Working with medicinal mushrooms shouldn’t be so confusing!
Mushroom products can seem complicated, even though they are some of the most effective and accessible forms of medicine – but most of us live in a fungi-phobic world.We grow up eating white button mushrooms and are taught to steer clear of anything that doesn’t come wrapped in plastic. Fungi are often associated with rot, decay, and this fear is deeply rooted. As a result, people look to products that are over processed and removed from the source. Or maybe you’re thinking “yeah right, I love fungi, this isn’t my problem at all.” Still, as medicinal mushrooms go mainstream, experts seem to pop out of every corner with new products and conflicting advice abounds. Do you know how or IF these products even work? Can’t you make this medicine at home for a fraction of the price? At this point you have at least 3 bottles of reishi capsules gathering dust in the back of your cabinet and you know there’s a better way to engage in this medicine.
It’s time to get back to basics.
- Get to know the plants (and fungi)
- Make your medicine at home
- Study traditional AND clinical uses of medicine
- Surround yourself with students on a similar path
- Stay motivated – what gets scheduled gets done!
Author of the groundbreaking text, Medicinal Mushrooms (1995), and the award-winning “Medicinal Mushrooms, the Essential Guide”, Christopher Hobbs is one of the world’s leading experts in the use of medicinal mushrooms for health.
We couldn’t think of a teacher more qualified to help you gain this knowledge and provide support as you learn to bring mushrooms into your everyday life.
While you can learn pretty much anything on your own… nothing compares studying with a leading mycologist, author, and fourth generation herbalist.
And while standard online courses are great – a community-based program can go a step further. You can meet people, get answers to your questions, and reference class materials.
Medicinal Mushrooms to Supercharge Your Health will give you the practical knowledge and tools you need to incorporate mushrooms into your daily life—and supercharge your health!
What You'll Get Inside this Program
In this 6-week program, you will...
Medicinal Mushrooms also includes the following...
Plus 2 Bonus Prerecorded Classes with Christopher Hobbs!
Reishi: Mushroom of Immortality
Reishi is arguably the most popular and sought-after of all medicinal mushrooms. Explore the rich cultural uses, healing benefits, and wide range of clinical uses of members of the genus Ganoderma. Learn about collecting "reishi-like mushrooms" in the wild; how to identify them and extract them for medicine.
Lion's Mane for Memory & Health
Lion’s Mane, known for its shaggy appearance and coral-like structure, is not only an exciting medicinal species but also a delicious edible. We will review its neuro-regenerative properties, as well as other healing aspects, especially for the digestive tract. Learn how to find it in the wild or grow it at home.
Live classes (including bonus guest presentations) are recorded and made available in the program as soon as they happen. Events start at 7pm Eastern Daylight Time (US & Canada) on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
You do not need to attend live to work through the program. You can create your own pace, track your progress, and participate in the community discussion and Q&A. Tailor the schedule that works for you!
Thursday, June 9, 2022
Mushroom ID with guest Daniel Winkler
Tuesday, June 14, 2022
Growing Your Own Mushrooms with guest Steve Gabriel
This 90-minute workshop with Steve Gabriel of Wellspring Forest Farm and the Cornell Small Farms Program will highlight ways to start cultivating mushrooms at home and in community efforts. Some examples we will explore include inoculating shiitake logs and oyster stumps, bringing production into vegetable gardens, and cultivation practices in the home kitchen. We’ll leave plenty of time for Q&A around the species students are interested in cultivating and the opportunities and challenges of various approaches.
Thursday, June 16, 2022
Conserving Mushroom Species with guest Else Vellinga
Join guest presenter, Else Vellinga, as she shares her wealth of experience on conservation issues of mushroom species. Basic elements of fungal biology will be covered as well as sustainable harvesting methods of mushrooms for medicinal purposes.
Mushrooms and fungi play enormously important roles in nature. In this class, we’ll focus on mushroom-forming fungi, their life histories, and what they do. Then, we’ll move on to why mushrooms are also under threat of changes in the environment and discuss ways we all can contribute to conservation efforts through outreach, contributing data, and being responsible consumers and world citizens.
