At Remote Medical International, we take great pride in our public course locations. While the course location and facility are definitely not the only factors to consider when choosing a remote and wilderness medicine course provider, it certainly is still important. Below you will find important information about the facilities we use to host our public training courses to help simplify you decision. For more information, or if you have specific questions, please feel free to reach out to us at info@remotemedical.com.

Tierra Learning Center - Leavenworth, WA

Overview

Situated on 320 acres in Sunitsch Canyon, which is five miles outside of Leavenworth, Washington, the Tierra Learning Center provides an optimal site for our Remote EMT courses. The canyon has a diverse pine and fir ecosystem with an extensive trail network, offering endless possibilities for simulated wilderness medicine scenarios and recreation alike.

Lodging

Lodging is included as a part of all Remote Medical International courses at Tierra Learning Center. Each student will share a 2-room suite with one other student consisting of a bedroom, living room (with queen-size pullout bed), full bathroom, kitchenette, gas stove, and storage space. Four suites are housed in each building, and there are five total buildings at Tierra. Nestled in between these suites, there is also a hot tub for student and instructor use.

Meals

Meals are provided as a part of all Remote Medical International courses at Tierra Learning Center. Meals are prepared daily in the commercial kitchen by Tierra’s chefs beginning the day the course starts through the last day, including weekends. Meals are typically served buffet style with meat and vegetarian options. Coffee and snacks are also available daily.

Transportation

Tierra Learning Center is less than a 3-hour drive from Seattle, WA, and best reached with a personal vehicle. For students flying in, Remote Medical can arrange a shuttle service from the SEA-TAC airport to Tierra the day before each course starts, and following course completion. This shuttle services costs $100 each way and can be booked during checkout when the course is purchased.

Wi-Fi/Phone

Wireless internet access is available in the Canyon Lodge. Cell phone coverage is limited at Tierra Learning Center. Phones are available in the Canyon Lodge for outgoing calls and each suite has a phone that can receive incoming calls. With a short drive to Leavenworth, cell phone coverage is widely available, as is wireless internet at many coffee shops.

Recreation

With 300+ days of sunshine a year, Leavenworth is a great place to visit and an even better place to spend a month! Less than a 10-minute drive from Tierra Learning Center, the town offers plenty of shopping, restaurants, coffee shops, bars, festivals, and much more. It gets even better for those who enjoy the outdoors, regardless of the season. Leavenworth is a world-class destination for climbing, mountain biking, skiing, hiking, kayaking & rafting, and just about anything else you can do outdoors. Remember to bring your gear with you! For more information, check out: www.leavenworth.org

Accessibility

Tierra Learning Center is not wheelchair accessible. Service animals are welcome.

Smoking

Smoking is limited to the designated smoking area.

Northern Cairn - Alanson, MI

Overview

Northern Cairn is located in Alanson, Michigan, in the inland waterway area of Northern Michigan. We use the Northern Cairn location for most of our hybrid courses.

Lodging

Lodging is not included as a part of our courses at Northern Cairn.  We recommend the following lodging locations. 

  • Stargate Motel, Indian River, MI: (231) 238-7371 (RMI Northern Cairn students receive 30% off)
  • Northwoods Lodge, Indian River, MI:  231-238-7729  (RMI Northern Cairn discount available)
  • Super 8 Petoskey, Petoskey, MI:  231-439-8000
  • Burt Lake State Park, Indian River, MI:  231-238-9392 (very nice and available for camping May – October. If you are from out of state, you will need the $30 Michigan Passport for State parks, available for purchase upon arrival).

There are also many Vacation Rentals By Owner (VRBO) options in the area to choose from as well.

Meals

The Northern Cairn course facility does not provide meals. Indian River is a small community nearby with several dining options. Petoskey is larger with a Meijer, Walmart, Grain Train Natural Food Market, etc.  The Northern Cairn facility includes a refrigerator and microwave for lunches and beverages.

