ABORIGINAL SKILLS WALKABOUT CLASS – FRIDAY, MAY 31ST

Angeles National Forest (La Canada Flintridge Area)

STARTING AT 9:30AM WITH AN OPTION TO CAMP OUT

You, your family and friends are invited to join me, naturalist and Aboriginal Skills instructor Jim Robertson for an all day outing in the beautiful Angeles 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 always flows all year long, with clear pools deep enough to plunge in if you like.

There is plenty of shade at the bottom of the canyon, so don’t worry about the heat.  The walking distance is approximately one and one half miles each way of easy walking down and just 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 for a wild salad and wild (delicious) soup, which will be cooked in primitive self made pottery the “old” way.  Feel free to bring items to add to the salad like olive oil, lemon, tomato, avacado, 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 if resources are available and possible shelter building.

Remember, all of these skills are pathways to a deeper relationship/connection with our natural environment and ourselves.

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 ELISABETH GUSTAFSON AT:  ELISABETH.ELIN@GMAIL.COM OR CALL 323-718-4152.  IF YOU CANNOT REACH ELISABETH, CONTACT JIM ROBERTSON AT J3RBRTS@GMAIL.COM OR CALL 310-395-0943

NOTE: JIM AND ELISABETH WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE BY EMAIL FROM MAY 23-MAY 26If there is a delay in receiving directions during that time, please be patient. A friend, Keith, will be assisting with responses during that time. Thank you! 

BRING:  WATER, LUNCH, SUN PROTECTION, HAT, BANDANA.  FOR THOSE STAYING LATE, BRING FLASHLIGHT OR HEADLAMP (FOR THOSE CAMPING OUT, CONSIDER BRINGING BREAKFAST FOOD FOR MONDAY).

OPTIONAL:  HEADLAMP, PAPER, PENCIL, CAMERA, TREKKING POLES, 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.

CHECK OUR OTHER WEBSITE AT MEETUP@ABORIGINALSKILLS.COM  AND FRIEND US ON FACEBOOK.

ABORIGINAL/WILDERNESS SKILLS CLASS, SUNDAY, APRIL 21ST, 9:30AM

Aboriginal Skills Class with Jim Robertson
Sunday, April 21st – Starting at 9:30am
Wildwood Park in Thousand Oaks
9:30AM – 5:30PM (With possible option to camp out, camp location to be announced).
You, your family and friends are invited to join me naturalist and Aboriginal Skills instructor Jim Robertson for an all day Aboriginal/Wilderness Skills Class at Wildwood Park in Thousand Oaks. This is a beautiful place with great diversity of habitat, plants, etc….including a wonderful stream and twenty foot waterfall with a deep pool (you may want to be prepared to jump in but the water quality is questionable).  
There is plenty of shade so don’t worry about the heat.  The walking distance is approximately one and one half miles each way of relatively easy walking.
We will practice many skills on this walkabout…including plant identification for food, medicine, utilitarian uses, plant communication, ethical harvesting with conscious 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 for a wild salad and wild (delicious) soup which will be cooked in primitive pottery the “old’ way.  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 practice using hand drill and bow drill techniques, cordage and wild soap making with Yucca, and constructing a simple basket from Bull Rush, possible net making and more.
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 observe 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: $20. PER PERSON DONATION.  CASH PREFERRED PRIOR TO START OF CLASS.

TO REGISTER CONTACT ELISABETH GUSTAFSON AT:  ELISABETH.ELIN@GMAIL.COM OR CALL 323-718-4152.  IF YOU CANNOT REACH ELISABETH, CONTACT JIM ROBERTSON AT J3RBRTS@GMAIL.COM OR CALL 310-395-0943.

BRING:  WATER, LUNCH, SUN PROTECTION, HAT, BANDANA.  FOR THOSE STAYING LATE, BRING FLASHLIGHT OR HEADLAMP (FOR THOSE CAMPING OUT, CONSIDER BRINGING BREAKFAST FOOD FOR MONDAY).

