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Wednesday, August 12
 

9:00am

Mushroom Cultivation - Pre Conference Workshop
Limited Capacity seats available

PLEASE NOTE: THIS WORKSHOP IS NOT INCLUDED IN THE FULL FESTIVAL PASS Mushrooms recycle planetary debris, and allocate resources in ecosystems creating products humans use for food, fuel, fibre and medicines. This workshop focuses on mushroom cultivation basics, and permaculture concepts of ecological design that build and maintain regenerative ecosystems for human and ecological health. This is a perfect class for beginner and intermediate cultivators wishing to grow a diversity of edible and medicinal mushrooms easily at home or on the farm.  

Learn low-tech methods to grow mushrooms in gardens, landscapes, and woodlands, through hands-on activities.  Discussions will include:  biology and ecology of fungi, strain selection and substrate preparation, harvesting and using mushrooms, intercropping and perennial garden design, and small farm production.

Dress appropriately for 9000' elevation. 
Directions to Tomten Farms can be found here: http://www.telluridemushroomfest.org/tomten-directions.html

Speakers
avatar for Kris Holstrom

Kris Holstrom

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

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 →
avatar for Ron Spinosa

Ron Spinosa

Ron Spinosa is past president of the Minnesota Mycological Society and was  editor of the society’s newsletter, “The Toadstool Review.”  He is the Chair of the Mushroom Cultivation Committee of the North American Mycological Association.  Ron presents workshops on mycology, mushroom identification, and mushroom cultivation in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota and nationally.  He was a recipient of... Read More →




Wednesday August 12, 2015 9:00am - 4:00pm
Tomten Farms 181 Old Elam Ranch Road, Placerville, Colorado

9:00am

Mycoremediation Pre-Conference Workshop
Limited Capacity seats available

PLEASE NOTE: THIS WORKSHOP IS NOT INCLUDED IN THE FULL FESTIVAL PASS Mycoremediation is the art and science of using fungi in laboratory and real-world systems to reduce or remove the background contamination levels present in the water, soil, and air. This overview covers the basic function of fungal enzymes and degradation pathways in a down to earth approach for beginners to intermediate attendees wishing to gain enough knowledge and experience to begin a project immediately with the skillset learned form this workshop. This course is designed to empower your will to make a difference, which includes several hands-on activities that will persist for all to see throughout the festival weekend.

Topics Covered in this Course Include:





  • General Biology, Life Cycle, and Ecology of Mushrooms



  • Spawn Expansion Techniques for Mycoremediation Projects



  • Overview of Mycoremediation Projects Local and Worldwide



  • Testing and Data (e.g. biological assays, interpreting data)



  • Mycological Barriers: Runoff Containment and Remediation Techniques



  • Surveying Town Park Site



  • Mock Oil Spill Demonstration




Speakers
avatar for Tradd Cotter

Tradd Cotter

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 →
avatar for Travis Custer

Travis Custer

Travis Custer has been involved in agriculture for the past 7 years focusing on the development of sustainable local food systems through mycology, permaculture, soil health, research and education. Most recently he has worked with business partner Gabe Deall to develop San Juan Mycology, a gourmet mushroom production company located in Southwest Colorado. He is currently working on a project with CSU Extension and Ft... Read More →
avatar for Peter McCoy

Peter McCoy

Peter McCoy is a founder 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 in the context... Read More →
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Sam Muller

Sam Muller is a M.S. Hydrogeology candidate at Clemson University who is a relative newcomer to the world of fungi. He is a member of an interdisciplinary research group that is focused on process-based design of constructed wetland treatment systems. While researching the aerobic degradation of certain organic compounds, Sam discovered that the metabolic processes unique to white-rot fungi may allow for unique applications in the field of... Read More →
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. He has a B.S. In Hydrogeology from University of Texas at Austin and has worked in the oil & gas industry doing environmental remediation. Last fall he traveled to the Ecuadorian Amazon Basin with the Amazon Mycorenewal... Read More →




Wednesday August 12, 2015 9:00am - 5:00pm
Elks Lodge 472 W Pacific Ave, Telluride, CO 81435

10:00am

Beginner Mushroom Cooking
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 Nick Martinez

Nick Martinez

Nick Martinez has called Colorado home since his family moved here from Texas when he was 14. He fell in love with the Rocky Mountains as soon as he saw them, and still remembers the first time he saw snow fall. Nick honed his culinary skills at several well-respected restaurants over the years. He spent time working under Frank Bonnano at Mizuna, and eventually accepted an offer from Stoneking as an opening team member at ChoLon Bistro where... Read More →
avatar for Graham Steinruck

Graham Steinruck

Born and raised in Denver, Graham Steinruck has a special connection to the majestic Rocky Mountains – a sentiment shared by those who call Colorado home. Like many, his love and fascination for the outdoors has largely sculpted him into the person he has become. Raised by two Colorado-transplants from out East, Graham’s mother and father fostered his appetite for adventure and cooking alike. He’s worked in the... Read More →


Wednesday August 12, 2015 10:00am - 1:00pm
Elks Lodge 472 W Pacific Ave, Telluride, CO 81435

2:00pm

Early Bird Foray with Lawrence Millman
Please Note: This is not included in the full festival pass. This pre-festival foray will convene at the Gondola Lot (Telluride-side), at 2 p.m., and is a 2-hour walking tour without cars. Mycologist Lawrence Millman will lead the group to the gondola, and you will ascend the mountain to his favorite foray spot.

Speakers
avatar for Lawrence Millman

Lawrence Millman

Author-mycologist-Arctic explorer-raconteur Lawrence Millman has written 16 books, including such titles as Last Places, Hiking to Siberia, Lost in the Arctic, The Wrong Handed Man, and Lost in the Arctic. His mycological books include Fascinating Fungi of New England, the first ever guidebook to New England fungi,and Giant Polypores & Stoned Reindeer, a group of essays about his travels in search of rare, unusual, or entheogenic fungi. One... Read More →


Wednesday August 12, 2015 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Mountains in and around Telluride

2:00pm

Advanced Mushroom Cooking
Limited Capacity seats available

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 Nick Martinez and Graham Steinruck.

Speakers
avatar for Nick Martinez

Nick Martinez

Nick Martinez has called Colorado home since his family moved here from Texas when he was 14. He fell in love with the Rocky Mountains as soon as he saw them, and still remembers the first time he saw snow fall. Nick honed his culinary skills at several well-respected restaurants over the years. He spent time working under Frank Bonnano at Mizuna, and eventually accepted an offer from Stoneking as an opening team member at ChoLon Bistro where... Read More →
avatar for Graham Steinruck

Graham Steinruck

Born and raised in Denver, Graham Steinruck has a special connection to the majestic Rocky Mountains – a sentiment shared by those who call Colorado home. Like many, his love and fascination for the outdoors has largely sculpted him into the person he has become. Raised by two Colorado-transplants from out East, Graham’s mother and father fostered his appetite for adventure and cooking alike. He’s worked in the... Read More →


Wednesday August 12, 2015 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Elks Lodge 472 W Pacific Ave, Telluride, CO 81435

8:00pm

Festival 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 Telluride band The Niceness and the beer will be flowing! 

