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ABORIGINAL SKILLS CLASS - FRIDAY, JUNE 28TH

  • Jun 28, 2013 · 9:30 AM

ABORIGINAL SKILLS OUTING

WITH JIM ROBERTSON

FRIDAY, JUNE 28TH

STARTING AT 9:30AM

(WITH OPTION TO CAMP OUT!)

IN THE BEAUTIFUL SAN GABRIEL MOUNTAINS (AZUZA 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 San Gabriel Mountains (in the vicinity of Azusa).  This class will offer the option/opportunity to camp out!).

Only about 1 & 1/2 hour drive from my location in Santa Monica and soooo worth it!  There is a wonderful flowing river which we will cross several times (trekking poles or walking stick advised).  The river has many charming pools inviting a dip or even a swim, totally refreshing with nice cool temperature, not cold!

So don't worry about the heat, the water feels great, there's plenty of shade trees and the trail is relatively easy and level.

We will walk in approximately 1& 1/2 mile, taking our time enjoying the scenery while identifying many plants for food, medicine and utilitarian uses along the way.  Ecology of the area,ethical harvesting with mindful awareness, plant communication and being stealthy and harmonious in the wild will also be discussed.

After we reach our first destination, some of the skills we may practice will be:  shelter building, either wiki-up or lean-to style or both.  There is an incredible abundance of the yucca plant which offers the option to make yucca sandals, yucca baskets, yucca cordage, yucca soap, yucca containers, etc., net making, drop line fishing for those with small hooks and bait, aboriginal fire making, hand drill and bow drill methods with option to harvest your own fire kit from the wild and we will practice finding and drinking clean/potable water from the wild.  Making a primitive/quick/self bow can also be an option.


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 enjoy 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: $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].

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

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).

SPECIAL NOTE:  THIS CLASS WILL BE LIMITED TO 25 PEOPLE SO IF YOU DO RSVP, PLEASE COMMIT TO IT OR AT LEAST GIVE US PLENTY OF NOTICE IF THERE IS A CHANGE SO THAT ANOTHER PERSON MAY TAKE YOUR PLACE.

IF YOU HAVE A WATER FILTER OF STERI PEN BRING IT.

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  • Cesar

    Another awesome experience with great people!!!! Finding someone else's old shelter in a pile of what seemed flood debris was amazing!! Thx Jim

    2 · July 5, 2013

  • Richard D.

    Hi Jim, I just wanted to thank you again for a fantastic experience last week. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and perspective. Thank you for talking me through my first newborn flame. The day was empowering, humbling, and peaceful. I'll do my best to make the time to stay overnight next time. See you soon!

    July 4, 2013

  • Michael

    As always; had a blast sitting next to the campfire, posing questions that have no answers. Slept in the home-made shelter, and woke to the rapture of Ceasar's snoring. :) Not to mention cooling off in the stream in the morning - beats any lame shower! Already looking forward to the next outing!

    1 · July 3, 2013

  • Hawley

    Thanks again, Jim I had such a great time! Can't wait to join again next time.

    July 2, 2013

  • Jim R.

    Totally enjoyable with our awesome tribe of nature lovers in the wild! We stayed cool as our walkabout meandered along the San Gabriel River with several fun crossings. The amazing abundance of tall Alder trees shaded us nicely, however the most fun way we kept cool was dipping and swimming in the many delightful natural pools along the way. I'd be hard pressed to find a more fun way to spend time in the summer heat!

    Building our tipi style shelter with everyone contributing was a blast (where Michael M. spent the night)! It was sure fun to seek and find potable, fresh, clean, cool drinking water at a nearby waterfall that was fed by a mountain spring in a beautifully shaded little side canyon.

    Other fun, valuable ancient skills were practiced and then to top it all off came the great evening campfire (lit Aboriginal style of course!), camaraderie, tasty food & sleeping under the stars with melodies of river, night birds and frogs, oh what a beautiful night contemplating friends!

    1 · July 1, 2013

  • Tee Jay P.

    AAAHHHHH! i am so unhappy i will not be able to make this one,,,,and i think i recommended it. i am with family out of town. i am bummed about this,,

    June 25, 2013

    • Jim R.

      And thank's Tee Jay, I like this place so much I've been there about five times in the past ten days!

      1 · June 26, 2013

    • Tee Jay P.

      Great to know jim, that gives me hope that we will go back there with the group

      June 28, 2013

  • Michael

    Looking forward to camping and cooking beneath the stars! See ya' tomorrow Jim.

    June 27, 2013

  • Andrew J.

    Hi Jim, I was just wondering if you're actually going to be making the yucca sandals or if that was just an option?(I would really LOVE that as last summer was pretty brutal on my feet!) Thanks

    June 27, 2013

    • Jim R.

      Yes Andrew, you can make yucca sandals tomorrow ... it's an option you can defiantly take advantage of!

      1 · June 27, 2013

  • Dee

    Guys, have a good time without me. I'm hiding from the heat tomorrow. See you next time.

    1 · June 27, 2013

  • Blithe

    We can't make this one, but I'd love to join you on the next one.

    June 27, 2013

  • Cheryl J.

    So sorry to miss - have clients I can't reschedule. Next time!! ;-)

    June 27, 2013

  • Cheryl J.

    Changing my schedule - will confirm soon. Love to explore West side and SM mountains too - ;-)

    June 24, 2013

  • ron

    WHERE IS THE EVENT?

    June 21, 2013

    • Jim R.

      Ron, I finally decided upon a very beautiful location! I can tell you for now it will be in the San Gabriel Mtns. in the vicinity of Azusa ... definately very much worth the drive!

      June 21, 2013

    • Jim R.

      Details on class will be posted sometime tomorrow and directions provided upon RSVP.

      June 21, 2013

  • Richard D.

    Looking forward to it!

    June 21, 2013

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