Wilderness Herbal First Aid with Sam Coffman

May 12 – 14, 2017:  3-Day Wilderness Herbal First Aid Certification in Prospect Park, BK, with instructor Sam Coffman of The Human Path. Hosted by Victoria Albina & Sabina Ibarrola.


Why Wilderness Herbal First Aid?
In traditional First Aid, your job is to stabilize someone in a crisis until help gets there. Wilderness First Aid training is all about doing what you have to, when help may *not* be on the way. Herbal first aid information is integrated into the curriculum every day in order to create a holistic model of remote or post-disaster care.

The Wilderness First Aid 3-day certification course is a great place to start for anyone who wants to be much more medically self-sufficient…whether that’s being able to take care of your own family in a home emergency, backpacking, hiking or camping trips, living in a more rural area, being stranded in a remote location, or even to a natural disaster situation.
Who is it for? 

This 24-hour course taught over 3 days (8 hours per day) is perfect for parents, herbalists, western medical providers, nurses, street medics, campers, hikers, nature enthusiasts and anybody who would like the skills to care for themselves and their communities in a setting where help is not likely on the way. This rigorous weekend intensive is appropriate for all levels 🙂

What will we do? 
Through a hands-on, interactive curriculum, you’ll gain the skills of of both a conventional 16-Hour Wilderness First Aid program (WFA) plus more than 8 hours of herbal first aid training. Attendees will be able to achieve certification in wilderness first aid through the national Emergency Care and Safety Institute (ECSI), which is created, endorsed and underwritten by the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) and American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP). We will work mostly in Prospect Park, and/or a nearby classroom space in case of inclement weather.
Why Sam Coffman?

Sam Coffman is a renowned herbalist and former Green Beret Medic. Over the past 25 years, Sam has taught survival for military and civilian students, focused on post-disaster and remote-medicine using primarily (if not exclusively) plant medicine. He has worked as a clinical herbalist, specializing in bio-regional plant medicine for infection, injury and illness most commonly encountered in a post-disaster, remote or underserved environment when there is no higher definitive medical care.

Sam has taught wilderness first aid certification, remote and post-disaster herbal medicine, urban and primitive survival skills and self-defense for over two decades. He is co-founder of the non-profit organization – Herbal Medics – that travels to remote areas in Nicaragua as well as medically underserved urban areas in the USA, providing herbal medicine clinics, off-grid and salvage-based engineering solutions (water purification, sustainable power, sustainable agriculture, etc.).

Sam is rarely in the Northeast, so we are so thrilled and honored to host him here and have the opportunity to learn with him!
Where do I sign up?
Right here! $275 includes 3 days of instruction, 2 textbooks, and cost of certification through the Emergency Care and Safety Institute. This kind of intensive can typically run thousands of dollars, so we’re very glad to be able to offer this opportunity to our communities at a reduced rate.
Registration & Details:
May 12-14, 2017
Location: Prospect Park, BK (exact location TBA)
Tuition: $275
– Balance of tuition is due 24 hours prior to the start of the course
– Tuition includes two books, and all certification materials.
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
Please pack a bag lunch and bring whatever foods/beverages you may need to keep you happy! Portions of the course will be outdoors; please dress accordingly.
Cancellation Policy:
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
-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.