Musical Acts
avatar for The Niceness

The Niceness

Hailing from Telluride, Colorado, Niceness is a positively grounded roots reggae band blending a mix of soulful reggae, dancehall, latin, hip hop and funk. With a strong foundation of musicians, Tom Mann on bass, Michael Gomberg on drums, David Christeson on the keys, Dustin Wilson on guitar and Jonathan Barfield on percussion, the musical sense and rhythm is solid allowing for the vocal melodies of Koral Delatierra to sweep you away into the... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Tradd Cotter

Tradd Cotter

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
avatar for Telluride Brewing Company

Telluride Brewing Company

Telluride. Skiing. Rafting. Grateful Dead. | But most of all, BEER brought best friends Chris Fish | and Tommy Thacher together. The pair first met at a local bar in Telluride. Fish was the brewmaster, and Tommy the bartender. At night, they spent long hours discussing their quest for the perfect beer and their ultimate dream of opening a brewery. Over time, Fish’s beers began attracting attention – winning gold and bronze medals at... Read More →


Wednesday August 12, 2015 8:00pm - 11:00pm
Elks Lodge 472 W Pacific Ave, Telluride, CO 81435
 
Thursday, August 13
 

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 13, 2015 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. 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 Mushroom Festival. He grew up in California and graduated from San Francisco State University... Read More →
avatar for Gary Lincoff

Gary Lincoff

Gary Lincoff teaches mushroom identification and plant science courses year-round at the New York Botanical Garden. Gary attends as many forays and gives as many lectures as his teaching schedule permits. Each weekend of the year that he's home (NYC), even over winter, he is conducting a mushroom survey in the parks of New York City with the New York Mycological Society. Much of what they are doing is available on his... Read More →


Thursday August 13, 2015 9:00am - 9:45am
Sheridan Opera House 110 N Oak St, Telluride, CO 81435

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 13, 2015 10:00am - 11:00am
Elks Lodge 472 W Pacific Ave, Telluride, CO 81435

10:00am

Introduction to Truffle Dog Training
Chris Ricci will explain the practical steps to becoming a truffle dog/handler team. Nose work is one of the most pleasurable, natural and rewarding activities that dogs can engage in. Their powerful sense of smell can be honed to literally "show us the fungi," particularly truffles, which grow underground and are otherwise undetectable. Without dogs to find truffles, rakers degrade the truffle market, research of Tuber species is stifled, and truffle orchards would not even be possible. Chris will discuss these topics plus general nose work for dogs, truffling equipment, clicker training, considerations in truffle hunting, and nose work resources. He and Daisy, a one-year-old heeler mix, will demonstrate their skills

Speakers
avatar for Chris Ricci (w. Daisy)

Chris Ricci (w. Daisy)

Chris Ricci has offered guided forays for gourmet and medicinal mushrooms in Southwest Colorado since 2010. He is a recognized mushroom identification expert, having foraged fungi across North America and Southern Africa. He makes his own medicinal mushroom extracts and has developed simple, high-yield techniques for growing oyster mushrooms on logs. His most recent endeavor has been training his dog, Daisy, to find fungi with her nose... Read More →


Thursday August 13, 2015 10:00am - 11:00am
Elks Lodge 472 W Pacific Ave, Telluride, CO 81435

10:00am

Mycopsychedelia: The Healing Mushrooms
Speakers
avatar for Britt Bunyard

Britt Bunyard

Britt Bunyard, PhD is the founder, Publisher, and Editor in Chief of the mycology journal Fungiwhich has the largest circulation of any mycological publication in North America. He also has worked as a full-time Biology professor in Ohio and Wisconsin, teaching a broad range of undergraduate and graduate courses in Evolution, Microbiology, Mycology, Invertebrate Zoology, Biochemistry and Environmental Science.  The main focus of... Read More →


Thursday August 13, 2015 10:00am - 11:00am
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.


Thursday August 13, 2015 10:30am - 2:00pm
Mountains in and around Telluride

11:30am

15 Years of Guiding Legal Psilocybin Sessions: A Clinician's Story
What happens in the Johns Hopkins psilocybin studies that enables study participants to achieve a state of mind where they can reconnect to the true self and find renewed meaning in their lives?  The psilocybin? The “set and setting”? This talk is an attempt to answer this question by drawing on 15 years of experiences recounted to Mary Cosimano by the study participants as well as study results, case studies, theoretical literature, and Mary's concurrent personal journey.

Speakers
avatar for Mary Cosimano

Mary Cosimano

Mary Cosimano, MSW is currently with the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and has served as study guide and research coordinator for the psilocybin studies for 15 years. During that time she has served as a session guide for the six psilocybin studies, has conducted over 325 sessions and has participated in more than 1,000 preparatory and integration... Read More →


Thursday August 13, 2015 11:30am - 12:30pm
Sheridan Opera House 110 N Oak St, Telluride, CO 81435

11:30am

Mycorrhizal Mushrooms are Remediators
Decomposing fungi tend to receive the greatest attention in mycoremedaition for their powerful digestive abilities. But did you know that soil-dwelling mycorrhizal fungi can degrade many toxic chemicals as well? Did you know that mycorrhizae can adapt to contaminated soils and help protect the plants that they associate in these harsh environments? In this presentation, Peter will cover the numerous ways that mycorrhizae influence intact and disturbed ecosystems and how you can identify, cultivate, and remediate with these keystone species.

Speakers
avatar for Peter McCoy

Peter McCoy

Peter McCoy is a founder 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 in the context... Read More →


Thursday August 13, 2015 11:30am - 12:30pm
Elks Lodge 472 W Pacific Ave, Telluride, CO 81435

1:15pm

Mushrooms for Health
Mushrooms have been used in Chinese Traditional Medicine for over 2000 years. Western science is finally starting to study medicinal mushrooms and their potential for promoting health and healing. Come and learn about these amazing mushrooms, which may become the medicines of the future. We will explore the history of these mushrooms and examine the evidence for their use as immune system enhancers, cancer treatment, memory improvement and more.

