The Human Mycelium Retreat

Connect, and Cultivate the tools for Fungal Leadership!✨

Do you feel called to cultivate a deeper connection with your community and local ecosystem?

With the Human Mycelium Retreat, we want to empower individuals, just like you, who feel the Fungal Call to make a positive impact on their human and natural ecosystem.

We want you to have a greater sense of who you are and what you can offer the world! You have so many gifts to share! Find your own potential to transform yourself and the lives of those around you. 

Feel more confident in growing your reach and your impact. You will notice a powerful and positive change in how you show up for yourself and others. We want you to be lit up with what you’re excited to create, and feel well resourced to get out there, to connect and grow!

You will leave the Human Mycelium Retreat with more clarity on your gifts and the areas for your growth, more ability to ask for and receive what you need, and a stronger sense of what matters most to you in the work you’re meant to do.💕

Live, Learn and Grow in Paradise


Tzununa, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

Not a Course, a Retreat

Not a mushroom retreat - a human retreat, that integrates fungal wisdom into building human networks. Biomimicry using the teachings of fungi to strengthen and empower communities and community leaders.

Education Vacation Destination

We are located in the Guatemalan Highlands, the heartland of ancient Mayan Civilization. You will learn to grow mushrooms while experiencing the indigenous culture here at Lake Atitlan. This is an uniquely inspiring learning environment.

Make Authentic Connections

Become a node in the mycelial network. Collaboration is the foundation of our learning environment. The more meaningful connections there are in a network, the stronger it is. By learning together with everyone, you weave yourself into a global web and form bonds that last.

Holistic Lifestyle

It's fun to live and learn together if we keep ourselves healthy and centered. Healthy food, yoga, nature walks, sauna, swimming, and meditation are some of the holistic lifestyle elements that help to keep our inner and outer space activated.

What You Will Learn

A solid foundation of Fungal Wisdom & Authentic Relating

You’re growing now -
Do you feel called to be leading?

Learn from World-Class Fungal Facilitators🙌

The world is going through turbulent times, and we are missing what we need the most during this proving of humanity. Good, kind, open-heartened, passionate LEADERS. We believe that by using the wisdom of fungi through Authentic Relating, we can create solid and reciprocal relationships within our human networks.

By connecting to like-minded human beings who are called to spread the magic of fungal wisdom to THEIR community, we will find that network of support that helps us help others to grow closer to nature and the more beautiful world our hearts know is possible.💕

We want to empower emerging and established community leaders to spread their vision and values effectively. We want you to feel confident and capable of creating community and enrolling others in the world you want to live in.

After the Human Mycelium Retreat, you will feel empowered, motivated, and supported to start making the changes in your ecosystem YOU want to see!


From Fungi Academy students


"My favorite avenue of education would be with the Fungi Academy"


"It over exceeded my expectations!"


From Effective Connection Clients

Authentic Relating

Authentic Relating is a toolkit for effective relationships. Rooted in thirty years of behavioral science research, Authentic Relating provides a simple and powerful framework for leadership in any relational context, professional or personal.

The practices of Authentic Relating sharpen our skills to create deeper connections, build alliances, and navigate conflict. Facilitated as games, the training provided in this retreat is designed to build emotional intelligence and communication skills in a fun, playful and deeply connecting way. Level up your relational skills and make rich new friendships at the same time!

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Limited Spots Available!

For an optimal learning experience we have limited the group size to 16 participants.

To ensure our limited spots are available to a diverse range of people, we have decided to work with an application form.

After your application has been accepted by the Fungi Academy Family you are able to secure your spot by paying a $500, non-refundable deposit.

Human Mycelium Retreat

November 9-18, 2023
$ 2497
  • Solid Foundation of Authentic Relating & Leadership Skills
  • Deep Understanding of Fungal Wisdom
  • Fungal Field Trips
  • Three Gourmet Vegetarian Meals per Day
  • Shared accommodation Included*
  • Extensive Workbook
16 Spots
Waiting List - Human Mycelium Retreat

*The early bird spots will be given to the first 4 participants that have paid their deposit.

**This price includes shared accommodation. Limited private accommodation is available for an extra fee.

ONE scholarship for low-income psychonaut interested in taking their skills to the next level is available for this course.

