Mycelium & Me… By Tony


My name is Tony, and I’m writing to you on behalf of Mycelium, an organization that has provided me with crucial support and inspiration as I step into a lifestyle more authentic and work that feels like it’s mine to do. I am a lawyer by training and claim St. Louis, Missouri, as my home. However, my winding path over the past couple years has included traveling in more than a dozen countries on four continents, volunteering hundreds of hours with seminarians in Mozambique, teachers in Thailand, and the homeless in St. Louis.

I also started Offscripting, a social venture designed to help people rewrite the stories that shape their lives.  

I agreed to write a letter for Mycelium’s Winter Appeal despite having an aversion to asking for money. And while the organization does want (and need) money to keep the lights on and the dogs fed, what I actually want to ask you for is your energy, your attention, and your passion.

If you’re receiving this letter, it’s because someone within the Mycelium network identified you as a person we want on board in creating a new paradigm, one that works for all of us. I’m a single member of the growing network of changemakers and seekers, and we grow stronger and more versatile as a collective with each person who says yes. So it is in my self interest for YOU to get involved with this organization.   

What that looks like for you, I don’t know. I found Mycelium online in a somewhat random fashion 18 months ago and have now participated in two different programs, a 12-week Learning Journey in 2014 and a Venture Track Learning Journey that just began. They’ve provided me with crucial support and insight as I navigate the uncharted waters between the stable career I walked away from in 2013 and whatever it is I’m moving toward.

Mycelium began with a single person, a single vision. After four years, the network has expanded to include thousands of people and dozens of projects shaping a new paradigm.

And, as far as I can tell, Mycelium is just getting warmed up.

My sense is that the coming year will be a tipping point for Mycelium, and without necessarily knowing you, I am confident in saying that I’d love for you to be a part of it. Thank you for your time, and please contribute in any way that feels meaningful.

Much love,



By |December 16th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Innovative, Disruptive Education at the People of Color Conference

POCC ProgramMycelium participated in the 28th People of Color Conference (POCC) hosted by the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) December 2-5, 2015 that was attended by 2700 adults. Simultaneously the Student Diversity Leadership Conference (SDLC) was hosted with 1600 youth. It was an empowering experience to be amongst over 4300 people who are willing to be ruthlessly honest with ourselves because of our dedication to the Equity Imperative.

Affinity groups are a cornerstone experience for POCC and SDLC where conference participants who share the same race or ethnicity explore their racial identity in a protected space that is just for people who share that identity.

“Unlike other conference programming (which is open to all irrespective of race and ethnicity), affinity group space derives its meaning, integrity, and transformative power from participation by same-group members.”

Affinity groups are organized around 9 different identifiers including Transracially Adopted and Multiracial Heritage. Mycelium’s co-founder, Ashley Cooper, was a Lead Facilitator for the white affinity group — 450 white educators who are committed to exploring their white identity and undoing patterns of dominance and subordination in service to creating more equitable communities and learning environments. This was Ashley’s 2nd year facilitating the white affinity group.

IMG_4726Mycelium also hosted a booth in the POCC Hub/Exhibit Hall where Mycelium highlighted our dedication to innovative approaches to education and disruptive education that addresses systemic obstacles to healthy and thriving people and ecosystems.

Mycleium’s participation in POCC is thanks to Caroline Blackwell, VP of Equity and Justice at NAIS who’s department produces POCC and SDLC. Caroline is also a Mycelium alumni who participated in the Summer 2014 Learning Journey.

About the conference from the NAIS website:

IMG_4739The mission of the conference is to provide a safe space for leadership and professional development and networking for people of color and allies of all backgrounds in independent schools.

…This event is distinct among professional development experiences in the national education landscape.

…In 2006, the NAIS board affirmed that the People of Color Conference be “designed for people of color as it relates to their roles in independent schools. Its programming should include offerings that support people of color as they pursue strategies for success and leadership. Its focus should be on providing a sanctuary and networking opportunity for people of color and allies in independent schools as we build and sustain inclusive school communities.”

Practically, this mission means that unlike most independent school settings, the majority of the PoCC attendees and presenters are people of color. The wisdom and perspective of people of color tends to be a “minority” view in independent schools (and other businesses and organizations in the U.S., particularly), despite the fact that people of color comprise a world majority. Because of this, the NAIS People of Color Conference offers attendees the empowering experience of an interactional space that more closely mirrors world racial and ethnic demography, and the professional development scope and vision necessary to refocus their work and learning through an equity perspective.

