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bali raw chef training
level 1

2 – week certification course

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Bali Raw Chef Trainings!

Receive easily applicable nutritional information with a wide-open view of raw & plant-based nutrition from a modern scientific and a traditional Eastern perspective. Gain not only certification but also the full confidence to apply and integrate your knowledge into your daily life and the full enthusiasm to share your passion with the world.

True understanding comes from experience. Our Bali Raw Food Chef Trainings are immersions into a vibrant raw-living food lifestyle. Whether you are searching for a new beginning or purpose to your life, wanting to shift old paradigms and beliefs, simply seeking more nutritional confidence and hands-on skills, or wanting to open your own health food shop or raw food café, our courses are for you! 

At fully equipped workstations you will work in teams to replicate and re-create our Sayuri Healing Food recipes, magic and techniques. You will attend lectures, go on field trips and spend quality time with an inspiring group of people from all over the world. Each course culminates in a final project in which you will apply all your freshly acquired skills and knowledge and develop your own raw creations. Students receive a Sayuri Healing Food Academy certificate.

Through the experience we will share, we will re-connect ourselves to nature to restore and reinforce our health &  find our individual paths to a sustainable, radiant and healthy lifestyle!

Dis-ease, is simply dis-harmony from nature. If we align ourselves with the universal energy, our body, mind & spirit will function perfectly, just the way they were designed to. We firmly believe that “what we eat” is one of the easiest ways to access that alignment.

Why do we eat? What is food? What are we made of? If we give off or even are energy & vibration, why don’t we eat light & higher vibration? These are some of the many questions we will examine throughout the training.

Our passion is to share, teach & remind ourselves that we all are fountains of potential. You can do anything you want & you can become anything you want to become. Food is our tool to discover that. For some people, it is painting,  singing,  playing music, or mediation. We will learn tools to help you discover your true purpose, your dharma, for yourself and all living beings. All this is possible from the simple act of eating!

From Sayuri’s experience, raw-living cuisine is all about playing with flavour, texture & colour! Preparing living food is by far one of the most beautiful works/acts that you can contribute to yourself and to the world. Your life becomes a full spectrum of colours, fruits & flowers, full of joy & excitement, of vibrations through veggies & plants, full of appreciation & gratitude for being nourished by nourishing others, and by becoming the bridge between them & mother earth. We will share all our tips to create fun and vibrant raw dishes whether you want to recreate your old traditional dishes or create a totally new contemporary extravaganza. We guarantee you will end up being amazed at how amazing you are!



Practical skills*

  • Nut milk, smoothie & juice, difference & formulation
  • Fermentation: coconut yogurt, cheese, kimchi, sauerkraut, kombucha, water kefir
  • Dressing variations & formulation, how to adjust/fix flavours
  • Healthy breakfast: chia porridge, granola, bread and “butter”
  • Italian: pasta, sauces & dips, cheese, pizza
  • Mexican: taco “meat”, fruit salsa, guacamole, sour cream, cacao mole
  • Japanese: nori roll, “tuna” pate, jicama rice, Asian dressing
  • Indian: curry spice mixture, samosa, north Indian curry, biryani rice
  • Middle Eastern: hummus, harissa, tabouli, falafel
  • American diner: burger, jicama wedges, BBQ ketchup, mayo & mustard
  • Thai: Pad Thai noodles & Thai spice mix
  • Desserts: easy chocolate (without tempering), cheesecake & swirl technique, bliss balls, chocolate pie, carrot cake & frosting
  • Dehydration: crackers, salad sprinkles, samosa wrap, pizza crust, kale chips
  • Soups, dips, patés, spreads
  • Reading and understanding recipes, creating your own group project
  • Soft cheese and its plating & presentation, flavour combinations
  • Jamu – traditional medicinal tea from Indonesia & healing herbs

* you will be working at stations of 4 students.


