Fungi Academy visits Punta Mona to bring you the most accessible, low budget and easy to apply techniques. Our open Jungle lab will convince you that with the right techniques you can grow mushrooms successfully everywhere.
This unique course gives you the hands on experience to grow your own mushrooms for food and medicine and will get you started immediately. We will go deep into the jungle foraging for wild medicinal mushrooms and learn how to transform them into powerful tinctures. Experience off grid living, where the Caribbean meets thick jungle, and be part of the Punta Mona community.
Hosted by the Fungi Academy, facilitators Silvan Fey and Lala Palmieri will take you on a epic journey of diverse lectures and practical hand-on experiences.
Indoor and outdoor cultivation of gourmet, medicinal and entheogenic mushrooms
Building and working inside a low-tech mushroom laboratory
Wildcrafting and foraging
Medicine making of cultivated and wild fungi
30 hours of exploring the fungi kingdom through lectures and hands on learning.
Five nights of all inclusive accommodation at Punta Mona
Three delicious vegetarian meals per day
Dormitory rooms or glamping included (privates are available for a small extra)
Fungi Academy Handout and Certificate
Option to take cultures home that we created together during the course
Being part of the intentional Punta Mona community
Morning Class 9-12
Afternoon Class 2:30-5:30
*we have pre-breakfast or after-dinner activities most days
Silvan Fey is a graphic designer, mushroom educator, community leader & Fungi Academy co-founder. He learned professional cultivation of gourmet, medicinal and entheogenic mushrooms in the village of the famous curandera Maria Sabina in the Oaxacan mountains of Mexico. His connection to mushroom cultivation and fungiculture started in 2013 and it has been a fulfilling journey ever since.
Laura Palmieri is a biologist, botanist, herbalist, gardener and permaculturist, with a lifetime working with plants, Lala was raised in a greenhouse, cultivating orchids, building living walls and aquaponic systems. She lived at Punta Mona for three years as an educational facilitator and mentor to apprentices and volunteers and is currently part of the Fungi Academy.
Early bird price for first 4 sign ups $790 US
Regular price $990 US
Are you a local from Central America? Please inquiry about discounts and scholarships. We are supporting local students with huge discounts. :)
To save your spot, please pay a deposit of $200 US to firstname.lastname@example.org with PayPal. Please bring the remaining amount with you in cash.
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All deposits are NON-Refundable
Facilities, Housing & Meals
Students will be housed in shared co-ed accommodations for the entire program. We have availability for couples to come and have a private room, we also have a few private cabins, which are available for an additional cost. Private cabins can house two people and are good for a couple or a small family. Please inquire about availability.
Facilities are shared by all living at Punta Mona. We have 3 showers with solar hot water and dry-composting toilets in three locations.
Most classes are hosted in our outdoor classroom, in the living room of our main lodge or in the Yoga Shala.
We recommend you bring your own yoga mat and blanket as it cools down on rainy nights.
Meals are communal and prepared fresh daily from fruits and vegetables grown organically on site or purchased from an organic farms in Costa Rica. At Punta Mona we are dedicated to wholesome, organic meals prepared with love. We consider the cuisine to be “jungle gourmet” and have a trained and seasoned staff to make sure all meals are mind blowing. We serve vegetarian meals and can accommodate vegan and gluten free diets.
We will serve farm fresh eggs daily and occasional local cheeses and free-range chicken from a neighbor’s farm. Fresh line caught fish is also available when we go fishing.
We are an off-the-grid farm and all energy usage must be fully respected. We ask if you can charge your devices during the day-time only, sun-dependent. We have internet available during specified breaks and encourage you to disconnect to reconnect.
Located in the deep tropics, on the beach, expect bugs, rain, sunshine and humidity. Please follow the packing list that is sent to you upon registering to ensure comfort and a pleasant living experience.