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Wilderness Herbal First Aid Certification Course – San Francisco


3-day Wilderness Herbal First Aid Certification Course in Petaluma (SFO Area)

16-Hour Wilderness Herbal First Aid Certification in Petaluma, CA hosted by Sam Coffman, and Gathering Thyme School of Western Herbalism, with an additional 8-hours of herbal first aid training.

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.

The 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
-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
-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.

Registration & Details: Advance registration required.

March 23-25, 2018

Please note class times and hours. We know these are long days but this is an extraordinary chance to get this great in-depth level of training.

Day 1: 8:30 AM – 5 PM
Day 2: 8:30 AM – 5 PM
Day 3: 8:30 AM – 5 PM

Tuition: $350

Early Bird special tuition rates are a total of $275, this includes the $100 non-refundable, non-transferable deposit. The Early Bird Special rate of $275 must be paid in full at the time of registration to receive to receive that discounted rate. Only 3 Early Bird spots available.

-$100 non-refundable, non-transferable deposit to secure your spot due no later than March 8th, 2018.

-Balance of tuition is due 24 hours prior to the start of the course

Tuition includes two books, and certification materials.

Please pack a bag lunch and bring whatever foods/beverages you may need to keep you happy!

Portions of the course will be outdoors.

Location: Located 40 miles north of San Francisco in the quaint, riverside city of Petaluma, known for its small-town charm.

Location information will be sent out to registered students.

Camping: On-site tent camping will be available for registered students. This is a private residence on 50 acres of rolling hills and gardens. If interested in camping, please ask for additional details and cost.

Advance registration required.


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