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The Wisdom of Mushrooms with Mai Wild Medicinals

Thursday, December 4th ~ 7-9pm ~ $25 ~ Register with

Mushroom lore, Fairy rings, Tincture making, Medicinal mushrooms

Mushrooms are intelligent communicators intertwined in a web of relationships with plants, animals and other fungi in the forest. Some say they are from space; that spores traveled through galaxies and landed on Earth to nourish and support our ecosystem. Mushrooms have been used in many cultures for thousands of years; as food, medicine and for connecting with magic. Today science is catching up and praising mushrooms for their immunomodulating and cancer fighting properties, inspiring us to deeply nourish our bodies in this fast paced world. In this class we will explore what mushrooms can teach us, and learn about medicinal mushrooms such as reishi, chaga, maitake, shiitake, and our local turkey tail. We will make a medicinal mushroom tonic and invite the mushroom wisdom in.

Mai Lovaas is a clinical western herbalist trained at the Ohlone Center for Herbal Studies in Berkeley, California. She divides her time between her native land of Norway and her home of 14 years in California. She finds that she learns the most about plants when experiencing them in nature in their natural habitat, so she spends a lot of time in the woods wherever she travels to seek out local plants. She loves to cook with herbs, mushrooms and seaweeds and can often be found concocting quite fascinating dishes (ask her friends!). She spent several years "plugging her hands into the dirt", growing her own food, and learning about native cultures, food traditions, permaculture and gardening through regions of Southeast Asia, Africa and Australia. Mai has her own herbal practice, and makes herbal products, most of them mushroom remedies. She teaches and leads herb walks both in California and Norway. She believes that everybody has the innate wisdom to find their balance, wild nature and thrive in life.