A Deep Dive into Mycology

Mushroom cultivation courses

Become the change!

Master the whole Mushroom Cultivation process

We are finally able to express our humanity again by connecting with others and our ecosystems. But most of all, to be curious, learn, and explore.

Like the mycelial network, we thrive in environments of abundance and support. We truly believe there is no better learning environment than to be surrounded by like-minded individuals.

By learning in a conducive, collaborative environment supported by experienced growers, you will be able to turn a single spore print into a lifetime supply of mushrooms: sacred, edible, and medicinal.

You will be confident, supported AND excited to start your mushroom cultivation journey!

WHAT TO EXPECT

Tzununa, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

Live, Learn and Grow in Paradise

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 a 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 living and learning together with other students, you weave yourself into a global web and form bonds that last.

complete mushroom cultivation training

Master the whole process of mushroom growing from collecting spores to picking your fresh mushrooms. You will learn and apply many proven indoor and outdoor techniques, learning to grow gourmet, medicinal, and sacred mushrooms for you and
your community.

holistic lifestyle

Living and learning together is fun if we keep ourselves healthy and centered. Healthy food, yoga, breath work, sauna, swimming, and meditation are some of the holistic lifestyle elements that help to keep our inner and outer
space activated.

What you'll learn

A solid foundation of Practical Mushroom Cultivation Skills

AND MUSH MORE...

Testimonials

From Fungi Academy students

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Bodhi

"You know, undoubtedly this will be one of the greatest experiences I've ever had in my life."

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Rudy

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Ayelén

"My experience at Fungi Academy has been one of the best experiences I've been trough. We learned so much, not just about mushrooms, also about ourselves. "

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Dustin

"The facilitators just come together like the best combination of everything that you could imagine that you'd want here in a course"

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Mouse

"Fungi Academy's Mushroom Cultivation course blew my mind and my heart open. The world needs this!"

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Noor

""I am blown away by how smart, organic and authentic the Fungi Academy Teaching Style is."

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Mateo

"I got way more than I was looking for, I got new friends, I got a lot of knowledge to bring back to my country and a lot of details about the technique that I was actually looking for. "

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Nigel

"The Mushroom Cultivation Course over exceeded my expectations!"

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Sacred Mycology

What is the Sacred Mycology movement?

Sacred mycology is about creating meaning and purpose in our lives with the help of mushrooms. It’s about learning to interact and listen to nature’s wisdom within and around us.

This wisdom has the potential to help us heal and regenerate ourselves and our environment. Sacred mushrooms can inspire us to find purpose and a deeply meaningful existence while living here on earth.

We envision a global culture that is educated, conscious, and tolerant towards psychedelic medicines and the people who use them.

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GET FUNGI CERTIFIED!

Join hundreds of graduates from 40+ countries!

A worldwide “ShroomBoom is happening and the possibilities for any trained mushroom cultivator are endless. 

With the skill sets learned or expanded during our courses our stduents have been able to start of find employment at:

  • Mushroom farms
  • Mushroom extraction companies
  • Integration & coaching businesses
  • Mushroom cultivation consultancy
  • Psychedelic retreat centers
  • Fungal start-ups
  • & mush more…

Are you ready to become Fungi Certified and join hundreds of sporriors we have trained since 2016?!

 

OUR UPCOMING COURSES

October 20-27 2024

January 19-26 2025

March 16-23 2025

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Guatemala City La Aurora (GUA) is the nearest international airport.

Travelling Economically

You can either take a shared shuttle bus or a private shuttle to get to Panajachel (the 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).

Shuttles to Panajachel can be found here 

Private shuttle or car

There are plenty of private options available to take you directly to Panajachel or Tzununa on Lake Atitlan. You can either arrange one yourself outside of the airport terminal or book one through an agency at the airport. 

As our student, we can help you organise a private car to the Lake!

Please note that flights and transportation to and from Fungi Academy are not included. Any expenses related to travel arrangements are the participant’s responsibility and are not included in the tuition fee.

 

Our retreats are jam-packed, so there will not be time during the retreat for you to visit other areas of Guatemala. Whilst we do have some excursions included in our program, if you want to see more of this beautiful country then we strongly encourage you to extend your stay by a few extra days to enjoy the many wonders Guatemala has to offer.

Antigua: A beautiful town not too far from the airport full of art, culture, and amazing food, all surrounded by epic volcanos, including Fuego, Acatenango and Pacaya. You can organise a tour to hike up Acatenango to get up close and personal with lava!

Maya Papaya is a beautiful and clean hostel with private and shared rooms. If you are looking for a spa getaway, we recommend Hotel Santo Domingo.

