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Apprentice of the Wild programs around LA with Chris!

Ages 6-16. (Children 7 and up may attend without a parent)  

Adults and younger siblings are welcome to join us at no cost.

~ Topanga Tuesdays. (Homeschool and Afterschool) – Varying locations. 

~ Pasadena Thursdays. (Homeschool and Afterschool) – Eaton Canyon

~ Costa Mesa Saturdays. – Varying locations. 

Scroll below for more information on each class! 

Don’t wait! These classes will fill up.

This program offers children the opportunity to have fun learning the skills of our ancestors from someone who’s lived the Old Ways. It’s a beautiful way to bring balance to their technology-driven lives, understand the difference between their needs and wants, and gain the self-confidence that comes from meeting those needs directly.

This is a mentoring program. We will make fires by rubbing sticks together, learn edible and medicinal plants, move silently, feel the natural rhythm of the land, and discover ancient wisdom as we “seek what they sought.” 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.

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
  • 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
  • Accessing intuition
  • Navigation
  • Traditional and modern stories
  • Wilderness ethics
  • Apprentice of the Wild: Winter Break Series

  • Date: December 15, 16, 18 and 19, 2019
  • Time: 10:45 - 2:45pm
  • Location: Santiago Oaks, Orange County, CA

  • What a great way to spend part of Winter Break! Join me as we explore this 1700+ acre landscape with sweeping views, a historic dam and year-round Santiago Creek! We’ll discover oyster mushrooms, new plants just sprouting now with the winter rains, and a wide variety of birds and other wildlife.
    During this 4 Day Series, we’ll cover some of the most essential skills and lessons of living a life in harmony with Nature. Plan for a fun adventure that goes deeply into our wild relationships and awakens our instincts!
  • Register for Apprentice of the Wild: Winter Break Series


  • Apprentice of the Wild: Topanga Tuesdays – Homeschool

  • Date: Tuesdays from January 14 - March 24, 2020
  • Homeschool Time: 11am - 3pm
  • Location: Various locations within 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! Our class meets at a variety of locations throughout Topanga.  

  • Register for Apprentice of the Wild: Topanga Tuesdays – Homeschool


  • Apprentice of the Wild: Topanga Tuesdays – Afterschool

  • Date: Tuesdays from January 14 - March 24, 2020
  • Afterschool Time: 3:45 - 5:45pm
  • Location: Various locations within 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! Our class meets at a variety of locations throughout Topanga.  

  • Register for Apprentice of the Wild: Topanga Tuesdays – Afterschool


  • Apprentice of the Wild: Pasadena Thursdays – Homeschool

  • Date: Thursdays from January 16 - March 26, 2020
  • Homeschool Time: 11am - 3pm
  • Location: Eaton Canyon

  • There’s so much to experience for both new and continuing students at Eaton Canyon! 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 cascades 50 feet to meet the pool below. From the falls to a shady pine grove, dry flats to creekside alder trees, this location supports California newts, mountain kingsnakes, tree frogs, fence lizards and so much more. Adventure awaits!

  • Register for Apprentice of the Wild: Pasadena Thursdays – Homeschool


  • Apprentice of the Wild: Pasadena Thursdays – Afterschool

  • Date: Thursdays from January 16 - March 26, 2020
  • Afterschool Time: 3:45 - 5:45pm
  • Location: Eaton Canyon

  • There’s so much to experience for both new and continuing students at Eaton Canyon! 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 cascades 50 feet to meet the pool below. From the falls to a shady pine grove, dry flats to creekside alder trees, this location supports California newts, mountain kingsnakes, tree frogs, fence lizards and so much more. Adventure awaits!

  • Register for Apprentice of the Wild: Pasadena Thursdays – Afterschool


  • Apprentice of the Wild: Coastal OC Saturdays

  • Date: Every other Saturday from January 18 - March 28, 2020
  • Time: 11am - 3pm
  • Location: Various locations throughout Coastal Orange County.

  • In the Wilds of the Orange County Coastline, 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.

    Class will meet in varying locations along Coastal Orange County.

