Rocky Mountain Mushrooms – Medicine & Nutrition

by | May 7, 2021

 Ganoderma applanatum/Artist’s Conk




At the Wild Cooperative Permaculture Demonstration & Educational Site, Crawford, CO 

AUGUST 14-15, 2021, 10 AM UNTIL 5 PM – Attend 1 or both days!

Join us for a weekend exploration of the Rocky Mountain fungal kingdom with clinical herbalist Dr. Anna-Marija Helt. The weekend will include a mushroom walk to identify our fungal kin using all our senses with emphasis on their habitat, hazards of local poisonous mushrooms, ethical harvesting and reciprocal relationships. There’ll also be time to geek out on further identification techniques using a microscope. We will learn about medicinal, nutritional, and aromatic benefits of local mushrooms and the folklore around them. The class will delve into hands-on medicinal mushroom preparations such as powdered water and double (water and alcohol) extracts with the most common local mushrooms. We will also have mouth-watering discussions on cooking and preservation techniques of edible mushrooms including sampling of some culinary methods. Samples of medicinal and culinary preparation will be shared with the attendees. There will be a conversation about medicinal mushroom industry and understanding of the sustainable sourcing of species as well as specific parts of a fungus.


SATURDAY, August 14TH 10 AM – 5 PM On the first day, we will connect with nature on an easy to moderate hike in the morning through early afternoon. Please, come prepared for hiking in all kinds of weather and bring your own packed lunch. Later in the afternoon, we will make medicinal and culinary mushroom preparations. Optional wild foods-inspired vegan and gluten restricted dinner prepared by Ewelina will be offered after the class for a donation of $10 per meal.


SUNDAY, August 15TH 10 AM – 5 PM On the second day, we will continue our exploration of nourishing, medicinal, and aromatic properties of our local common mushrooms. We’ll have another hands on experience in medicinal mushroom preparations. We will be sharing culinary preparation techniques, recipes, and methods of preserving surplus of harvest. There will be some samples to sink your teeth in and explode your taste buds on – depending on your appetite, you might want to bring your own packed lunch.


ACCOMMODATIONS Tent camping is available on the land for a suggested donation of $10 per night per tent. Also free camping is available on the National Forest land just a few miles down the road. We are planning on having the entire workshop outdoors, on the outskirts of the pristine West Elk Wilderness Area near Crawford, Colorado. Please, register to get the directions to the workshop location and check your Spam folders if you haven’t received your detailed event email. Contact us at with any questions. 




  • both days for locals: $200
  • both days for general public: $250
  • one day for locals: $100
  • one day for general public: $125
  • optional camping: $10 per day per tent
  • optional Saturday dinner: $10 per meal


REGISTRATION Please use the secure credit card payment button below to pay the $100 deposit for holding your spot. Or for sending a check via snail mail to register, please contact Marija at Then you’ll fill out the RSVP form here:



Deposit to hold your space

Written By Anna-Marija Helt

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