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.
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 , 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 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 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.