Every year Bloom organizer Robin Gunkel in Baltimore, Maryland produces a festival all about mushrooms. Thanks to support from Free Fall Baltimore and the Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks.
With both a focus on personal and planetary healing, Mushroom City Art Festival is an informative and interactive exploration of mushrooms with foraging, identification, cultivation, and psilocybin research all part of the event. Sculptures and paintings inspired by this mysterious, mycelial life form are featured alongside hands on workshops and educational discussions revealing the many real world applications for mushroom cultivation in contemporary urban life.
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Here's what Robin had to say after the event: Mushroom City went really well yesterday, and I am so excited for the conversations and connections. I feel like I'm just starting to see what a Bloom Network vision can look like. This needs servant leaders working to empower others, and I am perceiving how community can form around regenerative culture through cultivating fungi and beginning to address local ecological challenges. Wouldn't it be amazing to start a mycoremediation collective that works on the pollution of the Jones Falls? In a discussion on regenerative culture yesterday after my talk, I was so blown away by people's visions for bioremediation but also sharing themselves and their spiritual connection to nature. It was amazing, and I heard in what folks were sharing, their own overcoming of fear for the projects that they wish to take on, which resonated so deeply. I'm rocking up to similar place in myself in overcoming fear, where former perceptions of who I am and what I am good at must transform. It's time to develop a deeper knowledge and relationship with fungi. Mycoremediation (using fungi for environmental clean up) I believe is the right relationship to grow right now. The environmental crisis and atomization of our communities is rooted in a breakdown of relationships. The step forward is in rebuilding relationships with each other but also with the natural world and the powerful allies and elders of the natural world. This is a lot to encapsulate in a post, but I am feeling inspired and seeing new connections, new projects, new relationships, new paths forward and a wide and connected network!
Here are some pictures from this year's festival!
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