Plant Spirit Medicine

What are plants?

Dumb bundles of cellulose that exist merely to do our bidding?

Sophisticated bio-chemical factories that are the source of countless medicines – and medicines to come?

How about this?

“Plants know us and love us as grandchildren.”

What is a grandparent?

Someone older than you…someone related to you…someone who cares about your well-being…someone in a position to help you in profound ways.

Carlos Castaneda (1925-1998) in his … Read more

“Fantastic Fungi: The Spirit of Good”

This is a proposed film by Louie Schwartzberg. The working title is “Fantastic Fungi: The Spirit of Good.”

It features some fantastic time lapse photography of mushroom growth.

It also includes a heart felt statement from Paul Stamets, one of the mycologists who is doing so much to expand our understanding of the natural world.

Under our feet, there is an invisible web of life that makes life for … Read more

Do trees talk to each other?

Do trees talk to each other?

Yes they do and their communication is mediated by fungi beneath the surface of the ground.

This communication enables trees and other plants to share resources, thereby helping the whole forest to flourish.

Here’s a quick overview of the key principles from Dr. Suzanne Simard.

She’s Professor of Forest Ecology in the Department of Forest and Conservation Sciences at the University of British Columbia.… Read more

The tree of life

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A first draft of the “tree of life” for the roughly 2.3 million named species of animals, plants, fungi and microbes — from platypuses to puffballs — has been released.

A collaborative effort among eleven institutions, the tree depicts the relationships among living things as they diverged from one another over time, tracing back to the beginning of life on Earth more than 3.5 billion years ago.

Tens of thousands … Read more

Catskils Mushroom Walk


John Michelotti of Catskill Fungi

John leads guided mushroom walks throughout the Catskill Mountain region. Learn about mushrooms in the woods and their functions in the ecosystem and our lives.

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Click here to see the schedule for future walks

– Ken McCarthy
PlantWisdom.org

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Peter Webster – Psychoactive Plants and Human Evolution

Psychoactive plants have been omnipresent during all the stages of hominid evolution – but is there any evidence that they may have had an important influence or been the evolutionary catalyst for the emergence of modern humans?

Mythological tales of a “forbidden fruit” acting to awaken humankind from their “natural” or protohuman state are not uncommon, but some recent findings of science now seem to give new meaning to such … Read more

How trees communicate

– Ken McCarthy
PlantWisdom.org

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Paul Stamets: Six ways mushrooms can save the world

The amazing research of Paul Stamets

Can mushrooms save the world?

It turns out mycelium is responsible for a myriad of life-sustaining tasks!

Did you know that when you walk on the ground mycelium leaps up in your footsteps in the aftermath trying to grab debris? Or that our best antibiotics come from fungi?

Did you know that there is a net all over the world of mycelium that is … Read more