Inspired by the forest root system, Mycelium Dinners build community through trust and love.
Is it possible to take back control of our lives by being vulnerable, by letting go of control? Could an experience inspired by indigenous traditions of creating trust by sharing our roots, stories and food give rise to stronger communities? Does each one of us carry the seed to grow a more beautiful forest of humanity?
Of all the world’s collective burning issues, one seems more prevalent than any other. That issue could be identified as the root cause of all of other problems and can be summarized as “the separation from ourselves, community and nature.”
If we agree that this separation is the main hindrance to human progress in harmony with nature, connection would be the antidote. This project aims at (re)connecting us to nature, community and ourselves.
A Beautiful Forest is inspired by the concept of healthy forests ecosystems, especially by the underground symbiotic networks that connect plant roots with nutrients in the soil and life-essential carbon to fungi. As science opens our eyes to the beauty of this symbiosis, also called the natural internet, we are asking: what would happen if we try to repair a fragmented human forest?
Mycelium Dinners by themselves are not going to repair the human forest. What these evenings can do is let you experience a vibration of connection, and of love, if even just for a moment. The true value is a learning experience of how good deep connections to others make you feel. The sensory feeling of connection, trust and love.
If you have such an intense experience and then go back to a disconnected life, it won’t last. But if you use the Mycelium Dinner to make changes to your own life - and the community you live in - the result will be stronger roots of trust and love to grow a more beautiful human forest.
A Beautiful Forest
From the elements of earth, water, air and fire,
mankind circled and built a collective desire,
Man-made systems swirling up and around,
Slowly forgetting collective roots underground.
Later came the industrial revolution,
A metallic cage of spiritual destitution,
Loneliness, depression and pollution,
Somewhat posing as human evolution.
A systemic craving for growth,
Leaving people with inertia and loath,
To change their own misconstruction,
Even when it leads to self-destruction.
Now is the time to break free from this cage,
United in love, wisdom and sage,
Soaking in the intelligence of the Mother,
Healing our separation to each one and another.
Mycelium connecting sister and brother,
Small tender tendrils embracing each other,
From growing roots of trust and love,
A beautiful forest is rising above.
Received with gratitude on night of the 1st December 2018 at 3:21am during the Holistic Symposium by Le Ciel Foundation in Barcelona, Spain. Last verse received with gratitude on 13:50 on 9th Feb 2019 in Sydney, Australia.