Tuesday, June 21, 2022
The Amazing Healing Power of Fungi with Christopher Hobbs
Mushrooms grow abundantly in most habitats of the world. They are not plants or animals. They are classified in the Fungi Kingdom. In this class, you will learn about the life cycle of mushrooms — how they live, get their energy, and thrive in the environment. They have a crucial role to play in all living systems and form beneficial symbiotic relationships with plants and trees. Without the fungi, they could not grow and flourish. You will discover how fungi can play a vital role in healing our planet and how they are being incorporated into amazing building materials, used for soil restoration and purification of toxic soil and industrial sites.
Thursday, June 23, 2022
Cordyceps: Natural History of a Perplexing Parasite with guest Daniel Winkler
In East Asia the healing power of Cordyceps is in the highest esteem, making Yartsa gunbu (Ophiocordyceps sinensis) the world’s most precious fungus at over $30,000 per pound, and accounting for 40% of rural income in Tibet. Every year in spring, Tibetans move to the grasslands to collect this tiny, elusive fungus that grows on the larva of ghost moths. Consequently, sustainability is of great concern, but new research explains its apparent resilience. Meanwhile, much of Western mainstream medicine is not even aware of Cordyceps. Likewise, there are hundreds of different Cordyceps species in the Americas, only recently respected as medicine. The neo-tropics are amazingly rich in bizarre Cordyceps species and Daniel, based on a dozen Mushroaming trips to South America, will introduce the most common and also some rare species, including some Cordyceps, not known yet to science.
Tuesday, June 28, 2022
How to Use Mushrooms for Health and Healing with Christopher Hobbs
There are many ways to add mushrooms to your diet for wellness, healing, and longevity. Mushrooms work as adaptogens that help our body deal with stress, as well as regulate our body’s homeostatic mechanisms through adrenal, hormonal, and nervous system support.
Learn how these ancient and powerful pathways are activated. Through strong immune regulation, fungal foods and products can help your body resist and deal effectively with bacterial or viral infections.
Thursday, June 30, 2022
Have Mushrooms, Will Feast! with guest Wendy So
Mushrooms in the kitchen are beautiful as well as delicious. A few simple techniques will be shared and cooking myths debunked, based on cooking traditions from mushroom loving countries. The excitement of foraging and cooking will be shared through stories, pictures and demonstrations.
Tuesday, July 5, 2022
Making and Sourcing Mushroom Medicine with Christopher Hobbs
Sourcing high-quality mushrooms for food and medicine is key to using them for health and wellness, whether foraging in the woods, growing your own, or buying them in the marketplace. Review safety precautions for wildcrafting, including important principles of identification. Learn how to find the most reliable sources for organic medicinal and edible mushrooms and products. Learn how to determine the best product quality, and how to test your mushroom products to determine whether you are getting high-potency fungal medicine or fillers.
This class will also preview cooking techniques (which will be demonstrated and discussed in more detail live and with cooking videos in Week 5), and how to make a number of effective medicines with an extended shelf life while increasing the bioavailability of the active compounds. Learn how and when to make teas, tinctures, double-extractions, and a dried tea-powdered extract to maximize potency at home. Appropriate dosage amounts will be discussed.
Thursday, July 7, 2022
Cultivation of Medicinal Mushrooms with guest George Vaughan
Medicinal mushroom products are produced in a variety of ways using mycelium and fruiting bodies cultivated with the use of different growing techniques. The constituent content of the different medicinal mushroom products is greatly impacted by the cultivation method being used. In this class, we will review growing methods to enhance optimal potency of the final product.