OPTIONAL:  HEADLAMP, PAPER, PENCIL, CAMERA, TREKKING POLES, 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.

CHECK OUR OTHER WEBSITE AT MEETUP@ABORIGINALSKILLS.COM  AND FRIEND US ON FACEBOOK.

ABORIGINAL/WILDERNESS SKILLS WALKABOUT, SUNDAY, MARCH 17TH, 9:30AM…”STEALTH AND HARMONY IN THE WILD”

You, your family and friends are invited to join me, naturalist and Aboriginal Skills instructor Jim Robertson, for an all day outing in the beautiful Santa Monica Mountains in the vicinity of Chatsworth.  THIS CLASS WILL OFFER THE OPTION/OPPORTUNITY TO CAMP OUT!

Part of the focus of this outing will be on how to be stealthy and harmonious in the wild.  We will explore a magnificent large cave and make a Dakota Oven in the ground to cook some wild greens which we will harvest.  The oven will be lit the “old way” using Aboriginal Skills, hand drill and/or bow drill methods.

Plant identification for food, medicine and utilitarian uses will be discussed along with harvesting with integrity and mindful awareness.  Plant communication and ecology of the area will also be discussed.  A “primitive” shelter will be viewed and shelter building discussed.

At approximately 5PM we will leave this area and drive 3 miles to a field that has great abundance of luscious wild greens which we will harvest to make a large wild salad at the nearby home of participant Dina Fisher.  Dina graciously offered to stay at home all day preparing a wild food dinner for all of us to enjoy!  If a couple of you are interested in joining Dina with the food preparation and learning some food prep skills and recipes from Dina…please let us know.

We will have a small fire in Dina’s back yard where you may continue to practice your hand drill and bow drill fire making skills if you wish.  After enjoying all of this … some of us adventurous ones (perhaps you?) will re-immerse ourselves back into the beautiful wild for a “stealthy” campout and exploration the next morning.

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 observe 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: $20. PER PERSON DONATION.  CASH PREFERRED PRIOR TO START OF CLASS.

TO REGISTER CONTACT ELISABETH GUSTAFSON AT:  ELISABETH.ELIN@GMAIL.COM OR CALL 323-718-4152.  IF YOU CANNOT REACH ELISABETH, CONTACT JIM ROBERTSON AT J3RBRTS@DSLEXTREME.COM OR CALL 310-395-0943.

BRING:  WATER, LUNCH, SUN PROTECTION, HAT, BANDANA.  FOR THOSE STAYING LATE, BRING FLASHLIGHT OR HEADLAMP (FOR THOSE CAMPING OUT, CONSIDER BRINGING BREAKFAST FOOD FOR MONDAY).

OPTIONAL:  HEADLAMP, PAPER, PENCIL, CAMERA, TREKKING POLES, 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.

CHECK OUR OTHER WEBSITE AT MEETUP@ABORIGINALSKILLS.COM  AND FRIEND US ON FACEBOOK.

ABORIGINAL SKILLS CLASS, FEBRUARY 3RD, SUNDAY 9:30AM TO 5:30PM, SANTA MONICA MOUNTAINS

You, your family and friends are invited to join me, naturalist and Aboriginal Skills instructor Jim Robertson for an all day Aboriginal/Wilderness Skills class on beautiful private land in the Santa Monica Mountains.  THIS CLASS WILL OFFER THE OPTION/OPPORTUNITY TO CAMP OUT! 

Most of the skills practiced will happen at our base camp, which will simulate a village type setting/environment.  However I like to incorporate a plant walk where we can i.d. plants for wild food, medicine and utilitarian uses.  Will also discuss ecology of the area, plant communication, ethical harvesting with conscious awareness and integrity.

Camp based activities may include Aboriginal Fire Making with hand drill and bow drill, net making, deadfall and quail traps, flintknapping (making arrow points, etc. from stone or glass), container making with elder berry branch, gourd making, cooking on the open campfire, firing pottery on the open campfire, cordage making, soap making.  If you have bow and arrows you may want to bring them (I’ll bring a few)…if time allows we can target shoot on the range.