  • Register for Apprentice of the Wild: Coastal OC Saturdays


  • Wild and Free: For Modern Humans – Adult Series

  • Date: One Sunday each month - January through June.
  • Time: 11am-5pm
  • Location: Various locations throughout Los Angeles.

  • Join wildlife biologist and Stone Age skills expert, Chris Morasky, for a day that you’ll never forget! Awaken your instincts while learning natural movement, how to make rope, tracking and reading the landscape, making fire with sticks, building a shelter and so much more! Learn the best plants in our area for food, medicine and tools! Over 50 species!

    This ain’t no book learnin’!

    This is a brief yet deep dive into truly natural living. For 99.99% of the time that we’ve walked upright, we lived as egalitarian (sharing everything), immediate return (what you eat today is what you gather today) Gatherer-Hunters. We were in tune with natural processes… a part of nature just like coyotes and chickadees and deer. Our social strategies ensured cooperation through ego dismissal, transparency, heart/mind entrainment, ritual and stories.

    It seems as though we’ve forgotten so much, but ancient memories are just beneath our modern veneer… waiting for a gentle reminder. This series of classes is the perfect reminder of what it’s like to live natural, free and whole! It’s the first time I’ve offered an adult series of classes in this format and it’s going to be AWESOME! I hope that you’ll join me for the full series, but you also have the option of choosing a la carte.

    Don’t wait! I expect these classes to fill up.

    One Sunday each month for 6 months.
    11am – 5pm
    $69 per class or save and pay just $375 for the whole series!

    Inspire funds are accepted for adolescents and parents to share these skills with their children

    This is an adult-level course but is also available to mature adolescents age 12+

    Jan 19: Secrets of the Stone Age!  

    Hahamongna Watershed Park, Pasadena

    Core Skills Covered:

    • Awareness
    • Silent movement
    • Sit spot
    • Tracking
    • Cordage
    • Conscious and ethical foraging
    • Harvest and begin prep of Stone Age fire kit (handdrill and bow drill)
    • Knife safety
    • Edible, medicinal and useful plants walk
    • Medicine for wounds, immune stimulation, centering, lucid dreaming

    To be a whole human, we must awaken the ancient memories that lie within our bones. When these memories of living in community with nature are awakened, we relax, our troubles slip away, and we begin to smile. We find that it’s easy to meet our needs directly from nature… and that our “wants” are not so important. This class lays the foundations for all of the following classes. If you can only make one class, come to this one. We will explore the beliefs, languages, and core skills of the Hunter-Gatherer and awaken the Hunter-Gatherer in you.

    Feb 16: Spoon Carving!

    Gould Mesa Trail Camp, La Cañada Flintridge

    Core Skills Covered:

    • Intro to Stone Age fire making and maintenance
    • Knife work
    • Edible, medicinal and useful plants walk

    Carve a beautiful wooden spoon! This class will include wood selection, knife safety and natural perspectives on creating a functional work of art that brings harmony to the journey of carver and the one-legged (tree) being that supplied the wood. The bowl of your spoon will be burned with a hot coal from the fire (which, by the way, we’ll start with a hand drill in the Old Way). We’ll also go on a 2.3 mile walk and learn some of the edible, medicinal and useful plants along the way. Join me at one of the very few campgrounds near LA that allow campfires for this fun day!

    March 15: Yucca Sandals!

    Orcas Park, Lake View Terrace

    Core Skills Covered:

    • Making sandals from yucca leaves
    • Wild soap
    • Water purification
    • Sit spot
    • Tracking
    • Edible, medicinal and useful plants walk
    • Medicines for arthritis and deep nourishing of the body

    Join me for a fantastic day in nature as we learn the ancient skill of making sandals. We will receive, prepare and weave yucca leaves into sandals and then go for a walk! We’ll also learn some edible, medicinal and useful plants and look for oyster mushrooms (yummy!) and medicinal turkey tail mushrooms. We’ll share our noon meal and go deeper into our inner Hunter-Gatherer as we learn to meet our needs directly and easily from nature.

    April 19: Stone Age Fire Making, Traps and Weapons!

