Mushroom Cultivation school and Education Center in Central America

Fungi Academy House

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

Additionally, our Fungibus is spreading mushroom cultivation knowledge throughout Central America as a mobile teaching unit

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

Estonia

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.

Tanel Heinsalu

Estonia

Tanel has been travelling and living in different countries around the world for the past 7 years, gaining experience and knowledge as well as building a global network of contacts and friends. He co-founded and built Fungi Academy in 2016 to create a platform for sharing and spreading fungal knowledge across the globe. He strives to inspire and educate people from all over the world, empowering them to start their own mushroom projects.

Silvan Fey

Germany

Silvan is a graphic designer, mushroom educator and community leader.He learned professional cultivation of gourmet, medicinal and entheogenic mushrooms in the village of the famous curandera Maria Sabina in the Oaxacan mountains of Mexico. His connection to mushroom cultivation and fungiculture started in 2013 and it has been a fulfilling journey ever since. He ejected himself out of university to immerse himself more deeply into mycology, leading him to co-found Fungi Academy in 2016.

Alessandra Russo

USA

Alessandra has been traveling around Central America since January 2016, living and working on permaculture farms and intentional communities. The perfect symbiosis of community and applied natural science, she instantly fell in love with Fungi Academy last May. Her main focal points are laboratory work, mushroom fruiting, facilitating effective communication, writing, organizing volunteers and designing social structure.

Travis Hauser

Canada

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Laura Palmieri

Guatemala

Laura  Palmieri is a biologist, botanist, herbalist, gardener and permaculturist, with a lifetime working with plants, Lala was raised in a greenhouse, cultivating orchids, building living walls and aquaponic systems. She lived at Punta Mona for three years as an educational facilitator and mentor to apprentices and volunteers and is currently part of the Fungi Academy.