New Video – Harvesting Autumn Olives

Heres a look at one of my favorite wild berries – Autumn Olive (Elaeagnus umbellata). With a great amount of medicinal and edible aspects, I hope that this video can transform our cultures negative perception about this sometimes perceived as negative “invasive” plant.

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Quick and Easy Soaked Survival Breakfast

Here’s a Look at a Quick and Easy Soaked Survival Breakfast. 

Soaked Survival Breakfast

This is surely a decent way to start the day with all of the essential fatty acids, carbohydrates, and protein to get you powered through the day, and its very easy to make.

As I travel and forage, I keep a jar of mixed seeds in my car with some dried fruits.  Options for this include flax, chia, pumpkin, sunflower, walnuts, almonds, sesame. And any dried fruits will work, here you see wild picked and dried cranberries, and goji berries. By getting this diversity of seeds nuts and fruits it’s sure to help nourish the body, mind, and spirit.

All you have to do to make it is just pour it in a jar and add water the night before, and let it soak. In the morning add raw local honey to taste and it’s a full day of super power.

Camping breakfast made easy.

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Herbal Protocol Points – Injuries

Herbal Protocol points for Injuries:

Healing injuries takes time, and requires the ability to not treat only the symptoms, but give the body the necessary minerals to repair itself. Here’s some helpful tips to stimulate your healing.

apothecaryFor Reducing Inflammation.

½ tsp turmeric daily

Ginger tea

 For pain

Willow – precursor of aspirin

California poppy, Lobelia, ghost pipe (cautions needed when working with these)

For regrowing and repairing cellular damage:

St johns wort – repairs nerve damage

Increases healing minerals into the system  – Comfrey poultice applied to the area daily (externally), Horsetail (internally), Stinging nettle

Glucosamine – shown to help repair damaged tissue.

Licorice/Japanese knotweed/cayenne – to help circulate minerals throughout the system


Reduce or avoid sugar or wheat

Increase dark leafy greens – smoothies, and juices

Add black strap molasses into smoothies for extra minerals

Heat such as hot baths with Epsom salts, lavender essential oil, or saunas – weekly or 2x weekly

Slow stretching/yoga to increase blood flow


 Remember that dosage is everything, and that applying the right amount takes careful know how. For consultation with me click here

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Beach Plums!

Beach plums are amazing!! They are a local, and sacred food source. Share with the rest of nature, and help these grow in your garden! In-Joy!

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Two Videos on Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) and Indigenous Medicine Perspectives

Heres 2 videos on a great plant ally, Yarrow, and some ways to work with it to tap into our innate indigenous awareness that has built our brains and bodies.


Foraging for Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) – Return to Nature – Pt 1

Yarrow and Indigenous Medicine Perspectives – Return to Nature – Pt. 2


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Yesterday’s Haul at the Mushroom ID Class

It was truly an honor to share with another group of wonderful people in the woods. Here’s some shots from some of what we came home with :) a small array of the miracles of nature that revealed themselves. Many ate well from the bounty… I know we did here! We made a mushroom soup, breaded and fried chicken of the woods, and lots of other sautee dishes, plus with a little shake down of a cherry tree I got to experiment with “raw cherry bars” as well as lots of cherry eating! We are blessed by natures abundance, if we know how to look! Please support return to nature in whatever way you feel inspired. Thanks to all who came!

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And next weekend I’ll be teaching another class at 6 mile run, in Somerset NJ.

More info on my calender 


Pics by Olga Sher

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This Upcoming Weekend – The Yoga of Foraging – August 8-10

Join Dan for a weekend of foraging and sense meditations in a pristine and peaceful ashram.

ananda 6 The foundation of all herbal traditions stems back to working deeply with the senses. Engaging the constitutional aspects of herbs is a central practice in all indigenous medicine traditions. Engaging in this way with local plants enables us to tap into the deep instinct and intuition that the founders of all mystic traditions were working with. In this weekend workshop you will gain first hand experience of working with the local plants and intuiting their taste, texture, smell, and signature as active constituents for healing mind, body, and spirit. In this weekend workshop, you will learn the cycles of the plants, from foraging ethics to dosage requirements, and practice sense meditations to learn the properties of plants in a way that is deeply needed, yet rarely explored.

During the morning session we will all go out and harvest and work with the plants directly. In the afternoon will work with medicine making aspects. In the evening, we will do some deeper visioning with the plants. Plant sits, meditations, and observations through ingestion and ceremony.

The cost of the weekend workshop is $175 (lodging and food separate – see below). This also covers cost of materials for making and taking home your own remedies to journal about and work with.

You are also welcome to come Saturday for 90$ with 10$ donation to the ashram for each meal.

Class Schedule:

Friday evening – 6-7:30 pm

Saturday – 10:30- 12:30 am and 2-4 pm

Sunday – 10:30- 12:30 am and 2-4 pm


Lodging is suggested for complete immersion in the class and is available through Ananda Ashram – See their site at – There are several options for lodging, from camping to private dorms. All *amazing* home cooked food is provided as well.

There is also a campground 20 minutes outside of the ashram called Beaver Pond Campground –


Dan Farella is a Forager, Herbalist, and Teacher dedicated to working with Nature to serve in uniting the planet and its people. Dan teaches through Return to Nature (, which provides classes in foraging and herbalism, making homemade remedies from herbs, fermentation and kombucha classes, and primitive and survival skills. He also makes and sells herbal products, and gives nutrition and health consultations, mentors private students, and gives in-home custom group herbalism classes.

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New Article Published – Foraging for Mustard Greens

Dirt Magazine published my second article this month. This ones entitled “Kales Wild Cousin” in which I share about some of the great wild edibles of the Brassica (mustard) family.

That yellow stuff you put on hot dogs? That’s right, mustard. Mustard is famous for its hot-dog-embellishing seeds, but it is actually a common name for an entire plant family known as brassicacea, or brassica for short.

Through thousands of years of co-evolution with humans, the original lowly field mustard has turned into an incredible variety of our commercially grown food, like broccoli, cabbage, mustard greens, brussels sprouts, kale, collards, and arugula.

Luckily there are also wild edible mustards that you can find growing just about anywhere, from your backyard, to any park, for free. Nature plants them readily, and it’s mighty kind of her to do so.”

You can see the full article here…

Kales Wild Cousin

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New Tinctures!

Our first batch of Return to Nature Tinctures is now available!  

We have Cats Claw, Olive Leaf, Red Root, Gill over the Ground, and Burdock (Next month we will also have mugwort, spicebush, yarrow, and red clover). These are either all organically purchased, or wild crafted by me, and infused with lots of love and healing intent! 

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We would also love to hear which herbs you would like to have tinctured, so we can better serve our local community. Kids glycerites will soon be available, as well as mugwort, spicebush, cleavers, yarrow, and red clover. Formulas coming soon! 


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Video on checking for ticks while outside…

Heres a video on checking for ticks, a huge topic for me as a wildcrafter in NJ. Hopefully this will give you some tips on awareness as to when to look, where to look, and how to stay diligent in your awareness of not getting bit by ticks. I am also currently working on a large article on all of the research and experience I’ve had with avoiding ticks, getting tick bites, treating myself and others for lyme related dis-ease.

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