Join Charlie and Nina from Mush Luv as they walk through Carter Jones Park and the Fonticello Food Forest looking to see what fungal life is out and about! During the walk we will learn how to observe different fungal features and what they may be growing on. Depending on what we find, we will collect some specimens to further identify at our Mushroom ID Table along with Pat Mitchell from the Blue Ridge Mycological Society.
Mushroom Garden Installation with Mush Luv
After the Mycophagy, learn how to grow your own mushrooms! Nina and Charlie are back on to teach some low tek, outdoor methods for growing mushrooms that anyone can use. We will work with Oyster mushrooms to grow a bed for the garden or a “layer-cake” that can be fruited in a smaller space. Mush Luv will have spawn available for sale so you can put these methods into practice straight away!
Myceliumbilical Chord w/ Stephanie Power & We are Creatures
Myceliumbilical Chord, a puppet show: presents an all-star lineup of lovable local talent bringing to life the mystical, musical, micro/macroscopic magic of mushrooms. Bring yer own magic too, this is an interactive trip we'll take together...there's no telling what doors we will open, and where we will end up (but have a strong sense it'll be a place worth celebrating) Script and narration by local performer Stephanie Power, puppet creations provided by local art educator Emily Hall, and full performance by a whole cast of beautiful creatures!
Wonder Session with Laura's Botanicals
Before we ingest we encounter and it is in the development of wonder than we can deepen our understanding of the plant world. Based on our recent education with herbalist Rebecca Altman (California) and our own work as a nature specialist this gathering is an hour long meeting beneath a chosen tree. We begin with the invitation to give the gift of Mullein for its ability to open up communication with us. We then lead several nature based exercises to build our awareness of wonder. We usually end with the making of a flower essence and discuss which of the exercises were the most effective for us at this time. These activities might evoke emotional responses but otherwise there are no other factors to make this activity unapproachable to others. Participants do not need a background in intuitive herbal medicine to grasp the concepts in this work.
TEA with Laura's Botanicals
Energetic reset for those overstimulated and needing an opportunity for grounding. We will taste a water-based herbal preparation and enjoy the beautiful indoor library space of the Mulberry house
Sculpture! with Mica Rose
In this workshop we will explore the intersecting themes of place, identity, and environmental justice. Using natural material we find on site, we will create a collaborative sculpture that offers an opportunity to reflect on our place within nature and our relationship to the land. This is part of an ongoing body of work led by Mica which has been woven together with many people and groups they work with. Mica Rose is a multimedia artist and musician, art and outdoor facilitator, and queer mother from Richmond, Va. They grew up exploring the wildness among and between the cityscape. Believing that art has the power to speak to and from a part of ourselves beyond words, they are passionate about cultivating space for creative exploration.
Mycophagy Dinner by Seeds of Peace
Since 1986, the Seeds of Peace Collective has provided logistical support and trainings to activists struggling on the front lines for social, environmental, and economic justice. They are a small but motivated group of individuals dedicated to furnishing the basics–namely, food, water, and skill sets–essential to the success of direct action campaigns and mass mobilizations. They will provide a delicious Mushroom-themed dinner from mostly donated food and produce.
If you or a farm you know are able to donate to this dinner, please contact email@example.com
Kids Exploration Station
Following Mica’s class, they will open up the space as a kid-friendly exploration space. Please note, this area will not be supervised.
St. Petersburg, FL-based Billy Mays III chose his moniker, Infinite Third, to represent an inner duality. ‘Infinite’ being the part that’s connected to greater consciousness. ‘Third’ representing the human element. It follows that his endless layers of ethereal guitar, primal beats, and pulsing drones act as conduit for something greater than the sum of their parts. Songs are often improvised journeys through undefined scales, structured and concise, but with room for random moments of openness – the perfect gateway into experimental music. There will be a mushroom-themed visual projection during his show.
Cole is a Richmond, Virginia born musician who began writing and performing his original songs in early 2007 and has been, for the most part, self-taught. His music and lyrics convey a view of life driven by a passion for philosophy, sustainability, and self-love.
Join the Mycelium Underground in Richmond, Virginia for a celebration of Spring and a special benefit event:
The Virginia Mycelial Gathering! May 11, 2019 2pm-10pm Earth Folk Collective
Activities: Mycophagy! (A Mushroom Meal) Seed Swap Mushroom Garden Installation Guided Walk through Fonticello Food Forest Wild Mushroom and Plant Identification Tea Ceremony Art making Puppet show Plant + Mushroom Medicine Kid Activities Vendor Market
This event is raising funds for the New Moon Mycology Summit, an inclusive and inter-disciplinary learning experience for advancing ecological and social justice. The New Moon Mycology Summit, taking place August 29- September 2, 2019, needs funds to pay presenters while maintaining a “pay-what-you-can, no one turned away for lack of funds” ticket entry. Your donation to the Virginia Mycelial Gathering will help us tremendously!
The Virginia Mycelial Gathering will be hosted at the Earth Folk Collective, a collective of artists, activists, food growers, healers, travelers, and neighbors. It exists as an incubator/vortex for residency programs, public performances, potlucks, art builds, and educational workshops.
A special mycophagy meal will be prepared by Seeds of Peace Collective, which provides logistical support and trainings to activists struggling on the front lines for social, environmental, and economic justice. A portion of the donations raised during this event will go to them for furthering their work.
We believe that nobody should be turned away due to lack of financial resources, so the entrance fee is sliding-scale. This full spring gathering brings energy and focus to our efforts to spearhead another multi-day grassroots event later in the year. Our core organizers are looking for community involvement and support by creating a space where everyone can come together and participate in discussions, actions, and organizing. We are here to make this educational content accessible for everyone, and hope people feel empowered to support our vision to sustain this accessibility while also bringing instructors from across the globe.
To learn more please take a look at last year’s New Moon Mycology Summit (link below); our long term vision is to sustain and grow this event.
If you’re interested in volunteering or teaching at The Virginia Mycelial Gathering on May 11, or at the New Moon Mycology Summit from August 29-September 2, 2019 please contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org.