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The unsung entheogenic fungi of the universe enlisted the McKenna brothers to sing their virtues, and now the working class artisan alchemists of the mushroom world have apparently recruited Paul Stamets as their own eloquent evangelist. Scientist, poet and visionary, Stamets compellingly argues that the most promising answers to the accelerating collateral damage of our heedless high tech "progress" are not to be found in corporate laboratories, but beneath the forest floor. We hope to incorporate his wisdom in our Shakti Works eco-park development and now are searching for a Stamets-inspired mage/advisor to help out.

 "6 Ways Mushrooms Can Save the World"
Paul Stamets at TED 2008

 Mycelium Running
Besides its marvelous trove of knowledge, Stamet's classic text
"Mycelium Running: How Mushrooms Can Help Save The World"
sports one of the all-time great blurbs:

"Capitalizing on the digestive power of mycelium, this pioneering book shows how to strengthen sustainability of habitats while providing a multitude of biological benefits. Based upon the premise that habitats and humans (animals) have immune systems, and that mushrooms are the beneficial bridges for both, Mycelium Running marks the dawn of a new era: the use of mycelial membranes for ecological health. Linking mushroom cultivation, permaculture, ecoforestry, bioremediation and soil enhancement, Stamets makes the case that mushroom farms can be reinvented as healing arts centers, steering ecological evolution for the benefit of humans living in harmony with its inhabitants."

 For more on all things saprophytic, see his vast website,