PINA is a professional association of regional hubs working across North America and Hawaii to:
- Promote permaculture pathways to professional development
- Grant diplomas
- Preserve the integrity and quality of the Permaculture Design Course
- Facilitate networking among permaculturists
Maintain professional standards in permaculture design, teaching, and practice.
Learn about the Permaculture Design Course (PDC)
Support permaculture education through a certification process that recognizes achievement and excellence.
Learn about diplomas
Provide a structure for communication among Permaculture Design Course (PDC) graduates.
Board of Directors
Jude Hobbs, President; Pacific Northwest
Peter Bane, Secretary; Great Lakes and Ohio Valley
Darrell Frey; Mid-Atlantic
Penny Livingston-Stark; Northern California
Wesley Roe; Southern California
Bob Randall; Texas
Koreen Brenna, Florida
PINA is an association of collaborative regional organizations. Representatives of 8-13 of these organization will eventually serve on the PINA Board of Directors.
In the early 1980’s, Bill Mollison asked several people to create an organization in order to foster permaculture in North America. They created PINA version 1.0, hosted an International Convergence in 1986 and launched the Permaculture Activist magazine (which is still going strong), but then disbanded for lack of funds and focus. In 2009, several long-time permaculture practitioners began working on a new organization, and in 2014 they launched the revitalized PINA as a network of largely autonomous regional membership organizations spanning the continent.
PINA has awarded a professional diploma to people who have demonstrated excellence in the field of permaculture. We highly recommend the services of our diplomates.
PINA is pleased to acknowledge the generous support of the NatureWise corporation of Ashland, Oregon, which in cooperation with our fiscal sponsor, the Association for Regenerative Culture, has made possible the expansion of our diploma, certification, and membership programs during 2016 and 2017. We encourage individuals and organizations who would like to strengthen the capacities of the permaculture community to contact our office. Contributions and bequests can be tax-deductible and may help to meet your goals as well as ours.