• Foraging and Herbalism Retreat (The Yoga of Plants)

    Join Dan de Lion of Return to Nature (www.returntonature.us (https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.returntonature.us%2F&h=ATOxDUh56anYdTjrq4XiTP0rOUesj855rPM0TWxrErD1z87NdaJvP6LTn0IjPgtzF6CJnoVeOCM8MPClMtKSZ5bsu3RC3VOrCkf7c6PV7CDOa7bK34e2GiNrvXqtx76MSTWM9lu3yJMwwoUjFoAhDIs0OcQbDjyiUOCJQd66EMjK4ZIvTplX)) for a foraging and herbalism retreat at Ananda Ashram (www.anandaashram.org (http://www.anandaashram.org/)) where we explore medicinal and edible wild plants, mushrooms, and explore herbal principles from medicine making, to healing, and constitutional herbal principles which apply to our yoga practice. Join us for both classes, or stay the weekend! Class Schedule: Saturday from 2-5 Sunday from 2-5 $40 per class. Students can come for both classes at a $10 discount, or come to each individual class. Stay for dinner after the class for a $10 donation, Accommodations for staying at Ananda Ashram can be made by calling them at: (845)[masked] Email [masked] with any questions. There is also a campsite down the street called beaver pond campground foe $25 per night. Check out lots more at www.returntonature.us (http://www.returntonature.us/) and http://www.facebook.com/returntonatureskills

  • Foraging for Wild Fall Fruits and Nuts (and other plants too!) in Princeton, NJ

    Join Dan de Lion for a class on finding and foraging for wild fall fruits including persimmon and autumn olives, as well as mushrooms and other medicinal and edible plants! $25 suggested donation - Email [masked] for meeting location. Check out lots of herbalism and foraging videos, articles, and upcoming classes as well as herbal goods at www.returntonature.us (http://www.returntonature.us/) and http://www.facebook.com/returntonatureskills

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  • Foragemobile Solar Panel Workshop and Fundraiser Live!

    Antinanco Earth Arts School

    Join Dan de Lion (https://www.facebook.com/Dandelionwildchild) of Return to Nature in affiliation with Antinanco Earth Arts School (https://www.facebook.com/antinancobee/) for a class on how to set up the foragemobile with solar power! This class will enable students to learn how to rig their own vehicle, camper, house, or pop up tent with a solar set up that is easy to do once you learn the basics. This solar set up will get the van able to power up students who come along for foraging tours! We will rig the van with a full set up for phone and laptop charging, as well as a roof fan, and interior lighting which will enable Dan to have the lighting and devices to do online webinars and live webcasts from his travels, and turn the van into a roving news van, as well as a podcasting and music recording studio. Please help this vision become real! Heres 3 ways you can join and help contribute. 1. You can attend the class in person in Holmdel, NJ. There is a suggested donation of 15$ where you can learn and see how to wire your very own solar set up in person. 2. Join the Live Online Class: You can join us on facebook live on http://www.facebook.com/returntonatureskills where Dan will be holding the camera and showing you first hand all of the awesome details, you can also ask live questions. We will hold a 24 hour fundraiser that day! Please consider making any donation to our 24 hour online fundraiser where donations will be possible on http://www.facebook.com/dandelionwildchild .. We will also be auctioning off herbal goods live for viewers to share in getting awesome herbal gifts in thanks for donating!!! For those who donate over $50 online will include a link to a free webinar of your choice, taught by Dan de lion on herbalism and foraging topics. And anyone who donates $150 or over gets a free herbal consultation by Dan. To receive your free webinar, email me at [masked] under the subject line "Dan's solar fundraiser" or something like that and indicate which one you want. Check out the options at:http://returntonature.us/published-articles/class-recordings-downloads/ (https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Freturntonature.us%2Fpublished-articles%2Fclass-recordings-downloads%2F&h=ATNU0U76RjDMLm-i92Bx450rjWeQJK1_UPE3614KJtTQAdKCGbdkk1kHvuSOMrq20XDpN2TEY7XbO54DS9P55Zd1lsFXjyWB4Z13_JAFD2OeM3ZhppDqmg-8Wlzf3KUzfBB5hvggwKHMN9KZg9uBAipw0E0MtARGynMJWoNUvwyWV10iW_Eu) 3. Donate to the gofundme page any time for awesome herbal rewards! Check it out at www.gofundme.com/returntonature (https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.gofundme.com%2Freturntonature&h=ATOi3_Hi2FMjRStCi2YCQWuahZykFWWAWb9A0nmSasyBk8qNFBfJ0W8iHx0wlR7_GSmwS4u65BQjAAhbO7JDK1YhDjkod8h0TKJU1P3cpFWfwvSEgW1gIJG2dXcroV753SXSEKTOmQlJzn3S_rwnRsL96gVaf8uRPRzBhlYUutzqZjniaHiI) More About The Class: Alex of Antinanco Earth Arts School will lead the class and also give out a measurement chart and a brochure with instructions that they can use as a tool for their future needs for all those who attend in person. You’ll understand how to formulate your needs and to set priorities, address safety issues and learn basics of electricity, solar energy current technologies and youll also be able to ask any questions you have live! We will show you how to implement some of the technologies right on camera! Some topics we will cover: -Knowing your needs and setting energy priorities -Basics of safe electrical rigging -A breakdown of some of the available solar energy technology and batteries - And tips for planning the electrical needs and determining the necessary amount of gear for your purposes. See you there!

