Workshops in Vietnam

All classes are located in District 2, 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 pre-digest and preserve, leaving you with a crunchy, sour, nutrient and probiotic packed superfood you can easily make at home.

Fermented vegetables make a delicious addition to all meals and the sour brine is also great for salad dressings. This is one of the ultimate 'food as medicine' you can make at home. Some of the benefits of fermented foods are (including our personal experience):

  • Improved immune system (we got sick less)
  • Improved gut function and digestion
  • Improved childrens behaviour, less tantrums, reduced tics
  • Broaden palate to try new foods and eat more vegetables 
  • Can improve ADHD symptoms
  • Reduced cost of expensive probiotics 
  • Aids weight loss by reducing sugar & carb cravings
  • Heal the gut and help clear gut infections 
  • We cleared my then 4 year old's recurrent clostridium infection where number rounds of medication had failed
  • It's a very cheap way to keep medical & supplement costs down!
Simple Fermented Kraut
How to make fermented vegetables
Pictured here are some fermented carrot sticks and cabbage & carrot

Cost Per Person: 950,000 VND (capacity 10 people) 
Time: 1 hour (includes time at the end for any questions :)

  • Taste test some fermented vegetables 
  • Learn the benefits of fermented vegetables 
  • 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 three recipe cards (ginger kraut, carrot sticks and Vietnamese pickled carrots)
  • Includes 1 L glass jar of fermented vegetables to take home 
  • Information sheet on gut health and the benefits of fermented foods 
  • Access to private Facebook support group
  • Full unlimited email support
  • Max 10 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: 750,000 VND (capacity 10 people)
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 500,000 VND (includes instructions for first and second fermentation and continuous brewing) Email Here.

Not ready to start brewing? Buy fresh made to order kombucha here. Live and full of probiotics, no added water.

  • 750ml turmeric, ginger & black pepper Kombucha 85,000 VND
  • 750ml carrot, ginger & turmeric juice Kombucha 85,000 VND
  • 750ml ginger & lime Kombucha 85,000 VND
  • 750ml strawberry mojito (fresh strawberries, mint & lime) Kombucha 90,000 VND
  • 750ml strawberry chia Kombucha 95,000 VND
  • custom flavours can be requested

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

Coconut 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.

Cost Per Person: 950,000 VND (compacity 10 people )
Time: 1 hour (includes time at the end for any questions :)

  • A taste of coconut water kefir and 3 delicious recipes using water kefir
  • How to make your first batch of coconut water kefir
  • How to use coconut water kefir in some delicious recipes to entice your family including a tasting
  • How to safely and easily open a young drinking coconut
  • 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 for coconut water kefir or water kefir
  • Full unlimited email support
Purchase of water kefir grains only is available for 500,000 VND (includes instructions)
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 direct deposit in VND or AUD. Cash payments at 38 Nguyen Van Huong, District 2. Enquire here for the next workshop date or book a private workshop for 4 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

  6. Great workshop. Good fun discussion and lovely venue.