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Good Medicine Confluence
July 10-13, 2024 •
Durango, CO



presenting two lectures ::

AN APPLE A DAY : The Many Faces of Forbidden Fruits
The shiny red apple in Snow White, the pomegranate and Persephone's journey to the underworld, entheogenic fungi, nightshades, the serpent, and the woman... What do all of these botanical beacons have in common?

We bring apples as a gift of appreciation to the teacher, yet shun the apple that grows from the tree of knowledge. We savor the flavor of juicy pomegranates as humble provisions, yet myth glorifies it as an ambassador of both fertility and the world of the dead. We uplift the fly agaric mushroom in storybooks and greetings cards, and even on cathedral walls, yet many dare not touch it for fear of its “poisons”.

In step with Ash’s research on the flying ointment traditions and entheogenic fungi, we have here an assemblage of beautiful paradoxes that asks of us to curiously peek beyond the veil of polarities. To this day, age old stories of enchanted red fruits remain with us as lore, seemingly hovering only in the mythic, untouchable realms. But what of the botany, chemistry, and cross-cultural history? How can the mundane inform the lore, and the lore vivify the mundane? 

Join us in a survey of Malus, Punica, Amanita muscaria, Psilocybe, Datura, Henbane, where we will dive into the realms of ethnobotany, therapeutics, and symbolism as we ask, why do we call these the forbidden fruits?
THE THORNS EDGE : On Sensitivity, Acuity, Venom, and Connection
If a rose by any other name smells as sweet, what of the thorn? Is the protruding sharpness on the bodies of plants simply an evolutionary strategy for martial protection, or do thorns offer more to the plants, the terrain, and to us?

In a time where an obsession with boundaries reinforces the divide & conquer strategies of overt power structures, how do we reconcile with notions of safety and connection? How do we dance with the potency of sharpness, and find the sweet spot amidst the sensations? How do we meet the edges of our comfort zones with intention & attention, thriving in the plural domains of personal and collective pleasure & pain? And how do the thorned plants model this transcendent yet somatically felt wisdom to us?

Join us for a potent exploratory conversation on Ocotillo, Cacti, Oplopanax, Nettles, the Rose family, and our venomous fauna friends. From ethnobotany to lore to phytochemistry, nuance awaits beyond the hedge gates…

MycoFest 
August 2-4, 2024
• Centre Hall, Pensylvannia



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presenting one lecture :: 

THE MUSHROOM TIP :: Aphrodesiacs for Fungi Lovers
Is desire a solely human experience? Aphrodisiacs are by far some of the most coveted flora and funga worldwide. But what about the birds and bees, the flowers and the be mushroomed trees? All too often, the enticing notion of aphrodisiacs come exhibited on a platter solely for personal consumption. Alas, the natural world is in itself dripping with sensuality, connection, and dare i say, kink. 

Join ethnobotanist & animist-informed herbalist Ash Ritter for a multi-disciplinary cypher, where we will not only explore the wide range of fungi to enhance our sense of joy, curiosity, and turn-on, but we will expand into an entire ecosystem that thrives off of attraction.

From Cordyceps to Tremella, Trametes to Ganoderma, and all the friendly entheogens in between, herein fruits a sensorial pharmacopeia where kinship and enchantment are our greatest antidotes. In the age of medicalization and intellectualization, let us relate with and re-mystify the beautiful, sensual world of fungi. 

And more to come... 


Interested in hosting a lecture? Reach out!
Current trajectory ::
April/May • California & Oregon 
July • Colorado & New Mexico
August • Midwest, East Coast, and more?

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Recorded series from earlier this year... 



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✻ GOOD TIMES FROM 2023 ✻




⫸ THE FORBIDDEN FRUITS :: ETHNOBOTANY OF ENCHANTED FOODS

livestreamed November 2023 • available for download in the BSB CLASS ARCHIVE CLOUD

Click HERE for full description & registration!




BREAKING CONVENTION
April 20th-22nd, 2023 • Exeter, England

Europe's largest conference on psychedelic consciousness, offering the latest ground-breaking research and insights across human and social sciences, law, politics, art, history and philosophy.

Recording of my presentation, "Merry Mushroom: Ethnomycology of Amanita muscaria" HERE




⫸ FOREST MEDICINES Full Day Workshop with Hips & Haws Wildcrafts!

April 29th, 2023 • near Dublin, Ireland


An advanced discussion of Amanita muscaria and Forest Medicine with Ash Ritter/ Black Sage Botanicals and Courtney Tyler/ Hips and Haws Wildcrafts. Fungi and tree medicine and a homemade forest salve to bring home plus the knowledge to make more.

No man is an island, nor are mushrooms! Fungi, herbs, and trees are inherently intertwined in deep relationship, sharing their intelligences with each other, oftentimes for collective gain. In this workshop, we will explore the connections between Amanita muscaria and other wood-loving fungi, along with their favourite trees, exploring the medicines they provide both as individuals, and in synergy.





⫸ The Meandering Mushroom Path:: Functional Fungi 101
May 12th, 2023 • 10am PST
online via Arizona Mushroom Society • free!


As the popularity of therapeutic fungi takes hold in the colonized west, the market is seemingly flooded with an endless array of packets, powders, bottles, and capsules, paired with a profusion of vague memes touting the benefits to our well being... but what’s really going on in there?

Together, let's weave historical, clinical, and traditional context with the fabulous world of edible and medicinal mushrooms, while learning how to maximize the therapeutic value of our cultivated, store-bought, and foraged fungi. Leave our talk with a spark of inspiration and a list of hot tips to make your own truly salubrious broths and extracts, while incorporating them in fun and delicious ways!

