Friends of Fungi - Menla Fall Weekend Retreat

Fungi Walks, Indoor & Outdoor Cultivation, & Medicinal Workshops
09/09/2022
FRIDAY- SUNDAY
MENLA RESORT & SPA

From the largest living organism on the planet to the creation of soil, fungi play an essential role in sustaining life on earth. They have been recycling and helping to heal the planet for millennia.  Humans are learning to pair with fungi to improve our lives with the food and medicines this extraordinary kingdom/queendom has to offer.

Come explore the interesting and ancient relationship fungi have with our world and our culture. Learn about fungi and mushrooms in history and as we currently know them. Discussions will include: biology and ecology of fungi, mushrooms as food and medicine, how fungal allies can create resilience in our agriculture and communities, gardening with mushrooms, and mushrooms to heal the planet.

Through fun, hands-on activities learn low tech methods to cultivate gourmet and medicinal mushrooms, identify and harvest wild mushrooms, and make mushroom medicines.

Participants will create/inoculate and take home:

- Indoor Oyster mushroom grow kit
- Outdoor Winecap Mushroom Starter
- Chaga tincture
- Foraging hand lens and Mushroom journal
- Deeper connection with fungi, nature, self, and friends

Schedule

Friday, September 9th

  • 3 - 8pm Check-in
  • 6 - 7pm Dinner
  • 7:30pm Evening Program Intro and Welcome Circle
    • Evening Presentation: Mushrooms 101 – Biology and Ecology of Fungi - John

Saturday, September 10th

  • 8 - 9am  Breakfast 
  • 9:30am - 12pm Mushroom Walk: How to identify mushrooms
  • 12:30 - 1:30pm - Lunch
  • 1:30 - 2pm Break
  • 2 - 4pm Afternoon Program 1
    • Outdoor Inoculation: Wine-cap in Wood chips & Slurry - John
    • Indoor Inoculation: Oysters on Sawdust. Grow your own oyster kit. – Gabriela & Aubrey
  • 4 - 4:30pm - Break
  • 4:30 - 6pm - Afternoon Program 2
    • Kombucha, fermentation & growing beneficial mycobiomes-Erwin
    • Myco-Technologies - John
  • 6 - 7pm - Dinner
  • 7:30 - 9:00pm - Evening Keynote
    • Medicinal Mushrooms: Health for the Body, Mind, and Planet
    • Chaga Tincture making workshop
  • 9:00pm - Optional: open discussion at fire pit. Music Jam (bring instruments)

Sunday, September 11th

  • 7 - 11am Check-out of Rooms
  • 8 - 9am - Breakfast 
  • 9:30 - 11:30am Morning Program
    • Mushroom Walk
    • Mushroom Cooking Class & Tasting
    • Closing Circle
  • 12 - 1pm Lunch and Departure

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