  • Getting Nuts with Black Walnut - Holmdel, NJ

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    Join Dan de Lion of Return to Nature (www.returntonature.us (https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.returntonature.us%2F&h=ATPrKOkO2aqTs_b4t_rPfiucFL1jS0CF4A3R1nfY7PGuRhxYITUM0U61_9B3iPV2M-AWTnZ4cZ_wAJPkdxNDOj8decGmkSRNdi_qivystWve9imYQTEk9KCRfucD5bBEjBib3q3ttL_jwIxa43gN95EdjgQVSzveTIEAN8dbakl2FYCiBOQE)) for an in-depth look at black walnut harvesting and processing from ground to belly. These tasty nuts are a power packed food which many of you can find in your own backyard. In this class, Dan will teach you how to make medicines from them, how to harvest, dry, and prepare them, and methods for storage for long-term or survival needs. For the class there is a $25 suggested donation, and email is required for the meeting location - email [masked]* Also, check out lots of herbalism and foraging videos, articles, and upcoming classes as well as herbal goods at www.returntonature.us (https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.returntonature.us%2F&h=ATOMtZUJ1HYyS22JhdP89KvArZql_-JYHbZvUN5k5WWpr-cw0zibWgL9XGyjWPq4yNrf3KT75aCZ_eJ1KiDEPNPuZVtYHKKay8znD1IML22uJRwuB-J5_Bw_MTXWDo2ANWtfvRh87TydRdakEzwaKeqxp6IZr9-m74CSfAb9EGUXvM232I16) and http://www.facebook.com/returntonatureskills . *Please note - It is not enough to simply RSVP on meetup. Please also send an email to [masked] to get specific location details.

  • Summer Farm and Forage Fest @ Cooperative 518 - Princeton, NJ

    Join us on Cooperative 518 Community Farm for a fun filled day of learning, eating and community building opportunities. We will have a few workshops throughout the day and you can choose to join us for all of them, or pop in and out as you please. We have a suggested donation rate for the day, and then individual suggested donations for each workshop. 1) YOGA WITH LAUREN (Suggested donation $15) No one is "good" or "bad" at yoga. Yoga isnt about what you can physically do but why and how you do it. This class will include gentle movement, breathing exercises and meditation held outside on the Co-op 518 Farm. All levels of experience are welcome. Focus on healing, relaxing and discovering the beauty, joy and strength within. Dress comfortably and weather appropriate. A limited number of mats will be available to borrow. Please bring your own mat if you can. 2) OUR PLAYFUL NATURE (Suggested donation $15) Join Chris Moran of Our Playful Nature for a unique “fitness” experience that will have you laughing and smiling instead of groaning and grunting. Chris’s approach is based on play, in which fitness is merely a side effect, not an objective. You’ll (re)learn how to see the natural world through the eyes of a child, where a tree branch is something to hang on, a log something to balance on, the grass something to crawl or roll on, and a friend someone to play with. When we connect with our bodies, our environment, and our peers, we achieve a new level of nourishment. Looking forward to playing with you all! 3) FARM TASTING TOUR(Suggested donation $20) Join Alec Gioseffi on a farm tasting tour through our farm where we will discuss the concepts of rotational grazing, companion planting, maximizing space in the garden, on contour swale and keyline cultivation construction, Integrated Pest Managment and beneficial insects, food forest and more. We will also be sampling the vegetables as we walk through the farm. 4) FORAGING PLANT WALK (Suggested donation $20) 5) POTLUCK DINNER AND FIRE SOCIAL If you plan on staying for the potluck, please bring a dish to share. Local, seasonal and organic dishes preferred. PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN PLATE, CUP AND UTENSILS. https://www.facebook.com/events/1677364522485416/