  • What is raw living food and why
  • Fermentation, soaking & activating & sprouting
  • Superfoods
  • How to manage a raw kitchen pantry
  • Knife skills & safety
  • Complementary flavors, ethnic flavors & their formulation, food evaluation
  • Understanding sweeteners and finding the best for your individual needs
  • Unique characters of Thickeners & Binders
  • Dehydration: How it works and Tips for food recycling
  • Clever food recycling not only to avoid waste but also transform into wow-dishes
  • Herbs & spices: identification & use
  • Western nutrition perspective
  • Macronutrients and Micronutrients
  • Important role of fat: Omega 3 & 6
  • Phytonutrients, antioxidants
  • Eastern perspective
  • Tonic herbal system :Yin Yang, 3 treasures – Jing, Chi, Shen, “Adaptogens”
  • Tonic herb individual details & tonic formulas to support raw food diet
  • Ayurvedic perspective 101
  • Food combining
  • Acid and Alkaline
  • Safe usage of equipment
  • How to balance flavours

Field trips & extras

  • Spirulina Farm Trip: see the process of cultivating and harvesting the best tasting and freshest spirulina
  • Visit a local raw chocolate shop with tasting (you can purchase Balinese raw chocolate ingredients here)
  • Kitchen tour at one of Ubud’s leading plant-based restaurants with the raw chef’s special tasting lunch plate


Eléanore Julius

Naturopath, homeopathic practitioner, holistic nutritionist, raw food instructor, and vegan cookbook author. Former Matthew Kenney instructor. Passionate about learning and sharing ways to live a socially fair, ecologically sustainable, spiritually fulfilling and healthy life.

Sayuri Tanaka

Vegan & raw retreat chef & raw food trainer, founder of “Sayuri Healing Food”, co-founder of the other raw vegan café in Bali. Passionate to share & bring light, joy, excitement & playfulness to the world! Enthusiastic to assist your individual journey to re- discover each gift of who you truly are through retreats and raw food chef trainings that she facilities in Bali and around the world. Raw-sweet enthusiasm both to create & eat ;)

Dates & Schedule


Our training is purposefully condensed from 9.30 to 3.30 every day to give you the opportunity to discover the incredible variety of plant-based cafés and restaurants in Ubud. We will provide you with a list of our favourites and highly recommend you try them out to widen your experience! Go in groups and taste and share!

We start at 9.30 to give you the time to attend yoga classes before or after class.


Class Days:

9:30-11:15 Class or Lecture
11:15-11:30 Break
11:30-13:15 Class or Lecture
13:15-13:45 Lunch Break
13:45-15:30 Class or Lecture

First day:

Welcome circle/dinner at 5 pm
No class on the first/welcome day.

Last day:

Closing Circle until 11 am



1950 USD

* Includes classes, manuals, apron with logo, field trips, lunch on all class days (except on the one day off in the middle of the course), Sayuri Healing Food certificate of Level 1 Raw Culinary Arts (Please note that you will receive a “certification of completion” of a 2-week raw food chef training. Although it is not an accredited license, it documents your acquired knowledge & skills should you want to apply for work in a similar field.)

** Does NOT include flights, accommodation, yoga, breakfast, dinner. 

“Highly recommend this training and Sayuri’s stellar team who will guide you professionally with a mega dose of laughter throughout 2 solid weeks.”

– Noura El-Imam
Graduate level 1 training 2016

how to book

Booking & Payment

Booking Procedure & Payment

Book your ticket easily and safely at the top of this page under CHOOSE YOUR DATE. You will be guided through the entire process. Payment by credit card will be processed in Indonesia Rupiah.

*Alternative payment methods on request: [email protected]



Sayuri Healing Food Academy
Jl. Sukma no. 2, Ubud 80571, Bali, Indonesia

+62 (0)361 9080385
[email protected]

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Please note that there will be no refund or discounts for arriving late, leaving early, flight cancellations, travel delays or illness. If you cancel your participation in the event for any reason, the refund policy below will apply, with no exceptions. To protect yourself further, we strongly encourage you to purchase travel insurance.


