The Mesoamerican Permaculture Institute

The Mesoamerican Permaculture Institute, San Lucas Toliman: Tickets, Tours, Address, Phone Number, The Mesoamerican Permaculture Institute Reviews: 5/5

The Mesoamerican Permaculture Institute

The Mesoamerican Permaculture Institute
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Patchitulul, San Lucas Toliman 07013 Guatemala
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7 reviews
Very good

Shenzhen, China45 contributions
A true insight into Sustainable Development
Apr 2021 • 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 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 May 4, 2021
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Chris W
54 contributions
Awesome Place
Mar 2016 • 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 April 20, 2016
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San Francisco, CA11 contributions
Inspiring place!
Jan 2016 • 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 April 13, 2016
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Alexis F
Guatemala18 contributions
An oasis of calm, beauty and learning
Jan 2016 • 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 April 7, 2016
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Kalamazoo, MI416 contributions
An amazing place to learn and do
Mar 2015 • 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 March 18, 2015
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Michigan182 contributions
Gardening, history, and a pinterest dream!
Mar 2015 • 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 March 17, 2015
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chantal m
Lake Atitlan, Guatemala2 contributions
Came for a tour and had to come back to volunteer!!!
Jul 2014 • 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 July 21, 2014
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