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Taos Wilderness Herbal First Aid Certification – Fall 2023

Registration Ends September 7, 2023
$275 – 325
Start Date: Sep 8
End Date: Sep 10
Start Time: 9:00 am
End Time: 2:00 pm

24-Hour Wilderness Herbal First Aid Certification on-site at our new Taos, NM campus. The course will be taught by Sam & Suchil Coffman.

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:

Wilderness First Aid: Emergency Care for Remote Locations. 3rd Edition, Jones & Bartlett Press

24-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

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.

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Dates: September 8th – 10th, 2023

Day 1: 9 AM – 5:30 PM

Day 2: 9 AM – 5:30 PM

Day 3: 9 AM – 2:00 PM

Prerequisites: none.

Lodging: Camping on-site is available for registered students during this course. (Spots are limited and first come first serve.) There are also camping, hotel, RV park, and Airbnb options within the 87571 zip-code for students to choose from.

Location: Taos, NM. Directions and supply list will be emailed to all registered students before the course.

Please review our tuition policy here.

This course is limited to 30 students and registration is first come, first serve. Students ages 15-17 are welcome with a guardian in attendance.


Early Bird Tuition: $275 Available only until 8/1/23 (processing fees apply)

Check/E-invoice/Venmo Discount: $275 Available only until 8/1/22 (No processing fees)


Regular Tuition: $325 (processing fees apply)

Check/E-invoice/Venmo Discount: $325 (No processing fees)

Tuition includes spiral first aid field guide and certification materials.

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

Portions of the course will be outdoors.

*As we have to purchase materials for enrolled students, the cutoff date for transfers is 3 weeks before the start date of this course.