Workshop Offerings

Walking the Mycelial Web: An Ecologically-Focused Mushroom Foray

A participatory, field-based workshop geared towards all levels of experience, covering:

  • Core Skills for Mushroom Identification
  • Mushroom Names and Meanings
  • Fungal Ecology
  • Culinary and Medicinal Applications
  • Ethical Harvesting Practices
  • Traditional & Contemporary Uses
  • Cultivation and Mycoremediation Potential

Participants will come to understand the roles that fungi play in symbiosis, succession and regeneration, and how we can ally with fungi to increase resilience in our living systems and communities.

 

King Bolete Rules with an Iron Skillet: Mushroom Cooking for the Wild at Heart

In this live cooking show and multi-course tasting dinner, mycologist and kitchen wizard Willoughby Arevalo will demonstrate appropriate pairings of local wild and cultivated mushrooms with seasonal ingredients, allowing each type of mushroom to shine in preparations honoring their unique qualities. Drawing from a diversity of world cuisines, Willoughby looks beyond classic and typical recipes for the most popular mushrooms to lesser known delicacies, medicinal treats and unexpected preparations. Participants will get to sample each dish while learning how to make them.

 

Medicinal Mushrooms in the Kitchen: Properties, Preparations, Indications and Usage

Learn about the properties of a variety of wild and cultivated medicinal mushrooms, while preparing them with a food-as-medicine approach that makes them enjoyable to incorporate into a healthful diet. Participants will get to sample the creations.

 

The Sex Life of Mushrooms

Fungi express brilliant sexual diversity in form, spore dispersal methods, life histories, partnerships and mating types. Therefore, they provide a model by which to compare the sexuality of humans and reflect on our sexual practices and social constructions of sex, gender, and family. Integrating experimental music and spoken word, Willoughby presents a juicy, in-depth, innuendo-laden personification of the life cycle of mushrooms, and sheds light on some of the queer and ecosexual ways that fungi procreate, celebrating the evolutionary advantages of sexual diversity.

 

Intro to Mushroom Cultivation for Food, Medicine and Soil

In this 2-hour beginner workshop, participants will learn basic principles and practices of growing mushrooms indoors or in the garden, using the most simple and affordable techniques.

 

Growing Mushrooms for Food, Medicine and Soil

This 8-hour workshop covers the core skills you need to get started growing spawn and mushrooms year round. Theoretical concepts and practical skills are covered in-depth and include simple, cost-saving techniques to grow mushrooms and their mycelium at home, in the garden or on the farm. This workshop can include a hands-on installation component.

Topics include:

  • Fungal Biology
  • Principles of Working with Fungi
  • A Brief History of Mushroom Cultivation
  • Liquid Culture Technique
  • Grain Spawn Production
  • Bulk Substrate Preparation and Formulation (Sawdust, Straw, Coffee Grounds etc.)
  • Sourcing Materials
  • Inoculation Techniques
  • Container Cropping
  • Indoor Fruiting Environments
  • Outdoor Installations
  • Mycopermaculture Concepts
  • Mycoremediation Applications
  • Off-Grid Adaptations
  • Scaling Up
  • Usage, Storage, and Marketing

 

Learning to Identify Mushrooms

This workshop intends to teach the core principles and skills of mushroom identification and ease the learning curve by clarifying broad concepts and offering tools to the beginner to intermediate mushroomer.

Topics include:

  • Understanding the Language of Mycology – Common and Scientific
  • Taxonomy: Macro to Micro, How Systems of Classification Change over Time
  • Mushroom Anatomy and Macroscopic Features – Discerning with all the Senses
  • Embodied Presence in the Mushroom Hunt
  • Recognizing Habitats and Reading Ecological Roles
  • Making and Reading Spore Prints
  • Using a Dichotomous Key
  • Stature Types, Major Groups and Species to Know
  • Seasonality and Geographical Occurance
  • The Mushroom Hunter’s Tools and Equipment
  • Ethical Harvesting Practices
  • Taking Field Notes
  • Resources for Further Study

 

Fruiting Embodied: An Adventure in Experiential Mycology

Engaging sensory meditation, ecosomatics and dance improvisation practices, we will move in nature, awakening the senses to feel the fungi around us and realize our place in forest ecology.

 

Putting the Fun in Fungi: A Mycological Playshop

What do mushrooms eat? What does it mean to be a decomposer? Join us as we play games, act out ecological roles and explore the amazing world of forest fungi. For kids of all ages (your inner child is welcome).

 

Sharing Mushrooms with Kids: A Teacher Training

One of the biggest gaps in our understanding of the natural world is in that of the fungal kingdom. Why? Because nobody taught us about it! Let’s break down fungophobic barriers and bring mycology to the people, particularly the little people. This workshop will cover getting kids excited about fungi, general guidelines, making the language of fungi accessible to kids, safety, tips on dealing with fearful schools and parents, and some fun activities to share.

 

Gardening with King Stropharia Mushrooms for Abundant Food and Vibrant Soil

We will create a King Stropharia bed, which will produce edible mushrooms while cycling carbon-rich garden waste back into nutrient rich soil, supporting neighboring plants and closing waste stream loops in the garden. Basic fungal biology will be explained to foster an understanding of what the fungi need, so participants will know care for the patch, ensuring continued harvests. There will be a brief explanation of how the spawn was made, to give a more complete picture of the cultivation process.

 

Growing Oyster Mushrooms on Upcycled Materials

Oyster mushrooms are some of the quickest, easiest and most satisfying mushrooms to grow – and they aren’t picky eaters! In this workshop we will grow them on one or more types of agricultural or urban waste products, using reclaimed containers, to create delicious, nutrient-dense food-medicine. Basic fungal biology will be explained to foster an understanding of what the fungi need, so participants know how to care for the mycelium, ensuring continued harvests. There will be a brief explanation of how the spawn was made, to give a more complete picture of the cultivation process.

 

 

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