To celebrate earth day 2021, we’re presenting 7 easy things anyone can do to help provide some TLC to our home in the cosmos. Although we’re facing an unprecedented crisis in the form of climate change, which will require sweeping, institutional change to properly combat, there’s plenty we can all do to foster a better […]
Healthy soil requires a delicate interplay between fungi and bacteria living in it. Together, these microorganisms help keep soil and the plants who rely on it for nutrients healthy, and they even create new soil. Sometimes soil can skew toward increased presence of fungi, and sometimes the ratio of bacteria is higher. While neither is […]
Although we’ve discussed the benefits of eating more mushrooms on the blog and in the film Fantastic Fungi, a new study was recently published showing in-depth some of the nutrients that mushrooms can add when incorporated into the average diet. When looking at mushrooms nutrition facts, you will see what they provide from consuming them. […]
Does life on earth owe its existence to an asteroid? Although one of the most famous associations we have with asteroids is possibly wiping dinosaurs off the face of the earth, it’s possible that life on earth owes its genesis to asteroid impacts billions of years ago. Dawn of Earth is a video by Louie […]
Hey Happy National Walking Day! What better way to celebrate the holiday than with a stroll through your nearest forest? If conditions are right in your area, and you know where to look, you might even spot some wild mushrooms. If you’ve never gone foraging for mushrooms before, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. With […]
Scientists believe they have discovered the oldest land-based fungal fossil on record, dating back to 635-million years ago. The discovery was made in a cave in southern China, and the tendrils of this ancient fungi are so small they can’t be seen by the human eye. The discovery predates the next oldest land fungus ever […]
Ever hear of mold technology? Who would have thought we would be using mushrooms to power gadgets? Is there anything mycelium can’t be used for? Based on recent trends and discoveries, it appears that we’ve only begun to scratch the surface of practical applications for our amazing fungal friends. From healthy, nutritious imitation meat to […]
Fans of the Lord of the Rings films fondly remember the “shortcut to mushrooms” scene from The Fellowship of the Ring, but not everyone knows that Tolkien himself loved eating mushrooms, and that’s part of why his hobbits were so obsessed with them. We’ll examine the way mushrooms show up in Tolkien’s writing, the films, […]
For St. Patrick’s Day we share some of the important pieces of mushroom folklore that originated on the Emerald Isle. From Druids incorporating edible mushrooms into their rituals to the connection between mushrooms and faeries, we explore the major impact Ireland has had on mushrooms in our cultural imagination. DRUID RELIGIOUS CEREMONIES TO COMMUNICATE […]
In honor of this math holiday named Pi Day, 3/14, we share some mushroom pie recipes with readers looking to celebrate in the kitchen. Ricotta and Marinated Mushroom Pie – Eugenia Bone Going way back, my grandmother made a version of Ricotta and Marinated Mushroom Pie using marinated artichokes. Both homemade and commercial marinated […]
In recognition of International Women’s day we highlight females in the world of mushrooms and fungi who have pioneered the study of them or changed how we think about them in our daily lives. We profile Suzanne Simard, Eugenia Bone, Long Litt Woon, and other crucial names from the Fantastic Fungi family. SUZANNE SIMARD […]
The biodiverse Fungi kingdom contains species that play a crucial role in global ecosystems. In this article, we explore the direct interactions between wildlife and fungi to see how their relationships can be symbiotic and sometimes be antagonistic. We will also explore how fungi and mycelium networks play a crucial role and benefits all life, […]
We’re at the final stretch of Winter, which means Spring is near. As temperatures get warmer and the snow melts, you’ll find more mushrooms emerging. With so many diverse mycelium strains, you may find a whole range in your vicinity. But how can you know what kids are growing this mushroom season? Learning the […]
When walking through the woods or a forest, have you ever noticed intriguing rings of mushrooms? You may have found yourself curious about how they managed to grow in this interesting pattern but carried on walking through the woodlands. Well, those mushroom circles are known as Fairy Circles or Fairy Rings. In a previous article, […]
In the real world, mushrooms have been known for their immune-boosting and mental health benefits. They are medicinal tools that improve our physical functioning and can expand our mind for increased cognitive functioning, mental clarity, and creativity. Figuratively, they help us develop as we access parts of our mind with magic mushrooms that we couldn’t […]
