Program

September 25, 26, & 27, 2020 •  Virtual Conference
~ A Weekend Full of  Women Weaving Their Love of  Mycelium~
 

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The schedule is listed below, click on the day and session to find out what workshops are available at that time.
*the schedule is subject to change

Conference Workshops and Descriptions

Friday, September 25

MUSHROOM COOKING DEMO | 5:30-6:30pm CST


w/ Dani Lind of Rooted Spoon




KEYNOTE: WOMEN IN MYCOLOGY 7-8:30pm CST


Women in Mycology w/ Giuliana Furci 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.




SESSION 1: Option 1 - WOMEN'S MAGICAL CHANTING | 2-3:30pm CST


Women's Magical Chanting - Chants for Female Rites of Passage | Ruth Barrett This singing workshop focuses on chants for the female life cycle that can be included in a variety of women’s rituals. Fom birth to death, including the uterine blood mysteries of menses and menopause, this workshop celebrates the power of the female body. Bring your Women's Magical Chanting - Chants for Female Rites of Passage | Ruth Barrettvoice, drums, and percussion toys (optional).




SESSION 1: Option 2 - YOUR CO-INCIDENCE MATTERS | 2-3:30pm CST


How to Make Your Co-incidence Matter: Become a Citizen Scientist | Giuliana Furci 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.




SESSION 2: Option 1 - FORBIDDEN WISDOM | 4-5:30pm CST


Forbidden Wisdom | Mary Lou Singleton A discussion on the (hypothetical, of course) use of plant medicines the authorities tell us are dangerous but our foremothers used wisely. We are witnessing growing fear and self-policing among herbalists around "dangerous" plants. Herbs much less likely to harm us than common drugs like tylenol are treated as poisonous. Let's remember and renew our relationship with the plant medicines that require us to be mindful and wise. Herbs discussed will include chaparral, poke, ephedra, datura, comfrey, Syrian rue, San Pedro Cactus, and bundleflower. Novice and experienced herbalists alike are welcome, and all are reminded to be respectful of the power of these healing and (at times) controversial plants. Class will include case studies.




SESSION 2: Option 2 - MUSHROOMS IN THE KITHCEN AND APOTHECARY | 4-5:30pm CST


Mushrooms in the Kitchen and Apothecary | Linda Conroy

Learn about the healing value of mushrooms as well as how to prepare them for optimal nourishment and healing. This presentation will be multifaceted, offering information about both mushroom nourishment and mushroom medicine. An overview of the health benefits and the medicinal qualities of mushrooms will be shared and the instructor will offer ideas of preparing mushrooms and will offer recipes for inspiriation.




WELCOME AND OPENING CEREMONY | 1-1:45pm CST


Welcome, Conferenc Overview and Opening Ceremony with w/ Ruth Barrett & Lauren Cahillane





Saturday, September 26

KEYNOTE: A READING & TALK ON MOURNING, HEALING & MUSHROOMS | 11am-12:30pm CST


A Reading and Talk on Mourning, Healing and Mushrooms | Long Litt Woon Long Litt Woon will read from her book, A Way Through the Woods: On Mushrooms and Mourning, and speak about how mushrooming and mushrooms healed her when she grieved for her husband. She will be available for Q and A.




KEYNOTE: DOCTOR, DESTROYER, DIVINER, DELIGHTER--Women and Sacred Plants | 6:30-8:30pm CST


Poetry w/ Dominique Christina Doctor, Destroyer, Diviner, Delighter---Women, and Sacred Plants | Mariavittoria Mangini, PhD, FNP From the earliest times women have been associated with plants and plant life. The image of the woman in her garden is an archetype crossing all time and cultures, connecting the enchantress Cleopatra, the mushroom curandera Maria Sabina, and the medical cannabis pioneer Valerie Corrall. The goddesses of myths and antiquity, as well as real women of the ancient world, were closely associated with sacred plants and mushrooms, and with the powers of healers and seers. Ancient history recorded an abundance of images depicting women with sacred plants: they are on wall friezes, crockery, in tapestries and other art forms and cover all facets of the meaning of the word “drug’ – a magic potion such as a love philter , a healing medicine, and a dangerous poison. This talk will present some of these images, as well as images and stories of modern women wise in the ways of sacred plants and fungi.




SESSION 4: Option 1 - FRUITING FUNGUS LIFE CYCLE | 2-3:30pm CST


Fruiting Fungus Life Cycle | Gabriela D'Elia Fungi, animated inhabitants of above and below, have long been by our side, reflecting our capacity for regeneration, inquiry, embodiment, and soul-fullness. Fungi have accompanied human life on this planet to a degree that rivals the moon's fellowship. In this presentation we will discuss the intimate similarities between our beloved moon and our dear fungi. Along the way we will uncover some cosmic related ethnomycology as well as how the mushroom life cycle reflects the moon's cycle and why an awareness of larger cycles can be healing.




