Elements Gathering

Friends, I thought you might like to know, I will be attending and teaching at Elements Gathering - August 7th through August 13th

The Elements Gathering is a several-day event in California’s Sequoia forest, organized by my friend, Primitive Skills instructor, Chris Morasky.

Events include, Music, fire-making, dance, tracking, wilderness skills and a chance to meet like-minded people from different walks of life.

For details, please visit www.elementsgatheringfest.com

Jim

Aboriginal Skills Outing with Jim Robertson, Sunday July 20th

INTO THE WILD WITH NATURALIST AND ABORIGINAL SKILLS INSTRUCTOR
JIM ROBERTSON
SUNDAY, JULY 20TH, 9:30AM – 5:30PM (OR 10PM IF YOU WISH!)
With option for some to camp out in a “Stealthy Way”.

You, your family and friends are invited to join me for an all day outing/class in a beautiful, natural, wild environment that has a wonderful, clear, free flowing stream running through it. There is plenty of shade and stream holes/pools to dip in if you like, so don’t worry about the heat!

We will start this class with an easy walk on level ground into the wild.There will be several easy stream crossings
(walking sticks are highly recommended and can be harvested if necessary).

As we meet many of our Plant Friends, we will discuss ethical harvesting with mindful awareness, integrity and the law, along with local ecology and being stealthy and harmonious in the wild. Our destination (approximately one mile or less) will be a shaded oak tree grove which is near the clear running stream. This remote location is where we will have lunch and practice most of the skills (as a “Primitive Village” in the Wild).

Later we will return to the regular camp/picnic area (with some wild harvested greens in hand for our delicious, healthy wild soup) to have our “Aboriginal” campfire, which will be started by one of you! Here, we sill cook our evening meal, some in primitive, self made pottery, while continuing to practice skills at your leisure, or simply just enjoy the camaraderie of other Nature Lovers and relax around the glow and warmth of our campfire until approximately 10PM. Consider bringing food for your dinner if you plan on staying late, as I definitely will!

Later, some of us may stealthily re-immerse ourselves into the wild for a night under the open star-lit sky and the music of Gurgling Water, Frogs, Crickets, Coyotes, Etc….

Remember, all of these skills are pathways to a deeper relationship/connection with our Natural Environment and ourselves (our real selves). Feel free to participate fully, partially, or simply enjoy the camaraderie of other Nature Lovers and observe the

happenings – Inclement weather never cancels, it is an important part of our practice, learning and enjoyment.

 

WHAT WE WILL BE DOING: You will have the option to make one or more items directly from the wild, as our ancestors did. Options include: Wild Harvested Fish/Frog Spear made from Willow or Arrundo, Atlatl & Spear/Dart, Friction Fire Kit (hand & or bow drill),  Basket Making with Yucca, Triggers for Dead Fall Traps and More.

LOCATION:  Beautiful Big Tujunga Canyon area of the Angeles National Forest. Note: you will need a US Forest Service “Adventure Pass” (daily or annual) (Available at REI, Sport Chalet and many other locations)  http://www.fs.usda.gov/detailfull/r5/passes-permits/recreation/?cid=stelprdb5181410&width=full

This locations does not have cell service.

 

DIRECTIONS: Follow this link  http://aboriginalskills.com/?page_id=586 (contact Keith if you have any questions regarding directions)

 

REGISTRATION: Class size is limited so pre-regristration is required via Meet-up or the contact information below. If you do RSVP, please provide plenty of notice if there is any change so that another person may take your place.

 

COST: $35. Per Person Donation – Cash preferred prior to start of class.

 

WHAT TO BRING: water, lunch, sun protection, hat, bandanna. Optional – headlamp, paper, pen, camera, trekking poles or walking stick, knife (sheath preferred or pocket), please consider bringing an evening meal.

 

WHAT TO WEAR: Dress in layers, long pants and long sleeves are recommended to avoid contact with Poison Oak, sturdy shoes (with good tread) Consider wearing colors that harmonize with the natural environment.

Sorry – no dogs, nonprescription drugs, alcohol or tobacco (except for offerings)

To register contact Keith Farrar: ACMETNT@ROADRUNNER.COM or call 805-910-6060.If you cannot reach Keith, contact Jim Robertson at: J3RBRTS@GMAIL.COM or call 310-395-0943

Know of anyone who may be interested in this class? Please forward this announcement.

CHECK OUR OTHER WEBSITES AT MEETUP.COM/ABORIGINAL-SKILLS/  AND FRIEND US ON FACEBOOK.

 

 

Join Jim Robertson along with Lanny Kaufer on Saturday June 14th.

