Presentations by The Defenders of our Endangered Habitats… Penelope Zeller…author, consultant, organizer will discuss saving the environment with mushroom – hemp partnership. Giuliana Furci …Fungal Foundacion of Chile and world-renown Defender of Fungi returns to Telluride to discuss preserving endangered habitats in North and South America. Andy McKinnon … mycologist of Forestry Canada and author of many popular books on trees and mushroom habitats will discuss preserving endangered habitats in Pacific Northwest. Bob Cummings…California mycologist will discuss preserving endangered habitats of the Central Coast of California. Christian Schwarz… California mycologist will discuss preserving endangered habitats of the California Redwoods. David Spahr…mycologist and author will discuss preserving endangered habitats of the Northeast Elinoar Shavit…noted truffle researcher will discuss preserving endangered desert habitats of the Middle East and North America. Larry Evans… Montana mycologist will discuss preserving endangered habitats of South American rainforests and North America. Daniel Winkler… Washington mycologist will discuss preserving endangered habitats of Himalayas and North America.
Notable presenters and Keynote Lecturers… Don Lattin is an award-winning journalist and a reporter covering a wide range of religious figures and movements in the United States. He has written several books. Lattin’s work has appeared in many U.S. magazines and newspapers. He has also worked as a consultant and commentator for several television programs. Lattin teaches religion writing at the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California at Berkeley. Especially notable of his previous books is The Harvard Psychedelic Club: How Timothy Leary, Ram Dass, Huston Smith, and Andrew Weil Killed the Fifties and Ushered in a New Age for America traces the efforts of four notable players who brought LSD to the attention of the world: Leary, Richard Alpert (later Ram Dass), Smith, and Weil. Lattin will be coming to Telluride to discuss his new book Changing Our Minds -- Psychedelic Sacraments and the New Psychotherapy, which features quite a bit about the new wave of FDA-approved psilocybin research. He also plans to “share some stories of my own explorations in the underground mushroom therapy world, and with other sacred plant medicines.” Nikolas Money…mycological biophysicist and author of many exceptional mycological titles comes to Telluride for the first time and brings with him a brand new book unlike any other. Jonathan Reisman…physician and mycological physiologist returns to Telluride with presentations on human health advances with fungi plus studies on amatoxins for use as … medicines. John Michelotti…medicinal mushroom expert will give presentations on chaga and reishi, lion’s mane, medicinal mushroom cultivation at home…and much more. Not to be missed!
Notable Psilocybe/Psilocybin Researchers and Authors… Dennis McKenna…returns to Telluride in 2017! World-renowned author on all topics psilocybin returns to Telluride and has plenty to talk about. You won’t want to miss this very special event!
Matt Johnson… returns to Telluride to discuss human psychopharmacology research as a faculty member at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. A major focus of his research involves laboratory studies determining the behavioral and psychological effects of psychoactive drugs in humans, particularly novel or atypical drugs. This work has examined hallucinogens (psychedelics) including psilocybin (mushrooms), salvinorin A (Salvia divinorum), and dextromethorphan; stimulants including cocaine, methamphetamine, nicotine, and caffeine; and sedatives including alcohol, GHB, and benzodiazepines. Johnson published the first placebo-controlled trial of salvinorin A to demonstrate psychoactive effects in humans. His current research with psilocybin is examining its potential for facilitating behavior change including therapeutic effects. These studies include a trial determining the ability of psilocybin to increase engagement in a meditation program, a trial testing if psilocybin can decrease anxiety and depression in cancer patients, and a pilot study examining psilocybin as an anti-addiction medication for tobacco smoking cessation. Dr. Johns is currently conducting a survey to characterize people's experiences in non-laboratory settings in which taking a psychedelic may have led to reducing or quitting smoking (even temporarily).
Peter Hendricks…makes his first trip to Telluride to discuss his research at the University of Alabama involving treatment of cocaine addiction with psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy—and his working hypotheses regarding how this treatment might work. Dr. Hendricks, ever evocative will challenge our audience with this thought: “…In other words, we know psilocybin can be very therapeutic, but the question is, why? I plan to discuss my own ideas as to why this might be the case.” Festival goers, get ready!
Late-nite Goodtimes Mycolicious Surprises…
Annual Myco-poetry happening… A collaborative project with the Talking Gourds, a sister Telluride Institute Program, Art Goodtimes, Wendy Videlock, Rosemerry Wahtola, and Elissa Dickson and a cast of favorites. Always a highlight of the Mushroom Festival.
A local favorite and the perfect band to grace the stage at the Sheridan Opera House for our Festival, Fractalia Foreverwill rock the opening and closing nights of the Festival.
This year’s featured Movies Oliver Quintanilla... Little Saints screening; this movie features Mazatec mushroom tradition and the Producer’s direct experience with the culture.
Vanquishing the Witch Baba Yaga…We’re very excited to bring this indie-documentary to Telluride. It scored an unheard of 100% on the Rotten Tomatoes movie rating site.