East meets West on Sunday, February 25, when New Jersey native Dan De Lion of Return to Nature and Ojai’s Lanny Kaufer of HerbWalks.com join forces for a family-friendly plant walk and class on lowering your ecological footprint eating weeds! This event is part of the “little footprints” environmental series at Greater Goods, a non-profit interactive community space in Meiners Oaks.
From 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Dan and Lanny will lead an outdoor plant walk at Steel Acres Farm, identifying and discussing plants and foraging for edible weeds.
Then join them at Greater Goods from 1:00 p.m. to 3 p.m. for a foraged meal, herbal medicine making class, and discussion about humans’ place in the environment and medicinal, edible, and utilitarian uses of plants.
Kids of all ages are welcome for the morning walk. Older children may also be interested in the afternoon class. Suggested donation is $25 but all donations of any amount will be accepted. To register or for more information, visit HerbWalks.com, email [email protected], or call 805-646-6281.
ABOUT DAN DE LION: Dan De Lion is an Earth Herbalist, Forager, Musician, and Teacher dedicated to working with Nature to facilitate the reunion of the people with our planetary purpose. 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 grounded way.
Dan grew up in a life full of exposure to plants in the herb and vegetable garden which his mother grew, with continuous herb books as part of his upbringing as well as roaming access to the back yard which led to a farm. As he grew with this passion, he began mushroom hunting at 20 years old, and soon realized that wild plants could also be foraged, and received his formal herbalist training in 2010 from Heart Stone herbal school in Van Etten, NY. That same year, he started his business Return to Nature as a vehicle for sharing his passion for herbal medicine and his outreach to build a community with a deeper expression of Nature as a continual and abundant provider of nourishment, medicine and spiritual connection.
Dan has been teaching and leading community workshops and gatherings throughout NJ, NY, and PA and the surrounding area since 2009, and before that toured extensively throughout the country and recorded 2 albums in the musical group, Natural Breakdown. In his herbal and spiritual explorations, he has also traveled across the world, from India, to South America, to many places in the United States seeking and sitting with teachers and guides who have deeply expanded his knowledge about herbal healing, deeper perspectives on causes of illness, and working in respect with the natural world.
Through teaching and facilitating now hundreds of interactive workshops, plant walks and community gatherings, along with receiving global exposure to many forms and permutations of community he has built and helped raise a strong core community based on herbal practice, nature skills, potlucks, and regenerative methods in his local home town of NJ.
Teaching from a deep passion to inspire children and adults alike to return to nature and remember that there is deep treasure around each and every corner of life, Dan teaches through hands on mentoring with focus on engaging the senses in and with nature to create and bridge a deep connection to the earth and our immediate surroundings that continue to deepen in students for the rest of their lives. Dan also offers private mentorship to students of all ages.
Dan leads several group plant walks a month and teaches workshops in symbiosis with local communities as well as classes for any groups including birthday parties, boy scout groups, homeschooling groups, and just about any other occasion. His class topics include Foraging and herbal remedies, Community building, hands on herbal medicine making, how to harvest, identify, and prepare wild food, Mushroom identification, vegetable fermentation, kombucha making, bird language, and primitive and survival skills, and nature awareness.
ABOUT LANNY KAUFER: Ojai native plant educator Lanny Kaufer has been leading herb walks and nature hikes in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties for over 40 years. A retired public high school teacher with a Biology degree from the University of California, Lanny specializes in making learning about edible and medicinal plants accessible and fun for people of all ages.
Lanny acquired much of his plant knowledge in field study with well-known herbalists and ethnobotanists and has co-led workshops, field classes and expeditions with noted experts such as the late Chumash teacher Juanita Centeno, the late herbalist and author Michael Moore, author-herbalist Michael Tierra, author-herbalist Amanda McQuade Crawford, author-pharmacologist James Adams of USC School of Pharmacy, and Chumash educator Julie Tumamait-Stenslie. For more information, visit HerbWalks.com.
- Sustainable Foraging with Dan De Lion and Lanny Kaufer
- Steel Acres Farm and Greater Goods community space in Meiners Oaks
- Sunday, February 25, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
- Learn how to lower your ecological footprint by eating weeds
- $25 suggested donation but all donations of any amount accepted