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  • Special One Day Apprentice of the Wild class in Santa Barbara!

  • Date: June 30
  • Time: 11am - 3pm
  • Location: Santa Barbara. Exact location TBA.

  • This is so much more than a class about survival. We are awakening our instincts and deepening the essential qualities of patience, self-discipline, interconnectedness, cooperation, awareness, discernment, intuition, kindness and empathy. Nature and ancient skills provide the best avenue to teach these qualities.

    This is an introductory class. We’ll learn silent movement, awareness, some edible and medicinal plants, an ancient skill, listen to a story and play a game. I’m open to sharing with everyone whatever the class wants to learn most.

    This will be a very fun day!

    Some of the things we may learn:

    Exploring
    Nature immersion games
    Sensory awareness, expanded vision
    Silent walking and stalking
    Tracking and reading animal sign
    Camouflage
    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 Special One Day Apprentice of the Wild class in Santa Barbara!


  • Apprentice of the Wild: Topanga Tuesdays!

  • Date: Tuesdays, check back for info about the Fall series starting in October
  • Homeschool Time: 11am - 3pm
  • Afterschool Time: 3:45pm - 5:45pm
  • Location: Topanga

  • 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.

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  • Apprentice of the Wild: Pasadena Thursdays!

  • Date: Thursdays starting in October. Check back for details!
  • Time: 11am - 3pm Homeschool. 3:45 - 5:45pm Afterschool
  • Afterschool Time: 3:45pm - 5:45pm
  • Location: 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.

     

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  • Apprentice of the Wild: Costa Mesa Saturdays!

  • Date: Saturdays starting in October. Check back for registration and details!
  • Time: 11am - 3pm
  • 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 Saturdays!


  • Apprentice of the Wild: Palos Verdes Sundays!

  • Date: Sundays starting in October. Check back to register and for details!
  • Time: 11am - 3pm
  • Location: 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! 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.

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

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