Speakers
avatar for Ron Spinosa

Ron Spinosa

Ron Spinosa is past president of the Minnesota Mycological Society and was  editor of the society’s newsletter, “The Toadstool Review.”  He is the Chair of the Mushroom Cultivation Committee of the North American Mycological Association.  Ron presents workshops on mycology, mushroom identification, and mushroom cultivation in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota and nationally.  He was a recipient of... Read More →


Thursday August 13, 2015 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Elks Lodge 472 W Pacific Ave, Telluride, CO 81435

1:45pm

Fungal Conservation: Political Action for the Future of Fungi
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

Giuliana Furci has been devoted mainly to mycology since 1999. Her inescapable vocation to study Chile's fungi has taken her to travel the country looking for them 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 currently the only book on Chilean Fungi with pictures of the species in... Read More →


Thursday August 13, 2015 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Sheridan Opera House 110 N Oak St, Telluride, CO 81435

1:45pm

Book Signing:  Giuliana Furci
Speakers
avatar for Giuliana Furci

Giuliana Furci

Giuliana Furci has been devoted mainly to mycology since 1999. Her inescapable vocation to study Chile's fungi has taken her to travel the country looking for them 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 currently the only book on Chilean Fungi with pictures of the species in... Read More →


Thursday August 13, 2015 1:45pm - 2:45pm
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! 


Thursday August 13, 2015 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Elks Park 122 S Oak Street Telluride, CO

2:30pm

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 13, 2015 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Elks Lodge 472 W Pacific Ave, Telluride, CO 81435

2:30pm

Shrooming off Grid
Cultivation Techniques for Urban or Remote Survival and Mushroom Rescue Modules - 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. 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.

Speakers
avatar for Tradd Cotter

Tradd Cotter

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 13, 2015 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Elks Lodge 472 W Pacific Ave, Telluride, CO 81435

3:00pm

Explore and Celebrate the Glorious Diversity of Mushrooms in the Southern Rocky Mountain Region
Try to imagine our earth without fungi; we would then have to accept that there would be no soil,  no plants, thus no animals. Life on Earth would not exist as we know it without mushrooms. Fungi are so critical to the health and well-being of all creatures on our planet, that the more we know about our native mushrooms the more we can do to protect and heal our planet in the future. The wonderful symbiosis between mushrooms and other life forms in their ecosystems is mirrored by the work of professionals and amateurs working together in the field. There are few professional mycologists currently studying the fungi of our native ecosystems so we depend on and collaborate with volunteers, students, and citizen scientists to report, document and photograph their finds. Through stunning photographs of rare, useful, and essential mushrooms and stories of fieldwork and finds we’ll explore the past, present, and future of mycology in the Rocky Mountain Region.  

Speakers
avatar for Vera Evenson

Vera Evenson

Vera Stucky Evenson is curator of the Sam Mitchel Herbarium of Fungi at Denver Botanic Gardens. She collects and studies thousands of specimens and photographs of native mushrooms in many ecosystems, including those that grow in city environments. She is a past president of the Colorado Mycological Society. In 2008, Vera received the North American Mycological Association’s award for contributions to amateur mycology in honor of her... Read More →



Thursday August 13, 2015 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Sheridan Opera House 110 N Oak St, Telluride, CO 81435

4:00pm

Book Signing Vera Evenson
Speakers
avatar for Vera Evenson

Vera Evenson

Vera Stucky Evenson is curator of the Sam Mitchel Herbarium of Fungi at Denver Botanic Gardens. She collects and studies thousands of specimens and photographs of native mushrooms in many ecosystems, including those that grow in city environments. She is a past president of the Colorado Mycological Society. In 2008, Vera received the North American Mycological Association’s award for contributions to amateur mycology in honor of her... Read More →


Thursday August 13, 2015 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Sheridan Opera House 110 N Oak St, Telluride, CO 81435

4:15pm

Fungi Can Kill You
This talk will give an overview of the role of fungi in human disease. From mycotoxins to invasive fungal infections, Jonathan will focus on the dangers that fungi pose and the role of the immune system in keeping us healthy. There will be a lot of photographs to demonstrate the variety of disease caused by fungi.

Speakers
avatar for Jonathan  Reisman

Jonathan Reisman

Born and raised in northern New Jersey, Jonathan Reisman studied mathematics as an undergrad at New York University. After graduating, he lived in Russia for two years studying the post-Soviet environmental movement as well as indigenous cultures on the Kamchatka Peninsula. He earned an M.D. at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Jersey, during which he spent six months doing medical charity work in India. As a resident, Jonathan trained in... Read More →


Thursday August 13, 2015 4:15pm - 5:15pm
Sheridan Opera House 110 N Oak St, Telluride, CO 81435

4:15pm

Mushroom Marketing for Small Scale Producers
Learn about mushroom marketing for small farms and hobbyists from people already successfully selling.  Discussions will include:  identifying a market, developing buyer relationships, cultivation methods, post-harvest handling, and value added products as they pertain to retail and wholesale marketing of mushrooms.

Speakers
avatar for Mark Jones

Mark Jones

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 13, 2015 4:15pm - 5:15pm
Elks Lodge 472 W Pacific Ave, Telluride, CO 81435

5:00pm

Gourmet Dinner with Special Guests Eugenia Bone & Gary Lincoff
Join celebrity guests Gary Lincoff and Eugenia Bone for a unique mushroom dining experience created by master chef Mark Reggiannini at La Marmotte, one of Telluride's premier restaurants. Chef Reggiannini wowed crowds at the 2014 festival with his delicious dishes and is ready for a repeat performant this year. Tickets to this unique event are limited and help support the continuation of the festival.

PLEASE NOTE: This dinner is included in the VIP Ticket Package 

Speakers
avatar for Eugenia Bone

Eugenia Bone

Eugenia Bone is a nationally known food journalist and author. Her work has appeared in many magazines and newspapers, including Saveur, Food & Wine, Gourmet, Martha Stewart Living, Sunset, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Denver Post. She is the author of five books. At Mesa's Edge was a finalist for a Colorado Book Award. She wrote Italian Family Dining with her father, celebrated chef... Read More →
avatar for Gary Lincoff

Gary Lincoff

Gary Lincoff teaches mushroom identification and plant science courses year-round at the New York Botanical Garden. Gary attends as many forays and gives as many lectures as his teaching schedule permits. Each weekend of the year that he's home (NYC), even over winter, he is conducting a mushroom survey in the parks of New York City with the New York Mycological Society. Much of what they are doing is available on his... Read More →


Thursday August 13, 2015 5:00pm - 7:00pm
La Marmotte 150 W San Juan Ave, Telluride, CO 81435

7:45pm

Our Fungi / Ourselves
Reconnecting with our bilion year old sibling in the room - and how we can make magic together.

