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SCHOOL OF SELF-RELIANCE

2016 SCHEDULE 

Always RSVP    via email, or call the office at (626) 791-3217or mobile (323) 605-7283

P.O. Box 41834, Eagle Rock, CA 90041

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Please come to all outings with a canteen of   WATER,

a KNIFE (simple folder is OK),

and a BOWL (since we make a wild food salad at nearly every outing).

 

SPECIALS THROUGH END OF DECEMBER 2016

Sign up in advance for any 3 classes, but pay in advance for only TWO!

 

 Also see Store for Current Specials...

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Learn how to collect natural fibres and make twine, rope, brushes, sandals, netting, & baskets. A wonderful skill! Location 3, Switzers Camp in the Angeles National Forest.

   

 

  

 

     

 

 

 

 

2016

 2016 MARKS THE 42nd YEAR OF CLASSES!!!  (Gosh! Is that possible?!)

 

        

  


     
        
 

  


 

  


  


     

CHECK THE SCHEDULE REGULARLY. ADDITIONAL CLASSES ARE FREQUENTLY ADDED. DON’T FORGET THAT WE OFFER PRIVATE INSTRUCTION. ASK US FOR DETAILS.



 
 




 

Thursday, November 24

THANKSGIVING!

Give thanks for your many blessings!


 

BLACK FRIDAY, Nov. 25, Noon FOREST WALKABOUT $20.

SKIP THE MALLS!

Come to the Forest, let’s walk, talk, look at the beauty of nature and wonders of the firmament! OK? Meet at Location 2, Hahamongna Watershed Park. We’ll explore and collect ourselves a wild food meal. Bring your bowl.



 

Saturday, Novemeber 26, 10 a.m.

ARROW-MAKING CLASS and Wild Food Outing. $25.

Taught by Nhan-Esteban Khuong. Making a good, functional arrow requires special attention to many details. We’ll work some shafts, glue or tie on feathers, and secure ready-made points or points you make. We’ll also have some modern arrow-making gear. Bring a knife. Then we’ll collect wild food salad. Hahamongna Watershed Park, Location 2.



 

Thursday, December 1, 11:30 a.m.

WILD FOOD OUTING, $20

Join us as we explore a chaparral-riparian area, and learn about various plant uses. We’ll make a salad, and then discuss various bows while we practice at the range. Bring your bow if you have one. Meet at the Casting Ponds. This is south of the Rose Bowl in the Arroyo Seco, near the Archery range, Lower Arroyo, Location 8.



 







 

Saturday, December 3, 10 a.m.

SURVIVAL SKILLS INTENSIVE, $51.

We’ll focus upon all the related fire skills, and also cover weaving, edible and medicinal plants, some first aid, water purification, shelter, and more. Angeles National Forest, Location 4. From the Angeles Crest Hwy and Foothill (or from the 210 freeway), drive 2 miles up the A.C. Hwy. (above the large houses) – the turnout is on your right. [535, C1]




 




 

Thursday, December 8, 11:30 a.m.

MEDICINAL PLANT WALK: Edible, $20.

We’ll explore a chaparral and riparian area, where we will see a variety of mostly native plants and learn about their many uses. Some are food, some medicine, and some are very utilitarian, with uses ranging from soap to fibre. We will focus on medicinals and how to use them. Meet at the intersection of Ventura and Windsor in Altadena. From the Windsor exit of the 210 freeway, drive north on Windsor until Ventura, where you will have to carefully park in the parking area on the west side of the street, overlooking the Arroyo Seco.



 




 

Saturday, December 10th, 10 a.m.

FIRE WORK-SHOP. $25.

Fire is a fundamental skill that everyone should master. You’ll learn the 4 principles by which fire is made, and you will practice many of them. You will get to try your hand at making fire with the bow drill, hand drill, plow, pump drill, batteries, flint and steel, reflectors, and more. There will also be a short walk where you can collect some fire components, and we’ll collect a wild salad. Pasadena, Hahamongna Watershed Park, Location 2.






