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Join well-known mushroom educator/artist, designer and educator Julie Beeler and Botanical Colors for Mycology & Color: A Chromatic Universe of Mushroom in Trout Lake, Washington!

DATES: October 13-15, 2023
LOCATION: Trout Lake, Washington
PARTICIPANTS: Limited to 15 attendees

Curious about fungi? Have a love affair with color? Combine your interests and explore the realm of color created from mushrooms. They have long been used as a source of natural color, yielding some of nature’s most vibrant colors. In this workshop artist, farmer and creator of the Mushroom Color Atlas Julie Beeler will teach students how to identify and unlock the hidden colors within easy to identify wild mushrooms and transform them into dyes, pigments, paints and inks. We will spend Saturday in the forest, learning about and foraging for dye mushrooms. Julie will walk students through the mushroom identification process and teach you how to locate dye mushrooms using environmental indicators. You will leave with an understanding of how to find, forage for and identify dye mushrooms.

On Sunday we will spend the day in the studio. Julie will cover general mushroom dye techniques as students explore the myriad of shades these forest friends offer us. She will teach you how to transform the mushroom dyes and explore the process of lake making to create mushroom pigments that can be used in a variety of forms. You will learn different extraction methods for making inks and mull your own watercolor paint. Everyone will create a mini accordion book to record and capture the color. You will assemble wool and silk fiber samples for the mushroom color chart you will create. Everyone will take home some sample mushroom paint and an instructional craftbook including mushroom dye recipes. Throughout class we will have opportunities for questions and discussions on everything we cover  in the class, including best practices for foraging, reviewing a list of available resources and more.

No previous experience necessary, though a fantastic workshop for practicing dyers. Students must be comfortable and physically able to spend 5 hours hiking through the forest, off-trail. Saturday’s session will be held rain or shine. Limited to 15 participants.

Cave Creek Farm

Friday, October 13
5pm Welcome gathering at Cave Creek Farms
5:30pm Farm foraged dinner at Cave Creek Farms – Featuring chef Karl Holl and included in your registration.

Saturday, October 14
9am Meet at Post Office Coffee
10am-4pm Foraging in Gifford Pinchot National Forest
6pm Evening gathering at Trout Lake Hall

Sunday, October 15
10am-4pm Working in the Bloom & Dye Studio

ACCOMMODATIONS: (Lodging is NOT included in this event)
Some great local options include:
Cave Creek Farm
Elk Meadows
Trout Lake Valley Inn
Trout Lake Cozy Cabins
Peterson Prairie Cabin
Guler Mt Adams Park
Ruby June Inn (20 minutes south in Husum)
Society Hotel Bingen (30 minutes south in Bingen)
Hotel Iconica (30 minutes south in White Salmon)
Various Airbnbs in the area

AIRPORT: Portland International Airport is 1.5 hours from Trout Lake

TRANSPORTATION: Trout Lake is at the base of Mt. Adams and the entrance to Gifford Pinchot National Forest.

There are not any public transportation options to get up to this neck of the woods. However, there are shared shuttle rides from PDX airport to Hood River but it would require a coordinated rideshare or carpool with other attendees to get up to Trout Lake.

If you are driving from the Seattle area, please note you will need to stay on the major freeways south towards Portland and then head East. The local forest backroads over Baby Shoe Pass ARE NOT OPEN this time of year. Even if Google or Apple maps shows this route available, DO NOT drive these roads–you risk getting stuck!

Oregon chef and forager, Karl Holl (who will be cooking for us!)

MEALS: The following incredible meal is included in your registration!

Farm foraged dinner on Friday, Oct. 13. Please provide any dietary restrictions and we will do our best to accommodate your needs.

COME PREPARED: Attendees will need to plan to bring the following items:

Saturday’s forest forage
Register online in ADVANCE (no wifi available in the forest) for your REQUIRED FREE mushroom permit
Sturdy walking boots (closed toe shoes)
Wear a bright colored item such as a jacket, vest, backpack or hat (it is hunting season) – MANDATORY!
Wear longs pants and long sleeves (walking through forested habitat)
Pack extra layers to stay warm, including hat and gloves
Bring waterproof pants and jacket (in case of rain)
Sack lunch for Saturday and Sunday (no refrigerator) and beverage
Collecting basket
Knife for mushroom cutting
Sunday’s studio session
Water bottle
Pen for writing
Apron to protect your clothes
Gloves to protect your hands

Farm foraged dinner
Materials fee

We are offering a partial scholarship and the link to register is here.  Please note that we will award the scholarship before the workshop opens, so APPLY NOW as registration closes 5PM Pacific Wednesday May 3!  All are welcome to apply!

Julie Beeler is a designer, artist and educator living at the base of a volcano in Trout Lake, WA. Growing up with a deep love and curiosity for the natural world, she conceived and launched Bloom & Dye along with the Mushroom Color Atlas to grow her work and passion to benefit what she values most: curiosity, education, creativity, collaboration, community, and the environment. For Julie, educating others on how plants, fungi and their colors reflect the beauty of nature is something she is moved to share as a way to inspire care, stewardship and impact. Her textile work is bound up in the landscape; every thread is infused with earthly energy as she gently simmers Mother Nature to unlock her colors. Drawing on cultural traditions and ancient natural dye histories, each textile object is a record of a place and time, reflecting our relationship to the natural world. For seven years she was on the faculty of Pacific Northwest College of Art and Oregon College of Art & Craft in Portland. When she is not out foraging you can find her tending to her flower farm, working in her art studio, or leading workshops.

Did you see Julie on FEEDBACK FRIDAY? Watch the video recording here.


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