Psilocybin-Containing Fungi in Australia

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About: Australia has been contributing to the emerging conversation around Psychedelic Assisted Therapy in significant ways. Alongside this there have been some significant contributions to our understanding of psilocybin-containing fungi. This talk will discuss the species of psilocybin-containing fungi in Australia, new species that are emerging, and discussion of the impacts on our understanding of the genus Psilocybe from recent research, followed by time for Q&A.

Speaker: Caine Barlow, Entheogenesis Australis

Bio: Caine Barlow is a Fungi Educator and Mycologist based in Melbourne, Australia. He has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Tasmania, and a Master of Science from the University of Melbourne. Caine also has qualifications in horticulture and permaculture. He works closely with the Australian organisation Entheogenesis Australis, and is a co-founder of US-based organisation The Entheome Foundation. Caine started foraging mushrooms in the early 1990’s, and has been cultivating gourmet fungi since the mid 2000’s. Caine has taught mushroom cultivation through private workshops, through mycological societies, at Entheogenesis Australis events, with Fungi Academy, and at numerous mushroom themed events. He has co-written and delivered workshops with Mycommunity Applied Mycology, and co-wrote and delivered content for DoubleBlind’s 102 Mushroom cultivation course. Caine is a mentor for Milkwood for their online Mushroom Cultivation course. He has written for Entheogenesis Australis, DoubleBlind, ThirdWave, MicroDose, and Healing Maps. Caine is currently working on a book project, expected to be released May 2024! He is an admin and moderator on many Facebook fungi groups. In addition to fungi, he has had a long-term interest in ethnobotany, ethnobotanical literature, and growing medicinal plants. Find him on Instagram, @guerrillamycology. His website is


MardiGrass is also all about sensible law reform for ALL drugs, so this year we will partner with Entheogenesis Australis [EGA] to present a program dedicated to other medicinal plants. Don’t miss it! 10am – 10pm Saturday 4 May in the Town Hall Garden.

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