Mark you Calendars – Jim Robertson will be a guest instructor on Saturday, June 14th at Lanny Kaufer’s “Herb Walk”

I am sure most of you are familiar with Lanny Kaufer, if not, Lanny has been conducting plant walks (which he terms “Herb Walks”)

for close to 40 years. Lanny graduated with a degree in Biology and eventually worked as a High School Science Teacher.
You can read his complete Bio here - http://herbwalks.com/about/
Lanny and Jim both have an extensive knowledge of plants and the uses of plants for Food, Medicine, Ceremony and Utility. Together they will
lead a very educational “Herb Walk” in the Ojai area. A rare chance to learn from two experts on a single walk. Plant communication and stewardship of
the earth are near and dear to Jim’s heart and will be discussed as well.
After the Plant Walk the class will shift into the Aboriginal area of education with Jim Robertson teaching several different Primitive skills.
Some of the skills covered will be: Friction Fire, Primitive Cordage, Netting, Acorn Processing, Primitive Traps, Archery and more.
The Aboriginal Skills portion of the class will be at a private residence in Ojai and the price of the class includes an overnight Camp-Out. This allows
the skills to be practiced late into the evening and the next morning as well. Of course, campfire cooking and sitting around the campfire and discussing
the skills with Jim is always a nice bonus.
Since Jim is a Guest Instructor, the registration for this class is being handled entirely through Lanny Kaufer. Please follow this link to register.
Space in this class is limited.
At only $45.00, to spend a day with these two amazing instructors, it is sure to fill up fast.
If you have any questions and are not able to contact Lanny, please contact Keith acmetnt@roadrunner.com or (805) 910-6060

Aboriginal Skills Outing – Saturday May 31st

ABORIGINAL SKILLS OUTING/CLASS WITH NATURALIST AND

ABORIGINAL SKILLS INSTRUCTOR JIM ROBERTSON

SATURDAY, MAY 31ST, 9:30AM – 5:30PM 

(OR STAY WITH JIM, AS LATE AS 10PM IF YOU WISH!)

IN THE BEAUTIFUL ANGELES NATIONAL FOREST,

BIG TUJUNGA CANYON AREA.

 

YUCCA ARROW QUIVERS, YUCCA SANDALS, YUCCA DIDGERIDOO, BEGINNING FLINTKNAPPING, HAND DRILL & BOW DRILL FIRE MAKING, PRIMITIVE ARCHERY BOW STRINGS, NATURAL CONTAINERS FROM ELDERBERRY BRANCH, PLANT IDENTIFICATION, COMMUNICATION, USES FOR FOOD, MEDICINE, UTILITARIAN PURPOSES AND MORE!

YOU, YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS ARE INVITED TO JOIN ME FOR AN ALL DAY OUTING/CLASS IN A BEAUTIFUL NATURAL/WILD ENVIRONMENT THAT HAS A WONDERFUL CLEAR, FREE FLOWING STREAM RUNNING THROUGH IT.  THERE IS PLENTY OF SHADE, SO DON’T WORRY ABOUT THE HEAT.

WE WILL START AT OUR BASE CAMP TO PRACTICE SOME OF THE ANCIENT ABORIGINAL SKILLS MENTIONED ABOVE.  THEN  DO AN EASY WALKABOUT ON LEVEL GROUND AND SEVERAL STREAM CROSSINGS (WHERE WALKING STICKS ARE HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, THEY CAN BE HARVESTED IF NECESSARY).  WE WILL STOP ON OCCASION TO PRACTICE SKILLS ALONG THE WAY AND DISCUSS PLANT COMMUNICATION, ETHICAL HARVESTING WITH MINDFUL AWARENESS, INTEGRITY AND THE LAW.  LOCAL ECOLOGY WILL ALSO BE DISCUSSED AS WELL AS BEING STEALTHY AND HARMONIOUS IN THE WILD.

UPON RETURN TO OUR BASE CAMP WE WILL HAVE A CAMP FIRE STARTED BY ONE OF YOU … ABORIGINAL STYLE OF COURSE, WHERE WE WILL COOK OUR TRADITIONAL WILD GREENS SOUP (GREENS WE WILL HARVEST ON THE WALKABOUT) IN MY PRIMITIVE POTTERY ON THE CAMPFIRE … ALWAYS DELICIOUS AND NUTRITIOUS!

YOU HAVE THE OPTION TO CONTINUE PRACTICING SKILLS AT YOUR LEISURE OR JUST RELAX AND HANG OUT AROUND THE CAMPFIRE ENJOYING THE CAMARADERIE OF OTHER NATURE LOVERS UNTIL APPROXIMATELY 10PM.  CONSIDER BRINGING FOOD FOR YOUR DINNER IF YOU PLAN ON STAYING LATE AS I DEFINITELY WILL!

REMEMBER, ALL OF THESE SKILLS ARE PATHWAYS TO A DEEPER RELATIONSHIP/CONNECTION WITH OUR NATURAL ENVIRONMENT AND OURSELVES (OUR REAL SELVES).

FEEL FREE TO PARTICIPATE FULLY, PARTIALLY OR SIMPLY ENJOY THE CAMARADERIE OF OTHER NATURE LOVERS AND OBSERVE THE HAPPENINGS.

INCLEMENT WEATHER NEVER CANCELS, IT IS AN IMPORTANT PART OF OUR PRACTICE, LEARNING AND ENJOYMENT!

SORRY, NO DOGS, NON-PERSCRIPTION DRUGS, ALCOHOL OR TOBACCO (Except for offerings).

