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Wednesday, August 16
 

10:00am

Private Early Bird Foray with Gary Lincoff, Art Goodtimes, and Britt Bunyard. (No we're not kidding!)
Get ready to have your best day ever! A very special personal foray with the living legend Gary Lincoff, Festival Master of Ceremonies Art Goodtimes, and Festival Executive Director Britt Bunyard. This very special event is limited to a small number of attendees, and is not part of regular the Festival Pass. Please note: SEPERATE PURCHASE REQUIRED. 

MEETING PLACE: BEHIND THE OAK STREET PARK AND THE SHERIDAN OPERA HOUSE ON NORTH FIR STREET

Speakers
avatar for Britt Bunyard

Britt Bunyard

Executive Director, Telluride Mushroom Festival
Britt Bunyard, PhD, is the founder, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of the mycology journal FUNGI. Britt has worked academically (and played very amateurishly) as a mycologist his entire career, writing scientifically for many research journals, popular science magazines, and books... Read More →
avatar for Art Goodtimes

Art Goodtimes

Poet-in-Residence, Assistant to the Director, Telluride Mushroom Festival
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... 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... Read More →



Wednesday August 16, 2017 10:00am - 1:00pm
Mountains in and around Telluride

6:00pm

Early Registration and "Know Your Mushrooms" movie
While you register for the event, come and watch Know Your Mushrooms to get warmed up for the event.



Wednesday August 16, 2017 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Sheridan Opera House 110 N Oak St, Telluride, CO 81435

8:00pm

Beer Launch Party with Fractalia Forever
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

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... Read More →

Artists
Sponsors

Wednesday August 16, 2017 8:00pm - Thursday August 17, 2017 1:00am
Sheridan Opera House 110 N Oak St, Telluride, CO 81435
 
Thursday, August 17
 

7:30am

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 17, 2017 7:30am - 8:30am
Sheridan Opera House 110 N Oak St, Telluride, CO 81435

9:00am

Opening Ceremony
Speakers
avatar for Art Goodtimes

Art Goodtimes

Poet-in-Residence, Assistant to the Director, Telluride Mushroom Festival
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... 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... Read More →


Thursday August 17, 2017 9:00am - 9:30am
Sheridan Opera House 110 N Oak St, Telluride, CO 81435

9:00am

Edible Mushroom Foray
MEETING PLACE: BEHIND THE OAK STREET PARK AND THE SHERIDAN OPERA HOUSE ON NORTH FIR STREET

Mushroom forays are led daily by experts including Gary Lincoff, Katrina Blair, Bill & Will Adams, Larry Evans, Daniel Winkler, John Sir Jesse, Tony Corbin, Jason Salzman, Linnea & Lee Gilman, and others. 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 17, 2017 9:00am - 1:00pm
Mountains in and around Telluride

9:30am

Transcendental Mushrooms - The What, When, Where, How, and Why of Mushrooms that send us into realms of ecstasy
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... Read More →



Thursday August 17, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am
Sheridan Opera House 110 N Oak St, Telluride, CO 81435

10:15am

Outdoor Cultivation of Edible and Medicinal Mushrooms on Logs, Stumps, and Wood Chips
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. Taught by the Festival STAFF: Kris Holstrom, William Padilla, Alex Dorr

Speakers
avatar for Kris Holstrom

Kris Holstrom

Tomten 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... Read More →
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... Read More →


Thursday August 17, 2017 10:15am - 11:15am
Elks Park 123 South Oak Street, Telluride, CO 81435

10:30am

Fungi and Agricultural Hemp: Combined Product Opportunities

Why should the hempsters and mycophiles join forces? Symbiosis….

A conversation regarding the potential in to combine industrial hemp and mycological properties with an eye to product R&D, product development, economic development and even cost effective environmental remediation.

Both components have similar product capabilities (sugars, xylitol, fiber, lignin, medicines, plastics, cosmetics, etc…) and have a high probability of synergistic properties in processed components, agricultural products, brownfield cleanup and in business applications.

Investors are looking for the next big product to launch, and make a fair profit in the process. In today’s climate of cultural shifting to better business practices even Wall Street and Hi-Tech investors are opting for cleaner and more modest ROI on products and services that can boast “green” (and mean it), B Corps qualified or just offer honest old-fashioned good business practices – with no gender harassment stains on their products.

The combination of hemp and mushrooms may be just that next big – and sustaining - for investors, government agencies, research labs, and private business. This is a unique opportunity to examine the pros and cons of consciously creating plans to serve the entire supply chain with two products easily integrated into the Colorado manufacturing line-up.

We will examine and discuss the pros and cons of why serious mushroom people should start collaborating with serious hemp processors / researchers. What better place to start the conversation than in Telluride?


Fungi and Agricultural Hemp

Combined Product Opportunities



Speakers
avatar for Penelope Zeller

Penelope Zeller

Penelope is a project coordinator, business researcher and product placement specialist. Successfully serving in the medical, high end retail, minerals and gems, food, land use/zoning, government, mortgage fraud and manufacturing trades, her unique ability to see trends across industries... Read More →


Thursday August 17, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
Telluride High School Cafeteria 721 W Colorado Ave, Telluride, CO 81435

10:30am

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... Read More →


Thursday August 17, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
Sheridan Opera House 110 N Oak St, Telluride, CO 81435

10:30am

Edible Mushroom Forays
Mushroom forays are led daily by experts including Gary Lincoff, Katrina Blair, Bill & Will Adams, Larry Evans, Daniel Winkler, John Sir Jesse, Tony Corbin, Jason Salzman, Linnea & Lee Gilman, and others. 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.

MEETING PLACE: BEHIND THE OAK STREET PARK AND THE SHERIDAN OPERA HOUSE ON NORTH FIR STREET


Thursday August 17, 2017 10:30am - 2:30pm
Mountains in and around Telluride

11:30am

Dedicated to Decay: How Fungi Unravel the Fabric of Life

Common saprophytic fungi include brown rots such as Laetiporus and Phaeolus, white rots such as Pleurotus and Trametes, and litter decomposers such as Agaricus and Agrocybe. These fungi have one important fact in common. They decompose dead plants, the bulk of which is plant cell wall material. Cellulose and lignin make up plant cell walls, and are the two most abundant organic compounds on earth. Cellulose is a relatively simple polysaccharide, and even though very few animals have the enzymes to digest it, saprophytic fungi do, and have been using cellulose as an abundant food source for hundreds of millions of years. Lignin presents an entirely different set of problems for decomposers. It is a complex polyphenolic compound, having evolved in part precisely to protect plant cells from the ravages of fungal and insect attack. The complex mechanisms and enzymes employed by lignin-digesting fungi are finally beginning to be elucidated, and they are revealing some intriguing connections. Could fungal bioluminescence be tied to the process of lignin decomposition by white rot fungi? Could the synthesis of polyphenolic compounds of plants, animals and fungi be related to their protective, toxic, and/or medicinal potentials? 



