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  • 4 Day Ancient Ways Intensive!

  • Date: June 20-23
  • Time: 10am Thursday to 5pm Sunday
  • Location: Within a 2hr drive of Los Angeles

  • Whether you are a prepper, misplaced mountain folk, survivalist, a seeker of ancestral wisdom or just plain curious, this is the class for you! Parents will find this course a fantastic education to pass along to their children.

    Join me on an adventure across time to learn how to live easily, free and in harmony with the land. Ancient wisdom fills a packed weekend that teaches you not just how to survive, but thrive with what you can gather! I’ve been teaching ancient skills for over 30 years, led totally Stone Age expeditions and lived off the wilds of Idaho, Montana and British Columbia. I’ve learned from Blackfeet, Lakota, Shoshone, Arapaho, Crow and Seri tribes and am considered one of North America’s foremost experts in primitive survival.

    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.

    We’ll start with modern gear and you’ll learn to replace your items with natural ones and ancient skills. Wouldn’t it be great to hike without a heavy pack?

    *You must be capable of moderate hiking at 6,000 feet elevation.

    What we’ll 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

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  • Apprentice of the Wild: Topanga Tuesdays!

  • Date: Tuesdays, April 23 - June 4
  • 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 (Eaton Canyon) Thursdays!

  • Date: Thursdays April 25 - June 6
  • Time: 11am - 3pm Homeschool. 3:45 - 5:45pm Afterschool
  • Homeschool Time: Homeschool program is FULL
  • 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.

    Homeschool program is Full

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  • Apprentice of the Wild: Costa Mesa Saturdays! (class is FULL)

  • Date: April 27 through June 8 meeting every Saturday
  • 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! (class is FULL)


  • Apprentice of the Wild: Palos Verdes Sundays!

  • Date: April 28 - June 9 meeting every other Sunday
  • 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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