SESSION 3: Option 1 - FUNGAL FUNDATMENTALS: Introduction to Mushroom Identificaiton  | 9-10:30am CST


Introduction to Mushroom Idenitification | Sonia Horowitz This presenation is designed for those beginning their discovery of the fungal world. We will study the basics of fungal identification including fungal anatomy, foraging safety, and source vetting to give you that confidence that you need to continue and broaden your explorations.




SESSION 5: Option 1 - MARVELOUS MS. MYCELIUM! | 4-5:30pm CST


Marvelous Ms. Mycelium! | Gina Rivers Contla She’s buried under our feet. She’s nurtures the trees and plants, nestled around root systems, caretaker of ecosystems, she is the mushrooms hidden body. What is Mycelium? Join me as we delve deep into the Mysteries of Mycelium. We’ll discuss why we, as women, may want to strengthen our connection with the mushroom organism’s Yin aspect and uncover why this stage may be a promising step towards healing our Mother Earth.




SESSION 3: Option 2 - MUSHROOMS IN CLINICAL PRACTICE | 9-10:30am CST


Mushrooms in Clinical Practice | Cornelia Cho, M.D. Medicinal Mushrooms are our healing allies, producing complex molecules often compatible with human physiology. Lion’s Mane Hericium mushroom produces nerve growth compounds able to cross the blood-brain barrier and stimulate nerve cell growth. Another mushroom is now curing chemical addictions, helping treatment-resistant depression and more. We will discuss clinical research, case studies, precautions and DIY cutting-edge mushroom methodologies.




SESSION 4: Option 2 - MYCOPIGMENTS-Dyeing Fibers with Mushrooms | 2-3:30pm CST


Mycopigments - Dyeing Fibers with Mushrooms | Alissa Allen Explore the wide range of color that can be obtained from two common mushrooms. In this live dye demo, we will talk about how to recognize Dyer’s Polypore and Lobster mushrooms, where to look for them, when to harvest for maximum dye potential and how to extract the colors. We will also explore how to work with mineral salts like alum and iron as well as pH modifiers to achieve a nearly full spectrum of color.




SESSION 5: Option 2 - BECOMING FRIENDS WITH DEATH | 4-5:30pm CST


Becoming Friends with Death: An interview with a death worker | Rebekah Dawn and Lauren Cahillane Rebekah Dawn is a community herbalist, crisis counselor, artist, and death doula. Join in for an interview exploring death as a vital stage to our human growth and development, how we can make friends with our mortality. Learn the skills of grief, and how grief might actually make our lives more joyful! Guiding our discussion with Rebekah will be Lauren Cahillane, an herbalist, curious student of the Wise Woman Tradition, and facilitator of ritual.




MORNING MOVEMENT: Option 1 - MUSHROOM YOGA | 7:30-8:30am CST


Moving Like a Mushroom Yoga w/ Mary Bue




MORNING MOVEMENT: Option 2 - MEDITATION WITH MYCELIA | 7:30-8:30am CST


Meditation with Mycelia w/ Sue Van Hook Sue Van Hook has led shamanic journeys to the lower world to communicate with fungi at various mycogatherings. She will lead participants during a morning meditation to connect and receive guidance from our fungal allies for healing earth and ourselves.




TALKING STICK: HOLDING SPACE FOR WOMEN | 8:30-9:30pm CST


Holding Space for Women | Linda Conroy & Abby Wagner Join Linda Conroy and Abby Wagner for this space for women to speak and share from their heart. Each person will be invited to share a story or experience form the day. There is much to experience during this conference and this is an opportunity to share insights, inspiration and/or highlights. Sharing and listening can be profound and assist everyone in seeing from a different perspetive.. Join us as we see and witness each other in this mycelial journey. Each woman will have an alotted amount of time to share and be witnessed.




MARKETPLACE: Music, Laugther Yoga and Amazing Vendors | 12:30-1:30pm CST






Sunday, September 27

MARKETPLACE | 12:30-1:30pm CST





MORNING MOVEMENT: Option 1 - MUSHROOM YOGA | 7:30-8:30am CST


Moving Like a Mushroom Yoga w/ Mary Bue




MORNING MOVEMENT: Option 2 - MEDITATION WITH MYCELIA | 7:30-8:30am CST


Meditation with Mycelia w/ Sue Van Hook Sue Van Hook has led shamanic journeys to the lower world to communicate with fungi at various mycogatherings. She will lead participants during a morning meditation to connect and receive guidance from our fungal allies for healing earth and ourselves.




SESSION 9: Option 1 - BEEMUSHROOMED: How fungi can help give bees a chance | 4-5:30pm CST


BeeMushroomed: How fungi can help give bees a chance | Loni Jean Ronnebaum Paul Stamets and Fungi Perfecti, makers of Host Defense, have teamed up with Washington State University to study the effects of fungal extracts on bees. Together our efforts have raised over 5 million towards this important cause! We will discuss our past research, future plans and what, as individuals, we can do to give bees a chance.




