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16 Days Living Foods Master Chef Immersion on Ometepe, Nicaragua

Wanderlust Utopia, Playa Samaritano, Ometepe, Nicaragua

Level One and Level Two Living Foods Chef Certification Ometepe Island Nicaragua

This 16 Day intensive experience will take you on a journey of Plant-Based Nutrition Fundamentals (Level One) towards a becoming a Living Foods Chef (Level Two). Pachavega aims to inspire by living life from the heart and connecting to nature through the integration of a healthy diet and lifestyle. At the core of this philosophy is nutritionally dense and deliciously flavorful, whole, plant-based food that is organically grown as close to home as possible. This two-week immersion courses will take you from the beginning – taste balancing and plant-based nutrition education to the advanced – learning how to create and refine your own signature recipes. Explore advanced culinary themes and develop your unique style as a chef. This immersion is for the passionate foodie, beginner entrepreneur and seasoned plant-based expert.


  • Comprehensive Living Foods Chef Training
  • Food combining, and sustainability and ethical choices
  • Foundation staple foods and key components of a nutritious diet
  • Superfoods and raw chocolate, and gourmet raw vegan meals
  • Medicinal mushrooms and vegan cheese making
  • Plating presentation and food photography
  • 15 nights accommodation
  • Daily morning yoga

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced


14 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Spanish
Group size: Maximum of 8 participants
Airport transfer included: Augusto C. Sandino International Airport
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  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Multilingual staff

A geographical marvel and jungle paradise in its own right, Ometepe is formed not just by one, but two volcanoes. Volcan Concepción, active and fiery by nature, is energetically and cosmically balanced by Volcan Maderas, a dormant volcano, blessed with a crater lake that brings us the element of water. Just like its geographical home, Wanderlust Utopia is a creation that could only be brought to life under the perfect conditions of fate and timing.

Consciously crafted on two acres of Lakeside land, the property Wanderlust Utopia called home was once a burned out, almost lifeless piece of old farmland. Five years later and a lot of love and labor, Wanderlust Utopia is now its own diverse ecosystem. Dust and weeds have been replaced by an organic pool, tropical flowers, live fencing, super-food trees, plants, herbs, birds, frogs, and even visits from wild horses and neighboring cows, goats, pigs, and chickens.

Simple, sustainable, and eco-conscious, Wanderlust Utopia cares for their guests with eco-modern accommodations that keep bugs out, spare the environment, and ensure an incredible night sleep in the middle of a jungle paradise.

With six lakefront private rooms, each with queen bed and private toilet, a host cabana for three, and a 12-person shared accommodation bunk house, the house can sleep 18 comfortably or 26 if queen beds are shared and host cabana is utilized. Grandiose and luxurious require large amounts of building materials and leave an impact on an already taxed Mother Nature.

Their accommodations are comfortably designed to be eco-conscious yet to last the test of time. If you are looking for a king suite with Jacuzzi tub and HD TV, then this is probably not the place for you. However, if you share their values, you will be grateful for a retreat experience that nurtures a positive, loving environment, honors Pachamama, provides cozy and clean accommodations, and serves gourmet plant-based menus in the middle of a “Ferngully” meets “Avatar” jungle paradise.


This immersion courses will take you from the beginning - taste balancing and plant-based nutrition education to learning how to create your own holistic wellness business. Explore advanced culinary themes and develop your unique style as a chef and educator. This immersion is for the passionate foodie, beginner entrepreneur, and seasoned plant-based expert.

Week one

You will begin your journey to optimal health and wellness through the practical application of a plant-based lifestyle. Discover the nutritional benefits of whole foods and how they can support total body wellness. With hands-on kitchen time and recipe creating, this course will provide a basic understanding of a plant-based, whole foods diet, the skills how to make gourmet recipes, and the foundation of a nutrition education for life.

This course is an introduction to the organic lifestyle, kitchen skills, and detecting when a food is approaching rancidity. You will cover basic knife skills, kitchen set-up, the ins and outs of a raw food kitchen, and all the ingredients used and how to use different kitchen equipment.

