Nathan “Santi” Lou was born and raised in San Diego and has completed an AS in Agriculture from Yuba College, and BS in Natural Resources, with special emphasis in Fish and Wildlife Conservation, from Oregon State University. With more than 15 years of cultivation experience, Nathan has developed a passion for agroforestry, community ecology, and mycorrhizal systems. Nathan is the co-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 focus on co-operative development, regenerative land care practices, and education. Our Food & Medicine Sovereignty Program is cultivating edible arboretums and seed libraries throughout our community. Through our Natural Land Management Program we are developing a forestry school at the 67-acre Nate Harrison Serenity Ranch in Palomar Mountain, CA. We are curating workshops, festivals, internships, and apprenticeships with an emphasis in traditional ecological knowledge (TEK), regenerative agroforestry practices, and holistic health & wellness. Nathan is currently utilizing GIS to perform vegetative surveying for forest health, with special emphasis on oak trees and ethnobotanical species. Nathan has an active practice in natural time, embodying 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, Peruvian, and Northern European. He invokes Quan Yin, embodies Ryujin, and carries the medicine of bear, whale, and salmon.