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EARTH SKILLS CLASS BULLETIN AUGUST 2010


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NEW CLASSES ADDED THIS FALL!


We’ve added a Nature Awareness weekend September 11-12, consisting of two one-day classes – Nature Awareness Saturday and Intuitive Skills Sunday; both are at a spectacular mountaintop location at 8200 feet. You may take either or both classes. Nature Awareness features mental and physical camouflage, expanded awareness techniques, the “grandfather walk,” stalking and “becoming the animal.” Intuitive Skills includes many practical techniques to understand, validate and trust your intuition. Both classes draw on techniques passed on from Tom Brown, Jr.


We are also working on scheduling a fall Arrowmaking Workshop with Gary Baugh, date to be announced. If you’ve done bowmaking with Gary here is your chance to learn a huge amount about materials and methods as you complete several arrows. If you’re interested in learning bowmaking at a later time, well sooner or later you’ll have to learn arrowmaking so hook up with this opportunity now. Look for further announcements or check the New & Upcoming page at www.earthskills.com.


UPCOMING CLASSES


September 11, Nature Awareness, $70, is open. Frazier Park, no prerequisite.

September 12, Intuitive Skills, $50, is open. Frazier Park, no prerequisite.

September 18, Basic Tracking, $68, is open. Malibu Creek SP, no prerequisite.

September 19, Plant Uses, $68, is open. Malibu Creek SP, no prerequisite.

September 24-25, Earth Philosophy 3, $210, open. Frazier Park, EP2 required.

October 2-3, Culture & Crafts of Native Alaska, $210, open. Wrightwood, no prerequisite.


With craft projects, food, songs and stories we experience the culture of Native Alaska – the Dena’ina or Athabascan people of the interior and the Eskimo and Yup'ik of the north coast. The former were people of the raven whose staple foods included salmon, moose, wild berries, Yukon potatoes and low-bush cranberries. We will make traditional Athabascan carry-all bags and Eskimo yo-yos, experience the Eskimo owl dance and sample native foods, and there will be demonstration of other native Alaskan crafts and traditions. Our instructor, Jacques Condor, grew up in the culture of the Dena’ina, who were his in-laws. Newcomers are welcome to join this rich weekend!


October 25-26, Tracking at Wind Wolves, $210, open. Wind Wolves Preserve, Basic Tracking required.


We will explore this 97,000 acre preserve looking for Tule elk herds in the post-rut season. As we follow them to higher elevations, we’ll also look for tracks of bear, mountain lion and gray fox. Some of your fellow students will be staff of the Wildlands Conservancy, which owns this fantastic preserve in the southern San Joaquin Valley.


November 6-7, Basic Tracking in Joshua Tree, $110, open. Through the Desert Institute; call 760-367-5535 to enroll.

November 20, Basic Tracking, $68, open. Malibu Creek SP, no prerequisite.


TBA, Arrowmaking with Gary Baugh, $195, open. Ventura, no prerequisite.


Gary Baugh offers a two-day arrow-making class designed for those interested in archery or primitive skills. He will convey a thorough understanding of the principles, materials and techniques of arrow-making, from survival arrows to longer range target and hunting arrows, and each student will make several arrows.


 




 


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