Today is a big day for us at Radical Mycology as we are thrilled to announce that this October we will be holding our fifth Radical Mycology Convergence, this time back in the Cascadia bioregion, and for the first time in Oregon!
The RMC is a multi-day biennial gathering of fungi-lovers and educators sharing their knowledge of – and passion for – working with fungi. Through mushroom hunts, art shows, outdoor fungal installations, and a variety of hands-on workshops, the RMC cultivates a rare space for fungi lovers to come together and share in their personal and collective experiences with fungi across all aspects of life.This year’s RMC is sure to set a new bar for this unique event and we excited to have you join us this fall.
Started in 2011 as a pipe dream between two friends – a vision of working with and learning from fungi alongside a community of peers – the Radical Mycology Convergence has since grown to be one of the most unique spaces for fungi advocates, Earth defenders, and naturalists of all stripes to explore the numerous intersections mycology forms with many of the world’s most pressing social and ecological issues.
This event is not just a weekend gathering to pass through, but an intentional moment in time, curated to help both experienced and novice mushroom lovers discover new, and ever-deeper connection to these unique organisms and the ecological webs they sustain. For us, it is more than just a party for celebrating fungi – though there is some of that too! – but a time to reflect on what’s missing from our so-often hectic and disconnected lives. Fungi remind us to integrate into our environments, to find support and allyship with those we live near and ultimately depend on. The RMC is, on many fronts, an effort to help bring some of these deeper fungal lessons to the fore, and give them space for honest reflection.
There will be a lot happening at this year’s RMC, all of which is detailed on the event’s website. Some things to highlight include:
- MUSH LOVE: A MYCOPHILIC ART SHOW. This year at the RMC we are hosting a fungi-focused art exhibition as a part of the weekend’s activities and are currently seeking submissions from artists of all media formats.
- FERTILE SUBSTRATE: A PRE-RMC COURSE. The weekend before the Convergence there will be a work party and pre-course designed to prep the land for the event. Space is very limited for this event, so be sure to sign up soon!
- APPLY TO TEACH! Are you a mushroom grower, citizen scientist, herbalist, or naturalist? Do you have a story to share about your experiences with macro or micro fungi? Or do you have a social or ecological insight you feel is absent from most mycology-related dialogues? If yes, then we want to hear from you!
- SIGN UP TO VOLUNTEER! As a grassroots event, the RMC heavily relies on the support of volunteers to help the event go off without a hitch. If you’re interested in helping with a small or big role, considering signing up and helping make mycological history!
And be sure to follow along at the RMC’s Facebook event page to hear the latest announcements.