loveren collections was born out of my need and longing to reconnect with the land, culture, and ultimately, myself.
What is it like to live a life of remembrance? Remembering the deep and intimate connection to the earth, the stories told to heal, rituals to connect and people to nourish...how did I forget and how can we reconnect?...
Come join me on this journey to take care of ourselves physically, mentally, and emotionally by reconnecting to the land through the exploration of everyday forage. This site is dedicated to educate, inspire, and instill healthy lifestyle interactions for all, including respecting Mother Earth.
Nina Lawrin lives and works on Anishinaabe, Potawatomi, Odawa, Ojibwe, Illinois, Kickapoo, & Miami territory (Michigan and Chicago) with her second home in Namibia and occasional travel back to ancestral lands of western Ukraine and Germany.
Nina is an ethnobotanist (MSc University of Kent 2021), artist, urban forager, certified permaculture designer, and a world traveler...aka intentional nomad :)
Nina co-founded the Permaculture Chicago Teaching Institute in 2019 and is a Fulbright alumna and alumni ambassador to Namibia. She has worked alongside numerous permaculture sites including Eloolo Permaculture Initiative and Damaraland Farming Cooperative, cultivating their “waste streams” to share and create nontoxic, research-driven, site-specific artwork. She started her foraging journey learning from the San community in Namibia and Botswana in 2016.
Nina is a proud certified tree keeper with Openlands #1248, a certified permaculture designer, and just general foodie at heart . You can find her on Instagram @loveren_collections.