Mycelium Exhibit Booth

In the center of the conference was the POCC Hub, a convening space with a Makerspace, Wellness Center, Bookstore, Education Corners and exhibitors. The Mycelium booth was designed based on disruptive, innovative education. In addition to sharing the core purpose and programs that Mycelium offers, the booth also served as a resource station for innovative ideas in education that educators could immediately apply in their classrooms and schools. Mycelium’s Director of Operations, Michele Henry, graciously welcomed people into the Mycelium experience.

Three top innovations that were shared:

  • ALNUGE – Game-based STEM and STEAM education that uses geometric codes to give children an opportunity to see things differently and communicate differently. Decoder cards and Brain Power Game Sheets were given away. ALNUGE was invented by Cleaster Cotton who is part of the Mycelium Network.
  • ENGAGE & INTERACT: Play it Forward Missions – Using Sneaky Cards and Mycelium-created Missions, these cards invite people to interact in fun and meaningful ways. The categories for the missions were: Grow, Connect, Engage, Care, Surprise, Create.
  • Conversation Starters – Mycelium’s designer, Mason Greenewald, prototyped his tabletop “Howdy Stranger” cards that invite “old fashioned human interaction” and for people to become a “Practicing Humilitarian.” These cards are perfect for breaking the isolation bubble at coffee shops and study halls.
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The tools for the classroom were greatly appreciated by courageous, caring and active teachers who were open to new ideas and disruption. Many visitors of the booth asked if Mycelium could come to their school and help train fellow teachers and faculty on facilitation skills for creating brave spaces for communicating about differences and equity.

We are looking forward to NAIS POCC 2017 in Atlanta, GA.

Let us know if you are interested in getting involved in future, related Mycelium programming. We are exploring offering Facilitation Training programs for educators, a Think Tank and Community of Practice focused on the theme of “Working Together Across Differences” and a White Affinity Practice Group. These are in addition to our 3-month Learning Journey and 3-month Venture Journey.

By |December 7th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Mycelium Alumni – Hosting Change in Her Hometown

MatticeBTAt the closing retreat of Mattice Haynes’ Learning Journey in October of 2014, she got an email from the City of Decatur (population 20,000 in the heart of downtown Atlanta and where Mattice lives). Her consulting organization, The Art of Community, had been chosen to run a community engagement process to help the city implement part of it’s 2010 Strategic Plan to “Encourage a diverse and engaged community.”

Better Together is a citizen-led, government supported effort to build deeper connection, understanding, and mutual respect among the Decatur community. It will culminate at the end of 2015 with the creation of a tangible Community Action Plan focused on cultivating a more just, welcoming, inclusive, equitable and compassionate experience for all who visit, live or work in the City of Decatur.

The city faces growing challenges such as housing affordability, rising taxes, and some recent events, particularly ones rooted in race. Officials have become aware that not everyone feels equally welcome and it’s time, perhaps even past time, to start shifting things. Mattice and her team are leading the city in a participatory engagement process that gives the people most effected an opportunity to give recommendations for the future.

The first phase involved creating a Leadership Circle of Decatur residents who represent a diverse cross-section of the community who, together with the police chief and a handful of city employees, have formed meaningful relationships, had challenging conversations about race and equity and have been guiding the Better Together process. Later this August there will be a 1-day capacity building training to support people working together across differences and a community-wide event to generate suggestions for a Community Action Plan.

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In a recent meeting with her team, Mattice was reflecting on her Learning Journey with Mycelium and how pivotal it was in preparing her to take on a project of this scope and scale. She learned to pause, rest and take care of herself, connected with new supportive friends and colleagues, and learned participatory skills that have been valuable in the process. Listen to Mattice explain in her own words.

By |August 11th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Giving Space for Grief as an Agent for Change

Humans and the world we live in are complex. Being committed to change requires a fundamental acceptance that things will shift from one state to another. In that process, something is lost. Losing something that is a part of us can be painful. Allowing a complex system to reorganize after a loss is challenging. Acknowledging that the pain is real is essential.

