About the RMC

What is the RMC?

The Radical Mycology Convergence is a family-friendly celebration of all fungi – mushrooms, lichens, and molds alike! Though dozens of workshops aimed at beginner and experienced fungi-enthusiasts and a variety of contests, games, and creative experiences, the RMC offers a unique and transformative immersion into the fascinating world of fungi!

Celebrating Fungi

We love putting on the Radical Mycology Convergence. By providing space for the inspiring arts and sciences of mycology to intersect with a range of cultural and environmental topics, each RMC brings new layers to modern mycoculture and Radical Mycology movement.

Founded in 2011, the RMC began as a reflection of the booklet (zine) entitled Radical Mycology, which had been written by RMC Founder Peter McCoy two years prior. Blending cultural, political, and philosophical topics with mycology, the small text presented the idea that fungi were not only interesting but vitally important for all life. The first RMC was initially intended to be small, but quickly grew into a gathering of 300 people from around the world! Over the following six years, four more Convergences were held in Washington, Illinois, New York, and Oregon, with each incarnation bringing a new suite of teachers, attendees, and insights.

Though touring the event around the country helped build a strong community of Radical Mycologists, the logistical needs required proved to take energy away from manifesting the best event possible. So, this year, for the sixth Radical Mycology Convergence, we are excited to be holding the gathering in the same location for a second time, so that the RMC becomes more rooted to the land that hosts its growing community.

The 2022 RMC is already looking to be our most engaging to date, with many new events set to take place, as well as an increased capacity to host over 500 mycofolk throughout the weekend. Over the five days of the RMC, fungi-lovers, artists, activists, and permaculturalists of all stripes come together to take part in mushroom hunts, art shows, outdoor fungal installations, and workshops on topics ranging from fungal ecology and mushroom cultivation, to medicine making and mitigating pollution via mycoremediation – all while meeting hundreds of like-minded people from around around the world!

The RMC is the first event of its kind and unlike any other gathering!

RMC Ethos

Building a Mycoculture

Ideas, people, and fungi found on the fringe will always be seen as outsiders, radicals, or avant garde by some. While we embrace the uniqueness of the RMC and our approach to discussing and working with fungi, we do so primarily to uplift this so-often overlooked branch on the Tree of Life and to show just how multi-faceted and inspiring these species are.

Underlying our approach is an emphasis on enhancing quality of life for all of the world's inhabitants, just as the fungi do so well. Likewise, our ethos is largely influenced by ideas found in deep ecology, in which all beings are seen as having an inherent value and interdependence.

We value the fungi not just for what humans can take from them, but for what we can learn from them.

At the heart of the RMC there has always been an intention to build a mycelial network of like-minded fungi advocates through the sharing of the event’s rarely-encountered topics. As such, our approach is founded in a design process that is DIY-inspired and an intent that is grassroots-promoting. The RMC's site is rural and workshops take place outdoors (weather permitting), or in a variety of barn-type spaces – a rustic and real setting that emphasizes the natural beauty that fungi offer.

Likewise, the unifying and far-reaching topics covered at the RMC draws together people of all backgrounds, political stances, and lifestyles. We encourage all participants to come to the RMC with an open mind and an excitement to learn from this variety of perspectives and to discover new ways of working with and appreciating fungi. Though not a traditional event in some senses, we strive to make the entire RMC a safe, comfortable, and inspiring space for learning new information, having new experiences, and making new friends.

Much of the RMC emphasizes community building, sustainable lifestyle practices, and personal empowerment via the unique practices of mycology.

This is a distinct shift from the traditional approach of working with macro fungi – which often emphasizes identification, toxicology, and consumption – toward an emphasis on applying mycology to improve the health of all.

We see all of this as a natural evolution from the foundations laid by the mycologists of the last two centuries: a step from theory into practice and from domination toward allyship with the Fungal Queendom. We warmly invite anyone interested in participating in the Radical Mycology Convergence to come, learn, help out, or teach for we are the extreme, or radical, or leading edge of the rapidly expanding mycoculture of history, which is now myceliating the world!

RMC Values

Advance the Mycoculture

The RMC promotes the growth of mycology – from its traditional and citizen science research base, to its intersections across the arts, history, and cultures. We see the current state of mycology as the starting place of an unexplored aspect of the human endeavor and encourage an open mind for engaging with all that mycology offers, so that it most fully flourishes.

Grow A Healthy Community

All are welcome to the RMC and to take part in defining the next era of the human-fungi relationship. The RMC encourages the growth of everyone’s personal relationship with mycology, as well as the unmediated expression of that unique perspective.

