MEET THE ORGANIZERS
For the last four Radical Mycology Convergences, our organizing team has been completely volunteer-based, with organizers coming together from across North America to share their love for fungi by helping ensure this big ol' shindig goes off smoothly.
This event thrives on community engagement and collaboration, and has evolved over the years alongside the amazing support of volunteers, presenters, and organizers alike – often by the skin of our teeth and straps of our boots. But as the Radical Mycology community evolves, so does our infrastructure and means to keep the RMC and related Radical Mycology events sustainable. This year, we are happy to announce that thanks to the donations received from the 2016 RMC, for the first time we are able to offer two primary organizers a humble honorarium for their large contribution for making this event come together, as they work alongside the event's co-founder, Peter McCoy.
Laura Kennedy's love affair with fungi began during her first permaculture course, which was held on a shiitake farm in upstate NY in 2014. Since then, she has worked at several outdoor and indoor mushroom farms, honed her lab cultivation skills, and designed and implemented several permaculture systems that not only incorporate, but feature fungi as the important ecosystem players that they are. In addition to her passion for exploring the many roles that fungi play in ecosystems, she interfaces with this underrepresented Queendom as a forager, medicine maker, and aspiring educator. She currently lives in Portland, OR, where she is the co-owner of a medicinal herb and mushroom farm.
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 5 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 different healing modalities including Ayurveda in Nepal and Western Herbalism across Oregon and Washington. He is on an ever-deepening journey of education to understand the practical applications of his interests, and the golden threads that connect them.
Peter McCoy is an interdisciplinary, systems-oriented mycology educator with 16 years of study and experience across a variety of applied mycology fields. A Portland native and founder of Radical Mycology and the Radical Mycology Convergence, Peter has worked for over 10 years to develop, refine, and promote numerous original perspectives on how fungi can help human cultures and the environments they touch. A globally-recognized leader in the modern mycological movement, Peter is a dedicated teacher, mushroom farmer, herbalist, permaculture designer, community organizer, artist, and author with a ceaseless passion for advancing and evolving human-fungal relations. He is also the author of Radical Mycology: A Treatise on Seeing and Working With Fungi (Chthaeus Press, 2016), as well as the founder of MYCOLOGOS, the world's first mycology school, which is based in Portland, Oregon.