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(CANCELLED) Mycomedicines: Mushrooms for Human and Ecosystem Health (2018)

  • Date: July 2, 2018
  • Time: 2:00pm - 4:00pm


A Four Part Course

Dates: Mondays – 7/2, 7/9, 7/16, 7/23
Time: 6-8pm

Americans have long been averse to mushrooms, arguably due to British colonial influence on our attitudes regarding the kingdom Fungi. Many of us learn to fear wild mushrooms as kids, but very few move beyond that fear and into a more complex understanding of the numerous mushroom species native to Philadelphia, many of which have been used as medicine since ancient times. In recent years, we have seen a budding popular interest in mycology: the study of fungi as food, medicine and a crucial component of healthy ecosystems. This Edenspore course will introduce you to historical and cultural uses of mushrooms, properties of mycomedicines, species and constituents, field identification and foraging tips, hands-on preparation of medicines for personal consumption, and introductory cultivation techniques.

Each class will include resources, references, lecture-style information, and plenty of Q&A. Hands-on activities will occur as appropriate. Please come prepared with a notebook/journal, pen/pencil, and comfortable walking shoes. Mycomedicines for all!

Full-Course Cost: $120 for nonmembers, $80 for Bartram’s members, limited half-scholarships available for low-income students. Contact edensporecreations@gmail.com to inquire about partial scholarship opportunity or with other questions. Currently, we are only offering tickets for the full course, but we will open up registration for individual classes if we have enough space. Maximum Registration: 30

Course Overview

  • Class One: 7/2 Introduction, History, and Broad Overview of Mushrooms as Medicine
  • Class Two: 7/9 Specific Medicinal Species and DIY Medicine-making
  • Class Three: 7/16 Foraging, Safety, and Identification
  • Class Four: 7/23 Cultivation Techniques and Course Wrap-up

Preview class option:
$30 Non-Members
$20 Members

Not sure if you are ready to commit to the full class? Click on the button below to purchase tickets the 7/2 class, only.

Full-Course Cost:

$120 for all four classes for nonmembers
$80 for all four classes for Bartram’s members


Edenspore is the life project and business of Robyn Mello. Robyn has spent the last 10 years in the Philadelphia area honing in on her intuition, creativity, and ability to engage with people and planet through permaculture design, environmental research, social justice organizing, herbalism, original music, and lots of walks in the woods. She’s been experimenting with making and consuming well-known mushroom medicines since early 2015 and launched Edenspore in 2017 largely as a means to more consciously spread this important knowledge and medicine to the Philadelphia area. Mello is the former Orchard Director for The Philadelphia Orchard Project and has extensive experience developing original classes geared towards increasing human and ecosystem health. Learn more about Edenspore and all that she has going on at edenspore.com, or follow @edenspore on Facebook and Instagram!