Telluride Institute News: Myco-wizard Paul Stamets returns to Shroomfest in Telluride

Telluride Institute News: Myco-wizard Paul Stamets returns to Shroomfest in Telluride

Mycologist and author Paul Stamets will return as a featured speaker at the Telluride Mushroom Festival’s 31st annual gathering in Colorado, Aug. 18-21.

For over 30 years, Paul has named new mushroom species, pioneered countless techniques in the field of edible and medicinal mushroom cultivation, and written six ground-breaking books, including his latest – Mycelium Running: How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World.

His achievements include a Bioneers Award from the Collective Heritage Institute, National Geographic Adventure Magazine’s Green-Novator Award, Argosy Foundation’s E-chievement Award, and the President’s Award from the Society for Ecological Restoration’s Northwest Chapter. In 2008 he was named one of Utne Reader’s “50 Visionaries Who Are Changing the World.”

Other confirmed speakers include: Shroomfest’s chief mycologist and myco-philosopher Gary Lincoff, who teaches at the New York Botanical Garden, has written a number of definitive mushroom field guides, and is the featured myco-visionary in the award-winning documentary Know Your Mushrooms <>; Michael Beug, renowned mycologist and retired teacher at Evergreen State College (Stamets was his student); festival founder Emanuel Salzman; Cordyceps expert and Tibetan Plateau guide Daniel Winkler <>; Fungi magazine editor Britt Bunyard,; myco-bards Zsudayka Nzinga and Bianca Mikahn; Fungi columnist David Rose; myco-wildcrafter Katrina Blair; cultivation expert Scott Koch; myco-researcher Elinoar Shavit; myco-artist Aaron “Inkling” Cruz Garcia; ID experts Bill Adams and Linnea Gillman; junior mycologist Devon Enke; Know Your Mushrooms star Larry Evans; foray experts John Sir Jesse, Tony Corbin, and Ruby Siegel; with more to be announced.

The four-day destination event “celebrates everything fungal & entheogenic” and features workshops, panels, lectures, slide shows, movies, cooking demonstrations, free identification tent, cook-your-own tables, forays, poetry, music and a famed mushroom parade down Telluride’s main street.

Shroomfest is a project of the Telluride Institute, with the help of the Zoline Family Foundation, Wilkinson Library, Telluride’s CCAASE, Palm Theatre, San Miguel County, Alpine Lodging, Telluride Watch and Alpine Wellness.

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