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ABORIGINAL/WILDERNES­S SKILLS WALKABOUT - ”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. During the day, Dina will be preparing a wild-edible themed dinner supplemented with domestic foods. All are welcome to dinner, and whomever would like to help prepare the foods can stop by as early as 1pm. 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: [masked] OR CALL[masked]-4152. IF YOU CANNOT REACH ELISABETH, CONTACT JIM ROBERTSON AT [masked] OR CALL[masked]-0943.

BRING: WATER, LUNCH, SUN PROTECTION, HAT, BANDANA. FOR THOSE STAYING LATE, BRING FLASHLIGHT OR HEADLAMP (FOR THOSE STAYING LATE, 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).

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  • Dee

    Thanks to everyone who came to dinner. Was so nice to have you in my home. Loved the fire in the backyard.

    March 18, 2013

    • Jim R.

      Wonderfully done Dee...the dinner and the energy of it all was soooo good! Many thank's!

      March 19, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Such a gracious host! What a night!

      March 20, 2013

  • Jim R.

    I think of the people first and they were great! I love the diversity from very young to elderly, male, female, various shapes, sizes, colors, etc.; all coming together as one harmonious family/tribe as we wandered into the wild experiencing many aboriginal skills along the way. The cave was beautiful, the Dakota Oven that we built perfectly cooked our delicious wild soup that we made of the wild greens we harvested along the way...as well as our delicious Elder Flower tea, all cooked in our very own hand crafted primitive pottery and served in our self made gourds. This is what we call good old full circle living, connecting in a deep way with our natural environment.

    The wild food dinner at Dina's house after class was absolutely awesome...so beautiful, plentiful and delicious...plus campfire in the back!

    The final frosting on the cake was a stealthy after dinner campout as we slipped back into the wild for an exceptional night of sleeping under the stars.

    2 · March 19, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      well played, sir!

      March 20, 2013

  • Dee

    Hey, all who came to dinner,
    Someone left a tan colored women's sweater on my patio. Anyone know who left it? please let me know. Thanks. -- Dina

    March 19, 2013

  • Lanny K.

    That was great, Jim. Thank you!

    March 19, 2013

  • patty f.

    It was such a treat to share this beautiful day with our heart centered leader and such delightful companions. I loved the cave, sharing the healing tea and soup made in nature, walking through the meadows in the golden light of dusk, Dee's colorful and abundant feast, and getting to know others who love nature. Thank you again for this precious event.

    March 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    You don't know what you don't know. I've been camping my whole life and just couldn't believe the many new things I learned on this trip. It will change forever how I camp in the backcountry. And the plants that I have hiked alongside for decades now have names instead of blue/green stalky thing with purple flowers.

    1 · March 18, 2013

  • Elisabeth

    Hello everyone! Just a quick note - if you RSVP'd and haven't received a directions email from me, please email [masked]. Sometimes the messages don't go through via the meetup messaging system. You would have either received a message from me with directions, or one indicating that unfortunately the class list was closed because of high attendance. Thank you all, and wishing you the best time out there tomorrow!

    March 16, 2013

  • Katherine N.

    Looking forward to it!

    March 16, 2013

    • Jim R.

      Hi Katherine - did you receive my message via meetup? Sometimes they don't go through! Email elisabeth.elin@gmail with any questions - unfortunately we had to close the class list, but hope you can join us the next time!

      March 16, 2013

  • Lorenza C.

    I am so sorry, I can't attend. Hoping to see you next time, I wish you a great time!

    March 15, 2013

  • Vanessa

    I won't be able to make it out this time. Have a good time everyone!

    March 15, 2013

  • shelbybond

    My work has called me in for that day. :-(

    March 14, 2013

  • ron

    I WOULD LIKE TO ATTEND NEXT TIME

    March 11, 2013

    • Elisabeth

      We will keep you posted about the next class. Thanks!

      March 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Let me know if there is a cancellation.

    March 11, 2013

  • Jim R.

    Will do Steve...thank's for checking.

    March 11, 2013

  • Janet H.

    I will be out of town - next time!

    March 7, 2013

  • Lanny K.

    Rondia will be coming with me.

    March 6, 2013

  • Arlo

    I would've loved to join this meetup, but I will be out of town. I am keeping my eyes out for another one!

    March 6, 2013

  • Michael

    I wanted to say thank you as well. Sounds beautiful. And I am looking forward to camping out again! I'll make sure to bring some goodies this time around!

    1 · March 5, 2013

  • patty f.

    Thank you for offering this incredible gift. I can hardly wait!!!

    March 4, 2013

  • Dee

    Hello Everybody. I'll be hosting dinner at my home in Chatsworth around dusk. During Jim's session, I'll be at home preparing wild edible themed dishes. If anyone want to come over early, you're most welcome. Otherwise, just come with Jim and bring your appetite. Here's some of the wild plants I'll be serving: field mallow, bush mallow, field mustard greens, black mustard seeds, wild radish greens, miner's lettuce, blue dick, sticky monkey flower, wild sages, wood sorrel, carob, yucca, asiatic dayflower, rocket, mugwort, plantain, curly dock, lambsquarter. Foraged plants: nopales, hand-cured olives, lemons, oranges, home-made wine from foraged grapes, jasmine, scented geranium, and hopefully roasted agave. I'm sure there'll be a few more, too.

    2 · March 3, 2013

  • Keith

    Looking forward to another great class with Jim!

    1 · March 1, 2013

  • Lorenza C.

    This sounds very interesting!

    March 1, 2013

  • patty f.

    Not sure yet but I'll let you know!

    February 26, 2013

  • Leslie K.

    Looking forward to it.

    February 23, 2013

  • Harold W.

    The day out of doors, practicing the skills and appreciating the amazing demeanor of Jim's coaching and leadership; seeing again other returning participants and meeting the new, fascinating folks that are drawn to Jim's courses.

    February 23, 2013

  • Harold W.

    Looking forward to another day in the wilderness!

    February 23, 2013

  • Jenni K.

    We look forward to whatever you have planned.

    February 22, 2013

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