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SCHOOL OF SELF-RELIANCE

2017 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).

 

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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.

   

 

  

 

     

 

 

 

 

2017

 2017 MARKS THE 43rd 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.


 
 

2017



 















 



 

Thursday, June 29, Noon to 2:30

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS & Wild Food Walk. $20.

Are you ready for the next earthquake, the next blackout, the next terrorist assault, the next stock market crash? How would you deal with everyday concerns if there was a major earthquake or flood, things like water, a toilet, staying warm, cooking food? Or are you simply a pragmatist who wants to be ready for anything? We’ll begin by discussing ways to store food, alternatives to electricity, things to store, toilet alternatives, and more. Once the disaster hits, it’s too late! We will also go on a short wild food walk and collect salad. Hahamongna Watershed Park. Location 2.




 



 

Saturday, July 1, 10 a.m.

FIBRE-CRAFT WORKSHOP, $25.

Learn the basics of working with fibre to make a net, a bag, a hammock, a brush, a broom, etc. You’ll practice making natural twine from yucca, and you’ll practice with jute as well. A useful skill with dozens of applications. We’ll also go on a short plant walk afterwards. Location 2.



 



Thursday, July 6, 11:30 a.m.

MINI-FIRE WORKSHOP, $20.

In this lunchtime work-shop, you will learn the basic four principles for making a fire when you have no matches or modern tools. You’ll get to do hands-on with several methods, including bow and drill, and the hand- drill. You will see what woods to use. Hahamongna Watershed Park, Location 2.








Saturday, July 8, 10 a.m.

MEDICINAL AND EDIBLE PLANT WALK, $20

On this leisurely walk into the Upper Arroyo Seco, we’ll learn about the many common native (and non-native) medicinal plants, and how they can be used safely. We’ll learn about the common edibles as well, and we’ll collect some for salad and soup. Poisonous, and utilitarian plants will be discussed also. Meet at the west end of Altadena Drive in Altadena. Location 1.


 

 

 




 

 

Saturday, July 8, 3 p.m.

MEET CHRISTOPHER AND PASCAL BAUDAR talking about wild food and wild food cuisine -- FREE

Christopher and Pascal will share their experiences with wild foods, cooking, survival, etc. with plants to see and taste. Come and enjoy this presentation. Altadena Public Library, 600 E. Mariposa, Altadena, CA; (626) 798-0833.





Friday, July 14, 7 p.m.

5 WEEK SURVIVAL SKILLS CLASS at Pasadena City College.

Five Friday nights from 7 to 9 p.m. 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. For registration and cost, call (626) 585-7608.





 



Saturday, July 15, 10 a.m.

SCIENCE OF THERMO-REGULATION, $25.

With exposure (hypothermia and hyperthermia) being the leading cause of death in wilderness survival situations, the ability to regulate your body core temperature is a vital skill. We will cover mechanisms of heat loss and heat gain, as well as signs and symptoms of each. You will learn several configurations of emergency tarp shelter set-up’s as well as the important knots that go along with setting up your shelter. Several methods of fire making will be covered as well. This is a “hands-on” class. Taught by Keith Farrar. Hahamongna Watershed Park, Location 2.






Thursday, July 20, Noon to 2:30

BASIC NAVIGATION Workshop, $25

Join us at this lunch-time class and learn to tell time and direction from the sun, stars, and natural observations. Learn how to use a map and compass. We’ll go over how to read and use a map, and how to make specialized maps. We’ll review the proper way to use a compass in the outdoors. We will also do a few practice exercises with map and compass. If time, we’ll do a short plant walk! Hahamongna Watershed Park. Location 2. Bring a compass.





     






 

Saturday, July 22, 10 a.m.

BASIC LOCKSMITHING, $25

Learn about some basic principles of locksmithing with instructor Keith Farrar. You'll get to practice opening locks at different levels of difficulty. You never know when you might need this skill, and a professional locksmith cannot be found. Tools will be available for purchase as well. Then, if time, we will have a short plant walk. Hahamongna Watershed Park, Location 2.




 



 

Thursday, July 27, Noon

GOURD WORK-SHOP, $25.

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!




 

Saturday, July 29, 10 a.m.

ACORN PROCESSING Workshop, and wild food walk, $20

Learn how to process acorns from the beginning. You’ll get to try some acorn products when we’re done. We’ll try cooking with the SolSource solar dish cooker, and have a short wild food class. Hahamongna Watershed Park, Location 2.




