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Mycelium Mysteries: A Women’s Mushroom Retreat

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This October, Mara Penfil from the Radical Mycology Collective will be taking part in a 3-day Women’s Mushroom retreat as a part of the Midwest Women’s Herbal Conference. This unique event will bring together women from across the country to talk and learn about fungi in an intimate and protected setting. Learn more about the event here and check out the description below.

Silently shaping the soil beneath our feet, fungi are key players in the health of Earth and trajectory of human culture around the globe. Still, we find ourselves in a time where the study of fungi is considered to be a neglected megascience, their mycelium, a mystery. It is our goal to help modern women connect with the roles and wisdom of our female ancestors who always maintained and shared their visceral understanding of the Fungal Queendom.

This weekend-long, women’s retreat will focus on understanding fungi as the Grandmothers of our ecosystems. Workshops will be offered at the beginner through advanced levels, and include topics in wild mushroom skills, fungal ecology, fungi and human health, and ethnomycology. This is a place to share knowledge and get comfortable with using our mycological skills in a supportive, fungal community!

Teachers will include Eugenia Bone, Sue Van Hook, Cornelia Cho, Alanna Burns, Andi Bruce, Olga Tzogas, Erica Gunnison, Danielle Stevenson, Mara Fae Penfil, Nicole McCalpin and more!

Radical Mycology is Coming to Switzerland

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Later this month, Peter McCoy will be coming to Geneva, Switzerland to hold several workshops on the Radical Mycology movement, mushroom cultivation, and mycoremediation. The workshops will be hosted by Utopiana, an artist residency and collaboratory exploring the intersections of art and ecology.

Garden Fungi

February 11th // 14h–17h
Utopiana (Chemin Mestrezat, 1202 Genève)
(FB event here)

This workshop will teach how to install an edible mushroom garden in your home or apartment. We will look at how to integrate mushrooms in a beneficial manner in any context: in a garden, an agricultural setting, in medicine, etc. During the workshop you will learn how to prepare stumps and logs to inject them with Reishi, Oyster, and Pioppino mushrooms, as well as how to install muchroom garden beds. We will explain the functions of mushrooms in the environment and their use in the food systems, waste management, etc., and discuss the fundamental ideas behind mushroom cultivation and growth.

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Intro to Mycoremediation

February 18th // 14h–17h
Le Commun (Rue des Bains 28, 1205)
(FB event here)

This workshop will teach how mushrooms can decontaminate various substances polluted by toxic hydrocarbons, such as that by cars and other machines. During the workshop you will discover how to cultivate mushrooms on used cigarette filters. We will demonstrate how we can reduce the damage caused by cigarette filters, which are one of the most commonly polluted substances in the world.

Radical Mycology featured on Salon.com

Peter McCoy and Radical Mycology were recently featured in an article on the many prospects of mycology over at Salon.com. Topics touched on include the infancy of mycology, the need to promote the many non-psychoactive properties of fungi, mycoremediation, and how fungi will recolonize the world long after humans have gone. Dig it.

Gift of the fungi: Mushrooms — yes, mushrooms — could help save the world

(Credit: Getty/NatashaBreen)

A 2016 RM Wrap Up & 2014 RMC Vids

With the end of year we wish to say our thanks for the many highlights of the past 12 months. This year was a big one for Radical Mycology. February saw the birth of the book Radical Mycology by Peter McCoy and April followed up with a few videos to help condense key points from the text—two efforts we hope will excel the growth of myco-literacy currently developing around the world. Following on the book’s many positive responses, Peter took the book on tour across the U.S. during the summer and fall, making over 45 stops at a range of independent books stores, non-profits, community gardens, infoshops, galleries, art archives, and festivals.

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(Left) Peter at Interference Archive, a Brooklyn-based depository for the art of social movements.
(Right) Installing a mushroom garden in Washington, D.C. as part of a 20-hour

Mushroom Cultivation & Application Course.

As the mushroom season took its turn of the year, October marked our fourth and most successful Radical Mycology Convergence, this time in Wingdale, NY. Despite being the first time the event made its way to the East coast, over 400 people were in attendance, making this year’s RMC the largest to date. As with every prior RMCs, all who came camped together, learned together, worked together, and, in a myriad of ways, fostered a unique space to share their connection to the lands we inhabit as well as to the fifth kingdom that fills their innumerable niches and recesses.

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(Left) Volunteers help prepare the land at Fertile Substrate, a pre-RMC work-n-learn party.
(Right) Nance Klehm on Reading the Landscape for patterns of disturbance at the 2016 RMC.

