16 day

Raw Food Chef Certification Course

Level One & Two In-Person Immersion

Raw Food Chef Immersion Course
16 Day

Raw Food Chef
Certification Course

Level One & Two In-Person Immersion

Raw Food Chef Immersion Course

Become an Internationally
Certified Raw Food Chef!

Join us for our most comprehensive Plant-Based Nutrition and Living Foods Chef Training! With these two courses combined, you’ll really feel what it is like to take your plant-based nutrition education to the next level. By the end of these two weeks, you will feel confident to create delicious gourmet meals and know how and why certain foods contribute the optimal health.

Our 16-day plant based certification course is held twice a year in Nicaragua on the island of Ometepe at Wanderlust Utopia. This inspirational nutritional and culinary adventure will take you from the beginning – taste balancing and the building blocks of plant-based nutrition education – to the advanced – learning how to create and refine your own signature recipes and dive deeper into specific health concerns and which whole foods can help. 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. Join us in the Plant based Revolution!



Learn everything you need to know for travel into Costa Rica and/or Nicaragua and all the recommended steps and recommended documents you’ll need. 
For entry to Nicaragua (MGA – Managua):
  • a passport with at least 6 months expiry left
  • a negative PCR test within 72 hours emailed 24 hours ahead of time (print)
For entry into Costa Rica (LIR – Liberia – some chose this as flights are much cheaper):
  • Pase de Salud – fill out online and print. 
  • Health insurance for 5 days (a formality,needed even if you are exiting the country the same day) (print policy)
  • An onward ticket to prove your exit from Costa Rica – we recommend https://onwardticket.com/. Pay now and choose to receive your reservation just before you flight for complete flexibility – our recommendation is to active it the same day you fly but print it and bring the copy)
FYI – there is no wifi at the border this is why we recommend printing all documents.
Plan to have your flight land before January 2nd at 12:00 noon. We will arrange a shuttle from both the MGA airport and the LIR airport for your safety an conveniece.

The shuttle will plan to leave at 1PM from both MGA and LIR airports in order to catch the ferry to Ometepe Island this same day. This shuttle is covered by your tuition fee, however if you miss this shuttle, there may be an extra cost involved. The airport is 2.5 hours from the port where we embark to Ometepe. When you register, we’ll provide more logistics and a suggested packing list. Feel free to book a call if you have more questions you’d like to discuss with us before registering. 

To enter Nicaragua, citizens and foreigners must present a negative COVID-PCR/SEROLOGY test at the Augusto C. Sandino International Airport taken a maximum of 72 hours prior to entry. The COVID-19 test results must be sent electronically to the airline prior to the date of travel (24 hours). 

If you arrive via Liberia, CR (LIR), and you need to spend the night, we recommend Hostel Pura Vida, it’s affordable and very near to the bus station, they have rooms and private rooms. The owners are very kind and it’s safe and clean.

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Retreat - Level One & Two
  • 16 Days
  • Module 1: Intro to a Nutrient Dense Plant-Based Lifestyle
  • Module 2: Flavor Balancing
  • Module 3: Knife Skills
  • Module 4: Sustainability and Ethical Choices
  • Module 5: Soaking, Sprouting and Growing Greens
  • Module 6: Digestion and Gut Health
  • Module 7: Cleansing and Detoxification
  • Module 8: The Magic of Fermentation and Cultured Foods
  • Module 9: Nut-free Cuisine and Food Allergies
  • Module 10: Seaweeds and Algae
  • Module 11: Fitness Foods and Nutrition for Athletes
  • Module 12: Healing Spices from Around the World
  • Module 13: All about Dairy and Healthy Alternatives
  • Module 14: Cooked Comfort Foods to Drool Over
  • Module 15: Gourmet Cultured Foods and Other Ferments
  • Module 16: Master the Crunch of Dehydrated Foods
  • Module 17: Food Photography for Social Media
  • Module 18: Plating Presentation and Saucing Techniques
  • Module 19: Raw Desserts and Superfoods
  • Module 20: Medicinal Mushrooms and Ancient Adaptogens
  • Module 21: Foods for Fertility, Pregnancy and Childhood
  • Module 22: Mindful Menu Planning
  • BONUS Module 23: Building Your Wellness Business
  • BONUS Module 24: Essential Oils in the Raw Food Lifestyle


  • 12:00 Airport/Border Pick up
  • 3:30-4:00 Arrival
  • 4:15 Meet at Grand Cabana for Tour
  • 5:00 Opening Circle in Yoga Shala 
  • 6:30 Dinner
  • Evening: FREE


