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Weekend Hike /Plant Identification /Primitive Shelter Building and much more!

We will take a nature walk as we sample various wild plants for food, medicine and utilitarian uses.  As we continue our ABORIGINAL SKILLS walkabout, we will stop to build a primitive shelter (always fun) and have lunch in the wild.  We will then continue our walkabout to to one of my secret swimming holes (up to eight feet deep) where you may swim if you wish and/or fish the "old way" for crawfish (and maybe cook if you like).  Aboriginal Fire Making will be demonstrated and several other skills may be practiced depending on resources available.

Remember, all of these skills are pathways to a deeper connection/relationship with our natural environment and ourselves.

Feel free to participate fully, partially or simply enjoy the camaraderie and observe the happenings.

What: Wilderness/Aboriginal Skills Class.

When: Sunday, August 19th 9:30am - 5 pm.  You are welcome to leave earlier or stay later as your schedule allows (I always stay late, at least until dark).

Where: Santa Monica Mountains, near Malibu Creek State Park (detailed directions coming soon).  NOTE: All participants must sign a liability waiver prior to start of class.

Bring: Water, lunch, sun protection, hat, bandana.  For those staying late, bring additional food & water, flashlight or headlamp.  OPTIONAL: paper & pen/pencil, camera, trekking poles, knife (sheath preferable or pocket/folder).

Wear: Dress in layers, long pants and (lightweight) long sleeves are recommended to avoid contact with poison oak, sturdy shoes (with good tread).

Cost: $20 per person donation, cash preferred, prior to start of class.

CONTACT/QUESTIONS: Jim Robertson at [masked] or call[masked]-0943.  I would appreciate you providing me with your email address and phone # to facilitate the smoothest operation.

Inclement weather never cancels, and is an integral part of our practice and learning experience.  Sorry, no dogs.


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  • A former member
    A former member

    Great learning experience. Every time I hit the trail with Jim Robertson, My wilderness knowledge and insight are expanded substantially. This weekend was no exception. We covered a lot of valuable plant information as well as primitive Shelter building, fishing, trapping and fire making. Good thing I take notes on the trail as there is so much information available through the course of the day that much can be overlooked or forgotten otherwise. Again, I've got homework in the form of studying, practicing and assimilating the skills knowledge gained this week. Gotta make it mine now.

    August 21, 2012

  • Jim R.

    Number one (and as always at these events) the people in attendance (and the camaraderie) were fantastic! We were having so much fun practicing skills, eating, enjoying one another's company and the beauty of the wild environment...that some stayed until 10pm and a couple of us stayed even later.

    August 21, 2012

  • Carol S

    This was a great, easy-going group of people with a lot of enthusiasm. The class is suited to those with limited outdoors experience, as well as those who are very knowledgeable. I enjoyed the day very much!

    August 20, 2012

  • Eduardo

    Had a great time exploring and learning about plant identifications. Need to comeback and review materials. Jim is a patient and knowledgeable guy.

    August 20, 2012

  • Karen D.

    Looking forward to this meet up!

    1 · August 10, 2012

    • Jim R.

      I like your attitude Karen!

      August 17, 2012

  • Jim R.

    Don't worry about the heat, we'll spend most of our time in the deep shade...and you will have the opportunity to cool off even more in the natural (cool) stream pool! If interested in a plunge, don't forget an extra pair of underwear or bathing suit or skinny dip...your choice. Weather conditions are simply another integral part of our training/practice/enjoyment! Remember, bandanas come in very handy in the heat (and all other conditions too!). Just place some nice wild herbs in the bandana, soak it in the cool stream and wrap it around your head!

    August 17, 2012

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