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
267.254.5793
audrey@studiograyny.com

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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,
Dandelion

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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 Dan@ReturntoNature.us 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
www.returntonature.us

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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: Dan@Returntonature.us

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Foragemobile Van Plan Update – April, 2017

The Foragemobile Herbalschool Van is coming closer!

Envision the Return to Nature team coming to visit you in a van full of these drying racks filled with fragrant amazing plant medicines and wild foods, harvested from all over the lands, ethically harvested for trade, with a whole array of herbal goodies, classes, workshops, webinars, and live webcasts and interviews with some of the worlds most amazing minds on the sustainability, consciousness, and transformational topics we all need to discuss!

My first journey will be to the Climate March where I will be covering the story from the front lines #live on the Return to Nature facebook page.

Please help this vision become possible by donating to: http://www.gofundme.com/returntonature

Even 5000 people donating 3 dollars each can help this vision come true!

Many hands make light work!

Dan De Lion​
www.returntonature.us

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Upcoming Webinar – Wild Foods of Spring 

On April 19th, join Dan de Lion in the Web Universe for a digital plant walk!

During this interactive webinar Dan will be discussing key botanical and plant identification aspects as well as food and medicinal, as well as survival, first aid, and utilitarian uses for some of the best spring plants, which grow around your own back yard!

 

 

TO REGISTER – Check out:

http://www.antinanco.org/online-store/Wild-Foods-of-Spring-Webinar-with-Dan-De-Lion-Live-Webinar-p66470121

Also, 4 full scholarships are available with a short essay submission (1-2 paragraphs) explaining how you think this class will be of value to you by emailing Dan@Returntonature.us – Access link will be provided 24 hours prior to the webinar and with your registration.

The playback file of the webinar 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, check out our other webinars and online class downloads at: Class Downloads

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Spring Cleansing Webinar Download and Next Upcoming Online Class

Hey friends, Thanks to all who came to the Spring Cleansing and Herbal Healing Tonics – Live Webinar w/ Dan.

We are currently planning another webinar for april 19th, which will be an interactive digital plant walk looking at my favorite spring plants. More to come on that soon!

For those of you who wanted to check out the class, also have a recording of last weeks webinar, with both video option, and mp3/slideshow option:

 

Click Here: Spring Cleansing Webinar Download

 

Please also consider continuing your herbal education with our other great webinar classes and digital downloads at:

 

Class Recordings and Webinars

 

Much love from Return To Nature and Antinanco Earth Arts School

 

plant blessings,

Dan De Lion

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“Return to Nature Radio” Podcast with Dan De Lion and Special Guests – Coming Soon!

Heres a preview of our “Return to Nature Radio” Podcast with Dan De Lion and Special Guests – Coming Soon!

Soon, as I travel the globe, I will be rolling out podcasts with awesome guests on really important topics, such as, herbalism, foraging, and rewilding lifestyle, consciousness, science, alchemy, art, indigenous rights and teachings, as well as global political policy.


Check out Lots of Podcast Interviews with Dan at: Podcast Interviews

More to come…

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Tonight’s Online Class! 


Hey friends, don’t miss this Live Return To Nature Webinar tomorrow evening for an insightful discussion on Spring Cleansing, Herbal Tonics, and Fine-tuning your Body, Mind and Spirit for the upcoming transition into Spring. Each student will walk away with simple practical tips on how to increase energy, reduce stress and optimize your overall wellbeing. 
In this webinar, Ill be discussing easy to make herbal remedies, recipes, and a break down at some of the ways herbs effect the organs specifically related to what we need for detoxing from the winter, and entering into spring healthy. He will then address your questions. 
The energy of winter looms, and its time to start tapping into our new growth.
Hope to see you there!
Dan De Lion
Also check out our herbal goods and support small family business at Return to Nature – Herbal CSA
Please register in advance to receive your access link and replay file…
Check out the fb event here:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1433404963368225/
And Sign up here: http://www.antinanco.org/online-store/!/Spring-Cleansing-Herbal-Healing-Tonics-and-Seasonal-Tips-for-Wellness/p/66470121/category%3D13145315

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Dans Foragemobile Van Plan Update – March 1, 2017:

Van Plan Update – March 1, 2017: This is a look at the van plan I envision to be finally decided on march 30th… I have decided with the wise advice of talking to many people, that instead of purchasing an old van and putting that money into the constant need of work and repairs, it will be better to take out a loan from my credit union for paying off and purchasing a new (or slightly used) ram windowvan then it will be paying for payments instead of repairs. What do you say?

The Final Vision Questions:

-Gas or diesel? Some say that diesel freezes up in the cold conditions and needs to be plugged in, others have said that that is not true for new vehicles, and that this is only the case in extreme cold conditions. Some say diesel is hard to find, back and fourth, opinions differ.

-Can I maintain at least more than 5-800 payments (payment and insurance) sharing our herbal goods, teaching live classes, and webinars, and serving in the awakening however I can.

Offerings With the Van: 

– My vision is to offer different permutations of short film and live webcasting tv shows with exclusive content with subscribers through patreon: https://www.patreon.com/Returntonature – please join here.

– This will give the ability to teach SO MUCH, from how to bulk stock a van with survival/food items, how to make your own wild food incorporated meals, and how to cook on a fire, foraging and rewilding practices, and exclusive interviews with elders and herbalists; influential teachers as I travel to visit them.

This will give the opportunity of in person and online workshops, and to mix and match both online and in person options.

– To travel and share our awesome Return to Nature Herbal Goodies. I envision being able to ethically wildcraft all over north America to bring to our apothecary, and to then share with you all a piece of that medicine journey.

What do you say? is this something you want to see happen?

If you do appreciate this work that I and our growing community endeavor, please help share or donate for a van so that I can take the mission of Return to Nature full time on the road! Every share about our offerings, and every donation helps!

http://www.gofundme.com/returntonature
Also please consider purchasing our hand crafted love made goodies from our Return to Nature – Herbal CSA – Where we offer both individual products and yearly subscriptions to our lovemade goodies available. All of our herbal goods are hand crafted, and proceeds help our growing return to nature community thrive, as well as portions go toward helping me achieve my van dream!

Plant love!

Dan de Lion

www.returntonature.us

 

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