Foraging Herbalist Mentorship 2016

Registration Closes on May 14th – Beginning this May of 2016, I’ll be taking another group of students for a year-long training intensive program. This mentorship will be a deep culmination of the last 2 years trainings and represents a well-rounded practice of living “off-grid” and on your own ingenuity and skillset.
This will be the third year that I will be running a year-long mentorship to systematically teach each student to work in depth with diverse plant based skills that are essential for nomadic hunter gathering pathways. Each student, among getting to know the plants inside and out, will also progressively be brought to a state of camping “self-reliance” and have the ability to go anywhere and wildcraft food and medicine.  
I have picked 4 awesome campground locations all in New Jersey which are all around 2 hours radius of central NJ.
Scheduled Meeting Dates: 
Shelter – May 20-23 – Develop your own camp site, learn to camp and refine backpack gear, first aid kits, car packing, identify and forage edible and medicinal spring plants.
Fire – July 8-10 – Once the gear and camp is easily set up, we will practice and discuss the intricacies of different firemaking aspects, including understanding firemaking techniques for different ecosystems and weather patterns, what can be harvested off of the landscape, and cooking and food preparation, This will be interspersed with plant walks, observation of growth patterns of differing plants and trees.
Water – September 9-11 – Wild water harvesting, purification techniques, and ways to track landscapes for acquiring drinking water, mushroom identification and hunting aspects, and herbal medicine making and preserving aspects.
Food and Medicine – November 11-13 – this is the time when camping becomes colder and gear becomes refined, learn to condition your body and dress appropriately, to keep and maintain fire, to prepare foods on fire, and to make medicinal preparations from the plants we have gathered throughout our adventure. There will likely be wildcrafted mead to celebrate a beautiful year together. 
To learn more or to register, email 
Plant Blessings, 
Dan De Lion

Return To Nature

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About Dan

Dan De Lion is an earth herbalist, forager, musician, and teacher. He teaches through Return to Nature, providing classes, lectures, and seminars on wild food foraging, mushroom identification, herbal medicine making, as well as primitive and survival skills with a focus on wild foods and forest medicines. He also incorporates the philosophies of yoga, alchemy, meditation, and mysticism into his classes, lectures, and seminars and brings a deep rooted indigenous medicine perspective of practicing intuition with plants, in a systematic and earth-based way – Check out more at
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