CLASS LOCATION: YOU WILL NEED A US FOREST SERVICE “ADVENTURE PASS” (Available at REI, Sport Chalet and many other locations)  http://www.fs.usda.gov/detailfull/r5/passes-permits/recreation/?cid=stelprdb5181410&width=full

YOU CAN PURCHASE A DAILY PASS OR ANNUAL PASS.

CLASS DIRECTIONSCLICK HERE

COST: $35. PER PERSON DONATION, CASH PREFERRED PRIOR TO START OF CLASS.

TO REGISTER CONTACT KEITH FARRAR AT: ACMETNT@ROADRUNNER.COM OR CALL 805-910-6060. IF YOU CANNOT REACH KEITH, CONTACT JIM ROBERTSON AT: J3RBRTS@GMAIL.COM OR CALL 310-395-0943

 

BRING: WATER, LUNCH, SUN PROTECTION, HAT, BANDANNA, OPTIONAL: HEADLAMP, PAPER, PEN, CAMERA, TREKKING POLES OR WALKING STICK, KNIFE (SHEATH PREFERRED OR POCKET) PLEASE CONSIDER BRINGING EVENING MEAL

 

WEAR: DRESS IN LAYERS, LONG PANTS AND LONG SLEEVES ARE RECOMMENDED TO AVOID CONTACT WITH POISON OAK, STURDY SHOES (WITH GOOD TREAD). BE PREPARED FOR LOTS OF FUN!!:)

CONSIDER WEARING COLORS THAT HARMONIZE WITH THE NATURAL ENVIRONMENT.

THIS LOCATION DOES NOT HAVE CELL SERVICE.

Hide Tanning Class with Jim Robertson – April 18, 19 & 20th

THREE DAY HIDETANNING CLASS, MAKING BUCKSKIN FROM DEER HIDES 
 
APRIL 18TH, 19TH & 20TH (FRI, SAT, SUN) STARTING AT 9:30AM EACH DAY (WITH OPTION TO CAMP OUT).  SANTA FE SPRINGS, APPROX. 20 MINUTES S/E OF DOWNTOWN L.A.
 
THIS CLASS IS LIMITED TO A SMALL NUMBER OF PEOPLE AND THERE ARE ONLY A COUPLE OF SPACES STILL OPEN.  SO CONTACT MY ASSISTANT KEITH A.S.A.P. AT:  ACMETNT@ROADRUNNER.COM OR CALL 805-910-6060.  IF YOU CANNOT CONTACT KEITH THEN CONTACT ME JIM AT:  J3RBRTS@GMAIL.COM OR 310-395-0943.
 
WE WILL TRANSFORM THESE RAW HIDES THAT THE HUNTERS DID NOT WANT, INTO BEAUTIFUL SOFT BUCKSKIN THAT CAN LAST A LIFETIME AND MORE!  YES, SOME OF US STILL MAKE THINGS TO LAST AND WE WILL ALWAYS HONOR AND RESPECT THE SPIRIT OF THESE ANIMALS FOR WHAT THEY HAVE GIVEN TO US.  IN OTHER WORDS THIS IS NOT JUST A MECHANICAL PROCESS BUT MORE OF A MEDITATIVE PROCESS, AS WE CONNECT WITH THE SPIRIT OF THE ANIMAL WHILE WE ARE WORKING FROM THE HEART.  
THIS IS REAL WORK AND REAL FUN AND REALLY WORTH IT!
 
ENJOY THE CAMARADERIE WITH OTHER ABORIGINAL SKILLS ENTHUSIASTS AS WE PRACTICE ANOTHER ANCIENT SKILL WHICH CONNECTS US DEEPLY 
WITH ALL OF LIFE AND RESPECT FOR IT (FULL CIRCLE LIVING).
 
NOTE:  THOSE WHO HAVE ALREADY CONTACTED US CONFIRMING THEY WILL ATTEND WILL BE THE FIRST SERVED.
Class Prices are as follows:
 
Option #1 - 3 days of hide tanning instruction working on your (or shared with a partner) hide. $150.00 Class Fee / Hide Fee $35.00 (split if you are working with a partner) / Location Fee $10.00
The total for option #1 is $195.00 for the 3 days ($177.50 each if you are working with a partner)  - Paid in advance to Jim Robertson
 
Option #2 - 3 days of helping the “hide tanners” and learning the hide tanning process, or just enjoy the camaraderie and work on some core Aboriginal Skills (netting, cordage, friction fire, deadfall traps) $75.00 class fee / Location fee $10.00   
The total for option #2 is $85.00 – Paid in advance to Jim Robertson
•Option #3 - Single days of helping the “hide tanners” and learning the hide tanning process, or just enjoy the camaraderie and work on some core Aboriginal Skills (netting, cordage, friction fire, deadfall traps) $25.00 class fee / 
Location fee $10.00    The total for option #2 is $35.00 – Per single day / $60 for 2 days.
Payable at the location – Directions sent upon RSVP.
 
 
The $10.00 location fee includes parking and free camping if you desire. Camping is recommended for students working on hides.
 
The amount of students for this class is extremely limited so Pre-Payment is required (for option #1 or option #2) via a check mailed to Jim Robertson. Contact Keith (contact information above) for availability and details.