Interview with Northwest NJ Happenings

Here is an Interview that I had with Kath from the North West NJ Happenings blog. It was a good discussion, Hope you enjoy!


NWNJH: Dan, how did you wind up on this path to foraging?

Dan: I discovered foraging because I was seeking a greater and deeper connection with nature, I instinctively and intuitively felt something primal, some spiritual connection, and knew that through practicing awareness of what natural plants and mushrooms were around me I could develop and evolve that practice of turning on my senses, learning to rely on my own skills, and take my own power as a human back to be directly connected to nature. A human birth right that I feel has been slowly shaken out of us.

NWNJH: Who were/are your mentors?

Dan: My mentors are any and all beings that have walked a path of herbal medicine and foraging, indigenous people of the world, to those who survived the great depression relying on their foraging skills, to immigrants that came here and brought foraging knowledge, to all of the modern day teachers and guides of herbalism and foraging.

The full interview can be viewed here:


And Please come out to Chow and Zen, Saturday, March 9th at 2 pm for a fun day of foraging with me!

Winter Foraging – Wild Suburban Teas

“In this class we will practice making herbal teas from wild plants which can be foraged outside in the winter months. We will discover that even a simple walk around any yard will help you gather and understand many medicinal resources which can be processed into healing medicines. After we harvest from the land, we will make some herbal teas from what we gather and continue the foraging and herbalism discussion indoors. “

BYOM – Please bring your own mug for sampling the tea. – Suggested Donation $20

Pre Registration Required Email: or Call 908-362-1900

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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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