What we're about

Ancient Pathways is for people who realize that our gatherer-hunter past is still alive within us. For hundreds of thousands of years, our ancestors lived directly with the land, and our ancient instincts are still present, though covered by a thin veneer of modern sophistication.

Re-learning our connection with the land and the fascinating skills necessary to meet our needs:

Teaches us how to satisfy our needs and builds confidence.

Teaches the value of cooperation.

Teaches an indigenous perspective on our modern choices as we learn ancient wisdom.

Makes camping and hiking more fun!

Answers the question of “What if I got lost or hurt and needed to spend the night in the woods?”

Will open your awareness and sense of gratitude in ways you can’t yet imagine!

We will learn to:

Make fire by rubbing sticks together.

Identify and use wild food and medicine plants.

Build a waterproof shelter using only natural materials.

Make rope and string from plants.

Track, stalk and move silently with expanded awareness.

Set primitive deadfall traps and snares (vegetarians may set traps to catch tofu).

Navigate without a compass.

Deepen our knowledge of ourselves and our connection with the land and people.

Practice indigenous wisdom as we "seek what they sought."

Instructor

Chris Morasky is a wildlife biologist with over 30 years experience teaching Stone Age skills and nature connection and is considered one of the top Stone Age skills experts in North America. Chris has lived most of the past 20+ years in the wilderness and small communities of British Columbia, Idaho and Utah. He lived in a tipi for 6 years, homesteaded along the most remote mail route in the lower 48 states, led totally Stone Age expeditions into the wilderness of Idaho and Oregon, worked in the most dangerous job in the world, was one of the largest python breeders in Canada, was a waiter at a 4 Star restaurant, managed over $100 million worth of property in Park City, UT, and has had 6 near-death experiences. His teachers include Lakota, Shoshone, Arapaho, Crow, Blackfeet and Serri tribesmen, many wilderness skills experts and life itself. Chris’ workshops focus on awakening instincts, ancient skills and deep nature connection as doorways to understand more fully who we are and why we're here.

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Upcoming events (4)

Topanga Tuesdays: Apprentice of the Wild!

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There’s so much to experience for both new and continuing students! Topanga has so many beautiful and abundant wild places to explore! Hike a stream that supports endangered southern steelhead trout, gather sage seeds, make a stone knife and follow a raccoon’s tracks… so much to learn in this program! Our class meets at a variety of locations throughout Topanga. DATE: Tuesdays, April 23 - June 4 HOMESCHOOL TIME: 11am - 3pm AFTERSCHOOL TIME: 3:45pm - 5:45pm AGE: 5-16 (children age 6 and under must be accompanied by an adult). Adults are welcome to join at no cost. Inspire Charter funds are accepted for this class. HOW TO REGISTER: RSVP here and then head over to the Wisdom Keepers website to register at www.wisdomkeepers.us I look forward to seeing you in the woods soon! :)

Pasadena Thursdays: Apprentice of the Wild!

Eaton Canyon

There’s so much to experience for both new and continuing students! I haven't run a program in Eaton Canyon for a few years and I'm excited to return! This location has a lot of biodiversity for us to discover as we also learn about our selves and how to be in community. And, of course, we'll hike to the Falls one class and enjoy the cool spray as the creek falls from 50 feet to meet the pool below. MEET ON: every Thursday through June 6. There are 7 classes in this series. HOMESCHOOL TIME: 11am - 3pm AFTERSCHOOL TIME: 3:45pm - 5:45pm AGE: 5-16 (children age 6 and under must be accompanied by an adult). Adults are welcome to join at no cost. Inspire Charter funds are accepted for this program. HOW TO REGISTER: RSVP here and then head over to my Wisdom Keepers website to sign up. www.wisdomkeepers.us I look forward to seeing you in the woods soon :)

Palos Verdes Sundays: Apprentice of the Wild!

Palos Verdes Peninsula

There’s so much to experience for both new and continuing students! Build a shelter, catch a lizard, uncover mysterious “lions” in the sand and so much more! Two classes at Frog Creek, one class at George F. Canyon Preserve and one class at a rarely-visited beach with awesome tide pools! Our Tide Pool Day is a big adventure! We scale down a steep and narrow trail to the beach using a rope to add support. I'll be spearfishing and gathering fascinating creatures from the depths to show you (wave conditions permitting). If I spear a fish, we'll learn it's anatomy, make a fire with a handdrill in the Old Way, and cook it as a shore lunch. Lots of gratitude goes into this as we seek to understand our place in the cycle of life and death. DATES: April 28 - June 9 meeting every other Sunday TIME: 11am - 3pm AGE: 5-16 (children age 6 and under must be accompanied by an adult). Adults are welcome to join at no cost. Inspire Charter funds are accepted for this program. HOW TO REGISTER: RSVP here and then head over to my Wisdom Keepers website to register at www.wisdomkeepers.us I look forward to seeing you in the woods soon! :)

4 Days of Ancient Ways!

Within a 2 hr drive of Los Angeles

June 20-23 Age: 13 and up (children 13-15 must have a parent attending) Location: within 2 hr drive from Los Angeles Cost: $395 Whether you are a prepper, misplaced mountain folk, survivalist, a seeker of ancestral wisdom or just plain curious, this is the class for you! I don't offer a class like this very often, so don't miss out! 4 Days of Ancient Ways 😮 Wouldn't it be great to hike without needing a heavy pack? We'll start with modern gear and gradually replace it with natural items and ancient skills. Make your fire kit, twist plant fibers into fishing line, weave sandals out of yucca leaves, build a waterproof shelter, use hot coals to create a bowl and spoon, forage for your dinner, and so much more! This is not a fear-based course that tells you to stockpile food and ammunition. You will be placed firmly on the journey that fills you with the skills, knowledge and strong heart to enable you to walk anywhere confident in meeting your needs and supporting your loved ones. Beyond surviving... we are THRIVING! Are you ready for an epic adventure? Your return to the modern world will see you more confident, clear of mind and heart, with heightened awareness, greater patience, more self-discipline, purposeful and filled with gratitude! What are you waiting for? More info at https://wisdomkeepers.us/los-angeles/ You will learn: Sensory awareness, expanded vision Silent walking and stalking Tracking and reading animal sign Camouflage Safe use of knives Edible and medicinal plants Fire making with flint and steel, bowdrill and handdrill Preparing char cloth Preparing tinder Using fire to shape and bend wood; straightening handdrill shafts and making coal-burned spoons/cups Shelter design and concepts for insulation and weatherproofing Shelter location based on topography Water purification using primitive methods Making rope/string from plants for fishing line, nets, snares, etc. Digging sticks and rabbit sticks Primitive hygiene (making soap, shampoo, toothbrush) Paiute deadfall trap and springpole snare Lizard snare Safety outdoors (poison oak, insects, reptiles, bear and mtn. lion) Useful knots Outdoors cooking methods and wild teas Accessing intuition Primitive navigation Traditional and modern stories Wilderness ethics From a student after a 6 Day Stone Age Adventure: "Purely awesome!!! I have never been a hard core outdoor adventurist and thought I would do it just once in my life, but now I am totally hooked to it. Chris no doubt is a national living treasure as he is totally self sustainable in the wilderness. I have not known any person with such broad outdoor knowledge and skills. Not only did we have a great leader, but the talents and camaraderie were so enjoyable." ~ Janice Allen To register, go to https://wisdomkeepers.us/los-angeles/

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After the Fire: an adventure in renewal

Orcas Park

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