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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…

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)…

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…

Permaculture: More than Planting, Eating and Managing Waste

Permaculturists sometimes forget, or don't realize, that practicing permacuture is more than creating food forests, rehabilitating land, planting trees, managing resources and using ducks to eat pests on Swiss chard . Anyone with a shovel, a…

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…