 

Sunday, July 30, 2017, 9am – 12pm

PLANT MEDICINE: Fundamentals of Herbal Balms & Liniments

Taught by EarthSkyPeople.org, to sign up and for more info go to: www.EarthSkyPeople.org/coppersmithing Rediscover the ancient art of medicine making. We will learn how to make natural, holistic medicines as we explore how fats, oils, and waxes may be combined with the power of our plant friends to modify and augment the qualities of medicinal preparations.





Thursday, August 3, Noon

YUCCA SANDAL WORKSHOP, $20

We’ll first briefly explore a chaparral and riparian area, where we will see a variety of mostly native plants and learn about their many uses. Then you’ll learn how the Mogollan yucca sandal is made, and you’ll make one. You’ll also see how the Chumash-style yucca sandals is made. 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. We will then drive down into the JPL parking area, and hike south along the east side of the wash. Wear a hat, and bring water.






 

Saturday, August 5, 10 a.m.

SURVIVAL SKILLS INTENSIVE, $51

We’ll be in the Angeles Forest in the Upper Arroyo, a mix of riparian, chaparral, and higher-elevation plants. We’ll have a lot of hands-on as we travel up the canyon, seeing edible and medicinal plants, learning how fire was made before the day of matches, learning how to weave fabric from plants, shelter, water purification, slings and snares, etc. We will show how to find suitable wood for archery bows, and much more. Location 1, the Upper Arroyo Seco.






 

Thursday, August 10, Noon

WILD FOOD OUTING, $20.

Learn about the wild plants in our local foothills. Casting Ponds, Lower Arroyo, Location 8. Join us as we explore a chaparral-riparian area, and learn about various plant uses. Most of the annuals have already dried out, so we will see mostly the plants that are hardier, as well as the shrubs and trees. This is south of the Rose Bowl in the Arroyo Seco, near the Archery range. Those of you who wish can bring your bow and practice at the archery range after our outing. We’ll meet in the parking area for the archery range.






 

Saturday, August 12, 10 a.m.

WILD FOOD COOKING & SOLAR WORKSHOP, $34.

Food from the wild is abundant, and we should all be thankful that it can also be turned into delicious and nutritious meals. We’ll learn how to collect sustainably, and then gather some wild foods at this site, and then make a meal from what we collect and previously collected wild foods. We’ll do some of our cooking with a commercial solar oven, so you’ll get to see its efficacy. 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].





Thursday, August 17, Noon

LUNCHTIME FIRE WORKSHOP, $20.

Join us for this lunch-time workshop where we learn how to make fire with four basic techniques -- magnesium, flint and steel, hand drill, and the bow and drill. You will also learn the four basic principles by which fire is made, as per Christopher's How To Survive Anywhere book. There will be a short plant walk, if time. Meet at Location Two, Hahamongna Watershed park, Upper Area.




  Saturday, August 19, 2017, 9am – 12pm

PLANT MEDICINE: Herbal Preparations for Home & Personal Care

Taught by EarthSkyPeople.org, to sign up and for more info go to: www.EarthSkyPeople.org/home-personal-care The conventional modern lifestyle has made the home a significant source of toxicity for the individual and the environment. In this class we will draw from modern and traditional methods to craft personal care products for a healthier, more sustainable, and regenerative lifestyle.





Saturday, August 19, 10 a.m.

DESERT SURVIVAL SKILLS, $25.

Orcas Park, in the Big Tujunga Wash, northeast of Hansen Dam, in Lake View Terrace. From the 210, exit Osborne and go east to Orcas Ave. and enter the park. We’ll meet in the southern-most parking area. [pg. 503, A2]; Location 9. We will work on desert skills such as solar stills, transpiration bags, shelters, plant ID, and possible fire skills during this outing.







Thursday, August 24, Noon

VEST CONSTRUCTION & WILD FOOD WALK, $20

We’ll show you how to lay out the pattern for a simple vest, and cut the fabric. (If you want to make one for yourself, bring either paper to make your own pattern, and/or bring your material for the vest). Then , if time, we’ll do a short exploratory walk. Hahamongna Watershed Park, Location 2.







Saturday, August 26, 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.







Friday, September 1, 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. Urban Focus. Class topics include: Wild plants for food and medicine, food and food storage, water purification, water storage, electricity alternatives, toilet alternatives, solar cookers, clothing, shelter, weaving, tools and weapons, strategies, survival packs, and more. Taught by Christopher Nyerges. For registration and cost, call the college at (626) 585-7608.







Saturday, September 2, 10 a.m.

PREPAREDNESS SEMINAR $25.

Today we’ll address some of the very basic skills you should have, and objects you should purchase, to be ready for the next earthquake, the next blackout, or the next stock market crash. 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? We’re also going to address some basic bushcraft skills, depending on the time, such as making a burn-out bowl, making a tinder bag, etc. We’ll go on a wild food walk and collect salad. Hahamongna Watershed Park. Location 2.







