Two different events and two different recordings for you to enjoy and celebrate all things fungal and fantastic!
Wednesday, 16 September • 7:00–9:30 PM
Film (81 mins) and panel discussion with
Director Louis Schwartzberg, Dr Merlin Sheldrake
and Dr David Luke
Film at 7:00 PM
Panel at 8:30 – 9:30 PM (BST)
When so many are struggling for connection, inspiration and hope, Fantastic Fungi brings us together as interconnected creators of our world.
Join us for a unique experience of viewing the film and a panel discussion including Director Louis Schwartzberg, Dr Merlin Sheldrake and Dr David Luke. You will be amazed and enchanted by the incredible time-lapse photography in the film that brings home the transformative nature of fungal processes.
Fantastic Fungi, directed by Louie Schwartzberg, is a consciousness-shifting film that takes us on an immersive journey through time and scale into the magical earth beneath our feet, an underground network that can heal and save our planet.
Through the eyes of renowned scientists and mycologists like Paul Stamets, best-selling authors Michael Pollan, Eugenia Bone, Andrew Weil and others, we become aware of the beauty, intelligence and solutions the fungi kingdom offers us in response to some of our most pressing medical, therapeutic, and environmental challenges.
‘Fantastic Fungi discussion panel’
The standard price to access the recordings for is £8 and for students/concessions it is £5.
Details of how to access the recordings will be emailed to you. Complete your booking on the form below.
Another way to gain access to the recordings is to join the Scientific and Medical Network. You will then have access to these recordings and other exclusive presentations as a part of your member benefits. Standard annual membership for the SMN is £60 (which includes three print copies of our journal, Paradigm Explorer, per year) and we also have a student/concessionary membership rate of £40, which allows access to our journal online. Both levels include access to the recordings (as well as all other member benefits. Join on the form below or see our main website for more details.
Thursday, 17 September • 7:30–9:30 PM
Entangled Life: Fungal Networks, Ecology, and Us
Tickets still available!
Discussion and Q and A with Dr Merlin Sheldrake
to launch his incredible new book
Join us for an extraordinary journey into fungal intelligence – it’s sure to transform the way you see yourself and the world!
Thinking about fungi makes the world look different. Most fungi live out of sight, yet make up a massively diverse kingdom of organisms that support and sustain nearly all living systems. Fungi throw our concepts of individuality and even intelligence into question. They can change our minds, heal our bodies, and help remediate environmental disaster.
In this talk and Q & A, Merlin will discuss the ways these extraordinary organisms – and our relationships with them – change our understanding the planet on which we live, and the ways that we think, feel, and behave.
Reviews and endorsements of the book:
“This book may not be a psychedelic… but reading it left me not just moved but altered, eager to disseminate its message of what fungi can do.” — THE NEW YORK TIMES
“A gorgeous book of literary nature writing… food for the soul.” — THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
“This book rocked me into remembering that nature, especially fungal nature, is big and encompassing and creative and destructive. It reminded me that fungi are, like the Universe, sublime.” — SCIENCE
“One of those rare books that can truly change the way you see the world around you… a mercurial, revelatory, impassioned, urgent, astounding, and necessary read.” – Helen Macdonald, author of H is for Hawk
“A true masterpiece.” — George Monbiot, author of Feral
Also see this Guardian article about the Merlin and the study of mycology.
Merlin Sheldrake PhD is a biologist and author of Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds, and Shape Our Futures. He received a Ph.D. in tropical ecology from Cambridge University for his work on underground fungal networks in tropical forests in Panama, where he was a predoctoral research fellow of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. Merlin’s is a keen brewer and fermenter, and is fascinated by the relationships that arise between humans and more-than-human organisms.