Refunds apply as follows:

* Raw Chef Trainings and Masterclasses:
– More than 8 weeks before the start of the course: 100% refund less 10% handling fee.
– 4 to 8 weeks before the start of the course: 50% refund less 10% handling fee.
– Up to 4 weeks before the start of the course: no refund.

* 4-Day Intensives and Individual Cooking Classes:
– 1 week or more before the class: 100% refund less 10% handling fee.
– 6 days or less before the class: no refund.

* Bespoke classes for Retreat Groups:
– 1 week or more before the class: 100% deposit refund less 10% handling fee.
– 6 days or less before the class: no refund.


In any circumstances, we reserve the right to adjust the program (i.e., replace a facilitator).

In the unlikely event that we must cancel the event due to illness, emergency, death, natural disaster or political upheaval, etc., alternate dates will be offered. Registrants unable to attend on the alternate dates will receive a full refund.

We cannot, however, compensate you for any incurred airfare, travel, or accommodation costs. To cover these risks, we highly recommend you purchase travel insurance.


We accept no liability for loss, damage, injury or illness, which may occur during the retreat. All students are strongly recommended to have their own travel insurance to cover any loss or injury, including repatriation if necessary.

Raw Chef Trainings and Masterclasses are limited to 16 students with all practical skill classes held in pairs or groups of 4 people. 4-day intensives and cooking classes are limited to 30 people.

Travel & Accommodation

Arrival, Pickup, Visa and Accommodation Info


4-Day Intensive Course: Please arrive at 10am sharp on the first day of your course.

Raw Chef Trainings, Desserts Chef Trainings, Chocolatier Certifications: We will all meet on the first course day at 5 pm at the Sayuri Healing Food Academy for our Opening Circle and Welcome Dinner. Please arrive on time!


We recommend arranging your airport pick up with the accommodation you will be staying at. There is also an official taxi stand right after the arrival gate at the airport. Below is our Friend Taxi Drivers list. Please contact them directly via email or WhatsApp if you want them to pick you up.

Kadek: [email protected] (he also has a nice homestay in Hanuman Street)

Ketut (Galang Wijaya): [email protected] (he also offers amazing Balinese farm cooking classes)


Visitors from most countries do not require a visa if you are staying 30 days or less. If you think you might want to extend your stay beyond 30 days, you will need to purchase the Visa on Arrival directly at the airport or at the Indonesian embassy in your home country. It will cost around 35 USD and is required to apply for an extension. Immigration rules change here all the time, please check again on the Internet before you book your travel.


Closest to Sayuri Healing Food Café and Academy (our recommendation!)

In walking distance to Sayuri Healing Food Café and Academy and in budget price range:

  • Tebesaya Homestay
  • Karma House
  • Desak Putu Putera Hidden
  • Bali Sila Tebesaya Apartment
  • Pondok Kutuh Guest Houses
  • Desak Putu Putera Cottages

Following are a little further away (need motorbike/motorbike taxi)

Budge price range:

A little more expensive :

Terms & Conditions

Frequently Asked Questions

for Academy Trainings and Cooking Classes

Please check first if we have already answered your question and if not, do not hesitate to contact us directly by writing us an email (contact details further down).

Are you able to provide more details on your Certification?

Our certificates are a proof of completion of each individual training. We offer certain trainings in modules or levels, which is reflected in the certificates. There is no world standard certification in the raw vegan culinary world at the moment, not like the Yoga Alliance.

However our certificates describe the content of the training in detail and are recognised within the raw vegan culinary world. Our foundational Raw Chef Training level 1 certificate proves the achievement of a basic raw kitchen skill set and plant-based nutrition knowledge.

Will I be able to work in Bali or Indonesia with your Certification after the training?

