Mandana (ماندانا) is an Iranian-American herbalist, storyteller, gardener, and educator at Wild Gather: Hudson Valley School of Herbal Studies.


Her exploration of plant medicine began in her childhood kitchen, where she first encountered the sound of the mortar and pestle finding rhythm, the smell of rue and angelica smoke curling up from the sofreh and the stories of her ancestors carried forward by her mother. She weaves her Iranian culture and plant tradition into all facets of her work as an herbalist and educator.

Mandana's north star is found in supporting her kin in the reconnecting, re-membering, and reclaiming of our intricate ancestral technologies and wisdom, and in offering her community in the Mahicantuck (Hudson) Valley access to equitable care, plant medicine, and herbal education. 


Photo captured by Emma Mccann