Telluride Mushroom Festival 2013 Breaks New Ground
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Topics Range From Accessing the Sacred in a Profane World to Using Fungi as Medicine

TELLURIDE – The 32nd annual Telluride Mushroom Festival, Thursday, Aug. 15-Sunday, Aug. 18, will focus on the use of fungi as medicine, for the environment and for people.

“Understanding and being open to healing ourselves is the first step towards healing our communities and our environment,” said Director Scott Koch.

For 32 years, the festival has offered a forum for intellectual exploration of the role mushrooms play on Earth, offering something for everyone, from guided forays in the San Juan mountains of southern Colorado to presentations on mushroom cultivation, remediation and cultural impact to memorable culinary experiences.

This year's 2013 keynote speaker is author Gary Lincoff, whose Saturday, Aug. 17 keynote speech is titled “Whatever the Question, Mushrooms are the Answer: Accessing the Sacred in a Profane World.”

Author, cultivator and mycoremediation instructor Tradd Cotter will give morning talks about mycoremediation Thursday, Aug 15-Saturday, Aug. 18. Fungal Medicine in Indigenous Cultures expert Robert Rogers will discuss taking a multidisciplinary approach to bridging the gap between psycho-spirituality and science. Herbalist Christopher Hobbs returns to Telluride to discuss the role of mushrooms in the field of herbal medicine. Other presentations include How to Make Dye from Mushrooms, Classical Mycology/ Radical Mycology and Cooking With Mushrooms.

Each day will also feature Guided Mushroom Forays, Coffee Talks and special culinary events, with a Myco-Brew Release Party on Thursday, August 16, and a Chef's Cook Off Street Party on Friday, August 17, featuring live music and free tastings of dishes prepared by Telluride's best chefs. Full event passes ($160) are available at or by mail at Shroomfest 2013 c/o Telluride Institute, P.O. Box 1770, Telluride CO, 81435. For festival information, please visit or email with any questions.

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