• Winter Family Camp – Santa Cruz

  • Date: December 27, 2021 - January 2, 2021
  • Location: Santa Cruz, CA

  • After all of the challenges of the past two years, it’s so important to welcome in 2022 as a year of connection, joy, harmony and optimism. Please join us for a sweet gathering in an amazingly beautiful location. Wander in awe among huge ancient redwood trees and gather a wide variety of colorful mushrooms that we’ll identify back at camp. Explore tide pools full of life and eat seaweed. Dig soaproot bulbs and learn how to make glue and a brush from it. 

    And most importantly, rediscover yourself and your friends around the campfire, laughing and telling stories, speaking from our hearts and welcoming in a beautiful new year. 

     

    What your family can expect:

    • 6 Days, 7 Nights camping among the redwoods
    • intimate group of only 20 students and their families
    • 5 days learning ancient skills
    • Campfire stories each night
    • Friendships made for a lifetime

    Some of what your child may learn:

    ~ Mushroom Hunting
    ~ Beach Hike
    ~ Tidepool Exploration
    ~ Daily Sit Spot
    ~ Conscious Harvesting
    ~ Natural Systems
    ~ Knife Safety
    ~ Friction Fire
    ~ Cordage
    ~ Bird Language
    ~ Tracking
    ~ Traps/Snares
    ~ Shelters
    ~ Fox Walking
    ~ Coal Burned Spoons
    ~ Cooperative Games

    *Meals not included
    *Children must be accompanied by an adult. All children 5 and up must be registered. Parents and younger siblings may attend class at no extra charge.
    *Cancellation/Refund Policy -Cancellations made 14 days or more in advance of the event date, will receive a 100% refund. All other cancellations are non-refundable.

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  • Bird Language and Beyond

  • Date: October 23, 2021
  • Time: 7am - 11am
  • Location: Topanga Canyon

  • Birds are an extension of your awareness. They are the news service that talks about everything interesting going on in Nature’s Neighborhood, including the movements of predators. We’ll enjoy the conversations of both the local birds and the fall migrants while sitting quietly as the day begins.

    I know it’s an early start, but I PROMISE it’s worth it! Being with nature in the early morning is a magical time. 

    Afterward, we’ll explore the other relationships and messages of this interconnected ecosystem, plus ways for you to rediscover your natural role within it. We’ll go on a walk and enjoy whatever Nature shares while exploring natural movement, ethnobotany, tracking, and the practices of awareness and gratitude.

    This is a really special experience and I’m expecting a very interesting, rich and wonderful morning.

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  • The Art of Storytelling

  • Date: November 18, 2021
  • Time: 7pm - 9pm
  • Location: Greenstone Farm & Sanctuary (Mt. Washington)

  • Success, however you define it, depends on the stories you believe. Stories are the way we understand our world. For parents and educators, it’s essential to know how to tell the right story or metaphor at the right time. Getting everything right is pure magic, transforming limitations into possibility and inspiring confidence and competence. Fortunately, the basics are easy to learn! 

    This class is for every adult who wants to have a more positive impact on the people around them. Even if you don’t think of yourself as a storyteller. 

    Societal change is accelerating and it will take a lot of flexibility, open-mindedness, honesty, humility, cooperation, kindness, and courage to navigate into a beautiful future. The right stories can lead us there.

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  • Stone Age Tools & the Origins of Humanity

  • Date: November 20, 2021
  • Time: 9am - 5pm
  • Location: Greenstone Farm & Sanctuary (Mt. Washington)

  • The oldest stone tools date back 3.3 million years! Replicating these tools and using them opens a door to understanding the beginning of the journey to today. Who we are is inextricably tied to our relationship with stones. 

    In this class, we’ll talk with the Stone People about slicing, stabbing, grinding, and smashing! We’ll explore types of rocks and methods of manufacture spanning from brute force to refined art. 

    This is a class that is both art and science. There is a technical accuracy that is precise and yet there is also an intuitive “feel” that can be graceful. All of your most ancient ancestors shaped stone into tools and their knowledge and wisdom lives in you, sleeping… until you awaken it. 

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  • Rawhide Containers

  • Date: January 22, 2022
  • Time: 9am - 5pm
  • Location: Greenstone Farm & Sanctuary (Mt. Washington)

  • Make a beautiful rawhide container and decorate it with natural earth pigments! This ancient art form is functional, beautiful, and super unique!

    We will draw our patterns onto deer or elk hides that I bring back from Montana, cut them out, and lace them together with rawhide strips. We will create designs and choose earthen colors from soil that I have gathered on my travels and refined into beautiful paint. Finally, we’ll apply the colors with fiber brushes we’ll make. 

    You can make a box for nature treasures or a pouch to protect your journal or a wallet or… whatever container you imagine. Rawhide can be formed in incredibly diverse ways to make items that are not just rectangular but can also be round or heart-shaped or star-shaped or something else!

