Saturday, October 29, 2022 | Coastal room

Date: Saturday, October 29th

LegalizING Therapeutic Psilocybin in Canada

Join us for Spencer Hawkswell’s presentation on TheraPsil’s work in Canada.


SPENCER HAWKSWELL, Therapsil  www.therapsil.ca

Spencer was first introduced to healing psychological trauma with altered states of consciousness and therapeutic psychedelics from reading the work of Terrence McKenna, Rick Strassman, and Carl Jung and believes that these methods need to be treated seriously by governments and institutions. Spencer believes that responsible drug policy requires effective organization and leadership and is dedicated to bringing together the experts and advocates, to facilitate change that results in increased access to compassionate care, harm reduction, and treatment options for those in need. Psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy is a reasonable treatment option for palliative patients in end-of-life distress and is where we need to begin.

Date: Saturday, October 29th


Join us for Jennifer Dou’s demo on how to grow and cultivate your own mushroooms with Forij cultivation kits.

Growing your own gourmet and medicinal mushrooms is easy. Jennifer will walk you step-by-step through how to cultivate mushrooms of all varieties by demoing Forij products, starting anywhere from a petri dish to grain spawn to a ready-to-fruit grow kit. You’ll learn the basics of cultivating dung-loving and hardwood-loving mushrooms using various techniques that are simplified for the everyday home grower. 

JENNIFER DOU, Forij Mushrooms  www.forij.life

Jennifer Dou is the Co-Founder and Lead Mycologist of Forij Mushrooms, a local cultivation supply and functional mushroom company. Jennifer is a biologist and fungi-lover, with a degree in microbiology and years of laboratory experience harvesting macrophage cells, performing cell culture work, and using CRISPR Cas9 technology. Soon, she discovered that the same mushrooms she found in the forest bore uncanny resemblance to the animal cells in her petri dishes. She has been cultivating mushrooms of all varieties ever since.

Date: Saturday, October 29th


Join us for Shannon Hobson’s presentation on local functional mushrooms found on the Sunshine Coast.

A detailed look at the functional and medicinal uses of 10 medicinal mushrooms found in the local area of the Sunshine Coast.  Shannon Hobson, Certified Herbalist with 8+ years in experience studying, making, and using medicinal mushrooms with clients, will go into detail on the main chemical constituents of these mushrooms, studies with findings (evidence-based), as well as, dosages and manufacturing techniques.

SHANNON HOBSON, Natural Know-How       www.naturalknowhow.ca

Shannon Hobson studied Naturopathy in Melbourne Australia for 2 years, excelling in physiology, anatomy, pharmacology, nutrition, and biochemistry. Now, Shannon is Certified in Planetary Herbology (East West herbalism), Traditional Chinese herbal medicine/diagnostics, Ayurvedic (Indian) herbs, and Western herbalism. She went to the School of Planetary Herbology in Santa Cruz California with a specialization in pharmaceutical and herbal medicine interactions. Throughout her studies in Planetary Herbology, Shannon has learned, not only, traditional and modern herbal healing through the use of tinctures, salves, liniments, teas, fomentations, and many more, but she has also learned many traditional bodywork techniques such as cupping, moxibustion, and Korean Hand Therapy.

Sunday, October 30, 2022 | Coastal room

Date: Sunday, October 30th


Join us for Stephanie Dacre’s presentation on the fermentation of medicinal mushrooms. 

Do you want to make your own caffeine-free kombucha from medicinal mushrooms? This is the presentation for you! In 2022, Vancouver Mushroom Co. discontinued Reishi Kombucha in order to focus the company in a different direction. Now, as a lover of open source knowledge, Stephanie will share everything she learned about fermenting medicinal mushrooms and how you can make your own Reishi Kombucha and other mushroom based ferments at home.

STEPHANIE DACRE, Vancouver Mushroom Co.  www.vancouvermushroomco.com

Stephanie Dacre founded Vancouver Mushroom Co. during the pandemic in 2020 as a means of sharing her love of medicinal mushrooms and creating products that seamlessly integrate into the daily lives of busy North Americans. She is a self-taught amateur mycologist that is passionate about citizen science (mess around, find out, write it down) and open source research.

Date: Sunday, October 30th

therapeutic mushrooms

Join us for Dr. Landon presentation on historical and current psilocybin research.

Dr. Landon will be discussing the medical history of the use of psilocybin, the social and medical context it has created for current psilocybin use and research, as well as current medical research and developments.

