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Mesoamerican Permaculture Institute (IMAP) © 2000-2022
We provide an introduction to the benefits of aquaculture and the diversification of the environment through ponds, wetlands and hydrological systems with real examples. We examine useful plants and animals as well as water retention systems.
We address basic aspects to take into account before starting any construction, which organic and recycled materials can be used, different natural construction techniques with stone, mud, bamboo, sand, lime, among others. We also analyze some elements of Mayan architecture and their applications in the construction of efficient structures.
What is the Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC)?
The Permaculture Design Certificate course, often called PDC, was developed by Bill Mollison as a tool for teaching the principles and fundamentals of agroecological design for the benefit of the planet and society. The PDC is an immersion in regenerative ethics of work and life to impact our reality.
To be internationally recognized, the lead instructor must be certified, must offer a minimum of 72 hours of theory and practice, and must include a design project. The PDC must convey basic knowledge and skills to create systems that are ecologically sound, economically viable and self-sustainable.
The content of all PDC courses offered worldwide is standardized to ensure that the integrity of the certification process is respected. Upon completion of their design project, course participants receive the Certificate in Permaculture Design.
The curriculum is based on the program established at the International Permaculture Institute (Australia) with international recognition and a minimum of 80 hours of teaching and learning.
Aimed at anyone who is looking for Food Sovereignty and a sustainable way to design and work their environment with local resources and in harmony with Nature.
When does the PDC take place?
Check our upcoming dates on our registration form.
Why choose IMAP’s PDC with a Mesoamerican approach?
Mesoamerica is a region rich in biodiversity, culture, techniques and agricultural practices developed by grandfathers and grandmothers. Over the years, they have managed to create self-sustainable systems that demonstrate their efficiency… And now it’s your turn to learn! Our course will encourage you to discover and create local permaculture projects that integrate ancestral knowledge of good living. Together we can create a permaculture network that values and enhances local wisdom as a source of knowledge necessary for the reconstruction of regenerative agriculture and sustainable cultures throughout Mesoamerica!
Taking the PDC at IMAP is a learning experience that distinguishes itself from other opportunities primarily by having:
- Local Mayan instructors with decades of experience working with their neighbors and the region’s farming community
- A focus on the knowledge of the Mayan Cosmovision, the critical analysis of the historical reality of Mesoamerica, and the creation of a sustainable solidarity economy.
- Practices and tours in different climates and microclimates of Mesoamerican ecosystems.
What topics will be covered during the PDC?
Through a participatory methodology, the course integrates ancestral knowledge of native peoples and covers a diversity of topics, a range of practical permacultural examples and self-sustainable experiences. Topics include:
- Introduction to permaculture: history, ethics, characteristics and principles.
- Mayan culture and biodiversity.
- Reading and understanding the landscape.
- Natural Principles and Design Systems.
- Natural and Cultivated Ecosystems.
- Development of Productive Ecosystems with Permaculture.
- Social Permaculture and Community Self-Sufficiency.
- Drawing Techniques and Final Practical Design Project.
- Demonstration of Bioconstruction.
The course offers 13 intensive days of teaching and learning, and will present the topics in a practical and experiential way exploring permaculture theory. The course is geared to different ways of learning and presented through lectures, practicals, group work, documentation and field tours. The day starts at 9:30 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m., although there will often be activities and socializing during the evening.
Who teaches and certifies this PDC?
IMAP technicians are certified and the facilitating team has been trained by Ronaldo Lec Ajcot, founder of IMAP and graduate student of Bill Mollison’s International Institute, with years of experience from the Mesoamerican Institute of Permaculture (IMAP). Our special guests have worked for years in the context of regenerative agriculture and biodiversity conservation in our region.
The Mesoamerican Institute of Permaculture (IMAP) meets all the requirements for accredited certification and is the leading certification body in Mesoamerica. Since its founding in 2000, IMAP has promoted permaculture techniques, natural building, organic food production and native seed exchange nationally and internationally. IMAP has taught hundreds of workshops and courses in the areas of sustainable agriculture, native seed production, ancestral knowledge and permaculture systems. The institute has also implemented sustainable systems that enable a number of communities to produce their own food, better manage their access to water and maintain soil fertility.
Who can take the PDC?
The course is simultaneously aimed at agricultural technicians and promoters as well as anyone who is looking for Food Sovereignty and a sustainable way of designing and working their environment with local resources and in harmony with Nature. It has been designed in such a way to accommodate different experiences and fields of work. The only prerequisite for this course is to be motivated and want to be part of the change.
Where does the PDC take place?
The course takes place mainly in the community of San Lucas Tolimán, on the shores of the spectacular Lake Atitlán, in Guatemala. But several additional activities and practices will take place in different communities and areas of the watershed. Participants will have a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in Mayan culture and work with local people. The lush natural beauty of the landscape will accompany you throughout your learning experience.
Whether or not you are visiting this region for the first time, you will have time on weekends to explore the many ecotourism and sustainable activities around the lake offered by each of its villages, which have their own history, culture, landscapes, and community initiatives.
What is the minimum donation required?
To participate in the PDC, a fee of Q6,500.00 is requested. This cost includes facilitation, materials, lodging, food, internal transportation, donations to the farmers and experimental plots that we visit, and of course an internationally recognized certificate, which endorses the use of the term “permaculture” in all your projects and ventures.
A deposit of Q2,500 is required to secure your registration. Payments can be made by sending a bank transfer* to the IMAP account (write to us to receive this information) or by paying the rest when you arrive.
*In case of making an international transfer, check with your bank to find out if they charge an additional fee.
How do I register?
You must complete and submit this form no later than three days before the course begins.
Our team will be happy to answer any questions you may have. Please write to Sabina Sosof, Education Program Manager, at [email protected].
Phone: (+502) 45 49 05 78