The Mesoamerican Permaculture Institute (Instituto Mesoamericano de Permacultura – IMAP) is a non-profit organization based in Guatemala. It was founded in 2000 by a group of local people concerned by the serious environmental, social and cultural problems affecting the nation. They established an ecological education center to promote permaculture techniques, local biodiversity conservation, production of organic food, and a seed bank that strives to reconstruct the Mayan seed heritage.


IMAP develops the practical skills and awareness needed to ensure food sovereignty, community development and the preservation of biodiversity and ancestral knowledge.


People enjoying good quality of life and well-being as a result of permaculture education and ancestral Mayan knowledge, having reached food sovereignty, and thriving as self-sustaining communities safeguarding their native seeds and their local ecosystems.

We implement our mission and vision through community service, workshops, certified permaculture courses, tours, group trips, school trips and consultancies.

Key Stats.

Year founded


Size of project site

1 hectares

Languages spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

People on site

2 - 10

Dry season

December to June

Wet season

June to November

Living Conditions.


  • tent camping

Omnivore Food

  • communal kitchen access


  • None: Off the grid

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