Alissa Allen is the founder of Mycopigments. She specializes in teaching about regional mushroom and lichen dye palettes to fiber artists and mushroom enthusiasts all over the world. Alissa got her start in the Pacific Northwest and has been sharing her passion for mushrooms for over 20 years.
She has written articles for Fungi Magazine and Fibershed, is published in Nature's Colorways: Conjuring the Chemistry and Culture of Natural Dyes, Long Thread Media, and her work with mushroom dyes is highlighted in True Colors: World Masters of Natural Dyes and Pigments by Keith Recker, Thrums Publications.
Recently returned from a class series in Oaxaca, Mexico, Alissa is excited to share PNW fall forest findings with Wonder Camp Students.
Though her teachings are centered around regional fungal dye palettes, her overall mission is to inspire people to engage more deeply with nature. It is her hope that with engagement, commitment to care for our planet will grow exponentially.
In 2015, Alissa created Mushroom and Lichen Dyers United and the Mushroom Dyers Trading Post Facebook groups as a platform to mentor, connect, and facilitate discussion between her students and folks with less access to her classes.
These groups along with her prolific workshop offerings and informational dye booths have brought together a vibrant community of over 30,000 members.
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Rafe Pearlman started his singing career with the wolves, ravens and sled dogs of the Alaskan wilderness. The wild nature of his exploratory singing has led to performances spanning the globe, from India, Hong Kong, Israel and Germany, to Italy, France, Spain, Australia, Thailand, Mexico and all across the United States.
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Josephine “Jocéan” Dow is a highly sensitive soul, a multi-faceted artist, sound alchemist, vocalist, instrumentalist, composer, & holistic facilitator based on Orcas Island, WA. Besides her own artistic endeavors she is incredibly passionate about creating opportunities for beings to access the music within them through the art of the handpan and frame drum. She teaches from her music studio on Orcas Island as well as around the world via zoom. Her life mission is dedicated to the Spirit of Music and how it flows through all of us.
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Burke lives with his partner Josephine on beautiful Orcas Island where they love co-creating music and visual art inspired by nature. Burke’s musical explorations have allowed him to be heard by millions through the Soundings of the Planet Record Label where he plays with legendary flautist Dean Evenson. Burke also received a certificate of completion from the Community Choir Leadership Training program (CCLT) based in Victoria BC and co-founded a multi-generational community choir called the INSPIRE CHOIR. Burke and Josephine are the Co-Directors of the Peace Through Music Foundation non profit.
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Joel Gamble is an experienced multi-instrumentalist and singer who lives on Orcas Island. Over the last 30 years he has firmly cemented himself as a staple of the Seattle music scene. His skill and unique style on the 7-string electric violin, keyboards, and Harpejji has captivated audiences worldwide.
Joel is known to connect with audiences of wide demographics and looks forward to sharing the satisfying art of learning and performing music. See more about Joel's work here.
Joy Hughes has played the didgeridoo for nearly two decades. Her offerings include the fun and interactive Didgeridiva show, blissful sound baths, and lessons on basic technique and the history of the instrument. Her album 'Sound Awakening' is a favorite of massage therapists and meditators.
Abigail grew up as a wild island hippie child on the bitsy island of Lopez in the Salish Sea. She surprised herself by returning to raise a family here. Walk Deep, her first book, won the 2021 Homebound Publications Poetry Prize, a 2023 Nautilus Book Award, and is currently nominated for a Pushcart Prize.
Walk Deep was published by Wayfarer Books/ Homebound Publications in October 2022. This book is a love letter to Lopez Island, specifically to a forest path on Lopez Hill that functions as her muse. Abigail is passionate about the role that nature and poetry plays in personal transformation and leadership.
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Born and raised on Orcas Island, Quinn Bailey, is a poet, naturalist, and wildlife tracker who feels most at home wandering the wooded hills and rocky shores surrounding the Salish Sea. Quinn’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in a number of publications including Camas, Deep Wild, Big Sky Journal, and Terrain.org. His first full-length collection of poetry, The Currents of the World was published by Homebound publication 2020. Quinn currently resides in Bothell WA, with his partner and two cats.
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Reishi Strauss (she/her) is an herbalist, mycologist, and medicine maker with over 10 years of experience identifying, wildcrafting, and making medicine with mushrooms and plants. She owns and operates her medicinal mushroom medicine business – Earth & Spirit Botanicals – which seeks to heal the planet & her people with sustainably wildcrafted and regeneratively cultivated herbal & fungal medicines. It is her passion and joy to share the magic of mushrooms and plants with others
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Hayley Shannon (she/her) is a dancer devoted to embodiment & creativity as intuitive pathways for healing, personally and collectively. She guides empowering embodiment journeys that encourage people of all ages and backgrounds to honor their authentic aliveness.
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Yotam Zohar is a visual artist and art instructor specializing in representational drawing and painting. Yotam worked in the art industry in New York City for over twelve years before moving to Orcas Island, where he teaches middle school English and sometimes shows students how to doodle more productively.
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I fell in love with indigo during my BFA year at the Univ. of Oregon over 20 years ago and have been growing, dyeing and studying indigo ever since. I learned from a Japanese teacher and have connected it to my roots in the Southeast where indigo was grown before “cotton was king.” It also is special to me because of the peacefulness of the process and the ability to transform old stained clothing into something new again. I love my indigo vat and am happy to share this wonderful experience with all that want to dye with me. (Yes, this joke never dies, haha).
Emmett uses his skills as a blacksmith and metal worker to repurpose and shape both new and reclaimed material into creative custom projects. An additional aspect he strives to incorporate into his art is a purpose, from the abstract of an individual’s experience to the utilitarian function of handrails, hand tools and gates.
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Alexis Bouchard is a artist, painter, arts educator and flower farmer. She has her MFA in painting and after years of painting flowers started growing herbs, native plants and flowers on her property to make one of a kind floral designs. Alexis also joyfully teaches art through Art for Orcas Kids in the Orcas Island elementary and middle schools. She works in a variety of media including clay, gouache and florals and has studied the Japanese floral arranging known as Ikebana. She loves being in her garden, making art and creating in and with nature.
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I am a private chef who has been in business on beautiful Orcas Island and Seattle for 6 years. I grew up on the island, but now reside in South Seattle.
Working in the industry my whole life has given me the experience and knowledge to be able to finally do what I love. My services are so diverse and for good reason. Exploring the food world is what keeps me wanting more.
My best work is in menu creating, working with what’s in the fridge and working with clients on creating healthy food at home. I LOVE doing dinner parties as wellJ Growing up on Orcas Island, I am known for my wholesome, healthy lifestyle cooking. I use mostly all organic products, have experience in vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, plant based, ketogenic, paleo and heart healthy foods.
My mission is to provide healthy, organic foods to people who want to live a happy, healthy lifestyle. Our food system has become corrupt and untrustworthy, I hope to help lead others into a better solution for their lives and their bellies.