Emergency Childbirth/Doula Training 3-Day Course – 20202020-03-15T17:36:17+00:00

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Important Notice: Students can now opt to participate in both the Doula Hands-On Training and Emergency Childbirth Training back to back. Day 1 (October 10th) is Doula Training and days 2 &3 (October 11 – 12th) will cover Emergency Childbirth Training. Students can also partake in only the Emergency Training if desired.

6 Hour Emergency Birth Hands-On Training

This is a two-day overview of practical hands-on skills for Doulas and Emergency Birth Workers covering Labor, Birth, & Postpartum Complications. We will discuss common reasons women and babies die, the many contributing factors, and what we can do about it.  You will learn skills such as taking vital signs, urinalysis, Leopold’s maneuvers, finding fetal heart tones, managing eclamptic convulsions,  and emergency antepartum scenarios.  We will also discuss and role play emergency birth scenarios such as obstructed labor, shoulder dystocia, breech birth, and hemorrhage/shock.  We will also explore ways to help babies survive like thermoregulation, helping babies breath, relactation/supplemental nursing sytems and kangaroo care.  Finally we will cover the most common reasons for postpartum death and how we can prevent the majority of these.

This experience will prepare you to manage a normal birth or common complications even in post-disaster or austere situation.

8 Hour Doula Skills Hands-On Training

This is a one-day training will supplement any doulas skill set with hands-on demonstration and practice of how to support women during pregnancy, birth and postpartum.  We will learn about herbs considered safe in pregnancy, breathing techniques,  visualizations, relaxation/stress reduction, journaling, coloring, affirmations, prenatal exercise/yoga and the power of music.  We will also explore ways a doula can help a client cope with pain in labor, acupressure, massage, repositioning baby (breech and occiput posterior), labor positions, using a rebozo, birth ball and peanut ball.  You will learn about herbs in labor and postpartum, water birth, bengkung belly wrap, rebozo wrap, newborn care, breastfeeding support and postpartum exercises.

Give your clients the best care possible with these advanced skills and the opportunity to practice with other experienced & aspiring doulas.

Instructor Bio

Mel Bailey is a Midwife, Nurse, Certified Health Coach, Family Herbalist, and Yoga instructor.  She is also an Evidence Based Birth Instructor and Evidence Based Childbirth Educator.  Mel has been involved in women’s health care for over 20 years, attending her first birth in 1997.  She is the Assistant Director of EarthWise Midwives & Doulas, and an instructor and evaluator at Academia Tierra Sabia in Cuatemoc, Mexico.  Mel facilitates trainings both state-side and internationally for birth workers, as well as disaster relief workers and others in need of emergency birth skills.  Mel is also the founder of Wellness Within, providing personalized wellness guidance to individuals during pregnancy and  birth, and nurturing new families.


COURSE INFORMATION

Dates: October 10th – 12th, 2020.

Location: Detailed directions will be emailed out to all enrolled students prior to the course.

Lodging: camping is free to any enrolled student, at our 50-acre campus.  There are also hotels within a 10-minute drive of the campus in the 78260 zip code.

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Herbal Medicine For Professionals – Fall 20202020-03-15T07:26:12+00:00

This is an online course. You can take this anywhere you have an internet connection. You do not have to be present in our area to take the course!

*This course will release class materials each Monday morning and will follow with one live Q&A session each week in an interactive webinar.  Registration for this course will close on October 5th, 2020. The course begins on August 24th, 2020.

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This is an interactive 12-week online herbal medicine course. Classes are held via downloadable course materials and weekly live webinars. Students will have full access to recorded webinars, documents, videos and resources through the online classroom.

In addition, there will be approximately 2 hours (or less) of assignments per week, a student forum, supplemental webinars 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 final exam date.

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.  All live classes are recorded for student download.

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.)

