Danielle Toronyi is a trained landscape architect and artist whose work is focused on how we collectively experience, change, and learn from ecological and artificial systems. Her work as an artist provides a new entry point into experiencing place, provides new tools for embodying changes in our environment, and reveals the emergence of resilient or unstable systems within the living world and built environment.
Danielle is also a practicing community herbalist and runs Mother Tongue Herbs. Her work as an herbalist serves to reconnect people with traditional plant medicine - this allows us to remember our ancestral knowledge and to regenerate the land through awareness, respect, and love for the places in which we live and the plant communities within them.
Danielle's practice embraces the multidimensional qualities of plant knowledge and understanding. She ties together plant spirit medicine, folk healing, and botanical and ecological research. The dreamworld, the field, the kitchen table, and the lab all serve to help us learn the language of plants. Her bioregional practice is focused within the Western Wise Woman herbalist tradition. She has been studying herbalism since 2002 and practicing as a community herbalist since 2011. Danielle is currently enrolled in the Sky House Herb School herbal apprenticeship program to become a clinical herbalist.
Danielle studied Painting at Pratt Institute from 2001-2002 and earned her BFA in Painting and Drawing from The University of the Arts in 2006. In 2012 she earned her Master’s in Landscape Architecture from NC State University’s College of Design. Danielle also earned her Permaculture Design Certificate from Will Hooker in 2011 from NC State Horticultural Science Department.
She has studied with Juliette Blakenspoor of the Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine in Leicester, NC, Chuck Marsh from Useful Plants Nursery at Earth Haven Ecovillage in Black Mountain, NC, and Joe Hollis of Mountain Gardens in Burnsville, NC along with many others. She has experience in sustainable agriculture from working on small farms in Western North Carolina and also in Chiang Mai, Thailand through the WWOOF program.
Danielle Toronyi is the Research Development + Knowledge Manager at OLIN - a landscape architecture, urban design, and planning studio - and leads OLIN LABS, a newly emergent community of practice committed to elevating collaborative design research and innovation in landscape architecture.