This year on National Pizza Day, branch out from boring old pepperoni or cheese and whip up something a little more creative. A good pizza tastes better knowing you cooked it yourselves. It tastes even better when you incorporate mushrooms! Adding your favorite fungi will elevate a pizza to satisfy your palate. There’s no […]
Valentines day has for years been associated with candy—chocolates, candy hearts with romantic messages written across them, and others. One of the reasons we associate gifts like chocolate with love is because of their aphrodisiac qualities. But maybe this year on Feb 14th you should be reaching for Fungi, called Ophiocordyceps Sinensis, instead. Aphrodisiacs […]
Old-growth forests are pieces of land where mycelium has been able to grow safely without human disruption. They have been growing for thousands of years, hosting precious fungi that could save the planet and the people on it. The lack of clear cutting, turning soil, and other human interventions that disrupt the natural growth […]
The psilocybin world is growing as more regions across North America are loosening restrictions to allow people to take advantage of their impactful properties. Considering the many medicinal properties of mushrooms that have been used in ancient rituals, the psilocybin benefits of psychedelic mushrooms should be more socially accepted. Governments have regulated and criminalized its […]
People Of Color Who Positively Changed The World! Martin Luther King Jr. was a world-changing leader who paved the way for other civil rights fighters to follow. He opened the door for other visible minorities to use their voice and battle prejudiced societal structures. We now turn to people of color influencing mycology. In […]
Can Mushrooms Save the Bees? Paul Stamets’ Host Defense’s team and Washington State University published their research in Nature’s Scientific Reports. Mycelium extracts of polypore mushrooms (Reishi and Amadou) have been shown to confer an immune benefit to bees. As pollinators go, bees are one of the most critical players in food security globally. “The […]
There is a shift in consciousness happening around the world, and it begins with people sharing nature’s message for humanity. Paul Stamets has appeared twice on The Joe Rogan Experience, introducing millions of listeners to nature’s intelligence and the magic beneath our feet. In his most recent visit, Paul explained why the Fantastic Fungi film […]
Ever Ma The holidays are approaching, and the stress of choosing the right dish to bring your family starts creeping nearer. Without a plan of what to bring, you may find yourself in a panic. Try something new this year with mushroom pies for the holidays! Show your family and friends that you love them […]
Mushrooms In Pop Culture Classics Have you managed to spot all of the mushrooms in pop culture classics? Particularly in science fiction, these fungi present themselves as a commonly beneficial aid to the main character. From video games like the Mario franchise to famed literary works and classic movies, the message is clear: medicinal mushrooms […]
The Best Mushroom Books In 2021 As the dawn of 2021 approaches, it’s time to start evaluating how to expand one’s comfort zone and try something life-changing in the new year. Read on to find out a few of the best mushroom books of 2021! Mushrooms can open the mind and offer numerous health benefits […]
Decorating With Mushrooms? When you think about decorating your home for the holidays, you probably don’t think about mushrooms first and foremost. However, mushrooms can be a great source of inspiration when it comes to decorating a tree or a mantle. We’re not recommending that you plop some live mushrooms on your table and call […]
Get Ready For National Mountain Day! December 11 is National Mountain Day! This is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the mountain ranges and hilltops near you. Mountains are very spiritual places. People head to the outdoors to connect with nature and feel at one with the world. Mountains, in particular, are representative of deep wisdom. […]
What Do Mushrooms Have To Do With Christmas? The legend of Santa Claus has some deep ties to mushrooms. You might already know about the ways that the Coca Cola company utilized the character of Santa Claus to sell soda. But they also extrapolated from historic legends and characters from Northern European countries. Read on […]
What Is CSA? CSA is the acronym for community supported agriculture. It’s a model of farming whereby members of the local community invest their money in advance of the growing season. This helps farmers plan their crops and purchase the right amount of seeds and supplies. Then, when the crops are ready for harvest, the […]
