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Wednesday, August 17
 

10:00am

Early Bird Foray with Lawrence Millman
Limited Capacity full

Please Note: This is not included in the full festival pass. 

Time and details TBA

Speakers
avatar for Lawrence Millman

Lawrence Millman

Lawrence Millman is an adventure travel writer and mycologist from Cambridge, Massachusetts. He is the author of eleven books, including Our Like Will Not Be There Again, Northern Latitudes, Last Places, An Evening Among Headhunters, A Kayak Full of Ghosts, Lost in the Arctic, and Fascinating Fungi of New England. His work has also appeared in Smithsonian, National... Read More →


Wednesday August 17, 2016 10:00am - 2:00pm
Mountains in and around Telluride

8:00pm

Beer Launch Party
Want to taste the Festival MycoBeer before anyone else!? Join Tradd Cotter and others as we toast to another exciting year of the Telluride Mushroom Festival.

There will be live music from Jeffrey James and the beer will be flowing! 

Speakers
avatar for Tradd Cotter

Tradd Cotter

Mushroom Mountain LLC
Tradd Cotter is a microbiologist, professional mycologist, and organic gardener, who has been tissue culturing, collecting native fungi in the Southeast, and cultivating both commercially and experimentally for more than twenty-two years. In 1996, he founded Mushroom Mountain, which he owns and operates with his wife, Olga, to explore applications for mushrooms in various industries and currently maintains over 200 species of fungi... Read More →

Sponsors

Wednesday August 17, 2016 8:00pm - 11:00pm
Elks Lodge Telluride Elks Lodge #692, 472 W. Pacific Ave., Telluride, CO 81435
 
Thursday, August 18
 

8:30am

Registration
Registration for the festival will take place at the Sheridan Opera House. You can pick up your materials any time the Sheridan Opera House is open.

Thursday August 18, 2016 8:30am - 9:00am
Sheridan Opera House 110 N Oak St, Telluride, CO 81435

9:00am

Opening Ceremony
Speakers
avatar for Art Goodtimes

Art Goodtimes

Art Goodtimes is an American poet, farmer and politician in Colorado...a founder and driving force of the Mushroom Festival. Goodtimes was first elected to the San Miguel County Board of Commissioners in 1996 as a Democrat. He switched to the Green Party of Colorado in 1998 and was re-elected in 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012. He is a noted poet and writer of several books and the poet laureate of the Telluride... Read More →
avatar for Gary Lincoff

Gary Lincoff

Gary Lincoff is the author or editor of several books and articles on mushrooms, including The Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Mushrooms. He teaches courses on mushroom identification at the New York Botanical Garden. He has led mushroom study trips and forays around the world, and he is a featured “myco-visionary” in the award-winning documentary Know Your Mushrooms. Gary Lincoff is a founder and driving force of the... Read More →


Thursday August 18, 2016 9:00am - 9:45am
Sheridan Opera House 110 N Oak St, Telluride, CO 81435

9:00am

Mycoremediation: Past, Present, and Future

Overview of unique projects, the successes or challenges the installations and design teams have overcome, the importance of bench tests and small scale studies before installation. How to integrate what we have learned so far into future projects


Speakers
avatar for Daniel Reyes

Daniel Reyes

Daniel Reyes is the founder and owner of the Myco Alliance in Austin Texas where he focuses on the research and development of low-impact cultivation techniques and Mycoremediation strategies for water, soil, and farm. His diverse background includes a B.S in Hydrogeology from UT Austin, environmental consultant for the oil and gas industry, geospatial technician with the City of Austin’s Watershed Protection Department, and member of the... Read More →


Thursday August 18, 2016 9:00am - 10:00am
Elks Lodge Telluride Elks Lodge #692, 472 W. Pacific Ave., Telluride, CO 81435

9:00am

Morning Foray
Thursday August 18, 2016 9:00am - 11:00am
Mountains in and around Telluride

10:00am

Tissue Culture I: Agar & Basics
Basic Home lab equipment and techniques for isolating and maintaining mushroom cultures - Interested in building your first lab? Already have one and need a few valuable pointers to minimize contamination and maximize your mycelial potential? This is a beginner to intermediate overview of everything you need to get started culturing mushrooms.

Thursday August 18, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am
Elks Lodge Telluride Elks Lodge #692, 472 W. Pacific Ave., Telluride, CO 81435

10:00am

Introduction to Mushrooms of Colorado
Speakers
avatar for Graham Steinruck

Graham Steinruck

Graham Steinruck served as the 2012 editor of SporesAfield, the newsletter for the Colorado Mycological Society, as well as the vice president of the club in 2011. He volunteers for the Arkansas Valley Mushroom Club as a chief identifier. He is a presenter at the Telluride Mushroom Festival and a regional representative of the Radical Mycology Convergence in Washington State. He is a radio host for an... Read More →


Thursday August 18, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am
Sheridan Opera House 110 N Oak St, Telluride, CO 81435

10:00am

Mushrooms of Mexico
Speakers
avatar for Alan Rockefeller

Alan Rockefeller

Alan Rockefeller is a mycologist studying the mushrooms of California and Mexico. He has been focusing on the taxonomy and photography of Mexican mushrooms for the past seven years. Alan recently returned from five months of collecting in Mexico with extensive field work in the states of Jalisco, Colima, Michoacan, District Federal, Morelos, Puebla, Veracruz and Oaxaca. When he is not photographing mushrooms, he is busy sequencing fungal DNA... Read More →


Thursday August 18, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am
Elks Lodge Telluride Elks Lodge #692, 472 W. Pacific Ave., Telluride, CO 81435

10:30am

Mushroom Forays
Mushroom forays are led daily by experts including Gary Lincoff, Lawrence Millman, Katrina Blair, Noah Siegel, Bill & Will Adams and many more. Sign-ups for forays are at the Sheridan Opera House. Some foray locations are in town while others require a vehicle. Forays are rated for difficulty based on length and terrain.

Please recognize your physical capabilities and choose forays that match those---you'll have a lot more fun if you are able to fully participate.

These daily forays are included in the full festival pass or many be purchased separately for $25/each.


Thursday August 18, 2016 10:30am - 2:00pm
Mountains in and around Telluride

11:00am

Mushroom Cultivation for Everyone

If you think growing mushrooms is too complicated, here’s your chance to see how easy and rewarding it can be. This workshop will get you growing, and you’ll leave understanding the best ways to cultivate delicious mushrooms at home or on your farm. You’ll learn about inexpensive start-up options for beginners, and many commercial ideas to expand on


Speakers
avatar for Tradd Cotter

Tradd Cotter

Mushroom Mountain LLC
Tradd Cotter is a microbiologist, professional mycologist, and organic gardener, who has been tissue culturing, collecting native fungi in the Southeast, and cultivating both commercially and experimentally for more than twenty-two years. In 1996, he founded Mushroom Mountain, which he owns and operates with his wife, Olga, to explore applications for mushrooms in various industries and currently maintains over 200 species of fungi... Read More →


Thursday August 18, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Elks Lodge Telluride Elks Lodge #692, 472 W. Pacific Ave., Telluride, CO 81435

11:15am

Easy Straw Cultivation of Oyster Mushrooms and Alternative Substrates

Mark Jones and Kris Holstrom will demo growing mushrooms on cereal straws, but also be discussing Ailanthus, thistle and introduce the Eat Your Weeds project to convert invasive and opportunistic plant species into edible mushrooms, while also focusing on community based systems for stroring and sharing information to improve the education of the processes in developing novel food production system for humans and livestock alike.


Speakers
avatar for Kris Holstrom

Kris Holstrom

Tomtem Farm
Kris Holstrom is the owner of Tomten Farm, a high altitude, off-grid, permaculture based research, demonstration and education farm at 9000’ near Telluride, Colorado. She consults on permaculture designs, edible and medicinal landscaping, school and community gardens through her business, Productive Properties. Kris has a BS in Forest Management from Utah State University and an MS in Horticulture from Virginia Tech... Read More →
avatar for Mark Jones

Mark Jones

Sharondale Mushroom Farm
Mark Jones operates Sharondale Mushroom Farm near Charlottesville, Virginia.  He grows gourmet and medicinal  mushrooms, mushroom spawn, and a diverse garden with small fruit, fiber, and flowering plants.  He teaches workshops about mushroom cultivation and designing perennial polycultures.  His current work includes: developing low-input mushroom growing techniques for small farms, intercropping mushrooms in... Read More →


Thursday August 18, 2016 11:15am - 12:15pm
Elks Park Elks Park, S Oak St, Telluride, CO 81435

11:15am

Mushroom Poisoning Syndromes in Pets
This talk will cover the different mushroom poisoning syndromes through a practical clinical lens, i.e. "what does this pet look like and how do we proceed from here?"  And then, "is there anything else this could be?" Also, what kinds of resources are available, and some newer and experimental, possibly life-saving treatments.  Dogs are the primary focus, though cats and others are mentioned as well.  This talk will be useful to pet lovers, veterinarians and anyone interested in aspects of mushroom poisoning.
 
