Medicinal
Mushrooms

The essential guide

with Christopher Hobbs

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!

To support you in this, I want to introduce you to my friend and inspiration to study medicinal mushrooms, Dr. Christopher Hobbs – here to help us become knowledgeable fungi-enthusiasts and experience the health benefits of fungi!

Author of the groundbreaking text, Medicinal Mushrooms (1995), and the exciting new “Medicinal Mushrooms, the Essential Guide”, Christopher Hobbs is one of the world’s leading experts in the use of medicinal mushrooms for health (full bio below).

We couldn’t think of a teacher more qualified to help you gain this knowledge and support you in learning medicinal mushrooms.

Deepen your knowledge and use of medicinal mushrooms for healing & immunity

Mushrooms are extraordinary! They are used to promote longevity, heal afflictions of the mind, help with cancer treatment, and boost immunity.

We all face health challenges throughout our life, that is for certain, and few things support the immune system the way medicinal mushrooms do.

Do you understand why? Can you make your own medicine at home and be consistent with it? Are you working to help other people benefit from medicinal mushrooms?

Medicinal mushrooms boost immunity, improve memory, fight cancer, stop infections, and can even expand your consciousness.

For many people, regular use of medicinal mushrooms is the missing piece to  living a more resilient and vibrant life – experiencing the world at its fullest. This may seem dramatic, but then you learn about the extraordinary traditional uses and clinical data. It’s as exciting as it sounds!

That’s not to mention that mushrooms are some of the most accessible, affordable, and sustainable forms of medicine and nutrition.

Imagine This:

  • You have a deeper understanding of the historical and modern uses of fungi for medicine, personal health care, and their place in modern integrative health care.
  • You understand how mushrooms work inside our bodies to strengthen and orchestrate robust immune responses against cancer cells, viral pathogens, and more.
  • You see a long aisle of products boasting the benefits of mushrooms and instead of feeling overwhelmed you know exactly what to look for and buy a product that works.
  • You know where to source specific varieties of mushrooms and how to prepare them yourself for optimal nutrition and healing.
  • You can make your own high quality medicine for yourself, family, or clients

While you can learn pretty much anything on your own… nothing compares studying with a leading mycologist, author, 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. 

We’ve been working with Christopher Hobbs to create an immersive learning experience and I can’t wait to show you around.

Introducing... Medicinal Mushrooms: The Essential Guide, with Dr. Christopher Hobbs!

Learn to use fungi for medicine, personal health care, and integrative health care clinics. 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 a chance to learn from Dr. Hobbs in live events and an online community. Meet guest instructors, learn side-by-side with other students, and make new connections. Enrollment closes July 19th!

Enroll today and have access forever – even if the price increases and new materials are added! Medicinal Mushrooms: The Essential Guide with Christopher Hobbs is your resource as long as you need to learn about medicinal mushrooms.

Included in Your Enrollment

Book Discount

Discounts for purchase of the companion book for this course, Christopher Hobbs’s Medicinal Mushrooms, the Essential Guide

Community Forum

An ongoing community forum gives you a place to deepen your learning, bring up topics, and attend networking events.

Search Index

Search slides, video, and Q&A content by keyword to always have the information and conversations as a reference.

Product Discounts

Exclusive discounts for bulk mushroom products you can use for making your own medicine at home.

Presentation Slides

Including a wealth of photos covering a wide range of fungal species used traditionally for healing and health.

All Future Updates

You're automatically included in all future versions, improvements, and new live events for this program.

Class Schedule

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). All Monday core classes are taught by Christopher Hobbs and Thursday classes are taught by special guest teachers.

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!

Monday, July 19, 2021

Introduction to the Amazing Healing Power of Fungi with Christopher Hobbs

Explore the traditional uses and other cultural aspects of the 25 top species of medicinal mushrooms from around the world with stories and lots of colorful pictures of the mushrooms themselves.

Thursday, July 22, 2021

Getting to Know Fungi as a “Citizen Scientist” with guest Giuliana Furci

What you see matters! Learn how to make your fungal encounters legitimate discoveries as a citizen scientist. This includes what to do from when you see them, to what to expect when you send them to a fungarium or mycologist for ID. When you encounter a fungus, what do you have to do to make your encounter a valuable record? In this workshop, we will learn the steps to photograph, take notes, collect, dry, and preserve samples, and learn where to send them.

Monday, July 26, 2021

Reishi: Mushroom of Immortality with Christopher Hobbs

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.

Thursday, July 29, 2021

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.

Monday, August 2, 2021

Lion’s Mane for Memory and Health with Christopher Hobbs

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.

