Nathan “Ryujyn” Lou

Nathan is a creative visionary, father, entrepreneur, artist, forester, and shepherd born and raised in San Diego, CA. He has a passion for agroforestry, community ecology, and ecological restoration. Nathan is the founder and executive director of Mongol Tribe, a community and capacity building 501c3 focused on bridging health and wellness with civic ecology. Mongol Tribe’s pillars emphasize co-operative development, regenerative land care practices, and education. In his work at Mongol Tribe, Nathan has been able to support the advancement of local resiliency in his community, elevating projects such as seed libraries, community gardens, food forests, and regenerative grazing. His work takes him to the majestic mountains of eastern San Diego, where he is focused on implementing Traditional Ecological Knowledge as a tool for restoring forest health. Nathan embodies the spirit of Ryujin, the Japanese dragon king that is the keeper of the tide jewels, the pearls of legend that can raise and lower the tides.

Medicine or Calling

Nathan has an active practice in natural time and Mayan astrology, living by the 13-moon calendar and harmonizing his rhythms with the tides and seasons. His ancestry is composed of Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, Mongolian, Sri Lankan, Indian, Bengali, Peruvian, and Northern European. Nathan is a Taoist practitioner that invokes Quan Yin and the cultivation of compassion. Nathan also practices ancestral animistic traditions carrying the medicine of bear, rattlesnake, salmon, sheep, and whale.