For those of you who check here, here are some more dates into 2017. For most up-to-date classes, always check www.SchoolofSelf-Reliance.com
Oh yeah, always best to RSVP -- times, locations, heck, everything subject to change depending on weather, terrorists, comets, etc.
Saturday, December 3, 10 a.m.
SURVIVAL SKILLS INTENSIVE, $51.
We’ll focus upon all the related fire skills, and also cover weaving, edible and medicinal plants, some first aid, water purification, shelter, and more. Angeles National Forest, Location 4. From the Angeles Crest Hwy and Foothill (or from the 210 fwy), drive 2 miles up the A.C. Hwy. (above the large houses) – the turnout is on your right.
Thursday, December 8, 11:30 a.m.
MEDICINAL PLANT WALK: Edible, Medicinal, and other uses. $20.
We’ll explore a chaparral and riparian area, where we will see a variety of mostly native plants and learn about their many uses. Some are food, some medicine, and some are very utilitarian, with uses ranging from soap to fibre. We will focus on medicinals and how to use them. Meet at the intersection of Ventura and Windsor in Altadena. From the Windsor exit of the 210 freeway, drive north on Windsor until Ventura, where you will have to carefully park in the parking area on the west side of the street, overlooking the Arroyo Seco.
Saturday, December 10, 10 a.m.
FIRE WORKSHOP. $25.
Fire is a fundamental skill that everyone should master. You’ll learn the 4 principles by which fire is made, and you will practice many of them. You will get to try your hand at making fire with the bow drill, hand drill, plow, pump drill, batteries, flint and steel, reflectors, and more. There will also be a short walk where you can collect some fire components, and we’ll collect a wild salad. Pasadena, Hahamongna Watershed Park, Location 2.
Thursday, December 15, 11:30 a.m.
MINI-WEAVING WORKSHOP & Wild Food Walk, $20.
In this two hour outdoor class, you’ll learn how to work with yucca, make a net, and make a sling from one piece of cord. Our focus will be the net! Then we’ll take a short wild food walk and identify some useful plant. Location 2.
Saturday, December 17, 10 a.m.
KNIFE & SURVIVAL KIT DISCUSSION. Free
Join us as we dissect the knives we carry, and the stuff we carry in our packs, to ascertain its value in survival situation. What are the skills we should all know? Bring your own pack and we can discuss the contents with our show-and-tell. Bring items you’d like to sell also because we’ll have a “sales table” where you can buy books, knives, and other useful gear. Location 2, Hahamongna Watershed Park.
Thursday, December 22, 11:30 a.m.
CRAFTS: How to make a Leather Bag, & a Quiver, $25
When the malls and freeways are jammed, you might really enjoy coming to the mountains and working on these traditional crafts. You will learn to make an African “man’s bag,” which is made from one piece of leather. You will also learn how a quiver is made from the yucca plants. Switzer’s Camp, Angeles National Forest. From Foothill Bl. in La Canada, travel north about 11 miles on the Angeles Crest Hwy. to Switzer’s camp entrance. Meet in the parking lot.
Friday, December 23, noon
WILD PLANT WALK. $20
We’ll learn about the many greens that are produced in the winter, and we’ll collect some for salad and soup. We’ll walk into the Upper Arroyo, meeting at the west end of Altadena Drive.
Saturday, December 24, 10 a.m.
WILD FOOD OUTING, $20.
This will be a short walk for those who want to get into nature and learn about plants and their uses. We’ll meet at Hahamongna Watershed Park, Location 2, and explore the edges of the park, with the riparian, chaparral, and exotic vegetation.
Tuesday, December 27, 11:30 am.
ACORN PROCESSING Workshop, $20
Learn how to process acorns from the beginning. You’ll get to try some acorn products when we’re done. Also, we’ll have a short lesson on natural paints and pigments, and we’ll have copies of Paul Campbell’s book available. Hahamongna Watershed Park.
Thursday, December 29, 11:30 a.m.
WATER SKILLS and Wild Food Walk, $20.
