Amanita Moon Alchemy

Rachel Abramson is a science educator and fiber artist with a passion for mycology. Growing up in Santa Cruz she developed a strong connection with nature early on. Mushrooms have been a scared and inspirational part of her life, permeating into many areas such as medicine, food, therapy, and artistic expression. She is currently working towards her masters in environmental education in British Columbia. She dreams to help more people form a relationship with the natural world in order to help protect it, and believes that fungi can lend a helping hand.

Workshops & Presentations

  • Natural dyeing with plants, mushrooms and lichen

    60 min | Altar of Earth

    Tired of supporting the ecologically harmful fashion industry? Come learn about how we can use ethically harvested plants & fungi to naturally dye fiber. Not only are the colors beautiful and all natural, but the process of foraging for, and creating this art helps form a stronger connection with mother Gaia herself. This talk will give a brief overview of the dyeing process, local wildcraft species, and ethical harvest considerations. There will also be a dye demonstration so the magic can be witnessed first hand.

  • The amazing world of Fungi

    60 min | Altar of Earth

    Did you know that the largest organism on earth is a mushroom? Or that a mushroom is really just a reproductive organ for the main organism that lives mostly underground? Mushrooms can be used for medicine, natural dyes, antidepressants, and even as a pollutant remover. There are bioluminescent mushrooms and mushrooms that can break down hazardous radiation! We will go over species that you can eat, and species that can kill you. Come learn about the amazing magical world of fungi and how we can learn from these magnificent organisms to be a better species and live in a more mutualistic symbiotic way with all life on this planet.