Permaculture Institute of North America

PINA supports professional development for PDC graduates through continuing education, mentorship, diploma recognition, and employment. We identify, fund, and staff critically important projects in land, community, and climate regeneration.

2019 PINA Permaculture Design Contest Open Now

This year’s contest offers prizes in two areas. Open to all PINA members, the submission due date is December 1, 2019.

Community Development – $3,500 PRIZE!
Design for a small-scale urgan or rural permaculture system establishing community woodlands, edible perennial landscapes or supporting infrastructure for these.

Media & Communications – $1,500 PRIZE!
Design for permaculture promotional media that highlights a particular system or element of permaculture design; a short and infections piece of 2 minutes or less with a powerful message.

Forty-two amazing permaculture designs were submitted for the PINA Design Contest. A selection of the designs have been posted and archived for all to see.  SEE THE DESIGNS.

Contest winner Tao Orion’s Integrated Water-Harvesting Earthworks provide access, water harvesting potential and fire resilience by developing a pond using Keyline design principles.  Construction began in June and is now complete.  An Open Pond tour takes place Sunday October 20 showing the completed pond, reviewing the usefulness of earthworks and water harvesting systems in the Pacific NW, and going over the design and construction process.

Mutual Aid as an Organizing Strategy for PINA Hubs and other Cooperative Economies

PINA is offering a 4 session webinar with Zev Friedman  In which we review the heritage of mutual aid in the US and internationally, then work through an emerging pattern language to see how it applies to a wide range of projects that can generate economic self-governance. A particular juicy area for exploration is how regional mutual aid initiatives might form the basis for PINA hubs. This webinar provides Continuing Education Credit for PINA diplomates. More information and registration.

For those registering after the start of the Webinar, we are providing recordings of the sessions for you to view/listen to on your own time.  We are happy to have you join us.  One session left–register now, listen to the first 3 sessions and join us at the end with your questions.

Sept. 19, Sept. 26, Oct. 3, Oct. 24 (90 minute sessions), 8 pm Eastern Time, 5 pm Pacific Time, $20-45


Our members are graduates of the Design Course who seek to advance the standing of permaculture in North American societies. Through PINA, they enjoy access to training, mentorship, work exchange, and professional networking.


Through a program of self-directed action learning, mentorship, and peer review, the PINA diploma recognizes post-PDC accomplishment and excellence in a growing number of specializations. Diplomas are affordable, flexible, compatible with working careers, and available for individuals at all levels of experience.


The NatureWise 2018 Design Contest is the first in a series of competitions open to PINA members, that elicit creative solutions to social and ecological problems, and which reward both holistic thinking and skillful means. We are displaying the best work from this year’s 42 entries through a weekly blog.


PINA diplomates renew their professional qualifications by obtaining credit for continuing education at least every three years. PINA sponsors convergences, webinars, and short courses that fulfill this requirement. Advanced or specialty courses in permaculture disciplines may also qualify. PINA sponsored events that qualify for CCE in 2019-2020 include the Global Earth Repair Conference; Integrated Water Harvesting, a 2 part hands-on workshop at Aprovecho Institute in Oregon in June and Fall 2019 for implementing the winner contest design; a 4-session fall 2019 webinar on Mutual Aid with Zev Friedman, and a Spring 2020 Urban Permaculture Convergence in New York.


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The Permaculture Institute of North America (PINA) supports students and experienced practitioners of permaculture in North America and Hawaiʻi.

May 3-5, 2019.   PINA co-sponsored this comprehensive summit on the challenges facing permaculture activists and allies over the next decade. Important discussion and networking addressed context, strategies for mobilizing work, design thinking, and techniques. Many videos were made of conference workshops and are being uploaded to the GERC youtube channel where you can view them for free.

Large or small, your donation supports the work of PINA and helps advance the quality of the permaculture movement.