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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 2015

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?!)

 

        


     

  





 

     


     


        
 

  


 

  


  


     

Saturday, May 21, 10 a.m.

WILD FOOD COOKING WORKSHOP, $25

First, we’ll do a short walk and collect a variety of in-season wild foods. Then we’ll make stew, salad, biscuits, cactus dish, soup, etc., from items we collect, and previously-collected foods. You’ll learn by doing the cooking! Hahamongna Watershed Park, Location 2.      

 

     


 

Thursday, May 26, 11:30 a.m.

NETTING and FIBRE workshop, $20.

We’ll spend our time learning how to make simple nets, as well as other fibre crafts, such as cordage, brushes, sandals. Bring along your patience! We’ll work with natural fibres, and ordinary twine. Hahamongna Watershed Park, Location 2.      

 

     

 

Saturday, May 28, 9 a.m.

SURVIVAL SKILLS INTENSIVE, $51.

We’ll be in the Angeles Forest at Switzers Camp, a mix of riparian, chaparral, and higher-elevation plants. We’ll learn about how to make slings, snares, deadfalls. We’ll identify wild plants, do some weaving, check out shelters, make fire by friction, and more Switzers Camp, Location 3. NOTE: You must purchase a Forest Adventure Pass or you will be ticketed. Purchase at Sport Chalet, Forest Service offices, etc.      



 

MAY 28 - 29

PRIMITIVE BLADESMITHING INTENSIVE, $225

Conducted by Nhan-Esteban Khuong of EarthSkyPeople.org. Forge your own custom field blade, the old way, born of fire, water, earth, and air. This class includes an optional camp-out in a historic farm-like setting on private land. For more details and to register, click here for Registration Info: * Children 13 and under may attend (share a forging project) with a registered adult for $99.      
 

Thursday, June 2, 11:30 a.m.

ORIENTEER-ING CLASS. $20.

Learn how to use a map and compass. We’ll cover the basics of orienteering, and do a few practice exercises with map and compass. Hahamongna Watershed Park. Location 2. Bring a compass, and bring a notebook too!      


     


     

Saturday, June 4, 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.      



     

 

Thursday, June 9, 11:30 a.m.

URBAN PREPAREDNESS & WILD FOOD WALK. $20.

Are you ready for the next earthquake? Are you concerned about the reputed “end of the world” in 2012? 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. Then we’ll go on a wild food walk and collect a salad. Hahamongna Watershed Park. Location 2.      

 

Saturday, June 11, 10:00 a.m.

ACORN WORKSHOP, $25

You’ll process the whole acorn through the whole process, and you’ll try some acorn pancakes when we’re done. This means participants will shell, grind, and leach the acorns, and then make a pancake batter. A great mid-day activity. Hahamongna Watershed Park, Location 2.      

 

CANCELLED.

Thursday, June 16, 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.      







 

Friday, June 17, 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, June 18, 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]. Be SURE to RSVP for this one so we bring enough gourds!      

 



     

Thursday, June 23, 11:30 a.m.

NO CLASS ON THIS DATE
 

Saturday, June 25, 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]      
 

Saturday, July 2, 10 a.m.

WEAPONRY WORKSHOP, $34.

We’ll focus on how to make simple weapons, both primitive and modern, including snares, deadfalls and trigger mechanisms, nets, slings, atlatls and more .Discussion will include methods that fish and birds were taken in the past. Bring your knife. Pasadena’s Hahamongna Watershed Park, Location 2.      
 

Thurday, July 7, 11:30 a.m.

NO CLASS ON THIS DATE

          

 

Saturday, July 9, 10 a.m.

SHELTER, and Wild Food workshop, $20.

We’ll make at least two shelters in the forested area in this park, and learn about various emergency shelters that you can carry in your pack. Plus, learn what to do in your own backyard in the case of an earthquake. We will also explore for some wild foods that we’ll sample in a salad. Hahamongna Watershed Park, Location 2      


  


     

Thursday, July 14, 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. Then we’ll take a short wild food walk and identify some useful plant. Location 2.      


     

     

 

Saturday, July 16, 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.


        

     


 

Friday, July 22, 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, July 23, 10 a.m.

WILD FOOD OUTING, $20.

Join us for a walk in this park as we explore what wild foods are in season. We’ll do some collecting, and will make a wild food salad. 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, July 23, 2 p.m.

Free SURVIVAL SKILLS talk, Diamond Bar public library, by Christopher Nyerges.

Diamond Bar Library, 21800 Copley Dr., Diamond Bar, CA 91765; (909)861-4978; cyu@library.lacounty.gov      

 

Thursday, July 28, 11:30 a.m.

WILD FOOD WALK, $20.

Join us as we explore a chaparral-riparian area, and learn about various plant uses. There are also many introduced plants in this area. This is south of the Rose Bowl in the Arroyo Seco, near the Archery range. We will meet in the parking area near the Casting Ponds, and then walk north from the Archery Range, and under the “Suicide Bridge,” looking at the unique ecosystems of the Arroyo Seco, and hopefully collecting enough wild greens for a salad. Location 8.      

 

Saturday, July 30, 10 a.m.

WILD FOOD COOKING WORKSHOP. $34.

We’ll go for a leisurely walk and collect wild greens, seeds, etc. We’ll then go to the camp site and make a meal, using what we just collected as well as previously collected items. 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, September 10, 10 a.m.

ORIENTEERING CLASS. $20.

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. Hahamongna Watershed Park. Location 2. Bring a compass.      
 

September 24, 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.      
 


        

November 12, 10 a.m.

BOW-MAKING CLASS, $44.

We’ll cover some of the basics of primitive weaponry, and will then show how to make a self-bow (one piece of wood). 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.      
 


     
 

     

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]      
 

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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.