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Permaculture Institute USA (PIUSA) is an educational non-profit organization, founded in 1997 by Scott Pittman and Bill Mollison. PIUSA is a conglomerate of renowned permaculture institutes, projects, organizations, instructors and practitioners, all independent and autonomous, who contribute to the mission of upholding standards of education and professional practice of permaculture in the US. PIUSA also offers educational programs in several fields of permaculture, nationally and worldwide.
more – See more at: https://permaculture.org/nm/index.php/site/professional_practise_pages#sthash.0NizWfcf.dpufPermaculture Institute USA (PIUSA) is an educational non-profit organization, founded in 1997 by Scott Pittman and Bill Mollison. Permaculture Institute is a conglomerate of renowned permaculture institutes, projects, organizations, instructors and practitioners, all independent and autonomous, who contribute to the mission of upholding standards of education and professional practice of permaculture in the US.Permaculture Institute offers educational programs in several fields of permaculture, nationally and worldwide.

Jungle PermacultureWhat is Permaculture?

Permaculture is a design discipline based on a set of ethics and the foundational principles of the natural world.  Permaculturists apply what they learn from nature and traditional land based cultures to the human environment, developing ways to ecologically produce food, create shelter, store water, design economic and governance systems, and meet human needs via informed ecological design.  The aim is to develop human communities that improve the environment of life so that all may flourish.  With decades of development and growth, Permaculture offers a leading environmental and social transformation methodology and movement.

Bill Mollison and David Holmgren coined the term Permaculture Design in 1978 as a contraction between the words permanent and agriculture, later expanded to mean permanent culture.

Permaculture Ethics

To care for the Earth; to repair and conserve,

To seek peace, and to guard human rights everywhere, and

To invest all capital, intelligence, goodwill, and labor to these ends.

(Bill Mollison, Permaculture Designers’ Manual)

Permaculture Institute

Permaculture Institute Inc. is a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion of Permaculture by offering Permaculture Design Courses, Teacher Training Retreats, and the Diploma of Permaculture Design. Founded in 1997 by Scott Pittman and Bill Mollison, the Institute’s work focuses on education, demonstration, and training the next environmental and social change makers while upholding the highest standards in permaculture.

History of Permaculture Institute

Permaculture Institute developed from one of the first permaculture institutes formed, Permaculture Drylands Institute. It was founded in 1987 with a focus on Drylands around the world.

Then Mayor of Santa Fe, New Mexico, designated a week to celebrate the environment and Bill Mollison was invited as keynote speaker at the behest of the Permaculture Drylands Institute (PDI). The event was a resounding success and PDI grew from that seminal event. This was Mollison’s second visit to the Santa Fe area, the first being in 1984.

Scott Pittman attended a seminar offered by Bill Mollison on Bill’s first visit and almost immediately purchased airline tickets and obtained a visa for Kathmandu, Nepal. Mollison stated that he was giving two final Permaculture Design Certificate courses, one in Kathmandu and one in Bombay, Scott chose Nepal.

This led to a long time relationship with Bill Mollison which included traveling throughout the Former Soviet Union, Australia, South East Asia, Brazil, Ecuador, and throughout the United States.

By 1996 Permaculture had grown exponentially worldwide and the Permaculture Institute of Australia was no longer able to keep up with demand for information and courses. Bill and Scott got together and decided to start another Permaculture Institute in Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA. This Institute was envisioned to lighten the load on Bill’s Australian institute by taking on the Western Hemisphere. Permaculture Institute was founded in 1997 using the same legal structure as the old PDI.  Bill Mollison, Francis Huxley, and Scott Pittman were the founding board.