Also, among your circle of friends and acquaintances, YOU are likely to be the one that knows the most about mushrooms.  Who are they going to call first when something happens to their "best friend?"



Speakers
avatar for Cornelia Cho

Cornelia Cho

Dr. Cornelia Cho graduated from the Medical College of Georgia School of Medicine in 1983. She works in Decatur, GA and specializes in Pediatrics. She is the President of the Georgia Mushroom Club and was last year's winner of the NAMA Knighton Award for Service to Amateur Mycology.


Thursday August 18, 2016 11:15am - 12:15pm
Elks Lodge Telluride Elks Lodge #692, 472 W. Pacific Ave., Telluride, CO 81435

11:15am

Under Pressure: Evolutionary Oddities in the Fungal World

Daniel Winkler had a medical emergency in the family, so Noah Siegel, author of the beautiful brand new book Mushrooms of the Redwood Coast, will dazzle you with intriguing tales and beautiful mushrooms.


Thursday August 18, 2016 11:15am - 12:15pm
Sheridan Opera House 110 N Oak St, Telluride, CO 81435

1:00pm

Mushroom Marketing for Small Scale Producers

This semi-moderated discussion and overview of mushroom farm marketing will include discussions about how to:  identify a market, develop a brand, develop buyer relationships, understanding certification processes, adapting cultivation to demand, post-harvest handling, and value added products for retail and wholesale marketing


Speakers
avatar for Mark Jones

Mark Jones

Sharondale Mushroom Farm
Mark Jones operates Sharondale Mushroom Farm near Charlottesville, Virginia.  He grows gourmet and medicinal  mushrooms, mushroom spawn, and a diverse garden with small fruit, fiber, and flowering plants.  He teaches workshops about mushroom cultivation and designing perennial polycultures.  His current work includes: developing low-input mushroom growing techniques for small farms, intercropping mushrooms in... Read More →


Thursday August 18, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Elks Lodge Telluride Elks Lodge #692, 472 W. Pacific Ave., Telluride, CO 81435

1:00pm

Mushrooms Going Mainstream-- The Evolution of Medicinal Mushrooms in the American Marketplace
Steve's talk will touch upon his experiences getting medicinal mushrooms into mainstream markets (barriers to entry, consumer education, new modes of delivery etc),  the technology of producing medicinal mushroom dietary supplements (extracts, Solid State Fermentation, Submerged Fermentation, fruit body vs mycelium, etc), his initial proof-of-concept work in the equine world and pet world, and regulatory issues. 

Speakers
avatar for Steve Farrar

Steve Farrar

CTO, Mushroom Matrx
Steve has been involved in specialty agriculture and organic food production systems for his entire professional life. He has been active in various aspects of mycology and mushroom production for over 30 years. His initial focus was on the production of specialty, gourmet mushrooms for fresh produce markets. He has been involved in the planning, startup and operation of several mushroom farms and has served as a consultant and mushroom... Read More →


Thursday August 18, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Elks Lodge Telluride Elks Lodge #692, 472 W. Pacific Ave., Telluride, CO 81435

1:30pm

Fungal diversity in Chile: Gondwanan Paradise on Earth
Fungi are not an exception when it comes to conservation action for biodiversity. Moreover, at The Fungi Foundation we believe they are critical for the outcome of conservation at large. Putting fungal public policy in place is a task never undertaken until an NGO from Chile committed to getting political justice for Kingdom Fungi. Our work also takes on the task of working on the symbolical level of public perception of the fungi kingdom. To secure the future of fungi we need sound science, legislative action and creative transformation of our perception/understanding of our dependence on fungi for life. The latter is being developed through a pioneer project to integrate art, science and citizens at large in conjunction with Fundación Armar. The results are promising! 

Speakers
avatar for Giuliana Furci

Giuliana Furci

Executive Director / Founder of Fundacion Fungi, Giuliana Maria Furci George-Nascimento has been devoted to mycology since 1999. Her inescapable drive to study Chile's fungi has led her to travel the country looking for fungal fruit bodies in different environments and ecosystems. In 2007 she published "Fungi Austral - Field Guide to the Outstanding Fungi of Chile", and later, in 2013, [“Fungi of Chile, the Field Guide”] which is... Read More →


Thursday August 18, 2016 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Sheridan Opera House 110 N Oak St, Telluride, CO 81435

2:00pm

Tissue Culture II: Spores, Cloning, Collection
Learn from experienced tissue culturists the basic transfer techniques, cloning strategies, and culture collection maintenance tips that will help you minimize contamination and strain loss.

Thursday August 18, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Elks Lodge Telluride Elks Lodge #692, 472 W. Pacific Ave., Telluride, CO 81435

2:00pm

Origins of a Mycologist

How can an ordinary person not trained as a scientist become a mycologist and get involved with research? And how far can you take it as a citizen scientist? Writer Jill Riddell gave it a try. She set out on a quest to understand how scientists discover new species—where do they find them, and how do they know when it’s something new? She started studying mites, moved on to mammals, and ended up in mushrooms. She spent hours in the woods and just like real scientists, spent even more time indoors with a microscope. The end result was becoming part of a team that found a type of chanterelle never before named or described. 


Speakers
avatar for Jill Riddell

Jill Riddell

Jill Riddell writes about nature and the environment, and is on the faculty of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she teaches in the MFA in writing program. She’s been a museum vice president, the co-host of a podcast on green living and a newspaper columnist. Currently, she’s working on a book about finding a species new to science.


Thursday August 18, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Elks Lodge Telluride Elks Lodge #692, 472 W. Pacific Ave., Telluride, CO 81435

2:00pm

Mushroom ID and Cooking
Learn about the mushrooms you and others found on your forays. Work with experts to obtain a proper ID for your mushrooms and see what others have found! This is a great learning activity and a wonderful opportunity to see the fungal diversity in the Telluride-area.

Found something edible? Want to cook it up? Basic cooking supplies are available for your to savor your find! 


Thursday August 18, 2016 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Elks Park Elks Park, S Oak St, Telluride, CO 81435

2:30pm

Introduction to Truffle Dogs

Truffle Dog Training 101 Chris Ricci will present an introduction to truffle hunting with his dog, Daisy. After an overview of truffle types and training techniques, Daisy will show us what her nose is made of.


Speakers
avatar for Chris Ricci (w. Daisy)

Chris Ricci (w. Daisy)

Majesty Mushrooms
Chris Ricci is a lifelong mushroom hunter, fisherman and family man. He has taught mycology in Durango for the past decade and was one of the first people recognized by the State of Colorado to be a mushroom identification expert.  He is available for private lessons in mushroom hunting, mushroom cultivation and bass fishing. Find him on the web at MajestyMushrooms.com


Thursday August 18, 2016 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Sheridan Opera House 110 N Oak St, Telluride, CO 81435

3:30pm

The Creeping Garden
A real life science fiction movie exploring a world creeping right beneath our feet, where time and space are magnified and intelligence redefined. The Creeping Garden is a multi award winning feature length creative documentary exploring the work of fringe scientists, mycologists and artists, and their relationship with the extraordinary plasmodial slime mould.
The slime mould is being used to explore biological-inspired design, emergence theory, unconventional computing and robot controllers, much of which borders on the world of science fiction. But as well as exploring the slime mould in the lab, the film also travels out into the wild, hunting for the organisms in their natural habitat.
Co-directed by artist film-maker Tim Grabham and writer and film curator Jasper Sharp, the film follows in the unconventional footsteps of Grabham's previous feature 'KanZeOn' and Sharps fascination with the extended world of mycology.With an original soundtrack composed by celebrated musician and producer Jim O'Rourke (Sonic Youth, Werner Herzog's 'Grizzly Man') this is a unique exploration into a hitherto untapped subject matter, observing and immersing the audience into the worlds of the observers and the observed.
Contributors included Mark Pragnell, an amateur mycologist with a keen interest in slime moulds; Bryn Dentinger, Head of Mycology at the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, who introduces the viewer to theFungarium, the largest archive of fungi specimens in the world, which has its own special section devoted to myxomycetes; Dr. Tim Boon, Head of Research & Public History at The Science Museum, London, and the author of Films of Fact: A History of Science Documentary on Film and Television, who details the history of cinema and its characteristics of time and image magnification to explore and explain science to the general public, specifically the film Magic Myxies (1931) by the pioneering scientific filmmaker Percy Smith; Professor Andrew Adamatzky of the Centre for Unconventional Computing at University of the West of England in Bristol, whose research into slime moulds as a biological substrate for computation has led tofurther research at the university into using slime moulds to perform complex computational tasks and tomodel road transport networks and human emotional expressions; and Dr Klaus-Peter Zauner of the University of Southampton, who has constructed a robot controlled by slimemoulds.

http://www.creepinggarden.com/ 


Thursday August 18, 2016 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Sheridan Opera House 110 N Oak St, Telluride, CO 81435

4:00pm

Chef's Mushroom Cook-off
The cookoff is one of the most exciting events of the festival. Chefs compete for best mushroom dish and festival attendees are able to sample all of the dishes. Past years have included Puffball Pistachio Ice Cream, Porcini Pancakes with Candycap Whipped Cream, and last year’s winner was an Apricot Chanterelle tart. Some of the plated presentations by the chefs resemble little gnome gardens and feature mushroom-themed decorations to garner audience favor and votes.  Chefs travel from all over the United States to compete in this highly competitive and delicious event. Cowboys and Indians Magazine named the Telluride Mushroom Festival one of the 15 best foodie festivals in the West. 