The land hosting the RMC was also an amazing backdrop to the event. Set on a 120-acre homestead bordering the Appalachian Trail and three hills of mushroom-rich mixed forests, attendees found fungi poppin’ all weekend. Maitake, Chicken of the Woods, and various Laccaria and edible Boletus species were well represented, as were an array of conks, lichens, and resupinate fungi.

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Morning circle at the RMC (Credit: Michael Place).

On the info front, this year’s RMC took the myco knowledge offered to a whole other level. As impromptu forays filled the woods, the dense schedule offered some pretty killer workshops and discussions, including many mycoremediation and mushroom cultivation focused talks. In between, new friendships were forged among the many passionate and incredibly knowledgeable mycophiles, as demonstrated at the steadily laughter- and rap-filled talent show on Saturday night. And at night massive bonfires raged late, filling the air with warmth, kinship, and stories of epic fungi recently found or long since gone.

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Dinner crew on duty.                                                  Philip shares his passion in the Amadou.

On the final day, as with all RMCs, we closed by working to enrich the land with various fungal partnerships and earth repair practices. Erosion-mitigating and nutrient load-reducing plants were planted along sensitive waterways, while various mushroom gardens were installed across the property.

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Installing a four-species mushroom garden on the final day of the RMC.

As the year winds down, the Radical Mycology Collective is taking some time to reflect as we proceed into an ever-brighter fungal future. Next year is sure to bring some big changes and new projects to the fore for us. But for now, we wish to give our deepest gratitude to all those who made this year one of our most inspirational yet.

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU

A HUGE thank you goes out to everyone that helped organize, show up, throw down, support, donate, cook, serve, share, and grow with us and the Radical Mycology movement this year. A special HUGE HUGE thank you goes to this year’s presenters: Alanna Burns, Zaac Chaves, Cornelia Cho, Willie Crosby, Samuel David, Steve Gabriel, Alexander Jones, Erwin Karl, Fern Katz, Scott Kellogg, Nance Klehm, Elli Mazeres, John Michelotti, Lupo Passero, William Padilla-Brown, Jason Scott, Danielle Stevenson, Olga Tzogas, Chris Wright, Sue Van Hook, Roo Vandegrift, and Marina Zurkow, as well as to the amazing folks in the Seeds of Peace Collective, who did all the cooking at the RMC this year.

In return, and as a belated Solstice gift to everyone, we’ve made a playlist of the workshop videos from the 2014 RMC—a taste of the videos we have in the editing queue from this year’s RMC.

Enjoy and mush love,
The RM Collective

Free Soil Fungi Webinar with Peter McCoy

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This Thursday, December 1, at 11 am PST, Peter McCoy of the Radical Mycology Collective will be a giving a free webinar on the numerous roles of soil fungi and their impacts on soil and environmental health. Topics covered include:

  • Why Fungi are “keystone species” for soil health, above and below ground.
  • How Fungi interact in the soil foodweb to decompose organisms, distribute nutrients and increase productivity.
  • How Fungi can detoxify polluted soils, and remediate toxic areas on a large scale.
  • How Fungi can suppress fire and increase the immune system of forests.
  • Specific mycorrhizal fungi applications for increasing nutrient availability and fertility in your plants.
  • How Fungi can increase profits, and save farmers, homesteaders, and gardeners a ton of money.

The talk will also be followed with a live Q&A session with Peter. Click the image above to sign up and join the discussion!

Radical Mycology Convergence Workshops and Schedule Announced

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The schedule for the 2016 Radical Mycology Convergence has been announced! This year the Convergence is leveling up in a number of ways. For the first time we are on the East Coast. We are going a full 5 days instead of 4. And on the Saturday night of the Convergence we will be hosting an Myco Art Gallery with international submissions (the Gallery is still open for submissions here).

The confirmed workshops for this year’s RMC are right in line with these evolutionary leaps. There are some incredible myco- and bioremediation talks, a range of ethnomycological presentations, and some amazing fungal ecology talks.

See the 2016 RMC schedule here
Read the detailed workshop descriptions here

Want to help the RMC?

We rely on support from attendees to make the RMC a success. You can help add to this grassroots effort in a variety of ways. Consider registering to volunteer here. Or join the Pre-RMC work party, Fertile Substrate, here. Or simply bring some food or raffle item donations. Every hyphal addition to our support web helps this event’s network grow deeper and stronger. Whatever you can do to add to this underground effort is greatly appreciated!

Recent Radical Mycology Book Reviews, Interviews, and Webinars

The last couple months have been quite busy on the Radical Mycology front. With planning the just-launched Radical Mycology Book tour and the upcoming Radical Mycology Convergence, its been a go trying to post all the reviews that the book Radical Mycology has been getting over the last few months. So, here they all are in one convenient post!