Dr. Landon McLean, ND  www.whistlernaturopath.com

Dr. Landon McLean is a board certified Naturopathic Doctor (ND) located in beautiful Whistler, British Columbia. Dr Landon’s practice has a special interest in digestive health, injury recovery and improving energy. Dr Landon is licensed for Intravenous (IV) therapy and prescribing authority in BC. He can address your health concerns as they present themselves using various tools within the naturopathic scope including, but not limited to Clinical Nutrition, Intravenous (IV) Therapy, Prolotherapy, Platelet Rich Plasma, Trigger point injections, Neural Therapy, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture, Botanical Medicine and Functional Mushrooms.

Date: Sunday, October 30th

mushroom SUBSTRATE research

Join us in exploring Stephanie Bulman’s research on mushroom cultivation substrates. 

Both Lion’s Mane and Oyster mushrooms have a significant space in both the gourmet food and functional medicine industries. Growing these mushrooms on various substrates (hardwood pellets, coco coir, spent coffee grounds, and sphagnum peat moss) will help predict which substrates could produce the highest yield. The dehydrated fungi will then be tested to determine the intracellular polysaccharide content, specifically beta-glucan levels. This research will give Kwantlen Polytechnic University the data to decide if mushroom cultivation is a viable addition to the farm plan and the Mycelyum team to assess if the substrate material is distinctly important for their production.

STEPHANIE BULMAN, Kwantlen Polytechnic University – Sustainable Agriculture + Mycelyum Inc.

After years of battling her own chronic illness and later helping her partner through Leukemia, Steph Bulman found success in functional medicine with a focus in mushroom immune support. After seeing the value of these alternative therapies, Steph began to cultivate a fascination with mycology and forest ecology. In feeling the heightened threat of the climate crisis and the ever-disappearing forest ecosystems, Steph chose to go back to school in 2018 for a Bachelor of Applied Science at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in the Sustainable Agriculture Program in Richmond, BC. Currently in her 4th year, she is conducting research trials on varying growth substrates and Beta-glucan levels in Pink Oyster and Lions Mane mushrooms. This research project has led to an internship with Mycelyum this summer and fall semester.


Date: Sunday, October 30th


Join medical herbalist & microdosing coach, Laura, to learn the basics of microdosing psilocybin. 

In this workshop we will explore the science behind microdosing, what it can do for you and the history of this medicine. We will discuss the various protocols recommended psychologists and scientists as well as supportive practices to get the most our of your microdosing experience. 

LAURA DOUGLAS, House of Origins   www.houseoforigins.ca

Laura is a medical herbalist practitioner in Vancouver BC. They graduated from Pacific Rim college in 2014 with a diploma of Phytotherapy. Their practice of herbalism is primarily seeing 1:1 clients; with a focus on treating mental health, digestion and gender inclusive period care. Laura believes that knowledge is power and spends a lot of time teaching classes, workshops and sharing hands on herbal knowledge. It is their goal to empower and educate people with herbal medicine skills and body awareness so they can achieve a greater stat of vitality and health. They are a co-founder in House Of Origins Apothecary; a small batch handcrafted herbal medicine company specializing in tinctures, body care and ritual herbal preparations. Their love of herbalism and nature has brought them all over the pacific northwest, gathering knowledge and using herbalism as a form of activism. When they aren’t nerding out about herbs, Laura is studying hermetics, creating performance art or camping and traveling.

Date: Sunday, October 30th


Join us for Joy Dutcher’s presentation on how ADHD and neuro-differences can be positively empowered by mushrooms. 

Join Joy’s presentation on dispelling the myths of neuro-differences, celebrating the overwhelmingly positive aspects of ADHD, and simple ways to explore the benefits of functional and psychedelic mushrooms that can prove anyone’s mental health.

JOY DUTCHER, Mycelyum Inc.   www.mycelyum.com

Joy’s mushroom journey started when she was diagnosed with ADD in her mid 30s. The Western Medical approach she was initially introduced to for ‘treating’ her ADHD was fraught with negative side effects and effectively reduced the analytical, creative and spiritual side of her thinking that she loved. When Jimmy (her life / business partner) recommended she look into functional mushrooms for a dietary approach to improving brain health, everything changed. 

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Gibsons Public Market
473 Gower Point Rd, Gibsons BC


Sat, Oct 29  | 10am - 5pm
Sun, Oct 30  | 10am - 5pm


Heritage Playhouse
662 North Rd, Gibsons, BC


Sat, Oct 29  | 7:30pm