Permaculture Institute of North America

A professional organization designed to support students and experienced practitioners of permaculture in North America

August 19, 2014

You will find these PINA documents within this site:

• Design for PINA

• APPENDIX to the Design for PINA: Detailed description of all design elements

• Diploma of Permaculture Design: Program description and application forms

• Diploma of Permaculture Education: Program description and application forms

• Field Advisor: Job description and application form

• Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws for PINA

• Standard core curriculum for a 72+ hour Permaculture Design Course

Welcome to PINA!

The Permaculture Institute of North America (PINA) is a non-profit grass roots organization founded by permaculture professionals who have worked in the field for over two decades. PINA is based on the principles of peer review and mutual responsibility, transparent standards, multiple centers of initiative, and recognizing achievements and mastery in the field.

We support preserving the integrity and quality of the Permaculture Design Course and facilitating networking among permaculturists.

Goals of PINA

• To raise and maintain professional standards in permaculture design, teaching, and additional permaculture disciplines.
• To support permaculture education through a certifying process that recognizes achievement and excellence.
• To provide a structure for communication among Permaculture Design Course (PDC) graduates.

Our working Committees:

- Governance Committee

- Finance Committee

- Outreach Committee

- Membership Committee

- Professional Standards Committee

- Educational Program Committee

PINA’s services to its members include:

• Providing staff to respond to inquiries and extend support

• Assisting candidates to move through the diploma process

• Maintaining a roster of PINA-certified PDC graduates

• Maintaining rosters for PINA-recognized advanced course graduates

• Maintaining a registry of PINA diploma holders

• Promoting workshops and courses through a web-based calendar,

including PDCs, advanced courses and continuing education

• Providing instructor biographies to potential students

• Providing a Standard core curriculum for a 72+ hour Permaculture Design Course

• Maintaining a record of curriculum for courses offered by PINA’s instructors

• Recruiting, encouraging, and connecting people to establish regional hub organizations

• Providing information about the regional hubs

• Establishing relationships with organizations extending beyond individual region that offer special educational opportunities to permaculture students

• Screening prospective members, both individuals and organizations

• Providing other general networking services

• Offering surveys and other opportunities for members to voice their preferences and ideas

• Maintaining a website that assists in providing all of these services.

We look forward to evolving this organization together!

PINA'S founding Board of Directors:

Jude Hobbs, Oregon
Wayne Weiseman, Illinois
Sandy Cruz, Colorado
Peter Bane, Indiana
Penny Livingston, California
Darrell Frey, Pennsylvania

Thank you for your continued support,

The PINA Board


PINA Organizational Overview


Overview of PINA's background, organizational structure and implementation plan in permaculture design format.

Detailed description of all design elements for the Design for PINA.

PINA's Bylaws

Overview of membership benefits, structures, and application.

An overview of the Field Advisors' roles & structures.

This outline summarizes essential topics and learning goals for the standard 72-hour Permaculture Design Course.

Overview of PINA's diploma process for senior, experienced and new applicants in all permaculture disciplines.

Applications forms and detailed requirements for candidates working towards the design diploma.

Applications forms and detailed requirements for candidates working towards the teaching diploma.

Overview of how to organize a regional HUB: Cascadia Permaculture Institute.

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