Gratitude, Fungi & Visual Healing
Does this look like fun or what?
Last week, Louie was honored to be asked to speak at the Big Sur Foragers Festival at Post Ranch. As you can see, Big Sur is a magical place along the coastline of California. This was the setting for Louie to share his moving imagery, scientific research, mindful examinations and heart-felt stories. The topics of gratitude, fungi and visual healing were interwoven and unified by Louie’s belief that we protect that with which we fall in love. Conscious mindfulness plays a key role in this conversation, as described eloquently in this 3 minute film…
Learn more about the Big Sur Foragers Festival
A weekend-long celebration of the bounty found along California’s Central Coast, the Big Sur Foragers Festival highlights great food prepared using the wild food foraged in Big Sur along with world-class wine and beer. The event takes place in January, as the middle of winter is peak mushroom time in California, and Big Sur is rich with it. The weekend will be filled with many activities including hikes, cooking competitions, and dinners prepared by chefs, both guests and from the festival’s partners, Ventana Inn & Spa in Big Sur and Post Ranch Inn.
On Friday and Sunday mornings, guests can participate in a hike to forage through the Post Ranch property followed by a three-course lunch featuring items found on the land accompanied by pairings of local wines. An intimate cocktail reception and presentation is held on Friday night followed by a five-course tasting menu at Post Ranch Inn. Two “Wild Foraging Walk and Talk” hikes take place during the day on Saturday. The afternoon brings a popular event, the “Fungus Face-Off” where chefs from all along the Central Coast compete using chanterelles and other fungi.
On Saturday night, Chef Suzette Gresham from San Francisco’s Acquerello joined Chef Paul Corsentino to prepare the Grand Chef Dinner at Ventana Inn & Spa.
Part of the event’s proceeds go to benefit the Big Sur Health Center, the community’s non-profit health center. Last year, Big Sur Foragers Festival raised more than $30,000 for the health center.
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Bio: Gratitude Revealed is an unprecedented journey into the science, mystery and building blocks of gratitude. In a series of 16 film shorts, acclaimed filmmaker Louie Schwartzberg shows us not only what these ideas look like, but how they can be expressed in our daily lives. The Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley (GGSC) has attached evidence-based practices to each video to ensure that the viewer has a place to go even when the video ends. This journey begins with gratitude but the destination is entirely up to you, the viewer. Start your journey by clicking here.