This event is free to the public with a cash bar full or amazing mushroom beers! The cookoff will be open to the public at 4:00 pm.


Thursday August 18, 2016 4:00pm - 7:00pm
Gondola Lot

7:45pm

The Neurogenic Properties of Mushrooms
This presentation will discuss how mushrooms stimulate neurogenesis, how that compares to other “drugs” and what therapeutic opportunities boosting neurogenesis offers. 

Speakers
avatar for Michele Ross

Michele Ross

Dr. Michele Ross is Founder and CEO of the Denver-based nonprofit IMPACT Network. As a neuroscientist, she was frustrated by the lack of education on the endocannabinoid system both doctors and scientists received, despite medical cannabis being used by millions of patients nationwide. In 2013, she founded "The Endocannabinoid Deficiency Foundation," now known as IMPACT Network, with the mission to make medical cannabis treatment a... Read More →


Thursday August 18, 2016 7:45pm - 8:45pm
Sheridan Opera House 110 N Oak St, Telluride, CO 81435

9:00pm

Jam Session
Musicians performing at the festival will get together and play group favorites! Mushroom Beer all around!

Artists

Thursday August 18, 2016 9:00pm - 11:00pm
Elks Lodge Telluride Elks Lodge #692, 472 W. Pacific Ave., Telluride, CO 81435
 
Friday, August 19
 

9:00am

Mycoremediation: From the Field to the Lab and Back Again

Fungi are the great healers of Earth, upholding an array of unique ecological roles that no bacteria, plant, or animal can match. In this presentation, Peter will show how these natural functions of fungi can be intentionally worked with by humans in a variety of ways to mitigate pollution, restore degraded lands, build soil, strengthen ecosystems, and create cleaner water. From home-scale techniques that anyone can practice, to insights into the tools behind broadscale remediation efforts, this talk will provide you with a solid foundation in the theory and methods behind the rapidly evolving and exciting field of mycoremediation.


Speakers
avatar for Peter McCoy

Peter McCoy

Peter McCoy is a founder and author of Radical Mycology, a grassroots organization and movement that teaches the means to easily work with mushrooms and other fungi for personal, societal, and ecological resilience. For the last 8 years, Radical Mycology has provided free resources and held internationally attended conferences that share the science of mycology and art mushroom cultivation in a way that is open-source, practical, and relevant... Read More →


Friday August 19, 2016 9:00am - 10:00am
Elks Lodge Telluride Elks Lodge #692, 472 W. Pacific Ave., Telluride, CO 81435

9:00am

Origins of Fungi I. What we know (a lot!) and what we don't (a lot more!).
Speakers
avatar for Britt Bunyard

Britt Bunyard

Publisher / Editor in Chief, FUNGI Magazine
Britt Bunyard is the founder, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of the mycology journal FUNGI which has the largest circulation of any mycological publication in North America. Britt has worked as a full-time Biology professor and has coauthored Mushrooms and Macrofungi of Ohio and Midwestern States along with the publication of scientific papers in research journals and popular science magazines.


Friday August 19, 2016 9:00am - 10:00am
Sheridan Opera House 110 N Oak St, Telluride, CO 81435

9:00am

Morning Foray
Friday August 19, 2016 9:00am - 11:00am
Mountains in and around Telluride

10:00am

Origins of Fungi II. Of the Hyphosphere: Fungi from the Beginning
Fungi have been argued to be among the first multi-cellular organisms to have evolved on Earth—an ancient kin from which plants and animals descended long ago. Today, fungi are found in nearly all habitats, forming complex symbioses with plants and animals, and helping balance the overall health of dynamic ecological webs. In this presentation, Peter will walk through the fascinating landmarks in fungal evolution that have led to these current collaborations and detail how integral fungi have become to all aspects of life. From the heart of Antarctica, to the bottom of the ocean, to the soils of the Colorado plateau, Peter will help expose these hidden connections in the fungal history of Earth. The result just may change the way you think about fungi and the world at large.

Speakers
avatar for Peter McCoy

Peter McCoy

Peter McCoy is a founder and author of Radical Mycology, a grassroots organization and movement that teaches the means to easily work with mushrooms and other fungi for personal, societal, and ecological resilience. For the last 8 years, Radical Mycology has provided free resources and held internationally attended conferences that share the science of mycology and art mushroom cultivation in a way that is open-source, practical, and relevant... Read More →



Friday August 19, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am
Sheridan Opera House 110 N Oak St, Telluride, CO 81435

10:00am

Painting Mushrooms with Watercolors
Speakers
avatar for Denis Benjamin

Denis Benjamin

Denis Benjamin, born in South Africa, emigrated to the USA in 1970. He completed his residency in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of Washington in Seattle and was on the faculty until 2000. He practiced pediatric pathology at the children’s hospital in Seattle and later at Cook Children’s in Fort Worth. He became a hiker and mushroom enthusiast, spending much of his leisure time on the eastern slopes of the... Read More →



Friday August 19, 2016 10:00am - 12:00pm
Elks Lodge Telluride Elks Lodge #692, 472 W. Pacific Ave., Telluride, CO 81435

10:15am

The Mycelial Matrix:  fungi in agroecological design

Explore emergent properties of cultivated mycelial growth in perennial agroecological systems.  Fungi cultivated for mushrooms, mycorrhyzae, and mycoremediation build an interconnected support network for multi-kingdom interactions that add diversity and resilience to gardens and small farms.


Speakers
avatar for Mark Jones

Mark Jones

Sharondale Mushroom Farm
Mark Jones operates Sharondale Mushroom Farm near Charlottesville, Virginia.  He grows gourmet and medicinal  mushrooms, mushroom spawn, and a diverse garden with small fruit, fiber, and flowering plants.  He teaches workshops about mushroom cultivation and designing perennial polycultures.  His current work includes: developing low-input mushroom growing techniques for small farms, intercropping mushrooms in... Read More →


Friday August 19, 2016 10:15am - 11:15am
Elks Lodge Telluride Elks Lodge #692, 472 W. Pacific Ave., Telluride, CO 81435

10:30am

Mushroom Forays
Mushroom forays are led daily by experts including Gary Lincoff, Lawrence Millman, Katrina Blair, Noah Siegel, Bill & Will Adams and many more. Sign-ups for forays are at the Sheridan Opera House. Some foray locations are in town while others require a vehicle. Forays are rated for difficulty based on length and terrain.

Please recognize your physical capabilities and choose forays that match those---you'll have a lot more fun if you are able to fully participate.

These daily forays are included in the full festival pass or many be purchased separately for $25/each.


Friday August 19, 2016 10:30am - 2:00pm
Mountains in and around Telluride

11:15am

Psilocybin Mushrooms of the World
News headlines, such as “Magic mushrooms expand the mind” (Time, January 2012) and “What your brain looks like on magic mushrooms” (Telegraph, UK, November 2014), give us a deceptively simple picture. This picture implies that at least most people will encounter but one canonical experience after ingesting psilocybin mushrooms. When you really get down to it, the details of experiences that people have after ingesting psilocybin are at least as varied as the individuals who may encounter them. We will review findings from laboratory studies as well as large-sample, online surveys conducted at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine that investigate the nature and inherent individual differences in both peak mystical experiences and profoundly challenging experiences that were encountered after ingesting psilocybin. We will also explore the relationship that these reported experiences might have to changes in the brain that may result from ingestion of psilocybin. 