* full class recording uploaded for Patreon members! *




WOMEN & ENTHEOGENS CONFERENCE
July 8th-9th, 2023 • Detroit, Michigan

A gathering of maximum potency, hosted by the one and only Mama Ayana, and Iyi family legacy holders. Humbled to join in, alongside the likes of Acacea Sherman-Lewis, Lucia Pavone, and so many more powerful women!!! 




GOOD MEDICINE CONFLUENCE
July 19th-22nd, 2023 • Lake George, Colorado 

Join in for a truly sweet & savory gathering of herbally-inclined fringe folk! This was the first herbal conference I ever attended once upon a time. What a joy to come full-circle as a presenter this year... on the same lineup as one of my mentors, no less!

Sharing two lectures ~
• One Drop: An Animist’s Take on Herbal & Fungal Compounding
• Balms & Broomsticks: European Entheogenic Plants & Fungi 




⫸ WEST-COAST TEACHING TOUR!!

Scheduling between late July and early August, 2023
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🍄 July 29th • PORTLAND, OR • Merry Mushroom :: Amanita muscaria Ethnomycology

🍄 August 9th • NEVADA CITY, CA • All Mushrooms are Magic :: A Global Survey of Entheogenic Fungi




⫸ TOADSTOOLS & THE TABOO :: HOW MUSHROOMS TEACH US ABOUT SEX, DEATH, AND IMMORTALITY • hosted by Fungi Academy
August 26th, 2023 • 10am MT online,  All-access recording available to attendees & on demand post-livestream!

Slimy, sticky, phallic, and funky – mushrooms find themselves adored & feared for the same reasons- in their morphology, chemistry, and personalities, fungi remind us of the unified goal to create and surrender in an unending undulation of life, shapeshifting between birth, death, human and humus for the sake of doing it over and over and over again.

Join us for a multi-disciplinary cypher, exploring the Psilocybe species, Amanita muscaria, candy cap (Lactarius spp.), turkey tail (Trametes versicolor, reishi (Ganoderma spp.), ergot (Claviceps purpurea), etc., and how we can flip the script from taking mushrooms to letting the mushrooms take us.

In this class, we will explore:
  • Aphrodesiac Ethnnomycology
  • Lessons in Decay – Savoring Saprophytic Fungi
  • The Phallus and the Mushroom Cloud – On Pluralism & Patterns
  • The Unseen Matter – Mother Mycelium
  • Fermentation, Alchemy and Immortality

🍄 ON-DEMAND RECORDING HERE 🍄





 OAKLAND PSYCH3D3LIC CONFERENCE
September 16th-17th, 2023 • Oakland, CA

It's my great pleasure to participate in this years Oakland Psychedelic Conference, hosted by my good friends at Oakland Hyphae !

Find me on two group discussion panels ::
🔮 Femmes in Psychedelic Science
🌲 Putting the Plant Back in Plant Medicine

and giving a full talk ::
🍄 Gnomes, Tomes, & Genomes :: Amanita muscaria Ethnomycology, Chemistry, and Compounding

 



 The Meandering Mushroom Path :: Functional Fungi 101
September 30th, 2023 • Basha Library, Chandler, AZ 





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Online Curriculum ::
  • MERRY MUSHROOM :: AMANITA MUSCARIA ETHNOMYCOLOGY
  • FORBIDDEN FRUITS :: ETHNOBOTANY OF ENCHANTED FOODS
  • BALMS + BROOMSTICKS :: THE TABOO HISTORY & MODERN ADAPTATIONS OF FLYING OINTMENTS
  • FROM FRUIT TO SEED :: SEASONAL HERBALISM FOR GRIEF & PRAISE
  • MATTERS OF THE HEART :: HERBS FOR TLC
  • LOVE THY CACTI :: FOOD, MEDICINE & ENERGETICS
  • SWEET NECTAR :: PLEASURE BETWEEN PLANTS & PEOPLE
  • LOOKING UP :: EVERGREEN TREE MEDICINES
  • HERBS FOR THE WINTER BLUES
  • HERBS + DREAMING :: BOTANICALS FOR NAVIGATING THE SACRED WELL
  • HOLY SMOKES :: HISTORY, MYSTERY & MEDICINE OF BURNABLE BOTANICALS
  • KITCHEN CABINET FIRST-AID
** If you have registered for class recordings via Teachable pre 2023, you now have access via Google Drive! Check your "Shared With Me" folder. 


FREEBIES! • INTERVIEWS AND LIVESTREAMS

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PRIVATE MENTORSHIP PROGRAMS

One-on-one studies are one of my favorite things to offer. Custom-tailored, co-creative, and beautifully woven curriculum for head, heart, spirit, and collective. This is not just about understanding the medicine of the outer terrain, but also innerstanding the medicine you've carried all along, connecting the two into a cohesive, functional, living, breathing, practical synthesis. 

A full term syllabus includes :: ethnobotany, traditional and clinical herbalism perspectives, mycology, history, botany, phytochemistry, hands-on apothecary techniques, and ancestral medicine, along with adjunct explorations based on your unique interests.

Mentorship programs are a minimum 1 year committment, and can be held in-person or via online video calls- though at least one visit to connect in the Sonoran Desert is highly recommended.

** FULL-IMMERSION MENTORSHIPS HAVE REACHED CAPACITY FOR 2023 **
Private individual courses happily considered! Feel free to reach out!

 

PLANT WALKS, CLASSES, PODCAST INTERVIEWS & CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

Warmly welcomed & happily considered upon request.

Based in southern Arizona. Open to travel.

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