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Nature Awareness Hike/Walk, Wild Edibles, Medicinal & Utilitarian Uses of Plants

  • Aug 26, 2012 · 9:30 AM
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The Skills that we practice on this Aboriginal Skills Walkabout will depend upon what mother nature decides to present to us (and upon our "AWARENESS" of what is presented!).  Whatever it is, these outings are always fun, interesting and beautiful!  Nature always provides!

We will sample some wild plants for food, medicine and utilitarian uses, in addition to practicing plant communication and ethical harvesting techniques with conscious awareness.

It is likely that we will make small baskets from the Yucca Plant, along with soap and cordage, and  possibly do a little netting and flintknapping.  Aboriginal fire making will be demonstrated with possible opportunity to practice if time allows.  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 of other nature lovers and observe the happenings.

Note: Detailed meeting instructions 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.

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

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

Inclement weather NEVER cancels, it is an integral part of our training/practice/enjoyment!  Sorry, no dogs.


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  • Carol S

    Such a treat to spend the day in the mountains with Jim Robertson. I learn so much every time.

    August 28, 2012

  • Jim R.

    Everything about it was fantastic...the people, the beautiful wild, raw environment, the camaraderie and the skills we practiced. We visited and got better acquainted with quite a number of our plant friends, sampling as edibles, medicinals and utilitarian uses...i.e. we ate Prickly Pear Cactus and demonstrated it's multitude of medicinal uses, made baskets from the Yucca plant, made biodegradable soap from Ceanothus berries and Yucca leaves, practiced with the Piaute deadfall trap, smudged ourselves the old wild herbs using Aboriginal hand drill method, harvested wild Nettles,which we enjoyed as wild tea, feasted on the greens and much more in addition to totally enjoying one of the best exercises on the planet...walking as an Aboriginal in the Santa Monica Mountains!

    August 27, 2012

  • Jim R.

    In case you don't know, La Jolla Canyon happens to be a very unique and absolutely gorgeous canyon! And don't worry about the heat...handling all weather conditions is an integral part of our practice and enjoyment. There will be plenty of shade on this outing, in addition the weather is cooling down. Always have at least one bandana with you so that you may place cooling wild herbs in it, soak it and place it around your head or neck.

    August 22, 2012

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