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Lecture Series: Meet-up for an Evening with Guest Speaker, Leslie Jo Meyerhoff

The IMA is honored to welcome Leslie Jo Meyerhoff!

Beautiful Leslie Jo Meyerhoff is an expert on the Siberian Shamans' SOMA mythology and she is well known on the mushroom festival circuit for her amazing presentation called GO ASK ALICE…the Amanita Experience, which is sure to make you bigger and not smaller...

Leslie Jo teaches about mushrooms and ethnomycology at several State Parks in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and at the Wedge Community Co-op in Minneapolis. She also offers programs at the world-famous Telluride Mushroom Festival. In 2012, she visited Ireland and was a presenter at the International Mushroom Festival at Killegar and at the Bog Allen Nature Centre in County Kildare.

Her presentation tonight features Mushrooms of the Emerald Isle and takes you from posh Georgian mansions, rambling estates  and an area of preserved bog land,  to a 2,000 year old  oakwood and the pastoral fields on the side of Knocklayde. There are many magical stops in between, all highlighted by brilliant photography. Irish-themed treats will be served and we will have some Celtic music to get into the spirit of this mythical and magical land.

According to Meyerhoff, since A.muscaria occurs in Ireland, there is a likelihood the Celts were "Amanita-eaters."

Then, Leslie Jo will take us through the rabbit hole and we'll explore the Amanita mythology and its shamanic use in the context of Siberian shaman. Bring your tweed and your parka as we fly with Leslie Jo and team of Siberian reindeer to explore the role mushrooms play in these two distinct cultures.

A "You Tube" video of Leslie Jo discussing the Salmon Waxy Cap at the International Mushroom Festival may be found at

The IMA is comprised of mycologists and laypeople from all walks of life who share a common interest in the study of mushrooms. Individual members often have specific areas of interest and expertise, including mushroom foraging, taxonomy, cultivation, mycoremediation, mycorrhizas, medical mycology, yeasts, lichens, food spoilage, fermented foods, plant diseases, symbioses with animals, and edible, poisonous, and entheogenic fungi.

If you are new to mushrooming, joining a mushroom club will give you the opportunity to learn about the fungal diversity found during the annual cycle in Chicagoland and how to identify species properly and safely. Whether you’re an experienced mycophile or are new to the Kingdom of Fungi, we welcome your knowledge and companionship.

For non-IMA-members, there is a $5 suggested donation to attend our lecture series events. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Please join us! Membership in the IMA is only $20 per year and includes participation in our monthly members-only forays. While our lecture series is open to the public, forays into the woods are limited to members only. This is because the IMA is a scientific and educational nonprofit that holds a scientific collector's permit to pick wild mushrooms for research and education. That's why only club members can come on forays. Club members also receive a great digital monthly newsletter with articles, recipes, research, art and information on additional events. You can become an IMA member at any IMA lecture series event, or by clicking here

North Park Village Nature Center is located at 5801 North Pulaski Road, Chicago, Illinois 60646. From the intersection of North Pulaski Road and West Ardmore Avenue, go east into the North Park Village Campus. Drive past the booth, you do not need to stop. At the T-junction, turn left. Then take a quick right. You will see the forest of the nature center on the left. Shortly you'll arrive at a parking lot on your right as you approach the front of the nature center building. The road between the parking lot and the main entrance may be blocked, but the center will still be open and accessible.

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  • max

    Another enthusiastic, knowledgeable & talented speaker. Can't wait for next month.

    1 · April 1, 2013

  • Nessie

    I still need a ride from Oak Park, if anyone can carpool.

    1 · April 1, 2013

    • Nessie

      I have to drop my kid off in Oak Park around 6, so timingwise that wouldn't work. I couldn't get downtown until after 7PM.

      April 1, 2013

    • Jeff A.

      I can pick you up then. Send me your address. Can you take the train back?

      1 · April 1, 2013

  • Kim

    Can't wait I really enjoy all the guest speakers
    Happy holiday

    1 · March 30, 2013

  • Nessie

    Can anyone give a ride to and from Oak Park?

    1 · March 15, 2013

    • rebecca

      email wonderful Sally...

      March 15, 2013

    • Nessie

      She can only give a ride one way (back). Still need a ride there

      March 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, that's way too far from West Chicago.

    December 21, 2012

    • rebecca

      worth it!

      March 5, 2013

    • Nessie

      Our newsletter editor is from West Chicago. Maybe you could carpool.

      1 · March 7, 2013

  • max

    very excited; love everything Celtic, mythological & now mycological!

    2 · March 5, 2013

  • Cara

    Hope to attend this one.

    1 · February 26, 2013

  • rebecca

    According to Meyerhoff, since A.muscaria occurs in Ireland, there is a likelihood the Celts were "Amanita-eaters"... Join us for her talk in Chicago on Monday, April 1st...

    December 25, 2012

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