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.

Restoring Forests With Fire

With climate catastrophe becoming increasingly visible, permaculture designers and land stewards across the Earth are taking action combating humanity’s neglect of the forests using novel tools and equipment to nurture the land in ways done for millenia by indigenous caretakers.

To support efforts like these, donate to PINA today!

What’s New at PINA

2021-22 Design Contest Winners

Winner of the $5,000 Grand Prize: Khowhemun Community Garden
    Submitted by Jasmine Oberste, Khowhemun Community Garden located on Vancouver Island, BC, offers an integrated Food Forest, playground, sweat lodge, and community center for First Nations Settlement.

Winner Best Community/Social Prize:
     Green Streets Orlando, by Caitlin Fogarty

Winner Best Income or Job Producing Opportunity Prize:
     Bannock in Bloom, by Ben Schaffer

Winner Best Ecological Benefits Prize:
     HempCrete Sauna, by Christina Goodvin

Winner Best Graphics & Presentation AND Best Design from a Recent PDC Graduate AND Special Award to Complete Project:
     Native Edibles, by Donna Pellegrin


The PINA-organized 4 session webinar with Zev Friedman reviews the heritage of mutual aid in the US and internationally and works 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 recorded webinar purchase.  Members $20, non-members $30.


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.


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.

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

North American Leadership Summit

The North American Leadership Summit (NALS) was a co-creative learning process culminating in a unique event that helped define the next steps in our evolution as continental leaders of Turtle Island. We aim to build a great people’s movement that can regenerate climate, land, and communities across the continent.  Recordings of the Summit are available for purchase and include lifetime access.


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.

Interpeter teaches permaculture basics in Kakchiquel an indigenous Mesoamerican language.  This film was created by the Garden of Hope to further the goal of providing permaculture information in underserved languages.

Integrated Water Harvesting Earthworks, Restoring Ecosystems with Permaculture Design

PINA 2018 Design 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.  PINA hired Stories of Regeneration to document the process in this detailed film presentation.  See a full report on the project in the January 2020 PINA Newsletter.

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.

The film presenting a detailed description of the implementation of this keyline pond building project was premiered at the North American Leadership Summit in August, 2020 receiving great acclaim.