Our certificate is very useful and well recognised in the raw food field, but in Indonesia restaurants very rarely hire foreigners as the immigration rules are very strict and local salaries are lower than foreigners expect. Even volunteering and internships are restricted by the strict immigration policies. In exceptional cases, our café will consider long-term internships (6+ months) but the intern will need to cover all travel, accommodation and living expenses including the “kitas”/work permit costs.

Do I need advanced/level 2 training to start cooking professionally?

It takes a lot of courage, sweat and tears to cook professionally! Our trainings are a stepping stone into the vegan culinary world and then you will need to practice, practice, practice. Gain experience by volunteering or interning in cafés and restaurants or by assisting experienced teachers in cooking classes and culinary trainings. This will give you opportunities and contacts for your future career.

Can you recommend working opportunities locally or worldwide?

Please speak to us directly or email [email protected] and we will put you in touch with any open opportunities we know of. All training alumni are invited to join our Raw Chef Collective Facebook group where we post job opportunities from our friends and network.

Will I be able to offer workshops and train others after taking your trainings?

This is a very individual question! If you have courage, passion and confidence, yes, please go ahead and share your gifts with the world! It is all about sharing and spreading the love! Our trainings will definitely help increase your passion and confidence!

Your Raw Chef Training looks similar to the Seeds of Life Training, what is the difference?

Sayuri is co-founder of The Seeds Of Life and co-creator of the original Seeds Of Life Raw Chef Training. She is, however not involved with The Seeds of Life project anymore and the trainings have developed since then. Sayuri likes to integrate Eastern philosophies such as Ayurveda and Chinese Tonic Herbalism into her teachings and focuses on World Cuisine recipes and the energetic aspects of food and eating.

What is the difference between your training and the PlantLab trainings?

Our raw chef trainings are more condensed, we share a similar curriculum in 2 weeks instead of four. We focus on world cuisine recipes, Eastern nutrition philosophies and we offer lectures on holistic, plant-based nutrition, Ayurveda, Chinese Tonic Herbs and Indonesian Jamu. We like to work in groups and inspire creativity and new connections. Our lead instructor, Ella, was an instructor for Matthew Kenney for many years and will happily answer any further questions about the trainings. Don’t hesitate to email her at [email protected]

What is the difference between your training and all the others on the market?

Trust your instincts! You will naturally be drawn towards the training that will benefit you at this particular time in your life. Don’t overthink things :)

Many of us have taken several trainings, just like many yoga teachers have taken different yoga teacher trainings. Elaina Love’s course is more about the cleansing raw life-style , less nuts, low glycemic index. PlantLab’s courses are more technical, more about individual plating & presentation, less nutrition (separate culinary nutrition course), less Eastern holistic perspective.

At Sayuri Healing Food we share our life-style, philosophy, and the most delicious recipes, accessible to everyone.

What is the difference between your 2-week Raw Chef Training and your 4-Day Intensive Course?

The 4-day Intensive is a demo-style class in a fun group of 10-20 like-minded people in which we share the basic foundations, techniques and recipes of our raw food lifestyle. In 8 x 2-hour classes we touch on raw kitchen equipment, ingredients, fermentation, dehydration, flavour balancing, raw chocolate… and many desserts!

The 2-week Raw Chef Training is a deep-dive into experiencing the raw vegan lifestyle and learning the practical skills and techniques in groups of 4 at your own equipped workstations. Students also hear talks on Western and Eastern nutrition and philosophy, and we go on field trips.

Both are truly life-changing, they simply depend on the time- and financial investment you are wanting to make at this time in your life

I have been raw-vegan for several years and am familiar with many techniques, will Level 1 be challenging enough for me?

We are very confident that all our trainings will provide great value, even for long-time raw food lifestyle practitioners and experienced chefs.

Are your courses for beginners or professionals?

All our level 1 courses are equally suitable for both. We very often have an inspiring mix of health professionals who are new to the culinary world and seasoned chefs who are new to the world of healthy, raw vegan food. We all learn from each other!