Speakers
avatar for Robert Cummings

Robert Cummings

Bob Cummings is Professor Emeritus of Biology at Santa Barbara City College.  He retired in 2012 having taught courses in Plant Biology at SBCC since 1973.  Since retiring from the classroom he continues to develop and offer an online course in Plant Diversity. Bob came to Santa... Read More →


Thursday August 17, 2017 11:30am - 12:30pm
Sheridan Opera House 110 N Oak St, Telluride, CO 81435

11:30am

Building a Laminar HEPA Flow Hood DIY HANDS ON
Need to build a laminar and waiting around for an easy DIY workshop? Here you go! Watch as staff and participants quickly piece together a small portable flow hood that will be used for years to come at the festival and learn how to design and procure the parts and filters you will need.

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... 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... Read More →


Thursday August 17, 2017 11:30am - 12:30pm
Telluride High School Cafeteria 721 W Colorado Ave, Telluride, CO 81435

12:00pm

Gondola Plaza Mushroom Extravaganza! (Aka Chef's Mushroom Cook-off)
Wild Mushroom forager-seller-chefs Andre Kohler and Larry Evans will be preparing lots of favorite wild mushroom dishes for all to enjoy! Everyone is welcome to bring their own foraged edibles and join right in with these two creative culinary masterminds. Even for those not wild about wild mushrooms, this event will be a blast as these two are legendary "characters" at the Festival. This will be a laid back, social cooking party, and singing will be mandatory!

Speakers
avatar for Larry Evans

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... Read More →

Volunteers

Thursday August 17, 2017 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Oak Street Gondola Plaza West San Juan Ave, Telluride, CO. 81435

1:00pm

The Role of Fungi in Human Health and Disease
An overview of the role that fungi play in keeping us healthy and killing us. This talk will discuss the latest understanding of the fungal microbiome and its possible role in modulating the immune system, the uses of phalloidin from Amanita phalloides in cancer research, and fungal diseases ranging from ergotism to athlete's foot to deadly fungal brain abscesses. 

Speakers
avatar for Jonathan Reisman

Jonathan Reisman

Jonathan Reisman is an internist and pediatrician who has practiced medicine in Arctic Alaska, Pine Ridge Reservation, and the Nepal Himalaya. He is a mushroom forager with interests in travel and prehistoric crafts and has written for the New York Times, Washington Post and Discover magazine... Read More →



Thursday August 17, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Sheridan Opera House 110 N Oak St, Telluride, CO 81435

1:00pm

Mushroom Identification at the ID tent
Bring your foraged mushrooms to the ID tent to have them classified. 


Thursday August 17, 2017 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Elks Park 123 South Oak Street, Telluride, CO 81435

1:30pm

Growing Gourmet and Medicinal Mushrooms
Learn how to grow several different types of mushrooms using low-tech, low-cost methods in your garden or woodlot.  Discussions will include biology and ecology of fungi in agriculture, using mushrooms for personal and ecological health, and methods for cultivating shiitake, oyster, lion’s mane, reishi, and other mushrooms in wood, straw, and compost.

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... Read More →


Thursday August 17, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Telluride High School Cafeteria 721 W Colorado Ave, Telluride, CO 81435

2:00pm

The Rise and Fall of the Mighty Desert Truffle
I will present the plight of these specialized fungi, which grow with limited plant hosts in arid and semi-arid lands, under specific climate conditions. I will discuss the threats they face and how they attempt to adapt. The plight of the desert truffle calls attention also to the precarious position of endemic fungi attempting to thrive in specific habitats everywhere.

Speakers
avatar for Elinoar Shavit

Elinoar Shavit

Elinoar Shavit specializes in mycological research regarding desert truffles, medicinal mushrooms, edible wild mushrooms, and ethno-mycology. She has published numerous articles on these topics, recently contributing chapters to Desert Truffles: Phylogeny, Physiology, Distribution... Read More →



Thursday August 17, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Sheridan Opera House 110 N Oak St, Telluride, CO 81435

2:30pm

No-Transfer Protocols for Streamlined Mushroom Farming
Want to start a small to mid-scale mushroom grow but don't have the space or budget for all the tools? In this cultivation crash course, Peter will walk you through a refined protocol for low-labor / high yield mushroom production utilizing a minimum of tools and contamination-prone steps.

Speakers
avatar for Peter McCoy

Peter McCoy

Radical Mycology
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... Read More →


Thursday August 17, 2017 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Telluride High School Cafeteria 721 W Colorado Ave, Telluride, CO 81435

3:00pm

The Mycologist: There is a Bustle in the Hedgerow

The Mycologist: There is a Bustle in the Hedgerow

Nicholas Money will read excerpts from The Diary of Bartholomew Leach, Professor of Natural Philosophy, the mushroom expert who discovered the theory of Creation by Natural Perfection in the 1850s, but discovered, to his great disappointment, that he had been trumped by Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace.

 Book website: http://the-mycologist.com/



Speakers
avatar for Nicholas Money

Nicholas Money

Nicholas P. Money is an Anglo-American gentleman of letters and professor at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He is an expert on fungal growth and reproduction. Nicholas has authored a number of popular science books that celebrate the diversity of the microbial world, including... Read More →


Thursday August 17, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Sheridan Opera House 110 N Oak St, Telluride, CO 81435

3:00pm

Beginner Mushroom Cooking Class
Learn the basics of culinary preparation of mushrooms with Graham Steinruck. Hands-on techniques and skills will be taught along with a tasting at the end of class.

