Welcome to TheHumanPath.org
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The Human Path is an herbalism and survival school that focuses on providing an extensive education in practical, clinical herbalism and herbal first aid, wilderness and urban survival, wilderness first responder and wilderness first aid, homesteading and self-sustainability skills and much more.

Our webpage is going through an upgrade so please excuse the construction! In the meantime, do not miss out on signing up for our next available courses, online and in person. The links to our classes listed on our previous website calendar will get added as the week goes on below. First up is the not-to-be-missed Online Herbal Medics Course. Check out the details below and follow the links to Square to sign up or to Meetup.com to sign up through Paypal. Looking forward to our next adaptation, see you there!

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Prepper Spray Defense - May 21st (Square Sign-Up) (Meetup.com)

This 4-hour class is designed specifically for civilians. Although the techniques can be modified for Law Enforcement officers, the scenarios and solutions are geared for what a civilian may encounter.

The training in this course is focused on using pepper spray as a tool to facilitate escape from a life threatening situation. Pepper spray provides a viable option for those people who prefer to use a non-lethal approach to self-defense. For those who carry a firearm for self-defense, pepper spray can provide an alternate method for self-protection that is non-lethal.

Learn about:
  • the do's and don'ts of using pepper spray
  • legalities of this as a self defense tool
  • pepper spray and dangerous animals
  • the effects of pepper spray
  • decontamination and treatment
  • delivery systems and types of spray units
  • storage and shelf life
  • when it is right to use pepper spray
DATE: May 21, 8 to Noon

LOCATION: The Human Path N. San Antonio Campus

COST: $40/student or $60 for a pair.
Blacksmithing Finishing Class: Handles and Sheaths - June 4th (Square Sign-Up) (Meetup.com)
(No prior experience working with leather or wood is required)

Over the years in our bladesmithing classes, we have often been asked by students if we can add wood handles to the student forged knives or if we can teach students to make sheaths. The forging classes are too packed with technique to leave enough time for this craft, but we are now pleased to offer a course specifically focused on making wood handles and leather sheaths.

Students will start off with a quality high carbon steel kit knife (Green River, known for their history on the US Frontier and good reputation with hunters/butchers) and will go through the process to epoxy, pin, shape and sand handles to fit their personal preference and hand size. From there students will also create a custom leather sheath, specifically for their knife and learn how to form it to the specific knife and handle shape. The leatherwork process for creating sheaths will include cutting and shaping leather, sewing, dying, wet forming leather, and optionally students can create a personalized design or stamp pattern on their sheath as desired.

This class is designed not only with bladesmith students in mind, but is IDEAL for homesteading students who have taken the harvest classes and would like to make a custom handled blade to have for their hunting and harvesting purposes.

Students will leave with:
  • A fully finished and sheathed knife
  • Knowledge and ability to make leather sheaths for future/other knives/tools
  • Knowledge and ability to customize handles to future kit blades, handmade blades from their own forge work, or re-handle knives

CLASS SIZE: Limited to 8

LOCATION: Main Classroom, our N. San Antonio campus

TUITION: $220 plus materials fee to cover handle, blade and sheath ($30 - $50)
Summer 12-week Herbal Medic Online Course - June 5th (Square Sign-Up) (Meetup.com)

*This course will be offered three times a year, with the January course being offered live online. The September and June classes are pre-recorded. Details are below

Tuition for the full Summer 12-week course course is $350 (EARLY BIRD PRICE). A $250 deposit is required to hold a spot in the class.

This is a 12-Week Online Herbal Medicine Course. Classes are held via webinar. Students will have full access to recorded full webinars, documents, videos and resources through the online classroom. Each week, there is a one hour live Q&A classroom for interaction scheduled with Sam. In addition there will be approximately two hours (or less) of assignments per week, a student forum, supplemental webinar, and new class material uploaded each week.

Students can work at their own pace, so long as the course material is completed by 30 days after the exam date.

Start Date: Begins the week of June 5th. Online classroom access will open on 6/5 by noon.

Review and Testing Week: Week of August 22nd.

**students can access testing at any point during that week. 30-Day Grace Period until September 22nd, 2016.


Materials Included: cheesecloth, and approximately 20 packets of dried medicinal herbs that are used in the making of tinctures, salves and syrups as a class.

Also included is full online access to the current self-directed online course which includes over 25 hours of video, audio, PDF and other resources.

Materials you must provide at the appropriate point in the course: Olive and/or Coconut oil (approximately 2 cups total), Raw Honey (approximately 1 cup), 80 - 100 proof Alcohol (approximately 2 cups), Mason or other canning jar, basic cooking equipment (stainless steel pans and/or crockpot, strainer, measuring cup, spoons, etc.)
The Digestive System - Begins June 1st - Understanding Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), Leaky Gut Syndrome, GI Ulcers, Food Allergies, Diabetes, Diverticulitis, Chronic & Acute Gastrointestinal Infections and more (Square Sign-up) (Meetup.com)

During this information-packed, 4-week module, we will study the anatomy and physiology of the digestive tract (as well as digestive functions of the liver and pancreas) as it applies to the most common diseases in our culture.

The primary goal of this module (as with all the pathophysiology modules) is to understand an organ system through the eyes of the herbalist. Because of this, we will also be studying new herbs (materia medica), micronutrients, lifestyle and nutritional aspects of dealing with diseases and conditions of the digestive tract.

Dates: 4-Week Online course. Begins June 1st.
New online webinars, pdfs, documents and videos are uploaded each week.

Location: This is an online course.

Pre-Requisites: none, although Herbal Medics Level 1 is recommended.

Tuition: $150 for the 4-week course.
Wilderness First Aid Three Day Certification Course in Colorado - July 15th - 17th
(Square Sign-Up) (Meetup.com)

**A $100 deposit is required to register for this class. Full tuition and details are below.

Taught in Boulder, Colorado at CSCH (Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism), the Wilderness First Aid 3-day certification course is a great place to start for anyone who wants to be much more medically self-sufficient. The usage for this material ranges from just being able to take care of your own family in a home emergency, to backpacking, hiking or camping trips, to living in a more rural area, to being stranded in a remote location, to a hurricane Katrina (or worse) situation.


16 hours of the course will include primary and secondary survey, extrication, diagnosing and treating a wide variety of trauma and life-threatening situations, splinting, bandaging, high altitude injuries, heat and cold injuries, disease and infection, snake and insect bites & stings, shock, head injuries, water purification, fluid replacement, building first aid kits and much more.

In the herbal portion of the course, students will learn fundamental herbal care concepts – the necessary shift in thinking, wound care and infection management using herbs, injury, shock, pain and herbs, respiratory herbal first response, gastrointestinal herbal first response, urinary herbal first response and how to plan, prepare and administer herbs in a first aid situation.

At least 50% of this class is hands-on training and practice. You can’t really learn these skills without the pressure of having to perform the tasks in the classroom to start with. The testing is both hands-on and a written test.

The certification is provided by ECSI, which is created, endorsed and underwritten by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) and American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP).

A certification card is issued which is valid for 2 years.


COURSE TUITION: $275, and includes certification card and two course textbooks. A minimum of a $100 deposit is required to hold a spot in this course. Balance is due by the start of the class.

COURSE DATES: July 15 - 17th, 2016

CLASS LOCATION: Boulder, CO. *directions are emailed to all registered students.