There is so much suffering in our world due to a lack of attention, presence and connection to the experience of grief. In order to be an agent for change, one must recognize the presence of suffering, ours and others. We must also be willing to face that grief is a natural part of the change process.

Grief is about recognizing and tending to loss. It is a physical, emotional, spiritual and even social experience. Loss happens everywhere, occurring all the time. And from loss, when we compost it, tend to it, and allow it to run its course, something new is born.

What loss are you noticing right now that needs your attention?

As an agent for change, it is important that we tend to our experiences — the easy ones, the hard ones and the ones that are demanding for us to get real! When grief comes up, it is asking for your attention. Tend to it like you would a child. Nurture it, listen to it, hold it, let it go, let it return.

Often there is a cycle of experiences related to grief. Below Harrison Owen** describes how the cycle of grief and change shows up in groups, from his book: The Power of Spirit: How Organizations Transform.

Where would you place yourself on this cycle? What needs attention based upon where you or your family, organization or community sits on this cycle? Remember, it is kind to ask for help.

  • Stage 1: Shock and anger – How dare the universe change on me?
  • Stage 2: Denial – A way of catching our breaths when we are surprised.
  • Stage 3: Memories – We begin to recount again and again – and again the history leading up to the change. We humans have a need to acknowledge the past before we can let it go.
  • Stage 4: Despair — We come to the realization that the change is real. It has happened. We have no place else to go but forward. This is the time of crossing from one way of being to another. And we have to embrace that despair in order to get through it.
  • Stage 5: Stillness and Silence — The space for Holy and Creative work to take place in us at a very deep level. It’s a time when we search our own hearts and decide if we are going to stay and work with the new situation, or if we need to take a time-out or leave.
  • Stage 6: Questioning — We begin to ask each other “What if” questions – What if we change the way we do some things? Questioning invites people to imagine a new future that includes the best possible outcome for the changes they face.
    The task of leaders at this point is to help ask the Questions. Not to provide ready-made answers – because there are none. Owen says that people will find their own answers, if we leave the space open for them.
  • Stage 7: New Vision — A commitment to living life in a new way.

In eco-psychology it is said that one of the greatest challenges to creating healthy life-giving systems is failing to tend to grief and the process of letting go. When we actually touch our grief and allow it to be seen, we make space for new life and new opportunities to come through. If grief is not attended to, it inhibits us from becoming who we are meant to be, from truly reaching our potential.

Loss is happening at every level — systemic, community, familial and individual levels. You may feel grief for the unjust loss of lives due to an unfair criminal justice system. You may feel grief from the death of a loved one, or from letting go of a belief system that no longer serves you. Grief can be felt when you realize you’re not living the life you were meant to live or when you realize that you’ve been living a life of great privilege that other’s haven’t had access to.

By tending to these griefs, and letting go, we make space for the new, healthy life wanting to emerge… both in ourselves and in the larger systems we are a part of. This, in essence, is transformation. In order for something new to emerge, something else must be recognized, tended to and let go of.

There may be some loss in your life and grief that needs your attention… that needs your tender care. If you find this to be true, allow yourself to stop and truly be with what you are feeling. Let it be the most important thing in that moment. Give it all your attention. Listen to what will feel nurturing to you. Do it with a loved one, a companion in your change work or alone, depending upon what will feel most nourishing to you. And remember to ask for help! We can’t do it all alone.

When we tend to our grief, give it our attention, hold it and let it go, we can be a support to others in that same way.

~written by Dana Pearlman & Ashley Cooper


**Grief Stages descriptions adapted from this blog post.

Artwork by Kara Brown


By |February 6th, 2015|Uncategorized|4 Comments

A Conference Like None Other

Re-Imagining the Conference. PermacultureVoices.



There is something changing in the world of conferences. People are realizing they can be more. People are realizing that the traditional design of “smart” people speaking on a stage 3 times a day with a couple breakout sessions to hear from more “smart” people in a smaller room just isn’t working.

Conference goers are wanting to connect with other participants and cross-pollinate, develop friendships, find collaborators and create together. Essentially, they are wanting to learn how they can best do their work in the world and are realizing the current format can be improved.

We agree.

Keynote Speaker, Toby Hemenway, author of Gaia's Garden, will be unveiling his newest book at PV2!