  • SH Observatory, Amazing Star Gazing Event & Fundraiser!

    Location visible to members

    $15.00

    Sheep Hill Observatory "Save the Dome" Fundraiser Please join us for this special night of stargazing and more! Feature Viewing: the Moon and possibly Jupiter towards the end of the night. Over the years of wear and tear from use, weather and vandalism, the Observatory is now in desperate need of costly repairs. This will enhance and increase it's preservation, quality and safety for all of us. What better way to show our appreciation and return the favor in helping them achieve their fundraising goals, then to gather together for an amazing night of star gazing, refreshments, talks presenting more information about what you're viewing and more!! **Please keep in mind that this is a weather sensitive event. In the event of rain or clouds covering the sky, the event could be canceled. You really can't predict the weather until the day of, as a result, it makes this event difficult to plan in advance. Please check the weather for the Boonton, NJ area the day of the event. If canceled, I will try to give you as much notice as possible without canceling too early and risk missing a clear night. *Please see rain date below... I would suggest making back-up plans "just in-case". Rain Date: Sat. Nov.. 29th @8pm *This event will be "Outdoors" the temperature is always cooler on top of the hill. Please dress appropriate for the weather. *There are NO RESTROOM facilities on the premises. We may be spending 1-2 hours there but at your leisure. There will be other guides and their telescopes outside the dome to broaden our viewing opportunities. You may need a flash light to help you see in the parking area but please be sure NOT to point it up in the direction of the dome or telescopes...Thank you! About Sheep Hill Observatory: Sheep Hill Observatory is a 16-foot dome, housing an 18-inch Newtonian equatorially mounted telescope. They are open to the public every third Friday of the month (weather permitting) starting at 7:30 p.m. EST, and 8:30 p.m. DST. *Sheep Hill Astronomical Association (SHAA) is a non-profit Association. They rely on your support for donations to keep them going :) This fundraiser event's purpose is to help them achieve their Fundraising Goal of: $25,000. to repair and renovate the observatory dome. For more info., go to: http://www.sheephillastro.org/fundraising.html For Directions and more info. http://www.sheephillastro.org/observatory.html Latitude 40.92° North Longitude 74.41° West *Google Maps knows it as "Sheep Hill Astronomical Association" at 300 Ross Drive. **Note:** Once you reach the end of Ross Dr., you will hit an empty dirt parking lot. Continue straight & follow to the right up a small hill until you're in the second lot. (Please go slow). The dome will be on your left. If the lot is full, you can park in the first lot. Please keep the spaces tight to leave room for others. It's very dark up there and aren't any lights. You may need a flashlight. Please, DO NOT point them up or in the direction of the telescopes or toward the dome...Thank you! This event is also posted on: http://www.meetup.com/THE-COMMUNITY-OF-HEALING/ so there will be others from a different age group joining us. If you are a member of both, please only RSVP on one. Thank you Please feel free to contact myself or Patrick with any questions. Thank you & look forward to seeing you! Patrick & Melanie

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  • Jenny Jump Observatory - Presentation & Stargazing!