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Interviews

  • Good Magazine did an interview with Peter when the book first came out here.
  • The Survival Podcast had Peter back a second time to talk about several intermediate cultivation practices with fungi here.
  • The Sustainable World Radio podcast got into a range of topics with Peter from the book here.
  • Diego Footer of the Permaculture Voices podcast did a great interview with Peter about a range of fungal cultivation practices and low-impact integration practices and their relationship to permaculture / regenerative agriculture.
  • Ayana Young of the Unlearn & Rewild podcast held a deep conversation with Peter about the cultural and ecopsychological impacts that fungi have had on humans since pre-history. Though Peter tends to do interviews about the practical implications of working with fungi, these more subtle fungal roles in our collective history are some of the most inspiring topics for him and Ayana pulled out some amazing questions to help do the topic justice.
  • The New Food Economy online magazine did a great interview and write-up on the book here.

Webinars

The other month, Peter also did two webinars on the books topics: one on Seeing Fungi (fungal biology and ecology) and the other on Working With Fungi (the historical, contemporary, and future impacts of foraging for, consuming, and cultivating fungi). These info-packed videos give a solid overview of the many topics and skills that are thoroughly detailed in the book, much of which is not represented anywhere else on the internet today. Check them out below.

 

Reviews

  • The Australian permaculture school and blog Milkwood wrote up a great piece on the book here.
  • The New Jersey Mycological Association did a review here.
  • The Practical Herbalist podcast and blog did a review here and part 1 of an interview with Peter here.
  • Lastly, The Willamette Weekly in Portland, Oregon named Peter “Best Mushroom King” in their annual “Best of Portland” issue. Fungi.. keeping Portland Weird.

Announcing the 2016 Radical Mycology Convergence

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This October, join hundreds of mycophiles, artists, and Earth activists for a unique 5-day, volunteer-run gathering to learn how to work with fungi to support your community and environment.

The Radical Mycology Convergence (RMC) is a weekend long event consisting of workshops, presentations, and various mycoremediation installations. Beyond the skills shared, the RMC also works to build a community among like-minded mycophiles (aka mushroom lovers) and community-based Earth healers to collaborate on remediation and restoration projects during and after the RMC.

The RMC organizers feel strongly that these skills need to be shared and we want to make information on the fungi and their unique healing abilities accessible and tangible for as many people as possible. By creating an encouraging and welcoming space we hope to “be-mushroom” all who attend in an effort to bring about greater planetary health.

We would like to invite anyone interested in participating in this event to come and learn, help out, or teach! The RMC is family friendly, non-discriminatory, and is donation-based to provide open access to people of all backgrounds.

For more information visit RadicalMycologyConvergence.com.

Radical Mycology Book Tour Announced

 

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After several months of being out of stock, the book Radical Mycology is now back, this time in its glorious second printing! To celebrate, we are excited to announce the 2016 Radical Mycology Book Tour.

This fall, Peter McCoy is traveling across the U.S. to spread the myco-word about his newly published book, Radical Mycology: A Treatise on Seeing & Working With Fungi. Peter will be stopping in over 40 cities to hold free presentations on the book’s many wide-ranging topics, covering everything from fungal ecology to mushroom cultivation to mycoremediation and much more. Interspersed throughout the tour Peter will also be holding 11 Mushroom Cultivation & Application Courses, freshly updated with the latest research and protocols. To see the exact locations and details of each stop, click on the image above.

Free Mushroom Cultivation & Application Webinar with Peter McCoy

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Next Thursday, April 28th, Peter McCoy of the Radical Mycology Collective will be offering a free webinar on many of groundbreaking skills discussed in Radical Mycology, one of the most comprehensive books on fungi and mushroom cultivation ever written.

WORKING WITH FUNGI FOR GLOBAL RESILIENCE
April 28 at 6PM Pacific (9PM Eastern)

Mycology is proving itself to be a nearly inexhaustible field for innovation. As new discoveries are constantly being made, there seems to be no end to what fungi can offer humans, their communities, and the environments they touch. In this talk, Peter will explore the wide range of ways to cultivate fungi and integrate them into our lives, homes, and landscapes. Along with detailing some of the most appropriate mycotechniques currently being developed, Peter will also unveil unprecedented protocols for accessibly growing edible and medicinal mushrooms as well as new learning opportunities for advancing the future of human-fungal relations.

This unique talk will be live streamed with the ability for viewers to chat with Peter directly and ask him questions from anywhere in the world. There will also be free book giveaways and special discounts offered to all viewers. To register for this paradigm-shifting talk, click here.