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... Read More →


Thursday August 17, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Telluride High School Culinary Classroom Colorado Ave, Telluride, CO. 81435

4:00pm

Vanquishing the Witch Baba Yaga
New York documentary-maker and animal-keeper Jessica Oreck manages a well-attuned act of cultural ventriloquism in this nutritious cine-essay looking east for inspiration. Just as the majestic course of the Danube prompted a search for the roots of western culture in The Ister (2004), here the vastness and darkness of Slavic forests draw Polish-narrated reflections on the nature-culture boundary, interspersed with animated segments from the Baba Yaga fairytale. Dampening the recorded sound on the real-life excerpts (lumberjacks, Soviet-style towerblocks, a wedding) that are used as visual wallpaper, Oreck makes eastern European – or rather, human – life seem otherworldly. Occasionally, this hauntological stream flows too quickly, and the insight gets diluted. At its best, however, the imagery cleanses and reinvigorates the ideas in play: a sequence in a headstone-filled forest seems to touch on the defeat of human agency by nature threatened in the Baba Yaga story, when the sight of a pensioner picking mushrooms amid the graves turns things on their head. There are rich pickings here, with a little effort.

See more at http://myriapodproductions.com 

and watch trailers right here http://thevanquishing.com/home.html


Thursday August 17, 2017 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Sheridan Opera House 110 N Oak St, Telluride, CO 81435

7:30pm

Awards & Notes
Speakers
avatar for Art Goodtimes

Art Goodtimes

Poet-in-Residence, Assistant to the Director, Telluride Mushroom Festival
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... Read More →


Thursday August 17, 2017 7:30pm - 7:45pm
Sheridan Opera House 110 N Oak St, Telluride, CO 81435

7:45pm

Rebranding Psilocybin — From Magic Mushrooms to Modern Medicine

Don Lattin is an award-winning journalist and a reporter covering a wide range of religious figures and movements in the United States. He has written several books. Lattin’s work has appeared in many U.S. magazines and newspapers. He has also worked as a consultant and commentator for several television programs. Lattin teaches religion writing at the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California at Berkeley. Especially notable of his previous books is The Harvard Psychedelic Club: How Timothy Leary, Ram Dass, Huston Smith, and Andrew Weil Killed the Fifties and Ushered in a New Age for America traces the efforts of four notable players who brought LSD to the attention of the world: Leary, Richard Alpert (later Ram Dass), Smith, and Weil. Lattin will be coming to Telluride to discuss his new book Changing Our Minds -- Psychedelic Sacraments and the New Psychotherapy, which features quite a bit about the new wave of FDA-approved psilocybin research. He also plans to “share some stories of my own explorations in the underground mushroom therapy world, and with other sacred plant medicines.”


Speakers
avatar for Don Lattin

Don Lattin

Don Lattin is an award-winning journalist and the author of six books. His most recent work, CHANGING OUR MINDS - Psychedelic Sacraments and the New Psychotherapy, was published in the spring of 2017. It chronicles a quiet revolution underway in our understanding of how psychedelic drugs work and how they can be used to treat depression and addiction, along with providing spiritual and psychological insight for "the betterment of well people... Read More →



Thursday August 17, 2017 7:45pm - 8:45pm
Sheridan Opera House 110 N Oak St, Telluride, CO 81435

8:45pm

Book Signing: Author Don Lattin
Speakers
avatar for Don Lattin

Don Lattin

Don Lattin is an award-winning journalist and the author of six books. His most recent work, CHANGING OUR MINDS - Psychedelic Sacraments and the New Psychotherapy, was published in the spring of 2017. It chronicles a quiet revolution underway in our understanding of how psychedelic drugs work and how they can be used to treat depression and addiction, along with providing spiritual and psychological insight for "the betterment of well people... Read More →



Thursday August 17, 2017 8:45pm - 9:45pm
SHOW Bar Sheridan Opera House

9:00pm

Open Myc Night
Musicians performing at the festival will get together and play group favorites! Mushroom Beer all around!

Thursday August 17, 2017 9:00pm - Friday August 18, 2017 1:00am
Sheridan Opera House 110 N Oak St, Telluride, CO 81435
 
Friday, August 18
 

9:00am

Extraradical Mycophile Resource Share & Engaging with Mycophobes

Extraradical mycelium occurs once a mycorrhizal web is established. The mycelium reaches out, into the unknown, in search for nutrients or other partners with hopes of spreading the myceliul web through not yet explored parts of the world. This open discussion will highlight some of the movers and shakers of the mycorevolution who are creating, interconnecting, and inspiring a better world. We will share our current projects and opportunities with the focus of empowering each other to take next steps with our passions through providing information and resources. We will also discus our experiences with introducing, influencing, and infecting a mycophobic community with fungi. 


Speakers
avatar for John Michelotti

John Michelotti

Mushroom Guy, Catskill Fungi
John Michelotti is the owner of Catskill Fungi whose mission is to empower people through Fungi via outdoor guided mushroom classes, cultivation courses, educational talks, private consultations, mushroom art, and mushroom health supplements which he makes from mushrooms he grows on his family farm in the Catskill Mountains... Read More →


Friday August 18, 2017 9:00am - 10:45am
Sheridan Opera House 110 N Oak St, Telluride, CO 81435

9:00am

Edible Mushroom Foray
MEETING PLACE: BEHIND THE OAK STREET PARK AND THE SHERIDAN OPERA HOUSE ON NORTH FIR STREET

Mushroom forays are led daily by experts including Gary Lincoff, Katrina Blair, Bill & Will Adams, Larry Evans, Daniel Winkler, John Sir Jesse, Tony Corbin, Jason Salzman, Linnea & Lee Gilman, and others. 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 18, 2017 9:00am - 1:00pm
Mountains in and around Telluride

10:00am

Media Preparation for Cultivating Mushrooms on Straw and Other Agricultural Byproducts
Many mushrooms can be cultivated on straw and agricultural by-products (pleurotus, stropharia, psilocybe, calocybe, volvariella and many more). Come learn from this hands-on demo how to prepare the media for spawning and different techniques and containers that are species dependent. Taught by Festival STAFF Kris Holstrom, Peter McCoy

Speakers
avatar for Kris Holstrom

Kris Holstrom

Tomten 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... Read More →
avatar for Peter McCoy

Peter McCoy

Radical Mycology
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... Read More →


Friday August 18, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Elks Park 123 South Oak Street, Telluride, CO 81435

10:30am

The Mycota of the International Peace Park

 

Speakers
avatar for Larry Evans

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... Read More →


Friday August 18, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
Telluride High School Cafeteria 721 W Colorado Ave, Telluride, CO 81435

10:30am

Edible Mushroom Forays
Mushroom forays are led daily by experts including Gary Lincoff, Katrina Blair, Bill & Will Adams, Larry Evans, Daniel Winkler, John Sir Jesse, Tony Corbin, Jason Salzman, Linnea & Lee Gilman, and others. 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.

