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SCHOOL OF SELF-RELIANCE

2014 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 OCTOBER

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.

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

2014

 2014 MARKS THE 40th YEAR OF CLASSES!!!  (Gosh! Is that possible?!)

 

  

Monday, Sept. 1, 11 a.m.

LABOR DAY, legal holiday.

Join WTI in its commemoration of this special day. Go to www.wtinc.info for details, or call Prudence at 323 620-4720.

  

Thursday, Sept. 4, 11:30 a.m.

WILD FOOD AND USEFUL PLANT WALK, $20.

This is a unique chaparral environment alongside the golf course, where the trail leads us to a riparian environment. We’ll also see introduced plants. In this location, we should also see a few plants that are used for fibre and weaving. Location 6, Pasadena. Meet at the SW corner of Washington and West. See Thomas Guide pg. 565, E1.

  

Saturday, September 6, 10 a.m.

WILD FOOD OUTING. $20. .

We’ll walk into the Upper Arroyo and learn about wild foods and wild herbs, both native and introduced. We’ll see riparian plants, chaparral, and introduced exotics. We’ll do some taste-testing of edibles along the way. Will also discuss some parts of Christopher’s book, “Foraging California,” and the latest edition of “How to Survive Anywhere.” Location 1. Meet at the extreme west end of Altadena Drive, Altadena, 3 blocks west of Lincoln.

  

Thursday, Sept. 11, 11:30 a.m.

SURVIVAL KIT SHOW&TELL, and Wild Food Walk, $20.

On this memorable day, join us to discuss what to carry in a “survival kit.” Share what you carry in your survival kit, and show your knives. This will be a good time to discuss various scenarios, get a copy of Christopher’s “How To Survive Anywhere” book (newly revised 2nd edition), and go on a short wild food walk. Pasadena’s Hahamongna Watershed Park, Location 2.

Friday, September 12, 7 p.m.

Five-week SURVIVAL SKILLS class, Pasadena City College.

Call (626) 585-7608 for information and registration. Class topics include uses of wild plants for food and medicine, ways to make Fire (without matches), water (finding, storing, purifying), shelter in emergencies, tools and weapons, etc. The urban applications will be discussed where appropriate, and the class will be repeated beginning Oct. 24 with an Urban focus. Taught by Christopher Nyerges.

  

Saturday, September 13, 10 a.m.

PREPAREDNESS SEMINAR & Wild Food Walk. $20.

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? You’ll learn about how to produce and store food, store water, alternatives to electricity, things to store, toilet alternatives, and more. A very “real” discussion about what you need to know, with lots of room for questions. Then we’ll go on a wild food walk and collect salad. Hahamongna Watershed Park. Location 2.

  

Thursday, Sept. 18, 11:30 a.m.

MINI-FIRE WORKSHOP, and short Wild Food Outing, $20.

Join us for this lunch-time workshop where we learn how to make fire with 4 very basic techniques (magnesium, flint and steel, bow-drill, hand drill). You’ll also learn the 4 basic principles by which fire is made, as per Christopher’s newly-revised “How to Survive Anywhere” book. We’ll also go on a short plant walk. Location 2, Hahamongna Watershed Park, upper area.

  

Saturday, September 20, 10 a.m.

Christopher will be conducting a home emergency preparedness seminar based upon his “Extreme Simplicity” book at the Santa Monica Mountains Interagency Visitor Center. It is free, but reservations are required. Call 805) 370-2302, or email samo@wnpa.org.

  

Thursday, Sept. 25, 11:30 a.m.

WILD FOOD OUTING, $20.

Come and 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. We’ll make a salad. 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 before or after our outing. We’ll meet in the parking area for the archery range.

  

Saturday, Sept. 27, 10 a.m.

BOW-MAKING CLASS, $34.

Learn the basics of how to make a regular self-bow (one piece of wood), from start to (hopefully) finish. Bring a small axe and a knife, and files and clamps if you have any. You’ll learn how to select wood, how to tiller, and how to carefully do the reduction bit by bit. We may collect wild food and make a salad. Hahamongna Watershed Park, Location 2.

  

Saturday, Oct. 4, 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, Oct. 9, 11:30 a.m.

MINI-WEAVING Workshop, & Mulefat collecting. $20.

