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Foraging the Prickly Pear Cactus

Prickly Pear cactus (Opuntia humifusa) is surprisingly an incredible edible food.

You may even have it growing on your property, but may have not realized all of its virtues as a food and medicine. In this article I’ll be discussing some of the aspects of this special cactus, which is the only native cactus of the northeastern United States. Continue reading

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Foraging for Horsetail – An Ancient Ally

Once properly identified and harvested from a wholesome area, then dried, and powdered in a coffee grinder, one can consume ½-1 tsp of horsetail powder as a daily tonic by adding a little hot water daily of to strengthen bones, nails, and hair. It has a cumulative effects and differences will be seen over a few weeks to a month. Continue reading

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Spring Foraging and Herbalism Retreat at Ananda Ashram

Hey plant lovers! We are just a few weeks away until we start the spring Return To Nature​ teaching season with the Spring Foraging and Herbalism Retreat at Ananda Ashram​ in Monroe, NY. In it I’ll be covering plant identification, … Continue reading

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Return to Nature Herbal CSA 2016

Hey Friends of the Plants, Return to Nature is excited to be offering another magical year of seasonal herbal goods to our community through our Herbal CSA program.  You can join by signing up for a full year of our … Continue reading

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Notes from Dans Travels in California: Birds Bathing in the Malibu lagoon

Birds Bathing in the Malibu lagoon: Today, after seeking campsites and natural areas along the California coast, I found myself in the Malibu Lagoon. It was mesmerizing to see where all the birds come to do their rituals, hundreds of … Continue reading

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Persimmon Power – A Favorite Forageable Fruit

Here’s a look at one of the most delicious and long forgotten wild fruits, indigenous to this area. This is the American persimmon (Diospyros virginiana). Continue reading

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The Bridge with Kira featuring Dan de Lion – New Podcast

Here’s a listen from a podcast conversation I had with Kira at the Peoples Internet Radio In it we discuss a range of topics from foraging and what got me into foraging, the practice and theory of herbalism, awakening to … Continue reading

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Medicine Mandala Ritual @ Farm and Forage Fest – November 2015

We completed last Sunday’s plant walk with a pine powered plant mandala ritual in which we all worked the energy of the land, bringing in many of the sacred medicinal plants discussed during the plant walk, and harmonizing and balancing … Continue reading

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Foraging and Herbalism Retreat @ Ananda Ashram – Part 1 – Intro

Return to Nature – Foraging and Herbalism Retreat @ Ananda Ashram – October 16-18 – This is the workshop introduction where we explore a mugwort opening ritual and plant sense meditation aspects. Throughout the weekend we explored many levels of … Continue reading

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Foraging the Shaggy Mane Mushroom

Here’s a look at the shaggy mane mushroom – coprinus comatus:  This mushroom is a delicious edible of the genus coprinus (the inky caps). All coprinus have a very unique “self digestion” mechanism in which their cap turns into it’s … Continue reading

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