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Hosted by Tonya Papanikolov - Holistic Nutritionist, health educator, social entrepreneur and the Founder of Rainbo. The Rainbo Podcast dives into conversations and stories about healing, wellness, human potential and expansion. Tonya interviews thought leaders, healers, doctors, scientists, entrepreneurs, spiritual teachers, activists and dreamers. The intention of this podcast is to open minds, inspire, empower listeners with tools, knowledge and curiosity for personal and collective growth.

The Rainbo Podcast Tonya Papanikolov

    • Health & Fitness
    • 5.0 • 7 Ratings

Hosted by Tonya Papanikolov - Holistic Nutritionist, health educator, social entrepreneur and the Founder of Rainbo. The Rainbo Podcast dives into conversations and stories about healing, wellness, human potential and expansion. Tonya interviews thought leaders, healers, doctors, scientists, entrepreneurs, spiritual teachers, activists and dreamers. The intention of this podcast is to open minds, inspire, empower listeners with tools, knowledge and curiosity for personal and collective growth.

    The Future is Funga with Giuliana Furci

    The Future is Funga with Giuliana Furci

    I’m joined by Giuliana Furci, mycologist, and founder of the Fungi Foundation, the world’s first non-governmental organization for the protection of fungi. Giuliana has over 20 years of fungi research experience and was recently awarded the National Geographic Conservation Leadership Award, making her the first mycologist ever to receive the honor.

    In our conversation, Giuliana reflects on her path to becoming an expert in fungi research and advocacy. She describes some of the intense expeditions that she’s been on over the course of her career, as well as how the process for field research has changed since she got started in the late 90s. Giuliana is a champion for fungi recognition within legal conservation and protection frameworks, including leading the Fungi Foundation initiative for the word ‘funga’ to be an equivalent term to flora and fauna.

    Giuliana and I also discuss the life lessons that she’s gained from working with fungi, like the beauty of the interdependent nature of living organisms. We talk about the current mainstream collective consciousness of the power of fungi and why they’ve gone largely unnoticed in the past. Plus, Giuliana shares the expeditions, collaborations, and exciting projects happening at Fungi Foundation.

    To find out more about Giuliana and the incredible work that she is doing with the Fungi Foundation, check out the links below.

    Listen to the episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or on your favorite podcast platform.

    Topics Covered:


    Challenges that Giuliana has run into as a mycologist in Chile
    Guiliana’s top recommendations for identifying a mushroom
    Recognizing the integral role that fungi plays in nature and humanity
    Larger lessons and metaphors that Giuliana has extracted from working with fungi
    How Giuliana is working to bring free fungi education to children around the world

    Resources Mentioned:


    Fungi Education
    Fantastic Fungi
    Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds & Shape Our Futures by Merlin Sheldrak

    Guest Info


    Learn more on the Fungi Foundation website: ffungi.org
    Learn more about The FFF Initiative and sign the petition: faunaflorafunga.org
    Follow Guiliana on Instagram: @giulifungi
    Follow Fungi Foundation on Instagram: @fungifoundation
    Follow Fungi Foundation on Tik Tok: @fungifoundation_

    Follow Me:


    Follow me on Instagram: @tonyapapanikolove
    Follow Rainbo on Instagram: @rainbomushrooms
    Shop Rainbo: rainbo.com

    • 46 min
    Intro with Tonya: The Mushroom Vision and Mission

    Intro with Tonya: The Mushroom Vision and Mission

    Welcome to The Rainbo Podcast! I’m Tonya, the founder of Rainbo, a functional mushroom brand offering tinctures, supplements, and functional foods to support wellbeing and immunity. On today’s episode, I’m sharing some background on who I am, what we’re doing over at Rainbo, and what you can expect out of this podcast.


    My vision for this show is to amplify stories around healing, human potential, spirituality, psychedelics, plant medicines, health, and wellness. There’s a lot of misinformation around fungi, and my goal is to debunk some of those myths and help listeners explore the beauty of the species.


    Fungi has played such a massive role in my growth and transformation as a human and spiritual being. I cover a bit about my journey with mushrooms and touch on how a solo ceremony in 2018 rippled into what is now Rainbo and this podcast.



    If you have specific guests in mind for future episodes, we’d love to hear from you in the DMs over at @rainbomushrooms or @tonyapapanikolove!


    Topics Covered:


    My introduction to the wide range of healing fungi, herbs, and plants
    How discovering my yoga practice has changed the trajectory of my life and career
    My experience incorporating a therapeutic dose of Rishi into my wellness routine
    The initial vision that I had for starting Rainbo and creating health products
    Celebrating the amazing guidance that I’ve received along the way from other people in the health product industry
    The Rainbo Manifesto


    Follow Me:


    Follow me on Instagram: @tonyapapanikolove
    Follow Rainbo on Instagram: @rainbomushrooms
    Shop Rainbo: rainbo.com

    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
7 Ratings

7 Ratings

KmaeV ,

Rainbo brings such a new light to the podcast world!

Fresh perspectives backed by traditional knowing, new wisdom, and so much love and light! From someone lukewarm about podcasts in general - this one is worth it!

kevinesco1991 ,

Incredibly Insightful

Fantastic new podcast

Brittany Cutrone ,

Empowered by Mushrooms!

If you love fungi, this is the podcast for you! A super informative and thoughtful deep dive into the world of functional mushrooms. Can’t get enough of this new podcast and am looking forward to future episodes with Tonya!

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