MYCOLOGY OF PLACE:
EMBODYING FUNGI IN OUR LIVES, LANDS, AND RELATIONS
THIS COURSE IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN RUNNING SPRING OF 2019.
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Many people who discover a fascination for fungi often come to point where the skills and technical side of the science only go far. For many, a strong desire builds to deepen one's relationship with fungi – to develop a more personal experience of these incredible organisms and all that they suggest. At a time when many of us feel uprooted from our ancestry and origins, fungi stand to remind us of the many ways to reconnect with the natural world and our innumerable connections to it. Recognizing and sensing this potential can be awe-inspiring, when fully grasped. And yet, one's personal relationship with fungi can often be challenging to describe, especially in a world that is so often fearful of fungi.
At MYCOLOGOS we strongly believe that this natural affinity for relating with fungi should not be ignored, but enriched throughout one's life. In this course – our most embodied and reflective – you will be guided though a series of personal exploration and research exercises to deepen your personal relationship with fungi. Though it, we wish to help you build a myriad of connections, rooted experiences, and personal forms of expression that drawn out the many layers – both known and yet to be discovered – of your personal human-fungal relation.
— TOPICS COVERED —
- The history of ethnomycology (human-fungal relations around the world) and mycophobia (the fear of fungi)
- Fungi in art and myth
- Researching the history of fungi in your ancestry
- Researching the indigenous fungal history of where you live
- Nature journaling the mushrooms, lichens, and micro fungi in your surroundings
- Being and thinking like fungi (mycopsychology)
- Body-based exercises and visualizations
- Rewilding with fungi
Related fields include (eco)psychology, deep ecology, sociology, anthropology, art history, and nature science studies.
— THIS COURSE INCLUDES —
- 1-year of streaming access to 10 hours of video coursework (including a blend of blackboard work, explanatory animations and images, technique demonstrations, and videos in the field)
- Lifetime access to this class' section of the MYCOLOGOS® discussion forum
- Downloadable PDFs of course notes
- Project instructions and materials lists
- Certificate of Completion (upon completing course requirements and final exam)
— ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR —Peter McCoy is the founder of MYCOLOGOS® and the author of Radical Mycology: A Treatise on Seeing & Working With Fungi, one of the most comprehensive books on accessible mycology written to date. For the last 10 years, Peter's unique approach to working with fungi has brought him to present to tens of thousands of people around the world. An internationally-celebrated and dedicated teacher, Peter's instruction model works to engage all modes of learning by offering a blend of visual presentations, live demonstrations, and hands-on practice sessions. For more information, see Peter's full bio here.
— SUGGESTED COMPLEMENTARY COURSES —
- EVERYTHING’S CONNECTED: FUNGAL ECOLOGY FROM THE SOIL TO THE SKY
- GROWING MUSHROOMS FOR THE FIRST TIME
- MEDICINAL MUSHROOMS: HISTORY, IDENTIFICATION, AND PROCESSING
- MUSHROOM IDENTIFICATION: BASICS AND BEYOND
- THE MANY WAYS OF FUNGI: BIOLOGY, ECOLOGY, CULTIVATION, AND APPLICATIONS