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  • Art of Fire – Making & Tending Humanity’s Mischievous Friend

  • Date: February 19, 2022
  • Time: 10am - 4pm
  • Location: Pasadena

  • Our relationship with fire is complex and enduring, beginning over a million years ago. Making and tending Stone Age fire is full of challenges including wet conditions, wind, cold, heat, darkness, injury, and ego. There is an art to doing it efficiently and gracefully.

    Can you make a friction fire kit without a knife? In the dark? In the snow? Can you carry it for hours to your next campsite? Can you sleep on it? Safely bring it inside your shelter?

    We’ll learn all of this and more as we explore the Art of Fire.

    This class takes place in a lovely spot beside a stream. We will hike in about 40 minutes to our site along an easy, level trail.

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  • Reading the Land – Tracking & Pattern Recognition

  • Date: March 19, 2022
  • Time: 10am - 3pm
  • Location: Topanga Canyon

  • The landscape tells stories of a myriad of interconnected relationships. These stories are visible in tracks, but also in scratches on bark, chewed branches, the spaces between trees, companion species, bird calls, wind patterns and so much more. 

    Join us as we track deer, coyotes and even mice, explore a variety of signs of animal activity, plus look at the patterns in the landscape that affect wildlife behavior. We’ll also consider how these factors affect our human options for travel, hunting, foraging, and shelter. 

    No compass work, despite the picture. This is a really fabulous experience of exploring the foundations of being human… deeply interconnected with nature. 

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  • Willow Basketry Intensive- Backpacks

  • Date: April 21 - 24, 2022
  • Location: Central Orange County

  • Do you want to make a pack basket for your next hike? Large baskets aren’t more difficult to weave than smaller ones, they simply require larger materials. 

    This class provides ample time for sharing stories and conversations that matter while we engage in the meditation of making beautiful baskets. We’ll camp together, prepare food together, weave together and laugh together. We’ll be using beautiful narrowleaf willows that Chris gathered in Montana.

    Join us for 3 days and 3 nights of camping in southern Orange County, CA for connection, creativity, and skill-building. 

  • Register for Willow Basketry Intensive- Backpacks


  • Fur Tanning – Mink Bags

  • Date: May 21, 2022
  • Time: 9am - 5pm
  • Location: Greenstone Farm & Sanctuary (Mt. Washington)

  • Learn the ancient art of natural tanning and make a bag with a mink pelt. Chris has made several of these to carry a small pipe or sacred objects. 

    In this class, you’ll learn to skin and process a raw hide into a beautifully soft, tanned fur. This process has been used for thousands of years to create warm, durable and beautiful clothes, bags, blankets and other items. The same process is used to make buckskin leather from deer and other large animals. 

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  • SOLD OUT – Apprentice of the Wild Monthly Series – East Side

  • Date: 3rd Thursday of every month excluding December. October 2020 - May 2021
  • Time: 10am - 2pm
  • Location: Varying locations throughout the East Side of Los Angeles

  • This program offers children the opportunity to have fun learning the skills of our ancestors from someone who’s lived the Old Ways. It’s a beautiful way to bring balance to their technology-driven lives, understand the difference between their needs and wants, and gain the self-confidence that comes from meeting those needs directly.

    This is a mentoring program. We will make fires by rubbing sticks together, learn edible and medicinal plants, move silently, feel the natural rhythm of the land, and discover ancient wisdom as we “seek what they sought.” All classes are taught with love, compassion, non-violent communication (NVC) methods, and the inherent principles of living a life in Harmony with the Earth.

    Parents are welcome but not required to attend. 

    Some of the skills we may learn during our time together:

    Exploring
    Nature immersion games
    Sensory awareness, expanded vision
    Silent walking and stalking
    Tracking and reading animal sign
    Camouflage
    Safe use of knives and knife sharpening
    Edible and medicinal plants
    Fire making with flint and steel, bowdrill and handdrill
    Preparing char cloth
    Preparing tinder
    Types of fires for warmth, signalling, cooking and the making of tools
    Using fire to shape and bend wood; straightening handdrill shafts and coal burning
    Shelter design and concepts for insulation and weatherproofing
    Shelter location based on topography
    Water purification using primitive methods
    Making rope/string from plants for fishing line, nets, snares, etc.
    Digging sticks and rabbit sticks
    Primitive hygiene (making soap, toothbrush and comb)
    Paiute deadfall trap, quail trap and springpole snare
    Safety outdoors (poisonous plants, insects, reptiles, bear and mtn. lion)
    Useful knots
    Outdoors cooking methods and wild teas
    Accessing intuition
    Navigation
    Traditional and modern stories
    Wilderness ethics

    Dates

    October 21st

    November 18th

    January 20th

    February 17th

    March 17th

    April 21st

    May 19th

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