INTO THE WILD WITH NATURALIST AND ABORIGINAL SKILLS INSTRUCTOR
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)
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