 




 

Saturday, December 10th, 10 a.m.– 4 p.m.

Introduction to Primitive Blacksmithing

Taught by EarthSkyPeople, to sign up and for more info go to:Taught by EarthSkyPeople, to sign up and for more info go to:earthskypeople.org Learn the fundamentals of blacksmithing using the simple and effective methods of our ancient ancestors. In this class, students will work on a small project and practice operating a charcoal pit forge while shaping hot metal into items of both aesthetic form and practical function. Children 13 and under may share a project with a paying adult at a reduced price.



 

Sunday, December 11th, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Primitive Bladesmithing: Introduction to Forged Blades

Taught by EarthSkyPeople, to sign up and for more info go to:earthskypeople.org What makes a good steel knife? In this class, learn the basics of forging and heat treating a simple, high carbon steel wood working knife. Discover and implement the essentials of making a practical cutting tool with a keen and durable edge. Children 13 and under may share a project with a paying adult at a reduced price.



 






 

Thursday, December 15, 11:30 a.m.

MINI-WEAVING WORKSHOP & Wild Food Walk, $20.

In this two hour outdoor class, you’ll learn how to work with yucca, make a net, and make a sling from one piece of cord. Our focus will be the net! Then we’ll take a short wild food walk and identify some useful plant. Location 2.



 



 

Saturday, December 17, 10 a.m.

KNIFE & SURVIVAL KIT DISCUSSION. Free

Join us as we dissect the knives we carry, and the stuff we carry in our packs, to ascertain its value in survival situation. What are the skills we should all know? Bring your own pack and we can discuss the contents with our show-and-tell. Bring items you’d like to sell also because we’ll have a “sales table” where you can buy books, knives, and other useful gear. Location 2, Hahamongna Watershed Park.





 

Thursday, December 22, 11:30 a.m.

CRAFTS: How to make a Leather Bag, and a Quiver, $25

When the malls and freeways are jammed, you might really enjoy coming to the mountains and working on these traditional crafts. You will learn to make an African “man’s bag,” which is made from one piece of leather. You will also learn how a quiver is made from the yucca plants. Switzer’s Camp, Angeles National Forest. From Foothill Bl. in La Canada, travel north about 11 miles on the Angeles Crest Hwy. to Switzer’s camp entrance. Meet in the parking lot. [pg. 505, H2]. Location 3.


 

 

Friday, December 23, noon

WILD PLANT WALK. $20

We’ll learn about the many greens that are produced in the winter, and we’ll collect some for salad and soup. We’ll walk into the Upper Arroyo, meeting at the west end of Altadena Drive. Location 1.



 

Saturday, December 24, 10 a.m.

WILD FOOD OUTING, $20.

This will be a short walk for those who want to get into nature and learn about plants and their uses. We’ll meet at Hahamongna Watershed Park, Location 2, and explore the edges of the park, with the riparian, chaparral, and exotic vegetation.



 

Tuesday, December 27, 11:30 am.

ACORN PROCESSING Workshop, $20

Learn how to process acorns from the beginning. You’ll get to try some acorn products when we’re done. Also, we’ll have a short lesson on natural paints and pigments, and we’ll have copies of Paul Campbell’s book available. Hahamongna Watershed Park, Location 2.



 

Thursday, December 29, 11:30 a.m.

WATER SKILLS and Wild Food Walk, $20.

In this afternoon class, we’ll address all the ways to find and purify water, including distillation and various devices on the market. This is an essential bit of knowledge for emergency planning, especially here in Los Angeles County where all our water comes from afar. We will also set up a transpiration bag, and will explore for local wild edibles. Location 2, Hahamongna Watershed Park.




 

Saturday, December 31, 10 a.m.

SURVIVAL SKILLS SUMMARY, $25

Yes, this is New Year’s Eve, and for those of you who are not focused on parties, consider joining us! We’ll do some walking, and will learn about shelters, weaving, primitive fire-making, survival kits, water purification, etc. We’ll do some cooking and have good discussion. Join us at Location 2, Hahamongna Watershed Park.

