Frequently Asked Questions
Being a part of our community means we live, work and play in a environment of respect, integrity and love. Members of our community may have varying levels of knowledge when it comes to mycology but we all share a love for mushrooms, whether that is medicinal, culinary, earth-saving or soul-loving.
Intentional also means that we live with a consciousness of our impact on each other, on the community around us and the beautiful environment that we inhabit. We do our best to live in accordance with permaculture principles, maximizing use of our natural and renewable resources while reducing the amount of waste we produce.
We have a core team and are supported by a constant stream of wonderful learners, teachers, travellers, free-spirits, lab-geeks, artists, cooks, photographers, builders, breakers and MORE!
A guest stay at Fungi is a great experience enhanced by our beautiful jungle home. Guests are not expected to work and are welcome to enjoy the communal brunch and diner included with your stay. You will also have access to all of our communal areas including the studio and yoga shala, as well as our awesome collection of books available to borrow during your stay.
Typically, as a resident you can expect to work five days a week (Mon – Fri) between the hours of 9am – 11am. There are exceptions if you are working in the kitchen or if there is a course running. Your contribution (75Q per day) includes 2 meals, accommodation, and wifi use.
In terms of work, of course, certain basic tasks need to be fulfilled in order to keep our community running. This includes cooking, cleaning, and tending to our garden, for example. residents are expected to participate in these shared tasks throughout the week and they normally amount to a small portion of your volunteering time.
Outside of the core tasks, we do our best to match volunteers to the particular skill set they bring or desire to learn; we always have a variety of tasks and projects on the go. Projects may include, land/building maintenance or repair, art projects, and much more. Residents have free time every afternoon and weekends to enjoy on the property or visiting other areas on the Lake or beyond!
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We currently have beds available in dorm rooms and in private rooms. During the dry season we will have ti-pis set up for all the glampers out there.
Prices vary depending on whether you are staying with us as a resident or staying as a guest. The current rate for residents in a dorm room is 75Q per day; for guests the cost is 150Q per day.
The rate for staying in a private room as a resident is 150Q and 250Q when you will be staying with us as a guest.
Of course! We serve two vegetarian communal meals prepared by volunteers on the weekdays and Saturdays, on Sundays we only share dinner. Brunch is served at 11:30and dinner at 17:30. Both residents and guests are welcome to the kitchen.
For snacking we have an abundance of bananas, home-made peanut butter, home- made bread and other goodies.
The weather in Guatemala can vary depending on whether it is the wet or dry season. The dry season can get quite hot though there is often a nice breeze passing across the lake and nights can get cool – bring a sweater if you get chilly easily.
In the wet season, the weather is slightly cooler and there may be rain for hours on end (or even all day!). It is advisable to bring a good pair of boots, some warmer clothes, and a rain jacket.
There is plenty to do from amazing sunrise hikes up a nearby volcano, to swimming or paddle-boarding out on the lake, or even taking a course in Spanish, cooking, yoga or more! You will find lots of variety in Tzununa, San Marcos or the other communities around the lake.
Bring a smile, bring your heart, and be open to an amazing experience with an awesome group of people!