Thursday, August 5, 2021

Ancient Mushroom Wisdom for Modern Healing with guest Jme Bonfiglio

Although Traditional Chinese Medicine and other plant healing arts have used mushrooms for thousands of years, we can still reap the full benefits of fungi using modern practices. We understand mushrooms’ chemical and nutritional composition, how to grow, harvest, and process mushrooms for the most medicinal benefit, and how to accomplish this with minimal ecological impact. 

In this class, Jme Bonfiglio, Founder of WholeSun Wellness and advocate for women in mycology, will take you behind the scenes of modern mushroom farming and extraction processes. You will learn how mushrooms are grown for peak medicinal benefits and why proper extraction techniques go beyond beta-glucans to deliver complete medicinal compound profiles. More importantly, you will learn how to identify quality mushroom extracts and use them in your practice.

Monday, August 9, 2021

Making Mushroom Medicine for Home and Clinic with Christopher Hobbs

Learn how to make concentrated mushroom powders, tinctures, and double-extractions. Understand the benefits of each method of extraction, including “subcritical water extraction” at home for fully accessing the active compounds. Live demonstration included as well as a review of products available for purchase.

Thursday, August 12, 2021

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.

Monday, August 16, 2021

Psilocybin: Heal with Visionary Mushrooms with Christopher Hobbs

Explore the use of psilocybin mushrooms for healing deep trauma, addictions, PTSD, psychological disorders like anxiety and depression, and much more. Learn how to properly microdose and the benefits. Learn how to make your own psilocybin extracts. We will also review journeying with “guides.”

Thursday, August 19, 2021

Biology, Ecology, and Sustainable Harvesting of Medicinal Mushrooms with guest Todd Elliott

Understanding the ecology and biology of these useful fungi is an important foundation for being an effective medicinal mushroom producer, harvester, or practitioner. This talk will provide background information about many of the commonly used medicinal mushrooms. An understanding of the biology and ecology of mushrooms sheds light on what makes some species particularly useful as medicine and also provides helpful insights for finding and sustainably wildcrafting these fungi.

Monday, August 23, 2021

Cooking with Medicinal 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.

Thursday, August 26, 2021

Final Wrap Up and Q&A with Christopher Hobbs

This final class will provide an overview of the core material and bring the pieces together. There will be plenty of time for discussion and Q&A.

About Your Teacher

Dr. Christopher Hobbs

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, 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 Presenters!

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 Winkler

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).

Giuliana Furci

Giuliana is foundress and executive director of the Fungi Foundation. She is a Harvard University Associate, Dame of the Order of the Star of Italy, Co-Chair of the IUCN Fungal Conservation Committee, and author of several titles including a series of field guides to Chilean fungi and chapters in publications such as Fantastic Fungi.

She is co-author of titles such as the 1st State of the World’s Fungi (Kew, 2018) and Biodiversidad de Chile: Patrimonio y Desafíos (Ministry of the Environment, Chile, 2008).

Giuliana has worked in the non-profit sector for the last 17 years and has held consulting positions in U.S. philanthropic foundations as well as full-time positions in international marine conservation NGOs, and Chilean environmental NGOs.

Todd Elliot

Todd Elliott is a naturalist, biologist, and photographer from western North Carolina. His research passions in the study of global biodiversity and interrelationships in nature have taken him to remote corners of the world to explore tropical rainforests, temperate woodlands, deserts, beaches and high mountains on six continents.

Elliott has authored or coauthored many peer-reviewed publications covering this research and has described fungi new to science. Recently he co-authored the Timber Press field guide, Mushrooms of the Southeast. Elliott is currently a researcher at the University of New England (Australia) where he is studying fungal ecology and the importance of fungi as food for wildlife.

Jme Bonfiglio

Jme Bonfiglio founded WholeSun Wellness in 2017 to offer clinically potent whole mushroom extracts with verifiable therapeutic levels of naturally occurring medicinal components. Through her decades of personal and professional experience, Jme has strived to educate on the benefits of mushrooms, set new standards for healthy living, develop solutions for environmental challenges, and champion local businesses.

She regularly works with leaders in the mycology field and advocates for women's place in mycology, collaborating with international partners to create a sustainable, empowering place for women in the industry. In addition, she frequently travels and speaks internationally on mycology to consumers and healthcare practitioners alike. Currently, she is building the largest vertically integrated mushroom farming and processing operation in North America to create a sustainable domestic supply of medicinal mushrooms.

George Vaughn

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.

Else Vellinga

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 (published in 2019). Furthermore, she has published over 100 research papers on various groups of fungi. Colleagues have honored Else by naming a total of four different mushroom species after her. 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.

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Registration closes on July 26, 2021!

  • 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!
$ 350

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?

Program Overview

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 on 6 consecutive Mondays, beginning July 19, 2021, 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 $350.

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 August 16, 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.

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