Keynote Speaker, Toby Hemenway, author of Gaia’s Garden, will be unveiling his newest book at PV2!

This is why the Mycelium team said yes to Diego Footer, the Founder and visionary behind the PermacultureVoices Conference when he wanted to bring in an experiential design team to flip the traditional conference on its head.

Last year Diego launched PV1 to 600 people. Some of the feedback Diego heard was along the lines of, “It would be better if it were more innovative, more hands on, more interpersonal, more active.” Essentially, what Diego kept hearing was that what the participants wanted was for him to re-imagine what a conference could be. Diego didn’t know how to do that, but one of his colleagues pointed him in our direction.

For the past 6 months, the Mycelium team has been meeting every week shaking the Etch-A-Sketch of what a conference is, and drawing in new lines of what it could be. We’ve incorporated music, movement, the arts, large scale rapid collaboration and a massive skill share session. We see so much wisdom in the people who attend these conferences and have designed this experience to unlock that wisdom.

One of the keynote speakers and one of our personal inspirations... Paul Stamets

One of the keynote speakers and one of our personal inspirations… Paul Stamets. Author of Mycelium Running.

The conference hasn’t totally abandoned the traditional format altogether as it will be peppered with thought leaders in the world of permaculture such as leading mycologist, Paul Stamets, the founder of Permaculture Magazine, Maddy Harland, and Buckminster Fuller Challenge winner Allan Savory.

The design for PV2 will allow participants to both receive value from the wisdom of the keynotes on stage as well as the wisdom of the participants sitting next to them. Over the course of 5 days, participants will collaborate to create a spontaneous Wiki Page, highlighting the best tools and resources for collaboration with Open Source Ecologist, Marcin Jakubowski. We will host a ½ day skillshare for the participants to step into their own role as expert as they learn and explore with each another. We will work with Maddy Harland from Permaculture Magazine to publish key insights, learnings and takeaways from the participants into the internationally recognized Permaculture Magazine.

While even the design team can’t tell you what exactly it will look like, we can say it will be a unique and powerful experience for all in attendance.


Get your ticket and come join us from March 4th to March 8th in San Diego for this experiment in learning together. To learn more and purchase your ticket, visit the PV2 registration page.



To listen to the design team talk about the experience of imagining and creating PV2 with PV2 Founder, Diego Footer, click on the image below…


To listen to Mycelium Co-Founder, Matthew Abrams talk with PV2 Founder, Diego Footer, click on the image below…


Myceliumni: Graham Hackett

poetry in motion

Graham Hackett’s blue eyes hang under his slightly crooked hat. He believes his poetry can invite the healing of social wounds from Oakland to Appalachia. Born to a hippie mom and a Viet Nam vet dad, Graham stepped into journey of paradox. As a military child, he moved to 8 states within 7 years. In each place he lived, he took on the stories of the place, the culture, the humans. Through his journeys, his perception of reality grew in complexity. Living across the continuum of social experience from rural  Leesburg, Virginia to inner city Philly, Graham was collecting a mosaic of threads that weave the foundational fabric from which his poetry is born.

grahahmAfter spending a decade in the theater, Graham found himself living in Brooklyn where his life, along with legions of others dropped to its knees, with the collapse of the Twin Towers. It was in the days that followed where he performed his first spoken word performance to a community of grieving Brooklynites. Through this and the conversations that ensued, he witnessed connection and healing within his community. He realized that his poetry invited people’s hearts and minds to poke out from their shell like turtles. He left that evening asking the question, “Can my poetry affect the world?”

Graham discovered the answer to his question a few months later when he saw a performance by Robin Williams. Williams spoke to the pain, the anger and the sadness resulting from the advent of the war in Iraq. Directly resulting from Williams’ message, Graham knew that he had the power to open people up and expand their world. Since then, he has collaborated with musicians such as Digable Planets, Michael Franti and Patricia Smith. He has affected the lives of thousands through performances at diverse happenings such as the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival and as a catalyst for experiential arts workshops for incarcerated youth.

What’s Next?

civilianGraham is now poised to unleash his poetry to a new level through the CIVILIAN Project; a culmination of his life’s experiences and the realization of his life’s work. CIVILIAN is A TED Talk-style presentation spliced with performance poetry followed by facilitated conversations. The one-act touring event is designed to explore complex social issues and inspire innovative solutions.