  • 6:45 – 8:00 Yoga in Shala
  • 8:00 Breakfast and Class (Module 1)
  • 12:30 Lunch
  • 1:00- 1:45 Break
  • 2:00 Class (Module 2)
  • 5:00 Dinner
  • 6:15 Fire Pit on the beach and mini concert camp songs


  • 6:45- 8:00 Yoga
  • 8:00 Breakfast and Class (Module 3)
  • 12:30 Lunch
  • 1:00- 1:45 Break
  • 2:00 Class (Module 4)
  • 5:00 Dinner
  • 6 PM Evening: Free Time


  • 6:45- 8:00 Yoga
  • 8:00 Breakfast and Class (Module 5)
  • 12:30 Lunch
  • 1:00 – 5:00 FREE TIME
  • 5:00 Dinner
  • 6:30 – 8:30 pm:  Breathwork in Yoga Shala

DAY 4 

  • 6:45 – 8:00 Yoga
  • 8:00 Breakfast and Class (Module 6)
  • 12:30 Lunch
  • 1:00- 2:00 Break
  • 2:00 Class (Module 7)
  • 5:00 Dinner
  • 6 PM Evening


  • 6:45- 8:00 Yoga
  • 8:00 Breakfast and Class (Module 8)
  • 12:30 Lunch
  • 1:00- 1:45 Break
  • 2:00 Class (Module 9)
  • 5:00 Dinner
  • Evening: FREE


  • 6:45- 8:00 Yoga
  • 8:00 Breakfast and Class (Module 10)
  • 12:00 Lunch
  • 12:00 – 4:00 El Pital Tour and Cacao Ceremony
  • 6:30 – Dinner
  • Evening: FREE


  • 6:45- 8:00 Yoga
  • 8:00: Breakfast and Class (Module 11)
  • 12:00 Lunch
  • 2:00 Class (Module 12)
  • 5:00: Dinner
  • Evening: Work on L1 Final Exam


  • 6:45- 8:00 Yoga
  • 8:00 Breakfast and Class (Module 13)
  • 12:30 Lunch
  • 1:00- 1:45 Break
  • 2:00 -5:00 Prep for final Projects
  • 5:00 Dinner
  • 6 PM Evening: Prep for Final Projects


  • 6:45- 8:00 Yoga
  • 8:00 Breakfast and Class (Module 14)
  • 12:30 Lunch
  • 2:00 Class: Final Exam, and Final Presentations
  • 5:00 Dinner: Graduation Potluck
  • Evening: Go over final exam

DAY 10

  • Free Day (volcano hike, kayak, island tour, do nothing)

DAY 11

  • 6:45- 8:00 Yoga 
  • 8:00 Breakfast + Class (Module 15)
  • 12:30 Lunch
  • 1:00- 1:45 Break
  • 2:00 Class (Module 16)
  • 5:00 Dinner
  • 6 PM Evening: Plan Final Project and Signature Dessert 

DAY 12

  • 6:45- 8:00 Yoga 
  • 8:00 Breakfast and Class (Module 17 + 18)
  • 12:30 Lunch:
  • 1:00- 1:45 Break
  • 2:00 Class (Module 19)
  • 5:00 Dinner
  • Evening: Plan Signature Desserts

DAY 13

  •  6:45- 8:00 Yoga 
  • 8:00 Breakfast and Class (Module 20)
  • 12:30 Lunch
  • 1:00- 4:45 Prep Signature Desserts
  • 5:00 Dinner:
  • Evening: 6:30 – 8:30 pm Yoga Shala Holistic Business Workshop (Module 23)

 DAY 14

  •  6:45- 8:00 Yoga 
  • 8:00 Breakfast and Class (Module 21)
  • 12:30 Lunch:
  • 1:00- 1:45 Break
  • 2:00 Class (Module 22)
  • 4:00 Present Final Desserts
  • 6:30: Dinner
  • Evening: Plan Final Project 

DAY 15

  • 6:45- 8:00 Yoga 
  • 8:00 Breakfast,  Class (Module 23), Prep for final Projects
  • 12:30 Lunch
  • 1:00 – 4:00 Final Presentations
  • 5:00 Dinner: Graduation Potluck
  • Evening: Module 24 – Building your Holistic Wellness Business

DAY 16

  • 8:00 Breakfast
  • 9:00 Yoga Shala Closing Circle, Graduation Ceremony
  • 10:00 Photos and Good Byes and Check out
  • 12:00 Departure Shuttle

Personal Raw Food Chef Certification

  • This option is for the person who has chosen to take this course for their own personal development. This may be because you are passionate about this lifestyle, you want to learn to make delicious recipes for you and your family, and you just want an understanding how raw, plant-based foods can enhance your life.
  • Enjoy the course! You don’t have to make all the recipes for each module, but you must complete the Module Completion Activities including all quizzes and activities and you don’t have to complete the Bonus Modules.
  • This is included in your tuition fee.