    Hahamongna Watershed Park, Pasadena

    Core Skills Covered:

    • Stone Age fire making with handdrill and bow drill
    • Deadfall traps and snares
    • Lizard snares
    • Rabbit sticks
    • Sit spot
    • Tracking
    • Edible, medicinal and useful plants walk

    This is a BIG day as we learn ancient lessons about fire and life. These teachings go deep into the origin of our species. Our relationship with fire goes back over a million years! And although there are easy modern methods of making fire, nothing compares to spinning up a coal from sticks and blowing it into flame!

    We’ll also learn how to efficiently set primitive deadfall traps and snares. I’ve lived Stone Age and relied on these skills in the wilderness of Idaho, Oregon, Montana and British Columbia. We’ll also practice with the simple yet effective rabbit stick and hunt the rabbit-stump! We’ll then go for a walk to learn more about the edible, medicinal and useful plants of the area. No animals will be harmed and all traps will be removed at the end of class.

    May 17: Wild Medicines and Meadows!

    Musch Meadows, Topanga

    Core Skills Covered:

    • Make a healing oil or salve
    • Nerve tonic
    • Pain liniment
    • Keepin’ it at 98.6. Shelter and insulation
    • Sit spot
    • Tracking
    • Edible, medicinal and useful plants walk

    Today we explore a beautiful expanse of forest and fields and learn about lots of different plants that are edible, useful or medicinal. We’ll make several kinds of medicines for you to take home. It’s easy and fun! We’ll also learn how to make a proper shelter to stay warm and dry plus other techniques to keep your core body temp at 98.6 degrees.

    Special materials fee: $15

    June 14: Wild Adventure into the Lost World!

    Topanga Creek, Topanga

    Core Skills Covered:

    • Crayfish hunting
    • Stone tool making
    • Make a fork, spoon, straw, container from cane
    • Make a fishing spear
    • Sit spot
    • Tracking
    • Edible, medicinal and useful plants walk

    This is one of my favorite places! Although we’re just outside of Los Angeles, I’ve tracked mountain lions here. Journey with me into the Lost World of Topanga Creek where we’ll discover an amazing assortment of creatures and a wide diversity of plants. We’ll learn about the many uses of arundo cane, which was introduced by the Spanish 500 years ago. And we’ll hunt the (also introduced) crayfish that abound there. Wear sturdy shoes and come prepared for a bit of boulder scrambling. This is awesome!

     

  • Register for Wild and Free: For Modern Humans – Adult Series


  • Wild and Free: For Modern Humans – Secrets of the Stone Age

  • Date: Sunday, January 19, 2020
  • Time: 11am - 5pm
  • Location: Hahamongna Watershed Park, Pasadena

  • Core Skills Covered: 
     
    • Awareness
    • Silent movement
    • Sit spot
    • Tracking
    • Cordage
    • Conscious and ethical foraging
    • Harvest and begin prep of Stone Age fire kit (handdrill and bow drill)
    • Knife safety
    • Edible, medicinal and useful plants walk
    • Medicine for wounds, immune stimulation, centering, lucid dreaming

    To be a whole human, we must awaken the ancient memories that lie within our bones. When these memories of living in community with nature are awakened, we relax, our troubles slip away, and we begin to smile. We find that it’s easy to meet our needs directly from nature… and that our “wants” are not so important. This class lays the foundations for all of the following classes. If you can only make one class, come to this one. We will explore the beliefs, languages, and core skills of the Hunter-Gatherer and awaken the Hunter-Gatherer in you.

  • Register for Wild and Free: For Modern Humans – Secrets of the Stone Age


  • Wild and Free: For Modern Humans – Spoon Carving

  • Date: Sunday February 16, 2020
  • Time: 11am-5pm
  • Location: Gould Mesa Trail Camp, La Cañada Flintridge

  • Core Skills Covered:

    • Intro to Stone Age fire making and maintenance 
    • Knife work
    • Edible, medicinal and useful plants walk
    Carve a beautiful wooden spoon! This class will include wood selection, knife safety and natural perspectives on creating a functional work of art that brings harmony to the journey of carver and the one-legged (tree) being that supplied the wood. The bowl of your spoon will be burned with a hot coal from the fire (which, by the way, we’ll start with a hand drill in the Old Way). We’ll also go on a 2.3 mile walk and learn some of the edible, medicinal and useful plants along the way. Join me at one of the very few campgrounds near LA that allow campfires for this fun day!
  • Register for Wild and Free: For Modern Humans – Spoon Carving


