The RMC promotes the growth of all aspects 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.
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.
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.
Peter McCoy is a systems-oriented mycology educator with nearly 20 years of experience across a variety of applied mycology fields. A Portland native and founder 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 (Chthaeus Press, 2016), a 650-page book on mycology that has been hailed as one of the best books on medicinal mushrooms, mushroom cultivation, and mycoremediation written to date, and a milestone for the progress of mycology as a people’s science.
A globally-recognized leader in the modern mycolcultural revolution, Peter is a dedicated teacher, mushroom farmer, herbalist, permaculture designer, community organizer, artist, and author with a ceaseless desire to expand the human-fungal relation.
Laura Kennedy is co-owner and co-founder of Rise Up Remedies, a certified organic medicinal herb farm and small batch herbal apothecary based just outside of Portland, Oregon.
Her love affair with fungi began during her first permaculture design course, which was held on a shiitake farm in the Finger Lakes region of NY in 2014. Since then, she has worked at several outdoor and indoor mushroom farms, practiced aseptic lab cultivation skills, and has integrated fungi into her farm system. In addition to her work on her farm, Laura investigates the world of mycomaterials as lead mycologist for a biomimicry focused design firm working to create mycelium-based products.
Alongside her passion for exploring the many roles that fungi play in ecosystems, she interfaces with this important Queendom as a mushroom forager, medicine maker, and photographer.
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.
Ryan and Anna have been land custodians at Brown Bottle Farm for 4 years. They are professional wild foragers, Certified Naturally Grown farmers, mushroom enthusiasts, seed stewards, and herbalists. They work towards a harmonious connection between people, food, medicine, and the wild natural beauty around us all. It is with great joy that they share their experience with the RMC community.
Kelsey is an herbalist, horticulturalist, and a fungi enthusiast with a passion for native ecology. She helps manage Feral Fungi, a company based out of Oregon City that crafts mushroom spagyric tinctures. Prior to her work with Feral Fungi, she worked for WishGarden Herbs as their education and outreach specialist in the Pacific Northwest, teaching classes, leading herb walks, and organizing events.
She has spent time installing and maintaining various native gardens. Most notable was her work during the recent restoration of the Environmental Learning Center at Clackamas Community College.
In her spare time, Kelsey can be found wandering through the forest, playing in her garden, and advocating for potato bugs. She helped organize the volunteers during the last RMC and looks forward to helping out again this year!