Aboriginal Skills Class with Jim Robertson - SUNDAY, APRIL 21ST

Aboriginal Skills Class
with Jim Robertson

Sunday, April 21st
Starting at 9:30am
Wildwood Park in Thousand Oaks



ABORIGINAL/WILDERNESS SKILLS WALKABOUT CLASS, SUNDAY, APRIL 21ST, 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:  [masked] OR CALL [masked].  IF YOU CANNOT REACH ELISABETH, CONTACT JIM ROBERTSON AT [masked] OR CALL [masked].

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.

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  • Tee Jay P.

    i had a great time, and i learned allot thanks Jim

    April 25, 2013

  • Keith

    As always, a 5 Star experience with Jim!

    April 23, 2013

  • Jim R.

    Another gathering of wonderful people of various ages, races, colors, stripes, etc. enjoying the wild and ancient Aboriginal Skills together! We ate wild cactus as a snack and some also used it as medicine, harvested several types of wild greens for a delicious wild salad and wild soup (also delicious!). Had lunch by the beautiful 20 foot flowing waterfall which dropped into a crystal clear deep pond. Continued to i.d. plants for food, medicine, utility, etc., made wild soap and twined strong cordage, made baskets with Bullrush, practiced Aboriginal Fire making and cooking Aboriginal Style with primitive self made pottery on the open campfire, built a Dakota Oven and more.

    For a couple of us the frosting on the cake was a stealthy camp out under the open sky of moon, stars, huge chorus of frogs, owls, etc. Then enjoying honing some skills the next morning and the awesome hike out.

    1 · April 22, 2013

  • Richard D.

    Fun, informative, and very friendly learning environment.

    April 22, 2013

  • Janet H.

    I am not going to make it tomorrow due to unexpected company. Next time!

    April 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm sorry we won't be able to make it afterall. I sure hope we can attend another time! Have fun!

    April 20, 2013

    • Jim R.

      Thank you for letting us know Ellie.

      April 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    trip to the mountains already planned for this date! Look forward to meeting all in the future!

    April 15, 2013

    • Jim R.

      Sounds good Diana.

      April 16, 2013

  • Jesse

    I can't make it to that location on a Sunday. I have to drive to Irvine, than back to El Segundo on Sundays, so an extra couple hours of driving is too much. I hope you have a Saturday meetup in the future.

    April 15, 2013

    • Jim R.

      I understand Jesse, we'll have a Saturday happening sometime.

      April 15, 2013

  • Ryan C.

    Hey guys/gals. I'm missing hanging out in the wilds with everybody, but I am in EMT classes/volunteer work on weekends until Mid-June. Please, if possible, do the one in June in the last 2 weekends. Otherwise, I will have to wait until July...:( Have fun until then!

    April 15, 2013

    • Jim R.

      Thank's Ryan, hope to see you in June.

      April 15, 2013

  • Elisabeth

    Hello! I have sent out the directions by meetup message and by email to those who have RSVP'd. Sometimes the meetup messages do not go through, so please email me at [masked] if you did not receive them. Thank you!

    1 · April 14, 2013

  • Tee Jay P.

    what subjects will be covered?

    April 10, 2013

    • Jim R.

      Still deciding on location which will influence skills practiced Tee Jay. I expect to post info in a few days.

      1 · April 10, 2013

  • Amy

    I have a 5 yr old and 1 yr old. If this outing is appropriate for them, we will join you.

    April 9, 2013

    • Jim R.

      Hi Amy, children are always welcome as part of our Nature Lovers Tribe. If they are old enough to participate in activities we ask for the donation. Feel free to call me at[masked] for more details or call my assistant Elisabeth at[masked]

      April 9, 2013

  • david

    Looking forward to joining and meeting you, Jim, and like minded people.

    April 7, 2013

  • Jesse

    Is it ok if I bring my 9-year-old son?

    April 2, 2013

    • Jesse

      My son is a cub scout; he's probably good for about 5 miles. I might have a conflict, so I might have to cancel. Will find out the week of April 15.

      April 4, 2013

    • Jim R.

      It most likely will be well under 5 miles round trip Jesse.

      April 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I, too, am interested in bringing my 8 year old son. If this class isn't good for kids, I still hope I can check it out myself!

    April 2, 2013

    • Jim R.

      Ellie, I figure the more exposure kids have to these things the better! The only question for little ones is how much walking will be involved and I haven't decided that yet for the upcoming class.

      1 · April 3, 2013

  • Athena

    Jim, We'd be interested, if location is not far from Orange County. I'd love to do a Saturday and camp one night thing. But that won't work on a Sunday.

    April 2, 2013

    • Jim R.

      Haven't decided on the location yet Athena...but even if you decide to not camp out it's still a fun, full day. I will get around to doing a Saturday campout sometime.

      April 3, 2013

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