Saturday, September 9, 10 a.m.

SURVIVAL SKILLS INTENSIVE, $51.

Survival skills will never go out of style, whether you live in the woods, in the rural outback, or in the city. In this approx. 5 hour class, learn how to make fire without matches, build an emergency shelter, make soap from plants, weave rope and baskets from natural materials, gather wild foods, and more. Upper Arroyo, Location 1. Meet at the west end of Altadena Drive, Altadena, 3 blocks west of Lincoln.







Sunday, September 10, 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

ANIMAL TRACKING, $25.

Class taught by Rob Remedi. In this class, you will learn track and sign ("sign" is the other evidence besides footprints) of the animals in the area which could include coyote, fox, racoon, opossum, bobcat, mountain lion, skunk, squirrel, mouse, and even many birds. Also covered will be the gaits -- how the animals move -- and the resulting pattern of the gaits. A short "dirt-time" walk to the dam will give you the opportunity to put into practice what you will learn. Hahamongna Watershed Park, Location 2.







Saturday, September 16, 10 a.m. WEAPONRY WORKSHOP, $34.

What better way to celebrate Mexican Independence Day? We’ll focus on how to make simple weapons, both primitive and modern, including snares, deadfalls and trigger mechanisms, nets, slings, atlatls and more. Bring your knife. Pasadena’s Hahamongna Watershed Park, Location 2.






Saturday, September 23, 10 a.m.

SHELTER WORKSHOP: Primitive to Modern, $25

Lean-to, debris hut, A-frame, wickiup – what are all these and is one any better than the other? Learn the most important thing in shelter (like real-estate) is Location, Location, Location. What modern shelters are available to carry in your pack so you have a quick “home” if necessary? Are there any you should avoid? These and other topics will be addressed at this class, which includes a short walkabout, and some wild food collecting. Hahamongna Watershed Park, Location 2.





Saturday, September 30, 10 a.m.

PLANT WALK, $25.

Learn many of the common native and non-native plants for food and medicine. You’ll also learn about the plants used for fire, for weaving rope and brushes, and even for shelter building. 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. Park in the lower lot, near the bridge. [pg. 505, H2]. Location 3.





Saturday, October 7, 10 a.m.

WATER SKILLS, $20

Learn some of the basic methods of water procurement, and purification, methods that will be valuable in the wilderness or city. You’ll learn about modern filters, desert still, backyard still, transpiration bag, primitive filters, and more. Plus, you’ll have a great time exploring nature with some great like-minded people! Hahamongna Watershed Park, Location 2.





Friday, October 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, November 4, 10 a.m.

BOW-MAKING CLASS, $54.

We’ll cover the basics of primitive weaponry, and will then show how to make a self-bow (one piece of wood). This means, stave selection, determining the belly and the back, methods of reduction, how to tiller, etc. Bring knife. We’ll bring supplies for everyone, but you need to RSVP in advance for this one. If time, we will collect wild food and make a salad. Hahamongna Watershed Park, Location 2.






 

Saturday, November 18, 10 a.m.

WILD FOOD COOKING WORKSHOP, $34.

Food from the wild is abundant, and we should all be thankful that it can also be turned into delicious and nutritious meals. We’ll collect some wild foods at this site, and then make a meal from what we collect and previously collected wild foods. You’ll also see some primitive fire-starting. 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].






 

Saturday, November 25, 10 a.m.

SURVIVAL SKILLS SUMMARY, $25

Yes, Thanksgiving is over and perhaps you want to avoid the shopping madness and just get outside and learn some new skills. 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.





 

Friday, December 8, 11am – 3pm

Forge Building & Mini Blacksmithing Class

Taught by EarthSkyPeople.org, to sign up and for more info go to: www.EarthSkyPeople.org/primitive-forge-building We will build primitive pit forges, implementing many of the same methods common to tribal blacksmiths in Iron Age Africa that are still employed today. Using earth, clay, water and ashes we will construct simple forges, complete with bag bellows, then fire them up the traditional way using flint and steel. Students will then have the opportunity to forge a small project to take home.





 

Saturday, December 9, 2017, 10am – 4pm

Bladesmithing I: Introduction to Forged Blades

Taught by EarthSkyPeople.org, to sign up and for more info go to: www.EarthSkyPeople.org/bladesmithing-intro 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.





 

Sunday, December 10, 2017, 10am – 4pm

Bladesmithing I: Introduction to Forged Blades

Taught by EarthSkyPeople.org, to sign up and for more info go to: www.EarthSkyPeople.org/bladesmithing-intro 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.



 

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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.