Internationally Certified Raw Food Chef Certification (CRFC)

  • As you go through the course, you’ll want to do the following to make it easy to apply for international certification with the Raw Food Chef Alliance and become officially Certified:  
    • Make all recipes in all Modules for both L1 and L2
    • Complete all Bonus Modules (14, 23 and 24)
    • Keep a journal – outline what worked, what didn’t, did you use substitutes, did you improve the recipe, change the procedure? 
  • This will be submitted for review before you receive your certificate 
  • Once complete, you will schedule a ZOOM call with Danielle Arsenault to review and critique your work
  • Pay the $150 USD International Raw Food Chef Certification Process 
  • Includes 5-year membership with the Raw Food Chef Alliance and Certified Raw Food Chef accreditation (CRFC)
  • Foundation Staple Foods
  • Nutrient Dense Plant-Based Nutrition
  • Knife Skills
  • Flavor Balancing
  • How to Stock your Kitchen
  • Soaking and Sprouting
  • Cultured and Fermented Foods, Kimchi and Kraut
  • Sustainability and Ethical Choices
  • Food Combining
  • Detoxification and Your pH
  • Foods the Promote Digestion
  • Tips and Tricks for Healthy Detoxification
  • Healing Menu Design
  • Superfoods and Raw Chocolate
  • Healing Spices from Around the World
  • Gourmet Raw Vegan Meals
  • Healing Foods for Fertility, Pregnancy and All Life Stages
  • 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
  • Gourmet Cultured Foods
  • Medicinal Mushrooms
  • Vegan Cheese Making
  • Plating Presentation and Food Photography
  • Make different Sauerkrauts, Kimchi,  Kombucha, Bubble Tea, Lemon Apricot Molasses Kefir, Rejuvelac, Fermented Goji Berry Hot Sauce, Energy Soup, Face Scrub, Wheatgrass and Sprouted Lentil Salad ,Love your Liver Salad and Simple Spiced Vinaigrette, Pear Lemongrass Salsa, Curried Goji Berry Relish, Pesto Kalamata Tapenade, Kale Caesar Salad, Sesame Parm, Save the Sea Pate in Nori Rolls, Berbere Spice Blend, Niter Kibbeh Oil, Infusion, Ethiopian Red Lentils and Kaffir Lime Carrot Soup, Protein Power Bowl, Cinnamon Maca Energy Gel, Electrolyte Drink with Ginger, Lemon Lime Energy Bites, Ginger Butternut Squash Soup, Marinated Moroccan Cauliflower Steaks, Ethiopian Red Lentils, Mushroom and Yam Risotto Pan Fry, Thrice Baked Buffalo Broccoli Bites, Fresh Nut Mylk, Sesame Banana Mylk Shake, Maca Mesquite Coconut Latte and Basic Fermented Nut Cheese, Creamy Cashew Cheese with Herbes de Provence and Truffle Oil, Smoky Fermented Cilantro Cream, Sharp Smoked Cheddar, Fermented Goji Berry and Passionfruit Hot Sauce, Fermented Sunflower Cheese Crisps., Almond Pulp Cookies, Raw Pizza Crust , Banana Cinnamon Flax Pancakes, Radiant Rainbow Noodles with an Avocado Rose, Beetroot Hummus, Kimchi Collard Parcels with Sesame Mushroom Stuffing and Smoky Fermented Cilantro Cream, RawVega Lasgne, Beetroot Ravioli, Red Beet Borscht with Cashew Sour Cream, Mason Jar Maca Carrot Cake with Lemony Frosting,, Goji Berry Orange Fudge, Matcha Sesame Entremet, Tiramisu, Medicinal Shiitake Mushroom Bacon Bits, Shiitake Pho Noodle Soup, Royaltea Latte , Vitamin C Bomb Piña Colada Smoothie, Green Spring Iced Alchemy, Sweet and Savoury Superfood Shaker, No Bones Broth, Mason Jar Rainbow Meal-to-Go, Real Fruit Roll-ups, Portobello Mushroom Stack, Mediterranean Red Peppers , Truffle Cream Cheese, etc.

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Wanderlust Utopia

Our home base is on the Island of Ometepe in Nicaragua at an incredible retreat facility called Wanderlust Utopia – a conscious, plant-based, health and wellness retreat center for holistic events and private functions. 

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