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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…

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…

They say you want a revolution…

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It’s official! We’ve launched our Seed Revolution Campaign on Indiegogo.com. There’s a video. There are photos. There are words. Some of them may wind their way into your mind, and some of them may even switch on the lightbulb. Ah, you…

Volunteers promote Permaculture Course around Lake Atitlán

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After spending the weekend in Totonicapán for their annual fería, Lia and I made our way back to the Lake Atitlan area. Before going back to IMAP though, we made a day trip around the lake in order to talk to people about our upcoming Permaculture…

The Garbage Warrior (El Guerrero de la Basura) – Subtitled in Spanish

This is the story of the alternative architect Michael Reynolds and his construction team. Together they build the so-called "Earthships", sustainable houses built with garbage and local ecological materials. The story begins with the big…

A Farm for the Future (full documentary with Spanish subtitles)

Wildlife film maker Rebecca Hosking investigates how to transform her family's farm in Devon into a low energy farm for the future, and discovers that nature holds the key. With her father close to retirement, Rebecca returns to her family's…

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…