Our Mission and Values

Institute for Wild Med Mission Statement


WE BELIEVE the most important work of our time is to authentically connect to oneself, each other, and nature. Learning to skillfully care for one another is the first step to strengthening these connections.

Thus, Wild Med exists to simultaneously:

  • Equip our students with clinically proven yet practical tools as well as a critical-thinking mindset so they can face the unexpected with skill and confidence in a world where we are constantly called upon to be creative and resilient.

  • Deliver our comprehensive mental health and physical First Aid curriculum using cutting-edge, multimodal, experiential methods for maximum accessibility and retention as well as warmth and humanity, which is too often left out of emergency response education.

We intend for every student to finish our courses feeling:
Empowered to respond to emergencies
▸ Peace of mind that comes from preparedness
▸ That ours is the best course they have ever taken!

Our Core Values


Our Competence = Their Learning

We strive to be exceptional educators who are constantly growing and developing new ways to engage and challenge our students.



We show-up, we follow-up, we deliver.


Emotional Awareness

This is a beautiful world and also a tough world. People bring their joys, their traumas, and their pain into our courses. We receive them with love and empathy and validation.


It’s all a mystery. We share what we believe to be true based on our experience and experiences of others. If we don’t know something, we say it. If we are taking a guess, we own that. We do this with deep ease and okayness.



When our students trust us and know we care deeply, we get to bring humor to our work that serves as a pattern interrupt and tool for lasting learning. While it might be irreverent it is never crude or offensive.



We love what we do. If we no longer feel the love, we investigate, we innovate, and we learn new stories.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity


Wild Med celebrates the diversity of our students, of the people they take care of, and of our team.

Being prepared for the unexpected is for everyone no matter where you come from, what you look like, or how you identify.

 We strive to develop an inclusive culture and curriculum in which our students see themselves and the diversity of their community members reflected.

 It’s our mission to fill this world with people who are equipped to prevent and respond to emergencies. So bring us your experience, your perspectives, and your uniqueness.

It’s in our differences that we will find the power to keep revolutionizing the way the world takes care of each other.