Instructor’s Reflections from a Recent WFR Course

From WMA Instructor Greg Hren:

I love being part of the WMA family. Having taken my first WFR class over a decade ago, its amazing to appreciate how much one eight-day period can change a life.

First and foremost, what I love about teaching is the people we get to meet and the places we get to visit. From my fellow instructors, to class participants, to the sponsors running a course, it never ceases to amaze just how interesting individuals can be.


Fundamentally, it seems that the pursuit of backcountry medical knowledge draws the most amazing folks from all corners of the globe, and if you’re patient and listen carefully, it soon becomes clear that everyone has a story.

This story however doesn’t end with individuals, but continues into the environment where the learning takes place. Fellow instructors Eric Duffy, Andy Hagan, and myself are up in Wiscassett, ME at The Chewonki Foundation this week teaching a WFR Bridge course. Beyond the evolving stories and the developing friendships, what has struck me as particularly touching this year is the sustainable farm here on the grounds.


Lying just on the periphery of our experience here at Chewonki, is what seems to be a very magical place. We hear it through the trees while conducting our simulations; we smell the freshness of the livestock while walking the trails; and best of all, enjoy the stories from the farmers while we eat fresh greens from the garden, milk, butter and yogurt from the cows, and grass-fed meats on our table.

If you have the chance to visit, or partake of one of the summer programs, or are lucky enough to take a WMA course here at the Foundation, I hope your experience is as inspiring as mine has been.

Thank you Chewonki for a wonderful week!

Greg Hren



Check out WMA’s Instagram feed for more of Greg’s images from the Chewonki WFR course.

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