“Mushrooms are responsible for decomposing what was, and regenerating the soil, healing the earth. Because of mushrooms, we have the possibility of a new life, of a rebirth, of a healed earth, as they “eat” death. And it is in communication and relationship with the rest of the natural world.
Mycelium, the subterranean agent of the earth, literally cares. Through its web it transmits nutrients, information and signals between trees and plants, insuring the interconnectedness of things. Its caring behavior doesn’t stop here, for when fungi sprout out of the body of the earth, they come to wipe away the old, announcing the end of a cycle, and the beginning of a new one.
How can we create a safe space for shedding, for healing, so that we that we may regenerate? And how can we allow our roots to heal when we are constantly in a state of urgency?
What about healing can we learn from the earth?
Can we attempt to weave our own Mycelium?”
Haven for Artists is a feminist cultural organization based in Beirut, Lebanon, working at the intersection of art and activism. Haven combines different methods to facilitate a safe space for the exchange of knowledge, tools, and skills in-order to confront the patriarchy and the status quo.