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Fall Harvesting & Survival Workshop with Christopher Nyerges

November 7, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm


Christopher demonstrating primitive firemaking at a previous Ojai workshop. Photo: Lanny Kaufer

Please note: This event is full but please register for the waiting list as there may be cancellations.

UPDATE (11/4/20): We are considering scheduling another workshop on Saturday, November 14, but only if there is enough interest. If you are interested in attending on that day, please email register@herbwalks.com ASAP.



Join me and renowned author/forager/survivalist Christopher Nyerges on Saturday, November 7, in Ojai for an outdoor Fall Harvesting and Survival Workshop.

Participants will:

  • learn to identify edible and medicinal plants
  • practice making cordage from yucca leaves, and
  • process acorns and black walnuts for eating.

Conditions permitting, Christopher will demonstrate starting a campfire using only natural plant materials. There may be other activities, depending on seasonal foods and supplies available.

The workshop will begin with a morning herb walk among the native plants on the fringes of Euterpe Farms, bordering the Ventura River Preserve. The afternoon workshop will take place under an oak tree. Everyone will have a chance to participate.

The following COVID-19 safeguards will be in place unless conditions and state requirements change by then:

  • Attendance will be limited to 20 participants.
  • Those with flu-like symptoms will be asked to remain at home.
  • Temperatures will be checked upon arrival.
  • Everyone will be required to wear a mask or face covering and observe 6 feet of physical distancing.

Christopher Nyerges is an author, forager, survivalist and ethnobotanist with a lifelong interest in how native peoples lived off the land. He has been teaching classes and leading field trips since 1974 to over 40,000 students. Nyerges has authored nearly two dozen books, including Foraging California, Guide to Wild Foods,  Nuts and Berries of California, How to Survive Anywhere, Extreme Simplicity, and many others.  He most recently was the editor of American Survival Guide magazine, and served as editor of Wilderness Way magazine for 7 years. He has written several thousand newspaper and magazine articles in such publications as the Los Angeles Times, Pasadena Star News, Pasadena Weekly, Whole Life Times, Countryside, Mother Earth News, Acres USA, American  Survival Guide, and others.

Nyerges has appeared on the late Huell Howser’s public television series, KCET’s “Life and Times,” and National Geographic’s “Doomsday Preppers.” For two years, he appeared on Fox TV’s “X Show,” where he demonstrated survival skills on the streets of Los Angeles. He currently serves as a consultant to the “Naked and Afraid” show on Discovery.  Christopher Nyerges’ web site is at www.SchoolofSelf-Reliance.com.

Please note: This workshop will go on RAIN OR SHINE with the exception of a heavy downpour in the morning and/or a 100% chance of heavy rain that day. No dogs or smoking, please.

Paid registrants will receive a confirmation email with all necessary info, including weather forecast and parking directions, a few days prior to the workshop.  They also will receive a follow-up email afterwards with a list of all plants identified and recipes. No dogs or smoking, please.

The cost for the workshop, including all materials, is $85 for adults and $45 for children under 18, one child per adult.

Please note: This event is full at this time. Please register anyway for the waiting list as there usually are cancellations. I always try to fill them and issue a refund if I’m successful.



November 7, 2020
10:00 am - 3:00 pm


Lanny Kaufer
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Euterpe Farms
587 S. Rice Rd.
Ojai, CA 93023 United States
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2 thoughts on “Fall Harvesting & Survival Workshop with Christopher Nyerges

  1. We must meet the people and nature if we are to thrive. We are ready to learn and implement wise ways into our lives. We keep gardens and will love to open our understanding of the larger natural world. Thank you

    1. Thanks for attending the November 14 workshop, Keith, and for sharing seeds from your garden. You echo what Christopher said, that our ability to work together as as community is one of our most important, if not THE most important, of our survival skills.

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