Workshops

Micro-dosing: A Guide for Beginners

Speaker: C.J. Spotswood. MSN. APRN. PMNP

Evidence has shown that mushrooms have unique healing properties and have been used for thousands of years. More recently we have seen numerous news reports and media coverage that describes the unique healing properties of psychedelic mushrooms, but what does it all mean? Whether it is large doses or mushrooms, also known as “macrodoses” or the tiny, sub perceptual doses also known as “microdoses”, in this workshop we will discuss what this means, some of the research, and answer questions about the magic of magic mushrooms.

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C.J. Spotswood, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC aka “EntheoNurse” is a board certified psychiatric-mental health nurse practioner working in an emergency department in central Maine. C.J. is a 3rd generation male nurse and has 20 years of psychiatric nursing experience. C.J. recently graduated from the University of Southern Maine completing his Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. C.J.’s undergraduate nursing degree (BSN) was from the University of Maine at Augusta, one of 15 nursing schools endorsed as a holistic school of nursing. This curriculum included yoga, Reiki, and various other complementary and alternative modalities.

C.J. has been researching and teaching on psychedelics since 2018, which include having presented at the American Psychiatric Nurse Association’s National Conference on psychedelics in psychiatry, teaching master classes for Psychedelics Today’s Navigating Psychedelics: Clinicians & Therapists education program, co-authored Psychedelic.Support’s continuing education module on psilocybin, and is a past presenter at the Mt. Tam’s Psilocybin Summit.

C.J. is the author of “The Microdosing Guidebook: A Step-by-Step Manual to Improve Your Physical and Mental Health through Psychedelic Medicine” which will be available through Ulysses Press on March 8th, 2022. C.J. presents an accredited continuing education program entitled “Psychedelics in Psychiatry for Nurses” on his personal website. C.J. is a charter member of the International Association of Psychedelic Nurses, member of the Psychedelic Medicine Association, and the American Psychiatric Nurse Association. When he is not working, reading, or writing, he can be found spending time with his wife Magen and his daughter Malarie exploring Maine’s outdoors and craft breweries.

Packing for Your Trip: Preparing for Psychedelic Therapies

Speaker: Dustin Sulak, D.O.

In this experiential workshop, Dr. Sulak guides participants through preparation and follow-up strategies to maximize the healing potential of a psychedelic experience and prevent common pitfalls. Basic principles and practices for guides and sitters will be covered as well. This workshop is ideal for those planning a journey, supporting a traveler, or interested in learning more.

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Dustin Sulak, D.O. is a renowned integrative medicine physician based in Maine, whose practice balances the principles of osteopathy, mind-body medicine and medical cannabis. Regarded as an expert on medical cannabis nationally, Dr. Sulak educates medical providers and patients on its clinical use, while continuing to explore the therapeutic potential of this ancient yet emerging medicine.

Dr. Sulak received undergraduate degrees in nutrition science and biology from Indiana University, a doctorate of osteopathy from the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine, and completed an internship at Maine-Dartmouth Family Medicine Residency.

Dr. Sulak is the founder and medical director of Healer.com, with the mission to empower people to live life to its fullest in great health, achieving this through education, advocacy, and research.

Fungus Amongus: The Dark History and Bright Future

of Psylocibin in Medicine

Speaker: Jim Belt – Musician

For generations psylocibin has been demonized, criminalized, and feared in many western cultures. Now we are seeing a resurgence and awakening to the possibilities. Musician and psychedelic journeyer Jim Belt will lead us through an examination of the 20th Century history and cultural discussio of psylocibin and where it could lead us.

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James began his journey with "Classical Psychedelics” (Mescaline, LSD, Psilocybin, & DMT) in 1986 when he was introduced to LSD by Yippie Hippie writer Bleary S. Berserkowitz. Over the next thirty years he would continue this journey and help guide others in using these substances safely whether it be for medical or recreational use. James will be performing a short introductory presentation on psilocybin its historic uses spiritually and new advancements in uses for mental health through the lens of his own experience as a seasoned Psychonaut.

Mushrooms and the Ecology of Consciousness

Speaker: Sean Paidrag O'Donoghue

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Beneath our feet the mycelia of mushrooms and the roots of plants intertwine, forming the nervous systems of forests and fields. Some of those mushrooms also have the capacity to help our own consciousness become woven back in with the living world around us.   

 

Psilocybe mushrooms can help many overcome depression, addiction, trauma, and other painful experiences that stem from the alienation and disconnection of modern life.   

