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Learn The Basics of Fermentation For a Happy Gut!

We are passionate, fascinated, and yes, obsessed by the world of fermentation. We love brewing, cultivating microorganisms, and creating the deeply flavoured living foods that bring us health and joy. This century-old preservation tradition has found its way back into modern kitchens as our need and desire for healthier and less processed foods has increased. Our guts have been loudly asking us for more pro- and prebiotic-rich foods and for more flavourful plant-based dishes and so here it is: Sayuri Healing Food’s Level 1 Fermentation Chef Training! This week-long course will take you way beyond simple sauerkraut. We will introduce a wide variety of fermented foods into your life and empower you to cultivate a friendly and confident relationship with your chosen bacteria, moulds, and yeasts. We will learn how to troubleshoot and understand how to avoid unwanted organisms. And most importantly we will learn how fermented foods help us feel awesome every day, super motivated in life, and are a fabulous tool to create sustainably radiant health in our every life! We will talk about the importance of fermented food & guts health, and how vital it is to have a healthy internal microbial environment for our physical and physiological health. We will discuss the latest scientific research and take a closer look at the “microbiome” and our “second brain” (or is it our first?). You are a seasoned chef or a passionate home cook and want to bring more flavour into your raw and vegan cooking? You have been paying a little fortune for plant-based yogurt, kimchi, and kombucha and want to learn how to make them yourself? You already master kimchi and kombucha but want to explore more? You want to heal your gut and restore a healthy intestinal flora? You are simply curious and love the idea of cultivating bacteria and yeasts? Then this 6-day Fermentation Intensive is for you! We invite you all to join us in our buzzing Sayuri Healing Food Academy just behind the Sayuri Healing Food Café, and learn the techniques, specialty ingredients, and tricks of the trade required to set up your very own fermentation kitchen and start brewing. We will review all the basic ferments such as sauerkraut, kimchi, kombucha, water kefir & nut cheese that we share in raw chef training level 1 with great new variations. And we will introduce exciting new organisms, techniques and recipes, and we will take our nut-cheese fermentation to the next level. In Fermentation Level 1, you will learn all about wild fermentation and vegan cultures, how to use Japanese koji to ferment and pickle sweet and savoury foods, and you will get to create new recipes every day with your new ferments. You will use professional equipment, learn valuable kitchen tips, go on a fun field trip, and work in teams to design and create your very own creative fermentation project. You will meet wonderful like-minded people and have the opportunity to enjoy the magical village of Ubud, Bali. We eat energy. And we exchange the energy of love through food. If “we are what we eat”, we want to become the love that we eat. We want to become the flowing, shining, and endless love within by eating healthy, nutritious, heart-opening and dare we say, enlightening food. In the different tabs, you will find curriculum, price, location and booking details. Please don’t hesitate to contact [email protected] with any further questions.

 
*All the courese includes; classes, manuals, field trip, lunch on all class days, Sayuri Healing Food Training certificate (please note that you will receive a “certification of completion” of a 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.  

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Booking Procedure & Payment

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*Alternative payment methods on request: [email protected]

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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]

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.

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

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

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!

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

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:

Videos/Movies:
YouTube search:

  • “Raw Food”
  • “Gabrielle Cousens”
  • “David Wolfe”
  • FoodMatters.com

Documentaries:

  • Forks over Knives
  • Earthlings
  • Cowspiracy
  • Dominion

and many more…

Books:

  • 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

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.

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.

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

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!

There are many options from the Four Seasons to cheap and cheerful homestays. We recommend looking on Booking.com 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:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1523008504577896/
https://www.facebook.com/groups/ubud.rentals/

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 https://www.villamantrastudio.com/
  • Runa Guesthouse http://www.booking.com/hotel/id/runa-guesthouse.html
  • Pangkung House www.booking.com/Pangkung-House [email protected]

Mid-range:

  • Rumahtaman villa www.rumahtamanubud.com
  • Green field hotel www.greenfieldubud.com

A little more expensive:

  • Villa Adyashanti: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/14077283
  • Villa Merdu (on Tirta Tawar street): https://www.villamerdubali.com
  • Villa Gaia (Gaia Retreat Center): www.gaiaretreatcenter.com
  • Wa Pa Di Ume: www.wapadiume.com
  • Green Field Hotel: www.greenfieldubud.com
  • Bamboo Villa: IG: bamboo.villa, Airbnb: https://abnb.me/ouMLMjE4kM, Email: [email protected], Phone : +62 (0)89672843885

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).

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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