New Herbal First Aid Immersion Program at Firefly – Info & Application

Ready to deepen your herbal medicine training and gain hands-on experience to hone your first-aid skills? Learn more about Firefly's Herbal First Aid Immersion at this year's Annual Gathering!

Herbal First Aid Immersion at Firefly Gathering 2024

We are excited to announce this new offering the Annual Firefly Gathering! Join us in an Herbal First Aid Immersion where you will be trained and gain both confidence and competence in herbal first aid quickly by immediately applying your knowledge at the Firefly First Aid Station with a professional herbalist to guide you.

We are excited to welcome budding herbalists who are passionate about getting hands-on experience and honing their first-aid skills.  Basic herbal knowledge is required but no formal training is necessary.

In this immersion, you will have a 4-5 hour primer training to prepare you to work the Firefly First Aid Booth during the event. You will have two five-hour shifts at the first aid booth tending to folks and their common complaints which will provide you with invaluable experience in honing your skill with herbal first aid. You will be overseen by herbal clinicians with years of experience to support you as you navigate triage and first-aid protocols and choose the best interventions. 

Please Note: the Herbal First Aid Immersion is offered to registered attendees of the Gathering as a deep-dive into herbal medicine training. Applicants must already be registered for the Annual Firefly Gathering with a Full Pass or Three-Day Weekday Pass to apply. Not registered yet? Click here to get your Pass.

Applications Close on June 15

What you will learn/gain:

  • Real-life clinical experience with clinical herbalists
  • Learn the basics of running a first aid station
  • Sanitation protocols
  • Herbal wound care, digestive care, and nervous and immune system support
  • Basic Herbal Materia Medica Training (dosages, types of preparations, basic contraindications)
  • The scope and limitations of First Aid
  • When and how to transfer patient care
  • And so much more!

Class time + Clinical Experience:

  • One 4 to 5 hour class on herbal first aid

  • Two 5-hour shifts at the first aid booth during the gathering


  • Ability to stay calm under pressure
  • Have good communication skills
  • Self-awareness of what you know and your limitations
  • Deep acknowledgment and respect for our scope of practice
  • Ability to ask for help and guidance when you are out of your depth
  • Ability to read the situation (sometimes things will be a smidge intense) and have kindness, compassion, and support the autonomy and boundaries of those we care for
  • Prior experience at events and/or camping in the woods

Meet Your Instructors


Cameron Strouss

Cameron is an herbalist, medicine maker, wildcrafter, and teacher dedicated to educating and empowering people in reclaiming health, community, and connection to the land through herbal medicine and health advocacy.  

She is the owner and founder of Deep Roots School of Foraging and Herbal Medicine and has been formally studying herbal medicine for 14 years. She has over 4,000 hours of Sciences and Herbal Education under her belt along with 9 years of clinical work. Cameron is a graduate of the University of Montevallo (with a Biology Degree), the Southeastern Institute for Traditional Herbal Studies and The Eclectic School of Herbal Medicine with her Clinical Herbal Certification and has been awarded her Functional Herbalist and Registered Herbalist (AHG) distinctions and is a Level 1 Aromatherapist. 


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Lily is an artist, creator, and dreamer. Since a very young age, she has been immersed in the natural world and draws heavy inspiration from the wild. Though her medium changes frequently, Lily’s art and expression always incorporate an element of the organic and unpredictable. She got her associate in fine arts in 2023, and now volunteers at her school as a ceramic studio monitor. She hopes to open a studio of her own one day to have a place to teach and inspire others. In addition to doing commission work, Lily has been creating many graphics for The Firefly Gathering since 2019. Lily grew up in the Earthskills community from the time she was eight years old, so having the opportunity to grow and give back in so many ways has been incredibly fulfilling. No matter where she ends up, this group of people and ideas will always hold a special place in her heart.