Come immerse yourself in the fantastic world of fungiculture!
We are a collective of experienced mycologists and fungi enthusiasts, with a mission to share the knowledge of mushroom cultivation for food, medicine and regeneration. With this intensive mushroom cultivation course we want to give you all the hands-on experience and knowledge you need to grow your own mushrooms successfully. Most importantly, we will help you understand the cultivation process, through practical examples from our own grow operation.
What you will learn
Our mushroom course is designed for you to learn hands-on how to cultivate your own mushrooms. This means you will learn and experience yourself how to start off your mushroom cultures from spores, commercial cultures, fresh mushrooms from the forest or supermarket. We will learn all about indoor and outdoor cultivation. Another important topic we cover is, how to build your own affordable mushroom grow environments like laboratory, incubation and fruiting chamber. Because mushrooms naturally grow outdoors, we will practice some different methods of growing mushrooms in your garden or forest.
Topics covered in the mushroom cultivation course will include
INDOOR VS. OUTDOOR CULTIVATION
Mushrooms & PERMACULTURE
COLLECTING AND GERMINATING SPORES
MYCELIUM ON BULK SUBSTRATE (GRAIN, HAY, RECYCLED ORGANIC WASTE, ETC)
GARDENING WITH MUSHROOMS
MYCOPHILOSOPHY AND THE ECOLOGY OF FUNGI
GARDENING WITH MUSHROOMS
Along classical outdoor and indoor cultivation methods we will learn about companion gardening with beneficial mushrooms and microscopic mycorrhizal fungi. This means that you can grow your mushrooms in the same garden beds together with your vegetables. As a result both of them will benefit from each other and grow together in a symbiotic relationship. We are also going to look at alternative methods to gathering and cultivating your own beneficial fungi from the wild. This will help you build healthy and fertile soil.
MYCOREMEDIATION AND WATER CLEANING
Final day we are going to learn whats happening in the earth cleaning front line of Mycoremediation. Mycoremediation is a fast growing and very promising field to solve some of the more difficult environmental pollution challenges. We will make our own diy mycofilter to clean water from pollution and pathogens. Besides water cleaning mushroom mycelium can be used for soil regeneration, pest control, petrochemical cleanup and even decomposing plastic.
Wholesome Meals: We will provide three vegetarian meals daily, prepared with fresh ingredients sourced from local markets. Our meals are typically served family-style and eaten together in a circle. We are happy and willing to accommodate vegan and gluten-free diets.
Free Tent Camping our Dormitory (when available): Includes access to solar shower and composting toilet. If you wish to stay in a private room, please book through our NuMundo portal.
Languages Spoken: English, Spanish, German, Estonian.
If you need to stay connected during the course, WiFi is available in our common room.
The Fungi Academy
The course is happening in Fungi Academy, a community fueled fungiculture and permaculture collective. We are located in Guatemala, at the mystical Lake Atitlan, surrounded by volcanoes and corn fields. Fungi academy is operating as a intentional community with the mission of spreading the mushroom knowledge and empowering people to grow their own mushrooms. During the time of the course you will be welcomed to live here as community member. This is a great chance to experience co-living and co-creating in a sustainability oriented community.
We will limit our group size to a maximum of 12 people in order to ensure the most valuable, attentive experience for our course participants. Cost includes workshops, meals, tent camping, access to the yoga platform, and a Cacao Ceremony on the final night of the mushroom cultivation course.