 MEETING PLACE: BEHIND THE OAK STREET PARK AND THE SHERIDAN OPERA HOUSE ON NORTH FIR STREET


Friday August 18, 2017 10:30am - 2:30pm
Mountains in and around Telluride

10:45am

Awe as Antidote: Deconstructing the Psychological Underpinnings of Psilocybin-facilitated Psychotherapy

 The presentation will provide a working hypotheses of the psychological mechanisms of action underlying psilocybin’s therapeutic effects, with an emphasis on the emotion known as awe.

 

 


Speakers
avatar for Peter Hendricks

Peter Hendricks

Peter Hendricks is a clinical psychologist with expertise in the treatment of addiction. A native of Washington DC, he currently lives in Birmingham, AL, where he is an Associate Professor in the School of Public Health at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. There he is conducting... Read More →


Friday August 18, 2017 10:45am - 12:15pm
Sheridan Opera House 110 N Oak St, Telluride, CO 81435

11:30am

Tissue Culture of Fungi: Isolating, Expanding, Maintaining Cultures
Tradd Cotter leads this fun and informative introduction to laboratory tissue culture techniques that will benefit veterans alike with several tips on spore germinations, cloning, and maintaining cultures to produce spawn at home or on a smalll commercial operation. Taught by Festival STAFF Mark Jones and William Padilla.

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... 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... Read More →
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... Read More →


Friday August 18, 2017 11:30am - 12:30pm
Telluride High School Cafeteria 721 W Colorado Ave, Telluride, CO 81435

12:15pm

Psychedelics Rediscovered: New Uses for Ancient Medicines.
This lecture will be an overview of the emerging new science on psychedelics that is discovering that they have great potential for the treatment of many mental health problems, such as PTSD, intractable depression, alcoholism and substance abuse disorders, existential anxiety in terminal illness, and much more.

Speakers
avatar for Dennis McKenna

Dennis McKenna

Dennis McKenna's research has focused on the interdisciplinary study of Amazonian ethnopharmacology and plant hallucinogens. He has conducted extensive ethnobotanical fieldwork in the Peruvian, Colombian, and Brasilian Amazon. His doctoral research (University of British Columbia,1984... Read More →


Friday August 18, 2017 12:15pm - 1:45pm
Sheridan Opera House 110 N Oak St, Telluride, CO 81435

1:00pm

Advanced Mushroom Cooking Class
If you already know your stuff and want to refine your techniques, this is the class for you. Graham will help the already experienced mushroom chef dial in their skills. Hands-on learning and tastes at the end of class!

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... Read More →


Friday August 18, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Telluride High School Culinary Classroom Colorado Ave, Telluride, CO. 81435

1:00pm

Mushroom Identification at the ID tent
Bring your foraged mushrooms to the ID tent to have them classified. 


Friday August 18, 2017 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Elks Park 123 South Oak Street, Telluride, CO 81435

1:30pm

Remediation in the Mycorrhizosphere
Decomposer fungi often steal the spotlight when it comes to discussions on mycoremediation. But did you know that many 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

Radical Mycology
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... Read More →


Friday August 18, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Telluride High School Cafeteria 721 W Colorado Ave, Telluride, CO 81435

1:45pm

Psilocybe Mushrooms of North America (with pretty pictures).
An overview of all aspects (biology, taxonomy, chemistry, physiology) of the more common species of Psilocybe (and allied groups) of mushrooms from North America. Newbies and non mycologists will not be overwhelmed; advanced mycologists will not be bored, this discussion is for everyone. Note: there will be lots of eyecandy on the big screen, if images get too intense or trippy, simply close your eyes and enjoy the ride!

Speakers
avatar for Britt Bunyard

Britt Bunyard

Executive Director, Telluride Mushroom Festival
Britt Bunyard, PhD, is the founder, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of the mycology journal FUNGI. Britt has worked academically (and played very amateurishly) as a mycologist his entire career, writing scientifically for many research journals, popular science magazines, and books... Read More →



Friday August 18, 2017 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Sheridan Opera House 110 N Oak St, Telluride, CO 81435

2:30pm

Advances in Mycoremediation
The natural capacity of fungi to metabolise and break down complex organic compounds forms the heart of the science of  mycoremediation. Join Daniel for a presentation on the latest advances in mycoremediation technology, the successes and challenges of mycoremediation projects, and how to integrate what we have learned so far into future applications. 

Speakers
avatar for Daniel Reyes

Daniel Reyes

Director of Operations, Myco Alliance, LLC
Daniel Reyes is a mycologist and the founder of Myco Alliance in Austin Texas. He has taught mycological principles to hundreds of students, citizen scientists, and professionals in the USA, Mexico, and Ecuador through hands-on workshops and interactive classes. Daniel is an experienced... Read More →


Friday August 18, 2017 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Telluride High School Cafeteria 721 W Colorado Ave, Telluride, CO 81435

3:00pm

Fermentology: The Art & Science (and taste) of Foods from the Fifth Kingdom
Everyone knows that beer and wine are the products of fungal fermentation. But there are so many more foods and beverages, from all over the world, produced by organisms of the Fifth Kingdom--fungi! They are delicious and good for you. This event will include an informative lecture with slide show and a gourmet cheese tasting. You’ll learn why those delectable gourmet artisan cheeses look and taste the way they do. Learn about Kombucha, Kefir and Yogurt as well. Conducted by renowned cheesemaking instructor and supplier Steve Shapson of thecheesemaker.com from Wisconsin. (You DID know that Wisconsin is the Dairy State, right?) "Blessed are the cheese makers!"

Note this is a free event but space is limited so RESERVATION REQUIRED AT THE BOX OFFICE.