Seán Pádraig O’Donoghue is an herbalist, writer, and teacher, and an initiated Priest in two traditions. He lives in the mountains of western Maine. Seán’s approach to healing weaves together the insights of traditional western herbalism and contemporary science. He regards physical, spiritual, and emotional healing as deeply intertwined. 

 

He is the author of The Forest Reminds Us Who We Are (North Atlantic Books, 2021). Prior to becoming an herbalist, Seán was a political organizer in movements for peace, human rights, and global economic justice, and a freelance journalist documenting the human and ecological impacts of U.S. policies in Latin America.     

 

For more information about his work go to https://otherworldwell.com/

Spring has Spawned: Getting Your Garden Ready for Mushroom Cultivation

 

Speaker: Louis Giller

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Every gardener in America should be growing mushrooms! If upgrading your garden to include edible fungi sounds like fun, join Louis Giller for an informative presentation. He will cover:

 

  • Why one should garden with mushrooms including culinary and ecological benefits

  • Basic fungal biology

  • Growing techniques, tools and materials needed as well as the appropriate mushroom species to use 

  • Best times to prepare, plant, and expect harvests

  • Maintenance

Originally from Chicago, Louis was studying environmental science at the University of Denver when his interest in mushrooms began. He has spent over 10 years growing mushrooms, foraging, and educating mycophiles from coast to coast. For the last 5 years, Louis has been on the North Spore team and wears multiple hats including customer service and event coordination.

Join Erik Lomen and Tyler Crawford of Maine Cap N' Stem and The MycoWizards Podcast for an introduction into the world of commercial mushroom cultivation. We will explore the commercial process with which we produce four million pounds of ready to fruit substrate annually along with over one hundred thousand pounds of spawn. From substrate composition to mixing and sterilization/pasteurization, lab design and flow to fruit room concepts and design for the expanding cultivators. 

 

Post presentation Erik and Tyler will pass out free ready-to-knock sterilized grain bags to anyone who would like them and entertain a Q&A section for anything pertaining to commercial cultivation of edible and medicinal fungi!

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Erik Lomen founded Maine Cap N' Stem over a decade ago and has been researching different aspects of mycology for the last 16 years. Keeping the focus for Maine Cap N Stem as a supporter and supplier of decentralized mushroom farms world wide, Erik has developed products, equipment and processes with the amateur mycologist in mind.

 

Today Cap N Stem is an international supplier of Certified Organic gourmet mushroom cultures, spawn and fruiting substrate. Our emphasis is on the products that keep commercial mushroom farms growing successfully, thus Cap N Stem does not sell fresh mushrooms in an effort to not be competition to our customers. 

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Commercial Mycological Cultivation

Speakers: Erik Lomen and Tyler Crawford

Tyler Crawford Joined the Cap N Stem team over half a decade ago and has developed our spawn division from the ground up. Tyler's primary focus has been the production of the highest quality gourmet mushroom spawn products on the market through research and work with companies like Mycelia BVBA. With our one of a kind system and processes, Tyler's ability to move farms forward from purchasing in the form of ready to fruit substrate into generating their own using our spawn products has been a primary goal to support the sustainabile growth of the farms that have come to rely on our consistency and guidance. 

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Jason Berube, a seasoned pychonaught of 30-plus years, takes us on a journey of discovery, from our archaic traditions to the modern day, begging question; where is our symbiotic relationship with magic mushrooms leading us?  How can we best integrate our experiences into our everyday lives to create a more peaceful world?  Cross-referencing his personal experiences, with Indigenous psychedelic traditions, Jason weaves a tale encouraging participants to help realize heaven on Earth.

Where are mushrooms leading us?

Speaker: Jason Berube

Jason Berube has been traveling the world for 30 years, learning from traditional healers and mystics. He holds a Master's Degree in Multicultural Symbolism and is a regular practicioner of the Mayan Ritual Calendar and Chinese I Ching diviniations. 
 

Throughout his life Jason has utilized  psychedelics to explore our connection to the realm of Spirit.  His studies of the varied approaches to these substances, across the globe and over time, has enhanced his understanding of the gifts psychedelics offer and how they may be used to help guide humanity to a new Golden Age of peace and dignity for all.

