[Tastebridge] Fwd: An invitation to the first ever Radical Mycology Convergence!
bramble.greenbrier at gmail.com
Wed Aug 17 16:28:23 PDT 2011
I thought some of you might be interested in this. It's happening in
Washington State over Labor Day weekend. If anyone's interested in driving
from the Bay, please let me know -- I would happily split gas costs to get a
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From: Radical Mycology Convergence 2011 <radmycology at gmail.com>
Date: Fri, Jul 22, 2011 at 4:12 PM
Subject: [bloominginspace] An invitation to the first ever Radical Mycology
To: radmycology at gmail.com
!!!!PLEASE FORWARD WIDELY!!!!
Greetings from the organizers of the first ever Radical Mycology Convergence
(RMC)! This email is our official invitation to join us in building a
network of mycophiles (mushroom lovers) interested in working with the
fungal kingdom for social and ecological change. In case you haven't heard
of the RMC, here is a brief description of what we envision for the event.
*Radical Mycology Convergence* – www.radicalmycology.com
September 2-5, 2011 (Labor Day weekend)
Concrete, WA (2 hours NE of Seattle) – email radmycology at gmail.com for
*What:* A free, volunteer-run gathering of mycologists, hobbyists, and Earth
healers coming together to share skills and information about the benefits
of the fungal kingdom in terms of remediative
properties<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mycoremediation>as well as
human uses. This weekend-long event will culminate in a
remediation project to put theory to practice and will also be a unique
chance to build community with like-minded mycophiles from around North
*Why:* Because these skills need to get shared! We want to make this
information accessible and tangible for as many people as possible without
making it overly-heady or technical. Our hope is to see mycological work
some day become as common as gardening (well, sort of)!
*Why “Radical?”:** *We see the use of fungal species for environmental
betterment as an extension of “radical” or “deep” ecology, which considers
all beings as having an inherent value and interdependence. Through the use
of fungi to enact change, we are attempting to challenge assumptions about
the importance of the fungal kingdom in an effort to help shift our
relationship to the Earth toward greater harmony. Many people think of fungi
only as food or poison and are oblivious to their role as decomposers. We
seek to redefine the role of fungi in our lives as we gain a deeper
understanding of their role in their ecosystems.
*Who:* Anyone interested in these skills is invited to come. Space is
limited to just a few hundred people this first year so be sure to RSVP by
emailing us at radmycology at gmail.com!
*AN OPEN INVITATION TO BE A WORKSHOP LEADER OR VOLUNTEER*
As this is a grassroots, all-volunteer event, we are calling out across the
internet for workshop leaders and general helpers for the entire event. We
have a “Workshop Wish List” on our website to give an idea of what topics we
are hoping to have covered by attendees. There is also a short list of
various volunteer roles to be filled (e.g. set up, logistics, and clean up).
If anyone is interested in participating in this vain they are greatly
encouraged to contact the organizers of the RMC at radmycology at gmail.com or
to fill out our volunteer sign up or workshop forms (linked below and on our
website). These forms are meant to simply help us keep track of folks.
Workshop leaders only need to know the topic they are presenting on and
helpers don't need to have anything more than a willingness to help. In this
way, we can teach each other and build a network of like-minded mycophiles
in the process! Any participation is greatly appreciated. Plus, all
volunteers and presenters will get a special thank you for their help!
**A REQUEST FOR **DONATIONS & EQUIPMENT LOANS
*We are also seeking donations or equipment loans for the workshops of the
event. Donations or the lending of cultivation equipment, bulk spawn, wood
chips, burlap sacks, media equipment (for documentation), or even food or
cooking supplies would also be greatly appreciated. And, of course, monetary
donations (for insurance, food, electricity, supplies, etc) of any amount
will not be turned down! For more information on donations or loans please
contact us at radmycology at gmail.com or check the website.
Volunteer sign up:
To stay updated on the RMC, join our (low traffic) announcement listserv
Or follow us on Facebook:
*HELP US OUTREACH!*
Lastly, as a grassroots effort, all the advertising and word-of-mouth help
we can get will make that much difference. Please help us spread the word!
You can download and print fliers (more to come soon) on our website to put
around your town. Or forward this invite to anyone you think might be
interested in attending or participating in the RMC. Or just tell everyone
The Olympia Mycelial Network, organizers of the RMC, would like to cordially
invite anyone interested in participating in this event to come and learn,
help out, or teach! We hope to see you in September!
The RMC Organizers
radmycology at gmail.com
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