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Medicinal Mushrooms
& Mental Health

A Virtual Series

with Michelle Rigling, PhD

Medicinal Mushrooms & Mental Health

A Masterclass Series with Michelle Rigling, PhD

May 7 & 21, 2024
7:00pm - 9:00pm ET

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and we want to share how medicinal mushrooms can support brain functioning, mental and emotional wellness, and trauma recovery plus ways to incorporate mushrooms into mindfulness practices and spiritual exploration.

Michelle Rigling is a Board Certified Holistic Health Practitioner and doctoral-level Transpersonal Counselor who integrates medicinal mushrooms into her work with clients. She has found that mushrooms can be powerful allies for both physical and mental health as well as emotional wellness and spiritual exploration. 

Investment: $55
Includes lives sessions + recordings.

Week 1: Medicinal Mushrooms & The Immune-Gut-Brain Connection
In our first class, we will review the basics of medicinal mushrooms and then dive into specific mushrooms and protocols that support mental health. We'll cover beta-glucans and how both the immune system and gut health impacts mental wellness. We will also discuss mushrooms that have nootropic properties, sometimes called "smart shrooms", as well as those known to be adaptogens that can support the nervous system. We'll end the class with a discussion about the various ways to prepare and consume medicinal mushrooms. There will be tips on dosing, DIY remedies, as well as a few cooking recipes.

Week 2: Psychoactive Mushrooms, Clinical Notes & Microdosing Insights
We will start our second class with an overview and comparison of psychoactive fungi and mushrooms, including Amanita muscaria and Psilocybe cubensis as well as a few unexpected others. We will explore how various mushrooms can enhance meditation and mindfulness practices as well as aid in spiritual reflection and exploration. We will discuss the ceremonial history of working with mushrooms as well as share case studies and clinical notes, sample protocols, and microdosing insights.


Bonus Material
Intro to Entheogenic Mushrooms
The "Magical" Chemistry 
Micro vs. Macro-dosing
Protocols for Safety
Therapeutic Integration
Clinical Trial Reviews  
Legal Outlook

We will share teachings and research from:
Katherine MacLean, PhD
Christopher Hobbs, L.Ac, AHG
Dale Pendell, Ethnobotanist
Andrew Weil, M.D.
Mark Plotkin, PhD
Michael Pollan
John Hopkins Univ.
and more!

About Our Presenter
Michelle Rigling, PhD, M.Sc., CLC
Board Certified Holistic Practitioner

Michelle is a doctorate-level Transpersonal Counselor, Eco-Therapy Guide, and Sacred Plant Medicine Practitioner in Chattanooga, TN. She is also the founder and director of The Midsouth Women's Herbal Conference. Michelle's work with plants tends to focus on spiritual wellness and emotional resiliency; she enjoys inspiring people to connect with nature in simple ways that encourage authenticity, wild belonging, and self-reliance. She loves to teach, especially about mushrooms, and is a strong advocate for everyone having uninhibited access to nature's medicine. Michelle hosts nature-based retreats and holistic wellness events through her private practice, The Cavewoman Way. You can learn more about her work at

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