WORKSHOP: Wilderness First Aid

bushwoman-workshops-first-aidMarch 22-24, 2019

Join BushWoman Workshops, Superior Edge Rescue and a handful of other keen women for a weekend of wild fun and education!

Holly Kondreska of Superior Edge Rescue is our instructor for the weekend. Holly is a First Aid Instructor with Wilderness Medical Associates, The Red Cross and Mental Health First Aid.

Wilderness First Aid courses are based on real-life scenarios even including full makeup to add to the urgency and precautions you’d need to take in the outdoors. The majority of the course will be spent hands-on learning with a little homework and reading assignments.

A Wilderness First Aid course will benefit you whether you love the outdoors, work in remote areas, travel often, plan expeditions, go on solo trips, go camping, boaingt, hunting, fishing, or just wish to learn more.

*Once successfully completed, participants will receive certification in Wilderness First Aid, as well as Adult CPR*

On Friday and Saturday night, those brave enough to endure the cold can join Workshop coordinator, Alyssa Lloyd, armed with hot cocoa, searching for northern lights!

The Wilderness First Aid is a great course to have under any adventurer’s belt, while also adding to your qualifications on a resume or in the workplace.

Read more about the course and workshop costs below!

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Cost: $500 Per Person


WFA Course Instruction

WFA Course Material

Accommodations at Minaki Yurts

*Not Included:

Food, except for dinner on Saturday evening

Minimum course participants: 9
Maximum course participants: 12

Minimum age for participation: 16

Expectations: Dress warm, prepare to be outdoors, have clothing available that you don’t mind getting dirty (we use trauma moulage makeup/fake blood), bring a paper and pen and expect to have LOTS OF FUN!

Course topics are: Patient Assessment System; CPR; Circulatory System; Nervous System; Respiratory System; Fractures, Stable Injuries; Splints 1-Extremities; Hypothermia; Hyperthermia and Heat Illness; Near Drowning; Lightning Injuries; Wounds and Burns; Anaphylaxis; Lifting, Moving Extrication; Patient Carries; Backcountry Medicine

Customization: Patient assessment drills and simulations will be specific to the group, the environment, and the context of operations or the activities performed in the field.

Given the short duration of this course, emphasis is placed on hands-on activities, including PAS (patient assessment system) drills as a major learning tool as opposed to long lectures.

Certifications: This course is traditionally scheduled for two days or 16 hours of instructional and practice time. Upon successful completion students will receive Certification in Wilderness First Aid and Adult CPR.

Included Materials: All teaching materials will be at no additional cost. Students will receive the following books on this course:
· Wilderness First Aid Guide
· SOAP Notebook;
· The Outward Bound Wilderness First-Aid Handbook

Evaluation: Successful completion with certification is based on 100% attendance, satisfactory performance on homework assignments and written quizzes, demonstrated proficiency with practical skills, and a successful grade on a final written exam.

Prerequisites: Students must be at least 16 years old to participate in this course. Those under 18 years of age require the written consent of a parent or guardian.


Check-In March 22: Anytime after 6pm
Check-Out March 24: TBD
Course ends (subject to change): Latest 7pm on March 24th

Due to the use of moulage/fake blood makeup, we will be taking extra care to clean up after ourselves, inside and out of doors.

May 20th Workshop Fast Approaching!


As the May long weekend approaches, folks in northwestern Ontario are becoming restless and motivated. Buds are opening on the popular and birch trees, fish are chomping at anything that gets in their way and bicyclists have taken over roadways. Spring has sprung!

Our extended winter has launched us straight into a dry season and a burn ban has been issued on all of northwestern Ontario, rightfully so. The good news, however, walleye opener is this weekend!

And being the May Long Weekend, we can always count on Mother Nature to rain! Much to cottager’s dismay, tomorrow’s forecast gives us a glimpse of hope that perhaps the rest of our summer won’t be so dry and those warm nights by the campfire are just around the corner.

Want to hear the even better news?

Our fishing, foraging and shed hunting workshop is THIS Sunday and we’re crossing our fingers and toes the weather forecast stays just the way it is for Kenora!

Although it’s cutting it quite close to the day of, there are still two spots available if you’d like to grab a friend and join us, be sure to contact Alyssa right away (

We’ll meet at Smith Camps at 9 am and depart at 9:30 onto the famous Lake of the Woods! Safety precautions for the day’s activity will be explained before we leave dry land and then we’ll set off for the day returning roughly around 4 pm.

First things first while the bite is hot, we’ll be wetting a line to catch our shore lunch for later in the day. After we’ve caught a sufficient amount of fish we’ll continue to explore islands for deer antlers, fiddleheads and so much more! Prepare to learn a lot on this trek ladies, our Captain for the day is a wealth of knowledge.

All you need to bring is a camera, long sleeve shirt, long pants, rain gear, and shoes that cover your feet. 

Hope to see you out there ladies!







May 20th- Foraging & Fishing Workshop


Location: Kenora, Ontario

Time: 9am-5pm – subject to change due to weather

Difficulty: Easy! We’ll go at your pace

Summary: A daytime workshop focused on foraging islands on Lake of the Woods. We’ll be searching for fiddleheads, chagga and deer antler sheds mostly. In between foraging we will be touring Lake of the Woods on a large, safe, boat while we try a few spots for walleye to gather enough for shore lunch that is included.

This workshop will focus on the ethics of foraging to prepare you for the opportunities you can carry out on your own in the future.

It’s also a great way to meet new like-minded people!



What to Bring:

A backpack for collecting foraged goods, rain gear and appropriate footwear for trekking through brush and mud. Your Ontario fishing license!

Any questions, please contact This is a simple workshop where gear aside from clothing is all included, however a “to pack” list will be sent to those who send deposits to be sure you’re well prepared!


  • Boat
  • Gas
  • Guide
  • Life Jackets
  • Shore lunch
  • Water
  • Fishing gear
  • Foraging instructions


Fishing Licenses which can be purchased at Smith Camps or Canadian Tire in Kenora

PRICE: $300

Deposit required: $150.00