Join us for the 2nd Annual Cumberland Fungus Fest – a truly interdisciplinary celebration of all things ‘shrooms.
2 full days and nights of workshops, walks, talks, bioblitz, forest ecology, fungus art, ‘shroomy special events, webinars, projections and more.
We respectfully acknowledge that we live, work and play within the forests, lands and waters of the unceded traditional territory of the Pentlatch, Eiksan, Sathloot and Sasitla people, known collectively today as the K’ómoks Nation, and we are grateful for the opportunity to be part of the stewardship of this special place.
Presenters included local observationist in residence Dawn Copeman, forest ecologist Andy MacKinnon, mycologist Dr. Kent Brothers, mushroom cultivator Daniel Devine, master herbalist Yarrow Willard, Denman Island wild edible mushroom forager and mycophile Megan Rose, conservation biologist and bat researcher Tim Ennis, and CCFS Executive Director and Bat naturalist Meaghan Cursons.
Family Fun All Weekend
Fun Fungus Links – check out this cool, curated collection of mushroomy goodness.
Cumberland Community Forest Society Info Tent (maps, info. tshirts and more)
Live streams (exclusive links) for 2021 Fungus Fest talks at Harmonic Arts
Cumberland Forest iNaturalist Fungus Bio Blitz (Oct 1-14)
Mycelial Magic ~ Enjoy Shamanatrix Cumberland Fungus Festival Stream (2020 live show)
Fungus Fest – Kids BioBlitz Passport !
Pick-up or download a Fungus Fest passport for your junior naturalist! Search for magical colours, textures, and shapes of fungi October 1-14, while practising good forest stewardship. Completed passports can be stamped at Roam or the Little Village Store.
Friday October 1
1030am: WALK – ‘Fungus of the Cumberland Forest w/ Dr. Kent Brothers 90 minutes
1130am: WALK – w/ Master Herbalist Yarrow Willard – 90 minutes
1130am: TOUR Comox Valley Mushrooms cultivation facility 3337 Fraser Rd, Courtenay.
NOON: TALK – “Fungi and Forest Ecology” w/ Andy MacKinnon
1pm: WALK – Forest Ecology w/ Andy MacKinnon 120 minutes
130pm: TALK – Master Herbalist Yarrow Willard “Local wild mushrooms for food and medicine” – 60 minutes
2pm: TOUR Comox Valley Mushrooms – site tour of gourmet mushroom cultivation facility – 3337 Fraser Rd, Courtenay.
3pm: TALK – Dr. Kent Brothers “Demystifying Mushrooms” – 60 minutes
430pm: WALK – Walk on the Wild Side – an all senses romp through the Cumberland Forest w/ Dawn Copeman 90 minutes
430pm: WALK – Intro to Mushroom Exploring with Denman Island mycophile Megan Rose – 90 minutes (in the Cumberland Forest)
430pm: WORKSHOP – Mushroom Cultivation (w/ take home kit) w/ Daniel Devine 90 minutes
7pm: TALK – FUNGUS FEST SUPER PANEL w/ Expert panel featuring Andy MacKinnon, Yarrow Willard, Dawn Copeman, Kent Brothers ad special guests
845pm: WALK – After Dark Forest Walk w/ the Cumberland Bat Project – 90 minutes (weather permitting)
Because all events at the 2nd Annual Cumberland Fungus Fest are outdoors we will not be requiring vaccine passports.
However, we will provide sanitation stations and request masks be worn when entering the space for talks until folks are seated and settled.
We ask attendees to be ‘mindful of the times, give space, respect the comfort zones of others, and respect all public health protocols’. Individual walk guides may request masking, and they are requested at all times when distancing isn’t possible (when checking out specimens).
Going forward the CCFS will be producing events requiring vaccine passports and following public health directives to protect the capacity of our health system to care for our community.
Saturday October 2
9am: WALK – Forest Ecology Walk w/ Andy MacKinnon
9am: TALK – Mushrooms and Mental Health w/Thom O’Dell, Ph.D., P.Ag
1030am: WALK – Fungus in the Cumberland Forest w/ Dr. Kent Brothers – 90 minutes
1030am: WORKSHOP – Mushroom Cultivation Workshop (with take-home kit) w/ Daniel Devine, 90 minutes
1230pm: TALK – Dr. Kent Brothers – “Tooth Fungi of the Pacific Northwest” – 45 minutes
130pm: WALK – Walk on the Wild Side, an all senses romp through the Cumberland Forest w/ Dawn Copeman – 90 minutes
130pm: DROP IN – Kids Fungus and Forest Art, Bio Blitz passports 130-3
130pm: WALK – Intro to Mushroom Exploring w/ Daniel Devine – 90 minutes
3pm: TALK – “A New Handbook: “Mushrooms of BC” w/ Andy MacKinnon – 60 minutes
4pm: WALK – Weird Church in the Woods: Listening to the Liceum Saturday October 2 @ 4 pm Using wireless technology to remain safely distanced, we will journey into the woods and deep into ourselves for this walking meditation and time to reflect on the many layers of the forest and how all creatures might flourish together. Details at www.weirdchurchcumberland.com/events
430pm: TALK – Master Herbalist Yarrow Willard of Harmonic Arts “Top medicinal mushrooms and their benefits” – 60 minutes
430pm: TOUR – Comox Valley Mushrooms – cultivation facility site tour 3337 Fraser Rd, Courtenay,
6-10pm: FUNGUS BAZARRE, Outside at Harmonic Arts: live music, art displays, firepits, projections, bar, vendors and more, featuring:
|Mycelial Magic – Shaminatrix Mix / Art Show|
|Half Asian / Amy CODA – live in concert|
|Elise Boulanger – live in concert|
|Selector Sproutsonic – psych lounge|