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).
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.