Speakers
avatar for Alan Rockefeller

Alan Rockefeller

Alan Rockefeller is a mycologist studying the mushrooms of California and Mexico. He has been focusing on the taxonomy and photography of Mexican mushrooms for the past seven years. Alan recently returned from five months of collecting in Mexico with extensive field work in the states of Jalisco, Colima, Michoacan, District Federal, Morelos, Puebla, Veracruz and Oaxaca. When he is not photographing mushrooms, he is busy sequencing fungal DNA... Read More →


Friday August 19, 2016 11:15am - 12:15pm
Sheridan Opera House 110 N Oak St, Telluride, CO 81435

11:30am

Remediation in the Mycorrhizosphere

Decomposer fungi often steal the spotlight when it comes to discussions on mycoremediation. But, did you know that many endo and ectomycorrizal (soil dwelling) fungi can also degrade toxic pollutants, accumulate heavy metals, and reduce the impacts of environmental disturbances? In this talk, join Peter for a tour of the underground world of mycorrhizal fungi and the various means by which they can be cultivated and applied in landscapes to reduce pollutant loads and increase environmental and human resilience


Speakers
avatar for Peter McCoy

Peter McCoy

Peter McCoy is a founder and author of Radical Mycology, a grassroots organization and movement that teaches the means to easily work with mushrooms and other fungi for personal, societal, and ecological resilience. For the last 8 years, Radical Mycology has provided free resources and held internationally attended conferences that share the science of mycology and art mushroom cultivation in a way that is open-source, practical, and relevant... Read More →


Friday August 19, 2016 11:30am - 12:30pm
Elks Lodge Telluride Elks Lodge #692, 472 W. Pacific Ave., Telluride, CO 81435

11:30am

Beginner Mushroom Cooking - Downstairs Elk's
Limited Capacity seats available

PLEASE NOTE: THIS WORKSHOP IS NOT INCLUDED IN THE FULL FESTIVAL PASS New to cooking mushrooms? Have no idea how to clean, prep, and cook store-bought, foraged, or dried mushrooms? Have no fear, Nick and Graham of Hunt & Gather will set you straight and get you on your way to become a master myco-chef.

Cover the following principles: cleaning fresh mushrooms (rustic dish cleaning versus peeling mushrooms, hydrating dried mushrooms (using oil to pull out the moisture after rehydrating them and confit them), prepping basic types of mushrooms (how to slice mushrooms in different sizes), cooking the prepped shrooms in a few simple, classic ways, pickling mushrooms, saving liquid for stock.

Speakers
avatar for Graham Steinruck

Graham Steinruck

Graham Steinruck served as the 2012 editor of SporesAfield, the newsletter for the Colorado Mycological Society, as well as the vice president of the club in 2011. He volunteers for the Arkansas Valley Mushroom Club as a chief identifier. He is a presenter at the Telluride Mushroom Festival and a regional representative of the Radical Mycology Convergence in Washington State. He is a radio host for an... Read More →


Friday August 19, 2016 11:30am - 12:30pm
Elks Lodge Telluride Elks Lodge #692, 472 W. Pacific Ave., Telluride, CO 81435

12:30pm

"A New Understanding: The Science of Psilocybin"

This film explores the research and benefits of using psilocybin to dramatically reduce the anxiety of death in terminally ill cancer patients. Last year, Robert was an attendee of the festival and spoke on a panel regarding medicinal Psilocybin research. More about the movie: Over the past decade, government-sanctioned, FDA-approved, human psychedelic medical research with psilocybin has been conducted at Johns Hopkins University, New York University and UCLA by The Heffter Research Institute. The research serves as the narrative backbone for the documentary. The film presents an intimate look into the lives of several terminally ill cancer patients participating in the studies and opens an intriguing discourse of the dying process and our role as a society in the process. By informing current misconceptions about psychedelic medicines, A New Understanding utilizes a collection of accomplished minds to discuss psilocybin’s role in culture, evolution, mystical states, and even life itself.

There will be a discussion beforehand and a chance to ask questions. 


Speakers
avatar for John Harrison

John Harrison

John Harrison MA, PsyD (c), has had life experiences ranging from high-altitude mountaineer, to wilderness guide and group leader, tennis junkie, massage therapist,a residency at Esalen Institute in Big Sur, CA, two plus years as a Federal fugitive (from injustice), followed by a two and a half year stint as an involuntary guest of the US Federal government’s Bureau of Prisons and the War on (some) Drugs. | John was also Principal... Read More →


Friday August 19, 2016 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Sheridan Opera House 110 N Oak St, Telluride, CO 81435

12:30pm

Mushroom Rescue Modules

Cultivation techniques for urban or remote survival, disaster relief, and behind enemy lines - Don't have a lab? Don't need one! Try some of these innovative techniques for cloning and expanding mushroom biomass to produce food, clean water, and create soil in just a few weeks. Perpetual systems for modular installations both at home and abroad, where fungal solutions are in great need.


Speakers
avatar for Tradd Cotter

Tradd Cotter

Mushroom Mountain LLC
Tradd Cotter is a microbiologist, professional mycologist, and organic gardener, who has been tissue culturing, collecting native fungi in the Southeast, and cultivating both commercially and experimentally for more than twenty-two years. In 1996, he founded Mushroom Mountain, which he owns and operates with his wife, Olga, to explore applications for mushrooms in various industries and currently maintains over 200 species of fungi... Read More →


Friday August 19, 2016 12:30pm - 2:30pm
Elks Lodge Telluride Elks Lodge #692, 472 W. Pacific Ave., Telluride, CO 81435

1:00pm

Log and Stump Cultivation Demo

One of the easiest ways to grow wood loving mushrooms is using the basic log and stump method that anyone can do! Come and get some practice with experienced growers to see and experience the entire process firsthand.


Speakers
avatar for Kris Holstrom

Kris Holstrom

Tomtem Farm
Kris Holstrom is the owner of Tomten Farm, a high altitude, off-grid, permaculture based research, demonstration and education farm at 9000’ near Telluride, Colorado. She consults on permaculture designs, edible and medicinal landscaping, school and community gardens through her business, Productive Properties. Kris has a BS in Forest Management from Utah State University and an MS in Horticulture from Virginia Tech... Read More →
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Mark Jones

Sharondale Mushroom Farm
Mark Jones operates Sharondale Mushroom Farm near Charlottesville, Virginia.  He grows gourmet and medicinal  mushrooms, mushroom spawn, and a diverse garden with small fruit, fiber, and flowering plants.  He teaches workshops about mushroom cultivation and designing perennial polycultures.  His current work includes: developing low-input mushroom growing techniques for small farms, intercropping mushrooms in... Read More →



Friday August 19, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Elks Park Elks Park, S Oak St, Telluride, CO 81435

2:00pm

Realizing Transformation : Intention and Integration; The Alchemical Gold of Plant Medicine Wisdom

What I have learned after treating and following up with literally hundreds of patient/journeyers the past ten years is that conscious and sustained attention to Continuing Care or Integration is the SINGLE best predictor for a successful or positive outcome for those using the psychedelic plant medicine Ibogaine in the treatment of addiction. We will explore the importance of Intention ( set and setting) and Integration ) as key ( and often overlooked) elements of a comprehensive treatment protocol.
We will discuss, the essential elements of a successful Continuing Care program? For so many the ibogaine journey is a life changing, occasionally overwhelming experience that after years of addiction can not only be beautiful and transforming but also frightening and dramatic! A focused program of Continuing Care will include an acknowledgement of this profound and transformational experience as well as offering a panoply of tools to process, and to integrate the lessons learned with this sacred medicine! We will address the interface between the powerful ibogaine journey ( i.e. finding one s own language to retain and integrate the experience), and what i call addiction treatment 101 (i.e nurturing and developing a support system, identifying triggers, development of coping skills to overcome said triggers, and making powerful and often difficult lifestyle changes). We will talk about the unique ibogaine 'window of well-being'. the typically 8-12 week period following treatment which opens remarkable access both to our inner angels and demons, along with a newfound facility to fearlessly meet and learn from them.

 


Speakers
avatar for John Harrison

John Harrison

John Harrison MA, PsyD (c), has had life experiences ranging from high-altitude mountaineer, to wilderness guide and group leader, tennis junkie, massage therapist,a residency at Esalen Institute in Big Sur, CA, two plus years as a Federal fugitive (from injustice), followed by a two and a half year stint as an involuntary guest of the US Federal government’s Bureau of Prisons and the War on (some) Drugs. | John was also Principal... Read More →


Friday August 19, 2016 2:00pm - 2:30pm
Elks Lodge Telluride Elks Lodge #692, 472 W. Pacific Ave., Telluride, CO 81435

2:00pm

Man of Psilocybe: Gaston Guzman (1932-2016)
Speakers
avatar for Laura Guzman Davalos

Laura Guzman Davalos

Laura Guzmán-Dávalos is a Mexican mycologist working since 1983 at University of Guadalajara in Jalisco State. Laura is a well-respected mycologist in Mexico and daughter of the world-renowned Gaston Guzman, THE world authority on the genus Psilocybe (and who described and named more than half of the species). At this year's Festival, we are so thrilled that Laura wants to talk about her father’s work as well as her own... Read More →


Friday August 19, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Sheridan Opera House 110 N Oak St, Telluride, CO 81435

2:00pm

Growing Oyster Mushrooms: It's in the Bag!