When is National Entrepreneurs Day? On November 17, it’s National Entrepreneurs Day! It’s important to celebrate entrepreneurs. They bring innovation and creativity to everyday problems, working outside the box to solve some of society’s most challenging issues. Many entrepreneurs go through several failed attempts to launch a business before they find success. But great entrepreneurs […]
What Is Soil? Soil is the rich material that makes agriculture possible. It’s very different from dirt. Soil is also present in natural ecosystems, nurturing plant life with decaying material which then feeds animals in a virtuous circle of life. On the other hand, dirt is dead. Many people don’t give a second thought to […]
What Is STEM? We celebrated National STEM Day on November 8! The STEM acronym stands for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. These are the areas of study that future citizens will need to understand in order to be creative and contributing members of society. This week, teachers around the world are highly focused on delivering […]
Are You Ready For National Cookie Day? The holiday season is all about sweet treats and generosity. December 4 is National Cookie Day, a great excuse to whip up a batch of cookies and take a moment for yourself amidst the hectic vibes of the holidays. But have you ever heard of mushroom cookies? We’re […]
A Twist on a Traditional Coffee Coffee lovers are typically obsessed with caffeine. They love the mental boost that coffee delivers, and they also enjoy the ritual of preparing the drink itself. On November 8, we celebrated National Cappuccino Day, presenting the perfect opportunity to celebrate this delicious coffee beverage. Read on and get ready […]
What Are Fairy Rings? If you’ve ever stumbled upon mushrooms growing in a circle shape, you might wonder if you’ve entered a magical land. What makes these fungi grow in a circle? It is aliens, or fairies, or something a bit more straightforward? Researchers found a fairy ring 2,000 feet in diameter in France, a […]
After gathering more than 164,000 signatures from voters, Oregon activists have won the vote to bring psilocybin therapy to Oregon “through a licensed, regulated system that supports and protects patients to get them the help they need” inside the Oregon Health Authority. Mushrooms on the Ballot In Oregon, this statewide measure to legalize the therapeutic […]
Are Mushrooms Vegan? Vegan dishes are not only for vegans. Mushrooms are an excellent source of nutrients, not to mention delicious. This month, vegans around the world are celebrating a plant-based lifestyle by cooking up some of these mushroom-based recipes. Even if you aren’t vegan, mushrooms are a great plant-based food that you can add […]
What Is Microdosing? Microdosing is a practice of consuming small amounts of magic mushrooms to stimulate creativity. From Silicon Valley leaders to visionary artists, magic mushrooms have played a key role in the creative process of many people. After reading this article, you may want to tap into the magical power of mushrooms! Are you […]
Can Mushrooms Be Used For Art? Acrylic, pastels, watercolors…. and mushrooms? You may not think of mushrooms as art supplies, but some artists are using mycelium to create sculptures and other forms of art. Not only does the mycelium have a story about interconnectedness, but the actual growth forms and colors of fungi make it […]
Ancient Wisdom and Modern Research Academic research is now corroborating what ancient peoples have always known for millennia when it comes to the natural world and mental health. Read on to find out more about using mushrooms for mental health. We celebrated World Mental Health Day earlier this month, so let’s look at some of […]
Mushrooms Can Be Used For Building? Mushrooms hide in the dirt and they invisibly process waste from the forest, recycling it into usable material for plants and trees. So how could they play such a major role in building a more sustainable world? Fungi are a model of interconnectedness that illuminates new ways of living. […]
What Do Bees Have To Do With Food? Let’s all celebrate bees on World Food Day! On October 16, governments, businesses, NGOs, and general public will join together to “promote worldwide awareness and action for those who suffer from hunger and for the need to ensure healthy diets for all.” When you bite into your […]
Get Ready For World Teachers Day! On October 5, teachers and students (and parents!) around the world will celebrate World Teachers Day. When most teachers are working in virtual classrooms, it can be tricky to find resources to teach kids about the natural world. From the very beginning, our Deep Dive section has included […]
What exactly is mushroom coffee? Coffee is consumed by millions of people around the world, so your daily cup of joe is not necessarily a cause for celebration. But on October 1, we celebrate International Coffee Day. This is an opportunity to acknowledge the complex journey that a coffee bean must undergo before arriving in […]