Speakers
avatar for Gary Lincoff

Gary Lincoff

Gary Lincoff teaches mushroom identification and plant science courses year-round at the New York Botanical Garden. Gary attends as many forays and gives as many lectures as his teaching schedule permits. Each weekend of the year that he's home (NYC), even over winter, he is conducting a mushroom survey in the parks of New York City with the New York Mycological Society. Much of what they are doing is available on his... Read More →


Thursday August 13, 2015 7:45pm - 8:45pm
Sheridan Opera House 110 N Oak St, Telluride, CO 81435

7:45pm

Book Signing Gary Lincoff
Speakers
avatar for Gary Lincoff

Gary Lincoff

Gary Lincoff teaches mushroom identification and plant science courses year-round at the New York Botanical Garden. Gary attends as many forays and gives as many lectures as his teaching schedule permits. Each weekend of the year that he's home (NYC), even over winter, he is conducting a mushroom survey in the parks of New York City with the New York Mycological Society. Much of what they are doing is available on his... Read More →


Thursday August 13, 2015 7:45pm - 8:45pm
Sheridan Opera House 110 N Oak St, Telluride, CO 81435

9:00pm

Art Goodtimes' Talking Gourds Poetry Performance and 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. 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 Mushroom Festival. He grew up in California and graduated from San Francisco State University... Read More →


Thursday August 13, 2015 9:00pm - 11:00pm
Elks Lodge 472 W Pacific Ave, Telluride, CO 81435
 
Friday, August 14
 

9:00am

Introduction to Colorado's Choice Edible Mushrooms
Join Graham Steinruck on a lecture examining one of the best aspects of fungi, their edibility! This is the perfect lecture for beginners who are interested in learning about the main species of mushrooms popping up in Telluride and surrounding areas.

Speakers
avatar for Graham Steinruck

Graham Steinruck

Born and raised in Denver, Graham Steinruck has a special connection to the majestic Rocky Mountains – a sentiment shared by those who call Colorado home. Like many, his love and fascination for the outdoors has largely sculpted him into the person he has become. Raised by two Colorado-transplants from out East, Graham’s mother and father fostered his appetite for adventure and cooking alike. He’s worked in the... Read More →


Friday August 14, 2015 9:00am - 9:30am
Sheridan Opera House 110 N Oak St, Telluride, CO 81435

10:00am

Underground connection: Mushrooms and Pines in Peril
Slippery Jacks (Suillus) and Pogies (Rhizopogon) have partnered with pines for thousands of years. Now whitebark pines are losing their battle to remain on earth. Will these mushrooms come to the rescue? Whitebarks are magnificent craggy trees that silhouette themselves against the sky and form deep green forests at treeline high in the Northern Rocky Mountains. Attacks by blister rust and pine beetles have taken their toll; the pines are rapidly disappearing, leaving only ghostly white trunks. Incredibly, the pines depend on nutcracker birds to plant their seeds. They also require an array of Slippery Jacks and ‘Pogies’ to sustain them. These mycorrhizal fungi in turn are often dependent on squirrels, deer, elk, grizzly bears, and black bears that sniff out and eat their fruiting bodies and spread spores in droppings. Lives of organisms here are so intertwined that loss of this keystone pine will affect all. Using nature as a guide, we are replacing lost forests with rust-resistant seedlings along with their natural fungal partners. Saving the mushrooms, that could help save the pines, drives our myco-reforestation efforts.

Photo: Ghost forest of whitebark pine “skeletons.” Credit: Dr. Cathy L. Cripps 

Speakers
avatar for Cathy Cripps

Cathy Cripps

Cathy Cripps, PhD has collected mushrooms in the Rocky Mountains for over 40 years, first as an amateur when she lived in a small cabin near Crested Butte, Colorado and later as a professor at Montana State University doing research. She claims to have been ‘found’ in 1980 by an eclectic group of traveling mycologists (led by the Salzmans) who held the precursor to the Telluride Mushroom Festival in Gothic, Colorado, right over... Read More →



Friday August 14, 2015 10:00am - 11:00am
Sheridan Opera House 110 N Oak St, Telluride, CO 81435

10:00am

Log and Stump Cultivation Demo
Observe first hand and participate in drilling and spawning techniques that work for a wide range of wood-dwelling forest mushrooms. 


Friday August 14, 2015 10:00am - 11:00am
Elks Park 122 S Oak Street Telluride, CO

10:00am

Grow-It-Yourself (GIY) Kits Workshop
Ecovative's Chief Mycologist Sue Van Hook will offer a GIY workshop demonstrating Ecovative's GIY kits. Workshop attendees will be able to make their own product/shape during the workshop and watch it begin to grow at the festival. This workshops is fine for all ages and the kit is included with the workshop fee.

Speakers
avatar for Sue  Van Hook

Sue Van Hook

Sue Van Hook is a mycologist, naturalist, teacher and healer.  She has been studying the taxonomy and ecology of fungi for the past 40 years, having begun her coursework in the Pacific Northwest where the mushroom season lasts 9 months of the year.  She completed her undergraduate and graduate degrees in botany and mycology at Humboldt State University under the tutelage of Dr. David L. Largent, an authority on pink-spored... Read More →



Friday August 14, 2015 10:00am - 11:00am
Elks Lodge 472 W Pacific Ave, Telluride, CO 81435

10:15am

Cultivating Woodland Mushrooms
Learn how to grow gourmet and medicinal mushrooms in your woodlot on agricultural and forest byproducts for environmental and personal health.  Learn low-tech cultivation basics for shiitake, oyster, lion's mane, reishi, King Stropharia, Almond Portobellos, and more.

Speakers
avatar for Mark Jones

Mark Jones

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 14, 2015 10:15am - 11:15am
Elks Lodge 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 14, 2015 10:30am - 2:00pm
Mountains in and around Telluride

11:15am

The light and the dark, and the brain in-between: Mystical and challenging experiences, and changes in the brain, encountered with psilocybin
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 Fred Barrett

Fred Barrett

Faculty, Instructor, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Psilocybin, Brains, Mystical Experiences, Challenging Experiences (bad trips)


Friday August 14, 2015 11:15am - 12:15pm
Sheridan Opera House 110 N Oak St, Telluride, CO 81435

11:30am

Grow-It-Yourself (GIY) Kits Workshop
Ecovative's Chief Mycologist Sue Van Hook will offer a GIY workshop demonstrating Ecovative's GIY kits. Workshop attendees will be able to make their own product/shape during the workshop and watch it begin to grow at the festival.

What can you make with the GIY kits?
-- garden bed blocks to create a raised bed
-- lampshade
-- safe, non-toxic toy for children that floats! 
-- wherever your brain takes you...

