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About the Seed Bank

About the Seed Bank At IMAP, we believe that the shift toward a more nutritious, holistic food system begins with the very stuff of life: its seeds. We view seed savers as guardians of biodiversity, and recognize their potential for improving  food sovereignty. We promote biodiversity and food sovereignty by selling, donating and trading seeds through our […]

Why native seeds?

The Problem Biotechnology is spreading like wildfire across the globe. While biotech companies claim that genetically modified organisms (GMOs) can feed not only the West, but indeed the entire world, the reality in countries such as Guatemala paints an altogether different picture.      ∴    Pesticides proven unsafe in the US are shipped to […]

Trip Options

Pre-Designed Itineraries   Customise Your Trip Customise your itinerary by choosing among activities in the following themes: Native bees Mayan worldview Community resilience Intro to Permaculture Tour of San Lucas Toliman Hike in a primary forest Download our Customisation Options PDF document for more details on the activities you can add to your itinerary.

What’s Included

Our Group Trips typically last 7 days / 6 nights, but the length of stay is negotiable. We will work with you to build an itinerary the meets your needs. The total price will depend on the length of stay and activities selected, and includes: Accommodations Accommodations for 7 nights, either in a comfortable shared house […]

About IMAP

ABOUT US The Mesoamerican Permaculture Institute (Instituto Mesoamericano de Permacultura – IMAP) is a non-profit organization based in Guatemala. It was founded in 2000 by a group of local people concerned by the serious environmental, social and cultural problems affecting the nation. They established an ecological education center to promote permaculture techniques, local biodiversity conservation, production of organic […]

Build School Gardens

BUILD SCHOOL GARDENS: WHY IT’S IMPORTANT According to UNICEF data from 2007, Guatemala has the highest percentage of chronically malnourished girls and boys in Latin America, and the fourth highest in the world. Through this trip, you will create a beautiful space in a school which will contribute to feeding school children while imparting important techniques […]

Build Home Gardens

BUILD HOME GARDENS: WHY IT’S IMPORTANT Chukumuk is one of the most vulnerable communities in Guatemala. Its entire population is comprised of men, women and children who were relocated from Panabaj after their village was destroyed during hurricane Stan in 2005. Despite huge investment from the Spanish government on schools, roads and housing, the community […]

Plant Fruit Trees

PLANT FRUIT TREES: WHY IT’S IMPORTANT In recent years the coffee crisis caused by the roya disease has jeopardised the livelihoods of the men and women who depend on coffee for income generation. In addition, unlike “sun” coffee grown throughout the world, a sizable percentage of Guatemalan coffee needs shade to grow properly. By planting […]

Permaculture Design Course

Want to learn how to live sustainably? There’s a growing recognition that we need to reduce our impact and become agents of change. Yet… How, exactly, do we do that? Permaculture gives us the tools we need to live more harmoniously with our environment. It guides us to mimic the patterns and relationships we find in nature […]