Have you always wanted to try mushroom cultivation, but thought it too difficult? In this class you will experience two amazingly simple way to grow oyster mushrooms on  on Kitty litter. The easy steps involved in these hands-on techniques will be demonstrated and participants will take home their own kit!  All supplies and spawn included.


Speakers
avatar for Sam Landes

Sam Landes

Sam Landes is a former Montessori teacher.  He is currently the treasurer of the Mushroom Club of Georgia and the foray committee chair for the North American Mycological Association (NAMA).  He enjoys giving presentations to garden clubs, master naturalist classes and school groups.


Friday August 19, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Elks Lodge Telluride Elks Lodge #692, 472 W. Pacific Ave., Telluride, CO 81435

2:00pm

Mushroom ID and Cooking
Learn about the mushrooms you and others found on your forays. Work with experts to obtain a proper ID for your mushrooms and see what others have found! This is a great learning activity and a wonderful opportunity to see the fungal diversity in the Telluride-area.

Found something edible? Want to cook it up? Basic cooking supplies are available for your to savor your find! 


Friday August 19, 2016 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Elks Park Elks Park, S Oak St, Telluride, CO 81435

3:00pm

Fungusland MycoRemedation

Bring your plastic bottles to be recycled in a micro model of a fungisland, a living floating island hosting a fungal mass and local aquatic plants. Fungislands can be utilized to aid in remediation of contaminated ponds and lakes. Learn about the successes and failures of the first fungisland experiment, effective scientific procedure, and testing water sources before, and after.


Speakers
avatar for William Padilla

William Padilla

William Padilla-Brown is a Social entrepreneur, Urban Shaman, Citizen Scientist,  Poet, Mycologist, Amateur Phycologist, and a Certified Permaculture designer. William has spent most of his life traveling the world, stopping at such places as The Pyramid of the Sun, Olmec Ruins in Villahermosa and Campeche Mexico, England, France, Taiwan, and various States on the East and West coast of Northern America.  He has run a non-profit in... Read More →


Friday August 19, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Elks Lodge Telluride Elks Lodge #692, 472 W. Pacific Ave., Telluride, CO 81435

3:00pm

Panel Discussion: Medicinal Mushrooms: Past, Present, Future
Moderators
avatar for Jill Riddell

Jill Riddell

Jill Riddell writes about nature and the environment, and is on the faculty of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she teaches in the MFA in writing program. She’s been a museum vice president, the co-host of a podcast on green living and a newspaper columnist. Currently, she’s working on a book about finding a species new to science.

Speakers
avatar for Denis Benjamin

Denis Benjamin

Denis Benjamin, born in South Africa, emigrated to the USA in 1970. He completed his residency in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of Washington in Seattle and was on the faculty until 2000. He practiced pediatric pathology at the children’s hospital in Seattle and later at Cook Children’s in Fort Worth. He became a hiker and mushroom enthusiast, spending much of his leisure time on the eastern slopes of the... Read More →
avatar for Cornelia Cho

Cornelia Cho

Dr. Cornelia Cho graduated from the Medical College of Georgia School of Medicine in 1983. She works in Decatur, GA and specializes in Pediatrics. She is the President of the Georgia Mushroom Club and was last year's winner of the NAMA Knighton Award for Service to Amateur Mycology.
avatar for Steve Farrar

Steve Farrar

CTO, Mushroom Matrx
Steve has been involved in specialty agriculture and organic food production systems for his entire professional life. He has been active in various aspects of mycology and mushroom production for over 30 years. His initial focus was on the production of specialty, gourmet mushrooms for fresh produce markets. He has been involved in the planning, startup and operation of several mushroom farms and has served as a consultant and mushroom... Read More →
avatar for Robert Dale Rogers

Robert Dale Rogers

Robert has been a student of plant medicine for nearly 40 years. He is a professional member of the American Herbalist Guild and author of over 40 books on medicinal plants of Western Canada. Robert has a Bachelor’s Degree in Botany. He has taught plant medicine for over 30 years, and is an avid fan of our indigenous plants and mushrooms. Robert has been involved in the health field for over 30 years and had a clinical herbal... Read More →
avatar for Michele Ross

Michele Ross

Dr. Michele Ross is Founder and CEO of the Denver-based nonprofit IMPACT Network. As a neuroscientist, she was frustrated by the lack of education on the endocannabinoid system both doctors and scientists received, despite medical cannabis being used by millions of patients nationwide. In 2013, she founded "The Endocannabinoid Deficiency Foundation," now known as IMPACT Network, with the mission to make medical cannabis treatment a... Read More →


Friday August 19, 2016 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Sheridan Opera House 110 N Oak St, Telluride, CO 81435

4:00pm

Tissue Culture III: Spawn Generation and Advanced Techniques
Making your own spawn is the ultimate freedom for any mushroom grower, and it saves a lot of costs in production, however there are many pitfalls that can be avoided by taking this session taught by experienced spawn producers who will show you all the tricks. Learn how to go from pure cultures to grain, sawdust, dowels, and more!

Friday August 19, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Elks Lodge Telluride Elks Lodge #692, 472 W. Pacific Ave., Telluride, CO 81435

5:00pm

Wild Foods Dinner
Join forager and wild foods advocate, Katrina Blair, for a meal prepared from locally procured wild foods, as well as wholesome organic farmed items. Katrina will walk to the Telluride Mushroom Festival from Durango (a week-long hike) and collect much of the fare for the WildFoods Dinner on her way. 

You won’t believe how amazing Katrina is! She gave a TEDxTalk called "13 Global Plants for Survival," and is the founder of the Local Wild Food Café at Turtle Lake Refuge. The dinner is sure to consist of delicious and elegantly prepared roots, mushrooms, berries, leaves, seeds and needles from evergreen trees, dandelions, amaranth, lamb’s-quarter, high-alpine bistort and plantain that you’ll have to try to believe. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to meet Katrina and enjoy living food from wild lands. Tickets are limited, so purchase early for this unique event.

Accompanying the meal is beautiful folk music from Free the Honey, a quartet from the Gunnison Valley. www.freethehoney.com 

Please note: this is an outdoor event. 

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Katrina Blair

Katrina Blair

Founder, Turtle Lake Refuge
Katrina Blair began studying wild plants in her teens when she camped out alone for a summer to focus on eating wild foods.  She later wrote “The Wild Edible and Medicinal Plants of the San Juan Mountains” for her senior project at Colorado College.  In 1997 she completed a MA at John F Kennedy University in Orinda, CA in Holistic Health Education.  She founded Turtle Lake Refuge in 1998, a non-profit, whose mission... Read More →


Friday August 19, 2016 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Town Park

7:30pm

Mycotopia: Pushing the Paradigm, Infantry Cells, and Militant Mycology

The earth is more fragile now than ever. How can we tap deeper into the power of fungi to create powerful new solutions to many of the challenges that we face over the next millennia? Dreaming of a world free from starvation, global pandemics, and warfare? Fortunately we have received a transmission from the future just in time, and humans have worshipped mushrooms many times before, but it will take a modern team of empathetic leaders, a new political party, wielding disruptive, mycelial technologies, or game changing ways that fungi can change our world forever. From primary education of basic mushroom identification to militant mycologists targeting wood chip piles, Cotter examines the levels and connections needed to see this movement materialize, and suggests blueprints for improving and integrating fungi on every level, creating a powerful coexistence that is sure to empower and enhance the lives of all organisms that call planet Earth their home. - See more at: http://www.marioninstitute.org/connecting-for-change/events/tradd-cotter-presents-mycotopia-fungal-solutions-global-starvation-poll#sthash.WRSXWp7R.dpuf


Speakers
avatar for Tradd Cotter

Tradd Cotter

Mushroom Mountain LLC
Tradd Cotter is a microbiologist, professional mycologist, and organic gardener, who has been tissue culturing, collecting native fungi in the Southeast, and cultivating both commercially and experimentally for more than twenty-two years. In 1996, he founded Mushroom Mountain, which he owns and operates with his wife, Olga, to explore applications for mushrooms in various industries and currently maintains over 200 species of fungi... Read More →


Friday August 19, 2016 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Sheridan Opera House 110 N Oak St, Telluride, CO 81435

8:00pm

Art Goodtimes' Talking Gourds Mycolicious Poetry Party
The party can’t stop at the Telluride Mushroom Festival! Join Art Goodtimes and others for a Talking Gourds Poetry and Performance party. The MycoBeer will also be available at the at the Cookoff.

