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Welcome to the Mesoamerican Institute of Permaculture (IMAP)!

We are a not-for-profit community organization focused on the development of self-sufficient communities through the responsible management of natural resources using a combination of permaculture techniques and ancestral and traditional knowledge. We…

September workshops and courses

September will be a busy month at IMAP! Here's what's coming up. On September 9 and 10th we will be offering a workshop on Fermentation and Food Processing using native plants: From September 23  to 27, we will be offering an Introduction…

A visit from French-Canadians

IMAP welcomes visitors from all over the world. Recently, Cécile and Henri-Paul from Canada's Réseau entraide solidarité monde visited IMAP. They were kind enough to write about their experience, and I thought I'd post it here for all the…

Intro to Permaculture course – June 24 – 26, 2013

The Introduction to Permaculture course is a great way to find out more about permaculture in Central America. This "taster" will provide an opportunity to get your hands dirty, learn some permaculture basics, and get inspired. The Instituto…

Introduction to Permaculture course – May 2013

The Introduction to Permaculture course is a great way to find out more about permaculture in Central America. This "taster" will provide an opportunity to get your hands dirty, learn some permaculture basics and get inspired. The Instituto…

Introduction to Permaculture Course in April 2013

The Introduction to Permaculture course is a great way to find out more about permaculture. This "taster" will provide an opportunity to get your hands dirty, learn some basics and get inspired. The Instituto Mesoamericano de Permacultura (IMAP)…

Fair Trade and Food Sovereignty

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Today, talk about fair trade involves integrating the perspective of food sovereignty. Both concepts are closely linked and the first is not possible without assuming the premises of the second. When we refer to fair trade, we consider a series…

In Grave Danger of Falling Food (Documentary by Bill Mollison)

This documentary presents the problems surrounding food production and modern agricultural systems in a clear, unequivocal way. If we don't change the manner in which we produce our food and to reduce agriculture's harmful effects on mother…

Seeds of Freedom

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Seeds of Freedom tells the story of the seed, beginning with its role at the heart of diverse traditional agricultural systems. It then goes on to tell of the seed's appropriation by large companies who are exploiting it as a powerful primary…

Permaculture Design Certificate Course – December 2012

We are pleased to announce our next Permaculture Design Certified Course, which will take place from December 3 to December 15, 2012. This course is the result of the fruitful collaboration between IMAP and Atitlan Organics, and the course…