Just like that evening in Brooklyn following 9/11, Graham will invite people into the paradoxes and challenges of edgy topics such as classism, race relations, women’s rights, juvenile justice, and living in wartime era. What makes Hackett’s approach unique is that it doesn’t dwell on pain, come from a place of dogma or leave a melancholic aftertaste. Instead his performances are designed to invite hope, transformation and positive action.

CIVILIAN will launch a national tour in 2015 where these poetic performances will invite critical conversation across colleges, universities, festivals and any other venues that value critical thought and meaningful action.

In October, Graham completed his 12-Week Learning Journey with Mycelium. In an interview, I asked Graham what kind of an impact did the program have on his life and his vision.

Graham currently has a crowdfunding campaign where he is looking to raise awareness, funds and potential venues for his 2015 national tour. To learn more and see the power of his spoken word poetry, click here.

By |December 3rd, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Bridging Between Worlds

I am a bridge between worlds. Sometimes I feel split in two, other times stretched like taffy, and in my most grounded moments, integrated and able to serve in this unique position.

Right now I’d like to share about two worlds where I feel this bridging and weaving strongly alive inside me.

New and Old Patterns of Economics
Mycelium is an organism that operates in a spirit of service. It uses one of life’s core currencies – water. Mycelium generally has an abundance of water and thus shares it freely with areas that are in need of water. The mycelium receives nutrients such as nitrogen or sugars from the surrounding soil, trees and plants. This exchange is not a transactional, if-then exchange – but a natural, mutualistic flow of service.

I feel stretched. I am inspired and motivated to support Mycelium the organization to operate in a service economy like mycelium the organism. It is in our DNA to function in this way. In real-time, however, we have not yet learned how to embody this pattern. And until we reach that level of capacity within ourselves as an organization, we need financial support to continue to exist. So we have shifted our efforts to include more transactional and explicit requests for financial support via fundraising and tuition costs. This is part of our learning edge to operate within our principles and keep our doors open.

I feel myself living in both worlds and in this area, I feel like taffy. I imagine a line down the center of my being – stretched between my head and my heart, my feet rooted in two worlds. I feel the inner tension as I try to live simultaneously and authentically in both.

Traditional and New Forms of Education
There is a quote from Buckminster Fuller that is loved by many and speaks powerfully to the work we are doing at Mycelium:

“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.”

While I see great value in this approach, I think there’s more to the story. YES to building new models! That is exactly what we are doing at Mycelium. Learning from the past, paying close attention to the present and imagining what will serve the future – we are creating new models of engagement and structures of support that foster authentic learning and empowered action. These new models will shine with their own merit and will eventually be so attractive that the old models become obsolete.

In addition, the existing education system is huge and diverse. It is filled with many efforts by dedicated teachers, principals and school founders who are successfully creating powerful learning environments for learners of all ages. I don’t want to fight this existing reality. I want to partner with it. Again, like mycelium, I want to connect with its roots, learn about what is working within it and spread those nutrients to other places.

In this realm, I embody a stone bridge with beautiful landscape on both sides. We are creating nutrient-rich soil for the new model to grow and flourish. We are also making pathways for these new models to connect with the alive and vibrant elements of the existing model. I am dedicated to finding ways for us to work together to allow education to be a vibrant force for good – supporting people in living their fullest potential, growing in their abilities to thrive in this world and working together towards a healthy and beautiful future for all.

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Asheville Focuses on Collaboration



verb: work jointly on an activity, esp. to produce or create something.

We Came. We Spoke. We Listened. We Collaborated.

Our Effective Collaboration workshop was a success! With a full house of thirty-five participants from various walks of life such as city planners, professionals, healers, for-profit businesses, and non-profit organizations, we discussed what collaboration means to each of us and what are the key elements to effectively collaborate. Mycelium’s Learning Catalyst, Ashley Cooper, shared the details of the event and relayed the results of the collaborative workshop.