Tuesday, July 12, 2022
Top Medicinal Mushrooms: Science and Nutrition with Christopher Hobbs
All edible mushrooms have nutritional benefits and immune-regulating compounds, as well as antioxidants. Specific species of fungi have a long history of use for healing particular symptoms and ailments. Learn about the most important species for healing, prevention of disease, longevity, and how they benefit the cardiovascular system, nervous system, brain, kidneys, liver, respiratory tract, and all body systems. Gain insights about using Shiitake, Reishi, Lion’s Mane, Chaga, Turkey Tail, and Cordyceps and why these are the most popular and widely studied of all mushroom species today.
Thursday, July 14, 2022
Cooking with Mushrooms for Optimal Health with Christopher Hobbs
Mushrooms are potent healing allies – it’s hard to believe they can be so delicious and fun to cook with at the same time! We will explore the cuisines of several cultures and fantastic recipes for some of the major species like Shiitake, Maitake, Lion’s Mane, Wood Ear, Cordyceps, and more.
Tuesday, July 19, 2022
Fun Mushroom Foray with Christopher Hobbs
Foraging has become a popular hobby and with over 10,000 species, it’s helpful to learn the basics with an expert at your side.
Get into the woods with Christopher Hobbs and start scouting mushrooms. Christopher will share a video created from a number of mushroom forays with live commentary throughout discussing tips for successful foraging, identification visuals close-up, and comments on ecology and mushroom habitat.
Learn the key ways to recognize types of mushrooms, ranging from porcini, chanterelles, morels to wood ears, matsutake, reishi, turkey tail and more, and when each is ready for harvest, and techniques for regenerating your favorite species.
Thursday, July 21, 2022
Final Wrap Up and Q&A with Christopher Hobbs
About Your Teacher
Dr. Christopher Hobbs
Winner of the 2021 American Botanical Council James A. Duke Excellence in Botanical Literature Award
Dr. Christopher Hobbs is a fourth-generation, internationally renowned herbalist, licensed acupuncturist, herbal clinician, research scientist, consultant to the dietary supplement industry, expert witness, botanist, and mycologist with over 35 years of experience.
He is the author or co-author of over 20 books, including the new “Christopher Hobbs’s Medicinal Mushrooms, the Essential Guide.”
Christopher has lectured on herbal medicine worldwide. He earned his Ph.D. at UC Berkeley, one of the world’s most prestigious universities, with research and publication in evolutionary biology, biogeography, phylogenetics, plant chemistry, and ethnobotany.
Not only is he a science geek, but he also has a wealth of clinical experience as a licensed acupuncturist and herbal clinician. He literally is a fountain of information, but most importantly, Christopher has a gentle, mindful way with which he approaches both his work and his day-to-day life, with an eager desire to most of all make the planet a kinder place to live.
Special Guest Classes!
In addition to the core classes taught live by Chris Hobbs, we’ve lined up several additional teachers to add even more depth to the topics!
Daniel grew up collecting and eating wild mushrooms in the Alps and has been foraging for over 20 years in the PNW and beyond, sharing his enthusiasm as a mushroom educator and guide and as past PSMS vice-president.
His Cordyceps research has been featured in The Economist, National Geographic, New York Times, Washington Post, NPR, BBC World Service, and more.
He is the author of field guides to Edible Mushrooms of the Pacific Northwest and California, Amazon Mushrooms (co-authored), "Field guide to Medicinal Mushrooms of North America with Robert Rogers" and MycoCards "Boletes of Western North America" (co-authored).
Else Vellinga is a mycologist whose professional life focuses on taxonomy and systematics of mushrooms, first in the Netherlands, where she got her professional training, and her Ph.D. at the university in Leiden, and from 1998 onwards in California, USA. She is co-editor and contributor of the Dutch identification work, Flora agaricina neerlandica, and co-author of an atlas on the distribution and ecology of Dutch mushroom species. She considers her taxonomic work the basis for further studies, and very important, for conservation. She has been active in efforts to propose species for the IUCN red data list and is active in the Fungal Diversity Surveys conservation group, working on conservation issues in western North America. One of the outcomes of this work is the book on rare fungi in California national forests. Else is the recipient of the 2019 Gary Lincoff Award from the North American Mycological Association, and in 2020 she was elected as a fellow of the Mycological Society of America.
