Photo of Chaga in a Bowl for Duluth Folk School Class
October 10, 2023

Chaga Mushroom: Minnesota’s Medicinal Treasure

  •  November 16, 2023
     5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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Join herbalist Allison Austin for this in-depth class about all things Chaga!

Did you know, growing on our local birch trees is one of the most potent medicinal mushrooms in the world? Chaga has been highly studied for its incredibly high nutrient content, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activity, it’s positive effects on cancer cells, ability to increase the body’s defense against stress, and a multitude of other benefits.

In this class, we will learn how to ethically harvest chaga mushroom in order to promote more chaga growth, while helping to protect our birch forests.

This class will be lecture and hands-on. Students will have the chance to taste chaga extracts, and we will be serving a chaga tea during class. We will pass around a variety of different chaga pieces and hands-on examples of chaga and birch to feel and study for identification. Each student will make their own tincture in class to take home with them to care for, harvest, and use. Students will also take home a chaga manual to that includes everything we go over in class- how to identify, harvest, dry, and prepare chaga, and numerous creative chaga recipes.

Registration Includes

We will make taste and prepare some chaga remedies in class, and students will each go home with their own chaga extract, and an informational chaga guide which includes a recipe booklet with numerous, creative ways to use one of Minnesota’s most treasured fungi.

You should bring…

Bring a notepad and a pen for note taking, and mug or cup from which to drink some chaga tea!

Skill Level

No special skill or training is required

Best for Ages…

13 and older

Additional Purchases Available

Allison will have additional supplies and tinctures available for purchase after class

Chaga on a Birch Tree

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1917 W Superior St, Duluth Folk School Library, Duluth, Minnesota, 55806, United States


The Library is upstairs in the Duluth Folk School/Dovetail Cafe building.

Duluth Folk School Library Classroom

Note: The Library is up one flight of stairs, and we do not have an elevator.


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1917 W Superior St
Duluth, MN 55806

Duluth Folk School
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