SCHEDULE

 

 WORKSHOPS - CLASSES - WILD FOOD GASTRONOMY

PRIVATE CLASSES and GIFTS CARDS Available

 

If you're interested in a class/workshop, take a look at the price, use the Paypal button (accept regular credit/debit cards) and send me an email (pascal@urbanoutdoorskills.com) to let me know which class you paid for.

If you can not use paypal or don't use credit/debit cards contact me by email.

 

Donations

I like to keep my classes small (around 10 to 15) so make sure you register in advance.

 

 

 

 

Saturday October 14

Harvesting, Making Prickly Pear Wine and Healthy Drinks Workshop

 

Due to the rain last year, we have an incredible amount of prickly pears. Harvesting them is a risky prickly business, that's what you hear people say, but if you know what you're doing you can use your hands and avoid being stung my the needles in the process. It's actually quite easy.

 

If it's your first time harvesting cactus pears, you're welcome to just watch how to do it - I'll also have already harvested and cleaned prickly pears with me.

 

During the first part of the workshop, we'll go on a prickly pears expedition and find some yummy ripe ones. We'll probably spend 30-45 minutes there. What's important is that you learn the technique on how to pick them up.

 

Then we'll drive to my usual location on a private property and we'll go through the process of extracting the juice and making wine.  You'll even learn how to use the wild yeast present on the prickly pears.

 

As usual, we'll have to tasting!  Boozy prickly pear wine, prickly pear juice with foraged seeds and a small wild food snack.

 

We meet in front of the local 711 at the following address:

11348 Sunburst St, Sylmar, CA, US

34°16'39.9"N 118°22'42.1"W

We'll drive from that location to the stream.

Time: From 10 AM to around 1:00 PM

Donation: $40 (pay on top)

 

If you are late and missed the initial meetup location, you can join us later (around 11AM) in front of Reptacular - 8828 Gold Creek Rd, Sylmar, CA 91342. Just park in front and wait for us - don't go in the private property without me being present.

 

 

Sunday October 15

Forest Walk

 

Let's explore a local forest and learn about our beautiful flora and eco-system.  The walk is mostly about plants identification and their uses (medicinal, culinary, etc...), we won't be picking up native plants in that location though I'll bring some from my native plants garden if you are interested.

 

It's a very gentle walk with lots of stops to talk about the plants and trees.

 

After the walk, we’ll enjoy some nice wild cold drinks or maybe a snack.

 

Long pants is a good idea - We have poison oak in the area.  Make sure to bring some water and sun protection too.

 

Hansen Dam Equestrian Center

11127 Orcas Avenue, Lake View Terrace, CA, 91342, us

We meet at the South end of the park, pass the children's playground.

34°16'10.4"N  118°22'00.0"W

Time: From 10AM to 1PM

Donation: $20.00 (Pay on top)

 

 

Sunday October 22

Natural Fermented Sodas Making and Plants Walk

(Limited to 15 attendants)

 

How to make your own probiotics fermented sodas at home with aromatic plants, berries and fruits (commercial or wild)

 

Have you ever taken a look at the ingredients on regular sodas you buy at the store?  You're basically drinking corn syrup, artificial flavorings, colorants and preservatives, not very healthy stuff.

 

But it doesn't have to be that way, during this workshop you will learn how to make your own gourmet sodas using all natural sugar sources and fresh ingredients. It is so simple, you'll wonder why you ever bought commercial sodas in the first place and you have so many options!  You can make sodas with aromatic herbs from your garden (or store bought and organic), regular or wild berries, local plants (garden or wild).

 

If you know about  the medicinal properties of plants, you can even create drinks that will enhance your health!

 

In this workshop, we will use a blend of organic and wild herbs, plants and berries. During the first part of the workshop we will go on a leisure walk in nature and explore local plants that could be used to make some delicious concoctions, we'll also pick some plants from my native plants garden to make soda with.

 

The walk is around an hour or so with lots of stops to talk about the plants we see. As we go along, we'll discuss their culinary, medicinal or other useful uses.

 

After the walk we'll sit down and enjoy some pre-made sodas using the same plants we collected today with a wild food snack then we'll get to work and make some sodas together.

 

You'll learn:

 

How to use yeast to make soda and we'll even discuss how to extract wild yeast from local berries and fruits.

 

How to make raw or boiled sodas for better flavors or health benefits

 

How to ferment them without the need to purchase any equipment

 

and much more!

 

Long pants and hiking shoes are preferred. We have poison oak in the area.  Make sure to bring some water and sun protection too.