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 observe 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:  $20. PER PERSON DONATION.  CASH PREFERRED, PRIOR TO START OF CLASS.

TO REGISTER CONTACT ELISABETH GUSTAFSON AT:  ELISABETH.ELIN@GMAIL.COM OR CALL 323-718-4152.  IF YOU CANNOT REACH ELISABETH, CONTACT JIM ROBERTSON AT J3RBRTS@DSLEXTREME.COM OR CALL 310-395-0943.

BRING:  WATER, LUNCH, SUN PROTECTION, HAT BANDANA.  FOR THOSE STAYING LATE, BRING ADDITIONAL FOOD & WATER FOR DINNER, FLASHLIGHT OR HEADLAMP (FOR THOSE CAMPING, CONSIDER BRINGING BREAKFAST FOOD FOR MONDAY).

OPTIONAL:  HEADLAMP, PAPER, PEN/PENCIL, CAMERA, TREKKING POLES, 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.

CHECK OUR OTHER WEBSITE AT: MEETUP@ABORIGINALSKILLS.COM AND FRIEND US ON FACEBOOK.


 

 

 


 

Hidetanning class in the Santa Monica Mtns. Fri. Dec. 28, Sat. Dec. 29 & Sun. Dec. 30, 9:30 AM to 5:PM each day.

You, your family and friends are invited to join me, naturalist and Aboriginal Skills instructor Jim Robertson for a three day hide tanning class at a beautiful private location in the Santa Monica Mountains.  This is not just a mechanical, unconscious activity.  As we honor and respect the spirit of the animal throughout the entire process, we will be transforming tough, strong deer hides into fluffy soft, strong and beautiful buckskin.  These deer were hunted by people who had no use for the hides.  We are using these hides to teach valuable ancient skills and to make products from them that can last a lifetime and more.   Remember, all of these skills that we practice are pathways to a deeper relationship/connection with our natural environment and ourselves, which ultimately leads us to a sustainable, harmonious way of living with our planet.

Each of the three days will focus on a different phase of the hidetanning processThe first day will focus on “graining” removing the hair and one layer of skin from the hide.  The second day will focus on “softening” the hide and the third day will focus on “smoking” the hide.  We will likely be working two hides (maybe more) and at the end of the class each participant will take home a piece of finished buckskin.

Each day will be a class in and of itself…in other words the ultimate would be for you to attend all three classes.  However if you are able to attend only one or two days it would be very much worth it because we will do a quick review each day of the prior days class.  Of course the best way to learn is to get as much hands on experience as possible, getting all of the senses involvedThere’s nothing quite like working hides together in the great outdoors!

Feel free to participate fully, partially, or simply enjoy the camaraderie of other nature lovers and observe the happeningsAs I said earlier, this is a beautiful area with wonderful hiking trails.  If time allows, after each class we may take a hike.

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 PER DAY DONATION, OTHERWISE $60. TOTAL FOR ALL THREE DAYS.  CASH PREFERRED, PRIOR TO START OF CLASS.

TO REGISTER CONTACT ELISABETH GUSTAFSON AT:  ELISABETH.ELIN@GMAIL.COM OR CALL 323-718-4152.  IF YOU CANNOT REACH ELISABETH, CONTACT JIM ROBERTSON AT J3RBRTS@DSLEXTREME.COM OR CALL 31-0395-0943.

BRING:  WATER, LUNCH, SUN PROTECTION, HAT, BANDANA .

OPTIONAL:  BIODEGRADABLE SOAP FOR WASHING HANDS, HAND TOWEL OR RAG, APRON, HEADLAMP, PAPER, PENCIL/PEN, CAMERA, TREKKING POLES, KNIFE (SHEATH PREFERABLE OR POCKET).

WEAR:  DRESS IN LAYERS (prepare for temperature changes), LONG PANTS AND LONG SLEEVES ARE RECOMMENDED, STURDY SHOES (WITH GOOD TREAD).

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