Learn From the Fungi

The RMC promotes embodying the many lessons found in the unique traits and roles of fungi. Patterns of resilience, co-operation, self-reliance, stewardship, and healing are found in all aspects of mycology, and are infused throughout the RMC. We encourage everyone to seek new means for mirroring these traits in their lives and in their exchanges with others and the environment. 

About The Site

We are excited and honored to return to Brown Bottle Farm (BBF) for the 2022 RMC. The same site as the 2018 RMC, this location proved to be the most ideal location of any RMC to date thanks to its wonderful caretakers, semi-forested setting, diverse workshop spaces, and all-around awesome vibe. For the first time, we are returning to a prior RMC site to help strengthen our relationship with the land, its fungi, and the community that has come to know its many offerings.

BBF is located in the small farming community of Mulino, Oregon, approximately 25 miles south of Portland. A diversified and certified naturally grown vegetable and mushroom farm, BBF is entering its sixth season to provide non-GMO, open pollinated, and heirloom produce, mushrooms, and herbs to farmer’s markets and restaurants in the surrounding area. Farm owners Anna and Ryan have over 10 years of experience in herbalism, farming, and mycology and are the primary stewards of the land’s 40 acres (also, they are great, and you should really get to know them!).

The site has some areas that are wheelchair accessible, but the grounds are mostly unpaved and gently sloping. Some workshop spaces are outdoors and spaced several hundred yards apart, though most are close together and either indoors or shaded. As early October tends to be right at the start of the rainy season in Oregon, we suggest all attendees prepare for autumn weather (e.g. cool and moist) as you make your way to the RMC.

* Please note that Brown Bottle Farm requests that no outside pets come on site with RMC attendees. If you have a registered service animal that you must bring with you to the RMC, please contact us prior to registering to discuss your needs. Thank you for your understanding.

Meet the Organizers

The RMC is passionately envisioned by a small group of lifelong fungi-lovers based in the Portland area

Peter McCoy

Peter McCoy is a systems-oriented mycology educator with nearly 20 years of experience across a variety of applied mycology fields. A Portland native , he is the founder and director of Radical Mycology and the Radical Mycology Convergence, Peter has pioneered numerous original perspectives and methods for applied mycology and modern ethnomycology. He is the founder of MYCOLOGOS, the world’s first mycology school (Portland, OR), and the author of Radical Mycology: A Treatise on Seeing and Working With Fungi, a 650-page reference guide to fungi, and Peter's life of working with them.

Apart from his mycology work, Peter is a dedicated teacher, organic mushroom farmer, and artist with a ceaseless desire to expand the human-fungal relation.

Jason Scott

Jason Scott is the founder and curator of Feral Fungi and AlcheMycology. He is a mycologist, ethnobotanist, and spagyricist who has studied the history, philosophy, and practices of traditional Hermetic Alchemy for the past seven years. He has a background in ethnobotany and plant medicine that started on the Big Island of Hawaii, and that he has carried back with him into his home in the Pacific Northwest. Born and raised in Oregon, Jason has an intrinsic interest in the Fungal Queendom and all of its aspects – from cultivation and mycoremediation, to historical and cultural relationships, and most specifically their medicinal application.

Jason has studied various healing modalities including Ayurveda in Nepal and Western Herbalism across Oregon and Washington. He has contributed to Radical Mycology: A Treatise on Seeing and Working With Fungi (Chthaeus Press, 2016) and Verdant Gnosis Volume 3 (Revelore press, 2017) exploring the connections between Alchemy and Mushrooms. Jason is on an ever-deepening journey of education to understand the practical applications of his interests, and the golden threads that connect them.

Anna WIlson-Falk & Ryan Falk

Ryan Falk and Anna Wilson-Falk are the land custodians at Brown Bottle Farm established in 2016. They began their love for Fungi over a decade ago and have been tangibly engaged with mushrooms, herbs, and produce ever since. Brown Bottle Farm is Certified Naturally Grown and cultivates more than 60 different varieties of heirloom, non-GMO, open pollinated plants and mushrooms. Additionally they ferment, infuse, can, and preserve. They sell all of their goods locally at the Oregon City Year Round Farmers Market.

Their farm has 20+ acres of minimally touched forest to encourage natural successions of mushrooms, plants, and animals. It's a sanctuary for wildlife, and a great educational tool they share via events with the same ideals as RMC. They are grateful to host the convergence a second time, and look forward to seeing everyone again.

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