Foragemobile Update – Living in a Van

Here’s a look at the Foragemobile in action!

Its been 4 months now living in a van and touring around teaching classes, and finding and foraging the most optimal locations.

As I travel, when at friends houses, sometimes I have been running an extension cord to plug in my computer to continue to update my website, book classes, do my online foraging herbalist mentorship program (enrollment for 2018 coming in November) and write articles for #dirtmag as well as my upcoming book due out hopefully by spring of 2018.

This use of energy will transition into a #solarpanel set up where I will then charge my devices by the power of the sun. I’m down to using a usb charging headlamp, a laptop, a computer, and a portable phone charging device as well as my anker solar panel.

If I can gather the funds to run off of solar, this will enable me to bring even more teachings to you all!

Please help that manifest, consider checking out the wonderful herbal gifts and healing incentives on 

I’m currently planning the upgrades for the van before the winter, and a west coast tour either in late winter, or spring of 2018. In affiliation with Antinanco Earth Arts school, we are planning a solar panel workshop as a fundraiser to help afford the solar rig on the van which will also be available as a live webcast and in-person class in the Holmdel, NJ area.

More to come on that, and much more to come on the foragemobile plan,

Dan de Lion

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Datura as a Topical Medicinal Plant – New Video!

Datura as a Topical Medicinal Plant:

In this video, Dan de Lion, of discusses a misunderstood but sacred plant; datura aka. Jimson weed, and its lesser known application as a topical pain relieving plant.


Also, here is his notes from his journey to Colombia, in 2015, while contemplating datura as a magical and shamanic plant…

Brugmansia and Datura – Seeking the Medicine, Colombia, 2015
Scopolamine and atropine are the main “active constituent alkaloids” in many plants of the nightshade family, namely datura, Brugmansia, and belladonna, henbane, they are medicinal in low doses, and very toxic in high doses and synthetic concentrates can be deadly.
Some people try to trip on datura (Jimson weed) and there are mainly 3 datura species. D. Stramonium, D. innoxia and D. metel. It is not hallucinogenic and is actually more commonly classified as a deleriant. Is very off putting, disorienting, and very hard to make meaning from, can also be very dangerous because one can easily convince themselves that their delusions are true. 
Brugmansia also contains tropanes as do most if not all solanaceous plants. And even In our drug phobic culture we don’t even bother to make them illegal because it’s generally felt that these were more like poisoning than tripping. 
Yet, whole civilizations have built themselves around this kind of experience such as with Southern California tribes; the Catalina and louisenyo, and the Chumash to name a few. The Tolache religion of Mexico is also based around Jimson weed. 
That said, the indigenous shaman of South America have worked with these species in a shamanic context, but very few would ingest this as the main plant.
In the brew ayahuasca, which is worked with by shaman of most South American countries it is said that a small amount of Brugmansia is said to give the ayahuasca stronger visions/colors/geometric patterns.
This all said one should always be with a competent guide and personal exploration can be dangerous if there is a lack of training which then makes everyone else look bad 🙂  each of us have a responsibility to understand the Ethnobotanical and sacred context of the medicines and must be careful not to steal from ancient herbalists that have been practicing their materia medica for unbroken thousands of years. 
These cultural models are very different than our taboo repression vs rebellion model where responsibility and training was put on the individuals who choose to seek vision, not jail or a mental institute. 
Let us know your experiences with this plant…
Plant blessings,
Dan de Lion

Also, check out lots of herbalism and foraging videos, articles, and upcoming classes as well as herbal goods at Return to Nature on Youtube and Return to Nature on Facebook

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A Story About Joe Py (Gravel Root)

Once upon a time I got an email from a mom who's son had gall stones and they were contemplating surgery.

She asked if there was anything that could be done. A plant who I wasn't very familiar with at the time came to mind.

Joe py weed aka. Eupatorium purpureum is an herb known to bust up stones, so I mentioned it to her. It was a somewhat obscure herb to find, so we found it on etsy and she bought it.

I hoped it would help, but had no idea if it would, but a few weeks later she emailed me again and said that they went for a checkup and all of the stones are gone, that the doctor was amazed, and she told them she had tried joe py.

This is a story to remind you that herbs significantly help, a heck of a lot more than doing nothing but following your doctors orders; and sometimes, miracles do happen.

Plant blessings,

Dan De Lion

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This Weekend: Foraging for Mushrooms and Plants @ Princeton, NJ

This upcoming Sunday, at 2 pm, join Dan de Lion of for a foraging class seeking wild mushrooms and plants for food and medicine in Princeton, NJ. $25 suggested donation. Email for meeting location to 
Please help spread the word to those who are interested. 
Also, check out lots of herbalism and foraging videos, articles, and upcoming classes as well as herbal goods at and

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Upcoming NJ Classes – This Weekend!

The #foragemobile tour continues onward to NJ!

Next weekend, I’ll be teaching Foraging for Wild Food and Medicinal Plants at Princeton, NJ at Cherry Valley Cooperative Saturday at 2 pm.

Sunday, at 2 pm, I will be teaching Herbalism, Healing, and Sacred Medicinals Class Princeton, NJ.

There is a $25 suggested donation for each class and RSVP is required for meeting location. Email to RSVP.

Hope to see you there and please help spread the word!