Expanding Together: The Art and Science of Psychedelics in Couple's Work

Speaker: Juliana Goldstone

It is said that the quality of our lives is determined by the quality of our relationships. Just as we can experience our deepest traumas within relationship, so too can we do some of our deepest healing within relationship. Psychedelics hold a unique potential for insight and growth when incorporated safely and mindfully into the fabric of our intimate lives. Join Somatic Sex Eduacator, Juliana Goldstone for an informative and playful exploration of how psychedelics can support couples to find new and creative ways to solve old problems, address and heal relational attachment traumas, address seemingly unsolvable “sexual dysfunctions”, and provide a container for the missing relational rites of passage that we are sorely missing in dominant Western culture. 

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Juliana is a Ceritifed Somatic Sex Educator, Sexological Bodyworker, Doula, and Pleasure Activist. She is passionate about supporting couples to connect more deeply with themselves and each other through integrating the teachings of somatic sexology and sacred plant medicines into their intimate lives so that their relationship can be a source of nourishment and healing for themselves and for the world. 

 

She is the creator of Boldly Embodied which is the current home of her work where she supports individuals and couples to boldly embody their love, their pleasure and their lives. 

 

She lives and works in the Green Mountains of Vermont where she enjoys swimming in cold water and sun bathing on warm rocks. 

 

To find our more about Juliana’s work visit: 

www.boldlyembodied.com

Or follow her on Instagram: @boldlyembodied

Awakening through the Ceremonial Use of Psilocybin

Speaker: Kristina Ellery

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Psilocybin mushrooms have been used ceremonially for thousands of years and traces  of its use are believed to be hidden in many religions. In this workshop, Kristina Ellery  gives a spiritual take on what she believes to be the true meaning of awakening along  with the necessary steps to achieve a deep inner healing through the ceremonial use of  psilocybin

Kristina Ellery, Founder and Head Minister of Sacred Earth Sanctuary, grew up in Rowley, MA. As a member of The Screen Actors Guild, Kristina moved to Los Angeles in 2011 to chase an  ego driven life of acting and special effects makeup. After many years in film and entertainment an unexpected opportunity took her to the jungles of Peru where she was gifted the chance to sit  with a shaman and drink Ayahuasca. This profound experience would inspire Kristina to leave  her career behind to pursue a life of service and sacred plant medicine. After relocating back to the East Coast, Kristina obtained her certification in herbalism through Sage-The Science and Art  of Herbalism, developed by Rosemary Gladstar and taught by Rochelle Baca. 

 

Due to the loss of her brother in 2020, Kristina sunk into a deep depression and was encouraged to sit with Psilocybin. Through this experience, an incredible healing and an undeniable  connection with The Great Spirit occurred. Sacred plant medicine had yet again changed her life; leading her to open a church for natural plant entheogens with Psilocybin as the primary  sacrament. Kristina has now been guiding and holding space for nearly two years and has  dedicated her life to helping humanity awaken to its highest potential.

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Road to de-criminalize legislation in 2023

Speaker: Mark Barnett and Alyia Melnick

Currently the use and possession of psilocybin is prohibited under both Federal and Maine law. What is our best route to de-criminalization? Join this discussion and help us shape our legislative plans for 2023.

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Mark is the founder and owner of Higher Grounds, a medical cannabis retail store and coffee shop in the Old Port in Portland, Maine. He also serves as the Chair of the Maine Craft Cannabis Association, an organization founded to defend the livelihoods of Maine's craft operators against the perils of 'legalization' and the soft corruption of the Big Cannabis regulatory 'playbook'.

 

His experience as a financial and political analyst covering high-regulation industries combined with his local Maine roots helped shape his advocacy work, which has led to the successful passage of numerous landmark pieces of cannabis reform legislation crafted by the MCCA along with allies from both side of the aisles in the Maine legislature, including LD 1242 and LD 939 in 2021 with more coming in 2022.

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Alysia Melnick is an attorney at Bernstein Shur, and long time advocate for personal privacy and patient directed care – including access to treatment alternatives such as cannabis and psilocybin.  She is currently the lobbyist for the Maine Craft Cannabis Association, an appointed member of Maine’s Marijuana Advisory Commission and was the political director for Maine’s successful ballot initiative to legalize cannabis for adults in Maine.  Alysia has also lobbied on behalf of the Medical Marijuana Caregivers of Maine and the American Civil Liberties Union of Maine and has been integrally involved in every legislative and ballot fight in Maine related to legal cannabis over the last 15 years - working alongside patients, caregivers and Maine lawmakers to develop and improve Maine’s medical and adult use marijuana programs, fighting for access and privacy protections for patients and their caregivers, and to decriminalize and destigmatize cannabis in Maine. 