Before you forage, learn about nutritional mushrooms! It’s foraging season, so it’s the perfect time to learn about the health benefits of cooking with mushrooms. Did you know there are nearly 2,000 species of edible and medicinal mushrooms in the world? Let’s learn about the nutritional benefits of mushrooms and boost your nutrition with mushrooms! […]
The legalization of marijuana was a historic victory for cannabis activists. Finally, people were able to safely and responsibly access marijuana for recreational and medicinal purposes after years of unregulated production and distribution. In Ann Arbor this week, the city council unanimously passed a resolution decriminalizing Entheogenic plants within the city. MLive has the story: […]
A Generation Who Started A Movement What’s your favorite classic rock song inspired by mushrooms? Classic rock is a feel-good genre of music. When you play a song by the Grateful Dead, it’s natural to want to kick back and relax. When a Cream song plays on the radio, a smile always appears. Vincent Berry […]
How Fungi Could Save the Planet What are mushrooms made of? The cellular structure of mushrooms is unique on Earth. Mushrooms can be easily processed into building materials, for example, to create eco-buildings and nature-inspired architecture. But we’re still discovering the many gifts that the mushroom has to teach us. Here are just a few […]
What is mushroom coffee? Mushroom coffee is a combination of regular black coffee brewed with powdered medicinal mushrooms. Cultures all over the world, from Finland to the United States, have been consuming medicinal mushrooms like Chaga and Lion’s Mane in liquid form for generations. There is no time like the present to brew mushroom coffee […]
Most people remember Beatrix Potter as the author of beloved children’s books like The Tale of Peter Rabbit, but she had a lesser-known, but important career as a mushroom hunter and amateur mycologist! In the new children’s book, Beatrix Potter, Scientist, author and Kansas City Star parenting columnist Lindsay H. Metcalf explores Potter’s work as […]
Fantastic Fungi, the number one documentary on Apple TV, is now streaming on Amazon’s Prime Video, Google Play, VUDU, and Apple TV around the world! The whole Fantastic Fungi team is grateful for the support of our mycelial network, the fellow travelers spreading the spores of this shift in consciousness. For readers in the […]
Do you know the power of mycology and the healing power of fungi? “I hope this resonance of gratitude spreads, like waves meeting other waves and transforming little by little, opening the eyes to beauty,” says Louie Schwartzberg, remind us that gratitude and nature can illuminate the love we sometimes forget to see around us. […]
National Mushroom Month is an annual celebration established by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to highlight the benefits of the mushroom. We can’t all be together this year to celebrate in person, but Fantastic Fungi will lead the virtual gathering all month long! Start by watching our National Mushroom Month music video… The Fungi […]
This summer, people around the world have gathered at their favorite oceans, lakes, rivers, and streams, cooling off and immersing themselves in nature. “Beauty is nature’s tool for survival, because we protect what we love,” says Louie Schwartzberg, the filmmaker behind Fantastic Fungi. Through his work at Moving Art, he has created many powerful short […]
We are all connected, and sometimes we just need to be reminded. And once we tap into that revelation, it becomes clear that we must protect what we love. The gift of the mushroom reveals how we are all interconnected. That’s the message of Fantastic Fungi, now available to rent or own on Apple […]
We are proud to announce that Fantastic Fungi is the #1 documentary at Apple TV today. The whole Fantastic Fungi team is grateful for the support of our mycelial network, the fellow travelers spreading the spores of this shift in consciousness. Rent or buy the film on Apple TV. ‘Fantastic Fungi’ is already a cult […]
We’ll all celebrate National Honeybee Day later this week! To prepare, learn how mycologist Paul Stamets and Washington State University researchers in this special short film Louie Schwartzberg directed for the California Academy of Sciences’ bioGraphic magazine. You Can Save Your Local Bees There are a lot of ways that everyday people can help. It […]
This is a historic year when voters will consider legalizing psilocybin therapy. In Fantastic Fungi (now available on Apple TV!) we get to see psilocybin therapy clinical trials. One of the participants was Tony Head, who described the therapy this way: “After the experience, I just looked at life differently. I wasn’t obsessed with dying […]
Forest bathing is a Japanese practice believed to improve physical and mental well-being, reduce stress hormone production, lower heart rates, boost the immune system, and even accelerate recovery from illness.