This workshops is fine for all ages and the kit is included with the workshop fee.

Speakers
avatar for Sue  Van Hook

Sue Van Hook

Sue Van Hook is a mycologist, naturalist, teacher and healer.  She has been studying the taxonomy and ecology of fungi for the past 40 years, having begun her coursework in the Pacific Northwest where the mushroom season lasts 9 months of the year.  She completed her undergraduate and graduate degrees in botany and mycology at Humboldt State University under the tutelage of Dr. David L. Largent, an authority on pink-spored... Read More →



Friday August 14, 2015 11:30am - 12:30pm
Elks Lodge 472 W Pacific Ave, Telluride, CO 81435

12:00pm

Mushroom Cookoff
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 a Chanterelle Custard 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. 

All attendees of the Telluride Mushroom Festival get a ticket to the Cookoff with their full pass. Members of the public can also acquire Cookoff tickets for only a suggested $10 donation, while supplies last. The cookoff will be open to the public at 1:30.

Friday August 14, 2015 12:00pm - 3:00pm
Gondola Lot

1:45pm

Chaga: Nature’s Black Gold, A Renewable Medicinal Mushroom
Speakers
avatar for Britt Bunyard

Britt Bunyard

Britt Bunyard, PhD is the founder, Publisher, and Editor in Chief of the mycology journal Fungiwhich has the largest circulation of any mycological publication in North America. He also has worked as a full-time Biology professor in Ohio and Wisconsin, teaching a broad range of undergraduate and graduate courses in Evolution, Microbiology, Mycology, Invertebrate Zoology, Biochemistry and Environmental Science.  The main focus of... Read More →


Friday August 14, 2015 1:45pm - 2:45pm
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! 


Friday August 14, 2015 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Elks Park 122 S Oak Street Telluride, CO

2:30pm

Lessons from the Amazon Mycorenewal Project -- How to apply Mycoremediation methods around the world
This lecture will cover the main challenges faced by Mycoremediators looking to expand the practice from the laboratory into the field. We'll explore the history and recent developments of Mycoremediation in the Sucumbios Region of Ecuador through the work of the Amazon Mycorenewal Project, and what the future holds for this unique area of the world commonly referred to as the "Lungs of the Earth". Then, Daniel will walk you through the lessons from the Amazon and how they are influencing his work in Texas through the Myco Alliance.

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. He has a B.S. In Hydrogeology from University of Texas at Austin and has worked in the oil & gas industry doing environmental remediation. Last fall he traveled to the Ecuadorian Amazon Basin with the Amazon Mycorenewal... Read More →


Friday August 14, 2015 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Elks Lodge 472 W Pacific Ave, Telluride, CO 81435

3:00pm

Psilocybin Panel: Past, Present, Future
For something that has been used for millenia, psilocybin is now experiencing a resurgance in popular culture in the form of medical research. Join experts from different perspectives for a discussion of psilocybin and what it means for us now.

Speakers
avatar for Robert Barnhart

Robert Barnhart

Robert Barnhart has a BA in comparative religion from Emory University in Atlanta, GA. He has been a strong advocate for the study of psychoactive materials in spiritual and nontraditional healing practices. He is currently producing a documentary film about the use of these medicines in healing practices. | | Learn more about his film here: https://www.facebook.com/A.New.Understanding
avatar for Fred Barrett

Fred Barrett

Faculty, Instructor, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Psilocybin, Brains, Mystical Experiences, Challenging Experiences (bad trips)
avatar for Eugenia Bone

Eugenia Bone

Eugenia Bone is a nationally known food journalist and author. Her work has appeared in many magazines and newspapers, including Saveur, Food & Wine, Gourmet, Martha Stewart Living, Sunset, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Denver Post. She is the author of five books. At Mesa's Edge was a finalist for a Colorado Book Award. She wrote Italian Family Dining with her father, celebrated chef... Read More →
avatar for Mary Cosimano

Mary Cosimano

Mary Cosimano, MSW is currently with the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and has served as study guide and research coordinator for the psilocybin studies for 15 years. During that time she has served as a session guide for the six psilocybin studies, has conducted over 325 sessions and has participated in more than 1,000 preparatory and integration... Read More →
avatar for Gay Dillingham

Gay Dillingham

Gay Dillingham started making documentary films out of college in the late 80s. Her first, The WIP Trail, narrated by Robert Redford, cast a critical eye at our nation’s first and still world’s only underground nuclear waste repository. It became a community organizing tool and aired on PBS nationally followed by a panel discussion. Her company co-produced Dr. Andrew Weil’s first PBS programs in the mid 90s. Gay then... Read More →
avatar for Art Goodtimes

Art Goodtimes

Art Goodtimes is an American poet, farmer and politician in Colorado. 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 Mushroom Festival. He grew up in California and graduated from San Francisco State University... Read More →


Friday August 14, 2015 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 14, 2015 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Elks Lodge 472 W Pacific Ave, Telluride, CO 81435

4:00pm

Low-Tech Oyster Mushroom Cultivation at Home: TP and Kitty Litter
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: 1. on rolls of toilet paper and 2. on Kitty litter. The easy steps involved in these techniques will be demonstrated. Your kids will love this activity! Learn the techniques and take it in local schools to help inspire an appreciation of mushrooms.

Speakers
avatar for Ron Spinosa

Ron Spinosa

Ron Spinosa is past president of the Minnesota Mycological Society and was  editor of the society’s newsletter, “The Toadstool Review.”  He is the Chair of the Mushroom Cultivation Committee of the North American Mycological Association.  Ron presents workshops on mycology, mushroom identification, and mushroom cultivation in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota and nationally.  He was a recipient of... Read More →


Friday August 14, 2015 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Elks Lodge 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. 

Musical Acts
avatar for Free the Honey

Free the Honey

This folk quartet is homegrown on the western slope of Colorado and offers up old time and original tunes with richly layered vocal harmonies and authentic acoustic resonance. | | The elements are familiar — harmony singing, twin fiddle, open back banjo, guitar, mandolin, storytelling, and mountain culture. The alchemy is all their own. | | It is a sound inspired by place, community, and deep musical traditions. It revives in the... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Katrina Blair

Katrina Blair

Katrina Blair began studying wild plants in her teens when she camped out alone for a summer with the intention of eating primarily 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... Read More →



Friday August 14, 2015 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Town Park

5:00pm

Book Signing: Katrina Blair
Speakers
avatar for Katrina Blair

Katrina Blair

Katrina Blair began studying wild plants in her teens when she camped out alone for a summer with the intention of eating primarily 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... Read More →


Friday August 14, 2015 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Town Park

7:15pm

Mycophiles: Festivals, Forays, and the Companionship of Mushroomers
How do mushroom enthusiasts vacation? Amateur mycologists hit public forays and festivals all over the country and throughout the year, congregating for hunting, socializing, and learning. This fun 60 minute illustrated talk shares stories about some of those gatherings, how they can shake up one's point of view, and open your mind. R rated.

