We’re thrilled to have Sam Coffman, founder of The Human Path and Herbal Medics, back in the Boston area for another Wilderness First Responder certification course – this time taught in Royalston, MA at the school property just 90 minutes out of Boston.
Sam will be offering the Wilderness Herbal First Responder course. This includes a W(H)FR certification (WFR plus the extra herbal medicine component) through The Human Path, as well as an additional WFA certification through ECSI.
The program will be based at our school retreat property in Royalston, MA. Camping is available free of charge.
The program will take place Monday, August 15th – Wednesday, August 24th, 2016, from 9 – 5 each day, inclusive of the weekend. Most materials will be provided, though a list of things you might like to have, such as notebook, camera, fixed-blade knife, etc, as well as your camping gear, will be sent out closer to the time. Meals are not provided, though there is an outdoor kitchen available for your use and there will likely be some pre-workshop food coordination among the participants. Please note, our space is strictly gluten and dairy free, please do not bring gluten and dairy items into our kitchen or eating areas.
The WHFR is taught both from the perspective of pure wilderness first aid techniques as well as being able to successfully rely on and work with plant medicine – both in the local ecosystem and using self-prepared herbs from elsewhere around the world. The WHFR covers the following subjects and more – all subjects contain orthodox, wilderness first responder treatment as well as the use of botanical medicine (internally and externally). Exercises and scenarios put every subject to the test for all students.
Unlike other WFR programs, this program will include an online video component to be studied before the program starts to familiarize you with many of the ideas and techniques that will be taught in the program – this will give you a head start! The more times you see a skill and practice it, the easier it will be for you: we recommend that you spend some time with these videos both before the program for familiarity and after the program for skill drill practice. These are provided with no extra charge.
- Field and urban hygiene and sanitation
- Sports medicine injury testing and care, short-term and long-term: Dislocations, partial and complete connective tissue tears, fractures
- Immediate and long-term wound care in the field, including assessing and managing trauma from head to toe and wound and infection management
- Bandaging and splinting using minimal equipment
- Environmental injuries
- Bone and soft-tissue trauma
- Moving and transporting injured, including long-range evacuation and survival basics and considerations: stretchers, travois, carries, water rescue
- Setting up a post-disaster clinic in remote and urban environments
- Acute infectious diseases – viral, bacterial, protozoan and helminthic, including gastrointestinal, urinary tract, respiratory tract, and skin
- Chronic illnesses in the field, including type 1 and 2 diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular-related illness, arthritis, digestive issues (GERD, Uulcers, IBS, etc.), depression and emotional issues, and COPD
- Herbal medicine making and appropriate use
- Scenario activities to practice the skills learned
The cost for the program is $800, plus an $80 fee for the ECSI book, certificate, and filing for WFA certification through ECSI. There is not a separate fee for the W(H)FR registration, as that goes through Sam’s own school. Together, that’s a total of $880. Materials (except your knife and personal items) will be covered in the cost, but meals are not provided.
Also included in the price is a copy of William Forgey’s book Wilderness Medicine, as well as a copy of Sam Coffman’s book The Herbal Medic. Everyone will also take home at least one tincture, at least one salve and at least one syrup that we’ll make in class.
A deposit of $300 is required to hold your space in the program; after March 1, the deposit is non-refundable. Because there will be a waiting list for this program, we will require the remainder be paid in full by July 15; this way we will have time to let folks on the waiting list know if there are any spots that become available.
We will cap this program at 22 participants.