Mesoamerican Institute of Permaculture

Mesoamerican Institute of Permaculture, San Lucas Toliman: Hours, Address, Mesoamerican Institute of Permaculture Reviews: 5/5

Mesoamerican Institute of Permaculture

Mesoamerican Institute of Permaculture
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8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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The Mesoamerican Permaculture Institute – IMAP – seeks to promote the holistic wellbeing among the peoples of Mesoamerica. We work to promote food sovereignty, protect biodiversity, educate people about agroecological practices, and strengthen small farmers' outputs and connection to the land. What are you waiting for? Come check out our living seed bank, try delicious recipes made from the superfood, amaranth, stay in one of our ecologically built cabins, and sign up for workshops on permaculture and Maya cosmovision. We are located on the shores of the beautiful Lake Atitlán in the town of Pachitulul, located in San Lucas Tolimán, Sololá, Guatemala.
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Lisa R
Guatemala City, Guatemala4 contributions
Friends
Absolutely love visiting IMAP. The folks running the centre are just geniuses of permaculture and the local environment. The lodging is basic but super comfortable. And you truely can't beat the view of the lake. There is so much so learn about permaculture and Lake Atitlán but no doubt this is the place to start!
Written 7 June 2022
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Sarah RB
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Family
IMAP is an excellent education center. Easily accessible from Santiago or Cerro de Oro. Book a workshop or just stop by and see what's up.
Written 5 April 2022
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Rebekah K
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IMAP is an amazing resource with experience working with foreigners and groups but also really contributes to local and grassroots initiatives. They are open to outsider ideas and techniques around agroecology but are really guided by Maya principles and worldview and local needs. They are a great organization to support and visit while you are in the area. If you are planning a group trip or just stopping by to check out their store, make sure they are on your itinerary!
Written 5 April 2022
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Serenity
Shenzhen, China45 contributions
Solo
I was able to get a two day workshop providing a brief introduction to Permaculture and a day trip to Quixaya, an indigenous community.

Its a shame they are not on goabroad.com or other voluntourism sites. IMAP provides such a wealth of information about permaculture and Mayan traditions. Their Seed Bank is a testament to their devotion to the community and retaining their culture.

The directions for getting there are not as complicated as it sounds on their website. There is now a boat that goes from Panajachel to San LucasTolimán. From there take a tuk tuk to IMAP.
Written 4 May 2021
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We are so glad you enjoyed your visit to IMAP and Quixaya. We hope that the workshop gave you lots of ideas for implementing permaculture principles in your everyday life. Thanks so much for the idea about goabroad.com! We definitely want more people to learn about IMAP's work to promote biodiversity, food sovereignty, and local traditions.
Written 5 April 2022
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Chris W
54 contributions
Family
I lead a group of high school students on a service trip to Guatemala City, and had the opportunity to spend a weekend in San Lucas Toliman. I found out about IMAP on trip advisor and decided to take our team there. A volunteer, Reto, agreed to meet with us on Easter Sunday and gave us a 2 hour tour.

The tour began a little shaky, with an awkward PowerPoint presentation, but once Reto began to lead us around the property, things got very interesting. It was a wonderful presentation. Everybody in the group enjoyed the tour and learned quite a bit from it. My wife and I would love to some day come back and split our time between Spanish school and volunteering with IMAP.
Written 20 April 2016
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Angi_SF
San Francisco, CA11 contributions
Couples
This center is in a beautiful setting. If you are lucky to receive a class from one of the more experienced members, that wisdom will remain with you forever. The environment is relaxed and regenerating. As a volunteer, however, expect to work, as it takes hard work to maintain such a diverse and productive ecosystem! As a volunteer, you can eat as much of the organic produce as you want. As I said, there is so much wisdom and depth in permaculture and the way it is practiced and embraced here. It's definitely worth a visit if you can't stay longer!
Written 13 April 2016
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Alexis F
Guatemala18 contributions
Friends
I have visited the IMAP several times and always find the visit rewarding. This is an excellent place to learn and practice permaculture alongside the Mayan cosmovision.

The IMAP also plays an important role in conserving indigenous and local seeds for use in the communities. Other example of knowledge sharing is the organic garden in Hotel Tolimán which provides a diverse range of crops for use in the hotel restaurant. The first gardener was trained in IMAP and the current team still implements permaculture techniques.

The staff are extremely friendly, enthusiastic and always welcoming. Do go visit!
Written 7 April 2016
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JulietheCruiseDir
Kalamazoo, MI417 contributions
Business
I had a chance to work with this wonderful Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) for the second time on this trip, this time with a group of college students on study abroad. With IMAP we were able to tour the primary forest, making instant gardens to explain the Mayan cosmology concepts, visit Goyo's food forest, and re-develop a tiered garden space at IMAP. The leaders of the organization, Rony, Goyo, and Myriam, and one of their long-time volunteers, were incredibly knowledgeable about permaculture, sustainable living, seed banking of indigenous seeds, and food sovereignty. This is a place that will make you think about your choices when you return to the US, without imposing guilt or shame, but just with an aire to awareness and allowing people to choose how to live their lives.
Written 18 March 2015
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kariejeanne
Michigan184 contributions
Business
This is a must see! "Hands on" activities are coupled with eco-friendly lessons of Mayan permaculture in a garden dreamland overlooking Lake Atitlan! Staff are friendly, engaging, and passionate. IMAP truly takes the idea of reuse/recycle to a new level with bi-level gardens made of discarded tires and old bottles. You will leave feeling more connected to the environment/earth AND you will have some solid skills and techniques to use when you build your gardens back home.
Written 17 March 2015
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chantal m
Lake Atitlan, Guatemala2 contributions
Friends
I came to IMAP for an tour around their educational centre. They are a non profit organisation based in Guatemala devoted to empowering communitites using permaculture education and Mayan ancestral knowledge. The tour was incredible at the centre we saw the community seed bank how it ran and the importance of this, bio construction-some houses made from plastic bottle bricks, solar ovens, composting toilets, water storage and community agriculture with the local mayan community, food production and traditional medicinal plants and some of their uses. If you are looking to know more about the mayan culture / Guatemala and have any interest in the environment and agriculture or even just a different way to live your life this is a must!!!! We then were explained some central concepts of Mayan Cosmovision (worldview) and how this can be integrated with permaculture to produce some pretty amazing things! It was all done in a really interesting way. We then had a delicious lunch and headed on our way... and three weeks later I was back to volunteer with them and will stay to do a permaculture design course in December.
Written 21 July 2014
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