Sowing the seed, helping it grow
The Mesoamerican Permaculture Institute (IMAP) aims to improve the overall wellbeing of the peoples of Mesoamerica. We work to promote food sovereignty, biodiversity protection, agroecological education, and the empowerment of small campesino farmers.
Our team has been made up of and directed by Maya Kaqchiquel permaculturists since its foundation in 2000, and supported by national and international professionals, students, and incredible volunteers!
What are you waiting for? Come visit us! Discover our ancestral seed bank, taste the superfood that is amaranth, and book your own customized educational workshop based on permaculture principles and Maya cosmovision! We are located on the shores of Lake Atitlán in Pachitulul, a small village in San Lucas Tolimán, Guatemala.
What We Do
We preserve the biodiversity of our lands through living seed banks and ancestral seed silage. We aspire for everyone to have the opportunity to cultivate both native and climate-adapted non-native plants in an agroecological way from beginning to end to ensure our collective wellbeing.
We defend our right to produce and consume our own food in a dignified and accessible way. We promote healthy and sustainable food for all based on Mayan agricultural knowledge.
We promote Popular Education through workshops, consultings and our certified permaculture design course. We work to enrich the nutritional, ecological and campesino farmer education of the countryside to preserve the knowledge of our ancestors.
We support the people’s right to land access through community building, alliances, and job opportunities. We seek to support the training of small producers and local collectives.