The Ripple Effect is back for a full digital exploration of the wonderful world of fungi! From a new frontier for sustainable practices, superfood properties, and easy to grow unsung heroes of our universal ecosystem. Mushrooms genuinely are magical organisms.
Get inspired, spread the word, support your health, and maybe even grow your own.
"Mycology is the branch of biology concerned with the study of fungi, including their genetic and biochemical properties, their taxonomy and their use to humans as a source for tinder, traditional medicine, food, and entheogens, as well as their dangers."
From local farmer's markets to supermarkets, mushrooms are readily available, easy to grow, super delicious, and VERY nutritious!
We'll share a few of our favorite recipes in rotation...
Try a relaxed summer staple of Lemon, Garlic, & Thyme Mushroom Linguine here.
Or this creamy vegan miso soup with mushrooms here
With a low carbon footprint of .5kg per POUND (thats a lot of mushrooms) it's a protein packed, versatile flavor thats healthy for you and the planet!
Adaptogens + Medicinal Mushrooms
Let's quickly forget that these fungi are fabulous for the planet AND in pasta to touch on adaptogens. You may have heard this word floating around...
"Adaptogens are a group of herbs and roots that help the body resist and recover from physical, chemical, and biological stress."
The wellness community hails certain fungi extracts as superheros in regulating the endocrine, nervous system, immune, digestive, and cardiovascular function. With a long history of medicinal use, recent research is showing mushroom as a vital tool to combat diseases like cancer and Alzheimers.
Find a Chaga hot chocolate recipe here or pick up a tincture of your choice!
Chaga Hot Chocolate Via Ascension Kitchen
Grow Your Own
The satisfaction of a self harvest! Marvel at the magic of pink oyster mushrooms, discovered the crab-like "meat" of Lions Mane, and impress yourselves with the rapid high yield of Shiitake. With just some low-light and a few veils of mist, you can be a master farmer of gourmet and medicinal mushrooms!
Did you know that mushrooms breathe? That they seek companionship through their root systems, mycelium and function as a communication system between trees and other organisms of the natural world. What about the fact that they can organically be used to clean up oil spills, and heal the human body.
If you've never given fungi much thought, prepare to be amazed! This documentary's filled to the brim with remarkable footage and an awe-inspiring crash course in mycology. Shwartzeberg's passion for fungi woven into every fiber of the film, and it's infectious!
“Beyond the intimate experience of a singular surfer in the water, surfing has never been only about riding waves. How we play is saturated with the ideas, ideals, and mores of our world.”
In the spirit of a sacred women’s circle, we gathered our vibrant women’s surfing community to connect digitally via Zoom and share stories on themes from Lauren Hill’s book about the rise of women’s surfing. During this period of physical distancing, seeing each other’s warmth and smiles through the screens was an invigorating reminder of why we care so much about activating our global, diverse community of surfing sisters to shape a better future.
Over nearly two hours, we paused for a few synchronous breaths together and expressed our stories with the intention of learning, compassion for each other’s deeply personal experiences, and action steps on how to work and play in solidarity.
Watch The Full Video Here
Lauren Hill introduced why she wrote She Surf, and how she felt called to document women’s stories to be heard and embraced within the heart of surfing culture through her films, writings, and gatherings. Cher Pendarvis—who has been discreetly shaping our culture since the 1960s through her art, surfboard shaping, writings, and in laying the foundations for professional women’s surfing—delved into the technical nuances of board design for the female form from her decades of wisdom.
Cher Pendarvis rides the energy. Photo By Sarah Lee From She Surf, Gestalten, 2020.
Dani Burt, the first ever women’s World Adaptive Surfing Champion, doctor of physical therapy, and a master of the backside pig-dog, guided us through her journey of how the ocean became a place where she truly felt love and at home during tumultuous stretches of her youth. Leah Dawson, a freesurfer and co-founder of the Changing Tides Foundation, spoke from her heart about how wherever she travels around the world, women in the water emanate vibrations of joy and explained a few concrete ways we can participate in political change. Writer and editor Rhea Cortado commented on how women’s surf storytelling has evolved into the digital era and why the multitude of voices rising to express their stories in their own words and art is changing the perception of surf culture within our own communities and beyond.
Dani Burt photo by Mike Bresnen and featured in She Surf, Gestalten, 2020
Cher final words felt true as an ending to our conversation but also a beginning of new ripples created by our gathering:
“A wave is moving energy and it travels sometimes thousands of miles before it gets to where we can ride it… My dear friend Rell used to say, ‘A wave is energy made visible. We ride that energy, we respect that energy, and we connect that energy all the way until it spills on the sand, with gratitude. Think about where that wave comes from next time you paddle for a wave and are gifted to catch it. Surfing really is a gift and every wave is precious. We are just so blessed and fortunate to be women surfers.”