Speakers
avatar for Steve Shapson

Steve Shapson

As a ‘food connoisseur’ I have been into many aspects of slow food and gourmet cooking for years, including cultivation and hunting gourmet edible mushrooms, growing organic food and wasabi, home brewing and cheese making. And most recently, beekeeping. My wife Mary Jo(MJ) an... Read More →


Friday August 18, 2017 3:00pm - 4:30pm
SHOW Bar Sheridan Opera House

3:00pm

Panel Discussion: Psilocybin as Therapeutic: Past, Present, Future
Moderators
avatar for Art Goodtimes

Art Goodtimes

Poet-in-Residence, Assistant to the Director, Telluride Mushroom Festival
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... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Peter Hendricks

Peter Hendricks

Peter Hendricks is a clinical psychologist with expertise in the treatment of addiction. A native of Washington DC, he currently lives in Birmingham, AL, where he is an Associate Professor in the School of Public Health at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. There he is conducting... Read More →
avatar for Don Lattin

Don Lattin

Don Lattin is an award-winning journalist and the author of six books. His most recent work, CHANGING OUR MINDS - Psychedelic Sacraments and the New Psychotherapy, was published in the spring of 2017. It chronicles a quiet revolution underway in our understanding of how psychedelic drugs work and how they can be used to treat depression and addiction, along with providing spiritual and psychological insight for "the betterment of well people... 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... Read More →
avatar for Dennis McKenna

Dennis McKenna

Dennis McKenna's research has focused on the interdisciplinary study of Amazonian ethnopharmacology and plant hallucinogens. He has conducted extensive ethnobotanical fieldwork in the Peruvian, Colombian, and Brasilian Amazon. His doctoral research (University of British Columbia,1984... Read More →
avatar for Oliver Quintanilla

Oliver Quintanilla

Filmmaker, Oliver Quintanilla, has had a near 20-year connection with a legitimate curandera in Mexico, Natalia Martínez. After many years, filled with many personal visits for healing, and his continuous insistence, she allowed him to film five mushroom healing ceremonies, four... Read More →


Friday August 18, 2017 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Sheridan Opera House 110 N Oak St, Telluride, CO 81435

5:00pm

Book Signing: Authors Dennis McKenna & Don Lattin & Gary Lincoff
Speakers
avatar for Don Lattin

Don Lattin

Don Lattin is an award-winning journalist and the author of six books. His most recent work, CHANGING OUR MINDS - Psychedelic Sacraments and the New Psychotherapy, was published in the spring of 2017. It chronicles a quiet revolution underway in our understanding of how psychedelic drugs work and how they can be used to treat depression and addiction, along with providing spiritual and psychological insight for "the betterment of well people... 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... Read More →
avatar for Dennis McKenna

Dennis McKenna

Dennis McKenna's research has focused on the interdisciplinary study of Amazonian ethnopharmacology and plant hallucinogens. He has conducted extensive ethnobotanical fieldwork in the Peruvian, Colombian, and Brasilian Amazon. His doctoral research (University of British Columbia,1984... Read More →


Friday August 18, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
SHOW Bar Sheridan Opera House

5:00pm

Drumming Workshop with the Silly Tribe (parade drummers)

Did you ever wonder why the African drum known as the djembe so closely resembles a mushroom?  The Silly Tribe is a collective of musician/ drummers from throughout Colorado and the Southwest.  Members of the tribe have studied percussion and music in places as far flung as Guinea, West Africa, Central America and India.  Many of our teachers travel from Africa to the US periodically during which we are able to extend our learning.  A few of us have been attending the Mushroom Festival for upwards of 12 years.  After plugging into the Saturday MushFest parade for a few years, we decided to invite other members of our percussion ensemble so we could raise up the energy and assemble more of the necessary parts integral to the ceremonial songs that we play.  We realized that the transformative and shamanic potential of drums was an intrinsic counterpart to the celebration of the fungal kingdom and all associated species that is the Telluride Mushroom Festival parade.  It is through these ancient traditions that we wish to link to higher sources of energy and to an honoring of the old ways.  We decided this year that we wanted to offer a drumming workshop on the day before the parade so that those with interest could learn more about the traditions that we are bringing and be able to participate more fully in the process.  During our workshop we will offer some background to the west african drumming ceremonial tradition and we will teach some of the songs that we will bring to the Saturday parade.  Please bring your drums, instruments and percussion toys to the workshop.

Artists
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Silly Tribe

Did you ever wonder why the African drum known as the djembe so closely resembles a mushroom?  The Silly Tribe is a collective of musician/ drummers from throughout Colorado and the Southwest.  Members of the tribe have studied percussion and music in places as far flung as Guinea... Read More →


Friday August 18, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Elks Park 123 South Oak Street, 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 music by Jesse John Shavel.

Please note this is event has an extra fee.

Speakers
avatar for Katrina Blair

Katrina Blair

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... Read More →


Friday August 18, 2017 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Town Park Core Area 500 East Colorado Ave., Telluride, CO. 81435

7:30pm

The Meaning of Life in Ten Mushrooms

Despite their abundant peculiarities, mushrooms behave according to the same rules that govern human existence. This means that a study of the fungi can help us understand how we work and why we do so. The claim that mycological inquiry can reveal why we exist may be surprising for people who think that science does not answer the why things happen sort of questions. This is illogical, however, given widespread confidence in the claim that we know why mushrooms exist. In this presentation, Nicholas shares a combination of mycological and philosophical stories to reveal what ten beautiful mushrooms can tell us about our own being. Life will never seem the same. 

 


Speakers
avatar for Nicholas Money

Nicholas Money

Nicholas P. Money is an Anglo-American gentleman of letters and professor at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He is an expert on fungal growth and reproduction. Nicholas has authored a number of popular science books that celebrate the diversity of the microbial world, including... Read More →


Friday August 18, 2017 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Sheridan Opera House 110 N Oak St, Telluride, CO 81435

9:00pm

Art Goodtimes' Talking Gourds MycoLicious, MycoLuscious, MycoLogical Poetry Show
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

Poet-in-Residence, Assistant to the Director, Telluride Mushroom Festival
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... Read More →


Friday August 18, 2017 9:00pm - Saturday August 19, 2017 12:00am
Sheridan Opera House 110 N Oak St, Telluride, CO 81435
 
Saturday, August 19
 

9:00am

Down the Rabbit Hole: Mycotopia 2017
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... Read More →


Saturday August 19, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
Sheridan Opera House 110 N Oak St, Telluride, CO 81435

9:00am

Fungal Fortunes
MycoSymbiotics is a Research and Mushroom Production business focused on collecting gourmet and Medicinal Mushroom cultures from the North East and Mid Atlantic. Over the past 2 years we have met some interesting Fungi, and worked with them to provide life for ourselves. Hear about our Fungal fortunes and learn to propagate your own! 

