“Just wanted to let you know that two of our staff (who finished the WFA course the previous day) just had to respond to a REAL heat exhaustion situation with their work crew on the trail today.  They did a beautiful job — they were calm, called me with vitals and great information.  It’s pretty amazing to get a call from a totally calm 15-year-old reporting on an incident & to feel totally confident in their ability to treat and support the staff. Thank you so much!”  — Jess Ward, Director of CityWILD

2019 Course Dates

WHFR San Antonio, April 11th – 20th.

WHFR Colorado, August 1st – 10th.

WFA Navajo Nation, September 20 – 22nd.

WFA San Antonio, October 18 – 20th.


First Aid Certification Courses

Herbal Medics Academy offers several different levels of wilderness first aid certification, from 24-hour post-disaster herbal first aid all the way to the 84+ hour Wilderness Herbal First Responder program. Students will learn an emphasis on field herbal medicine that can be realistically used in remote and off-grid situations of illness or injury. Students will get hands-on experience using clinical and role-playing based training in post-disaster scenarios.

24-HR. Wilderness First Aid Certification: 

This is a 24 hour course taught over 3 days (8 hours per day) and includes both a conventional 16-Hour Wilderness First Aid (WFA) Certification through Emergency Care and Safety Institute (ECSI) as well as more than 8 hours of herbal first aid training.

Herbal First Aid information is integrated into the curriculum every day in order to create a holistic model of remote or post-disaster care that emphasizes the essentials of first aid care while also introducing fundamental plant-medicine concepts that apply to austere or post-disaster environments.

This tuition for this course includes two books:

  • “Wilderness First Aid: Emergency Care for Remote Locations” 3rd Edition, Jones & Bartlett Press
  • “The Herbal Medic” Practical use of herbs for home, remote or post-disaster environments, by Sam Coffman

16-Hour WFA certification subjects include:

  • Primary and secondary survey
  • Extrication – Field expedient methods for moving a victim, basic knot/lashing concepts
  • Diagnosing and treating a wide variety of trauma and life-threatening situations
  • Splinting & bandaging plus ankle and knee stabilization for walking
  • High altitude injuries, heat and cold injuries
  • Disease and infection
  • Snake and insect bites & stings
  • Shock
  • Head injuries
  • Water purification & fluid replacement
  • First Responder planning, building first aid kits and more

Herbal First Aid subjects include:

  • Fundamental herbal care concepts – the necessary shift in thinking
  • Wound Care and Infection Management using herbs
  • Injury, shock, pain and herbs
  • Respiratory herbal first response
  • Gastrointestinal herbal first response
  • Urinary herbal first response
  • Planning, preparing and administering herbs

Hands-on training and practice is emphasized very strongly throughout this 3-day intensive.

The certification testing for ECSI is both hands-on (done as teams) and a written test.

Wilderness first aid certification is provided by ECSI, which is created, endorsed and underwritten by the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) and American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP).

A national ECSI certification card is issued which is valid for 2 years.

Prerequisites: none.

The Wilderness Herbal First Responder Course — 90+ Hour Program

The Wilderness Herbal First Responder is 90+ hours of Wilderness First Aid combined with remote and post-disaster plant medicine. The WHFR also includes a 32-hour WFA certification card through the Emergency Care and Safety Institute (ECSI).
What would you do if there WAS no “higher definitive medical care?”
In most severe natural disasters, the hospitals and clinics are the first buildings to be ransacked for medical supplies and pharmaceuticals. In a true primitive environment, you might not have any medications or pharmaceuticals available to you for hours, days, weeks or even months.

The Human Path Wilderness Herbal First Responder course taught by primary instructor Sam Coffman, combines the savvy of Special Forces field medicine (aka “ditch medicine”) together with 25 years of wilderness medicine and herbalism experience in the field, on the street and in a clinical environment.

The WHFR includes a Wilderness First Responder manual as well as The Herbal Medic, first edition book (written by Sam Coffman) and is highly geared toward hands-on learning while combining plant medicine with primitive field first aid situations that are specific to both remote and post-disaster situations where there the care may need to last for an unknown amount of time. Local plant identification, preparation, preservation and usage is a part of this class, along with learning (and working with) a basic material medica of over 80 medicinal plants, clinical assessment procedures, patho-physiology focused toward clinical herbalism and much more.

Pre-Requisites: none

Class Status: Part of the Herbal Medic Emergent Responder training.