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.
North American Leadership Summit
August 20-23, 2020
PINA’s first North American Leadership Summit (NALS), concluded August 23rd, was a roaring success. It brought participants up to date on major projects, added new members to the organization, and connected activists from across the continent. Attendees engaged in briefings, workshops, and interactive sessions on topics such as broadscale water harvesting, regenerative agriculture, mutual aid, deep community adaptation, PINA’s Million Tree Challenge, and how to develop permaculture careers.
Congratulations to Jocotenango Garden of Hope for winning the Community Development award!
Congratulations also to Delvin Solkinson and Salina Duncan, who will divide the Media & Communications prizes to make a variety of short films!
Thanks to all who submitted design projects and to all who voted to help PINA make this momentous choice. Check out the winning designs as well as the top finalists here.
If these designs have inspired in you a desire for more muddy boots and shovels on the ground putting permaculture into practice, consider donating to PINA’s Fund for Regeneration.
Watch the 5th video made with a grant from the PINA Design Contest in Media & Communications.
Forty-two amazing permaculture designs were submitted for the 2018 PINA Design Contest. A selection of the designs have been posted and archived for all to see. 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. See a full report on the project in the January 2020 PINA Newsletter.
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.
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.
FUND FOR REGENERATION
Permaculture has answers for the urgent problems facing humanity. Help us mobilize talent and apply it for maximum leverage by donating to build resilient communities, vibrant landscapes, and a cooler planet.
The Permaculture Institute of North America (PINA) supports students and experienced practitioners of permaculture in North America and Hawaiʻi.