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... Read More →


Saturday August 19, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
Telluride High School Cafeteria 721 W Colorado Ave, Telluride, CO 81435

9:00am

Mushroom Breakfast Attendee Cook-off
Attendees will be provided with mushrooms and breakfast supplies to create their own mushroom delicacies with the guidance of Graham Stienruck, our featured chef.  After the preparation, attendees will sit down to breakfast together!

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... Read More →


Saturday August 19, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
Telluride High School Culinary Classroom Colorado Ave, Telluride, CO. 81435

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.

Note: this is event is a paid event, fee is $25.

MEETING PLACE: BEHIND THE OAK STREET PARK AND THE SHERIDAN OPERA HOUSE ON NORTH FIR STREET

Speakers
avatar for Katrina Blair

Katrina Blair

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... Read More →


Saturday August 19, 2017 9:00am - 11:00am
Mountains in and around Telluride

9:00am

Edible Mushroom Foray
MEETING PLACE: BEHIND THE OAK STREET PARK AND THE SHERIDAN OPERA HOUSE ON NORTH FIR STREET

Mushroom forays are led daily by experts including Gary Lincoff, Katrina Blair, Bill & Will Adams, Larry Evans, Daniel Winkler, John Sir Jesse, Tony Corbin, Jason Salzman, Linnea & Lee Gilman, and others. 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 19, 2017 9:00am - 12:00pm
Mountains in and around Telluride

10:00am

Cordyceps in Orient and Occident – Natural History of a Perplexing Parasite and Purported Panacea Summary
In East Asia the healing power of Cordyceps is in highest esteem, making Yartsa gunbu (Ophiocordyceps sinensis) the world’s most precious fungus at over $30,000 per pound, and accounting for 40% of rural income in Tibet. Every year in spring, Tibetans move to the grasslands to collect this tiny, elusive fungus that grows on the larva of ghost moths. Consequently, sustainability is of great concern, but new research helps explaining its apparent resilience of this inter-kingdom jumper. Meanwhile much of Western main stream medicine is not even aware of Cordyceps. Likewise, there are hundreds of different Cordyceps species in the Americas and only in recent years they are receiving deserved attention. The neo-tropics are amazingly rich in bizarre Cordyceps species and Daniel, based on a dozen Mushroaming trips to South America, will introduce the most common and also some rare species, including some Cordyceps, not known to science yet,

Speakers
avatar for Daniel Winkler

Daniel Winkler

Mushroaming.com
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... Read More →



Saturday August 19, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Sheridan Opera House 110 N Oak St, Telluride, CO 81435

10:00am

Book Signing: Author 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... Read More →


Saturday August 19, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
SHOW Bar Sheridan Opera House

10:00am

Recycling and Composting with Mushrooms: Town Waste Scavenger Hunt
What better than to roam the streets of Telluride searching 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. Coordinated by Festival STAFF and Volunteers.

Saturday August 19, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Elks Park 123 South Oak Street, Telluride, CO 81435

10:30am

Mycoremediation Toolkit
In this presentation we will discuss the essential toolkit for mycoremediators to successfully mitigate pollution from damaged areas. These include tools and strategies for the citizen scientist leading a community project or the environmental engineer dealing with an oil spill. 

Speakers
avatar for Peter McCoy

Peter McCoy

Radical Mycology
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... Read More →
avatar for Daniel Reyes

Daniel Reyes

Director of Operations, Myco Alliance, LLC
Daniel Reyes is a mycologist and the founder of Myco Alliance in Austin Texas. He has taught mycological principles to hundreds of students, citizen scientists, and professionals in the USA, Mexico, and Ecuador through hands-on workshops and interactive classes. Daniel is an experienced... Read More →


Saturday August 19, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
Telluride High School Cafeteria 721 W Colorado Ave, Telluride, CO 81435

10:30am

Edible and Noteworthy Mushrooms--And Their Lookalikes
Ok you've had several days of mushrooming with the Festival experts. You went to Graham Steinruck's Intro to Colorado Mushrooms on Day 1 of the Festival. You went on all the forays. You spent a lot of time at the ID tent learning from experts. You even ate some of the strange wild mushrooms...and survived! Is your head spinning? It may be the altitude. Or it may be that you're suffering from Mycophilia! This presentation will be part slide show of major mushroom groups, mostly pretty pictures with information on how to know what's what. Plus this will be part demo with live specimens for you to handle, smell, and review with experts. 

Note that this demo will be up close and personal with the mushrooms in the very cosy and casual setting of the brand new Sheridan Bar. Plan to bring a coffee or grab a cocktail or beer from the bar!

Speakers
avatar for Britt Bunyard

Britt Bunyard

Executive Director, Telluride Mushroom Festival
Britt Bunyard, PhD, is the founder, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of the mycology journal FUNGI. Britt has worked academically (and played very amateurishly) as a mycologist his entire career, writing scientifically for many research journals, popular science magazines, and books... Read More →
avatar for Robert Cummings

Robert Cummings

Bob Cummings is Professor Emeritus of Biology at Santa Barbara City College.  He retired in 2012 having taught courses in Plant Biology at SBCC since 1973.  Since retiring from the classroom he continues to develop and offer an online course in Plant Diversity. Bob came to Santa... Read More →



Saturday August 19, 2017 10:30am - 12:00pm
SHOW Bar Sheridan Opera House

10:30am

Edible Mushroom Forays
Mushroom forays are led daily by experts including Gary Lincoff, Katrina Blair, Bill & Will Adams, Larry Evans, Daniel Winkler, John Sir Jesse, Tony Corbin, Jason Salzman, Linnea & Lee Gilman, and others. 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.

MEETING PLACE: BEHIND THE OAK STREET PARK AND THE SHERIDAN OPERA HOUSE ON NORTH FIR STREET


Saturday August 19, 2017 10:30am - 2:30pm
Mountains in and around Telluride

11:00am

Wild Foods with Katrina Blair
Katrina Blairis presentation and demo after her Wild Foods Foray

Speakers
avatar for Katrina Blair

Katrina Blair

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... Read More →


Saturday August 19, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Telluride High School Culinary Classroom Colorado Ave, Telluride, CO. 81435

11:00am

North American Cordyceps Farms Now and Tomorrow
Many North American Mycologists are taking the time to understand Cordyceps cultivation. Our team at MycoSymbiotics is operating the first Cordyceps fruit body micro farm in the United States. The demand for Cordyceps fruiting bodies is high, and there is a need for growers around the country! 

