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SCHOOL OF SELF-RELIANCE

2015 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

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.

   

 

  

 

     

 

 

 

 

2015

 2015 MARKS THE 41st YEAR OF CLASSES!!!  (Gosh! Is that possible?!)

 

        


     


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

SURVIVAL PREPAREDNESS (emphasizing water),and short Wild Food Walk, $20.

Join us and learn about how to find, store, and purify water, and some tips for getting more from less. Learn some emergency tactics that you might need to use one day. We’ll also discuss some of the other basic preparedness issues, answer your questions, and go on a short plant walk. Hahamongna Watershed Park.      


Saturday, June 13, 10 a.m.

DESERT SURVIVAL SKILLS, $34.

We'll focus on desert survival skills, such as dealing with the heat, plant ID, fire-making, finding water with transpiration bag and solar still, shelter, and more. In Location 9, 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].      


Wednesday, June 17, 11:30 a.m.

ORIENTEERING & NAVIGATION CLASS, $20.

Learn how to use a map and compass individually and together. We’ll cover the basics of orienteering, natural orientation, and do a few exercises. You’ll also learn how to create a map based on amount of time, and direction, traveled. Hahamongna Watershed Park. Location 2. Bring a compass if you have one.      


Saturday, June 20, 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 every 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].      


Thursday, June 25, 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, June 27, 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. Modern, old-fashioned, and primitive will be practiced. 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, July 2, 11:30 a.m.

MINI-TRAPPING & WEAPONRY WORKSHOP. $20.

Learn how to use deadfalls and their triggers by carving them yourself. Bring a knife. We’ll also construct a quail trap, and a few other devices. Hahamongna Watershed Park, Location 2.      


Saturday, July 4, 10 a.m.

WEAPONRY: TRAPPING and other weaponry considerations in modern society. Plus a WILD FOOD WALK, $25.

On this Independence Day, we’ll discuss the role of weapons in modern society. Then you’ll learn some of time-proven methods for taking animals passively, such as deadfalls, snares, box traps, etc. You’ll learn by making the triggers and setting them up. We’ll also show and discuss 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.      


Wednesday, July 8, 11:30 a.m.

WILD PLANT WALK, focus on Medicinal Plants. $20.

We will walk through a chaparral environment, and into a riparian zone, examining the mostly native plants. 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, July 11, 10 a.m.

ARROW-MAKING CLASS. $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, if time. Hahamongna Watershed Park, Location 2      


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

MINI-WEAVING AND FIRE WORKSHOP, $20.

Join us and learn how to make twine from natural fibre, and how to make nets. You’ll also get to practice making fire from the hand drill and bow-drill. Hahamongna Watershed Park, Location 2.      


Saturday, July 18, 10 a.m.

SOLAR COOKER WORKSHOP & Wild Food Walk. $20.

Learn how to make a low-cost solar oven from things you have around the home. We’ll also share some solar devices that are worth considering. Then we’ll go on a short walk, and learn how to harvest wood for arrow shafts and/or hand drills, as well as learning about wild foods. Hahamongna Watershed Park, Location 2.      


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

SHELTER WORKSHOP (& wild food), $20.

We’ll make a shelter in the forested area in this park, and learn about various emergency shelters that you can carry in your pack. We will also explore for some wild foods that we’ll sample in a salad. Hahamongna Watershed Park, Location 2      




Friday, July 24, 7:00 p.m.

5 WEEK SURVIVAL SKILLS CLASS AT PASADENA CITY COLLEGE. Urban focus.

Class topics include: Wild plants for food and medicine, food and food storage, water purification, water storage, making fire without matches, toilet alternatives, electricity alternatives, shelter, weaving, tools and weapons, and more. For registration and cost, call (626) 585-7608.


Saturday, July 25, 11:30 a.m.

SHELTER WORKSHOP (& wild food), $20.

We’ll make a shelter in the forested area in this park, and learn about various emergency shelters that you can carry in your pack. We will also explore for some wild foods that we’ll sample in a salad. Hahamongna Watershed Park, Location 2      

     


Thursday, July 30, 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, August 1, 10 a.m.

BOW-MAKING CLASS, $40.

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.


     


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

WILD PLANT WALK, focus on yucca uses. $20.

We will walk through a chaparral environment, and into a riparian zone, examining the mostly native plants. You’ll learn about the many native plants we encounter, and we’ll spend some time on the uses of yucca for food and 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, August 8, 10 a.m.

PLANT ID WALK, $20.

Learn to identify and use some common chaparral and riparian plants in a unique “urban wilderness” location. Plus, bring your salad bowl because we’ll try to make a wild salad. Location 6. Arroyo Seco, north of the Rose Bowl, Pasadena. Meet at the SW corner of Washington and West. [pg. 565, E1]      


Thursday, August 13, 11:30 a.m.

Reading and Discussion from Christopher’s “Til Death Do Us Part?” and Wild Food walk. $20.

We’ll meet and share a bit from Christopher’s book about dealing with death, an issue everyone faces one day. Practical guidelines for dealing with the death of a family member, or pet, will be shared, as well as some of the challenges with the legal system. . Hahamongna Watershed Park, Location 2.      


Saturday, August 15, 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, etc. 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, August 20, 11:30 a.m.

PLANT WALK, with focus on making a Fire Kit. $20.

We’ll explore a river bottom area, overgrown mostly with natives and learn about the uses of these plants. You’ll also learn how to select woods for making a bow and drill (used for making a friction fire). . Hahamongna Watershed Park, Location 2.      


