Permaculture Institute of North America (PINA)

logo_hdr_PINA2ARC works closely with the Permaculture Institute of North America (PINA), for whom we serve as the fiscal sponsor.

PINA is a professional association of regional hubs working across North America and Hawaiʻi to:

  • Elevate the status and impact of Permaculture by influencing public policy and private development to improve the quality of life for all
  • Bring permaculture solutions to bear on the challenges of social justice, land regeneration, and climate cooling
  • Promote permaculture pathways to professional development
  • Grant diplomas
  • Preserve the integrity and quality of the Permaculture Design Course
  • Facilitate networking among permaculturists



Maintain professional standards in permaculture design, teaching, and practice.


Support permaculture education through a certification process that recognizes achievement and excellence.


Provide a structure for communication among Permaculture Design Course (PDC) graduates.


Promote permaculture responses to social and ecological challenges

Policy Change

Support efforts to reshape public policy

Regional Hubs

PINA is an association of collaborative regional organizations. Representatives of 8-13 of these organizations will eventually serve on the PINA Board of Directors.


In the early 1980’s, Bill Mollison asked several people to create an organization in order to foster permaculture in North America. They created PINA version 1.0, hosted an International Convergence in 1986 and launched the Permaculture Activist magazine (which, as Permaculture Design, is still going strong), but then disbanded for lack of staff and volunteers. In 2009, several long-time permaculture practitioners began working on a new organization, and in 2014 they launched the revitalized PINA as a network of largely autonomous regional membership organizations spanning the continent.

PINA Diplomates

PINA has awarded a professional diploma to people who have demonstrated excellence in the field of permaculture. We highly recommend the services of our diplomates.

More Information

PINA is pleased to acknowledge the generous support of the NatureWise corporation of Ashland, Oregon, which in cooperation with our fiscal sponsor, the Association for Regenerative Culture, has made possible the expansion of our diploma, certification, and membership programs during 2016 and 2017. We encourage individuals and organizations who would like to strengthen the capacities of the permaculture community to contact our office. Contributions and bequests can be tax-deductible and may help to meet your goals as well as ours.

PINA 2014  Organizational Structure Design