Our Restaurant list for foodies:

  • Nana
  • Kombu Ramen 
  • Toku Baru (epic falafel) 
  • Once Once (vegan)
  • Porqué No? 
  • Caoba Farms (organic farm-to-table) 
  • Valhalla Macadamia Farms (homemade macadamia products) 

Guatemala City: The location of the nearest International Airport. Hostel Villa Toscana has been recommended by our students who arrive late in the evening or want to stay close to the airport for an early flight.

Lake Atitlan: There is plenty to do on this beautiful Lake! Amazing sunrise hikes, climbing volcanos, swimming or paddle-boarding out on the lake, yoga, ecstatic dance, ceremonies, open mic nights, and so much more! You can take courses in Spanish, permaculture at Atitlan Organics or herbalism at Casa Curativa. You will find lots of variety in Tzununa, San Marcos or the other communities around the lake. Lush, Picnic, Maya Moon, and Eagles Nest, are all beautiful spaces to stay in before or after the course.

Other places to see: The ancient ruins of Tikal, the wonderous pools of Semuc Champey, the surfy town of El Paredon, or the jungly beaches of Livingstone… Guatemala is beautiful, ancient and wild! 

For more accommodation options, you can check out Airbnb and Booking.com

Our course price includes shared accommodation in one of our neighbours’ rustic but comfy dormitories or in a tent. 

Private accommodation, in a room or a teepee, is available for an additional fee, though it is limited and on a first-come-first-serve basis. If you requested private accommodation and are successful, you will receive an email from us confirming the additional fee.

Please let us know if you snore or are a loud sleeper – we will make arrangements to ensure everybody gets a good night’s sleep!

You must arrive at Fungi Academy after 12 pm for check-in, but before 2 pm so you do not miss any first-day activities. Checkout is 11am.

Our own amazing jungle property is close to a river, filled with bananas, avocados, dragon fruit, zapotes and all the following amenities:

  • Wi-Fi (sometimes spotty) 
  • Shared bathrooms and showers (hot water can be irregular in the jungle) 
  • Sauna
  • Yoga Shala
  • Library

There is NO smoking, drinking or meat allowed on our property.

This year we are introducing our new Decompression Package! For an additional fee, you will be able to stay at Fungi Academy for some extra nights to relax and integrate after the course with accommodation, some meals, mind-body classes, massage, sauna and more!  

Let us know if this is something you are interested in!

It is also possible that you could be able to stay on as an apprentice after the course. However, we cannot guarantee your spot until you have arrived at the Academy and we’ve gotten to know each other! If you’re interested in this possibility, make sure to notify us when you arrive!

Yes! All our meals are vegetarian by default (we get happy chicken eggs from our neighbours’ permaculture properties), and our in-house chef has no problems catering to your needs!

  • Vegan
  • Gluten-free
  • Allergies
  • Paleo
  • Keto

There is no drinking, smoking or meat allowed on the property.

On the first day of the course, only dinner will be served. On the closing day only breakfast will be served.

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

Yes! There are dogs and cats at Fungi Academy (future new furry friends for you!). If you have allergies, please let us know as soon as you can so we can place you in an appropriate room. 

Guatemala is wild and free! You are coming on an adventure, there will be bugs, the dirt roads are windy and we cannot predict the weather – Come prepared!

It is recommended that you bring a headlamp, walking shoes, toiletries, reusable water bottle, journal/notebook, swimsuit, sweater/rain jacket. It can get wet and cold in the afternoons. Ladies are recommended to bring reusable products, although it is not mandatory.

Mushroom cultivation is a fantastic practice that connects you with your food and medicine – it puts you right into the moment. 

According to the 2018 Global Wellness Trend report, the mushroom industry is booming. Top areas of growth include:

  • Magic mushroom retreats
  • Mushroom microdosing
  • Mushroom-infused foods and drinks
  • Foraging and cultivation training
  • Psilocybin therapy
  • Mushroom supplements & mushrooms for health
  • Specialty & exotic gourmet mushroom cultivation

Many countries and cities have already decriminalized sacred mushrooms, and more extensive changes to sacred mushroom legislation are underway. Sacred mushrooms are destined to experience the type of growth and transformation that cannabis has enjoyed in the last decade.

Now is the time to get skilled in all things Fungi!

The currency of Guatemala is Quetzal. Currency exchange is available at the airport, any banks, and in some local markets in Lake Atitlan. There is also an ATM machine in San Marcos, the neighbouring town. Please come prepared with some cash, as there will not be much time to visit an ATM once the course has started!

Your deposit is non-refundable. If you cannot make it to the course, you can transfer to a future Mushroom Cultivation Course, though there will be a $200 transfer fee (unless you find a friend to take your place!). If you cancel less than 14 days before the start of the course, the transfer fee to a future course is $500.

Ready to catch the worm – or in this case, a sweet discount? Early Bird prices are available on a first come first serve basis – whoever pays their deposits first! You will receive confirmation in your acceptance email if you have qualified for Early Bird (sometimes our system takes a second to update, so please wait for our confirmation). 

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