• MENLA Private Queen – $510.00
  • MENLA Deluxe Double (Shared Room) – $415.00
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  • Shared Dorm Housing – $310.00
  • Camping – $280.00
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Friends of Fungi: Cultivating and Foraging for Medicinal and Edible Mushrooms

With John Michelotti

June 1 - 3, 2018

From the largest living organism on the planet to the creation of soil, Fungi play an essential part for life on earth. They have been recycling and helping to heal the planet for centuries. Now, we can pair with Fungi to improve our lives through appreciating the food and medicines this extraordinary Kingdom has to offer.

Come explore the interesting and ancient relationship fungi have with our world and our culture. Learn about Kingdom Fungi and mushrooms in history and as we currently know them. Discussions will include: biology and ecology of fungi, mushrooms as food and medicine, how fungal allies can create resilience in our agriculture and communities, gardening with mushrooms, and mushrooms to heal the planet.

Through fun hands-on activities learn low tech methods to cultivate gourmet and medicinal mushrooms, identify and harvest wild mushrooms, and make mushroom medicines.


Friday, June 1st

  • 3 – 8pm Check-in
  • 6 – 7pm Dinner
  • 7:30pm Intro and Welcoming Program
    • Intro Circle
    • Lecture: Mushrooms 101 – Biology and Ecology of Kingdom Fungi

Saturday, June 2nd

  • 8 – 9am Breakfast
  • 9:30am – 12pm Morning Program
    • Basics of Mushroom Identification
    • Mushroom Walk: Foraging in the Forest. Learning what the mushrooms are doing in the forest.
    • Taking Spore Prints and Basic Groups of Mushrooms
  • 12 – 1pm Lunch
  • 1 – 2pm Break
  • 2 – 4pm Afternoon Program
    • Hands on : Shiitake Log inoculation – take home your own inoculated Shiitake Log
    • Hands on : Indoor Oyster Mushroom on Coffee Grounds/Cat Litter Inoculation – Take home an Indoor Oyster Grow Kit
  • 4 – 4:30pm Break
  • 4:30 – 6pm Afternoon Program
    • Presentation : Mushrooms as Medicine for people and the forest
    • Hands-on : Tincture Making – Take home your own made Chaga Tincture
  • 6 – 7pm Dinner
  • 7:30 – 9pm Evening Program
    • Hands on: Wine-cap in Woodchips Inoculation – Take home a Wine-cap starter
    • Discussion: Mushrooms in the garden: Cultivating from woodland mushrooms and the of amplifying mycorrhizal fungi for the garden.
  • 9pm Camp Fire/Movie (Optional)

Sunday, June 3rd

  • 8 – 9am Breakfast
  • 9:15 – 11:45am Morning Program
    • Mushroom Walk
    • Feedback and Q&A
    • Close
  • 12 – 1pm Lunch

* Please note that schedule is subject to change


John Michelotti
John Michelotti is the owner of Catskill Fungi whose mission is to empower people with Fungi though outdoor educational mushroom classes, cultivation courses, private consultations, mushroom art, and mushroom health supplements which he produces from mushrooms he grows on his family farm in the Catskill Mountains. John is the President of the Mid-Hudson Mycological Association (MHMA) and has presented at the Telluride Mushroom Festival, Northeastern Mycological Association Foray, as well as the New York Botanical Gardens. He served on the Mushroom Advisory Panel for Certified Naturally Grown to develop ecological standards in mushroom production. His goal is to educate and…
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