Great Rivers and Lakes Permaculture Institute (GRLPI) is dedicated to promoting permaculture education, research, and mutual aid throughout six states that span many of North America’s great rivers and Great Lakes: Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, and Wisconsin.


     We envision engaged and connected citizens creating a resilient bioregion by drawing the wisdom of the elders and of Nature together with practical skills and resources to heal our disturbed ecosystems and rebalance human impacts and needs within the rich and diverse landscape that 50 million of us call home.


     We mobilize permaculture graduates in the region to organize for mutual aid and collective action. We translate and represent permaculture across professions, disciplines, and governmental bodies. We conduct, disseminate, and apply research into appropriate technologies and regenerative cultural systems, promote education and best practices, and offer resources for permaculture design and professional development for graduates and practitioners.

     GRLPI acts as a regional hub  for the Permaculture Institute of North America (PINA).

Learn more about our board members.


PINA Bioregional Hubs (as initially projected)


  • British Columbia
  • Arctic: Nunavut, Northwest Territory, Yukon
  • Canadian Prairies: Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta
  • Ontario
  • Quebec
  • Atlantic Canada: Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador (Maritimes on map)


  • Pacific Northwest: AK, WA, OR
  • Northern California
  • Southern California
  • Rocky Mountains: Colorado Permaculture Guild, WY, MT, ID
  • Desert Southwest: NM, AZ, UT, NV
  • Prairies: ND, SD, NE, MN, IA
  • Great Lakes & Rivers Permaculture Institute: WI, IL, IN, MI, OH, KY
  • South Central: MO, AR, KS, OK, TX, LA
  • Southeast & Gulf: NC, SC, GA, FL, AL, TN, MS
  • Mid-Atlantic: PA, NJ, DE, MD, DC, VA, WV
  • Permaculture Association of the Northeast: NY, New England states
  • Hawaii

Mexico, Central America, and the
Caribbean regions TBD.

Some of our friends / allies / members in the regions.
Get in touch with us regarding membership to help grow / strengthen your social & ecological impact.

The Colorado Permaculture Guild brings together local Permaculture groups and individuals to provide education, networking, practical resources, enthusiasm and fun with the goal of growing awareness and use of Permaculture principles and ethics throughout our community.

Increasing the resilience of the Northeast region by strengthening the regional permaculture network & increasing access to relevant education & resources.

The Denver Permaculture Guild is a community organized, membership-based nonprofit with the aim of building healthy, resilient, regenerative, and inclusive Denver area communities.

To foster community and regional development through research, consultation and educational programs that encourage the adoption of technologies and practices which are deemed to be socially, economically and environmentally sustainable.

The Kootenay Permaculture Institute was started in 1991 with the vision to develop more research and education in Permaculture and ecological living in British Columbia and across Canada. The Institute is designing and implementing Permaculture principles and techniques on a ten acre farm in the Slocan Valley situated in the West Kootenay in British Columbia, Canada since 1993.

The Montreal Permaculture Guild is a community of Montrealers dedicated to living more sustainable and healthy lives. Inspired by Permaculture, we are a hub for the sharing of knowledge, skills and resources.

We empower each other to learn and grow and become more self-reliant. We garner resources for our members and create relationships between like-minded people and organizations

The Mission of New Roots is to support healthy, local, sustainable food access through education, outreach, and partnership.

Our Vision is to cultivate a community where every individual in the Eagle River Valley has access to local, nourishing, and sustainable food resources.

OHBA is a community focused organization dedicated to educating all individuals, gardeners, homeowners, landscapers, schools and truth seekers on the real world application and benefits of organics.
Houston, Texas

The School of Permaculture Design at PRC offers one of the world’s most unique and comprehensive programs in Permaculture Design and Resilient Ecosystems. 
Victoria, British Columbia

We inspire and educate those seeking practical solutions, deep nature connection and personal transformation to build a more sustainable world for generations to come. California

You dream of a sustainable, more resilient world.
Hone your skills and live your passions with others in your community to create that world right here in Bloomington, Indiana.

The Arthur Morgan Institute for Community Solutions in Yellow Springs, OH, seeks to educate people around the world about ways to make their communities more resilient, vital, and capable of with- standing dramatic shifts due to climate and economic dis-ruptions.

Agraria is a center for research and education about regen- erative land use that supports the expansion of our regional food system and serves as a platform for building community resilience. Agraria is a project of the Arthur Morgan Institute for Community Solutions.

Your regional group or PINA Hub here.
Contact PINA or GRLPI