Speakers
avatar for Art Goodtimes

Art Goodtimes

Art Goodtimes is an American poet, farmer and politician in Colorado...a founder and driving force of the Mushroom Festival. Goodtimes was first elected to the San Miguel County Board of Commissioners in 1996 as a Democrat. He switched to the Green Party of Colorado in 1998 and was re-elected in 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012. He is a noted poet and writer of several books and the poet laureate of the Telluride... Read More →


Friday August 19, 2016 8:00pm - 11:00pm
Elks Lodge Telluride Elks Lodge #692, 472 W. Pacific Ave., Telluride, CO 81435
 
Saturday, August 20
 

9:00am

Wild Foods Foray
Katrina Blair will dazzle you with the amazing foods that you can find right outside your door. Learn about these foods and then go on a foray with her after her lecture.

Speakers
avatar for Katrina Blair

Katrina Blair

Founder, Turtle Lake Refuge
Katrina Blair began studying wild plants in her teens when she camped out alone for a summer to focus on eating wild foods.  She later wrote “The Wild Edible and Medicinal Plants of the San Juan Mountains” for her senior project at Colorado College.  In 1997 she completed a MA at John F Kennedy University in Orinda, CA in Holistic Health Education.  She founded Turtle Lake Refuge in 1998, a non-profit, whose mission... Read More →


Saturday August 20, 2016 9:00am - 9:45am
Sheridan Opera House 110 N Oak St, Telluride, CO 81435

9:00am

On the origin of the genus Psilocybe and its potential ritual use in ancient Africa and Europe

The role of altered states of consciousness in the production of geometric and figurative art by prehistoric cultures in Africa and Europe has been hotly debated. Helvenston and Bahn have tried to refute the most famous hypothesis, Lewis-Williams’ neuropsychological model, by claiming that appropriate visual hallucinations required the ingestion of LSD, psilocybin, or mescaline, while arguing that none of these compounds were available to the cultures in question. We present here mycological arguments that tell another story. A prehistoric worldwide distribution of the mushroom genus Psilocybe, and therefore of psilocybin, is supported by the existence of endemic species in America, Africa, and Europe, the disjunct distribution of sister species, and the possibility of long-distance spore dispersal. It is more difficult to point to instances of actual prehistoric ritual use in Africa and Europe, but there are a growing number of suggestive findings.
NOTE: this talk is the very first presentation of this story which stems from an important paper just published in 2016, of the same title, and by the authors Tom Froese, Gastón Guzmán, and Laura Guzmán-Dávalos.
We are very excited to hear this groundbreaking work by Laura! 

 



Speakers
avatar for Laura Guzman Davalos

Laura Guzman Davalos

Laura Guzmán-Dávalos is a Mexican mycologist working since 1983 at University of Guadalajara in Jalisco State. Laura is a well-respected mycologist in Mexico and daughter of the world-renowned Gaston Guzman, THE world authority on the genus Psilocybe (and who described and named more than half of the species). At this year's Festival, we are so thrilled that Laura wants to talk about her father’s work as well as her own... Read More →


Saturday August 20, 2016 9:00am - 10:00am
Sheridan Opera House 110 N Oak St, Telluride, CO 81435

9:00am

Liquid Culture Will Change the World (Of Cultivation)

In this crash course workshop, Peter will present a streamlined method for growing an abundance of edible and medicinal mushrooms for low to no dough. At its core, this process revolves around cultivating a mycelium inoculum in a liquid medium, as opposed to agar-filled petri dishes (which are more standard). With this liquid medium, the majority of the cost, complexity, and risks of mushroom cultivation can be easily avoided. How is this possible? Come to the presentation to find out.


Speakers
avatar for Peter McCoy

Peter McCoy

Peter McCoy is a founder and author of Radical Mycology, a grassroots organization and movement that teaches the means to easily work with mushrooms and other fungi for personal, societal, and ecological resilience. For the last 8 years, Radical Mycology has provided free resources and held internationally attended conferences that share the science of mycology and art mushroom cultivation in a way that is open-source, practical, and relevant... Read More →


Saturday August 20, 2016 9:00am - 10:00am
Elks Lodge Telluride Elks Lodge #692, 472 W. Pacific Ave., Telluride, CO 81435

10:00am

Fundamentals of Mycofiltration and Urban Hydrology

Overview of Mycelium within a hydrological context, and strategies to reduce threat to water resources from contamination.


Speakers
avatar for Daniel Reyes

Daniel Reyes

Daniel Reyes is the founder and owner of the Myco Alliance in Austin Texas where he focuses on the research and development of low-impact cultivation techniques and Mycoremediation strategies for water, soil, and farm. His diverse background includes a B.S in Hydrogeology from UT Austin, environmental consultant for the oil and gas industry, geospatial technician with the City of Austin’s Watershed Protection Department, and member of the... Read More →


Saturday August 20, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am
Elks Lodge Telluride Elks Lodge #692, 472 W. Pacific Ave., Telluride, CO 81435

10:00am

Growing Spirulina w/ Mushrooms for Natural Gas Exchange

Cyanobacteria like Spirulina have had an integral & symbiotic relationship with fungi since the Origins of Fungi! Cyanobacteria are considered Micro Algae, and they are ther original phototsythetic organism converting co2 to o2 since the beginning! Learn how to set up a micro algae photobioreactor using recycled materials and an aquarium pump. With simple nutrient solutions made up with common household products we can begin growing edible Spirulina in our mushroom fruiting chambers to exchange the co2 prdocued by the mushrooms naturally!


Speakers
avatar for William Padilla

William Padilla

William Padilla-Brown is a Social entrepreneur, Urban Shaman, Citizen Scientist,  Poet, Mycologist, Amateur Phycologist, and a Certified Permaculture designer. William has spent most of his life traveling the world, stopping at such places as The Pyramid of the Sun, Olmec Ruins in Villahermosa and Campeche Mexico, England, France, Taiwan, and various States on the East and West coast of Northern America.  He has run a non-profit in... Read More →


Saturday August 20, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am
Elks Lodge Telluride Elks Lodge #692, 472 W. Pacific Ave., Telluride, CO 81435

10:00am

New Research in Medicinal Mushrooms: From Science to Soul. Plus book signing!
In this lecture, Robert will share some of the latest findings in medicinal mushroom research and a small peek at his latest work on mushroom essences and their benefit in working through soul-based and deep seated psychological states of discomfort. 

Speakers
avatar for Robert Dale Rogers

Robert Dale Rogers

Robert has been a student of plant medicine for nearly 40 years. He is a professional member of the American Herbalist Guild and author of over 40 books on medicinal plants of Western Canada. Robert has a Bachelor’s Degree in Botany. He has taught plant medicine for over 30 years, and is an avid fan of our indigenous plants and mushrooms. Robert has been involved in the health field for over 30 years and had a clinical herbal... Read More →


Saturday August 20, 2016 10:00am - 11:30am
Sheridan Opera House 110 N Oak St, Telluride, CO 81435

10:30am

Mushroom Forays
Mushroom forays are led daily by experts including Gary Lincoff, Lawrence Millman, Katrina Blair, Noah Siegel, Bill & Will Adams and many more. Sign-ups for forays are at the Sheridan Opera House. Some foray locations are in town while others require a vehicle. Forays are rated for difficulty based on length and terrain.

Please recognize your physical capabilities and choose forays that match those---you'll have a lot more fun if you are able to fully participate.

These daily forays are included in the full festival pass or many be purchased separately for $25/each.


Saturday August 20, 2016 10:30am - 2:00pm
Mountains in and around Telluride

11:00am

Cultivating Cordyceps militaris

Successes and failures in Cordyceps militaris cultivation. Cordyceps militaris is a powerful adoptogenic mushroom, with an extensive medicinal research history. There is no access little to no access to locally grown Cordyceps in North America. Learn how to procure and maintain a fruiting Cordyceps militaris culture, and provide yourself, family, and community with this Wondrous Mushroom


Speakers
avatar for William Padilla

William Padilla

William Padilla-Brown is a Social entrepreneur, Urban Shaman, Citizen Scientist,  Poet, Mycologist, Amateur Phycologist, and a Certified Permaculture designer. William has spent most of his life traveling the world, stopping at such places as The Pyramid of the Sun, Olmec Ruins in Villahermosa and Campeche Mexico, England, France, Taiwan, and various States on the East and West coast of Northern America.  He has run a non-profit in... Read More →


Saturday August 20, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Elks Lodge Telluride Elks Lodge #692, 472 W. Pacific Ave., Telluride, CO 81435

11:00am

Mycovermiculture - Composting Mushroom Mycelium with Worms for Soil and Mycoremediation

Fungi produce octonols that attract worms from yards away, where the mycelium is consumed to produce amazing soil ammendments at home or on the farm. Learn how to use your spent mushroom waste to create circular systems!


