16sep6:00 pm11:00 pmFeaturedRhyze: Radical MycologyFor Mushroom Nerds and the Fungal Curious Alike - With Special Guest Maya Elson, Co-Founder of the Radical Mycology MovementThe Forge, Viewforth Rd, Edinburgh EH11 1AL6:00 pm - 11:00 pm Organiser: RHYZE Event Type:Climate Action,Cultural, Arts & Social,Outdoor,Webinar & TalksTheme:Circular economy,Climate Justice,Community,Family Friendly,Food & Agriculture,Nature & Biodiversity
Join us for an evening of urban mushroom farming and radical politics, featuring an in depth talk on
Join us for an evening of urban mushroom farming and radical politics, featuring an in depth talk on ‘MycoRenewal in Theory and Practice’ from special guest Maya Elson, co-founder of the Radical Mycology Movement (Full description below).
There will also be:
Fun Mushroom Cultivation Activities
The event is BYOB , and please be come prepared to show ID if you’re gonna drink alcohol. There will maybe be folk selling food at the event, but feel free to bring snacks!
6pm – Doors Open: farm tours, activities, mingling
7pm – ‘MycoRenewal in Theory and Practice’ with Maya Elson
8:30pm – More farm tours/activities/chats
9pm – Band (TBA)
10:30pm – Start clearing ooot
About ‘MycoRenewal in Theory and Practice’
Fungi, and the humans that choose to practice Mycopermaculture, Mycomimicry, and MycoPsychology are challenging the belief that humanity is separate from, and superior to all other beings. How do we find our place in harmony with our ecosystem and the world of fungi? What can the Fungal Realm teach us about interconnection, decomposing capitalism and remediating our inner and outer landscapes? This workshop will give a theoretical and practical framework for working with our fungal allies, at home and in our communities. It will include using real-world examples, namely, CoRenewal’s efforts in Ecuador to clean up oil spills with bacteria and fungi, post-fire biofiltration with fungi, and heavy metal remediation on farms using Mycorrhizal Fungi. We will explore basic fungal biology and various techniques of mushroom cultivation, as well as biofiltration and bioremediation with fungi and bacteria.
Maya Elson weaves together the wildness of our ecosystems with the wildness of our human selves, cultivating belonging and resilience. Raised in the forest, Maya brings their skills as a Mycologist, organizer, naturalist and teacher as an offering for addressing the root causes of our social, psychological and ecological crises. Maya coined the term “Mycopsychology”, and has developed this as a modality for facilitating deeper connection with Fungi personal and planetary transformation. Since 2009, Maya has been teaching Mycopermaculture, Fungal Biology, Mycorenewal and Mushroom Identification to all ages and currently offers classes in the Santa Cruz area. As the Executive Director of CoRenewal from 2016-2021, they worked to mitigate toxins from wildfires, petroleum contamination and other environmental disasters by working in collaboration with Fungi. Maya is the co-founder and Program Coordinator of the CoRenewal’s Post Fire Biofiltration Initiative, an effort and experiment using Fungi to prevent toxins from burned homes from entering sensitive waterways. Maya is one of the founding members of the Radical Mycology network, and has started applied Mycology groups in Olympia, WA and the San Francisco Bay area. Maya has worked as a campaign organizer with a number of climate justice and wilderness defense struggles over many years. Since 2006, Maya has been spent supporting youth in finding their place in their ecological and human communities by working with Wild Child Santa Cruz, Gaia Passages, and other programs. Maya holds a Graduate Certificate in Ecopsychology, and a BA in Environmental Studies from The Evergreen State College.
****Accessibility Information****Please let us know if you have any accessibility requirements and if we can – we will accommodate them.
Our team includes a number of neurodivergents with very different accessibility needs – so we are open to suggestions about how we can make our gatherings more inclusive and engaging.
Our team also includes one parent of 2 young kids – so if you are a parent and would like to bring your kids – let us know and we are more than happy to arrange for there to be supervised kids activities
We have a compostable toilet onsite – but you need use stairs to access it. The nearest accessible toilet is at the Edinburgh Printmakers – about 50 yards away or at the Fountainbridge.
The farm has simi paved path from Gilmore Park, EH3 9FN. The ground around the farm is unpaved but navigable – and there will be covered accessible spaces for meeting and chatting.
How To Get Here
Walking – Enter at The Forge, Viewforth Rd, Edinburgh EH11 1AL
Bike – Enter at The Forge, Viewforth Rd, Edinburgh EH11 1AL
Train – Arriving into Haymarket Train Station, you can walk 12 minutes via this route: https://goo.gl/maps/ZkfdK3zBHXPMU7XA6 Arriving into Waverley Train Station, the 1 and the 34 bus will take you to Fountain Park bus stop.
Bus – Nearest bus stops are: Grove St, Leamington Terrace, Fountain Park.Most Edinburgh buses stop at Bread Street, you can then walk along Fountainbridge to the Forge in around 12 minutes.
Car – Limited free parking available – Entrance at Gilmore Park, Edinburgh EH3 9FN
RHYZEEdinburgh’s non-profit mushroom farm and community education project, est. 2020. Combining DIY cultivation with community-centred justice work like shared meals, workshops, campaigning and organising, RHYZE Mushrooms’ work will be rooted in mycelial values: community, collaboration and mutual aid.