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Dan De Lion
Dan De Lion is an Earth Herbalist, Forager, Musician, and Teacher dedicated to working with Nature to further the healing of the planet and the soul. 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 with full exposure to plants in the herb and vegetable garden that his mother grew, and read many herb books as part of his upbringing. He also had roaming access to a back yard that led to a farm. His passion for plants grew, and he began mushroom hunting at 20 years old. Dan 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 with 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 with respect for the natural world. Through teaching and facilitating hundreds of interactive workshops, plant walks and community gatherings, along with receiving global exposure to many forms and permutations of community, Dan 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.
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Dina Ostrovsky weaves modern psychology, creative expression, and ancient spiritual Earth practices into her transformational programs. She is a Shamanic Healer initiated in the Eastern European Tuva Lineage and is studying for a Master's Degree in Process Oriented Psychology.
For the last 15 years she has also been practicing Dzogchen Buddhism and Qigong with master teachers. Having recently returned to the States after working in Costa Rica as the Director of a holistic addiction rehab center, she is now serving on the East Coast as a transformational coach, therapist and family constellation facilitator. She is also the founder and director of Ursa Major Travel Club, leading spiritual travel adventures around the world. "The Art and Science of Transformation has become my career and my passion. I am honored to assist others on this path with my knowledge, vision, and experience.” More info at TERRApia.org
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Olga Sher is a 2003 magna cum laude graduate of New York Law School, where she was a member of the New York School Law Review. Olga serves as Associate General Counsel for a New Jersey based company specializing in financial products.
Olga lives in Holmdel with her husband and their two children. She has been actively involved in charitable educational incentives and experiental community classes for children and adults.
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Mariana Bernstein, M.Sc., M.A., Fertility Coach, Certified Hypnotist, Justisse Holistic Reproductive Health Trainee. A wife, a mother of three, a daughter, a sister, a girlfriend, a companion, a student, a teacher, a WOMAN, Mariana is passionate about supporting women through different stages of their reproductive lives as well as remembering old rituals and traditions and incorporating then in our modern life.
Belly dancing, the birth dance, has accompanied her journey for a while now and had taught her a lot about the capabilities of the female body and the intricacies of the energy flow.
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Larisa Litvinova, MD
Larisa is a beautiful soul who is raising 3 wonderful children with her husband Dima. She shares her time between her family and practicing Integrative Medicine at her private practice as a physician. She enjoys her time with friends, nature, yoga, healthy cooking, knitting.
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