  • Wild and Free: For Modern Humans – Yucca Sandals

  • Date: Sunday March 15, 2020
  • Time: 11am-5pm
  • Location: Orcas Park, Lake View Terrace

  • Core Skills Covered: 
     
    • Making sandals from yucca leaves
    • Wild soap
    • Water purification
    • Sit spot
    • Tracking
    • Edible, medicinal and useful plants walk
    • Medicines for arthritis and deep nourishing of the body

    Join me for a fantastic day in nature as we learn the ancient skill of making sandals. We will receive, prepare and weave yucca leaves into sandals and then go for a walk! We’ll also learn some edible, medicinal and useful plants and look for oyster mushrooms (yummy!) and medicinal turkey tail mushrooms. We’ll share our noon meal and go deeper into our inner Hunter-Gatherer as we learn to meet our needs directly and easily from nature.

  • Register for Wild and Free: For Modern Humans – Yucca Sandals


  • Wild and Free: For Modern Humans – Stone Age Firemaking, Traps and Weapons

  • Date: April 19, 2020
  • Time: 11am-5pm
  • Location: Hahamongna Watershed Park, Pasadena

  • Core Skills Covered: 
     
    • Stone Age fire making with handdrill and bow drill
    • Deadfall traps and snares
    • Lizard snares
    • Rabbit sticks
    • Sit spot
    • Tracking
    • Edible, medicinal and useful plants walk

    This is a BIG day as we learn ancient lessons about fire and life. These teachings go deep into the origin of our species. Our relationship with fire goes back over a million years! And although there are easy modern methods of making fire, nothing compares to spinning up a coal from sticks and blowing it into flame!

    We’ll also learn how to efficiently set primitive deadfall traps and snares. I’ve lived Stone Age and relied on these skills in the wilderness of Idaho, Oregon, Montana and British Columbia. We’ll also practice with the simple yet effective rabbit stick and hunt the rabbit-stump! We’ll then go for a walk to learn more about the edible, medicinal and useful plants of the area. No animals will be harmed and all traps will be removed at the end of class.

  • Register for Wild and Free: For Modern Humans – Stone Age Firemaking, Traps and Weapons


  • Wild and Free: For Modern Humans – Wild Medicines and Meadows

  • Date: Sunday May 17, 2020
  • Time: 11am-5pm
  • Location: Musch Meadows, Topanga

  • Core Skills Covered:
     
    • Make a healing oil or salve
    • Nerve tonic
    • Pain liniment
    • Keepin’ it at 98.6. Shelter and insulation
    • Sit spot
    • Tracking
    • Edible, medicinal and useful plants walk
    Today we explore a beautiful expanse of forest and fields and learn about lots of different plants that are edible, useful or medicinal. We’ll make several kinds of medicines for you to take home. It’s easy and fun! We’ll also learn how to make a proper shelter to stay warm and dry plus other techniques to keep your core body temp at 98.6 degrees.
    Special materials fee: $15
  • Register for Wild and Free: For Modern Humans – Wild Medicines and Meadows


  • Wild and Free: For Modern Humans – Adventure to the Lost World!

  • Date: Sunday June 14, 2020
  • Time: 11am-5pm
  • Location: Topanga Creek, Topanga

  • Core Skills Covered: 
     
    • Crayfish hunting
    • Stone tool making
    • Make a fork, spoon, straw, container from cane
    • Make a fishing spear
    • Sit spot
    • Tracking
    • Edible, medicinal and useful plants walk
    This is one of my favorite places! Although we’re just outside of Los Angeles, I’ve tracked mountain lions here. Journey with me into the Lost World of Topanga Creek where we’ll discover an amazing assortment of creatures and a wide diversity of plants. We’ll learn about the many uses of arundo cane, which was introduced by the Spanish 500 years ago. And we’ll hunt the (also introduced) crayfish that abound there. Wear sturdy shoes and come prepared for a bit of boulder scrambling. This is awesome!
  • Register for Wild and Free: For Modern Humans – Adventure to the Lost World!


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