     


 

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Thursday, January 5, 11:30 a.m.

PLANT WALK: Edible, Medicinal, and other uses. $20.

We’ll explore a chaparral and riparian area, where we will see a variety of mostly native plants and learn about their many uses. Some are food, some medicine, and some are very utilitarian, with uses ranging from soap to fibre. Meet at the intersection of Ventura and Windsor in Altadena. From the Windsor exit of the 210 freeway, drive north on Windsor until Ventura, where you will have to carefully park in the parking area on the west side of the street, overlooking the Arroyo Seco.




 

Saturday, January 7, 10 a.m.

FIRE WORKSHOP & PLANT ID WALK, $20

You’ll learn about the 4 Principles by which fire is made, and you’ll learn by hands-on. We’ll practice with magnifying glasses, chemicals, magnesium, batteries, flint and steel, bow-drill, hand drill, and more. On our walk, you will learn about the plants used in fire-making, as well as food and medicine. Hahamongna Watershed Park, Location 2.




 

Thursday, January 12, 11:30 a.m.

PREPAREDNESS SEMINAR $25.

Are you ready for the possibility of the next earthquake, the next blackout, the next stock market crash? Or are you simply a pragmatist who wants to be ready for anything? We’ll cover the basics of food production and storage, water storage, alternatives to electricity, things to store, toilet alternatives, and more. Do you need a “bug out bag,” and if so, what should you put in it? Then we’ll go on a wild food walk and collect salad. Hahamongna Watershed Park. Location 2.




 

Friday, January 13, 7 p.m.

5 WEEK SURVIVAL SKILLS CLASS AT PASADENA CITY COLLEGE, begins tonight, for 5 Friday nights, 7 to 9 p.m. Cost is around $60.

Call 626) 585-7608. Class topics include: Wild plants for food and medicine, food and food storage, water purification, water storage, making fire without matches, clothing, shelter, weaving, tools and weapons, and more. Taught by Christopher Nyerges. For registration and cost, call the college at (626) 585-7608.




 

Saturday, January 14, 10 a.m.

GOURD WORKSHOP. $30.

Here’s another ancient skill that you’ll enjoy learning. Each person will work on turning an ornamental gourd into a bowl for eating, or perhaps a canteen. We’ll bring tools, but if you have a good knife, hacksaw, fine files, bring them! If time, we’ll also collect wild foods and have a great salad in the bowls we just made. Location 2, Hahamongna Watershed Park; entrance at Foothill and Oak Grove Dr. in Pasadena. Meet at southern end of the upper area. [pg. 535, E5]. RSVP for this one so we bring enough gourds!




 

Thursday, January 19, 11:30 a.m.

MINI-WEAPONRY WORKSHOP, $20.

Focus on the quail trap. In this afternoon class, you’ll learn about how to make simple snares, deadfalls, triggers, the quail trap, all of which are silent useful weapon-system for emergency food procurement. Then we’ll go on a short walk to look at suitable woods for traps, and collect a wild food salad. Hahamongna Watershed Park. Location 2.




 

Saturday, January 21, 10 a.m.

WEAPONRY WORKSHOP, $34.

We’ll focus on how to make simple weapons, both primitive and modern, all of which are silent, and have been used for millennia in most cases. You’ll learn about snares, deadfalls and trigger mechanisms, nets, slings, atlatls and more. Bring your knife also, since you’ll learn by making some of these. Pasadena’s Hahamongna Watershed Park, Location 2.




 

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Locations

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Location 1
Upper Arroyo. West end of Altadena Drive, Alt. 3 blocks west of Lincoln [pg. 535, F4].