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... Read More →



Saturday August 19, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Sheridan Opera House 110 N Oak St, Telluride, CO 81435

11:30am

Culturing and Maintaining Entomopathogens as Mycopesticides
Mycopesticides are on the rise and becoming a multi-billion dollar industry. Isolating and maintaing the cultures requires different lab skills to ensure their potency and target specific qualities that make them better suited than chemical pesticides. Tradd Cotter teaches a few tips and tricks for training and maintaining these fungi to do what they do best using bioregional strategies and crop specific isolations.

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... Read More →


Saturday August 19, 2017 11:30am - 12:30pm
Telluride High School Cafeteria 721 W Colorado Ave, Telluride, CO 81435

12:00pm

Conservation of Fungi-Dependent Livelihoods in Indigenous Mapuche Communities in Southern Chile
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... Read More →


Saturday August 19, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Sheridan Opera House 110 N Oak St, Telluride, CO 81435

12:30pm

Little Saints

Little Saints screening; this movie features the Mazatec mushroom tradition and the Producer’s direct experience with the culture. Filmmaker, Oliver Quintanilla, has had a near 20-year connection with a legitimate curandera in Mexico, Natalia Martínez. She does not advertise; his initial meeting with her was filled with synchronistic magic, beginning two weeks before they met. After many years, filled with many personal visits for healing, and his continuous insistence, she allowed him to film five mushroom healing ceremonies, four with individuals and one with a couple. With the support of National Geographic’s All Roads Film Project, family, friends, associates and even some strangers he produced and directed the documentary film Little Saints, which is the name given to the psilocybe mushrooms by the Mazatec people. The film is reverent; it does not sensationalize; there are no ‘trippy’ graphics or ‘trippy’ music. Weaving in several interviews with individuals in the fields of anthropology, ethnography, entheogens and theology. It’s a serious subject and deserving of respect; this film is an objective documentary work on native healing rituals It does not ‘push’ anything, it documents and exalts. Highly recommended for anyone with an active interest in these topics and for anyone with serious curiosity about them, interested in learning.

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




Saturday August 19, 2017 12:30pm - 3:00pm
SHOW Bar Sheridan Opera House

1:00pm

Fungi for Health: Medicinal Mushrooms for a Healthy Body & Planet
Speakers
avatar for John Michelotti

John Michelotti

Mushroom Guy, Catskill Fungi
John Michelotti is the owner of Catskill Fungi whose mission is to empower people through Fungi via outdoor guided mushroom classes, cultivation courses, educational talks, private consultations, mushroom art, and mushroom health supplements which he makes from mushrooms he grows on his family farm in the Catskill Mountains... Read More →


Saturday August 19, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Telluride High School Cafeteria 721 W Colorado Ave, Telluride, CO 81435

1:00pm

Panel Discussion: Defending Fungal Biodiversity NOW! An international effort.
What's going on in North America...and the world...in efforts to preserve wild mushroom habitats from experts on the front lines.

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... 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... Read More →
avatar for Larry Evans

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... Read More →
avatar for Jonathan Reisman

Jonathan Reisman

Jonathan Reisman is an internist and pediatrician who has practiced medicine in Arctic Alaska, Pine Ridge Reservation, and the Nepal Himalaya. He is a mushroom forager with interests in travel and prehistoric crafts and has written for the New York Times, Washington Post and Discover magazine... Read More →
avatar for Elinoar Shavit

Elinoar Shavit

Elinoar Shavit specializes in mycological research regarding desert truffles, medicinal mushrooms, edible wild mushrooms, and ethno-mycology. She has published numerous articles on these topics, recently contributing chapters to Desert Truffles: Phylogeny, Physiology, Distribution... Read More →
avatar for Daniel Winkler

Daniel Winkler

Mushroaming.com
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... Read More →


Saturday August 19, 2017 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Sheridan Opera House 110 N Oak St, Telluride, CO 81435

1:00pm

Mushroom Identification at the ID tent
Bring your foraged mushrooms to the ID tent to have them classified. 


Saturday August 19, 2017 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Elks Park 123 South Oak Street, Telluride, CO 81435

1:30pm

Fermentology: The Art & Science (and taste) of Foods from the Fifth Kingdom
Everyone knows that beer and wine are the products of fungal fermentation. But there are so many more foods and beverages, from all over the world, produced by organisms of the Fifth Kingdom--fungi! They are delicious and good for you. This event will include an informative lecture with slide show and a gourmet cheese tasting. You’ll learn why those delectable gourmet artisan cheeses look and taste the way they do. Learn about Kombucha, Kefir and Yogurt as well. Conducted by renowned cheesemaking instructor and supplier Steve Shapson of thecheesemaker.com from Wisconsin. (You DID know that Wisconsin is the Dairy State, right?) "Blessed are the cheese makers!" 

Note: this is a free event but RESERVATION REQUIRED AT THE BOX OFFICE...limited space for attendees.

Speakers
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Steve Shapson

As a ‘food connoisseur’ I have been into many aspects of slow food and gourmet cooking for years, including cultivation and hunting gourmet edible mushrooms, growing organic food and wasabi, home brewing and cheese making. And most recently, beekeeping. My wife Mary Jo(MJ) an... Read More →


Saturday August 19, 2017 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Telluride High School Culinary Classroom Colorado Ave, Telluride, CO. 81435

2:00pm

Growing Fungi for Farm Diversity and Resilience
As our planet rapidly changes, we must find solutions to retain and build resilience in our agroecosystems. Explore our alliance with fungi which provides farmers opportunities to support and grow biodiversity, enhance ecosystem services, and provide food and medicine for our communities and the planet.   We will discuss advanced techniques for mushroom growing and how to use mycelium as solutions to grow a regenerative agriculture. 

Speakers
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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... Read More →


Saturday August 19, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Telluride High School Cafeteria 721 W Colorado Ave, 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 19, 2017 4:00pm - 7:00pm
Elks Park 123 South Oak Street, Telluride, CO 81435

5:00pm

Mushroom Tapas & Live Music!
No need to stop dancing just because the parade ended. Following the Parade, join us at the Sheridan Opera House for a little dining and dancing with Live Music and Mushroom Tapas! This will be a great opportunity to mingle with some of the Keynote Presenters and other mushroom experts.

