Bio: William Padilla-Brown is a certified permaculture designer taking a multidisciplinary approach to designing models of living systems that can be utilized to replace the anti-biotic (against-life) systems that our societies have provided us. He educates locals, and travels teaching workshops on Mushrooms, Spirulina, Insects, Information Technology and Permaculture. He runs a micro/molecular biology lab out of his home, and experiments with applicable models for food, medicine, and energy production.

The title of this episode comes from a quote by him: “Homeostasis will only be achieved via Symbiosis with local Systems.”

William is a stellar creator and citizen scientist, changing people’s lives with the way he educates people to grow nutritious foods and create economic and arts sovereignty. Here we talk about cultivating mushrooms, music and art, neighborhood permaculture, and some fun stories about William’s journey with entheogens.

My favorite quote from this episode: “yeah I teach a class called microherding invertebrates.” One of the insects he has been working with eats styrofoam. I can’t stop thinking about larvae that eat styrofoam ever since listening to this!

And last but not least, William’s recent album Beautiful Chæos is absolutely incredible. If you don’t have enough psychedelic rap in your life, get this.

This interview is a super inspiring conversation with one of the artistic, community oriented, entrepreneurial people that seem to pop up through Bloom Network all over the world. I learned of William’s work through Mushroom City Art Festival, a yearly family festival about the mushroom kingdom produced by Bloom Baltimore leader Robin Gunkel.

Continue Learning and Listening!

Mycosymbiotics Festival in Harrisburg, PA, August 2-4 2019: http://mycofest.net

Books, cultures, cordyceps by William: https://www.mycoshop.net/

Follow William Padilla-Brown’s Instagram for gorgeous fungi photos and permaculture amazingness: @mycosymbiote

Become a Patron on Patreon for rad perks: https://www.patreon.com/PositiveFuture

And find his music as It’s Cosmic on Apple Music and Soundcloud.

Artists William mentioned in this episode include:

Wes Period – http://www.wesperiod.com @wesperiodsteven
Steven Michael Hass – visuals @stephenmichaelhaas on Instagram and music as Flower Garden on Bandcamp
Mushroom trading cards – @sporestash on Instagram – FYI the US states of California, Oregon, and Idaho have legal restrictions that prohibit the sale of some kinds of spores, so look that up first if you live there.

Mush love, happy growing and arting!
Magenta, Bloom Podcast Host and Executive Creative Officer of Bloom Network

Music Credits for this episode:

Intro: Beyond the Bridge by Adam Elim
Outro: Xylem by It’s Cosmic