This two day course will provide you with a background in the fascinating world of fungal biology and the core principles and practices that underlie the art and science of mushroom cultivation. By the end of course you will have everything you need to start growing your own mushrooms at home, on your farm, or in your community, including the mushroom spawn to get you started!

Oh yes, and we’ll serve you a full mushroom menu over the weekend!




Course 1: 18th & 19th, May, 2019

Course 2: 15th & 16th, June, 2019

Course 3: 24th & 25th August, 2019

Course 4: 14th & 15th September, 2019

Course5: 28th & 29th September, 2019


Coed Talylan Cost: The cost of the course is banded on the basis of income and includes food, accommodation and materials:

  • Up to 14K/year £150*
  • 14K-20K/year £200
  • 20K upwards £250

* We accept payments in installments and concessions are available if you are unable to meet this fee in full. Contact us for more details.


Who is this course for?

This course is for anyone with a growing interest in fungi and mushroom cultivation. If you would like to learn how to grow a variety of mushrooms on a small scale then this course is for you. You do not need to have any prior knowledge of fungi or mushroom cultivation as the course is designed to take you through the process of understanding fungi at a deeper level and utilising that knowledge to cultivate a range of gourmet and medicinal mushrooms.

You will learn:

  • The fascinating biology, ecology, and history of the Fungal Kingdom
  • Wild mushroom identification fungal foray
  • Aseptic (“sterile”) practices with agar, grains, compost, and wood-based materials
  • The core principles and paradigms that underlie the art and science of cultivation
  • Bulk spawn production, processing growing mediums and substrates
  • Appropriate, low-cost, and low-tech cultivation methods and tools
  • Lab and fruiting environment designs for home, farm, or community scale projects
  • Log cultivation
  • Outdoor mushroom garden design and installation
  • application of fungi with integrated agro-ecosystems
  • Place-based resource management and systems design principles
  • Fungal integration into various permaculture-inspired sustainable living systems
  • Biochar & fungi
  • Biogas & fungi

Mushroom Species You’ll Learn to Grow Include:

  • Garden Giant (Stropharia rugosoannulata)
  • Cordyceps (Cordyceps sinensis)
  • Pearl Oyster (Pluerotus ostreatus)
  • Lion’s Mane (Hericium erinaceus)
  • Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum)
  • Turkey Tail (Trametes versicolor)
  • Maitake (Grifola frondosa)
  • King Trumpet (Pleurotus eryngii)
  • Shiitake (Lentinula edodes)
  • Elm Oyster (Hypsizgus ulmarius)

Learning methods and outcomes

The course will involve group activities and individual practice as well as some theoretical study of fungal biology. Participants will get first hand experience of the materials, tools and techniques involved in the processes of mushroom cultivation that we use here at Coed Talylan, both in the lab and in the field. This said, both instructors began their journeys in growing fungi with simple DIY home cultivation techniques and as such this aspect of accessible technology is referred to throughout the course.

Course Instructors

James Skrivens: James is the head mushroom grower at Coed Talylan. James began his journey into the cultivation of mushrooms after using cardboard to “run” a wild strain of oyster mushroom he found growing on a dying beech tree near the St. Anthony’s Well in the Forest of Dean. Successfully growing this strain of Pleurotus Ostreatus on straw he soon began to delve deeper into the world of “mycorestoration” with a desire to find ways of applying these ideas and techniques to the design of integrated agroecosystems. James plans to develop the woodlands of Coed Talylan into an example of “Mycoforesty” and applied mycology. Alongside this he is also creating a “Fungal Forest Wilderness Park” in a 2 acre section of the woodland. These endeavours are recorded and shared through the Mycogeneration website, an online resource to support participants of the Mushroom Cultivation Course in their future mushroom growing practice.


Coed Talylan is a 70 acre woodland on the western edge of the Brecon Beacons. Nestled below the iron age hill fort of Garn Goch in the foothills of the Black Mountain it offers a secluded and peaceful location for our course participants to learn and explore the potential of applying agroecology within a co-sufficient community.

Accommodation is available for camping around our guest lodge, an A-frame wooden cabin with kitchen and dining/living space. We have running filtered spring water throughout the site, compost toilets and wash facilities.


We are offering a 10% discount for those that use public transport to get to us. The rail service to Llangadog is part of the “Heart of Wales Line” an historic railway running from Shrewsbury to Swansea. If you choose to arrive by train or bus we offer a collection service from Llangadog or it’s a very pleasant 2 mile countryside walk.


Fees include tuition, handouts and refreshments.

  • Up to 14K/year £150
  • 14K-20K/year £200
  • 20K upwards £250

We endeavour to make our courses and events affordable to all. Unfortunately, we do not receive any external funding and rely on large amounts of voluntary input. Concessions are available for pensioners, unemployed and full-time students

See the cancellations and refunds policy.

Booking and Paying for your place

To book a place on the course use the following link to complete the booking form.

Booking Form

Please note that we ask that you pay a £50 non-refundable deposit to secure a place on the course.

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