ABORIGINAL SKILLS CLASS FRIDAY JULY 19th

ABORIGINAL SKILLS OUTING WITH JIM ROBERTSON, FRIDAY JULY 19TH, STARTING AT 9:30AM (WITH OPTION TO CAMP OUT!)  ANGELES NATIONAL FOREST (LA CANADA/FLINTRIDGE AREA).

You, your family and friends are invited to join me, naturalist and Aboriginal Skills instructor Jim Robertson for an all day outing/class in the beautifulAngeles National Forest (in the vicinity of Flintridge/La Canada).  This class will offer the option/opportunity to camp out!
 
There is much diversity of habitat, plants, etc. …including a wonderful stream that flows all year long, with clear, cool pools deep enough to plunge in if you like (what a fun way to cool off!).
 
There is plenty of shade at the bottom of the canyon where we will be, so don’t worry about the heat.  The walking distance is approximately one and one quarter mile each way of easy walking down and a bit more difficult walking out due to the grade.
 
We will practice many skills on this walkabout including plant identification for food, medicine, utilitarian uses, plant communication, ethical harvesting with awareness and integrity.  Ecology of the area will also be discussed as well as being stealthy and harmonious in the wild.
 
We will harvest wild greens (whatever is available) for a wild salad and deliciously wild soup, which will be cooked in primitive self made pottery the “old” way on the open campfire.  Feel free to bring items to add to the salad like olive oil, lemon, tomato, avocado, etc.
 
Other activities will be Aboriginal style fire making using hand drill and bow drill techniques (you will be able to harvest your own fire kit from the wild if you like), wild soap making, cordage making, net making, traps, basket making and yucca sandal making if resources are available.
 
The last time we had a class at this location we went downstream to check out some shelters we had previously built.  This time we will go upstream and build a tipi style or lean-to style shelter.  For those interested, after building the shelter we can continue upstream approximately one mile of easy level walking on a beautiful intimate  trail with several stream crossings.  Along the way we will identify and discuss many plants while harvesting and  snacking on wild prickly pear cactus, wild blackberries, wild elderberries, etc.  Our destination will be a forty foot waterfall that flows off of a man made dam … very nice place to shower or simply refresh in the spray!  Otherwise we could take that walk the next day.
 
Remember, all of these skills are pathways to a deeper relationship/connection with our natural environment and ourselves.
 
Feel free to participate fully, partially or simply enjoy the camaraderie of other nature lovers and enjoy the happenings.
 
INCLEMENT WEATHER NEVER CANCELS, IT IS AN IMPORTANT PART OF OUR PRACTICE, LEARNING AND ENJOYMENT!  SORRY, NO DOGS.
NOTE:  DETAILED DIRECTIONS TO THIS LOCATION WILL BE PROVIDED UPON RSVP.  ALL PARTICIPANTS MUST SIGN A LIABILITY WAIVER FORM PRIOR TO START OF CLASS.
 
COST:  $25. 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 (& WATER FILTER OR STERI PEN IF YOU HAVE ONE), LUNCH, SUN PROTECTION, HAT, BANDANNA.  (FOR THOSE CAMPING OUT, CONSIDER BRINGING BREAKFAST AND LUNCH FOOD FOR THE NEXT DAY).
OPTIONAL:  HEADLAMP, PAPER, PEN, CAMERA, TREKKING POLES OR WALKING STICK, KNIFE (SHEATH PREFERABLE OR POCKET).
WEAR:  DRESS IN LAYERS, LONG PANTS AND LONG SLEEVES ARE RECOMMENDED TO AVOID CONTACT WITH POISON OAK, STURDY SHOES (WITH GOOD TREAD).
KNOW ANYONE WHO MAY BE INTERESTED IN THIS CLASS?  PLEASE FORWARD THIS ANNOUNCEMENT.
 
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SPECIAL NOTE:  THIS CLASS WILL ACCOMMODATE A CERTAIN NUMBER OF PEOPLE, SO IF YOU DO RSVP, PLEASE COMMIT TO IT OR AT LEAST GIVE US PLENTY OF NOTICE IF THERE IS A CHANGE SO THAT ANOTHER PERSON MAY TAKE YOU PLACE.