Foraging 101: Identifying Mushrooms in the Wild

Speaker: David Spahr

Join Legendary forager David Spahr as he leads you through a workshop on identifying mushrooms in the wild. 

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David Spahr is an author, naturalist, photographer, forager, and  forest farmer. He is the author of Edible and Medicinal Mushrooms of New England and Eastern Canada

 

David began foraging in 1954 and has collected edible mushrooms since 1972. He is a food writer for Fungi Magazine and a member of the Maine Mycological Assoc.

David leads mushroom and foraging walks, in Maine and beyond and does talks, cooking and photography demonstrations. He lives year round in Washington Maine.

Dyeing with Fungi

Speaker: Alexandra Carmona - Arellano

 

     Dyeing was a process that only had natural origins and options, until very recently, in the scope of time and humanity. The region in which one lived, vastly dictated which colors were available for dye. The only way humans were able to extract dye colors stemmed directly from nature: either plants, insects or mollusks.

 

      Since the creation of synthetic dyes - in the later half of the 19th century - the textile industry has shifted to predominantly using synthetic dyes at rates that continue to rise. This industry is one of the world’s leading pollution contributors. The chemicals and byproducts that are associated with synthetic dyes are extremely toxic to those handling them, surrounding communities and environments - especially our waterways. These synthetic toxins are linked to a multitude of health conditions; ranging from skin issues and respiratory illnesses to tumor growth - along with the hazardous effects within our ecosystem.

 

     This demonstration with Alexandra will be an introduction into the expansive and enchanting world of natural dyeing with fungi. Whether you are a seasoned dyer, a novice or true-beginner; this demo is welcome to all. The demo will cover proper dye set-ups and preparations to processing and proper care, as well as fixing the color to the fibers. We will also take a look at safety protocols, materials, tools and instruments that are necessary in order to facilitate safe, sustainable and successful explorations within the world of natural dyeing.

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  Hailing from the Deep South, by way of New Orleans and the surrounding areas. Alexandra is a Tejana with familial roots stemming from Mexico and Spain. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication and Journalism with a minor in Anthropology from the University of Southern Mississippi, as well as TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) certifications for teaching business, advanced and children. She taught English throughout the Central Valley of Costa Rica for a couple of years before landing in Maine to pursue new career paths that led her into the realms of multi-media art, cannabis/hemp and organic farming. She has lived, studied and worked around the world and the USA for over a decade.

     Alexandra grew up deeply within the sphere of plants, teaching and Yoga (Her mother was a horticulturist and Master Gardener and her maternal Grandmother taught both higher education and Yoga around the world and Austin, and the surrounding areas of Texas throughout her life.). She received a full scholarship in New Orleans to complete her RYT 200 in Vinyasa Yoga. 

 

     Her expertise are in the disciplines of cultivation, product creation and development, photography/print/media and events. These disciplines have allowed her focus to shift over the years; and further encompass wild-harvesting, closed-loop and regenerative farming practices and natural dyeing. These roots inspired her to forge her passion project La Maleta Antigua™ and to produce MiKa: Cosmic Glitter™.


     If you are interested in learning more about her work and offerings, you can connect further through her Linktree and Instagram.

Growing Your Own Using a Monotub

Speaker: Clare Beverage

As your appreciation for mushrooms grows, you might be looking for ways to grow them yourself using a clean and compact indoor method. To scratch that itch Clare offers you some excellent info on one of the most beloved indoor growing methods: The Monotub

 

In this workshop Clare will show you what a monotub is and all of the materials needed to make one. She will demonstrate how to use the monotub properly and discuss which species to consider, the principles involved, some of the challenges, and how to troubleshoot those challenges. It doesn't get much better than eating mushrooms you've grown at home in a monotub!

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Having worked a couple of seasons on an organic vegetable farm, Clare knew the joys of tending to plants.  Fascinated by the mycelial networks that connect them underground, she decided to try her hand at mushroom cultivation.  With the emergence of the first pins in her tubs at home she was hooked. 

 

She joined the team at North Spore as a production assistant in January of 2022, and continues to expand her knowledge of all things fungus-related.  Raised in central Maine, with a degree in Biology from the University of Southern Maine, Clare worked most recently as a lab tech at the Maine Medical Center Research Institute.  She is particularly interested in the role of psychedelics in overcoming addiction and healing from trauma.