Fungi on the Family tree, with Eric OSborne
In this episode, Jonathan talks with father, facilitator, and mushroom farmer Eric Osborne. With a Master’s Degree in Education Eric Osborne taught middle school language arts for seven years. In 2009, he left education to open a gourmet mushroom farm Magnificent Mushrooms in Indiana and the first State recognized Wild Mushroom Expert in Indiana allowing him to legally sell wild mushrooms. Eric is founder and facilitator at Myco-Meditations, a psilocybin retreat center in Treasure Beach, Jamaica. Eric was motivated to organize the non-profit organization PLEDG INC., (Psychedelic Liberation Education Discipline and Guidance) as an advocacy group for therapeutic applications of psychedelic plants and serve as a clearing house for research and experience gained through the legal psychedelic work being done in Jamaica. Eric lives with his two sons and fiancé in Louisville, Kentucky. He is an amateur herpetologist, mycologist and reggae d.j. who enjoys reading esoteric texts, outdoor activities and roller skating.
In this conversation, Jonathan and Eric discuss his family’s incredibly intimate relationship with fungi, how he turned a legal setback into a healing journey, and how he is changing lives with his Myco-Meditations mushroom retreats in Jamaica
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On titles and labels:
EO: People will say to me “Oh you’re a ‘medicine man’ or ‘you’re a gatekeeper,’ etc, etc…” No. I work for the plants. And I’ve never been able to resist the work, because they compel me to do it! They are my teachers. They were here before us. Other than my parents and my siblings, no one has been in my life as long or as had as profound an impact on me as these plants.
TOPICS AND WEBSITES DISCUSSED IN THIS PODCAST:
- Mushrooms are more like animals than plants
- NYTimes.com: “Animals and Fungi: Evolutionary Tie?”
- Bright Hub Education: “Animal, Plant, and Fungi Phylogeny: A Surprising Relationship”
- Trees’ use of fungi to communicate chemically
- Ted Talks: Suzanne Simard “How Trees Talk to Each Other”
- “The Dream Hunt” Deleted medicine ceremony scene
- Michigan News: “Marijuana Dampens Brain’s Response to Reward Over Time”
- The Bible on Materialism and Worry:
- “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (Matthew 6: 25-34)
- 2000 Acre Honey Mushroom:
- Oregon Public Broadcasting: “Fungus Sets Record as Largest Single Living Organism on Earth”
- USDA.gov: “The Humongous Fungus”
- Required Reading for a Myco-Meditations Retreat:
- Illumination: The Shaman’s Way of Healing by Alberto Villoldo
- The Cornbread Mafia
- Psymposia: “Coming out of the Psychedelic Closet” by Neşe Devenot
- Rastafarianism and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act