This two day practical 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!

All food and refreshment, with of course a strong fungal theme, and you will get to take home all the preparations and substrates you make 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 Scrivens: James is the head mushroom grower at Coed Talylan and founder of Mycogeneration an online resource to support new mushroom growers and promote mushroom cultivation as a diversification strategy for small to medium scale farming enterprise.

As a site for innovative approaches to mushroom cultivation spanning nearly 20 years Coed Talylan offers the opportunity to research into applied mycology developing new ideas and techniques to enhance the productivity of integrated agroecosystems such as using indigenous mycorrhizal inoculants and demonstrating the practice of working with particular species that compliment horticulture.

Alongside this Coed Talylan has founded a land trust to launch the Refungium project that will create a 30 acre fungal nature reserve. With a primary objective to increase fungal biodiversity the trust will evaluate how this approach to lang management affects other aspects of biodiversity and local ecology.e.


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 £175
  • 14K-20K/year £225
  • 20K upwards £275

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 the Coed Talylan website.

Coed Talylan – Mushroom Cultivation Course

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