4th Annual 

Mycelium Mysteries

A Women's Mushroom Retreat

September 25, 26, & 27, 2020 •  Almond, WI
Registration for the Fall Retreat NOW OPEN!

~ Thank You ~

To all who sent in proposals

We received more workshops than a weekend can hold! 

Mark your calendar for next year call for workshop proposals in early 2021 when we will be Celebrating the 5th anniversary of Mycelium Mysteries!

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!


This weekend-long women's retreat will focus on understanding fungi as the Grandmothers of our ecosystems. 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.

Midwest Women’s Herbal held the 1st annual Mycelium Mysteries, A Women’s Mushroom Retreat, on October 6,7, & 8  2017. This event was the first women's mushroom retreat in the entire world. Midwest Women’s Herbal is committed to providing herbal education and opportunities for transformation, immersed in the Wise Woman Tradition. 

Guiliana Furci

Keynote Speaker & Preconference Workshop

Keynote Address: Women in Mycology  ~ Since fungi were studied as plants for so long, many female botanists made significant contributions to mycology. Later, with the recognition of fungi as a Kingdom in their own right, women have increasingly taken on a fundamental role in all continents. Giuliana will take us on a time travel to learn about the women who have shaped mycology as it is today.

Pre-Conference workshop: How to Make Your Co-incidence Matter: Become a Citizen Scientist  ~ When you encounter a fungus, what do you have to do to make your encounter a valuable record and become a citizen scientist? In this workshop we will learn the steps to photograph, take notes, collect, dry and preserve samples, and learn where to send them. We will learn the theory, go to the field, and then go through the necessary steps to make your encounter last through time and contribute to the knowledge of fungi.

The 4th Annual: Mycelium Mysteries A Women's Mushroom Retreat will include:

  • Returning Instructors: Linda Conroy, Sonia Horowitz, Kathleen McLean, Cornelia Cho, Pat Armstrong, Kate McFeeley and more to come...keep checking back!

  • Wild Mushroom Skills: Gathering, identification and preparation 

  • Fungal Ecology: How fungi continually shape our environments 

  • Fungi & Human Health: Mushroom nutrition, medicine making & pathology 

  • Ethnomycology: Mythology & herstory of women in mycology 

  • Mushroom Crafts


Registration for the Fall Retreat is now open!
Friday, September 25

Friday, September 27

10:00am-1:00pm Arrival and Check In

12:15-1:15 pm Lunch (pre-purchased)

1:45-3:00pm Welcome and Opening Gathering

3:30-5:00pm Workshop Session 1

6:00-7:00pm Dinner

7:30-9:30pm Evening gathering & Keynote 

9:45-11:30pm Evening Activities 

Tentative Schedule 
(Subject to Change)

Saturday, September 26

7:15-8:15am Early Morning Activities

8:00-8:45am Breakfast

9:00-10:30am Workshop Session 2

10:45-12:15pm Keynote

12:30-1:30pm Lunch

1:45 -3:15pm Workshop Session 3

3:30-5:30pm Free time Activities

6:15-7:15pm Dinner

7:45-9:30pm Evening Gathering & Panel Discussion 

9:45-11:00 pm Evening Activities

Sunday, September 27

7:15- 8:15am Early Morning Activities

8:30-9:30am Breakfast

9:45-11:15am Workshop Session 4

12:00-1:00pm Lunch

1:15pm- 2:45pm Workshop Session 5

3:15pm Closing Gathering

Midwest Women's Herbal Podcast

Check out a 2019 MIDWEST WOMEN’S HERBAL AND MYCELIUM MYSTERIES CONFERENCES SPECIAL EDITION PODCAST by Women's Liberation Radio News. This special podcast features interviews with 4 instructors. 

Fall 2019 Mushroom Retreat Recordings!

Order individual recordings from the Fall 2019 Mushroom Retreat, or order the entire bundle! New recordings are marked in the shop below. 

Pricing for Mycelium Mysteries & the Spring Conference can be found on the Pricing pages.
Since the first Retreat, Mycelium Mysteries has  been held at Camp Helen Brachman in Almond Wisconsin. 
If you are attending the Spring 2020 Herbal Conference you can also register for Mycelium Mysteries and save $50!
Mycelium Mysteries is a retreat for women 18 and over.
Babes in arms (that is, babies that are not yet mobile) are welcome. Please consider registering your child or teen at Kids Camp or Teen Spiral at our spring conference, May 29, 30 & 31, 2020, where we will have programming for children and teens. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

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