Transportation

Students are responsible for their own transportation. The RMI Northern Cairn classroom is located in Alanson, MI, about four hours from Detroit. The best way to arrive is by driving a personal vehicle or by renting a car from the airport upon arrival.

Surrounding Airports:

  • Cherry Capital Airport – Traverse City, MI. Small regional airport with onsite car rentals. 2 hours from Alanson.
  • Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport – Detroit, MI. Major Airport with onsite car rentals. 4 hours from Alanson.
  • Gerald R Ford International Airport – Grand Rapids, MI – Large regional airport. 3.5 hours from Alanson.

Wi-Fi/Phone

Northern Cairn does not offer Wi-Fi for student use. Cell phone service is limited at best as this is a rural location.

Recreation

Northern Cairn is located in rural Michigan. There is ample opportunity for hiking, fishing, and various watersports.

Accessibility

Northern Cairn is not wheelchair accessible but welcomes service animals.   

Smoking

Smoking is limited to the designated smoking area.

Western Washington University: Lakewood Facility - Bellingham, WA

Overview

Located on beautiful Lake Whatcom, this 4,000-square-foot log facility contains a boat house, meeting lounge, and locker rooms, and over 60 watercraft. In addition, there are picnic tables, grills, hiking trails, and a Ropes Challenge Course. For more information about this facility, please visit http://www.vu.wwu.edu/lakewood/.

Lodging

Lodging is not included as a part of the courses offered at this location. There are a variety of options available in Bellingham, which is a 15-minute drive from Lakewood.

Meals

There are no meals provided at the Lakewood facility. We recommend that students bring their own lunches and snacks.

Transportation

Students are responsible for their own transportation. The Lakewood Watersports Facility is located about 30 minutes from the Bellingham International Airport and Western Washington University.

Wi-Fi/Phone

Wi-Fi is not available for student use, but there is ample cell phone service.

Recreation

The Lakewood facility is located on Lake Whatcom and students have the opportunity to rent a variety of watercraft from the facility boathouse.

Accessibility

The Lakewood facility is not wheelchair accessible, but service animals are welcome.

Smoking

There is no smoking at Lakewood.

Western Washington University: Shannon Point Marine Center - Anacortes, WA

Overview

This 78-acre wooded campus is covered in a mature Pacific lowland forest that is dominated by Douglas fir. The campus is a biological reserve that protects sizable small mammal and bird populations, with a freshwater pond located on the campus expanding the considerable diversity of wildlife present. For more information about this facility, please visit http://www.wwu.edu/spmc/index.shtml

Lodging

The WWU Shannon Point Marine Center lodging available to students for an additional cost of $15 per night. This can be booked with course registration. Rooms are shared by three students, with one bathroom for every two rooms. Students should bring their own linens. Additionally, a washer and dryer are available for student convenience. Students are also welcome to arrange their own lodging off site.

Meals

Although there are no prepared meals available to students at the WWU Shannon Point Facility, students have access to a full kitchen which includes refrigeration. Students are more than welcome to bring and prepare food onsite. The city of Anacortes is about a 10-minute drive from the facility, and there students will find a variety of grocery stores, restaurants, and other shopping options.

Transportation

Students are responsible for their own transportation. This course facility is located about an hour south of Bellingham International Airport and two hours north of Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

Wi-Fi /Phone

Internet access is available to students, and there is ample cell phone service at Shannon Point.

Recreation

Anacortes is a town of about 15,000 residents located on Fidalgo Island in Skagit County, Washington, a mere 10 minutes from the course facility. The island is connected to the mainland by a bridge over the Swinomish Channel. Within the town of Anacortes, there are approximately 12 miles of marine shoreline, four freshwater lakes, and over 3000 acres of forest lands and parks. For students who are interested in visiting the San Juan Islands, the island ferry service is about 20 minutes from the course facility.

Accessibility

The Shannon Point facility is wheelchair accessible and service animals are welcome.

Smoking

There is no smoking at Shannon Point.