    Location visible to members

    Please join us @ Jenny Jump Observatory for a night of education and stargazing (weather permitting)! Hosted by the UACNJ (United Astronomy Clubs of NJ Inc.): http://www.uacnj.org . A wonderful group of amateur Astronomers. Open to the public every Saturday of the month, they hold free presentations on different Astronomy topics followed by stargazing on the observatory's telescopes until 10:30 PM. The view is Beautiful up there on a clear sky! Hardly any light pollution. On a dark night (new moon), you can see the milkyway. This weeks presentation will be on the "Antarctic". We'll also be viewing around the time of Orionids Meteor shower, so we may get to see some meteors. Suggested Donation: $7.00 per person *FYI, They suggest a donation of $50 for groups up to 25 people and an additional $2 per person over 25 with a maximum of 50 per group for groups on Saturday nights during the public season. Stargazing will be cancelled in the event of rain or clouds covering the sky. We won't know till closer to the date. Will try to give as much advanced notice as possible without risking a clear night. However, the presentation is in-doors and still be on. Directions The UACNJ Observatory at Jenny Jump is located at Latitude 40° 54' 26.8" North, Longitude 74° 55' 31.8" West, and 1100 feet above sea level in Jenny Jump State Forest, near Hope, NJ, in Warren County. From Route 80: Take Exit 12 [route 521-Hope]. From the off ramp go south on 521 towards Hope for 1.2 miles. Turn left at the light in Hope (there is only one). Then take the first right turn on Great Meadows-Hope road. Travel 2.4 miles to Far View Road. Turn left on Far View. The observatory entrance is 1.2 miles on the right (turn right just before the Jenny Jump State Forest sign). From Routes 78-22: Take Exit 17 for Route 31 North. Travel north 16.6 miles (through Washington, and Oxford). At Route 46 (light at "T" intersection - Butzville), turn right. Go 5.8 miles on Route 46 to Great Meadows. Turn left on Hope Road (Route 611 - Saints Peter and Paul Church on corner). Travel 2.4 miles to Far View Road. Turn right on Far View. The observatory entrance is 1.2 miles on the right (turn right just before the Jenny Jump State Forest sign). Note: The observatory's street address is 333 State Park Road in Great Meadows, NJ but many electronic maps can't place this address correctly. In many cases you can get directions to the driveway leading to the observatory by entering the address "399 State Park Road Great Meadows, NJ". Look forward to meeting you :) Melanie

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  • Foraging for Wild Food & Medicinal Plants in Montclair

    Mountainside Park

    Did you know that there are tons of edible and medicinal plants right under your noses! Please join us with Dan Farella of Return To Nature to show you how much food and medicine are everywhere. We will forage and discover medicinal plants, foods, nuts, seeds, and mushrooms. All are welcome! 25$ requested donation. Please register with Dan, RSVP required: email [masked] , for meeting point. *Bring a camera and notebook for recording the plants we find. *Please note, this is posted on other groups Dan Farella is a Forager, Herbalist, and Teacher dedicated to working with Nature to serve in uniting the planet and its people. Dan teaches through Return to Nature (ReturntoNature.us), which provides classes in foraging and herbalism, making homemade remedies from herbs, fermentation and kombucha classes, and primitive and survival skills. He also makes and sells herbal products, and gives nutrition and health consultations, mentors private students, and gives in-home custom group herbalism classes. Become a part of the Return to Nature Facebook community for frequent updates, videos, articles and more: https://www.facebook.com/ReturntoNatureSkills/events Subscribe to Return to Nature’s YouTube channel to see Dan in action: http://www.youtube.com/user/ReturntoNatureSkills http://returnto​nature.us/new-c​lass-announceme​nt-guerilla-for​aging-class-dea​ns-natural-food​s-bernards-nj-j​uly-18/ Look forward to meeting you, Dan

  • SH Observatory, Amazing Star Gazing Event & Fundrasier!