Raw Food kitchens are very different from commercial kitchens, not only with regards to the techniques and equipment, but also to philosophy and kitchen culture. If you are a beginner, we will explain raw vegan basics from the beginning. If you are a pro, you will take many new ideas, techniques, and a whole new worldview back home, promised!

Do I need any prior knowledge to attend your classes and trainings?

Unless stated in the course description, none of our classes or trainings require prior knowledge or experience in raw vegan food.

Do you recommend any books or videos I can read before attending your training?

First of all, we recommend you try eating a high-raw food diet for at least a little while before joining our trainings. Even if it is just adding more smoothies and big salads to your usual diet. It will make it easier to dive straight into our Ubud lifestyle! Personal experience is so valuable!

You can try these resources:

YouTube search:

  • “Raw Food”
  • “Gabrielle Cousens”
  • “David Wolfe”


  • Forks over Knives
  • Earthlings
  • Cowspiracy
  • Dominion

and many more…


  • David Wolfe”s “Superfoods”
  • Gabrielle Cousens’ “Conscious Eating”
  • “Secrets of an Alkaline Body” by Dr’s Annie & David Jubb.
  • “Becoming Raw” by Brenda Davis
  • “The China Study” by T. Colin Campbell

Do I need to bring a chef’s knife?

If you already have a favourite knife, we definitely recommend bringing it. It is much more fun working with good equipment you are familiar with. We have enough knives for you to borrow if you do not have one though, no worries.

Can you recommend a particular chef’s knife brand?

We like Global, Wüsthof, Shun, and Victorinox. We would recommend a 18-21 cm blade + a smaller pairing knife. Try them out in a shop first and buy something that feels right for your hand. Sayuri likes an 18 cm blade.

Which is the last day I can transfer the money? When is the latest I can book?

Until the course fills up. We confirm bookings in the order of payment/receipt.

Is there a maximum class size? Do I need to sign up early?

Our studio capacity is 16 for raw chef/desserts/chocolatier trainings. Some dates fill up very quickly, please check in with us before booking. The maximum capacity for 4-day intensives is 24, so no worries here!

How can I find accommodation in Ubud?

There are many options from the Four Seasons to cheap and cheerful homestays. We recommend looking on as only you can know what standard you are looking for.

If you want to stay for longer and rent a house, you can check out following Facebook groups:

Can you recommend any guesthouses, hotels or home-stays nearby?

We can only pass on recommendations students have made:

In walking distance to Sayuri Healing Food Café and Academy and in budget price-range:

  • Tebesaya Homestay
  • Desak Putu Putera Hidden
  • Bali Sila Tebesaya Apartment
  • Pondok Kutuh Guest Houses
  • Desak Putu Putera Cottages
  • Do Re Mi Guesthouse
  • Krishna House

The following are a little further away for those who ride a motorbike or are willing to take a
motorbike/taxi each day:

  • Villa Mantra
  • Runa Guesthouse
  • Pangkung House [email protected]


  • Rumahtaman villa
  • Green field hotel

A little more expensive:

  • Villa Adyashanti:
  • Villa Merdu (on Tirta Tawar street):
  • Villa Gaia (Gaia Retreat Center):
  • Wa Pa Di Ume:
  • Green Field Hotel:
  • Bamboo Villa: IG: bamboo.villa, Airbnb:, Email: [email protected], Phone : +62 (0)89672843885

Where can I practice yoga in Ubud?

There are many studios! The two largest are Yoga Barn and Radiantly Alive with different yoga styles and classes. Usada and Seeds of Life offer Ashtanga Mysore practice every morning, as does Ashtanga Yoga Bali Research Center (15 mins bike ride outside of town).

Can I bring my baby?

Bali is very child-friendly! We can easily help you find a nanny. They cost around 50,000 IDR/hours. We will put you in touch with people who can help you and you can meet them and discuss timing/price etc. Please arrange to come to Ubud a few days earlier than the course is due to start so you can find a suitable nanny and settle in.

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