2019 MUSH FEST & MUSHROOM CENTRAL
Alan is a mycologist stationed in Oakland, CA where he works out of Counter Culture Labs in support of the Citizen Science Project. His focus is plant and mushroom identification ( especially hallucigenic mushrooms of Mexico), photography, PCR, sequencing, phylogenetic analysis and the phylogeny of basidiomycetes.
Dr. Alan E Bessette and his wife, retired psychologist & mycologist Arleen Bessette, MA, authors of numerous mushroom books, are teaching their exciting program:
"MUSHROOMS OF GEORGIA"
Mushrooms in the wild present an enticing challenge: some are delicious, others are deadly, still others take on almost unbelievable forms.
IDENTIFICATION WORKSHOP FOR BEGINNERS & THE MYCO-CURIOUS"
This 2-hour workshop will include a brief introduction to fungi, their basic anatomy, and their key macro-characteristics.
Mark Haberstroh is a world traveler, mushroom enthusiast and has worked at retreats in Mexico, Jamaica and Costa Rica in support of scientific development and therapeutic use of psilocybin mushrooms. He is currently preparing to work in Amsterdam for a few months before our festival. His latest work will be with Truffles Therapy. He is excited to be speaking with us about the evolving climate of legal magic mushroom use, as well as their use in general. In the pictures: with Dennis McKenna and Rick Doblin, founder of MAPS.
Christian will talk about new developments in the specialized field of MYCOREMEDIATION and how mushrooms can help remedy environmental damage, including nuclear and agricultural waste.
Sam is in charge of running the speaker pavilion with the assistance of other mycologists. He represents The Mushroom Club of Georgia, which is an educational organization with the purpose to promote the enjoyment, study, and exchange of information about wild mushrooms. Everyone who has an interest in wild mushrooms is welcome to become a member. https://www.gamushroomclub.org/index.php
Anthoni is building the Alabama Mushroom Society with the help of other mycologists in AL. The Society was created for the interested people in Alabama to discuss the diverse, photogenic, and often quite tasty mushrooms of the region. He is also an excellent chef who often entertains us with his newest kitchen creations. https://alabamamushroomsociety.org/
The club is there to help members identify unfamiliar fruiting bodies, share good foraging territory with the new folk, gloat excellent finds, share recipes, and generally encourage each other to get out there and explore!
Pat operates a mushroom growing business in North Florida and is, together with her partner Tray Frog, the co-founder of the Florida Mushroom Festival. She brings a ton of experience and will host mushroom growing, cooking with mushrooms and mushroom facial workshops.
This will be fun!
Taylor will talk about the healing mushroom and herb tinctures that have been used since ancient times to treat a variety of conditions, such as headaches, depression, nervous stomach, constipation or prevention and maintaining mental and physical stamina.
Tom's recently published book "Sacred Mushroom Rituals" talks about the Mesoamerican deity Quetzalquatl, the God of wind and wisdom. He was a creator deity having contributed essentially to the creation of Mankind. The deity was thought to be a boundary-maker (and transgressor) between earth and sky.
This tree is based on multiple analyses of ribosomal RNA (rRNA) gene sequences alone (Hibbett and Thorn 2001; Hibbett and Binder 2002) and analyses that combine protein-coding genes and rRNA genes (Matheny et al. 2007).