Remembering Ursula K. LeGuin

Out-Growing Capitalism

I wasn’t planning kn wroting a eulogy this winter. But life, and death, wait for no writer, least of all me.

Ursula LeGuin, someone who I never had the pleasure to meet but consider as a mentor with an inestimably profound influence on my life and growth from a very young age into adulthood. I shared this with a small group of friends who met downtown at a local cafe to remember her work and what it meant to us all:

I am, like so many others around the world, indebted to her persistently subversive approach to political and social utopias (including her intentional subversion of utopia itself), and if her readers never read deeper than this admittedly very deep surface level, that is excellent and a fine and good thing. However, as i think back on my years with her work, I am even more indebted to the subversive…

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A two piece punk group named Permaculture from Boston

Came across this two piece band with an innovative style in the spirit of Crass called “Permaculture” from Boston, MA. I don’t thing still jam together but it’s good stuff. It looks like the singer Jen Mace joined the awesome AUS based NERVOUS TREND and Ryan Abbott is still playing and recording punks in Boston.

A Review of Zen and the Art of Permaculture Design

zen-in-the-art-of-permacultureStop. Stop seeking to control. Breathe, and let go of what it is that you think that you know. Before you can find the way, you must be still, listen, and study exactly where you are, allowing your curiosity to lead you on new paths.

Zen and the Art of Permaculture Design is dedicated to letting you relax, be intuitive, and bring a new awareness to your design process. Brimming with practical questions and concise wisdom, it’s a meditation on the environment and ourselves.

Our world is full of distractions, and day by day we fill our minds with new knowledge seeking answers in the tangle of our personal, professional and social lives. It’s time to step back, observe, and ask questions again. What we perceive about our reality has a way of becoming our reality. This book is a catalyzing text for shifting your perception and exploring your inner edges.

Permaculture designers seek to find the small changes that make the biggest impacts, but sometimes the first change necessary isn’t within the landscape it’s within our own mentality. I recommend picking up this book, and the refreshing outlook it holds, as a great gift for another or for yourself.

Listen to this Amazing Radiolab episode on #Mycology & #Permaculture

Radiolab just published an excellent podcast “From Tree to Shining Tree” that touches on forest ecology, mycology, and also whole systems design theory; it’s and enlightening episode to say the least. You can have a listen for yourself on the player here. Speaking of mycology, my friend Peter McCoy‘s excellent tome Radical Mycology recently sold out of it’s first 3000 printing! But, as of right now it is currently in stock on so grab it while it’s hot from Chthaeus Press. If you would like a small taste of the material covered check out the Radical Mycology Zine in the resources section of this site. Peter is about to embark on cross country Radical Mycology book tour that will include an awesome presentation on mycology for the novice or expert alike. You can find the tour dates here.

For a long while Mycology was overlooked, underappreciated and regarded as a somewhat archane science in the fields of biology, ecology, and even Permaculture design. It is so encouraging to see that through the hard work of folks like Peter, Paul Stamets, Mara Fae Penfil and many others mycology is quickly becoming much more accesible and part of our everyday lives, which is great for us and especially for the plan


Exploring the “American Dream” with Intentional Communities and #Permaculture

sohana_web_seriesI recently attended the debut of a excellent little web series that examines the idea of the “American Dream” while also exploring a various co-ops, co-housing, and other intentional communities within the U.S.

Created by three ambitious Evergreen State College students (Soph, Haley, Nate hence their clever project name Sohana). The series impressed me with it’s quality footage and editing and especially the insights it brought to mind. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did and share it within your communities.



Radical Mycology Book Launch Event in #Portland ,OR this Saturday #Permaculture #PDX my good friend Peter of the Radical Mycology collective:
The spores are in the wind!

We are excited and honored to announce that the Radical Mycology Book is now available for sale at the publishers website! At the link you can find sections samples to get a taste of some of the book’s topics.