SESSION 9: Option 2 - THE KEY TO MUSHROOMS: Beyond the Basics | 4-5:30pm CST


The Key to Mushrooms: Beyond the Basics | Rebecca Chandler This class will empower those who are ready to take their mushroom identification skills to the next level using keys and the careful act of observation. Rebecca will cover fundamental mushroom identification methods and move on to more advanced techniques. Students will have the chance to hone in on their own mushroom identification skills and walk away more confident in their identification skills. and move on to more advanced techniques. Students will have the chance to hone in on their own mushroom identification skills and walk away more confident in their identification skills.




CLOSING CEREMONY | 5:45-6:15pm CST


w/ Ruth Barrett




SESSION 7: Option 2 - LEGENDARY LION'S MANE | 11am-12:30pm CST


Legendary Lion’s Mane | Gina Rivers Contla Explore new scientific discoveries, clinical trials, clinical reports and testimonials about the Legendary Lion’s Mane! In this lecture we will discuss how important this phenomenal fungi may be to our neurological system, as well as other body systems. Current published studies, clinical reports and first-hand testimonials will be reviewed, as well as how often and how much to consume for beneficial results.




SESSION 8: Option 2 - LOW-TECH MUSHROOM GARDENING | 2-3:30pm CST L


Low-tech Mushroom Gardening | Roxanne Hanna Join Roxanne Hanna of Wellspring Inc education farm for a beginner-friendly crash course in growing mushrooms on a small, low-tech scale for food and medicine. Together we'll get familiar with the anatomy of fungi, their lifecycle, and what they need to thrive and fruit. Along the way, we will learn how to use and understand mycological terms correctly, how to troubleshoot your mushroom "garden", and how to choose which fungi is a fit for your needs.




SESSION 6: Option 1 - MUSHROOMS AS A REGENERATIVE RESOURCE | 9-10:30am CST


Mushrooms as a Regenerative Resource | Sue Van Hook Sue Van Hook, mycologist, will discuss the essential roles Arbuscular Mycorrhizae have played throughout time in creating and maintaining microbial life and carbon storage in soils. She will demonstrate three easy methods you can use to test the health of your soils. The good news is we can significantly lower the ppms of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere in 10-30 years through regenerative agricultural practices.




SESSION 6: Option 1 - MUSHROOM FORAGING: Tips, Tricks and Tools of the Trade| 9-10:30am CST


Mushroom Foraging: Tips, Tricks and Tools of the Trade | Rebecca Chandler Learn how to create a cost-effective mushroom foraging kit so you are ready to start foraging. Learn tips for finding great mushroom hunting spots and how to locate your favorite mushroom species. Activate your creative side as Rebecca discusses mushroom journaling and taking spore prints. This class will provide you with all of the tips, tricks and tools needed to start foraging and enjoying the wild world of mushrooms!




SESSION 7: Option 1 - MYCOASTROLOGY | 11am-12:30pm CST


MycoAstrology | Gabriela D'Elia The field of MycoAstrology integrates the medicinal languages of mycology and astrology. Both are ancient mysteries that speak to self-inquiry and collective consciousness. Gabriela understands that observing fungi, cosmos, body, and mind are closely connected. In this presentation you will hear about the most fundamental astrological archetypes (like planets and zodiac signs) and their fungal counterparts. Each mushroom has a variety of functions, relationships, medicinal properties, appearances, and characters that can be of value in schools like herbalism, alchemy, naturopathy, and astrology. In this realm of MycoAstrology, we listen to what fruiting body speaks to your very own fruiting body.




SESSION 8: Option 1 - MYCOMYTHOLOGY | 2-3:30pm CST


Mycomythology | Sonia Horowitz Mushrooms and fungi have been woven into the tapestry of human spirituality from the very first expressions of human creativity. In this fun class you get to choose what you learn! The participants will be able to choose from a list of topics from the reindeer peoples of the north to the curanderas of Mexico, and much, much more.




SESSION 6: Option 2 - THE ROLE OF FUNGI IN RESTORING SOIL CARBON AND REVERSING CLIMATE CHANGE | 9-10:30am CST


The Role of Fungi in Restoring Soil Carbon and Reversing Climate Change | Sue Van Hook Mycologist Sue Van Hook will discuss the essential roles Arbuscular Mycorrhizae have played throughout time in creating and maintaining microbial life and carbon storage in soils. She will demonstrate three easy methods you can use to test the health of your soils. The good news is we can significantly lower the ppms of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere in 10-30 years through regenerative agricultural practices.




POST CONFERENCE WORKSHOP - TODO ACERCA DE LOS HONGOS | 7-8pm CST


Todo acerca de los hongos con Guiliana Furci (All About Mushrooms Workshop en Español w/ Giuliana Furci) Click here to register for the Post Conference Workshop.





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