town of Maleny, this exciting band has very quickly built a strong local following, playing in the street and for Weddings, Parties ….Anything!
Sunday 7.30pm-8.30pm


Mal Webb and Kylie Morrigan
Vocal adventurer, multi-instrumentalist and looping beatboxing songwriter Mal sings his brain provoking songs using all sorts of vocal techniques, guitar, mbira, slide trumpet, trombone, chromatic harmonica and a loop recording pedal called Derek. And Kylie (who’s played with Orchestra Victoria and the likes of Stevie Wonder and Barry White!) provides violin and voice in a perfect balance to Mal’s nutsness. Their arrangements are intricate and playful. Imagine Einstein, Dr Seuss and Paganini making pancakes.
Monday 2.30pm-3.20pm

CelebrATE! Presenters

Accredited Permaculture teacher Tom Kendall

Tom Kendall

Tom 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 PDC and Practical Life Skills training 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 part of Geoff Lawton’s Permaculture Sustainable Consulting team and does regular personal consultations in Australia and overseas. He has extensive experience in tropical, sub tropical and dry land climates and has the ability to read large scale as well as smaller scale landscapes. With his farming background, Tom is a very hands on and practical man and is solution focused. He has extensive travel experience, integrates easily with local cultures and people and enjoys studying landscapes, buildings and the effects of climate on structures, flora and fauna.

In his workshops at CelebrATE he will show his practical approach to Food Forestry and Composting, both being long term projects that have substantially improved the quality of the soil here at Maungaraeeda.

Sunday and Monday


Jason Davies

Jason’s passion is designing Permaculture properties from unit patios and suburban house lots to acreage. He has a solid background in horticulture, running his own landscaping business for many years. After doing his Permaculture Design Certificate at the Permaculture Research Institute Sunshine Coast Inc. he embraced permaculture and now does regular consultations,  designs and maintenance for small and larger properties. His passion is bringing Permaculture to smaller spaces and his background is growing plants from seed. Over the CelebrATE weekend he will share his knowledge on both with you.

Sunday and Monday


Amanda Moore

Amanda has extensive experience looking after chickens as she bred different breeds for several years. She now focuses primarily on providing housing for chickens in the form of domes which will be on display on site.
In the workshop she will discuss and show the following:
– Chickens’ role in a permaculture system (role, benefits, breeds)
– Creating rotational chicken cells, fixed and mobile. What are they for and how do they function?
– Fermenting food for chickens, what is it? How to do it? Benefits to chickens.
– Permaculture plants that provide food for chickens.
– Homegrown protein sources.



Linsey Pollak

Linsey has a reputation for making and playing instruments made from rubber gloves, carrots, watering cans, chairs, brooms, bins, and other found objects. He has worked as a musical instrument maker for over 30 years and has designed a number of new wind instruments as well as specialising in woodwind instruments from Eastern Europe (having studied Macedonian bagpipes in Macedonia). He has specialised in designing and making marimbas and other tuned percussion. His ongoing obsession combines much of this: Making  music more accessible to the Community through musical instrument  making and playing workshops.
Sunday 4pm


Jodie Williams

Jodie is a qualified chef, who has worked in Noosa’s food industry for more than 25 years. Jodie’s love of the country, animals and cooking has led her to Kin Kin. Mayan Farm allows her the opportunity to produce culinary delights – from paddock to plate.

Jodie’s Black Ant Gourmet range of dips and condiments use as many locally grow ingredients as possible. Black Ant Gourmet uses Mayan Farm’s own grown free range beef, duck, chicken and pork in their catering business.  She has given new life to the bones of the original Kin Kin General Store with clever design to keep in with Kin Kin’s country theme and never-less-than-extraordinary food.  It’s a hive of creative expression with all food being free range and no spray as well as organic coffee. Jodie’s catering business Black Ant Gourmet will provide all the food for CelebrATE!

In her workshops, Jodie will demonstrate how to make sauerkraut, chutneys and jams in her workshops. Her products will also be available for sale over the two days.



Zaia Kendall

Zaia grew up in a family of musicians in Holland, and has a background in top sport and web development and design. She co-founded the PRI Luganville and PRI Sunshine Coast Inc with Tom, and runs all the background stuff, like finances, business administration, website design and maintenance, writes articles, records and edits videos and also organises the cooking and the kitchen on site. She has researched and studied nutrition and health for 20+ years, has a certificate in Nutrition and continues to study by research, reading and daily observation. She is a certified member of the International Institute of Complementary Therapists and is a holistic food, health and lifestyle coach. She is an active member of several musical projects and bands, involved in community music and runs occasional percussion workshops. She was the percussion leader for the Woodford Folk Festival People’s Orchestra in 2015 and 2016 and composes as well as plays music. She has been part of the Unusual Suspects (performing Sunday night at CelebrATE!) since its’ inception and has been playing music in odd rhythms for over a decade.

Saturday evening

Go to CelebrATE!

Please fill out the form below to join us at CelebrATE! Due to the nature of the workshops, all participants must be 15 years and over.


The Permaculture Research Institute Sunshine Coast Inc. is looking for dedicated people who want to learn more about Permaculture at a hands on level. You will be trained by Tom and Zaia Kendall on their property Maungaraeeda in Kin Kin, Queensland.


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. Please note that we have animals on the property and you will be required to participate in preparing animals for human consumption.


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 be aware 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.


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 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! This is a challenging position and requires someone with stamina and get up and go!


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