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Apprentice of the Wild Kids Program in Topanga and Pasadena!
This is a mentoring program. We will make fires by rubbing sticks together, learn edible and medicinal plants, build a shelter, feel the natural rhythm of the land, and discover indigenous wisdom as we "seek what they sought.” Your child will develop greater self-confidence, awareness, empathy, attention to details, cooperation, sense of self-worth, patience and more! All classes are taught with love, compassion, non-violent communication (NVC) methods, and the inherent principles of living a life in Harmony with the Earth. I’ll be drawing from over 30 years teaching experience to offer classes that are specific to the interests and uniqueness of the students. Here is a partial list of experiences children may have: Exploring Native and nature immersion games Sensory awareness, expanded vision Silent walking and stalking Tracking and reading animal sign Camouflage Safe use of knives and knife sharpening Edible and medicinal plants Fire making with flint and steel, bowdrill and handdrill Preparing char cloth Preparing tinder Types of fires for warmth, signalling, cooking and the making of tools Using fire to shape and bend wood; straightening handdrill shafts and coal burning 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, toothbrush and comb) Paiute deadfall trap, quail trap and springpole snare Safety outdoors (poisonous plants, insects, reptiles, bear and mtn. lion) Useful knots Outdoors cooking methods and wild teas Accessing intuition Navigation Traditional and modern stories Wilderness ethics Age 5-16 (children 6 and under must be accompanied by an adult) Adults are welcome to join us at no cost. Apprentice of the Wild: Topanga Tuesdays! 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! This session we’ll also learn about making plant medicines! Our class meets at a variety of locations throughout Topanga. Homeschool: 11-3 Afterschool: 3:45-5:45 First class is Oct 30. Meets every Tuesday. 7 classes: Oct 30, Nov 6, 13, 20, 27, Dec 4, 11. Homeschool cost: $40/class. Total cost: $280. Afterschool cost: $20/class. Total cost: $140. Apprentice of the Wild: Pasadena (Hahamongna Watershed Park) Thursdays! There’s so much to experience for both new and continuing students! Hahamongna is one of my favorite places! A great diversity of plants and animals including a variety of lizards, toads, Pacific tree frogs, hawks and owls and even bobcat. We can build shelters here, forage, play Skunk and Owl, and explore "Frogopolis”! This session we’ll also learn about making plant medicines! Homeschool: 11-3 Afterschool: 3:45 - 5:45 First class is Nov 1. Meets every Thursday. 6 classes: Nov 1, 8, 15, 29, Dec 6, 13. Homeschool cost: $40/class. Total cost: $240. Afterschool cost: $20/class. Total cost: $120. How to register. After you RSVP, message Chris at [masked] with: 1. Name of the program registering for and homeschool or afterschool. 2. Child's name and age 3. Your name 4. Your phone number 5. A non-refundable deposit of $50 is required to hold your space. Please send your deposit via paypal to [masked]. If you need an alternative payment method, please let me know. * Class takes place rain or shine. Discounts and refunds will only be issued if class is cancelled. * Flexible payment plans are available, so don't sweat it. Your child's time in the woods is valuable!

Locations in Topanga and Pasadena

Directions upon registration · Topanga, al

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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