To begin, we heard everyone’s story, providing more insight on the individuals within the workshop. These stories were diverse, making them a truly inspirational group. Attendees reflected that the workshop was “an experience and exploration”. One stated, “We’re actually already collaborating with people we don’t know” through discussion and inquiry.

collaborationThe method we used to reach these wonderful results was the Consensus Workshop Method. It intends to help a group work quickly and efficiently through difficult problems. First of all, we talked about what is effective collaboration by splitting up into groups of three or four. Each group was told to come to a consensus on four ideas they deemed most important and again. When all ideas were collected, the facilitator and the collaborating participants then looked at all of them and paired them into columns and clustered in terms of relevance. They then were told to look back at their original list and compare. What did we miss the first time around? Ideas continued to be added to the list and grouped until all essential ideas were voiced. Mission accomplished.

Out of all the ideas that constitute effective collaboration, here are some that we all agreed upon.

1. Working with the Self: This means reflecting on how the self fits into the team. This could include knowing how to be a good listener as only those with an open mind and ears will learn from others. This also includes knowing how to be vulnerable by handing power to others, trusting others to complete a task in a team.

2. We-Space: This refers to how everyone in a team is responsible for each other. This is the oil that keeps various parts of the team working. What do I need to know about my teammates? What is their backstory? How can I put myself into their shoes and understand them so that I might know, for example, why they come in cranky every morning, why they leave work early on certain days, or don’t like to talk about certain things. This all helps with making a better team. Most importantly, it is crucial that within the space, the individuals are all dedicated to the mission and purpose of the group.

Another valuable insight from the workshop came from a businessman. He told us that while we had a very clear view of the social and emotional needs in an organization, there was a need for stronger protocols, clear agendas, and marketing. This was much needed input, which will be put into consideration in the future. After all, every team needs someone who is skilled on the business side of affairs to make sure the team can logistically run smoothly.

Also, during the brainstorming it never surfaced how important the facilitator was for effective collaboration. It was only in reflection that facilitation as a key ingredient to effective collaboration was recognized. We attributed this oversight to the skill of our facilitator Kathleen Osta, President of Vital Clarity. Kathleen is an Asheville-based, national consultant and facilitation expert. She helps businesses articulate a shared vision for their future and develop plans to bring that vision into reality.

Lenoir-Rhyne University, where the workshop was held, will also be teaming with us on an entire course on collaboration skills. We are excited to be working with LRU along with Center for Collaborative Awareness and A Co-Creative Path on this course on Collaboration. There is much to look forward to.

Post by Victoria Yu

By |November 15th, 2013|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Crystallizing Your Vision

clear-visionMycelium Presents: Idea Crystallization with Donnie Maclurcan

Saturday, October 5th 10:00-11:30p

Mojo Co-Working – 60 North Market St. Asheville, NC

Do you want to gain clarity on what it is you are trying to achieve with your idea, project or organization? If so, it’s critical to have a clear sense of your initiative’s essence and its place in the world.

Come to this fast-paced workshop to run through processes that provide real clarity on what you are undertaking and offering.

Suitable for entrepreneurs, social innovators, creative types and people at any stage of their work, benefits of participation include:

  • A clearer sense of your initiative’s objectives and its place in the relevant ‘landscape’
  • Useful tools for replicating the idea crystallization process yourself
  • A chance to share and refine your ideas with others

About the facilitator:

Donnie Maclurcan is an experienced community facilitator and consultant, having worked with more than 200 community groups and projects, across 24 countries. His general approach is to build on what’s already working, while retaining a critical lens by which to make such assessments. Day-to-day, Donnie is the ideas guy at Project Australia, an organisation helping people start, scale and sustain not-for-profit initiatives, and co-director of the Post Growth Institute – an international group exploring and inspiring paths to global prosperity that don’t rely on economic growth (and the group behind Free Money Day). He’s an Affiliate Professor of Social Science at Southern Oregon University, holds a PhD in technology and international development, and is best known as ‘that guy who ran across Australia as a teenager’, raising $35,000 as an ambassador for The Fred Hollows Foundation.


To sign up for this workshop, CLICK HERE


  • How the Compass Guided Us How the Compass Guided Us

    How the Compass Guided Us

How the Compass Guided Us

Last week was a milestone  for Mycelium. Not only was it our first week with our newest team member, Mike Marcus, but it was the first  learning journey delivered by The Mycelium School: The Compass Project. Participants hailed from Maryland, Arizona, New York, Ohio, New Jersey as well as a couple from here in Asheville.  They all showed up eager to