Speakers
avatar for Eugenia Bone

Eugenia Bone

Eugenia Bone is a nationally known food journalist and author. Her work has appeared in many magazines and newspapers, including Saveur, Food & Wine, Gourmet, Martha Stewart Living, Sunset, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Denver Post. She is the author of five books. At Mesa's Edge was a finalist for a Colorado Book Award. She wrote Italian Family Dining with her father, celebrated chef... Read More →


Friday August 14, 2015 7:15pm - 8:15pm
Sheridan Opera House 110 N Oak St, Telluride, CO 81435

7:15pm

Book Signing: Eugenia Bone
Speakers
avatar for Eugenia Bone

Eugenia Bone

Eugenia Bone is a nationally known food journalist and author. Her work has appeared in many magazines and newspapers, including Saveur, Food & Wine, Gourmet, Martha Stewart Living, Sunset, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Denver Post. She is the author of five books. At Mesa's Edge was a finalist for a Colorado Book Award. She wrote Italian Family Dining with her father, celebrated chef... Read More →


Friday August 14, 2015 7:15pm - 8:15pm
Sheridan Opera House 110 N Oak St, Telluride, CO 81435

9:00pm

Dying to Know: Ram Dass and Timothy Leary
“Dying to Know” is an intimate portrait celebrating two very complex, controversial characters in an epic friendship that shaped a generation.  In the early 1960s Harvard psychology professors Timothy Leary and Richard Alpert began probing the edges of consciousness through their experiments with psychedelics.  Leary became the LSD guru, challenging convention, questioning authority and as a result spawned a global counter culture movement landing in prison after Nixon called him “the most dangerous man in America”.  Alpert journeyed to the East becoming Ram Dass, a spiritual teacher for an entire generation who continues in his 80’s teaching service through compassion.  With interviews spanning 50 years the film invites us into the future encouraging us to ponder questions about life, drugs & the biggest mystery of all: death.

In 1995 after years of estrangement Leary found out that he was dying of cancer. The first person he called was Ram Dass.  In the 60s they had collaborated on a book entitled, ‘The Psychedelic Experience‘ which was based on The Tibetan Book of The Dead and explored the similarities of the psychedelic experience and the dying process.  Each holding a remarkably different point of view about death they share their thoughts/perspectives and rekindle the love they have always felt for one another.

In this provocative film the viewer is a fly on the wall, observing an intimate conversation between Leary and Ram Dass just a few months before Leary’s death.  It is a genuine exploration and an emotional respectful goodbye between two life long companions. We include subsequent interviews with Leary as he shares his dying process with us.  Ram Dass who suffered a stroke himself not long after Tim’s passing shares his own perspective on death and dying.   This story is much larger than a simple conversation between two old friends. It embraces the arcs of their entire lives helping us understand how two Harvard professors became counter – culture icons.  We will explore their upbringing, early life and their fateful meeting at Harvard where together they ran fully sanctioned experiments into the nature and use of psilocybin and LSD before being fired in 1963.  We follow them from Harvard to Millbrook where their experimentation continued and ultimately their friendship was tested and fractured.  They both went their own way becoming legends in their own right. These chapters are highlighted using archival footage and stills. This tale of taboos: sex, drugs and death includes interviews in 2012 with Dr. Andrew Weil, Huston Smith, Roshi Joan Halifax, Ralph Metzner, Joanna Harcourt-Smith, Lama Tsultrim Allione, John Perry Barlow, Peggy Hitchcock and Zach Leary.

Robert Redford’s iconic voice as narrator gives a classic American feel and tone.  Dillingham, the Producer/Director has contributed on & off 17 years of her life to this labor of love.  She uncovers the wisdom these two men have as they continue to guide us on the next revolution – a right to access our own consciousnesses and our own death.

Speakers
avatar for Gay Dillingham

Gay Dillingham

Gay Dillingham started making documentary films out of college in the late 80s. Her first, The WIP Trail, narrated by Robert Redford, cast a critical eye at our nation’s first and still world’s only underground nuclear waste repository. It became a community organizing tool and aired on PBS nationally followed by a panel discussion. Her company co-produced Dr. Andrew Weil’s first PBS programs in the mid 90s. Gay then... Read More →



Friday August 14, 2015 9:00pm - 11:00pm
Sheridan Opera House 110 N Oak St, Telluride, CO 81435

10:45pm

Entheogenic Gourd Circle: Mushrooms (meet at Sheridan Opera House)
Join others for a facilitated discussion on mushroom experiences. Join in the discussion, or just listen to others share their experiences. The discussion will be facilitated by the Shroompa himself, Art Goodtimes.

Meet at the Sheridan after the  movie and you will walk to the secret location!

Speakers
avatar for Art Goodtimes

Art Goodtimes

Art Goodtimes is an American poet, farmer and politician in Colorado. 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 Mushroom Festival. He grew up in California and graduated from San Francisco State University... Read More →


Friday August 14, 2015 10:45pm - 11:45pm
Sheridan Opera House 110 N Oak St, Telluride, CO 81435
 
Saturday, August 15
 

8:00am

Mycoremediation Potential in Telluride and Nearby Sites
Speakers
avatar for Tradd Cotter

Tradd Cotter

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 15, 2015 8:00am - 9:00am
Elks Lodge 472 W Pacific Ave, Telluride, CO 81435

9:00am

Wild Foods
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

Katrina Blair began studying wild plants in her teens when she camped out alone for a summer with the intention of eating primarily 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... Read More →


Saturday August 15, 2015 9:00am - 9:45am
Sheridan Opera House 110 N Oak St, Telluride, CO 81435

10:00am

Mycotopia - Visions and Blueprints from the Future Mushroom Culture
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.

Speakers
avatar for Tradd Cotter

Tradd Cotter

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 15, 2015 10:00am - 11:00am
Sheridan Opera House 110 N Oak St, Telluride, CO 81435

10:00am

Book Signing: Tradd Cotter
Speakers
avatar for Tradd Cotter

Tradd Cotter

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 15, 2015 10:00am - 11:00am
Sheridan Opera House 110 N Oak St, Telluride, CO 81435

10:30am

Entheogenic Gourd Circle: Cannabis
Join others for a facilitated discussion on cannabis experiences. Join in the discussion, or just listen to others share their experiences. The discussion will be facilitated by the Shroompa himself, Art Goodtimes.

Meet at the Sheridan and you will walk to the secret location! 