 

We meet in front of a place called Reptacular

8828 Gold Creek Rd, Sylmar, CA 91342

Look for a red Jeep Wrangler

34°19'09.9"N 118°19'49.1"W

Time: From 10 AM to around 1:00 PM

Donation: $40 (pay on top)

 

 

Saturday October 28

Plants Walk - Water Stream

 

Sunday August 27 – Plants Walk - Water Stream

 

Let's explore the local hills and follow a natural water stream to see what plants we can find.

 

During this walk, we'll talk about the plants, shrubs and other interesting lifeforms we'll encounter. We'll discuss any useful uses including potential edible or medicinal uses

 

The walk is mostly about plant identification, we won't be picking up native plants in that location though I'll bring some from my native plants garden if you are interested. Non-native or invasive plants are fair game.

 

After the walk, we’ll enjoy some nice wild cold drinks or maybe a snack featuring some of the plants/berries or fruits we have seen. I'll probably serve some cactus pears soda or juice and other yummy things.

 

Long pants is a good idea - We have many prickly things in that type of environment. Again, make sure to bring some water and sun protection too.

 

We meet in front of the local 711 at the following address:

11348 Sunburst St, Sylmar, CA, US

34°16'39.9"N 118°22'42.1"W

We'll drive from that location to the stream.

Time: From 10 AM to around 1:00 PM

Donation: $20 (pay on top)

 

 

Sunday October 29

Plants, Mushrooms, Trees and Fairies!

Halloween Special - The Witches and Wizards Gathering

 

 

Let's celebrate the spirits of nature and the harvest as Winter approaches. The origin of Halloween can be found in old pagan celebrations such as the Gaelic and Celtic Samhain but this time of the year has also been celebrated by many cultures in various parts of the world. For us, nature lovers, it's a way to celebrate the bounty she has offered us during the year and give thanks to the plants and animal spirits.

 

So come join us to honor the gifts and spirituality of our natural world, discover the many medicinal/culinary uses of the local flora, the long forgotten stories and lores of plants, trees, mushrooms and animals.

 

We start the day at 10:30 AM.

 

During the first part of the day, Pascal Baudar - wild food and culinary wizard, will take you on a plant/mushrooms walk and explain some of the medicinal and culinary uses of local plants but, for this special day, Pascal will also share some of his knowledge of old world folklore, beliefs and spiritual practices associated with them. The walk is a bit more than an hour with lots of stops to talk about the plants.

 

After the walk, Pascal will take you into an a culinary adventure of the underworld of food with delicious scary small dishes featuring mushrooms, insects and possibly frogs and snails. For the slightly less adventurous, we'll have some fermented delicacies and sauces so hot that we suspect Satan himself made them in hell's kitchen.

 

Of course, thanks to the Mugwort goddess, we'll have some vivid dreams inducing wild forest beer tasting which, per Pascal, will guarantee a two-way trip to Valhalla that very same night (just a friendly visit to the banquet).

 

Using his sacred cauldron, Pascal will also demonstrate how to create his favorite witches' brew using forest ingredients such as medicinal mushrooms, barks, leaves and devilishly aromatic herbs.

 

 

During the event, local surrealist shamanic artist Mauricio G Fermentos Germinados will display his wildcrafted art and medicine. Mauricio brings a truly unique shamanic dimension and vision in his interaction with nature. Through his talented mind and hands, nature is transformed into a treasure trove. Rocks, feathers, branches, roots, fibers, mushrooms and herbs become works of art and sacred objects on their own.

 

Stop by his table and enter Mauricio's world.  You'll be able to admire his work: Full Moon consecrated Wands, magic roots-feather talismans, fairies crucifixes, ginger and wild roots bug fermenting starters kits, healing seeds balls, medicine mushrooms tinctures. and possibly Sacred Fermented Brews.

 

 

 

 

At around 1PM, join herbalist and local vegan culinary witch Jess Starwood for an hour long walk to explore the magical and medicinal virtues of the local plants as you wander through the forest. Following the excursion, you will brew your own herbal aphrodisiac elixir to take home.

 

At the end of class, we will enjoy some of Jess's decadent desserts featuring some unusual ingredients such as a wild wolfberry pie and mushroom and herb infused raw chocolates.

 

So grab your hat and your broomstick, fly safe and pay us a visit!

 

Bring water, sun protection - long sleeve and pants are advised (we have some yummy poison oak in the area)

 

 

We meet in front of a place called Reptacular

8828 Gold Creek Rd, Sylmar, CA 91342

Look for a red Jeep Wrangler

34°19'09.9"N 118°19'49.1"W

Time: From 10 AM to around 3:30 PM

Donation: $60 (pay on top) - Price includes access to all day events and food tasting