Also, check out lots of herbalism and foraging videos, articles, and upcoming classes as well as herbal goods at Return to Nature on Facebook and Return to Nature on Youtube


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The Foraging and Herbalism Teachings Continue! NJ Classes

The Foraging and Herbalism Teachings Continue! 

Join Dan de Lion and friends on the #foragemobile tour with our next stops in NJ teaching and vending at Cherry Valley Cooperative and then onto the PermaJam Festival – Check out the “upcoming classes” schedule on our website or the events on our facebook page.

We hope to see you there!


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New Vid! The Mission of Return to Nature

Heres a look at the mission of Dan De Lion on his foragemobile tour.

Please help support this work by considering making a donation to Return to Nature on Paypal and checking out the foragemobile mission on Gofundme where we share lots of handcrafted organic herbal goods!
Video by:
Audrey Gray
Writer/Producer, Studio Gray NY

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Foraging the Pheasants Back Mushroom

Foraging the Pheasants Back Mushroom:

Here’s a look at an easy to identify wild edible mushroom; the dryads saddle, or pheasants back, (Polyporus/Cerioporus squamosus).

The name “dryad’s saddle” refers to fairy-like entities known in in Greek mythology called dryads who were seen as tree-dwelling nymphs, also known as a tree sprite; Of course you will want to brush them off before collecting the mushrooms.

And, the name pheasnts back, derives from the pattern of colors on the bracket matching that of a pheasant’s back.

These grow on various very dead hardwoods, oak, tulip poplar, maple, and especially elm, as the rains occur. The best time to look for mushrooms like these is 3 days of sunshine after 3 days of rain. The rain comes out to help the mycelium begin forming mushrooms, and the sun brings them out through the cracks. Another important characteristic of identifying this mushroom is that when slicing a small piece, the mushroom also smells like watermelon rind where cut.

This delicious and abundant mushroom always grows out of trees directly and has a white porus underside when fresh, which fades to a tan or bruised color, of which by then it’s too old for eating. It is recommended to eat the smaller specimens, even though you will find several which are bigger than dinner plates.
That said, there are 2 main ways to tell if your particular specimen is still fresh. The first is that you can look on the underside to notice how white and fresh the pore surface looks, the second is that if you slice a piece and look at the cross section, if you see a lot of bug holes or bugs, its past its prime for being a “choice” edible, and may still be considered “survival-food”.

When the mushroom is fresh and tender, it’s a delicious mushroom to sautee and add to any dish. You can also roast or dehydrate this mushroom, powder in a coffee grinder, and add it to soups to enhance the flavor of stock.

Mushroom soup is sure to always please the senses, especially if added with some stinging nettle greens! I love to stir fry them in an oil like ghee, or coconut oil with some onions, and a little bit of cumin seed.

Check out lots of mushroom and plant articles here!


Many blessings,

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Working with Lyme and Ticks – A Holistic Herbal Perspective (Online Webinar)

Working with Lyme and Ticks – A Holistic Herbal Perspective (Online Webinar)  ~May 17th at 8 pm~

In this months webinar, I’ll be teaching a detailed class on awareness, prevention, and herbal protocols for ticks and lyme disease. You can see the fb event here:

Working with Lyme and Ticks FB Page

About the class: Join Dan for an in depth look at one of the most controversy all medical issues and what herbalism and a holistic perspective can teach us about ticks and lyme In this class, then will be sharing about helpful herbs, dietary, and environmental factors which will empower students to create an awareness best nature practice as they enjoy the wild.

This class will go in depth on topics such as tick habitat, behavior and patterns, prevention and lyme disease and will culminate in a live question and answer. We will also cover tools and techniques for practicing body awareness in nature, dietary and herbal prevention, herbal protocols in addressing lyme, and the deeper ecological relevance to what ticks and lyme disease bring to the necessary awareness of our communities, and local ecosystems.

The access link will be sent to you with in the email confirming your registration,please remember to download the instructions upon receipt. The playback file will be provided to all attendees. You can also purchase a copy of the playback file (youtube link, or mp3 with slideshow) in advance

Also, four full scholarships are available with a short essay submission (1-2 paragraphs) explaining how you think this class will be of value to you. Email if interested.


Register now for the class at: Working with Lyme and Ticks (Webinar)


Here’s a pamphlet that we designed to help with Lyme prevention:

Tick Prevention Pamphlet

Also, check out lots of online class recordings and downloads here!

Plant blessings!

Dan De Lion

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Upcoming Weekend – Princeton Classes

Upcoming Weekend – Princeton Classes

This weekend in Princeton, NJ area to hone your survival skills, herbal wisdom, and nature awareness.

Saturday, April 22nd, at 2 pm: Tincture Making and Herbal Discussion @ Princeton NJ

In this class, I’ll be teaching students how to wildcraft and make their own tincture from wild medicinal plants!

Sunday, April 23rd , at 2 pm: Spring Foraging and Herbalism Class

I’ll be leading students on an exploration into the wild edible and medicinal plants of spring, where students will learn to identify common foods and first aid remedies for every day meals, camping, survival skills, or evasion.

For each class there is a $25 suggested donation, If you plan to come to both classes take $10 off the total amount. Always feel free to inquire for family rates by email.

RSVP required for meeting location:

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