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).