You will practice how to taste balance and discover flavor combinations using spices around the world. You will learn techniques such as how to ferment foods, such as cashew sour cream and kimchi, and how to grow your own sprouts. This course guides you through transitioning towards a plant-based, raw food diet, staying active, and how to source your macro-nutrients sustainably.

Week two

You will deep-dive into techniques and concepts touched on but not thoroughly discussed in the Basic Raw Food Chef Certification. This course will cover advanced raw food chef skills, such as refined food styling and plating, food photography, and converting cooked recipes to raw by using different dehydrating, fermenting, and marinating techniques.

You will dive into health and nutrition to aid different stages of your lives, from childhood to the senior years, as well as support for fertility and pregnancy. You will study different adaptogens and other powerful super herbs and their role in health as well as culinary uses, including cacao! You will practice autonomous recipe development with a personalized dessert and expand recipe writing to include health benefits, history, and origin of the ingredients or cuisine.

Sample daily schedule

  • Morning yoga and meditation
  • Raw superfood breakfast with juices and smoothies
  • Culinary and holistic nutrition classes and plant labs
  • Raw lunch and superfoods
  • Raw gourmet dinner
  • Culinary projects and evening discussions


Welcome to a place like no other. Serendipitously situated at the base of Volcan Concepción, Wanderlust Utopia makes its home on Isla de Ometepe. A conscious, sustainable, plant-based, eco-friendly, and social responsible venture, Wanderlust Utopia is a retreat facility for the like-minded.


Week one

Granola, nut milk, pad Thai salad, red beet Borscht with sprouted wild rice and lentils, sauerkraut, kefir, kombucha, kaffir lime carrot soup, energy soup, wheatgrass, kale caesar salad, sushi salad, lentil dippers with curry mango mustard, miso kelp noodle soup, raw chocolate truffles.

Week two

Oatmeal raisin cookie smoothie, marinated broccoli and yams with wild orange ginger vinaigrette, maca carrot cake and lemony frosting, chocolate cardamom cake, sweet and sour jerky and banana passionfruit fruit roll-ups, The cracker formula, raw pizza crust, cinnamon maca energy gel, and electrolyte sports drink with ginger, Mexican tacos, sun-dried tomato burgers with smokey fermented cashew cream, your own dosha spice mix, Korean jap jae noodles.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegan
  • Organic
  • Raw food
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 15 nights accommodation
  • Comprehensive textbook
  • Culinary projects and evening discussions
  • Holistic nutrition classes
  • Introduction to Ayurvedic plant-based foods
  • Daily morning yoga and meditation
  • Plant labs
  • Raw gourmet meals and drinks
  • Learn to prepare raw food meals and desserts
  • Foundation staple foods
  • Key components of a nutritious diet
  • Knife skills
  • Flavor balancing
  • Soaking and sprouting
  • Cultured and fermented foods
  • Sustainability and ethical choices
  • Food combining
  • Tips for good digestion
  • Detoxification and your ph
  • Foods the promote digestion
  • Tips and tricks for healthy detoxification
  • Global cuisine around the world
  • Superfoods and raw chocolate
  • Gourmet raw vegan meals
  • Healing herbal soups and adaptogens
  • Raw desserts and superfoods
  • Raw food and essential oils that heal
  • Dehydrated foods
  • Whole foods for athletes
  • The doctrine of signatures
  • Medicinal mushrooms
  • Vegan cheese making
  • Plating presentation and food photography

What's not included

  • Flights
  • Airport shuttle

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Pachavega Living Foods Education will offer one shuttle to take all students on the morning of the first day of the course. You may need to arrive in Nicaragua a day early to ensure you are on this shuttle. There is a very nice and affordable Best Western Hotel across the street from the airport which we recommend our students stay the night before.

Airport: Augusto C. Sandino International Airport Airport transfer included: Augusto C. Sandino International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

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