Speakers
avatar for Art Goodtimes

Art Goodtimes

Art Goodtimes is an American poet, farmer and politician in Colorado. 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 Mushroom Festival. He grew up in California and graduated from San Francisco State University... Read More →


Saturday August 15, 2015 10:30am - 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 15, 2015 10:30am - 2:00pm
Mountains in and around Telluride

11:15am

How to Get Rid of Evil Spirits
Since we seldom think of fungi as being in the Arctic or Subarctic, it might come as a surprise to learn that northern Native people have traditionally used fungi in a variety of ways — as insect smudges (Cree), chewing tobacco (Yupik and Inupiaq), styptics (Inuit), and as a means of getting rid of evil spirits (Chukchi).   Dr. Lawrence Millman will offer you a tour of these uses as well as give you an introduction to ethnomycology.

Speakers
avatar for Lawrence Millman

Lawrence Millman

Author-mycologist-Arctic explorer-raconteur Lawrence Millman has written 16 books, including such titles as Last Places, Hiking to Siberia, Lost in the Arctic, The Wrong Handed Man, and Lost in the Arctic. His mycological books include Fascinating Fungi of New England, the first ever guidebook to New England fungi,and Giant Polypores & Stoned Reindeer, a group of essays about his travels in search of rare, unusual, or entheogenic fungi. One... Read More →


Saturday August 15, 2015 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

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

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 15, 2015 11:30am - 12:30pm
Elks Park 122 S Oak Street Telluride, CO

1:00pm

Mycoremediation of Contaminated Soil and Water
Many species of edible fungi sweat powerful enzymes into the environment capable of molecular disassembly of complex molecules such as hydrocarbons, aromatic chlorinated compounds, and pesticides. Mushrooms native to your area of the U.S. are also well adapted to filter, stun and destroy pathogenic bacteria that accompany failing septic systems, manure holding ponds, and even pet waste runoff. Learn how these mushrooms perform these miraculous tasks and how to develop a living barrier or filtration system that is customized to fit your needs. Talk will focus on biomass expansion, site engineering, and species of mushrooms that can be used for mycoremediation projects.

Speakers
avatar for Tradd Cotter

Tradd Cotter

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 →
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Sam Muller

Sam Muller is a M.S. Hydrogeology candidate at Clemson University who is a relative newcomer to the world of fungi. He is a member of an interdisciplinary research group that is focused on process-based design of constructed wetland treatment systems. While researching the aerobic degradation of certain organic compounds, Sam discovered that the metabolic processes unique to white-rot fungi may allow for unique applications in the field of... Read More →


Saturday August 15, 2015 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Elks Lodge 472 W Pacific Ave, Telluride, CO 81435

1:00pm

LET IT ROT: Mycorecycling Scavenger Hunt - Coffee, Cardboard, and Paper
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 15, 2015 1:00pm - 2:45pm
Elks Park 122 S Oak Street Telluride, CO

1:30pm

Oh look, I have an Amanita, what do I do now?
Topics to be discussed in this presentation include the examination of some interactions of humans and Amanitas from a historical perspective, including the exploration of the supposition “Was Ötzi , the ice-man, killed because he was poaching on someone’s Amanita muscaria patch?”; comments on the ecstasy and agony that can result from the consumption of certain Amanitas; finding the best answer to the often asked question, “Oh look, I have found an Amanita – what do I do now?” and lastly an attempt at answering the question “Will Amanitas be here for my children and grandchildren?”   

Speakers
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Jay Justice

Jay Justice is a retired epidemiologist who has studied the macrofungi that can be found in the Southern and Southeastern regions of the US for over 35 years.   He is a co-founder and scientific advisor for the Arkansas Mycological Society (1982) and a scientific advisor to the Cumberland Mycological Society as well as a chief mycologist for the Missouri Mycological Society. He has recently participated in... Read More →


Saturday August 15, 2015 1:30pm - 2:30pm
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 15, 2015 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Elks Park 122 S Oak Street Telluride, CO

2:30pm

DIY Mushroom Cigarette Digesters
Used cigarette filters are one of the most commonly littered items in the world. As little sponges filled with heavy metals and toxic chemicals, finding an easy means to dealing with these familiar waste products should be seen as a top priority for garbage centers around the world. Luckily, fungi can help. In this presentation and demo, you will learn how decomposing mushrooms can help mitigate cigarette waste and how you can apply these practices at home or in your community. Using simple and scalable techniques, Peter will show how the power and potential of mycoremedaition can change our everyday lives.

Speakers
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Peter McCoy

Peter McCoy is a founder 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 in the context... Read More →


Saturday August 15, 2015 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Elks Lodge 472 W Pacific Ave, Telluride, CO 81435

2:45pm

Colombia's Mushroom Magic
Daniel is back with a new exciting show based on three Mushroaming trips to Colombia. Located at the intersection of Andes, Amazon, and Central America, Colombia boasts an incredible biodiversity with a very rich and diverse funga. Lowland tropical rain forests are endowed with exotic Amazonian Cordyceps and Xylaria species and colorful Marasmius. In the mountain cloud forest massive Andean oaks are associated with a range of chanterelles, boletes, Amanita etc, many of these having their southernmost distribution here.  High up in the Páramo fungal diversity is reduced, but Dr. Seuss-like plant life is mind boggling. Culinary & medicinal fungal resources are in the very early stages of development in Colombia, but surely will become more important.

Speakers
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Daniel Winkler

Daniel Winkler grew up collecting and eating wild mushrooms in the Alps and has been foraging for 17 years in the Pacific Northwest where he continues to work as a mushroom educator and guide. Daniel trained as a geographer and ecologist and works as a researcher and NGO consultant on environmental issues impacting the Tibetan Plateau and Himalayas. While working in Tibet, Daniel discovered that Tibet's diverse mushroom industry plays a... Read More →


Saturday August 15, 2015 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 15, 2015 4:00pm - 6:30pm
Elks Park 122 S Oak Street Telluride, CO

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! 

Speakers
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Britt Bunyard

Britt Bunyard, PhD is the founder, Publisher, and Editor in Chief of the mycology journal Fungiwhich has the largest circulation of any mycological publication in North America. He also has worked as a full-time Biology professor in Ohio and Wisconsin, teaching a broad range of undergraduate and graduate courses in Evolution, Microbiology, Mycology, Invertebrate Zoology, Biochemistry and Environmental Science.  The main focus of... Read More →


Saturday August 15, 2015 7:00pm - 7:15pm
Sheridan Opera House 110 N Oak St, Telluride, CO 81435

7:30pm

Mushroom Mycelium as Natural Resin
Ecovative in upstate New York has pioneered fungal mycelium as a natural resin used to bind plant waste products into packaging shapes, particle boards, automotive parts, surfboards and buoys.  All it took was beginner's mind and eyes of two young engineers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute to see the elasticity and network of fungal hyphae as a new biopolymer.  Join Sue Van Hook, Ecovative's Chief Mycologist for a look at the science of mycelial resin.

