Eventbrite - San Antonio Wilderness Herbal First Responder Certification


The Wilderness Herbal First Responder is over 80 hours of Wilderness First Aid combined with remote and post-disaster herbalism. The WHFR also includes a 32-hour WFA certification card through the Emergency Care and Safety Institute (ECSI).

This is the merging of the worlds of remote or post-disaster medicine (“ditch medicine”) with the world of herbalism and includes most of the herbal information and all (plus some) of the hands-on experience of the Herbal Medic Basic course. PLUS, this course includes all of the wilderness first responder curriculum that allows the student to be a competent first aid provider right from the get-go in the case of illness, injury or even chronic health issue.


This course is geared toward a number of different types of students:
• The outdoor enthusiast, camp counselor, outdoor recreational employee who wants in-depth training on injury and illness management in the field.

• The camper, hiker or rock-climber who wants more much more intensive learning, geared toward outdoor environments, than a standard first aid course.

• The prepper (disaster preparedness) who wants to be self-sufficient medically and not even necessarily reliant on orthodox pharmaceuticals.

• The herbalist who wants higher intensity training across the board from wilderness first aid to herbal medicine in a remote environment.

• The emergency medicine professional who wants to expand his/her horizons into indefinite medical care that includes botanical medicines (field herbalism).

Course Dates: April 19-28th, 2018
Location: San Antonio, Texas

Lodging: Camping is provided free on campus to anyone registered in the course.

Tuition:  $1002/student, and includes 3 textbooks and certification cards.

Early bird pricing: $844 until 2/28/18.

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The full course includes all of the following skills:

  • Extrication, movement and evacuation techniques in the field
  • Primary and secondary assessment from head to toe
  • Bandaging and splinting techniques from head to toe
  • Taping and stabilizing musculoskeletal injuries for movement and weight bearing in the field
  • Environmental injures (venomous bites & stings, heat, cold and altitude injuries, lightning, drowning & immersion)
  • Burns
  • Land navigation skills
  • Building first aid kits for a variety of scenarios
  • Medicine making, herbal first aid and herbal first aid kits for a field environment
  • Medicinal plant ID walks and field herbalism lectures
  • Field and urban (post-disaster) hygiene and sanitation
  • Sports medicine injury testing and care (short and long term): Dislocations, partial and complete connective tissue tears, fractures, scar tissue
  • Immediate and long-term wound care in the field, including assessing and managing trauma from head to toe and wound & infection management
  • Acute infectious diseases: Viral, bacterial, protozoal, helminthic & fungal.  Gastrointestinal, respiratory, urinary tract, skin.
  • Stabilizing, packaging and transporting injured, including long-range evacuation and survival basics and considerations: improvised stretchers, carries, water rescue
  • Using rope, webbing, knots and lashings
  • Chronic illnesses in the field, including diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular-related illness, arthritis, digestive issues, depression, emotional issues, COPD
  • Medical emergencies
  • Shock and pain management
  • Client history and vital signs, long term management
  • Introduction to basic survival skills
  • Trauma scenarios
  • Post-disaster or remote clinic (trauma, dispatch, command and control center) and apothecary setup
  • Clinical experience: Setting up and working in a remote or post-disaster herbal clinic with actual clients
  • Setting up and running a first aid clinic (remote events, protests, etc.)
  • Three books
  • Two certification cards:
    • 80-hour WFR card (for those completing and passing the full course)
    • ECSI Advanced 40-hour WFA card (for those completing the full course)
  • WHFR certificate (92 hour)