We’ll learn how to weave twine and make a brush from yucca, see how a sandal is made, and make a net. Then, we’ll walk into the wash and you can learn how to select mulefat for hand drills or arrow shafts. It’s dry but we might find some wild foods! Location 2, Hahamongna Watershed Park.

  

Saturday, Oct. 11, 9:30 a.m.

USEFUL SKILLS WORKSHOP, INCLUDING WEAVING, FIRE, etc. $20.

Learn how to work with natural plant fibres and create twine and rope, brushes, baskets, and nets. A unique class where you collect the materials and learn by doing. We’ll also work at making fire with the hand-drill and bow-drill, and related skills. We’ll be at Switzer’s Camp in the Angeles National Forest. Location 3. You will need a Forest Adventure Pass from the Forest Service.

  

Thursday, Oct. 16, 11:30 a.m.

SOLAR COOKER WORKSHOP & Harvesting Arrow shafts. $20.

Learn how to make a low-cost solar oven from things you have around the home. It’s easy to make and it actually works! We’ll also learn how to harvest wood for arrow shafts and/or hand drills, and finally we’ll discuss a few of the good survival books currently available. Hahamongna Watershed Park, Location 2.

  

Saturday, Oct. 18, 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.

  

Wednesday, Oct. 22, 11:30

Lunchtime ACORN PROCESSING WORKSHOP, $20.

Learn the entire procedure for taking raw acorns and turning them into something delicious. You’ll shell them, grind them, and leach them, and we’ll do two different methods of leaching. Then we’ll cook some biscuits, and serve a wild food salad. So. Calif. Indians subsisted on these valuable acorns, and we shouldn’t let them rot anymore! Hahamongna Watershed Park, Location 2.

  

Friday, October 24, 7 p.m.

Five-week SURVIVAL SKILLS class with URBAN focus. Pasadena City College.

Call (626) 585-7608 for information and registration. Class topics include uses of wild plants for food and medicine, Storing food and water, purifying and finding water, What to do when the power goes out, shelter in the backyard, tools and weapons, etc. Other urban application will be discussed where appropriate. Taught by Christopher Nyerges.

  

Saturday, Oct. 25, 10 a.m.

FIRE WORKSHOP. $25.

Fire is a fundamental skill that everyone should master. We’ll practice the bow drill, hand drill, plow, pump drill, batteries, flint and steel, reflectors, and others. 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.

  

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

WILD FOOD AND USEFUL PLANT WALK, $20..

This is a unique chaparral environment alongside the golf course, where the trail leads us to a riparian environment. We’ll see introduced plants, chaparral plants, and riparian plants. In this location, we should also see a few plants that are used for fibre and weaving. Location 6, Pasadena. Meet at the SW corner of Washington and West. See Thomas Guide pg. 565, E1.

  

Saturday, Nov. 1, 10 a.m.

WILD FOOD OUTING, $20.

Learn about the wild foods, medicinal herbs, and other useful plants that occur at higher elevations. We may also see some archaeological features. We’ll demonstrate one or two primitive fire-starting skills. We’ll be at Switzer’s Camp in the Angeles National Forest. Location 3. You will need a Forest Adventure Pass from the Forest Service.

  

Saturday, Nov. 22, 10 a.m.

WILD FOOD COOKING WORKSHOP, $34.

We’ll first go on an exploratory walk to collect some of the in-season wild plants, and we’ll supplement that with previously collect wild foods. We’ll then go to the camp site and make a salad, a cactus dish, some soup, bread, etc. You’ll learn how to enhance your Thanksgiving meal with traditional wild foods. 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, Nov. 29, 10 a.m.

SURVIVAL SKILLS INTENSIVE, $51.

We’ll learn about all of the important skills in this five-hour walkabout. We’ll see medicinal and edible wild plants, practice fire skills, tracking skills, rock tools, snares and deadfalls, weaving with natural materials, and more. Meet at Location 4 on the Angeles Crest Highway. From the 210 freeway, exit the Angeles Crest Highway and drive two miles into the forest (look at your odometer) until you see the turnout on your right.

  

Saturday, Dec. 13, 10 a.m.

WEAPONRY: TRAPPING CLASS AND WILD FOOD WALK, $34.

You’ll learn some of time-proven methods for taking animals passively (deadfalls, snares, box traps, etc.), as well as some of the very simple silent primitive weapons. We’ll do some practice, and then we’ll explore the area in search of whatever wild foods and mushrooms that might be growing. 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.