Radical Mycology Convergence Update
(Pre-RMC Course Oct. 5–7)
Things are quickly coming together for this year’s Radical Mycology Convergence, with all milestones pointing toward this being our most immersive and engaging RMC yet!
To start, lots of new, exciting additions have been made the weekend’s schedule to round out important lines of thought that come up at everyone Convergence:
- The world’s first MycoHack will take place on Saturday of the RMC. This facilitated meeting-of-the-minds brainstorm and collaborative design session will be structured to help mushroom cultivators improve the integration of appropriate technologies into their shared practices.
- That Sunday, the world’s first MycOlympics will bring together teams of mycophiles to will push their love for fungi to the limits in games that span from exhausting to absurd to hilarious. It will be rad!
- This year we are honored to take part in the North American Mycoflora Project by holding an on-site citizen science research project to describe, document, and preserve the variety of mushrooms found during the Radical Mycology Convergence – all to help better understand what species need protecting! The Project will be going on all weekend and attendees will be able to learn about and directly engage in this important work.
- This year we are bringing back the ever-popular Culture Barter Faire, Spores & Strains: a non-facilitated, non-commodified, free-for-all, where participants swap cultures of their favorite (legal) species. Bring your slants, syringes, and prints to get in on the action!
- And as with the last two RMCs, the weekend before the main event we are holding Fertile Substrate, a pre-RMC course and work party to prep the land for the gathering and to teach participants hands-on skills for making their own rad events go off without a hitch!
Application Deadlines Approaching
For people looking to engage in the RMC more directly, there are still two weeks to sign up to be a teacher, evening entertainer, vendor, artist in the RMC art gallery, or to be the event’s lead chef.
- For Teachers, we are seeking presentations related to mycology, ecology, permaculture, bioremediation, ecological revitalization, introductory science topics, and fungi-based cultural studies. Travel costs will be covered and an honorarium provided to all selected teachers.
- For Performers, we are seeking fungi- and eco-inspired entertainment for our evening activities. Music, performance, puppetry, dance, and more are all welcome. Performers will also be monetarily honored for their time and travel.
- For Chefs, we are seeking individuals with experience planning menus and cooking for groups for several hundred people. Volunteers and an honorarium will be provided to support your help!
- For Vendors, we are accepting applications for non-profits, and mycology- and ecology-related organizations and businesses.
- For Artists, we are accepting submissions for our myco art show, Mush Love.