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Articles on Identifying, harvesting, and preparing wild foods

“The Yoga of Plants” – Live Class at The Inner Warrior

Here’s a look from the “Yoga of Plants” workshop at The Inner Warrior in Loiusville, KY, where I gave a talk on determining constitutions of wild herbs by taste based on Ayurvedic constitutional principles and webcasted it live on the … Continue reading

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Wisdom of Wineberries – Foraging for Local “Invasives”

Today we went exploring one of my favorite patches of wineberries. Said to be an invasive plant, I encourage everyone to cross compare that with the idea of shipping the equivalent berry from across the US or even worse, foreign … Continue reading

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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.

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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.

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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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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).

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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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Family Foraging Class: Class Reflection

Today at our family plant walk we discussed the resilient power of nature and how to see that with many examples such as the plants that were sticking out of the sidewalk in the poison ivy that was again taking … Continue reading

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