Workshops in Vietnam

All classes are located at The Vista, An Phu, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. 
Contact: or call +84 938531276 for bookings

Fermented Vegetables (Kraut, Pickles, Kim Chi) 

Fermented vegetables also known as lacto-fermented vegetables are a traditional food used by many cultures to preserve vegetables. Using a salt brine that inhibits the growth of bad bacteria (which causes foods to rot) and allowing the good bacteria such as lacto-bacilli (hence the name lacto-fermentation) naturally present in the vegetables to preserve them leaving you with a crunchy, sour, nutrient and probiotic packed superfood you can easily make at home. My whole family consume fermented vegetables everyday. 

Simple Fermented Kraut
How to make fermented vegetables
Pictured here are some fermented carrot sticks and cabbage & carrot

Cost Per Person: 750,000 VND (min 2 persons, max 6 persons per class) 
Time: 1 hour (includes time at the end for any questions :)

  • Taste test some fermented vegetables and a fermented beverage (water kefir or kombucha) welcome drink 
  • Learn the benefits of fermented vegetables (probiotic, gut healing, immune boosting, weightloss, cravings buster)
  • Learn how to make your own fermented kraut using a salt brine (other vegetables ferments available on request, price may vary dependant on ingredients
  • Hands on, chop, massage and pack your own vegetables
  • Includes 1 jars of fermented vegetables that you will make on the day
  • Instructions 
  • Full unlimited email support
  • Min 2 persons, max 6 persons per class
You will chop, massage and pack your own jars
Fermenting workshops
Packing veggies is so much more fun with friends! Here is my friend Olivia packing her first jar :)

Kombucha Tea

This workshop will equip you with everything you need for your first batch of Kombucha Tea including SCOBY (mother), glass jar & tea.  Kombucha tea is a fermented tea originating from China as early as 220 BC. Known for it’s alkalizing health benefits, it is rich in B vitamins, enzymes, probiotics and often used to aid weight loss, improve joints, boost energy, strengthen and heal the gut. 

Cost Per Person: 700,000 VND (min 2 persons)
Time: 1.5 hours (includes time at the end for any questions :)

What you will learn:
  • The benefits of drinking kombucha tea
  • First Fermentation - how to brew your first batch
  • Second Fermentation - how to flavor and fizz your kombucha
  • Continuous Brew – how to use a continuous brewer
  • Holiday care for your SCOBY (taking a break or going away)
  • How to make a SCOBY hotel
  • Where to buy equipment 
  • SCOBY (Mother)
  • Starter Tea
  • Glass Jar
  • Tea, Sugar for the first batch made in class
  • Muslin cloth
  • Rubber band
  • Printed instructions for first & second fermentation and continuous brew
  • Taste test 
  • Unlimited email support

For more information on the benefits of Kombucha tea and how to make Kombucha tea, click here.

Purchase of Kombucha SCOBY only is available for 450,000 VND (includes instructions for first and second fermentation and continuous brewing) Email Here.

Raspberry Kombucha Tea - Second Fermentation
Raspberry Kombucha Tea - Second Fermentation

Water Kefir

Water Kefir is a fermented beverage using sweetened water or coconut water. It is full of probiotics and great for strengthening and restoring the gut especially after antibiotics. It's also very beneficial to consume on a regular basis when you are living in a developing country where our westernised gut microbiome may not be used to. I have recently introduced this to the family to alternate with our Kombucha to ensure we are getting a variety of probiotic strains and health benefits. 

Cost Per Person: 700,000 VND (min 2 persons)
Time: 30 minutes (includes time at the end for any questions :)

Purchase of 1 tbsp of water kefir grains only is available for 450,000 VND (includes instructions for first and second/flavouring fermentation)

  • A taste of water kefir & coconut water kefir (flavoured and unflavoured)
  • How to make your first batch of water kefir
  • How to flavour your water kefir with a 2nd fermentation
  • How to store and care for your kefir grains (taking a break or going away on holidays)
  • Where to buy necessary items in HCMC
  • Includes a jar of water kefir grains with your first batch to take home 
  • Instructions 
  • Full unlimited email support
  • Min 2 persons, max 8 persons

Water Kefir Workshop
Water Kefir Workshop

Payment options:

Payment is required 7 days prior to workshop date to confirm your place. Payment can be made by paypal or deposit to Vietnamese or Australian Bank Account. Cash payments at the Vista District 2. Enquire here for the next workshop date or book a private workshop for 2 or more people. 

Cancellations - bookings maybe rescheduled or refunded if 48 hours (2 full days) notice is given. No refunds can be given if cancellation occurs within less than 48 hours notice. Ph: 0938531276.


  1. The workshop was relaxed, informative and fun. It was a totally hands-on experience and a wonderful opportunity to learn, try and understand everything needed about the techniques and possibilities for making this superb fermented tea.

    You will come away from the workshop with the knowledge, enthusiasm, instructions and equipment to make your first batch of Kombucha. You just need to add your own imagination. May was also a great and willing resource afterwards in clearing up those little snippets of information that I had subsequently forgotten.

    I would highly recommend the workshop. Enjoy, learn something new and acquire the skills to make this fascinating and healthy drink all at the same time.

    1. Thanks so much for the feedback Geoff! 💛

    2. I joined the kombucha workshop and it was very informative and May made it all very easy to follow and not as daunting.
      There were many samples of kombucha flavours to try and really inspired me to think of all sorts of different flavour combinations try.
      Presentation at the workshop was so thoughtful and beautiful.
      We each had our own scoby to take home to start our kombucha family!
      This workshop is awesome if you are curious about the world of Kombucha!

    3. Thanks so much for your feedback Julie! <3

  2. I love the kombucha workshop. Had been seeing May posted about her kombucha lifestyle and very curious about it.
    May gave great presentation on this, the session was pack with knowledge, tips on the glasswares, and hands on making the brew.

    She picked a great venue too. Very intimate and cosy setting, decorated beautifully, as if we are having a tete-a-tete with close friends at home, and drinking delicious fruity kombucha teas that she prepared from home for us.

  3. Thanks for joining us Chinta 🙏

  4. If you're interested in incorporating fermented foods and drinks like Kombucha into your diet -- which you should be! ;) -- then definitely take May's workshop!

    It was so nice to just get clear instruction and insight into how to do this correctly, instead of muck through all of the different information on the internet. I took the workshop with May over a year (or maybe 2?!) ago, and I still brew Kombucha at home with the scoby that I got from her! It's such a great drink because it's low in sugar, and full of healthy bacteria for our gut, and you can flavor it in endless ways! My fav's are passionfruit, ginger, hibiscus, blueberry-lime.

    May is so sweet and such a great teacher, and she is naturally welcoming and caring. Thanks for spreading the love on this topic, May! xoxo

    1. Thanks so much for the kind words Kellie! so glad to hear you're still brewing! <3

  5. Attending May’s Kombucha workshop was a milestone of my life.
    I have a crazy lifestyle here in Saigon between works and socializing since moving from Sydney, I have never pay attention to my diet until I attended this workshop. May’s is a gift human being – her knowledge and senses of natural healing is respectful, her passion to share kind knowledge to others, I feel her positive energy everytime I come to her with the confusions of how my body is experiencing after the birth of my 2nd child. The underlying value of May’s class is it has changed my mindset about natural food treatment can mend your gut and equip your body from bad bacteria.
    Who would have thought that English Kombucha workshop could also be available in Vietnam  Thank you beautiful!!!

    1. Thanks so much Renee, much appreciated xx