George Vaughan is a botanist specializing in mycology and the founder of Mushroom Harvest (www.mushroomharvest.com), a supplier of high-quality medicinal mushroom products since 1996. He started off with mushrooms by hunting for wild ones as a kid. When he was 19, Christopher provided his first introduction to medicinal mushrooms through the first edition of his Medicinal Mushrooms book. He went on to study plants and fungi at university and earned an MS in Plant Biology. George then founded Mushroom Harvest and has been busy cultivating mushrooms for the last 20 years.
Steve Gabriel is a farmer, ecologist, author, and educator living and stewarding 20 acres with his family in the Finger Lakes region of central New York. Their farm, Wellspring Forest Farm, is focused on producing mushrooms, maple syrup, pastured lamb, and nursery trees in forest-based ecosystems and educating others. He also works part time at the Cornell Small Farms Program coordinating the projects at www.CornellMushrooms.org and www.CornellAgroforestry.org which provide research and educational materials to the public.
Currently a part-time resident of Mendocino County, Wendy So previously was a newsletter editor and speaker coordinator for the Mycological Society of San Francisco.
She has traveled with famed mycologist David Arora, chasing mushrooms from California to the Pacific Northwest, Alaska, American Southwest, Europe, Asia and Africa. Now she spends her free time experimenting in the kitchen with prized and underappreciated mushrooms.
She will talk about simple mushroom cooking methods and ideas on attainable innovative kitchen creations learned from her travels.
to supercharge your life
Are you ready to supercharge your life with everyday mushrooms for health and wellness?
Registration closes on June 21, 2022!
6-week curriculum with live classes and Q&A
All classes are recorded and indexed for reference
Lifetime availability to recordings and materials
Ongoing access to the community
Bonus Guest Presentations!
100% Worth It!
We are confident this program will provide the structure, support, and knowledge for you to use medicinal mushrooms. If you’re unhappy for any reason we will promptly refund your full tuition price within 30 days of the start of the program. We’re here to support your learning!
Need Help or Have Questions?
This course will take place within BotanicWise’s virtual Mighty Network Community. Live events happen using Zoom video streaming software.
The BotanicWise virtual community is compatible with all devices so you can conveniently access all class materials at home or on the go. You can download the Mighty Networks App directly from the App Store or Google Play Store by searching for "Mighty Networks." The iOS app is compatible for both iPhone and iPad, and the Android app is designed to work perfectly on your favorite Android device. Otherwise, you can use Text Me the App, the prompt at the bottom of your Personal Settings page of your Mighty Network account.
If you wish to attend classes live, core classes taught by Christopher Hobbs are held, beginning June 21, 2022, at 7 PM ET.
Each core class is approximately 90 minutes and includes a live Q&A. Guest presenters will add depth to the core curriculum with classes on Thursdays at 7 PM ET for 60 minutes.
If you cannot attend classes live, recordings will be posted within 24 hours following the conclusion of the live session and will be available indefinitely for students to enjoy at their leisure.
Who Is This Program Perfect For?
The course is geared towards both practitioners and individuals who have some experience with herbal medicine and self care. The information is particularly useful for those dealing with chronic pain, inflammation, migraines, digestive issues, and autoimmunity.
This is an online program that requires a computer, laptop, or device with internet access. If you lack the technology or know-how to participate online, this program may not be an option for you.
Tuition and Guarantee
Full tuition for this in-depth course is $375.
There is no expiration date for access to course materials.
No, there is no need to renew membership. Your tuition includes ongoing access to course materials.
Yes! We offer a 100% “Worth It” guarantee. We are so committed to our programs we would happily refund you your full tuition price if requested before the due date of July 21, 2021.
We accept all major credit cards as well as PayPal.
Last Little Details
Yes! Classes include live Q&A sessions, plus you may reach out with questions at any time via the BotanicWise community chat feature.
BotanicWise does not yet provide certificates or continuing education credits.
Please reach out to the BotanicWise Team with any questions using contact form below!