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Aboriginal Style Acorn Processing, Cooking Ash Cakes And Much More! S. M. Mtns

You, your family and friends are invited to join me Naturalist and Aboriginal Skills instructor Jim Robertson, Sunday October 28th for an all day Aboriginal Skills/Wilderness class in the Santa Monica Mountains.  This will be held on private property in the vicinity of Pacific Palisades with many acres of beautiful wild land!  THERE WILL BE AN OPTION TO CAMP OUT IF YOU LIKE!  I definitely will camp out!


I gathered the acorns, now we will process them the old way (the fun way!).  First cracking the shells, removing the seeds/nuts, grinding/pounding them with mortar and pestle, leaching them with water (using our bandanas), adding wild berries and seeds (we harvest),etc.  then cooking them as "ash cakes" on the open campfire using soapstone as our griddle.  This is not only a ton of fun, but it's very delicious and healthy!

You will also have the opportunity to practice Aboriginal Fire Making (hand drill and bow drill techniques), netting, traps and more...especially for those who choose to stay late and camp out.

A plant walk will include plant identification, wild edibles, medicinal and utilitarian uses, plant communication and harvesting with conscious awareness and integrity.

I will bring bows, arrows and atlatls (bring your own if you like) as there is a range.

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 integral part of our practice, learning and enjoyment!  Sorry, no dogs.

NOTE: DETAILED DIRECTIONS TO 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]-4152.  IF YOU CANNOT REACH ELISABETH, CONTACT JIM ROBERTSON AT [masked] OR CALL[masked]-0943.  PLEASE PROVIDE NAMES OF PARTICIPANTS, EMAIL ADDRESSES, CELL PHONE NUMBERS AND CITIES OF RESIDENCE.

Bring: water, lunch, sun protection, hat, bandana (s).  For those staying late, bring additional food and water for dinner, flashlight or headlamp (for those camping, consider bringing breakfast food for Monday).  Optional: Paper, pen/pencil, camera, trekking poles, knife,(sheath preferable, or pocket).

Wear:

1) Dress in layers

2) Long pants and (lightweight) long sleeves are recommended to avoid contact with poison oak

3)Sturdy shoes (with good tread)

KNOW ANYONE WHO MAY BE INTERESTED IN THIS CLASS?  PLEASE FORWARD THIS ANNOUNCEMENT.



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  • Jim R.

    Simply put it was a blast! The acorn pancakes cooked on the open campfire were sooooo delicious! It was like a little native village with people practicing various skills simultaneously. A lot of fun, effort, laughter and love went into making those acorn "ash cakes"! Our little tribe of thirty six participants was represented by the very young to the elders and the camaraderie was wonderful.

    For those of us who stayed late and camped out, practiced more skills which included firing some primitive pottery (in the open campfire) that we made at the prior class. Nothing quite compares to hanging around a real authentic campfire at night in the wild with new and old friends...especially a camp fire that you started the old way, aboriginal style by rubbing two sticks together!

    October 31, 2012

  • Lorenza C.

    It
    was fun!

    October 30, 2012

  • LemonDrop

    Jim was very knowledgeable and we learned a lot, there was something for everyone, even my teenagers had fun.

    October 29, 2012

  • Daniel 'darby' O.

    hey jim, should we be bringing tents if we stay overnight??

    October 21, 2012

    • Jim R.

      Hey Daniel, you are certainly welcome to bring a tent if you wish. Personally, I prefer to sleep under the open sky and only use a shelter if it's raining.

      October 21, 2012

    • Jim R.

      Just let us know if you think you'll be joining so we can send you the directions to the class site. Thanks!

      October 21, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    This looks great and wish I could sign up, but I'll be in Peru. Have fun.

    October 17, 2012

    • Jim R.

      Thank's Barry, have fun in Peru!

      October 17, 2012

  • LemonDrop

    I have a couple of questions:
    Can I bring my 9 year old?
    If we stay overnight, can I bring my 22 feet RV?
    Thanks

    October 13, 2012

    • Jim R.

      Hi LemonDrop, your 9 year old is certainly welcome but the road in is very narrow and too precarious for your 22 foot RV.

      October 14, 2012

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