Wilderness First Aid

June 6-7, 2020

10-5 pm

@ Hawthorn Institute in Williams, OR

The wilderness is a lively, abundant space filled with a vast selection of herbal first aid medicines.


First aid is our initial or immediate response to help treat an illness or injury. Whether out on a day hike or a long backpacking trip, basic first aid techniques and herbal knowledge will allow you to treat common occurrences, such as headaches, dehydration, upset stomach, dizziness, and/or any typical injury.  By learning these skills in wild outdoor spaces we are empowered to feel safe and confident as we go deeper into relationship with the natural environment.

In this full weekend, we will be focusing on Herbal Wilderness First Aid and looking at a range of practical, useful ways of applying herbal medicines to treat a wide variety of situations. We will also be looking at navigation techniques in wild spaces, along side of discussing environmental risks that you may come up against. With our perspective being from the wilderness, we will discuss assessment and treatment during first aid situations, and collaborate as a class for a hands-on learning experience.


  • First aid situations: bleeding injuries, blunt trauma, eye injuries, pain, fractures, strains/sprains, shock, respiratory, bites and stings, animal and insect awareness, digestion issues, and dehydration.

  • Techniques: splinting, bandaging, wound management, checking vital signs, constructing a stretcher/litter, preparing and applying herbal medicines.

  • You will also receive your own herbal first aid kit at this workshop.



Brandon was born and raised on the East Coast. He trained as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and Paramedic in busy South Florida, where he gained 3 years of work experience as an EMT and Paramedic, on top of volunteering for the local fire department. In 2011, Brandon moved out West to start honing his agricultural skills and putting his early years of book studies in practice. The following season, he moved to Williams, Oregon to continue growing food as his passion. Here, he was inspired by the diversity of the bioregion to practice wild plant harvesting from both land and sea. He started intensively studying herbal medicine in 2013, to further deepen his connection between nature and a healthy body. Since then, he has been applying first aid in wild spaces and bridging his knowledge of herbal medicine and medical experience. He is actively involved in Josephine Search and Rescue. Brandon is honored to be a part of the Hawthorne Institute community, is a dedicated steward to the land, and is consistently inspired by the world’s surprises.


Brandon is the EMT and teaches classes for Hawthorn's Herbal Field Studies Program.

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