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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…

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…

More School Gardens at Pavarotti School!

This week we continued our work in helping local community schools from around Lake Atitlan to create permaculture school gardens, a project which started last year and that will continue for the rest of the school year. Last week we met with…

School Gardens at Patchitulul Primary School

On April 12th we visited the school in Pachitulul to continue the School Permaculture Gardens Project that was started last year by IMAP.  We walked through the school with the teacher to see how the permaculture gardens were doing and to know…

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)…

Organizations Push for Global Ban on Genetically Modified Trees

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Five organizations released a letter in early October 2012 to the executive secretary of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity demanding a global ban on genetically modified (GM) trees. World Rainforest Movement, Global Justice Ecology…

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…

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…

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…