Sayuri Healing Food & Elevated Cacao present:

raw chocolatier certification
level 1

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Course information


Bali’s First Raw Chocolatier Certification!

Raw Chef Training facilitator Sayuri Healing Food and Bali’s only shelf-stable Raw Chocolate factory Elevated Cacao are teaming up to offer you Bali’s one and only Raw Chocolatier Certification Course.

After the success of Elevated Cacao’s first Masterclasses at the Sayuri Healing Food Academy, we didn’t want to wait a minute longer to share all we know about raw chocolate-making with you. We believe that raw, vegan, and high-vibrational chocolate enhances our healing processes, rejuvenation, and longevity on the physical, emotional & spiritual levels. For us, there is always more possible. More joy, more vitality, more elevation – in our lives, in our love, and in our food.Whether you want to start or expand your own raw vegan chocolate business, or you simply want to spend a joy-filled week in the wondrous world of raw, vegan chocolate making, this course is for you.

In Level 1, you will learn all about the magical world of raw cacao, superfoods, sweeteners, and other chocolate-specific ingredients, and you will be tempering your own raw, vegan chocolate, pralines, mendiants, bars, enrobed delights, and more. We will go on a field trip and visit the Elevated Cacao chocolate factory.

Let us blend, dip, sprinkle, splat, marble, and crunch our way to cacao heaven!

If “we are what we eat”, what food do we want to become? Have you noticed that when you smile, the whole universe, even your neighbor & the trees, smiles back at you? And do you see the stars in everyone’s eyes when you share a bar of raw chocolate? Let us create those smiles and that joy! We rely on the abundance of Bali to give us the purest and highest- quality ingredients on the planet. Our chocolate will be minimally-processed, hand-crafted, and as kind as possible to our bodies, our fellow living beings, and our planet.


What you will learn: talks, field trips, lectures

  • Where does Cacao come from, how to source the best products
  • Understanding the Bean-to-Bar Concept
  • Elevated Cacao Factory Visit, seeing professional equipment in action
  • What is Chocolate? What is Raw Chocolate?
  • Ingredients and techniques, the magic and the chemistry
  • Superfoods, spices, extracts and oils, identification and usage in chocolate
  • Fats and Sweeteners: properties and use in chocolate
  • Chocolate-making equipment from home to factory
  • Dehydrating vs baking
  • Understanding Tempering, why do it and what happens
  • Enrobing and dipping, molding and unmolding tempered and untempered chocolate
  • Flavour balancing and pairing with cacao
  • Beautiful Cacao Body Care
  • Basics of chocolate-specific food photography and the art of plating and decorating

What you will make*:

  • Tempered and untempered chocolate
  • Barks, mendiants, bars, solids, bonbons, and pralines Chocolate milks, smoothies, and hot chocolates
  • Toppings, chips, sprinkles, and other dehydrated decorations Praliné, bonbon fillings, ganache
  • Fudge slice, chocolate chip ice cream
  • Raw chocolate fondant
  • Savoury cacao applications
  • Raw vegan body products
  • Final creative project

* you will be working at stations of 4 students.



Paul Hack 

Paul has loved chocolate since his very first Caramello Koala, but it wasn’t until his first trip to Bali several years ago that he discovered the magic and power of raw chocolate. Inspired by the power, health and simplicity of the raw chocolate he was tasting, Paul went back to his home in London and began to teach himself how to make raw chocolate.

Three years, kilos of chocolate, and a tempering machine later, Elevated Cacao was born!

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.

Amanda Novelli 

In 2015, Amanda decided to hit the “pause” button on her corporate life and spend a year traveling, doing yoga, and taking a lot of very deep breaths.
First stop was Bali…which turned out to be the last… Shortly after arriving in Ubud, Amanda met Paul, discovered raw chocolate & fresh coconut water, and knew she was home. Now she spends her days making chocolate and masterminding all things logistical for EC.

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

2018 DATES

Level 1:

Sunday 16 to Friday 21 December 2018
Sunday 23 to Friday 28 June 2019
Sunday 8 to Friday 13 December 2019

Sample Daily Schedule:

Class Days:

10:00-11:45 Class or Lecture
11:45-12:00 Break
12:00-13:45 Class or Lecture
13:45-14.15 LunchBreak
14:15-16:00 Class or Lecture

First day:

Welcome circle/dinner at 5 pm

Last day:

Party/Graduation/Closing Circle until 5pm



930 USD

* Includes classes, manuals, apron with logo, field trip, lunch on all class days,  Sayuri Healing Food & Elevated Cacao Raw Chocolatier Level 1 certificate (Please note that you will receive a “certification of completion” of a 1-week raw chocolate 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. 

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: bamboobal[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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