About Fungi Academy

Why Fungi?

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

Fungi Academy is an alliance between humans and fungi, that inspires us to live in balance with each other and our environment.

Sacred Mycology

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

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Learn to grow and use beneficial fungi. Join 1000+ sacred mycology students!

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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 mycology.

Oliver Merivee

Estonia

Co-Founder

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.

Jasper Degenaars

Netherlands

Co-Founder

Jasper left his corporate sales job 6 years ago after a truly powerful psychedelic experience.  He got called 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. This Myconaut is interested in all things Fungal.

Home-style cultivation, Ethnomycology, fungal gastronomy and bringing people together like mycelium is where his hearth resides.

Karena Beana

USA

Social Media Expert and Health Devotee

Karena has been a health blogger and influencer since she was 16. Her passion for wellness started at a young age when her parents grew ill due to poor lifestyle choices. When Instragram first released she jumped on board and decided to take the influencer route. She focused her time and energy into using this platform to spread positive and informative health and wellness tips that she learned through helping heal her parents from chronic diseases and illnesses.

She turned this passion into a career becoming 200hr+ Yoga Teacher, a NASM Certified Personal Trainer and Health Coach in 2016. As medicinal mushrooms became more popular online, she has started to incorporate fungi into her practices and teachings, helping demystify and spread the magic of mushrooms.

Holden Davies

Australia

Film maker, Musician and Writer

Holden has worked in the film industry from a young age, always fascinated by stories and the power they hold to convey knowledge and shape our understanding of reality. Specializing in documentaries Holden’s most recent projects have been focused on bringing to light ancient indigenous knowledge systems, collaborating directly with healers and spiritual guides to tell their stories of connection to our eco-system, ceremony and natural healing methods.

For the last 2 years he has been working along side Guatemalan Anthropologist Monica Berger on projects funded by Swiss research group R4D based around bringing Maya Healers and western doctors together to work on diagnosis and treatment of patients, to better understand health and disease.

Sam Blackstone

USA

Cultivation Teacher, Writer

Sam is a writer, journalist, and mycophile from New York who arrived at the Fungi Academy one midsummer’s day in 2019 and left 6 weeks later with lifelong friends and a passion for mushroom cultivation.

In the past year, he’s built a laboratory and fruiting room in his home, cultivated and foraged over 15 species of gourmet and medicinal mushrooms, returned to the Fungi Academy to teach his techniques to students, and helped craft much of the copy you read on this site and across the Fungi Academy’s platforms.

Corie Bidgood

Canada

photographer and videographer

Corie left Ottawa, Canada, after completing a Bachelor Degree in Anthropology. Having always had a call for adventure and for new experiences in her heart, she followed her dreams and flew on a one-way ticket to Mexico in 2015.After travelling many countries, experiencing new cultures, connecting with herself and finding community all over the world, she couldn’t stop coming back to Lake Atitlan, Guatemala.

Finally in 2019 Corie decided to stay still, landing in Lake Atitlan. Since then she has been cultivating her life at the Lake as a photographer and videographer, bringing all her passions together to share and inspire those around the world to follow their dreams.

Diego Ramírez

Guatemala

Web developer, Musician and Yogi

Diego has led and helped many web projects to become a reality for over 10 years. After studying computer science for a year in college he decided to follow his passion for music, which he discovered in his childhood and started a career in music and audio in art college.

Always in search of the true nature of life and having experienced altered states of consciousness induced by entheogens, he committed himself to support the evolution of human consciousness through the use and sharing of meditation techniques and spiritual practices, becoming a great devotee of the ancient teachings of yoga and ayurveda.