Speakers
avatar for Tradd Cotter

Tradd Cotter

Mushroom Mountain LLC
Tradd Cotter is a microbiologist, professional mycologist, and organic gardener, who has been tissue culturing, collecting native fungi in the Southeast, and cultivating both commercially and experimentally for more than twenty-two years. In 1996, he founded Mushroom Mountain, which he owns and operates with his wife, Olga, to explore applications for mushrooms in various industries and currently maintains over 200 species of fungi... Read More →


Saturday August 20, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Elks Lodge Telluride Elks Lodge #692, 472 W. Pacific Ave., Telluride, CO 81435

11:15am

The Chukchi Use of Amanita muscaria, followed by a screening of the ethnomycological film Pegtymel.

Interested in seeing shamanic drumming, a walrus hunt, and some splendid scenery in a mushroom presentation?   Author-mycologist-raconteur will offer a travelogue documenting the ritual use of wapak (Amanita muscaria) among the Siberian Chukchi.   He will also discuss the connection between A. muscaria and Santa Claus, showing that Santa is in fact a mushroom.   Immediately after his presentation, he will screen Russian film-maker Andrei Golovnov’s half hour documentary Pegtymel, which depicts Chukchi traditional culture — including wapak-eating — in the vicinity of the Bronze Age mushroom petroglyphs near the mouth of the Pegtymel River in Siberia. 


Speakers
avatar for Lawrence Millman

Lawrence Millman

Lawrence Millman is an adventure travel writer and mycologist from Cambridge, Massachusetts. He is the author of eleven books, including Our Like Will Not Be There Again, Northern Latitudes, Last Places, An Evening Among Headhunters, A Kayak Full of Ghosts, Lost in the Arctic, and Fascinating Fungi of New England. His work has also appeared in Smithsonian, National... Read More →


Saturday August 20, 2016 11:15am - 12:15pm
Sheridan Opera House 110 N Oak St, Telluride, CO 81435

11:30am

Eat Your Weeds!: Permaculture with Fungi & Alternative Substrate Demo
Mark Jones and Kris Holstrom will discuss growing mushrooms on Ailanthus, thistle and introduce the Eat Your Weeds project to convert invasive and opportunistic plant species into edible mushrooms, while also focusing on community based systems for stroring and sharing information to improve the education of the processes in developing novel food production system for humans and livestock alike.

Oyster mushrooms will grow on just about any agricultural by-product. In this session attendees will be able to learn the skills needed for both hot water bath and cold lime treatments for pasteurizing cereal straws for oyster mushroom production. Take home items will be small bags of inoculated oyster kits!

Speakers
avatar for Kris Holstrom

Kris Holstrom

Tomtem Farm
Kris Holstrom is the owner of Tomten Farm, a high altitude, off-grid, permaculture based research, demonstration and education farm at 9000’ near Telluride, Colorado. She consults on permaculture designs, edible and medicinal landscaping, school and community gardens through her business, Productive Properties. Kris has a BS in Forest Management from Utah State University and an MS in Horticulture from Virginia Tech... Read More →
avatar for Mark Jones

Mark Jones

Sharondale Mushroom Farm
Mark Jones operates Sharondale Mushroom Farm near Charlottesville, Virginia.  He grows gourmet and medicinal  mushrooms, mushroom spawn, and a diverse garden with small fruit, fiber, and flowering plants.  He teaches workshops about mushroom cultivation and designing perennial polycultures.  His current work includes: developing low-input mushroom growing techniques for small farms, intercropping mushrooms in... Read More →


Saturday August 20, 2016 11:30am - 12:30pm
Elks Park Elks Park, S Oak St, Telluride, CO 81435

1:00pm

Training Fungi to Produce Novel Antibiotics for Problematic Agricultural and Medical Pathogens

Tradd Cotter will discuss the research at Mushroom Mountain and the potential of untapped resources for discovering and isolating novel compounds from fungi to survive the next millenia!


Speakers
avatar for Tradd Cotter

Tradd Cotter

Mushroom Mountain LLC
Tradd Cotter is a microbiologist, professional mycologist, and organic gardener, who has been tissue culturing, collecting native fungi in the Southeast, and cultivating both commercially and experimentally for more than twenty-two years. In 1996, he founded Mushroom Mountain, which he owns and operates with his wife, Olga, to explore applications for mushrooms in various industries and currently maintains over 200 species of fungi... Read More →


Saturday August 20, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Elks Lodge Telluride Elks Lodge #692, 472 W. Pacific Ave., Telluride, CO 81435

1:00pm

Advanced Mushroom Cooking
Limited Capacity filling up

PLEASE NOTE: THIS WORKSHOP IS NOT INCLUDED IN THE FULL FESTIVAL PASS Take your mushroom cooking skills to the next level! Learn advanced cooking techniques with Hunt & Gather's Graham Steinruck.

Speakers
avatar for Graham Steinruck

Graham Steinruck

Graham Steinruck served as the 2012 editor of SporesAfield, the newsletter for the Colorado Mycological Society, as well as the vice president of the club in 2011. He volunteers for the Arkansas Valley Mushroom Club as a chief identifier. He is a presenter at the Telluride Mushroom Festival and a regional representative of the Radical Mycology Convergence in Washington State. He is a radio host for an... Read More →


Saturday August 20, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Elks Lodge Telluride Elks Lodge #692, 472 W. Pacific Ave., Telluride, CO 81435

1:00pm

Let it Rot! - Recycling with Mushrooms Demo and Town Scavenger Hunt

What better than to roam the streets of Telluride begging for Cardboard, Coffee and Paper for Mushroom Recycling and Cultivation - Town Scavenger Hunt and Collection with Businesses to make Elk Park display and take home cultures for all.


Saturday August 20, 2016 1:00pm - 2:45pm
Elks Park Elks Park, S Oak St, Telluride, CO 81435

1:15pm

Mushroom Mischief 2016: An Expanding Spectrum

Two decades have passed since the publication of Mushrooms: Poisons and Panaceas. The presentation is a critical review of more recently described toxic mushrooms and various ways that mushrooms might harm us. This includes the "little white mushroom of Yunnan," the stories behind Angel Wings and Man-on-Horseback, the neurological effects of morel gluttony, the inherent dangers of foraging and others. These are told from a perspective of a pathologist, sometimes with a dark sense of humor. 


Speakers
avatar for Denis Benjamin

Denis Benjamin

Denis Benjamin, born in South Africa, emigrated to the USA in 1970. He completed his residency in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of Washington in Seattle and was on the faculty until 2000. He practiced pediatric pathology at the children’s hospital in Seattle and later at Cook Children’s in Fort Worth. He became a hiker and mushroom enthusiast, spending much of his leisure time on the eastern slopes of the... Read More →


Saturday August 20, 2016 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Sheridan Opera House 110 N Oak St, Telluride, CO 81435

2:00pm

Mushroom ID and Cooking
Learn about the mushrooms you and others found on your forays. Work with experts to obtain a proper ID for your mushrooms and see what others have found! This is a great learning activity and a wonderful opportunity to see the fungal diversity in the Telluride-area.

Found something edible? Want to cook it up? Basic cooking supplies are available for your to savor your find! 


Saturday August 20, 2016 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Elks Park Elks Park, S Oak St, Telluride, CO 81435

2:30pm

Human-Fungal Relations: Past, Present, and Future

Mycology is proving itself to be a nearly inexhaustible field for innovation. As new discoveries are constantly being made, there seems to be no end to what fungi can offer humans, their communities, and the environments they touch. However, these revelations are only the most recent chapter in the long-standing history that humans have shared with fungi. In this presentation, Peter will explore the depth and breadth of ethomycological history, from the centrality of micro and macro fungi in many prehistoric cultures to their increasingly significant influences on modern society and the future of technological design. Obscure and ancient practices with fungi will be presented alongside cutting edge cultivation techniques to show that working with fungi is not only  important, but integral to the human story.