Louie Schwartzberg and Moving Art are bringing you Wonder & Awe, a podcast that explores the captivating intersection between art and science. Every episode, Louie will host a conversation about our natural world featuring two unique guests: one guest from the realm of art and one from the field of science. It all begins with […]
Louie Schwartzberg demonstrated our powerful connection to nature in his Earth Day 2020 short film. The mycelial network gives us a glimpse of what is possible through connection. How we can live in harmony with the earth. We need to recognize that what we do the earth, we do to ourselves. Watch the short film […]
Louie Schwartzberg received the American Visionary Art Museum’s highest honor, the Grand Visionary Award. Louie’s work will be on display at the museum through January 2021, part of its 25th original mega-exhibition, “The Secret Life of Earth.” Watch his inspiring keynote speech below! A Visionary Exhibit The American Visionary Art Museum exhibit brings together global […]
How did the human brain triple in size in just two million years? According to the “Stoned Ape Theory” developed by Terrence McKenna and his brother Dennis McKenna, a community of proto-humans might have consumed the magic mushrooms they found in the wild. That act could have profoundly changed their brains. “It was like a […]
Fungi could hold the key to our travels in outer space, both in real life and science fiction. On Star Trek: Discovery, a fictional astromycologist named Paul Stamets harnessed the power of cosmic fungi to power an entire spaceship. Watch the Star Trek character describe his work here: Star Trek Astromycology First of all, that’s […]
Psilocybin Therapy – On The Ballot Activists have collected more than 164,000 signatures from voters in Oregon to ensure that psilocybin therapy will be on the ballot this fall. Next, the state will vote on Initiative Petition 34 (IP 34) in November a petition that would bring psilocybin therapy to Oregon “through a licensed, regulated […]
Fantastic Fungi director Louie Schwartzberg joined The Harmonic Convergence—a 10-day long global meditation for universal contact organized by Unify. His unique work was played throughout the week-long broadcast, and Louie spoke with Isis Indriya for a fascinating conversation about our conscious evolution. Watch everything here: A Shift in Consciousness The Harmonic Convergence (THC) took place […]
The great American composer John Cage once wrote, “I have come to the conclusion that much can be learned about music by devoting oneself to the mushroom.” He was an amateur mycologist throughout his life, and this summer, his writings about fungi will be re-released in a gorgeous collection, John Cage: A Mycological Foray. Decades […]
FANTASTIC FUNGI REIMAGINE We are launching a brand new album inspired by Fantastic Funig and the Mycelial Network. Pre-orders will launch on Kickstarter June 29th, but the official album release is July 28th. Over the next several weeks we are excited to share live performances and stories from the artists and producers who have contributed […]
Did you know there was real science behind Avatar‘s most famous concept? The forest is alive, all nurtured by the Mother Tree. James Cameron’s Avatar caused a sensation upon its release in 2009. Fans of the science fiction movie returned again and again for repeated viewings, making it one of the biggest box office hits […]
There are worlds of wonder that every child should visit. A journey to the Kingdom of the Mycelia world will spark your children’s curiosity about mushrooms and all the hidden magic there is to be discovered in nature. And it’s as close as a forest near you. Start your journey by watching “The Fantastic Fungi […]
Fantastic Fungi and Holistic Primary Care invite you to join a special online screening of Louie Schwartzberg’s Fantastic Fungi film. Immediately following the screening, will be a live Q&A session with director Louie Schwartzberg, neurologist Maya Shetreat, MD, and holistic psychiatrist, Scott Shannon, MD–all moderated by Holistic Primary Care’s editor, Erik Goldman as the group […]
