Nicholas Tippins is a poet and freelance writer. You can learn more about him and his work on his website, Nicholas Tippins Writes.
Nicholas has been a professional freelance writer since 2013. He has done content marketing and blogging for dozens of businesses, writing and web-content creation for non-profits (such as Wall of Creation and Salvando Corazones), and various forms of copywriting. He has published articles on popular websites (such as elephant journal and Rebelle Society), has been contracted by online magazines, and worked as a ghostwriter. He is also a freelance editor, specializing in dissertations and academic work as well as non-fiction book manuscripts.
Cooking and Herbs
As a professional food writer, organic farmer, and student of herbalism & nutrition, Nicholas is well aware of the importance of the food we eat. However, when he sits down at a table, all of those reasons sound like excuses – he simply loves good food, and wants to share it with people. His mission is to share recipes that are unbelievably healthy, and so delicious there's nothing you'd rather eat.
He has studied firsthand the traditional cuisines of India, Nepal, France, and Costa Rica, and had personal experience with a number of diets. He studied herbalism with Johanna O'Tigham, founder of the Driftless Herbal Exchange Network, and has been influenced by the works of Susun Weed, Sam Thayer, and Stephen Harrod Buhner. He now focuses on traditional diets, incorporating what we know about how our ancestors ate into nourishing meals that are accessible for modern families.
Nicholas is also passionate about the sacredness of food, and strives to help our culture remember the value of growing one's own food, creating meals from scratch, and working together to nourish one's family. He is inspired by the Slow Food movement, Thich Nhat Hanh's Mindfulness exercises, India's mealtime rituals and tradition of feeding the hungry, and indigenous ways of seeing and preparing food. He writes about food on his blog, Wild Heart Food.
A passionate traveler, Nicholas has spent much of his adult life abroad. He has lived in a several countries and traveled through countless more. His focus is on finding and learning from the heart of a culture, and he seeks out places and peoples that are unseen and unmasked. To that end he has biked, hitchhiked, and walked across large swaths of the globe, studied with spiritual teachers of diverse traditions, and witnessed the natural beauty of many landscapes. He has also volunteered and done journalistic work around the world.
Family is one of Nicholas' greatest passions and joys. He incorporates wisdom from diverse spiritual traditions into the practical, down-to-earth business of loving and serving his family. Having traveled and lived with families of many cultures, he has a broad perspective on the meaning and workings of family life. He is currently co-authoring a book about raising children with his mother and grandmother.
A deep connection with nature and the search for a better way of life inspired Nicholas to learn about green living. After countless conversations with Steven Greenleaf, founder of Greenleaf Education Costa Rica, and study of sustainable agriculture inspired by Mark Shepard, author of Restoration Agriculture, he further educated himself by attending talks, conferences, and reading literature by indigenous elders and activists.
Nicholas worked as a community educator for an environmental non-profit in India and served as a volunteer environmental educator throughout Latin America. Nicholas' knowledge is also deeply rooted in the land he lives on, and he continues to learn about and practice sustainable living in his day-to-day life.
Nicholas studied Yoga, meditation, and spiritual practice intensively for two years in India. He experienced a rigorous live-in apprenticeship with a Yogi (Baba Madhav Muni, Udasain of Sri Satyanath Math), several courses in Buddhism at Tushita Meditation Center and talks by H. H. Dalai Lama, and studied with several Hindu, Sikh, and Buddhist teachers. His current study of Yoga includes a daily meditation practice, attendance of Yoga conferences and retreats, and study of spiritual texts.
Organics and Gardening
Nicholas has fifteen years of organic farming experience, beginning on his family's homestead in the Driftless region of Southwest Wisconsin. To gain a diversity of experience, he worked on a wide variety of small to medium scale organic farms in the Midwest, and has since volunteered with agricultural support projects around the world. He has also studied permaculture and sustainable agriculture, and is inspired by the work of Mark Kastel, a friend and founder of the Cornucopia Institute. His goal is to make farming and gardening more accessible, sustainable, and bountiful. Nicholas also writes professionally about food, farming, and food policy.
For as long as he can remember, Nicholas has been at home in the woods, on top of mountains, or nestled in a valley beside a stream. He studied traditional and wilderness skills with the Driftless Folk School and made his own study of wilderness survival. He has made extended trips into the jungles of Latin America, the Himalayan mountains, and the diverse landscapes of the United States. He can tell you every one of the mistakes he made while camping and what he learned from it, with the hopes that you will, too.
Nicholas has studied many disciplines of crisis management and conflict resolution, including non-violent communication, relational leadership (of which he is a certified facilitator), and meditation. He has chosen to work in a variety of high-stress environments, including working with abused, drug-addicted, and mentally disabled people, and has traveled to global crises as a journalist. Having run his own businesses, he is also familiar with the pressures many of us face on a day-to-day basis. He has worked with a variety of tools to not only manage stress, but to create consistent peace and fulfillment in our lives.
Nicholas has professional experience caring for the elderly, including those with Alzheimer's diesease. He has volunteered in old age homes in places as diverse as Wisconsin, India, and Latin America, and has written about different cultures' attitudes towards elders and their care. He also loves his grandmother and has sat and listened for hours at the feet of elders of many cultures and backgrounds.