Posts Tagged ‘event’

Tonight I went to the first meeting for 2010 of the Mushroom Club of Georgia. It was my first meeting (thanks for Robert Hamilton for pointing me towards the group), and I felt at home right away. The room we were in was packed (apparently there was word that morel season is about to start and everyone wanted to know more!). I went to learn about the club and they did a nice overview presentation, with many members giving insight into what they do, including:

  • Walks: this is definitely the highlight. Wander in the woods with knowledgeable folks and collect mushrooms, identify species, etc. The first hike is on April 3, free and open to all. Most walks are members only though, so be sure to join.
  • Educational meetings: the club meets on the second Thursday of the month and has informative talks. Next month includes a biochemist talking about how medicinal mushrooms actually work.
  • Fun events: there is an annual event for southeastern groups on Oconee. Everyone who went had a hard time describing it but clearly enjoyed it massively!

I’m looking forward to my first walk and am hoping to go on April 3.

At the meeting, I found I had something to contribute so I figured that meant I should share. I’ve had some exposure to mushroom identification and collecting, thanks to some friends, and tonight I even got some further backing for what I learned about a medicinal mushroom from a health practitioner, so here goes…

Turkey Tale Tea!

Turkey Tales are an incredibly common mushroom, even in the city. It’s easy to identify, gorgeous, and medicinal.

Note that the underside of Turkey Tails are pourous (not gills) and are white.

The easiest way I know of to access the medicine of turkey tails (believed to be a general anti-viral and anti-bacterial) is by boiling. The recipe, known as Turkey Tail Tea, is easy – just throw a handfull of Turkey Tail mushrooms into a crock pot and let simmer for 48-72 hours. After that point the good medicines are released. Just get a cup and drink!

I was amazed the first time I had this – these mushrooms are very pleasant and have a mild, nutty, aromatic taste. Drink some and stay healthy!

Read Full Post »

At the Winter Solstice Gathering 2009, our community rejoiced in our beauty and the fact that we have everything we need right here with us! In fact, we’re ready, so what are we waiting for?

Recently a participant in the event told me her favorite part of the event was when we sang together. Have a listen to the voices we raised together around the Solstice fire.

This song was inspired by the beautiful song from Sweet Honey in the Rock (click on the 3rd song, “We Are the Ones” on the mp3 player on rights side of page). Ok, so they got some amazing talent and we taught it to everyone in about 20 seconds :D.

The meaning of the evening’s event comes from more than just what Obama said on the campaign trail or even a poem older than that…it comes from an ancient legend of the Hopi tribe of what is now known as the western US. It’s a beautiful story, telling of us and our time. Here it is, as told by the elders:

You have been telling the people that this is the eleventh hour. Now you must go back and tell the people that this is the Hour.

And there are things to be considered.

Where are you living?
What are you doing?
What are your relationships?
Are you in the right relation?
Where is your water?

Know your garden.

It is time to speak your truth. Create your community. Be good to each other.
And do not look outside yourself for the leader.

This could be a good time!

There is a river flowing now very fast. It is so great and swift that there are those that are afraid. They will try and hold on
to the shore. They will feel they are being torn apart and they will suffer greatly. Know the river has its destination.

The Elders say we must let go of the shore, and push of into the river. Keep our eyes open, and our head above water. See who is in there with you and celebrate. At this time in history, we are to take nothing personally. Least of all ourselves. For the moment that we do, our spiritual growth and journey comes to a halt.

The time of the lone wolf is over. Gather yourselves. Banish the word struggle from your attitude and vocabulary. All that you do now must be done in a sacred manner
and in celebration.

We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.

We will continue the conversations of the Solstice Gathering through monthly brunches at the Nomads Lounge. If you haven’t already received an invitation and are interested to participate in this heart conversation, please leave a comment with your contact details here.

Read Full Post »