The UK Medicinal Mushroom Conference

18th & 19th November 2017
  
Stanton House Hotel, Stanton Fitzwarren, Wiltshire: 
Enquiries and bookings: beesandmushrooms@gmail.com
£160 / £116 unwaged / student 

Artist's fungus 

Artist's fungus, Ganoderma applanatum / australe
A cousin of the popular reishi mushroom. Containing more than 400 phytochemicals and with a long history of medicinal use, its properties are regarded as hepatoprotective, immune modulating, anti-fibrotic, anti-cancer, hypo-glycaemic and anti-oxidant.

 Speakers confirmed for 2017: 

This year, in addition to the voices of scientists and health practitioners, we aim to represent the perspectives of indigenous cultures who have a long history of working with mushrooms as healers. Many of today's medicinal discoveries were guided by their knowledge in the first instance.

Roger Phillips - Conference Opening.
Roger is the author of "Mushrooms and Other Fungi of Britain and Europe" and a suite of other books on botany and plants. Roger will be opening our conference this year and also leading the fungus walk in the ancient woodland and parkland surrounding the conference venue on the Sunday. We are very grateful for Roger's continued support of our work.


Martin Powell
- Medicinal Mushrooms - Quality & Efficacy. Martin is a TCM practitioner, biochemist & the author of "Medicinal Mushrooms, a Clinical Guide". Martin will be giving us an overview of the essential biochemistry of medicinal mushrooms, incorporating some of the latest up to date research.

Attila Fodi - Medicinal Mushrooms of the Carpathian Basin.
Attila is a mycologist and mushroom inspector in Hungary. He will be talking about the traditional healing uses of mushrooms in his native country and the subject material of his book entitled "Medicinal Mushrooms of the Carpathian Basin".

Matthew Rooney - How Mushrooms Can Heal The Earth.
Matthew is an ecologist and biodynamic mushroom grower who supplies medicinal mushrooms to many health practitioners in the UK. His talk is a timely look at the key relationship between mushrooms and other living systems.

Fred Gillam - The Role of Fungi in the Enteric Biome.
Fred is a keen forager, herbalist, researcher and the author of "Poisonous Plants in Great Britain". His talk will explore the relationship between basic immune processes in the human body and the human microbiome, suggesting a variety of important roles for fungi in promoting health and preventing disease.

Adam Hearn - Human Fungal Interactions in Indigenous Cultures.
As a medical anthropologist, Adam has made a study of the healing practices found within indigenous cultures and how these are dependent upon their relationships to the natural world. His thought provoking talk explores the use of fungi to promote health and healing taking place within frameworks and perspectives that are intrinsically bound to the cycles of nature, that may also at times be very be different to our own.

Becs Griffiths & Ann Jones - The Use of Medicinal Mushrooms in Our Herbal Community Practice.
Ann and Becs run the Rhizome Community Herbal Clinic in Bristol. They will share with us some of their reflections on the practical experience of using mushrooms in synergy with herbal medicines to promote healing from a range of conditions.

Natascha Kenyon - Kitchen Medicinal Mushroom Extracts.
Natascha and Fred run a community based herbal dispensary for the village community where they both live. Her workshop session will be on making
broad spectrum mushroom extracts and showing how this can be done effectively even with the basic facilities found in a typical home kitchen.

Fred Gillam & Natascha Kenyon will also read the news.
"News Headlines: What's Hot from Recent Scientific Research in the Public Domain"

The Sunday Morning Medicinal Mushroom ID walk
This will be led by Roger Phillips, Matthew Rooney and Fred Gillam around the Stanton Park estate.

  • The articles below are intended as introductory material. You are welcome to download and use them for educational purposes but full citation must be given recognising the author and the publications where they are found. Details of this year's conference can be found below.

Download here...Click here to download the article 'Native Medicinal Mushrooms - An overview of their therapeutic potential'
by Fred Gillam,
published in 'The Herbalist' - journal of the Association of Master Herbalists and the Unified Register of Herbal Practitioners, September 2016.
Download here...A Tale of Mushrooms & Gluten Sensitivity - Can mushrooms help with gluten sensitivity? Check out Fred Gillam's latest article on this topic in the Sensory Solutions herbal blog, August 2017.


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A small selection from the range of medicinal mushrooms found in the UK: (left to right) Chaga, Inonotus obliquus, maitake, Grifola frondosa, tinder hoof, Fomes fomentarius and jelly ear, Auricularia auricula-judae

Knowledge of the use of medicinal mushrooms is found in many indigenous cultures around the world, from Siberia and Tibet to North and South America. Large sums of money are currently invested by the pharmaceutical industry each year to research their medicinal potential. Globally, medicinal mushrooms are finding a place in the treatment of a widening spectrum of conditions including psoriasis, herpes, gut-dysbiosis, neuromuscular pain, cancer, auto-immune problems, tuberculosis and diabetes; to learn more, book your conference ticket today...

Stanton House Hotel is set within 183 acres of mature landscaped parkland and ancient woodland, providing the ideal setting for our Sunday Medicinal Mushroom ID Walk at the conference!

chaga mushroom interior

The medicinally active interior of the chaga sclerotica, Inonotus obliquus

Mini Market

Satan's boletus 

Satan's boletus - original artwork by Andrew Brook

At this year's mini market you will be able to buy mushroom supplies, mushroom based materials, mushroom growing kits, mushroom knives, mushroom foraging related materials, mushroom portraits and books signed by the authors! We will be showcasing the work of our resident mushroom artist, Andrew Brook, who will have limited edition prints for sale. Herbalists Julie and Matthew Bruton Seal will also have copies of their latest fabulous book available, entitled "Wayside Medicine: Forgotten Plants and How to Use Them".

 Horn of plenty

 Horn of plenty - original artwork by Andrew Brook

The Third UK Medicinal Mushrooms Conference:

With leading speakers and authors, the UK Medicinal Mushroom Conference will take you to the cutting edge of a fast developing field for health practitioners and researchers. New information about fungi that will change the way we look at health and the biology of living systems is emerging all of the time at what seems to be an ever increasing rate.

For practitioners, a CPD Certificate of Attendance will be available after the conference upon request.


 2017 TICKETS: £160.00 per person

£116.00 unwaged / student concession

Conference bookings:

To book a place at the conference now, please
email: beesandmushrooms@gmail.com to secure your place, stating whether you are employed / unwaged or in higher education.

Accommodation & meals: 

  • Accommodation in the area must be booked and paid for independently before the conference and is not included in the conference fee. Our venue, the majestic Stanton House Hotel, has a limited number of rooms available to delegates on a first come, first served basis. Early booking is recommended!

  • The Rosemary Restaurant within the venue will be providing a range of meals to suit all budgets and tastes throughout the conference

  • If you require somewhere to stay whilst attending the conference there are a number of other excellent B&Bs and hotels in the locality