At a special Healer Collective seminar, director Louie Schwartzberg explained how the mycelium network shows us a different way of thinking about the world. You can watch the complete seminar here. Read inspiring quotes from the event below… Our culture has created a psychological sense of separation from the planet, from nature. But we are […]
Have you ever thought about foraging for mushrooms? There’s no better time to start! As we all shelter-in-place together, millions of people have explored life-changing new activities–including mycology. Biologist Merlin Sheldrake just published Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, a wide-ranging exploration of the world of mycology. His passion for mushrooms could inspire anybody […]
During this time of great uncertainty, many people are looking for ways to help our African-American communities. We’ve seen the deep roots of racism and divide in our country, but we are recognizing our shared humanity and interconnection. Leah Penniman, the founding co-director of Soul Fire Farm, has written about the struggles of black farmers […]
This is a unique poem, written and performed by IN-Q and set to the beautiful cinematography of filmmaker Louie Schwartzberg, is a message of hope and encouragement to provide sustainable access to water and to transform lives forever.
WHAT'S POSSIBLE, a film for the UN Climate Summit, was created by the team of director Louie Schwartzberg, producer Lyn Davis Lear, writer Scott Z. Burns, Moving Art Studio, and the Lear Family Foundation.
This video was shown at the TED conference in 2011, with scenes from "Wings of Life", a film about the threat to essential pollinators that produce over a third of the food we eat. The seductive love dance between flowers and pollinators sustains the fabric of life and is the mystical keystone event where the animal and plant worlds intersect that make the world go round.
Witness a subtle poetic movement of flowers as they dance to the moving light, combining close-up cinematography at its finest along with wide and aerial perspectives of the flowering plant world that sustains us.
Viewers will experience the power of ocean waves and the sea's underwater splendor as celebrated filmmaker Louie Schwartzberg takes his camera into the deep to unveil the mysteries and wonders of the natural world.
Oprah steeps the soul with nature cinematographer Louie Schwartzberg, who has worked around the world, filming in 54 countries. This excerpt from the OWN series "Steep Your Soul" asks Louie to describe his morning ritual.
An intimate discussion between Filmmaker Louie Schwartzberg and Author Katie Hess on their collaboration for their book Flower Revolution. Together they discuss the healing powers of flowers, the power of awe and the beauty of nature.
We live in a world of unseeable beauty, so subtle and delicate that it is imperceptible to the human eye. To bring this invisible world to light, filmmaker Louie Schwartzberg bends the boundaries of time and space with high-speed cameras, time lapses and microscopes.
Visionary Artists Alex and Allyson Grey. Through a tour of the Chapel of Sacred Mirrors ( The Grey's Art church) the artists discuss, life death, art, mushrooms and the mycelial web that weaves the universe together.
Filmmaker Louie Schwartzberg's Images projected onto St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican to bring awareness to climate change. The show coincided with the last week of international climate talks in Paris.
Go behind the Scenes with Filmmaker Louie Schwartzberg and Mycologist Paul Stamets to the San Francisco Premiere of Fantastic Fungi. Experience exclusive fan interactions, mycology fair and a one of a kind Fungi Q and A that explores science, art, religion and awe.