Class Details

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    • Date: One Sunday each month - January through June.
    • Time: 11am-5pm
    • Location: Various locations throughout Los Angeles.
    • Cost: $375 for entire series. Or purchase classes a la carte below for $69 each.
    • Age: This is an adult-level course but is also available to mature adolescents age 12+
  • Class Dates:
  • INSPIRE CHARTER FUNDS WELCOME. We must receive your certificate for service within 2 weeks of registration.

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!

 

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