Saturday, August 22, 9:30 a.m.

WEAVING WORKSHOP, $25.

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 be at Switzer’s Camp in the Angeles National Forest. Location 3. You will need a Forest Adventure Pass from the Forest Service.      


Thursday, August 27, 11:30 a.m.

PLANT ID WALK, $20.

Learn to identify and use some common chaparral and riparian plants in a unique “urban wilderness” location. Plus, bring your salad bowl because we’ll try to make a wild salad. Location 6. Arroyo Seco, north of the Rose Bowl, Pasadena. Meet at the SW corner of Washington and West. [pg. 565, E1]      


Saturday, August 29, 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, September 3, 11:30 a.m.

SHORT WILD FOOD WALK, $20.

We’ll go on a short wild food walk to identify and collect a few edibles in season. We’ll then share how to make a fire with the friction methods, and cook some tea, soup, and have a salad. A great mid-day activity. Hahamongna Watershed Park, Location 2.      


Saturday, September 5, 10 a.m.

PRINCIPLES OF GOING GREEN/ WILD PLANT WALK and Book Signing. FREE event.

Christopher will show many methods of self-reliant living, mostly that he has written about in his “Self-Sufficient Home” book. This will be followed by a wild plant walk at the Santa Monica Mountains Interagency Visitor Center. You will be able to get signed copies of Christopher’s books, including “Self-Sufficient Home,” “Foraging California,” “Nuts and Berries of California,” and others. The event is free, but reservations are required. Call 805) 370-2302, or email samo@wnpa.org.      


Thursday, September 10, 11:30 a.m.

MINI-TRAPPING WORKSHOP. $20.

Learn how to use deadfalls and their triggers by carving them yourself. Bring a knife. We’ll also construct a quail trap. Hahamongna Watershed Park, Location 2.

     


Friday, September 11, 7 p.m.

5 week SURVIVAL SKILLS CLASS at PASADENA CITY COLLEGE, begins Friday, Sept. 11, 7 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, September 12, 10 a.m.

WALK IN TOWSLEY CANYON, $20.

Going north on the 5 freeway to Santa Clarita, exit on Calgrove, go under the freeway so you are on the west side of the 5. This is Thomas Guide page 4640, E3 and E4. Drive south on The Old Road and you’ll see the sign for Townsley Canyon. We’ll meet right at the entrance and then we’ll drive in a short distance to the dirt parking lot on the right. We’ll then walk into the canyon and explore the plants, geology, and history of this old Tataviam site.      


Thursday, September 17, 11:30 a.m.

MEDICINE PLANT WALK, $20.

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’ll explore the chaparral and riparian area, with an emphasis on the medicinal plants.      


Saturday, September 19, 10 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.      

     


Thursday, September 24, 11:30 a.m.

ORIENTEERING CLASS, $20.

Learn how to use a map and compass. We’ll cover the basics of orienteering, natural orientation, and do a few exercises. Hahamongna Watershed Park. Location 2. Bring a compass.      


Saturday, September 26, 10 a.m.

BASIC LOCKSMITHING, $25

Learn about some basic principles of locksmithing with guest 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.      


Saturday, October 3, 10 a.m.

TBA

     

Saturday, October 10, 10 a.m.

OCEAN FIELD TRIP, $20.

We’ll hike along the beach to examine the plants that grow on the beach, and seaweeds. We’ll see lots of seabirds. We’ll then walk up Malibu Creek a short distance and explore some fruit trees gone wild. We’ll meet in the parking area of the Malibu Lagoon State Beach. The entrance is on the ocean side of Pacific Coast Highway, just east of Cross Creek Road in Malibu. Thomas Guide page 629, B7. You can either pay to park in the State Beach parking lot, or park in the shopping center at Cross Creek and PCH.      


Saturday, October 17, 10 a.m.

ORIENTEERING CLASS. $25.

Learn how to use a map and compass. We’ll cover the basics of orienteering, which includes how to read and use a map, how to use a compass, and other “natural” ways to plot directions. We’ll go on a short plant walk, and learn about some wild edible and medicinal plants. Hahamongna Watershed Park. Location 2. Bring a compass      


Friday, October 23, 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, October 24, 10 a.m.

ACORN PROCESSING WORKSHOP, $25.

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.      


Saturday, October 31, 10 a.m. (“Hallowe’en”)

WILD FOOD OUTING, $20

Ah, what a day to stroll in this mountain canyon and learn about the foods used by our ancestors! We’ll look at some rocks, and various plants, and maybe mushrooms if the weather is correct. Switzers Camp, Location 3.      


Thursday, November 5, 11:30 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, etc. 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, November 7, 10 a.m.

BOW-MAKING CLASS, $34.

We’ll cover some of the basics of primitive weaponry, and will then show how to make both a quickbow and a regular 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.      


Saturday, November 21, 10 a.m.

WILD FOOD COOKING WORKSHOP, $34.

We’ll go for a short collecting walk, and then cook a wild food meal that is mostly wild. We’ll have a cactus omelette, soup, salad, acorn pancakes, and perhaps more. Perhaps this will get you into the mood to research what “the first Thanksgiving” was all about… Hahamongna Watershed Park, Location 2.      


Saturday, December 26, 11 a.m.

Wild Food Outing, $20.

OK, many of you will want to get out and get some fresh air now that the rush on the freeways and malls is over (isn’t it?). Join us as we explore around and identify wild foods, wild medicines, and other botanical wonders. 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.