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 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:

1)      “Wilderness First Aid: Emergency Care for Remote Locations” 3rd Edition, Jones & Bartlett Press

2)      “Herbal First Aid” An introduction to practical use of herbs for home, remote or post-disaster environments – Pocket Manual, 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. The certification testing 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.

Course Tuition: $250, a $100 non-refundable deposit is required upon registration.

Course Dates:  April 24 – 26th.

*This course can also be taken as part of the urban preparedness immersion program that runs April 24 – May 8th, 2015.  Please visit the Immersion course page.

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