Speakers
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Sue Van Hook

Sue Van Hook is a mycologist, naturalist, teacher and healer.  She has been studying the taxonomy and ecology of fungi for the past 40 years, having begun her coursework in the Pacific Northwest where the mushroom season lasts 9 months of the year.  She completed her undergraduate and graduate degrees in botany and mycology at Humboldt State University under the tutelage of Dr. David L. Largent, an authority on pink-spored... Read More →


Saturday August 15, 2015 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Sheridan Opera House 110 N Oak St, Telluride, CO 81435

7:30pm

Book Signing: Vera Evenson & Katrina Blair
Speakers
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Katrina Blair

Katrina Blair began studying wild plants in her teens when she camped out alone for a summer with the intention of eating primarily 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... Read More →
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Vera Evenson

Vera Stucky Evenson is curator of the Sam Mitchel Herbarium of Fungi at Denver Botanic Gardens. She collects and studies thousands of specimens and photographs of native mushrooms in many ecosystems, including those that grow in city environments. She is a past president of the Colorado Mycological Society. In 2008, Vera received the North American Mycological Association’s award for contributions to amateur mycology in honor of her... Read More →


Saturday August 15, 2015 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Sheridan Opera House 110 N Oak St, Telluride, CO 81435

9:00pm

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.

http://www.creepinggarden.com/ 


Saturday August 15, 2015 9:00pm - 10:30pm
Sheridan Opera House 110 N Oak St, Telluride, CO 81435

9:00pm

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 Sheridan Opera House during keynote lectures and during the Cookoff.

Saturday August 15, 2015 9:00pm - 11:00pm
Elks Lodge 472 W Pacific Ave, Telluride, CO 81435
 
Sunday, August 16
 

10:00am

The Future of Fungi - Panel Discussion
What happens when you ask a group of scientists, writers, food experts and activists about the future of fungi? You have a lively discussion, that's for sure. Our guess is that all of the world's problems will be solved here on stage.

Join for the discussion, and have an opportunity to ask questions of this great group of presenters. 

Speakers
avatar for Fred Barrett

Fred Barrett

Faculty, Instructor, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Psilocybin, Brains, Mystical Experiences, Challenging Experiences (bad trips)
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Tradd Cotter

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 →
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Giuliana Furci

Giuliana Furci has been devoted mainly to mycology since 1999. Her inescapable vocation to study Chile's fungi has taken her to travel the country looking for them 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 currently the only book on Chilean Fungi with pictures of the species in... Read More →
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Sue Van Hook

Sue Van Hook is a mycologist, naturalist, teacher and healer.  She has been studying the taxonomy and ecology of fungi for the past 40 years, having begun her coursework in the Pacific Northwest where the mushroom season lasts 9 months of the year.  She completed her undergraduate and graduate degrees in botany and mycology at Humboldt State University under the tutelage of Dr. David L. Largent, an authority on pink-spored... Read More →
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Gary Lincoff

Gary Lincoff teaches mushroom identification and plant science courses year-round at the New York Botanical Garden. Gary attends as many forays and gives as many lectures as his teaching schedule permits. Each weekend of the year that he's home (NYC), even over winter, he is conducting a mushroom survey in the parks of New York City with the New York Mycological Society. Much of what they are doing is available on his... Read More →
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Peter McCoy

Peter McCoy is a founder 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 in the context... Read More →
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Lawrence Millman

Author-mycologist-Arctic explorer-raconteur Lawrence Millman has written 16 books, including such titles as Last Places, Hiking to Siberia, Lost in the Arctic, The Wrong Handed Man, and Lost in the Arctic. His mycological books include Fascinating Fungi of New England, the first ever guidebook to New England fungi,and Giant Polypores & Stoned Reindeer, a group of essays about his travels in search of rare, unusual, or entheogenic fungi. One... Read More →


Sunday August 16, 2015 10:00am - 11:30am
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
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Art Goodtimes

Art Goodtimes is an American poet, farmer and politician in Colorado. 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 Mushroom Festival. He grew up in California and graduated from San Francisco State University... Read More →
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Gary Lincoff

Gary Lincoff teaches mushroom identification and plant science courses year-round at the New York Botanical Garden. Gary attends as many forays and gives as many lectures as his teaching schedule permits. Each weekend of the year that he's home (NYC), even over winter, he is conducting a mushroom survey in the parks of New York City with the New York Mycological Society. Much of what they are doing is available on his... Read More →


Sunday August 16, 2015 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Sheridan Opera House 110 N Oak St, Telluride, CO 81435

1:30pm

VIP Gourmet Cooking Class
Limited Capacity seats available

Join Nick and Graham of Hunt and Gather for a gourmet cooking class and tasting in Mountain Village. This event is only open to those who purchased the VIP Patron Pass.

Speakers
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Nick Martinez

Nick Martinez has called Colorado home since his family moved here from Texas when he was 14. He fell in love with the Rocky Mountains as soon as he saw them, and still remembers the first time he saw snow fall. Nick honed his culinary skills at several well-respected restaurants over the years. He spent time working under Frank Bonnano at Mizuna, and eventually accepted an offer from Stoneking as an opening team member at ChoLon Bistro where... Read More →
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Graham Steinruck

Born and raised in Denver, Graham Steinruck has a special connection to the majestic Rocky Mountains – a sentiment shared by those who call Colorado home. Like many, his love and fascination for the outdoors has largely sculpted him into the person he has become. Raised by two Colorado-transplants from out East, Graham’s mother and father fostered his appetite for adventure and cooking alike. He’s worked in the... Read More →


Sunday August 16, 2015 1:30pm - 3:00pm
TBA
 
Monday, August 17
 

10:00am

Late Bird Foray with Lawrence Millman
Limited Capacity seats available

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

Time and details TBA

Speakers
avatar for Lawrence Millman

Lawrence Millman

Author-mycologist-Arctic explorer-raconteur Lawrence Millman has written 16 books, including such titles as Last Places, Hiking to Siberia, Lost in the Arctic, The Wrong Handed Man, and Lost in the Arctic. His mycological books include Fascinating Fungi of New England, the first ever guidebook to New England fungi,and Giant Polypores & Stoned Reindeer, a group of essays about his travels in search of rare, unusual, or entheogenic fungi. One... Read More →


Monday August 17, 2015 10:00am - 1:00pm
Mountains in and around Telluride