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  • Apprentice of the Wild: Costa Mesa Tuesdays!

  • Date: Every Tuesday starting October 8, 2019
  • Homeschool Time: 11am-3pm
  • Afterschool Time: 3:45pm - 5:45pm
  • Location: Costa Mesa

  • In the Wilds of Costa Mesa, our intrepid band of Gatherer-Hunters moves silently, aware, listening deeply, seeing through the face of nature and into an interconnected community of life and death and rebirth. We are Apprentices of the Wild.

    This is so much more than a course about survival or a series of nature hikes. We’ll learn survival, of course. And we’ll learn the names of many plants and animals. But this class is really about the lessons that run deeper.

    Survival is easy. How do we truly thrive?
    “Surthrival” teaches us patience, awareness, self-discipline, interconnectedness, cooperation and gratitude. These are essential Life skills.

    Some of the skills we may learn:

    Exploring
    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

  • Register for Apprentice of the Wild: Costa Mesa Tuesdays!


  • Apprentice of the Wild: Pasadena Thursdays!

  • Date: Every Thursday starting October 10th
  • Homeschool Time: 11am-3pm
  • Afterschool Time: 3:45pm - 5:45pm

  • This is one of my favorite places! Join me as we gather acorns for pancakes, track a raccoon, build a shelter, find stillness, play games, journey to Frogopolis, make arundo cane spoons and spears, and so much more!!! 

  • Register for Apprentice of the Wild: Pasadena Thursdays!


  • Apprentice of the Wild: Riverside Saturdays!

  • Date: Every other Saturday starting October 5, 2019
  • Time: 11am - 3pm
  • Location: Riverside @ Hidden Valley Wildlife Area

  • New location! We’ll be exploring the beautiful Hidden Valley Wildlife Area, which encompasses 1500 acres and has over 25 miles of hiking trails. There’s so much to discover!

    There is a $5 fee to park.

  • Register for Apprentice of the Wild: Riverside Saturdays!


  • Apprentice of the Wild: Palos Verdes Sundays!

  • Date: Every other Sunday from October 6 through December 8, 2019
  • Time: 11am - 3pm
  • Location: Various locations in Palos Verdes

  • 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! Three 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.

    * Class takes place rain or shine. Refunds will only be issued if class is cancelled.

  • Register for Apprentice of the Wild: Palos Verdes Sundays!


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