In step with our overarching vision, the following three goals are the cornerstones upon which MYCOLOGOS sits. We strive to be straightforward in our work and to respect your right to work with educators who take pride in their integrity while holding your best interests in mind. We are fulfilled by and thankful for our ability to work with you and sustain ourselves in the process, but our greatest motivation comes from a deep desire to share our passion for mycology, and through that work to help you grow, to help the environment regenerate, and to help future generations to thrive.
1 – Teach the Best Information
As educators, we strive to deliver the most comprehensive sets of information available on the topics we cover. All of our online and in-person courses are carefully designed to ensure the highest degree of information is provided in an interdisciplinary format that caters to all learning styles. As such, all of our courses offer a blend of lecture, suggested reading, research projects, technique demonstrations, structured practice session outlines, and, where appropriate, art-, journal-, movement-, or community engagement-based exercises. Each course starts with a foundation in the most thorough, current, and scientifically sound research on the given topic. From there, most courses extend (or conclude) these technical foundations with supplemental perspectives from traditional cultures or other formal or social sciences.
In this way, our courses are a bit eclectic, but designed as such to offer what we believe is the most comprehensive and inspiring approach to such a fascinating field. Plus, we always find it inspiring to say, “Who knows? But maybe,” especially when it comes to mycology: a topic humans know so little about.
2 – Do Good By the Fungi,
And the Earth
As a multi-faceted institute, MYCOLOGOS strives to craft forward-thinking, environmentally-conscious models for working with fungi. A big part of that effort involves reducing the ecological impacts of our mushroom farming. This is done in part through our development of various low-impact, appropriate technology-focused tools for mushroom cultivation. With their development and implementation in our farming protocols, our long-term goal is to create a novel sustainable mushroom farming model that minimizes the use of external inputs, eliminates waste, and only produces good food, good medicine, and rich compost. We still have a ways to go as most mushroom growing infrastructure and protocols don’t start with this intent, but we believe this goal is possible in the not-too-distant future.
Along the way, we remain cognizant of the manufacturing and transportation impacts of the materials we use for our wares and in our cultivation practice. As we continue to refine our processes, we will strive to minimize these impacts to the best of our ability.
3 – Build a Mycoculture
Once the above two goals are consistently provided (alongside transparency with, and encouraged feedback from, our students and larger supporters), we believe that MYCOLOGOS will make a sea change in how fungi are integrated in our day-to-day lives. We see our institute as a bridge builder for the ever-growing global community of enthused, educated, and engaged fungi allies. Join us!