Meet Your Facilitators

Jasper Degenaars


Fungal Facilitator🍄

Jasper is a first-grade mycophile. His love for mushroom cultivation started in the Netherlands after growing his first mushrooms from ‘Sacred Mushroom Grow kits.’ Baffled by the mystery of the process, he set out on a journey to learn more!

With 10+ years of mushroom growing experience and more than 2,000 students taught since 2019, Jasper has set out on a mission to make learning mushroom cultivation Easy, Fun, and Exciting!

This Myconaut did not fit in the traditional academic system, AT ALL. Yet, his thirst for knowledge carried him on a path of life-long learning. With the skillset of a self-taught teacher, he aims to make the art and science of mushroom cultivation accessible to everyone aspiring to be a citizen mycologist.

Gabriel Derita


Goal Whisperer🐦

Gabe is a personal development coach & facilitator helping mission-driven humans live in alignment with their purpose.

He left his tech job to travel the world by bike, and in the process found his calling in coaching. He’s been working with the Fungi Academy leadership team since 2019.

His approach to personal growth is rooted in neuroscience-based CoActive coaching techniques and Authentic Relating, with a heaping spoonful of Japanese philosophy on top.

Gabe was born in Philadelphia and currently lives in Ft. Collins, Colorado. He’s passionate about cycling, foraging wild mushrooms, social/climate justice, and the transformative power of psychedelics. You can learn more about Gabe’s work, his story, and connect with him at his site

Karena Beana


Cosmic Community Operator🌌

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 began to incorporate fungi into her practices and teachings, helping demystify and spread the magic of mushrooms

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Fungi Academy

Effective Connection creates transformational growth for individuals, leaders and groups through powerful coaching and facilitation. They believe thriving is natural when we connect to what matters most. Their core values are curiosity, aliveness and authenticity


Frequently asked questions

Guatemala City (GUA) is the nearest international airport.

You can either take a shared shuttle bus or a private shuttle to get to Panajachel (biggest town on the lake). From Panajachel you can take a Lancha (public boat) to Tzununa. In Tzununa you will easily find a TukTuk driver who will happily take you to the Fungi Academy! (Locals know it as the Ashram)

Shared Shuttle bus departure times

This service makes a stop in Antigua and then continues to Panajachel, travel time 4-4.5hrs

  • 06:00am – Guatemala City/Airport to Panajachel
  • 11:00am – Guatemala City/Airport to Panajachel
  • 02:30pm – Guatemala City/Airport to Panajachel

There is also a shuttle leaving once a day that goes directly to Panajachel

  • 2:30pm – Guatemala City/Airport to Panajachel (min 3pax)


Private shuttle

There are plenty of taxis available to take you directly to Panajachel on Lake Atitlan. They cost between 120$ – 130$ and take around 3 hours. You can either arrange one yourself outside of the terminal or book one through an agency at the airport.

Please let us know if you need any help with arranging transport to the lake. We will happily secure your place in one of the shuttles!

There is plenty to do from amazing sunrise hikes up a nearby volcano, swimming or paddle-boarding out on the lake.

You can even take a course in Spanish, cooking, yoga, permaculture and more!

There are ecstatic dances, open mics and all of the events you can image.

You will find lots of variety in Tzununa, San Marcos or the other communities around the lake.

Yes! All our meals are vegetarian by default (We get happy eggs from our neighbors happy chickens) and our in house chef has no problems catering to your needs!

  • Vegan
  • Gluten free/Celiac
  • Allergies
  • Paleo
  • Keto

Please let us know your preference and we will make sure your belly and body are healthy and happy!

All course-prices include shared accommodation in one of our or our neighbors’ beautiful dormitories. Private accommodation is available for an additional fee. 

Our amazing jungle property is close to the river, filled with bananas, avocados, dragon fruit, zapote and all of the following amenities.

  • Wi-Fi
  • Sauna
  • Yoga Shala
  • Warm showers
  • Laundry service
  • Hammocks
  • Library
  • Firepit
  • In-house cinema
  • Communal Guitars, Drums and Ngoni

This year we will be opening up our campus for a few month-long apprenticeships after each course.

We cannot guarantee your spot until you have arrived to the Academy and we’ve gotten to know each other! If you’re interested in this potential, make sure to notify us on your application form!