Speakers
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Peter McCoy

Peter McCoy is a founder and author of Radical Mycology, a grassroots organization and movement that teaches the means to easily work with mushrooms and other fungi for personal, societal, and ecological resilience. For the last 8 years, Radical Mycology has provided free resources and held internationally attended conferences that share the science of mycology and art mushroom cultivation in a way that is open-source, practical, and relevant... Read More →


Saturday August 20, 2016 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Elks Lodge Telluride Elks Lodge #692, 472 W. Pacific Ave., Telluride, CO 81435

2:45pm

The Real Morel (30 years in a burn zone) or The Mycelial Knot (what ties fungi, plants & us together)
Speakers
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Larry Evans

Larry Evans is this guy from Missoula Montana who comes to Telluride and knows quite a bit about mushrooms. He has spent over 40 years looking for morels, and he usually finds them. He is a vastly underappreciated songwriter who was featured in a comedy documentary by famous Canadian filmmaker Ron Mann called Know Your Mushrooms in 2009. He has spent a lot of time in South America and wrote A Field Guide to Tropical Amazon Mushrooms. Larry is... Read More →


Saturday August 20, 2016 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Sheridan Opera House 110 N Oak St, Telluride, CO 81435

4:00pm

PARADE + DRUMMING + DANCING
This isn't the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, this is Telluride Mushroom Festival Parade! Each year festival attendees follow the “Shroompa” himself, Art Goodtimes, on a parade down Colorado Avenue exclaiming “WE LOVE MUSHROOMS”! Festival attendees don’t take the parade lightly, and many spend months planning their elaborate costumes. As 2014 Executive Director Rebecca Fyffe notes, “people bring extra suitcases just for their costumes and people are competitive all throughout the year saying ‘you better pick up your game because I’m already working on my costume.’”


Saturday August 20, 2016 4:00pm - 6:30pm
Elks Park Elks Park, S Oak St, Telluride, CO 81435

7:00pm

FUNGI Magazine Costume Winners ANNOUNCED!
Think you have what it takes to be a winner in the annual FUNGI Magazine costume contest? You're going to have to bring your A-game...

Join us for the post-parade, pre-keynote announcement of the winners from the parade costume contest! 

Moderators
Speakers
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Britt Bunyard

Publisher / Editor in Chief, FUNGI Magazine
Britt Bunyard is the founder, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of the mycology journal FUNGI which has the largest circulation of any mycological publication in North America. Britt has worked as a full-time Biology professor and has coauthored Mushrooms and Macrofungi of Ohio and Midwestern States along with the publication of scientific papers in research journals and popular science magazines.


Saturday August 20, 2016 7:00pm - 7:15pm
Sheridan Opera House 110 N Oak St, Telluride, CO 81435

7:30pm

Game of Thrones: Bringing mushrooms to the table of the Kingdoms of Life
Speakers
avatar for Gary Lincoff

Gary Lincoff

Gary Lincoff is the author or editor of several books and articles on mushrooms, including The Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Mushrooms. He teaches courses on mushroom identification at the New York Botanical Garden. He has led mushroom study trips and forays around the world, and he is a featured “myco-visionary” in the award-winning documentary Know Your Mushrooms. Gary Lincoff is a founder and driving force of the... Read More →



Saturday August 20, 2016 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Sheridan Opera House 110 N Oak St, Telluride, CO 81435

8:00pm

Mushroom Lounge - Open Mic and After Party
The party can’t stop at the Telluride Mushroom Festival! Continue socializing and talking shop with other mycologists each evening at the Elks Lodge, which will be turned into a Mushroom Lounge that will feature Tradd Cotter’s MycoBeer. Some nights will feature an open-mic night where people can read poetry, passages from books, or play music, or whatever! The stage is yours! The MycoBeer will also be available at the Wild Foods Dinner and during the Cookoff.

Artists

Saturday August 20, 2016 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Elks Lodge Telluride Elks Lodge #692, 472 W. Pacific Ave., Telluride, CO 81435
 
Sunday, August 21
 

9:00am

Morning Foray
Sunday August 21, 2016 9:00am - 11:00am
Mountains in and around Telluride

9:00am

Mycolicious Mushroom Brunch
A final, amazing mushroom gathering of breakfast at the Elk's Lodge. Open to any festival attendees and the public for $15/person. Culinary wizards Andre Kohler and Graham Steinruck will join forces for bring you pure mushroom bliss at this final mushroom meal we share for the year.

Speakers
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Graham Steinruck

Graham Steinruck served as the 2012 editor of SporesAfield, the newsletter for the Colorado Mycological Society, as well as the vice president of the club in 2011. He volunteers for the Arkansas Valley Mushroom Club as a chief identifier. He is a presenter at the Telluride Mushroom Festival and a regional representative of the Radical Mycology Convergence in Washington State. He is a radio host for an... Read More →

Volunteers

Sunday August 21, 2016 9:00am - 11:00am
Elks Lodge Telluride Elks Lodge #692, 472 W. Pacific Ave., Telluride, CO 81435

10:00am

Panel Discussion: Fungal Biodiversity NOW! An international effort.
A world view on mushrooms!

Moderators
avatar for Giuliana Furci

Giuliana Furci

Executive Director / Founder of Fundacion Fungi, Giuliana Maria Furci George-Nascimento has been devoted to mycology since 1999. Her inescapable drive to study Chile's fungi has led her to travel the country looking for fungal fruit bodies in different environments and ecosystems. In 2007 she published "Fungi Austral - Field Guide to the Outstanding Fungi of Chile", and later, in 2013, [“Fungi of Chile, the Field Guide”] which is... Read More →

Speakers
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Laura Guzman Davalos

Laura Guzmán-Dávalos is a Mexican mycologist working since 1983 at University of Guadalajara in Jalisco State. Laura is a well-respected mycologist in Mexico and daughter of the world-renowned Gaston Guzman, THE world authority on the genus Psilocybe (and who described and named more than half of the species). At this year's Festival, we are so thrilled that Laura wants to talk about her father’s work as well as her own... Read More →
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Art Goodtimes

Art Goodtimes is an American poet, farmer and politician in Colorado...a founder and driving force of the Mushroom Festival. Goodtimes was first elected to the San Miguel County Board of Commissioners in 1996 as a Democrat. He switched to the Green Party of Colorado in 1998 and was re-elected in 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012. He is a noted poet and writer of several books and the poet laureate of the Telluride... Read More →
avatar for Gary Lincoff

Gary Lincoff

Gary Lincoff is the author or editor of several books and articles on mushrooms, including The Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Mushrooms. He teaches courses on mushroom identification at the New York Botanical Garden. He has led mushroom study trips and forays around the world, and he is a featured “myco-visionary” in the award-winning documentary Know Your Mushrooms. Gary Lincoff is a founder and driving force of the... Read More →
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Daniel Reyes

Daniel Reyes is the founder and owner of the Myco Alliance in Austin Texas where he focuses on the research and development of low-impact cultivation techniques and Mycoremediation strategies for water, soil, and farm. His diverse background includes a B.S in Hydrogeology from UT Austin, environmental consultant for the oil and gas industry, geospatial technician with the City of Austin’s Watershed Protection Department, and member of the... Read More →
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Daniel Winkler

Daniel Winkler grew up collecting mushrooms in the Alps and studied geo-ecology in Munich and Berlin. Working on environmental issues in Tibet, Daniel soon focused on mushrooms, especially Caterpillar fungus, as an important aspect of Tibetan culture and a crucial source of rural livelihood, a phenomena Daniel published over a dozen research papers. His research has been featured in National Georaphy, New York Times, Washington Post, and The... Read More →


Sunday August 21, 2016 10:00am - 12:00pm
Sheridan Opera House 110 N Oak St, Telluride, CO 81435

12:00pm

Closing Ceremonies
The closing ceremony is a time to reflect on the festival and say goodbye to one another.

There will be a few activities after the closing cermony, but we wanted to give some of our day travelers the ability to get on the road early. 

Speakers
avatar for Art Goodtimes

Art Goodtimes

Art Goodtimes is an American poet, farmer and politician in Colorado...a founder and driving force of the Mushroom Festival. Goodtimes was first elected to the San Miguel County Board of Commissioners in 1996 as a Democrat. He switched to the Green Party of Colorado in 1998 and was re-elected in 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012. He is a noted poet and writer of several books and the poet laureate of the Telluride... Read More →
avatar for Gary Lincoff

Gary Lincoff

Gary Lincoff is the author or editor of several books and articles on mushrooms, including The Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Mushrooms. He teaches courses on mushroom identification at the New York Botanical Garden. He has led mushroom study trips and forays around the world, and he is a featured “myco-visionary” in the award-winning documentary Know Your Mushrooms. Gary Lincoff is a founder and driving force of the... Read More →


Sunday August 21, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Sheridan Opera House 110 N Oak St, Telluride, CO 81435
 
Monday, August 22
 

10:00am

Late Bird Foray with Lawrence Millman
Limited Capacity seats available

Please Note: This is not included in the full festival pass. 

Wrap up your amazing Festival weekend with one last venture into the woods with Larry!

Speakers
avatar for Lawrence Millman

Lawrence Millman

Lawrence Millman is an adventure travel writer and mycologist from Cambridge, Massachusetts. He is the author of eleven books, including Our Like Will Not Be There Again, Northern Latitudes, Last Places, An Evening Among Headhunters, A Kayak Full of Ghosts, Lost in the Arctic, and Fascinating Fungi of New England. His work has also appeared in Smithsonian, National... Read More →


Monday August 22, 2016 10:00am - 2:00pm
Mountains in and around Telluride