Location 2
Hahamongna Watershed Park; entrance at Foothill and Oak Grove Dr., Pasadena. Meet at south end of the upper area (across from La Canada High School), near the outdoor bathrooms. One way to get here is to travel on the 210 Freeway westbound, and exit on Foothill in La Canada. Turn right (east) and take Foothill about a half-mile to its end, which is the entrance of the park.  Enter and drive south until you see the outdoor bathrooms (do not make the left hand turn which goes downhill). [pg. 535, E5].

Location 3
Switzer’s Camp, Angeles National Forest. From the 210 freeway in La Canada, drive up the Angeles Crest Highway 10 miles to Switzers. You will see the large sign on the Highway. Drive down the road and park in the parking lot. Meet near the bridge. NOTE: You will need a Forest Adventure Pass for this location. [pg. 505, H2]

Location 4
Angeles National Forest. From the Angeles Crest Highway and Foothill (or from the 210 freeway), drive 2 miles up the Angeles Crest Highway (above the large new houses) until you see the turnout on your right. You really need to look at your odometer for this one. [535, C1] .

Location 5
Millard Canyon, Altadena. Drive up to Loma Alta by going north on either Fair Oaks (from the east) or Lincoln Ave. (on the west). From Loma Alta in Altadena, go north on Chaney Trail all the way to the campground. [pg. 535, H2]

Location 6
Arroyo Seco, north of the Rose Bowl, Pasadena. Meet at the SW corner of Washington and West. Be sure to look at your map here, for more people seem to get lost finding this location than any other. The Rose Bowl is easy to find – and West is the north-south street on the west side of the Rose Bowl. You can simply drive north on West to the top of the T intersection, and park to your left in the dirt parking. Washington is the east-west street that dissects the golf course; so if you come from the east side of the golf course and the Rose Bowl, drive west on Washington until it ends in the T intersection, and then just drive forward into the dirt parking area. [pg. 565, E1].

Location 7
Cobb Estate, Extreme north end of Lake Ave., Altadena. Exit on Lake Avenue from the 210 freeway and head for the hills. [pg. 536, A3]

Location 8
Casting Ponds, Arroyo Seco.  Entrance to "Lower Arroyo Park" is from Arroyo Blvd, just west of Norwood Drive. Where the 210 meets the 134 freeway in Pasadena, go south on the short extension to the 110.  [If westbound on the 210, you take the 110 south; if eastbound on the 134, stay in the right lane and go south on the unfinished 210 south spur.] Go south on this short extension which ends at California Blvd. Turn right (west) on California, and travel to where it ends, at Arroyo Blvd. Turn right (north) on Arroyo Blvd. and look for the sign on your left for the Lower Arroyo Park. Drive down the road and park. [pg 565, F5].

Location 9
Orcas Park. NE of Hansen Dam, in Lake View Terrace. From the 210, exit Osborne and go east on Foothill to Orcas Ave., then go south into the park. We’ll meet in the southern-most parking area. [pg. 503, A2]

 

Reservations

There are several preferred ways to reserve a spot on an outing

Send us a note specifying for what date, and how many people, along with a check, to School of Self-reliance, Box 41834, Eagle Rock, CA 90041. If you mail it "late," just call us and let us know it is in the mail.

Call or email us and let us take a credit card for payment for the outing. Call the office at 626-791-3217. Or email to christopher_nyerges@yahoo.com. If no one is there when you call, just leave your name and number and message and we’ll get back to you.

You can also make a payment via paypal to Christopher_nyerges@yahoo.com. On the paypal comment section, be sure to note what date and class you are paying for, along with how many you're paying for, if more than one. We will get an email letting us know you’ve paid.


 

We will not turn you away if you didn’t do any of the above. We can accept cash or check (or even credit card) at the outing, and give you a receipt, if desired.  

ALSO, we are in constant need of Volunteers at our non-profit facility in Highland Park, doing things like raking, pruning, basic clean-up and gardening.  If you want to do some volunteer work at that site in exchange for coming to outings, just talk to Christopher and arrange it.


DON’T FORGET: You can give a Gift Certificate to a friend or family member to attend a class. Just ask.