Identifying Edible And Medicinal Mushrooms In Alberta And BC
Come learn how to identify edible and medicinal mushrooms growing in the forests of Alberta and British Columbia.
This Fall Mushroom Identification Workshop Agenda:
1. Identifying Fall Mushrooms
Gain an understanding of the important edible and medicinal mushrooms found in the fall in our local forests.
Learn to identify 5-10 of the most common edible and medicinal mushrooms that grow this time of the year.
2. Ethical Foraging
Learn essential practices for ethical mushrooms foraging that can actually increase biodiversity and where you can do it safely and legally in Southern Alberta.
During this workshop, we won’t be picking any mushrooms as it’s not allowed in municipal and provincial parks. You’ll learn where to find Crown Land and PLUZ land locally where you can find mushrooms.
3. Adaptogenic Mushrooms
You’ll learn how fungi are crucial for both a healthy soil microbiome that leads to healthy forests and a healthy human gut microbiome that is crucial for our health and longevity.
The adaptogenic properties of many medicinal mushrooms help our bodies adapt to stress by reducing inflammation, increasing energy and boost our natural immunity.
4. An Ecological Internet
Learn about how mycelium creates what’s called the “Wood Wide Web”, a kind of ecological Internet that interconnects plants and trees in the soil through their root systems.
A better understanding of these mycelial webs will be crucial for regenerating our depleted soil, restoring forest biodiversity and reversing the climate change.
5. Ignite Awe And Wonder
This experiential learning experience is designed to ignite a sense of awe and wonder about fungi to motivate continued lifelong learning.
Come learn through direct experience, meet other mushroom enthusiasts and make new friends for better group foraging adventures in the future.
About The Instructor
Kyle Pearce is a flow seeker, awe enthusiast and experience designer who helps people build mindful habits that stick through his experiential learning company DIY Genius since 2011.
One of his favourite mindfulness practices is mindful walking and mushroom hunting and he has been leading mushroom ecology workshops and retreats since 2016 in Canada, Mexico, Colombia, Panama and Costa Rica.
He started Mindful Ecotourism in 2016 leading forest meditation workshops in Stanley Park near his home in Vancouver and today he leads mindful hiking adventures in the mountains of Western Canada in the summer and South America in the winter that explore mindful ecotherapy, peak experiences and local ecotourism projects
He is a certified interpretive hiking guide, mindfulness-based ecotherapy practitioner and mindful business coach who works with social impact startups.
He has a B.A. in History from the University of Victoria with a specialization in ancient civilizations, animism and the history of the modern world. He has a decade of experience in digital marketing and has graduated from a series of startup incubators in Canada, the United States and Chile.
Identifying Edible And Medicinal Mushrooms In Alberta And BC
Next Workshop: Oct. 1st, 2023 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM | Dead Man's Flats, Alberta
Get your early bird tickets for $35 until Wednesday, September 27thJoin The Experience
About The Location
We will be meeting in Dead Man’s Flats just outside of the town of Canmore on the edge of the Canadian Rockies.
The exact location will be email to all participants the day before the workshop.
Dead Man’s Flats, Alberta (location on Google Maps)
What 5 Previous Workshop Participants Have Said
“I loved the "Identifying Edible and Medicinal Mushrooms" workshop! We saw bonnets and turkey tail and oyster mushrooms and shaggy mane and vermillion waxcap and resinous polypore. Not only did we ID and learn about some common local mushrooms, but Kyle also wove in historical snippets, tales of mythology, anthropological facts and spiritual ideas. It was a great adventure in a beautiful location. Very much recommended!”Tracey L.Hamilton, Ontairo
“My experience at the mushroom ecology workshop with Kyle was a great introduction into a vast new world of connections. The workshop was ideal for every level, as Kyle catered to the unique interests of all individuals that day. Kyle has a depth of knowledge that spans beyond pure mushroom ecology which creates a very dynamic experience. We were able to find many different species of mushrooms and identify them with Kyle's expertise. Kyle also provided a dense list of references and review from the session so there was no pressure to take notes and tons of resources to consult after the session! The forest meditation was an awesome experience and one that I have added to my meditation practices and can practice on my own. Kyle did a fantastic job making a connection with everyone and ensuring all questions were answered. He is so knowledgable on so many topics that he is able to add context to the geographic location, the ecology of the forest and even some anthropologic history. All around a fantastic experience that I would recommend to everyone regardless of their level of mushroom knowledge/interest.”Brittany B.Vancouver, BC
“I had a really great experience with the edible and medicinal mushroom workshop with Kyle. He was very knowledgeable and shared a lot of information with us. I would definitely be interested in more sessions!”Aaron K.Toronto, Ontario
“I went on one of Kyle's meditation and foraging workshops in a local forest last fall and I was immediately hooked. Kyle not only chose a beautiful place to learn and meet like minded people, but has the education and charisma that left me more curious and has peaked my interest in mushrooms not only as a chef but for their amazing medicinal properties and their pivotal part in food sustainability. Kyle is engaged, entertaining and open minded. I could go on and on about going to this workshop I don't know what I expected but it was a great way to spend a Sunday morning and would recommend participating in anything Kyle has to offer because his passion about mushrooms is magnetic!”Dana M.Vancouver, BC
“I loved every minute of the workshop. I found Kyle to be very informative and engaging, especially when it came to your knowledge of history. The workshop further piqued my interest in mycology and I really appreciated how you hung around afterwards to answer questions and share more stories. You can really tell how passionate you are about your work, which made the workshop even more rewarding. I highly recommend it to anyone. 10/10!”Christina N.Burlington, Ontairo