Laura Guzmán Dávalos - well-respected mycologist in Mexico and daughter of the world-renowned Gaston Guzman, THE world authority on the genus Psilocybe (and who described and named more than half of the species). Laura wants to talk about her father’s work as well as her own research.
Dr Michele Ross - president of the Impact Network; she will discuss how mushrooms stimulate neurogenesis, how that compares to other “drugs” and what therapeutic opportunities boosting neurogenesis offers. Jae Rhim Lee…CEO and Co-founder, Coeio company, makers of Infinity Burial Suit, coming to Telluride this year to discuss one of THE hottest topics in mycoremediation of late. For a sneak peek, you can see her TED Talk online.
Giuliana Furci - founder of Chile-based Fundacion Fungi. Giuliana Furci has been devoted mainly to mycology since 1999. Her inescapable vocation to study Chile's fungi has taken her to travel the country looking for them in different environments and ecosystems. In 2007 she published "Fungi Austral - Field Guide to the Outstanding Fungi of Chile", and later in 2013 “Fungi of Chile, the Field Guide” which is currently the only book on Chilean Fungi with pictures of the species in their habitat. She has contributed to various publications such as "Biodiversity Chile, Heritage and Challenges" (CONAMA, 2006 and 2008) and "Microforests of Altos de Cantillana" (FPA, 2013). Thanks to Giuliana's pivotal role, Chile is one of the few countries in the world to have included fungi in its environmental law. From 2005 to 2011, Giuliana strived for policy change affecting Chile's intensive salmon aquaculture industry from her positions in Oceana Chile and Chilean NGO Fundación Terram. In 2012 Giuliana founded The Fungi Foundation (Fundación Fungi), where she currently holds the position of Executive Director. Through the Foundation, Giuliana has been focused on fungal conservation policy, sustainable wild edible mushroom harvesting, education, mycological explorations and national capacity building.
Katrina Blair - Katrina Blair began studying wild plants in her teens when she camped out alone for a summer with the intention of eating primarily wild foods. She later wrote “The Wild Edible and Medicinal Plants of the San Juan Mountains” for her senior project at Colorado College. In 1997 she completed a MA at John F Kennedy University in Orinda, CA in Holistic Health Education. She founded Turtle Lake Refuge in 1998, a non-profit, whose mission is to celebrate the connection between personal health and wild lands. She teaches sustainable living practices and wild edible and medicinal plant classes regionally and internationally. In 2009, She published a book titled “Local Wild Life- Turtle Lake Refuge’s Recipes for Living Deep”, a book that focuses on the uses and recipes of the local wild abundance and has an upcoming book coming out this fall called "The Wild Wisdom of Weeds: 13 Plants for Human Survival" published by Chelsea Green Publishing.
Larry Millman - long time festival presenter who is an expert in ethnomycology, writes for Fungi magazine and will be leading our early bird foray again this year!
Alan Rockefeller - expert on genus Psilocybe and with the mushrooms of Mexico.
Robert Dale Rogers - author of The Fungal Pharmacy will discuss medicinal mushrooms.
Denis Benjamin - author of Mushrooms: Poisons and Panaceas will discuss mushroom toxins.
Noah Siegel - renowned field mycologist and author of the brand new book Mushrooms of the Redwoods; release party with signing events.
Michael Wood - author of the brand new California Mushrooms will be on hand for book signings.
Peter McCoy - will be on hand for presentations straight out of his brand new book Radical Mycology.
Robert J. Barnhart - will be presenting a brand new documentary film he produced titled A New Understanding: The Science of Psilocybin. This film explores the research and benefits of using psilocybin to dramatically reduce the anxiety of death in terminally ill cancer patients. Last year, Robert was an attendee of the festival and spoke on a panel regarding medicinal Psilocybin research. More about the movie: Over the past decade, government-sanctioned, FDA-approved, human psychedelic medical research with psilocybin has been conducted at Johns Hopkins University, New York University and UCLA by The Heffter Research Institute. The research serves as the narrative backbone for the documentary. The film presents an intimate look into the lives of several terminally ill cancer patients participating in the studies and opens an intriguing discourse of the dying process and our role as a society in the process. By informing current misconceptions about psychedelic medicines, A New Understanding utilizes a collection of accomplished minds to discuss psilocybin’s role in culture, evolution, mystical states, and even life itself.
There will be some authors on hand with brand new books or movies!