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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.


 
 

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Saturday, April 1, 10 a.m.

WILD FOOD OUTING, $22.

Come and see many of the native and non-native plants that are so prolific in this historical canyon north of JPL. We’ll walk along the trail and learn about how the indigenous people survived from the flora of the area. You’ll learn about plants that were used for food, medicine, archery bows, fire-tools, weaving, and more. An eye-opening walk. Meet at the west end of Altadena Drive in Altadena, Location 1.




 

 

Saturday, April 8, 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, April 15, 10 a.m.

WILD FOOD WALK, $20

We’ll explore the flora of this wild area on a perimeter walk that will allow you to see the vast floral abundance of the watershed. You’ll learn about the edible plants, common medicinal plants, uses of yucca, and you’ll get a unique view of the wash. We’ll also show some fire skills, and make a wild salad. Hahamongna Watershed Park, Location 2.






 

Saturday, April 22, 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 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].


Saturday, April 29, 9 a.m.

SURVIVAL SKILLS INTENSIVE, $51.

Here in the Angeles Forest at Switzers Camp, we’ll experience a mix of riparian, chaparral, and higher-elevation plants. We’ll learn about slings, snares, wild plants for food and medicine, make-shift shelters, weaving, uses of the yucca, primitive fire, etc. We’ll also do some cooking with wild foods. Switzers Camp, Location 3. You must obtain a Forest Adventure Pass.






 

Sat, April 29, 9am – 4pm

PLANT MEDICINE: Wildcrafting Herbal Medicine

Taught by EarthSkyPeople.org, to sign up and for more info go to: www.EarthSkyPeople.org/intro-herbal-medicine In this class we will explore the relationships that ancient, indigenous people cultivated with plants and herbal medicines, through the physical senses, generational wisdom, experimentation, and shamanic practices..




Saturday, May 6, 10 a.m.

BASIC NAVIGATION Workshop, $25

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, May 13, 10 a.m.

PLANT WALK & YUCCA WORKSHOP, $20

We’ll do a walk learning about the edible, medicinal, and utility uses of plants. Also, you’ll learn the many values of the yucca plant, including fibre, net-making, quivers, sandals, brushes, even food! You’ll get some hands-on with the yucca. Location 2.






Saturday, May 20, 10 a.m.

SHELTER WORKSHOP (& Wild Food), $20.

Shelter is essential when you need to spend the night outdoors. We’ll begin with a pop up tent, and continue with a tube tent. Then we’ll make a primitive shelter in the forested area in this park, which you might do if you were lost with nothing. We will also explore for some wild foods that we’ll sample in a salad. Hahamongna Watershed Park, Location 2




 

Sunday, May 21, 2017, 9am – 12pm

PLANT MEDICINE: Herbal Poultices, Plasters & Powders

Taught by EarthSkyPeople.org, to sign up and for more info go to: www.EarthSkyPeople.org/poultices-powders The external application of herbal formulations as poultices, powders, and plasters to protect, detoxify, and promote healing has been a staple medicinal practice of shamans and medicine men and women since time immemorial. Here we will learn how to make and apply our own formulations.




 





Saturday, May 27, 9 a.m.

SURVIVAL SKILLS INTENSIVE, $41.

Learn about water purification, making fire without matches, wild plant identification, shelter-building, bird traps, and more. 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, June 3, 10 a.m.

WEAPONRY WORKSHOP, $34.

We’ll focus on how to make simple weapons, both primitive and modern, both active and passive, including snares and snare variations, various deadfalls and trigger mechanisms, nets, slings, atlatls and more. You will learn by doing. (No animals will be trapped.) Bring your knife. Hahamongna Watershed Park, Location 2



 

 








 

Sunday, June 4, 2017, 9am – 4pm

PLANT MEDICINE: Wildcrafting Water Based Herbal Medicine: Decoctions

Taught by EarthSkyPeople.org, to sign up and for more info go to: www.EarthSkyPeople.org/herbal-medicine-infusions In this class we will learn about the medicinal Tap into the power of Ancestral medicinal wisdom by incorporating Shamanic principles in Spirit and Plant communication, in the wild, with time tested Herbal preparations.



 

Saturday, June 10, 10 a.m.

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

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.




 






Sunday, June 11, 12:30 p.m.

KNOTS, ROPES, AND KNIVES, $20

There is a knot for every purpose, but do you know them? Learn which knots are good for each circumstance, and what rope you should carry in your pack. We’ll also review some of the various types of knives available. Co-taught by Keith Farrar. Bring your knife if you have knife questions. Location 2, Hahamongna Watershed Park.




 

Saturday, June 17, 10 a.m.

WILDERNESS SURVIVAL SEMINAR, $65

We will cover basic to intermediate Wilderness Survival in this class taught by Keith Farrar and Christopher Nyerges. This is a full day with quite a bit of hands-on training. Some of the topics discussed: Priorities in a Wilderness Survival Situation / The importance of the correct mindset / First Aid / Emergency Shelters / Useful knots / Water collection & purification / Signaling for Rescue / Getting "Found" / Several methods of fire making / the difference between the "10 essentials" and a survival kit.....and more. You will understand exactly how to build a "Wilderness Survival Kit" that is complete and organized. Your kit will be built on concepts as opposed to lists, this method assures you will have everything you need based on your level of experience, knowledge and your familiarity & comfort with the products. Please bring a comfortable camp chair along with lunch, water and anything you normally carry on a short day hike. Please dress appropriately for the weather. Additionally, Christopher will conduct a "Wild Food" plant walk so you can learn some of the edible plants in our area of Southern Calif. Hahamongna Watershed Park, Location 2.




 

Saturday, June 17, 2017, 10am – 4pm

Leather Sheath Making

Taught by EarthSkyPeople.org, to sign up and for more info go to: www.EarthSkyPeople.org/sheath-making Learn the art of leathercrafting and custom fit your small to medium size knife with a hand made leather sheath.






 

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.





Friday, July 7, 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 8, 10 a.m.

SURVIVAL SKILLS INTENSIVE, $51.

Increase your survival skills. In this approx. 5 hour class, you'll 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 extreme west end of Altadena Drive, Altadena, 3 blocks west of Lincoln.




Saturday, July 15, 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 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.




 

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.





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 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.











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. Learn how to increase your survival skills. In this approx. 5 hour class, you'll 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 extreme west end of Altadena Drive, Altadena, 3 blocks west of Lincoln.






 

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, 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.