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Identifying Edible And Medicinal Mushrooms In Southern Ontario

Come learn about wild mushroom foraging and identifying the edible and medicinal mushrooms that grow in Southern Ontario.


New date: Sunday, October 17th from 10 am - 12:30 pm


In the beautiful Kerncliff Park forest along the Niagara Escarpment in Burlington, Ontario.


Learn about fungal ecology and get our digital guide to the most common edible and medicinal mushrooms in Ontario.

Why Learn About Mushrooms?

Learn more about the crucial role mushrooms play in forest ecosystems in this awe-inspiring trailer for the film Fantastic Fungi.


Discover Ontario's Fall Mushrooms And How Medicinal Mushrooms Can Boost Your Energy, Mood and Immunity During The Long Canadian Winter

Come explore the interconnected ecology of our local Carolinian forests and discover how the kingdom of fungi is crucial to both terrestrial biodiversity and human health through the gut biome.

If you've always been curious about  the different mushrooms you see in the forest then you won't want to miss this workshop.

Come discover the billion year long story of fungi and how as nature's organic recycling and detoxification system, fungi are crucial for the health of soils, forests and human beings.

Yet very little is known about them... they are one of nature's enduring mysteries and studying the living wisdom of fungi may offer the missing link to a more regenerative approach to restoring our environment and healing ourselves.

During this experiential learning workshop in Burlington's Kerncliff Park along the Niagara Escarpment, you'll learn how to start identifying and cataloging local mushrooms species with your smartphone.

This way you can start improving your pattern recognition skills and transform your hikes into mushroom identification treasure hunts!

This forest mushroom workshop will help you better adapt to your environment by exploring the scientific research into how medicinal mushrooms can boost mood, increase energy and fortify your immune system so you can thrive during Canada's long winters.

We'll cover common medicinal mushrooms that grow in our local Carolinian forests and explore their well-studied healing compounds that are adaptogenic, anti-viral, anti-bacterial, immune-stimulatory, and mood-elevating.

To continue deepening your knowledge and understanding after this workshop, you will find get our Digital Field Guide for Identifying Fall Mushrooms, which covers common edible and medicinal mushrooms that are found in the forests of Southern Ontario this time of year.

Learning Objectives:

Here's what you will come away from this workshop with:

1. An understanding of the important edible and medicinal mushrooms found in the fall season.

2. How you can start ethically foraging  mushrooms in a way that actually increases biodiversity and where you can do it safely and legally in Southern Ontario.

3. Gain a better understanding of the human relationship with fungi and how they create the healthy, fertile soil that grows our food.

4. Come meet other mushroom enthusiasts and make new friends for better group foraging adventures.

5. Use our digital field guide to identify and catalog your first 10 mushrooms so you can start a new learning habit and develop your fungal pattern recognition skills.

The workshop goes rain or shine. Please dress appropriately.

Physical distancing will be adhered to at this event, and face coverings will be required when physical distancing is a challenge.

About The Instructor

Kyle Pearce is from Vancouver, British Columbia and he has been designing and leading experiential learning adventures, nature immersion retreats, and forest ecology workshops through Animist Ecology since 2015.

He studied ancient and modern history at the University of Victoria and has spent the last decade traveling the world studying ancient civilizations, ecology and meditation with teachers from around the world. 

He got into foraging for edible and medicinal mushrooms with the Vancouver Mycology Society in 2016. He has previously lead over 10 mushroom identification workshops in Canada, Costa Rica, Panama and Colombia.

He is passionate about experiential learning and taking learning beyond books, tests and lectures and back into the forest where people can learn through direct experience, group conversation and the magic of storytelling.

About The Location

This mushroom workshop ecology will be taking place in Kerncliff Park in the city of Burlington, a 45-minute drive from Toronto. We will be meeting at the main parking lot just off Kerns Road.

New Date: Join This Identifying Edible And Medicinal Mushrooms In Southern Ontario Workshop [October 9th]

Join our session on Sunday, October 17th from 10 am - 12:30 pm. Limited tickets available due to covid regulations and they are only available online through our website.

Forest Mushroom Workshop


Join us at Kerncliff Park on Sunday, October 17th from 10 am - 12:30 pm

2.5 Hour Fall Mushroom Ecology Workshop

Digital Field Guide For Identifying Edible And Medicinal Mushrooms

The Most Enthusiastic and Inspiring Mushroom Ecology Workshop You've Ever Attended

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Forest Mushroom Workshop + Medicinal Mushroom Course


In addition, when bought together get our online Medicinal Mushroom course at 50% off

Get A 90 Minute Video Training On The Traditional Uses + Medicinal Properties of Medicinal Mushrooms

A Detailed Guide To The 10 Most Powerful Medicinal Mushrooms And How Each Of Them Improves Your Health 

How To Start Growing Medicinal Mushrooms During The Winter Inside With Inexpensive Grow Kits

[Full details here: Adaptogenic Medicinal Mushrooms: How To Grow Your Own Medicine]

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"I went on one of Kyle's meditation and foraging workshops in a local forest last fall and I was immediately hooked. Kyle not only chose a beautiful place to learn and meet like minded people, but has the education and charisma that left me more curious and has peaked my interest in mushrooms not only as a chef but for their amazing medicinal properties and their pivotal part in food sustainability. Kyle is engaged, entertaining and open minded. I could go on and on about going to this workshop I don't know what I expected but it was a great way to spend a Sunday morning and would recommend participating in anything Kyle has to offer because his passion about mushrooms is magnetic! "

Dana M.

"I enjoyed the retreat immensely and the knowledge gained/processed in a short time was enlightening and encouraging. There is much to learn about the amazing world we live in and our connection at the core to nature. We are nature! I mostly enjoyed the "gnosis" that happened while experiencing my learning together with all the other participants. Kyle was awesome at keeping the learning experiential and engaging and allowing everyone to contribute to the learning based on their journey of animism and personal connections with nature. I highly recommend this retreat to further your awareness of the forgotten knowledge of trees and mushrooms and leave feeling inspired that collectively we can form a deeper relationship with nature and others."

Clara F.

"My experience at the mushroom ecology workshop with Kyle was a great introduction into a vast new world of connections. The workshop was ideal for every level, as Kyle catered to the unique interests of all individuals that day. Kyle has a depth of knowledge that spans beyond pure mushroom ecology which creates a very dynamic experience. We were able to find many different species of mushrooms and identify them with Kyle's expertise. Kyle also provided a dense list of references and review from the session so there was no pressure to take notes and tons of resources to consult after the session! The forest meditation was an awesome experience and one that I have added to my meditation practices and can practice on my own. Kyle did a fantastic job making a connection with everyone and ensuring all questions were answered. He is so knowledgable on so many topics that he is able to add context to the geographic location, the ecology of the forest and even some anthropologic history. All around a fantastic experience that I would recommend to everyone regardless of their level of mushroom knowledge/interest."

Brittany B.

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