Mushroom Cultivation School and Education Center in Central America

Fungi Academy is a mushroom cultivation school and a creative, educational co-living space, nestled in the hills above the mystical Lake Atitlán, Guatemala.

Why Fungi?

We believe Fungi and Mushrooms play a fundamental role in healing ourselves, the global community and our planet Earth as a whole. For us, Fungi is an “elder species” that is helping humanity to become more mature, responsible and conscious.

That’s why we created Fungi Academy, an alliance between humans and fungi, that inspires us to live in balance with each other and our environment.

Learn more about the importance of fungi.

Mushroom Training Centre Notes

Open Source Mushroom Cultivation

Here in Guatemala, we established a symbiosis between a mushroom school and an intentional community, where (amateur) mycologist, permaculturist, travellers from all around the world and local/indigenous people can peacefully live and learn together.

Our Mission

We work to make mushroom education accessible and easy. Be it for food, medicine, ecological restoration, permaculture design, or consciousness exploration.

We are doing this by holding immersive 6-day Mushroom Cultivation Courses starting every first Sunday of the month and weekly 1-day workshops in applied mycology. As a result, we have taught hundreds of locals and travelers from around the world how to grow their own mushrooms.

Meet The Team

We are an international collective of passionate earthlings, working together to bring the magic of fungal wisdom to the world. 

Since the beginning of 2016 we have been teaching practical skills of mushroom cultivation for food, medicine and mycoremediation of damaged ecosystems. 

 We are seeking to spread environmental consciousness, showing people how they can be a positive force for global change, while doing what they love.

Oliver Merivee


For Oliver Fungi Academy is truly a labor of love. His professional background is in marketing, but has been a self-taught grower of mushrooms for the past 7 years around the world, from his home in Estonia to Australia, Guatemala, and the States. His interest in mushrooms began, like many young cultivators, with psilocybin mushrooms. Since then, his passion has expanded to include all kind of fungi and has developed into a full-blown mycophile.

Anna Savitri Mironova


Anna is an author and facilitator of transformational retreats and journeys since 2001.A master and teacher of Qi-gong, Taichi and Reiki. She has integrated wisdom from different schools of yoga, massage, breathwork, sacred plant medicine, dance, singing into her teaching as a pleasant and effective way of uplifting vibrations, centering and reconnection with your Self. Anna saved her life and completely healed from Asthma grace of Naturopathy cultivated in her family.

Jasper Degenaars


After leaving his corporate sales job over 4 years ago Jasper decided to travel the world in search for his true passions. While traveling through South-East Asia and Australia he found his passions in cooking and serving medicinal foods to others. Since settling down on the lake this nomadic mycophile has been diving deep in the world of medicinal and gourmet mushroom cultivation.


Stanislav Mitrokhov


After several years of living in Moscow and working in Logistics and supply chain management Stanislav turned to learn about ways of environmental remediation. For the past two years, he has been traveling through North, Central and South Americas visiting various projects and learning about sustainable agriculture, soil remediation, communal living and plant medicine. His prime focus has been holding space, maintenance of the communal needs and organizing events.


Dijahn Fenner


Raised in the ways of the modern day multi-potentialite, Dijahn‘s yearning to explore the myriad of tools, techniques and mentalities that allow for humans and nature to live harmoniously guided him on a path through a multitude of intentional communities in search for how the disciplines of permaculture, natural building and communal cohesion could synthesize such a deep connection with life. Irrevocably, the realm of fungi has surfaced as possibly the most pivotal part of closing our loops, connecting the dots and meeting our edges.

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