Upcoming Events

  • Midwest Women’s Herbal Conference

    June 9-11, 2017 | Almond, WI | $300, plus lodging through April 1
    Along with the herbal education and personal growth workshops, women enjoy dance and body movement opportunities, singing and walks through nature.  The village will commune together around nourishing, mostly organic meals, swimming in and enjoying the view of beautiful Pickerel Lake (in the heart of the camp), and soaking in the evening campfire. 

    Mara Fae Penfil of Female and Fungi will be presenting on medicinal mushrooms and leading a women’s mushroom foray.

    For more info and registration click here.

  • Mycelium Mysteries: A Women’s Mushroom Retreat

    October 6-8, 2017 | Almond, WI | $350, plus lodging through April 1
    Hosted by the Midwest Women’s Herbal Conference, this retreat will be focusing on understanding fungi as the Grandmother’s of our ecosystems, and help women to connect more deeply with foraging and ID skills, as well as ways to use what they’ve collected for medicine and nutrition. Workshops will range from the beginner to advanced levels.

    For more information and registration click here.


Book an Event

Listed below are the various workshops and presentations that we currently offer. If you are interested in helping to schedule a workshop in your community or at a conference, please contact us as we would love to start planning something in your area!

Email: femaleandfungi [at] gmail [dot] com.


Shaping the soil beneath our feet, fungi are key players in the health and functioning of ecosystems around the globe and have helped to guide the trajectory of human culture throughout time. In this presentation, fundamental concepts of fungal biology will be connected to the many ways in which mycology can help us to lead empowered and resilient lives. Participants should be prepared to leave with mushrooms fruiting from their mind.

Discover the amazing world of medicinal fungi and how our intimate relationship with these medicines have evolved through time. We will build a foundation of knowledge from which to explore this topic by overviewing the body’s systems and common health conditions, and move forward through a discussion of how medicinal fungi can be used holistically for prevention and treatment of illness. Participants will leave with the basic understanding of how to prepare fungal medicines in the comfort of their own home.

In this presentation, we will explore the ways in which women have influenced mycology from the time before it was a formal science, spawning through to its modern day practice. There is an option for a facilitated discussion about gender and mycology to be offered to participants following the presentation.

Beyond embracing the natural processes of fungi to clean-up pollution found in the environment, it is important that we (as active human contributors to pollution) learn how to heal our own toxic environments, whether they be emotional, spiritual or physical in nature. In this meditation and visualization, we will use concepts in fungal ecology as a metaphor to explore our daily interactions and allow the mycelium to transform us. This visualization is most effective with participants who are already familiar with the basics of mycology.