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Permaculture Institute of North America

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



April 11, 2014


Welcome to PINA!

The Permaculture Institute of North America (PINA)is a grass roots organization founded by permaculture professionals who have worked in the field for over two decades, and who support maintaining the ethics and integrity of permaculture principles.

Permaculture Design is growing and developing in North America. As more design courses are being organized and more practitioners are getting their design certificates from a wider range of courses, we, the board of PINA, are witnessing a lot of confusion around what the global standard is for a high quality Permaculture Design Certification Course.

PINA is being developed to help create and maintain quality standards for professional development in the field of permaculture. We would like to do this with the help and involvement of the experienced permaculture professionals in the USA, Canada and Mexico to maintain the integrity and elevate the credibility of the permaculture design field.

The ultimate goal of PINA is to have a “go-to” organization to help support regional permaculture organizations which we are calling “Hubs”.

PINA is available to offer support for the following:

- People who are interested in working professionally in the permaculture field can go to the PINA website to find reputable teachers, mentors, designers and other professionals who have demonstrated their competency and have a proven track record. This will give opportunities for people to increase their skills and be part of a professional association of other practitioners who also have demonstrated their capacity to produce quality work.

- Create networking forums for design jobs and teaching positions. As an example, if someone wants to organize a PDC they can refer to the PINA website for teacher references and receive backing from the PINA community. The same will apply for designers.

- As capacity increases and there is interest, PINA could become a place to help obtain grants for organizational development for the regional hubs.

We wanted to thank everyone who offered PINA document feedback! There were 44 people who answered the online Survey and we continue to receive feedback from individuals. The recommendations are constructive and are being considered with some woven into the next layer of our planning/design.



Below is a list of what we are in process of:

• determining our internal structure and group process …. how we respond and move forward regarding protocols and decision making.

• re-assessing the Implementation Plan: Stay tuned

• developing working Committees: Further explanation within the PINA Design Document

- Program Operations Committee
- Outreach Committee
- Professional Standards Committee
- Governance Committee
- Finance Committee


Some current decisions:

• Quality online courses will be acknowledged.

• Non-PINA” certificates and past certificates will be honored for a PINA diploma unless it is from a known sub-standard course.

• Supportive of the North American Permaculture Convergence

We look forward to evolving this organization together!


Thank you for your support,

PINA'S founding Board of Directors:

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


Organizational Overview:


A. The Vision for PINA
A professional organization designed to support students and experienced practitioners of permaculture in North America

B. Organizational Summary
Permaculture is widely recognized as the most adaptive and durable framework for transforming culture and agriculture in the post-industrial world. To strengthen and support this critical effort, the Permaculture Institute of North America (PINA) has established a professional organization, based on principles of peer review and mutual responsibility, transparent standards, and multiple centers of initiative, for recognizing achievement and mastery in the field. PINA is a professional association of regional HUBs working across North America and Hawaii to grant diplomas, maintain the integrity and quality of the Permaculture Design Course (PDC), promote PDCs, and facilitate networking among permaculturists.

C. 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.



Thank you for your continued support,

The PINA Board

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PINA Organizational Overview

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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.

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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