raw desserts chef training
level 1


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Raw Dream Desserts for Mind, Body, and Soul!

At Sayuri Healing Food Café in Ubud, Bali, one of our guests’ favourite spots is in front of the desserts display. Every day, the kitchen team, inspired by Sayuri Tanaka, internationally renowned raw vegan chef and desserts magician, bring out new raw vegan (and some gluten-free baked) cakes, sweets, and chocolates, made from the most high-vibrational ingredients available and with limitless love and joy.

And so it is with music and coconuts in our hearts that we have created our first week-long Raw Desserts Chef Training! You are a seasoned classical pastry chef, a raw food enthusiast, or right at the start of a journey to a kinder, healthier and more creative lifestyle? We invite you all to join us in our sparkling new Sayuri Healing Food Academy and learn the techniques, specialty ingredients, and tricks of the trade required to create guilt-free, luscious, and ridiculously delicious cakes, pies, and sweets.

In Level 1, you will learn all about natural sweeteners, binders, and healthy fats. You will make raw-vegan layered-cheesecakes, brownies, ice-cream, fruit crumble, tiramisu, banana cream pie and much much more. 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 raw-vegan birthday cake. You will meet like-minded people and have the opportunity to enjoy the magical village of Ubud, Bali.

Come and make sweets that are fast and easy to prepare, contain a full spectrum of good nutrients, antioxidants, and phytonutrients, and provide a boost of good energy and happy and positive vibrations. 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.


What you will learn

  • Raw vegan dessert-specific tools and equipment
  • Key raw food preparation techniques and dessert recipe formulations
  • Designing, preparing and building cakes and pies
  • Alternative Sweeteners and Fats, properties and use
  • Soaking and activating nuts and seeds
  • Blending and Dehydrating
  • Binders, Thickeners, Emulsifiers
  • Using Irish moss and agar-agar in raw desserts
  • Nut-free variations
  • Superfoods, spices, extracts and oils, identification and usage in raw desserts
  • Flavour balancing for desserts
  • Natural colourings
  • Introduction to piping techniques
  • Sweet natural skin-care
  • Basics of desserts-specific food photography and the art of plating and decorating
  • Movie Night one evening

What you will make*:

  • Chocolate Brownie and Ganache
  • Crumble and Quick Ice cream
  • Cheesecakes and their decoration techniques
  • Tiramisu, Banana Cream Pie
  • Fruit Wraps and Rolls
  • Chocolate Mousse
  • Coconut and Tree-nut Creams, Frostings, and Whips
  • Donuts and Sweet Bread
  • Crunchy Toppings and Shiny Cake Glazes
  • Compotes, Jams, Drizzles
  • Dot Cookies
  • Layered Cakes
  • Raw vegan skin care products
  • Final creative project

* you will be working at stations of 4 students.

Dates & Schedule

2020 DATES

11-17 APRIL, 10-16 OCTOBER

(both dates to be followed by Raw Desserts Level 2)

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

Last day:

Party/Graduation/Closing Circle until 5pm



999 USD

* Includes classes, manuals, field trip, lunch on all class days, Sayuri Healing Food Raw Desserts Chef Training Level 1 certificate (please note that you will receive a “certification of completion” of a 1-week raw desserts 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. 

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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