Aug. 2015 – Recomposing Life: Building Allyship with Fungi in Community Resistance & Resilience
This fall, the Radical Mycology Collective is honored to offer a unique, 3-day course in Portland, OR on their reasons, dreams, and means for allying with fungi in the search for new ways of supporting and defending the regenerative cycles of the earth. This course is not just an introduction to growing mushrooms, it is a suggestive view into redefining ecological relationships and our role as humans in the lands that we inhabit. As an intensive course, Recomposing Life will cover a great depth of information presented on working with fungi for personal, societal, and ecological health. As an intentional event, it also seeks to bring together participants who feel called to serve as a voice for the fungi, the most overlooked and misrepresented beings in the web of life.
Recomposing Life is an offering from the course leaders to share their collected knowledge to a small group of people who desire a deeper relationship with the fungi. It is a chance to openly explore the topics covered and not be afraid to take them into unexplored or taboo territory. This course may be challenging for some as the teachers will encourage all those involved to push the boundaries on what is possible when thinking about fungi. The extent of human-fungal relations have only begun to be breached. When one comes to understand the fungi and what they represent, one learns to see their influence and lessons reflected everywhere, finding that they hold few boundaries in their potential to guide our personal and cultural evolution.
Course topics include:
- Guiding principles for allying with fungi
- Fungal biology and ecology
- Forays in Tryon state park
- Mushroom and lichen ID for habitat protection and cultivation
- Low cost mushroom and mycorrhizae cultivation for food, medicine, and remediation
- Integrating fungi into landscapes
- The chemistry and treatment of common industrial pollutants
- Low cost soil and water testing practices
- Medicinal mushroom processing and intuiting
- Mycomimicry in social organizing and self care
- The somatic experience of fungi
- Mushrooms as sexual beings
- Anti-oppression work in mycology
- Evening discussions on dark ecologies and the philosophy of fungi
- On-site Installations
Register for Recomposing Life by clicking here.
Space is limited and the application deadline is June 12;
we will be accepting late registration based on space availability.