After two long years in the works, this nearly 700-page text is a one stop reference for diving deep into the world of fungal biology, ecology, cultural influences, cultivation, remediation, and a lot more. We are thrilled with how it came out. To celebrate the release, all book purchases for the next 3 days are discounted and also include a free 16.6×17.25″ 3 color (red, black, and metallic gold) poster of the book’s cover.

Also, this Saturday we are celebrating in Portland at TaborSpace (5441 SE Belmont St). If you can’t make it out to the live event, you can watch via livestream here: We hope you can make it in some form.

For the fungi!
The Radical Mycology Collective

Radical #Mycology Announces the Mycelial Network & Unique Course Offering With a #Permculture Influence in #PDX

Radical Mycology - Recomposing LifeRecomposing Life – August 7th-9th – Portland, OR

Recomposing Life

When permaculture curriculum was first developed there were a couple of areas that just didn’t get enough attention.  One of those areas was mycology and how the regenerative and abundantly productive nature of mushrooms factors into ecosystem and human health.  Well, that is changing as the Radical Mycology has stepped up to offer free resources, pay what you can courses and community oriented strategies for culture change.

Since the initial germination of Radical Mycology in 2006, one of the biggest goals of the project has always been to create stronger connections between amateur mycologists, activists, and grassroots bioremediators working to increase the health and resilience of their communities and environment. Over the years, the Radical Mycology Collective–an anchor point in the larger Radical Mycology movement–has strived to achieve this goal through a variety of means. With the creation and release of free media and educational videos, the group has offered simple and accessible methods for cultivating fungi for food, medicine, and the regeneration of damaged landscapes. By organizing three internationally attended Radical Mycology Convergences, the Collective has worked to build a greater sense of community amongst the many isolated pockets of mushroom cultivators and radical ecologists while simultaneously sharing the often inaccessible skills of working with fungi in a unique format. In the fall of 2014, the group went on a 3-month cross continent tour to share their knowledge and skills with over 40 different community groups and organizations. Along the way, the group discovered a strong desire amongst their collaborators and new friends to understand the fungi and integrate their gifts into the common struggle for finding better ways to live sustainably on the earth.

Course topics include:

  • Guiding principles for allying with fungi
  • Fungal biology and ecology
  • Forays in Tryon state park
  • Mushroom and lichen ID for habitat protection and cultivation
  • Low cost mushroom and mycorrhizae cultivation for food, medicine, and remediation
  • Integrating fungi into landscapes
  • The chemistry and treatment of common industrial pollutants
  • Low cost soil and water testing practices
  • Medicinal mushroom processing and intuiting
  • Mycomimicry in social organizing and self care
  • The somatic experience of fungi
  • Mushrooms as sexual beings
  • Anti-oppression work in mycology
  • Evening discussions on dark ecologies and the philosophy of fungi
  • On-site Installations
The setting for Recomposing Life will be Tryon Life Community (TLC) Farm in Portland, OR. TLC is a small farm and community that seeks to provide space for events and organizations that support the advancement of community-based sustainability and social change and the tending of resilient ecosystems. There will be limited camping available at TLC for some participants. Course leaders will attempt to find lodging for the other participants if other options are not available to them.
The cost of this course is donation-based. We suggest $300 for the entire course to cover course workbooks and other logistical costs. However, to best support the growth of a community of radical mycologists we offer this course under the banner of NOTAFLOF (No One’s Turned Away For Lack Of Funds) while still asking that you GAYAABAGS (Give As You Are Able But Always Give Something). This course is a fundraiser for Radical Mycology. Any money left over at the end of the course will be used to support Radical Mycology directly as a volunteer-run project.
As this event can only accommodate a small number of people, we are asking all those that feel called to this course to fill out an application form. From these applications we will choose a range of participants who will represent as demographically and geographically diverse of a group as possible. One’s ability to cover the suggested donation is not a determining factor in our decision making process. We welcome people of all backgrounds and experience levels to apply.

Register for Recomposing Life by clicking here.

Registration for this course closes on June 12th.