    Location visible to members

    $20.00

    Sheep Hill Observatory "Save the Dome" Fundraiser Event! Please join us for this special night of stargazing and more! We've had some amazing events at Sheep Hill Observatory for the last four years. They've generously and graciously shared their passion and knowledge with us, sometimes under very cold conditions :) Over the years of wear and tear from use, weather and vandalism, the Observatory is now in desperate need of costly repairs. This will enhance and increase it's preservation, quality and safety for all of us. What better way to show our appreciation and return the favor in helping them achieve their fundraising goals, then to gather together for an amazing night of star gazing, refreshments, talks presenting more information about what you're viewing and more!! This may also be a good time to spot meteors. We'll be viewing during the time of Orionids Meteor shower. It's peak being: Oct. 20-22. **Please keep in mind that this is a weather sensitive event. In the event of rain or clouds covering the sky, the event could be canceled. You really can't predict the weather until the day of, as a result, it makes this event difficult to plan in advance. Please check the weather for the Boonton, NJ area the day of the event. If canceled, I will try to give you as much notice as possible without canceling too early and risk missing a clear night. *Please see rain date below... I would suggest making back-up plans "just in-case". Rain Date: Sat. Oct. 25th @8pm *This event will be "Outdoors" the temperature is always cooler on top of the hill. Please dress appropriate for the weather. *Keep in mind, there are NO RESTROOM facilities on the premises. We may be spending 1-2 hours there but at your leisure. There will be other guides and their telescopes outside the dome to broaden our viewing opportunities. You may need a flash light to help you see in the parking area but please be sure NOT to point it up in the direction of the dome or telescopes...Thank you! About Sheep Hill Observatory: Sheep Hill Observatory is a 16-foot dome, housing an 18-inch Newtonian equatorially mounted telescope. They are open to the public every third Friday of the month (weather permitting) starting at 7:30 p.m. EST, and 8:30 p.m. DST. *Sheep Hill Astronomical Association (SHAA) is a non-profit Association. They rely on your support for donations to keep them going :) This fundraiser event's purpose is to help them achieve their Fundraising Goal of: $25,000. to repair and renovate the observatory dome. For more info., go to: http://www.sheephillastro.org/fundraising.html Directions: Latitude 40.92° North Longitude 74.41° West For Directions and more info. http://www.sheephillastro.org/observatory.html **Note:** Once you reach the end of Ross Dr., you will hit an empty dirt parking lot. Continue straight & follow to the right up a small hill until you're in the second lot. (Please go slow). The dome will be on your left. If the lot is full, you can park in the first lot. Please keep the spaces tight to leave room for others. It's very dark up there and aren't any lights. You may need a flashlight. Please, DO NOT point them up or in the direction of the telescopes or toward the dome...Thank you! This event is also posted on: http://www.meetup.com/THE-COMMUNITY-OF-HEALING/ so there will be others from a different age group joining us. If you are a member of both, please only RSVP on one. Thank you Please feel free to contact myself or Patrick with any questions. Thank you & look forward to seeing you! Patrick & Melanie

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  • Foraging for Wild Food & Medicinal Plants @ Bonsal Preserve

    Alonzo Bonsal Nature Preserve

    Did you know that there are tons of edible and medicinal plants right under your noses! Please join us with Dan Farella of Return To Nature to show you how much food and medicine is everywhere. We will forage and discover medicinal plants, foods, nuts, seeds, and mushrooms. All are welcome! 25$ requested donation. Please register with Dan, RSVP required: email [masked] , for meeting point. *Bring a camera and notebook for recording the plants we find. *Please note, this is posted on other groups Dan Farella is a Forager, Herbalist, and Teacher dedicated to working with Nature to serve in uniting the planet and its people. Dan teaches through Return to Nature (ReturntoNature.us), which provides classes in foraging and herbalism, making homemade remedies from herbs, fermentation and kombucha classes, and primitive and survival skills. He also makes and sells herbal products, and gives nutrition and health consultations, mentors private students, and gives in-home custom group herbalism classes. Become a part of the Return to Nature Facebook community for frequent updates, videos, articles and more: https://www.facebook.com/ReturntoNatureSkills/events Subscribe to Return to Nature’s YouTube channel to see Dan in action: http://www.youtube.com/user/ReturntoNatureSkills http://returnto​nature.us/new-c​lass-announceme​nt-guerilla-for​aging-class-dea​ns-natural-food​s-bernards-nj-j​uly-18/ Look forward to meeting you, Dan