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.” Nicholas 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… Matthew W. Johnson, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, is one of the world’s leading experts on the effects of psilocybin and other psychedelics. He is an experimental psychologist with broad expertise on psychoactive drugs and the psychology of addiction and risk behavior. Matt has received over $8 million dollars in research funding as principal investigator from the National Institutes of Health and non-profit foundations. For 20 years he has conducted academic research in psychopharmacology and addictions, and for over 13 years he has conducted human research with psychedelics. Aside from psychedelics, Matt conducts behavioral economic research on decision making, addiction, and sexual risk behavior. He published the first human research determining the effects of cocaine administration on sexual decision making and risk, and has conducted numerous studies determining the role of nicotine and nonpharmacological factors in tobacco use and addiction. He has conducted studies administering nearly all classes of psychoactive drugs, and has published studies on psilocybin, dextromethorphan, salvinorin A, cocaine, methamphetamine, tobacco/nicotine, alcohol, GHB, cannabis, opioids, and cathinone-like compounds (“bath salts”) among others. He has published 98 articles and chapters, with 36 focused primarily on psychedelics. Matt was lead author on safety guidelines for human psychedelic research which were published in 2008, and which have facilitated the safe initiation of psychedelic research at an increasing number of universities. He is principal investigator of multiple psychedelic research studies at Johns Hopkins, and has been investigating psilocybin as a medication for tobacco smoking cessation since 2007. Matt recently published results with colleagues showing psilocybin to cause large and sustained reductions in cancer-related symptoms of anxiety and depression. He has served as a session guide for over 100 psychedelic sessions, providing a direct clinical perspective on psychedelic therapy. He has been internationally sought as a science communicator on psychoactive drugs and addiction, being interviewed by the BBC, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer Show, Fox Business News, National Public Radio (Morning Edition; the Kojo Nnamdi Show), Labyrint (public television show in the Netherlands), the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Globe and Mail, the Daily Mail, USA Today, CBS News, the Baltimore Sun, the Atlantic, the Washingtonian, Psychology Today, Scientific American, Nature, Vice, Martha Stewart Whole Living Magazine, and Marie Claire, among others. 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.