Chef Graham Steinruck will be serving up fresh mushroom tapas and you can grab a drink from the brand new Sheridan Bar downstairs. Wine and Dine...it's Mushroom Time at the Sheridan.

Following this event, you'll have the best seat in the house for the evening festivities, including Parade Awards and the Keynote Lecture.

Moderators
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Olivia Coe

Telluride Mushroom Festival Manager, Program Coordinator, Telluride Institute
Olivia Coe began working for TMF in December 2014. She is enjoying learning about the amazing world of mushrooms and the incredible people involved! When she's not making plans for the Festival, she teaches rock climbing at the Charlie Fowler Memorial Gym in Norwood, works as the... Read More →

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... Read More →


Saturday August 19, 2017 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Sheridan Opera House 110 N 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
avatar for Virginia Till

Virginia Till

FUNGI Magazine

Speakers
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Britt Bunyard

Executive Director, Telluride Mushroom Festival
Britt Bunyard, PhD, is the founder, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of the mycology journal FUNGI. Britt has worked academically (and played very amateurishly) as a mycologist his entire career, writing scientifically for many research journals, popular science magazines, and books... Read More →


Saturday August 19, 2017 7:00pm - 7:30pm
Sheridan Opera House 110 N Oak St, Telluride, CO 81435

7:30pm

What a Long Strange Trip It’s Been: Reflections on the Ethnopharmacologic Search for Psychoactive Drugs, 1967-2017.

Fifty years have passed since the first ESPD symposium was held in San Francisco in 1967. That seminal conference was intended to be the first in a regular series, but followup symposia were never held due to changing political and cultural circumstances. The symposia were not staged, but work in ethnopharmacology continued, and there have been significant discoveries made in the last 50 years. This lecture will discuss some of the more significant ones, and will speculate as to the future of psycho-ethnopoharmacology in the coming decades.



Speakers
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Dennis McKenna

Dennis McKenna's research has focused on the interdisciplinary study of Amazonian ethnopharmacology and plant hallucinogens. He has conducted extensive ethnobotanical fieldwork in the Peruvian, Colombian, and Brasilian Amazon. His doctoral research (University of British Columbia,1984... Read More →



Saturday August 19, 2017 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Sheridan Opera House 110 N Oak St, Telluride, CO 81435

8:30pm

Book Signing: Authors Nik Money and Giuliana Furci
Speakers
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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... Read More →
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Nicholas Money

Nicholas P. Money is an Anglo-American gentleman of letters and professor at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He is an expert on fungal growth and reproduction. Nicholas has authored a number of popular science books that celebrate the diversity of the microbial world, including... Read More →


Saturday August 19, 2017 8:30pm - 9:30pm
SHOW Bar Sheridan Opera House

9:00pm

Fractalia Forever Mushroom Lounge - Closing Party
The party can’t stop at the Telluride Mushroom Festival! Continue socializing and talking shop with other mycologists each evening at the Sheridan Opera House, which will be turned into a Mushroom Lounge that will feature Tradd Cotter’s MycoBeer. Come have one last party with your new found mushroom friends!


Saturday August 19, 2017 9:00pm - Sunday August 20, 2017 1:00am
Sheridan Opera House 110 N Oak St, Telluride, CO 81435
 
Sunday, August 20
 

9:00am

Of the Hyphosphere: Fungal Evolution as the History of the Earth
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

Radical Mycology
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... Read More →



Sunday August 20, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
Sheridan Opera House 110 N Oak St, Telluride, CO 81435

9:00am

Edible Mushroom Foray
MEETING PLACE: BEHIND THE OAK STREET PARK AND THE SHERIDAN OPERA HOUSE ON NORTH FIR STREET

Mushroom forays are led daily by experts including Gary Lincoff, Katrina Blair, Bill & Will Adams, Larry Evans, Daniel Winkler, John Sir Jesse, Tony Corbin, Jason Salzman, Linnea & Lee Gilman, and others. 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.

Sunday August 20, 2017 9:00am - 12:00pm
Mountains in and around Telluride

10:00am

Fighting Social Injustice with Mycology 
Access to good information on Mycology  is becoming more available everyday, with a growing diversity of educators the information is being disseminated into communities where many other sciences aren't able to reach. Around our country we see a need for jobs, and regeneration of disturbed ecosystems. Mushroom farms are perfect models of Ecologically Regenerative Sustainable Micro Industries. 

Speakers
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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... Read More →


Sunday August 20, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Sheridan Opera House 110 N Oak St, Telluride, CO 81435

10:00am

Book Signing: Author Peter McCoy
Speakers
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Peter McCoy

Radical Mycology
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... Read More →


Sunday August 20, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
SHOW Bar Sheridan Opera House

10:15am

Marketing for Small Scale Producers
This semi-moderated discussion and overview of mushroom farm marketing will include participants experiences 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... Read More →


Sunday August 20, 2017 10:15am - 12:15pm
Telluride High School Cafeteria 721 W Colorado Ave, Telluride, CO 81435

11:30am

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 Britt Bunyard

Britt Bunyard

Executive Director, Telluride Mushroom Festival
Britt Bunyard, PhD, is the founder, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of the mycology journal FUNGI. Britt has worked academically (and played very amateurishly) as a mycologist his entire career, writing scientifically for many research journals, popular science magazines, and books... Read More →
avatar for Olivia Coe

Olivia Coe

Telluride Mushroom Festival Manager, Program Coordinator, Telluride Institute
Olivia Coe began working for TMF in December 2014. She is enjoying learning about the amazing world of mushrooms and the incredible people involved! When she's not making plans for the Festival, she teaches rock climbing at the Charlie Fowler Memorial Gym in Norwood, works as the... Read More →
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Art Goodtimes

Poet-in-Residence, Assistant to the Director, Telluride Mushroom Festival
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... Read More →
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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... Read More →


Sunday August 20, 2017 11:30am - 1:00pm
Sheridan Opera House 110 N Oak St, Telluride, CO 81435

1:00pm

Mushroom Identification at the ID tent
Bring your foraged mushrooms to the ID tent to have them classified. 


Sunday August 20, 2017 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Elks Park 123 South Oak Street, Telluride, CO 81435