Mandana (ماندانا) is an herbalist, educator, forager, gardener, parent, and co-founder of Wild Gather: Hudson Valley School of Herbal Studies.


She currently lives on unceded Haudenosauneega territory in the Catskill Mountains, in the same valley she was raised. Her work centers facilitating study around plant medicine, wild food, earth based skills and crafts, and plant + environmental essence medicine. She weaves her Iranian ancestry, culture, and plant tradition into all facets of her work as an herbalist and is dedicated to re-centering the voices, stories, rituals, and histories of the BIPOC community, particularly around health, healing and food.

Photo credit: Sarrah Danziger