ABORIGINAL SKILLS WALKABOUT CLASS - FRIDAY, MAY 31ST

AboriginalSkills Walkabout Class

with Jim Robertson

Friday, May 31st

Starting at 9:30am

(With option to camp out)

Angeles Forest (La Canada Flintridge Area)


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:  [masked] OR CALL [masked].  IF YOU CANNOT REACH ELISABETH, CONTACT JIM ROBERTSON AT [masked] OR CALL [masked].

 

NOTE: JIM AND ELISABETH WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE BY EMAIL FROM MAY 23-MAY 26. If 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 [masked] AND FRIEND US ON FACEBOOK.

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  • Cesar

    wow! what an experience, i couldn't of asked for a better group of people or teacher to have my 1st experience with being out in the forest with..I've never camped out like this before and I'm definitely looking forward to my next adventure with Jim and his crew..Thank you Jim for sharing,Harold i really loved that water!!way better than the water from the stream lol and a real pleasure to have met the group of great folks that made the trip..

    1 · June 5, 2013

    • Tee Jay P.

      Harold was the super hero this trip, bringing that giant glass jug all that way to share water, what a guy

      1 · June 6, 2013

  • Michael

    You guys are killing me with these beautiful comments and pics. I was sick and couldn't make it; and I'm wishing I would've toughed it out, now that I'm reading all the posts, etc. Next time for sure. If I have to bring a gallon of NyQuil, or whatever, I'm making it happen. lol

    2 · June 4, 2013

  • Jim R.

    Wonderful group of people of all ages, colors, stripes, etc., combined with a beautiful wild environment and practicing ancient Aborignal Skills all day and into the night is certainly one of my favorite things to do in life! One of my favorite parts was cooking the old way on the open campfire under star and moonlight. Our wild greens soup cooked on the glowing coals in our self made primitive pottery was delicious as was the wild harvested Elder Flower tea and Turkey Tail Mushroom tea. Our wild salad was absolutely delicious and extremely healthy. Many other fine foods were placed on the coals and grilled and baked to perfection.

    It's difficult to choose favorite parts but one of them for me was to sleep by the campfire under the canopy of bright stars and moonlight while listening to the chorus of frog music, gurgling stream flow and howling coyotes ... and knowing that it's all being shared with my friends.

    6 · June 3, 2013

  • Andrew S

    I enjoyed learning about the plants most. I figure the plants are the raw materials for all of the other skills, so getting to know them is a good foundation.

    2 · June 2, 2013

  • Cheryl J.

    Jim is a perfect instructor for learning new skills - and he's honed his skills down to simple practices that work. Loved the herb-walk and our 'wild salad'. Great location too - and loved the group... looking forward to more outings.

    3 · June 2, 2013

  • Andrew S

    Super fun, will definitely be back for more!

    1 · June 2, 2013

  • Tee Jay P.

    This was a great experience, i especially enjoyed all of the great company.

    2 · June 2, 2013

  • Tee Jay P.

    This was amazing i feel a sense of camaraderie that is not felt at other classes, i think jim's way of being harmonious in the wild is something we all should try to mirror

    1 · June 2, 2013

  • Brigitta

    Fun, educational, motivating and inspiring, with so much knowledge (wild edibles/medicinal plants and how to ecologically pick them, trap making, fire starting, basket weaving, primitive shelter, and even musical instrument making) to absorb and grow from.

    2 · June 2, 2013

  • Parou

    Fantastic. Jim is great. Information packed. Exceeded our expectations.

    1 · June 2, 2013

  • Marissa L.

    I'm so disappointed to have to change my RSVP. Something has come up with my kiddo's school that I need to attend to in the morning. I hope there's another one soon!

    May 31, 2013

  • Tee Jay P.

    can you post a picture of the parking area from google maps

    1 · May 30, 2013

    • Elisabeth

      I don't know how to post it on meet up, but I will send it to you directly.

      1 · May 30, 2013

    • Tee Jay P.

      Thank you elisabeth

      May 30, 2013

  • Elisabeth

    Hey everyone! I have sent out a reminder email with some final notes and reminders. (one of the things I mentioned was that technically an adventure pass is required to park at the parking area, but it is our understanding that it is rarely checked, and that the cost of the ticket is the cost of an adventure pass $5). If you did not receive this message through meetup or by email, please email me at [masked]. Please email me if you need the directions email re-sent. Thanks!

    May 30, 2013

  • Parou

    Anyone know where I can get the directions from?

    May 30, 2013

  • Michael

    Looking forward to camping out! Always a blast!

    May 29, 2013

  • Dee

    Can I bring Beulah, my dog?

    May 29, 2013

    • Jim R.

      Hi - unfortunately no dogs. Sorry! --Elisabeth

      May 29, 2013

  • Brigitta

    We plan on camping. Also anyone have an idea of aproximately how long will we be hiking? Thanks B

    May 29, 2013

    • Jim R.

      Hi Brigitta - it's about a 20 minute walk down, and a 45 minute walk out - but the walk out is steep and it will be hot out, so be sure to pack lightly. -Elisabeth

      1 · May 29, 2013

  • Parou

    Sounds great

    May 26, 2013

  • Cheryl J.

    I'd like to bring a friend - and I can share this link and she'll carpool with me - is that ok? Name is Zoe Scott. Thanks.

    May 26, 2013

  • Rosalie B.

    With regret! I will be coming back from northern Calif. on the 31st. As long as you're there Jim, there'll be more opportunities for me! As always, thanks! Rose (alie)

    May 23, 2013

  • Tee Jay P.

    i plan on camping

    May 23, 2013

  • Elisabeth

    Hi everyone! I've sent out directions to you all through the meetup message system, but sometimes it's unreliable! If you haven't received the directions email, please email me directly at [masked]. Thanks!!

    May 16, 2013

  • Karen D.

    Darn it; I work on Friday...when I first RSVP'd, my brain scheduled the class on Saturday...

    1 · May 13, 2013

  • Cheryl J.

    YES! Weather looks perfect too. ;-)

    May 13, 2013

  • Tee Jay P.

    CANT WAIT,

    1 · May 10, 2013

  • Cheryl J.

    I've been following for awhile and looking for a date I could join in - so looking forward to it.

    1 · May 10, 2013

  • Dee

    Very glad I can make it this time!

    May 10, 2013

  • Amy

    It is my daughter's 5th birthday so I'm not positive I can make it. But I really would like to attend.

    May 9, 2013

    • Jim R.

      It sure would be a great way to celebrate your daughters birthday Amy!

      May 9, 2013

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