Ep. 86: Fungi Foundation - The Future is Fungi (feat. Giuliana Furci & Nathalie Kelley)

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Today we are joined be two powerful advocates for queendom fungi, Giuliana Furci and Nathalie Kelley. Giuliana’s journey began at the age of 19, looking for native foxes in a forest on the Island of Chiloé when she came across a fungus that changed her course. Giuliana believes that fungi choose you, and she heard that call. She did not find field guides on fungi in Chile, so she decided to write one in 2006. She studied Aquaculture and went from studying algae and studies on the negative impacts of salmon farming, to leaving everything and starting the Fungi Foundation – the world’s first NGO dedicated to fungal organisms.  

Nathalie Kelley was born in Peru and raised in Australia by her Indigenous mother and grandmother. After working with street children in São Paulo, Brazil and Aboriginal inner-city youth in Redfern, Australia - she began her degree in Social Science and Policy at the University of UNSW. Not long after she started to work as an actress in film and television US, with notable roles in shows like Unreal, Dynasty and most recently as the star of ABC’s The Baker and the Beauty.  Despite this change of course she remained inwardly mindful of her privilege and responsibility to her indigenous heritage and people. She has become an advocate for Indigenous peoples, regenerative agriculture, the soil and the undervalued but invaluable role of fungi in our ecosystem. She is now committed to using her story telling skills to be a voice for the voiceless - creating narratives of hope around the power of nature to regenerate and heal and the integral part humans have to play in this process. Nathalie is on the board of Kiss the Ground and the Fungi Foundation.   


  • How Nat Discovered Queendom Fungi  
  • Giuliana & Nat Connection with Divine Timing  
  • Fungi Foundation’s Origins in Chile  
  • Growth of the Fungi Foundation & Evolving Global Mission   
  • Documenting Ancestral & Traditional Indigenous Interactions with Fungi  
  • Indigenous Technologies will Yield the Biggest Future Discoveries in Mycology  
  • Importance of Consent when Working with Indigenous Communities  
  • Examples of Indigenous Communities Using Fungi  
  • Indigenous Communities’ Responses to the Program  
  • Fungi Foundation Transcending Its Foundress  
  • Future of Fungi Event  
  • Lineup of Inspirational Presenters  
  • How to Get Involved with the Fungi Foundation  


1 comment

  • Excellent, as always. Will attend..

    Lorraine Racusen

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