In this afternoon class, we’ll address all the ways to find and purify water, including distillation and various devices on the market. This is an essential bit of knowledge for emergency planning, especially here in Los Angeles County where all our water comes from afar. We will also set up a transpiration bag, and will explore for local wild edibles. Location 2, Hahamongna Watershed Park.
Saturday, December 31, 10 a.m.
SURVIVAL SKILLS SUMMARY, $25
Yes, this is New Year’s Eve, and for those of you who are not focused on parties, consider joining us! We’ll do some walking, and will learn about shelters, weaving, primitive fire-making, survival kits, water purification, etc. We’ll do some cooking and have good discussion. Join us at Location 2, Hahamongna Watershed Park.
Thursday, January 5, 11:30 a.m.
PLANT WALK: Edible, Medicinal, and other uses. $20.
We’ll explore a chaparral and riparian area, where we will see a variety of mostly native plants and learn about their many uses. Some are food, some medicine, and some are very utilitarian, with uses ranging from soap to fibre. Meet at the intersection of Ventura and Windsor in Altadena. From the Windsor exit of the 210 freeway, drive north on Windsor until Ventura, where you will have to carefully park in the parking area on the west side of the street, overlooking the Arroyo Seco.
Saturday, January 7, 10 a.m.
FIRE WORKSHOP & PLANT ID WALK, $20
You’ll learn about the 4 Principles by which fire is made, and you’ll learn by hands-on. We’ll practice with magnifying glasses, chemicals, magnesium, batteries, flint and steel, bow-drill, hand drill, and more. On our walk, you will learn about the plants used in fire-making, as well as food and medicine. Hahamongna Watershed Park, Location 2.
Thursday, January 12, 11:30 a.m.
PREPAREDNESS SEMINAR $25.
Are you ready for the possibility of the next earthquake, the next blackout, the next stock market crash? Or are you simply a pragmatist who wants to be ready for anything? We’ll cover the basics of food production and storage, water storage, alternatives to electricity, things to store, toilet alternatives, and more. Do you need a “bug out bag,” and if so, what should you put in it? Then we’ll go on a wild food walk and collect salad. Hahamongna Watershed Park. Location 2.
Friday, January 13, 7 p.m.
5 WEEK SURVIVAL SKILLS CLASS AT PASADENA CITY COLLEGE, begins tonight, for 5 Friday nights, 7 to 9 p.m. Cost is around $60. Call 626) 585-7608.
Class topics include: Wild plants for food and medicine, food and food storage, water purification, water storage, making fire without matches, clothing, shelter, weaving, tools and weapons, and more. Taught by Christopher Nyerges. For registration and cost, call the college at (626) 585-7608.
Saturday, January 14, 10 a.m.
GOURD WORKSHOP. $30.
Here’s another ancient skill that you’ll enjoy learning. Each person will work on turning an ornamental gourd into a bowl for eating, or perhaps a canteen. We’ll bring tools, but if you have a good knife, hacksaw, fine files, bring them! If time, we’ll also collect wild foods and have a great salad in the bowls we just made. Location 2, Hahamongna Watershed Park; entrance at Foothill and Oak Grove Dr. in Pasadena. Meet at southern end of the upper area. [pg. 535, E5]. RSVP for this one so we bring enough gourds!
Thursday, January 19, 11:30 a.m.
MINI-WEAPONRY WORKSHOP, $20.
Focus on the quail trap. In this afternoon class, you’ll learn about how to make simple snares, deadfalls, triggers, the quail trap, all of which are silent useful weapon-system for emergency food procurement. Then we’ll go on a short walk to look at suitable woods for traps, and collect a wild food salad. Hahamongna Watershed Park. Location 2.
Saturday, January 21, 10 a.m.
WEAPONRY WORKSHOP, $34. We’ll focus on how to make simple weapons, both primitive and modern, all of which are silent, and have been used for millennia in most cases. You’ll learn about snares, deadfalls and trigger mechanisms, nets, slings, atlatls and more. Bring your knife also, since you’ll learn by making some of these. Pasadena’s Hahamongna Watershed Park, Location 2.