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Classes Covered in this Course:
Introduction to Herbology – Vitalistic and Mechanistic overview
How to study plant medicine
Introduction to Clinical Skills
Maceration Tincture Making (fresh and dried), with one tincture made as a class
Introduction to Percolation Tincture Making
Lymphatic and Immune System Physiology and Herbs
Gastrointestinal Physiology and Herbs
Materia Medica (Online Herb Walks) – covers approximately 100 herbs throughout the course.
Botany and Wildcrafting
Introduction to Forest Gardening and growing medicinal herbs
The Business of Herbalism (how to legally protect yourself)
Post-disaster and remote herbalism
Clinic and Apothecary setup and function
One or Two long-term Student Case Studies and Herbs (Some examples of past case studies include: Hiatal Hernias, Gallstones, Chronic Digestive Issues, COPD, and Respiratory Infections)
Upper and Lower Respiratory System Physiology and Herbs
Respiratory Syrup Making, with one syrup made as a class
Herbal First Aid – Poultices, plasters, capsules, primitive poultices, castor oil poultices
Wound Healing Physiology and Herbs
Herbs for Pain, Nervines
Salve Making –Fresh & Dried, Ethyl vs. Pure Oil Salves, with one salve made as a class
Upper and Lower Respiratory System Physiology and Herbs
Upper and Lower Urinary Tract Physiology and Herbs
Weekly Quizzes/Assignments
Group Discussions
Final Test (passing grade of 75% required)

Total Online Hours – 48 hours
Total Estimated homework assignments, discussions, quizzes and final test – 22 hours

You will be responsible to finish the materials assigned each week.

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You can review our tuition policies here: https://herbalmedics.academy/about-us/tuition-policies

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Medicinal Plants of Central Texas: Plant Walk – June 20202020-03-14T11:27:21+00:00

Learn to identify and use medicinal plants from the Central South Texas region!

Plant medicine is all around us! Clinical herbalist Michael Blair will lead a local plant walk that explores the medicinal plants growing right here in our own eco-region.

Michael will guide students through many species of native plants that thrive in our climate, and how they can be used in your home apothecary to help support good health.

This will focus mostly on medicinal plants, but we’ll also talk about foraging edible plants when we come across them.

We will cover:

  • An introduction to botanical medicine
  • Botanical Medicine Making basics
  • Working with South Central Texas plants
  • A local herb walk

What to bring:

  • Comfortable outdoor clothing & shoes
  • Something to take notes with
  • A camera or cell phone to take photos of plants
  • A water bottle, or anything you need to be comfortable outdoors for a few hours
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You can review our tuition policies here: https://herbalmedics.academy/about-us/tuition-policies

Medicinal & Edible Plants of Central Texas: Plant Walk – May 20202020-03-15T05:45:22+00:00

Learn to identify and use medicinal plants from the Central South Texas region!

Plant medicine is all around us! Clinical herbalist Michael Blair will lead a local plant walk that explores the medicinal plants growing right here in our own eco-region.

Michael will guide students through many species of native plants that thrive in our climate, and how they can be used in your home apothecary to help support good health.

This will focus mostly on medicinal plants, but we’ll also talk about foraging edible plants when we come across them.

We will cover:

  • An introduction to botanical medicine
  • Botanical Medicine Making basics
  • Working with South Central Texas plants
  • A local herb walk

What to bring:

  • Comfortable outdoor clothing & shoes
  • Something to take notes with
  • A camera or cell phone to take photos of plants
  • A water bottle, or anything you need to be comfortable outdoors for a few hours
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To pay with cash, checks, or money orders send us an email here:

You can review our tuition policies here: https://herbalmedics.academy/about-us/tuition-policies

Herbal Management for Acute Viral Infections2020-03-15T05:58:17+00:00

This 3-week online course is filled with information, case studies and experience that will help you understand how to prepare for and deal with a wide variety of acute viral infections.

This 3-week online course is filled with information, case studies and experience that will help you understand how to prepare for and deal with a wide variety of acute viral infections.

There are many situations when dealing with viral infections where pharmaceutical medicine does not provide all (or sometimes even any) effective answers.  Using a vast array of medicinal herbs we can grow and find in the wild, as well as order online and prepare ahead of time, we can both support our body’s intricate immune system and tissues as well as take advantage of the multitude of inhibitory effects that various herbs have on different types of viruses.

Join us for 9+ hours of lectures, handouts, quizzes and information that will give you practical skills and confidence to help the health of you and your loved ones.

This course will cover:

  • Understand viral infections – made simple
  • Determining the correct herbs based on fluctuating symptoms
  • Mucosal & Immune support
  • Pandemics, disasters and herbs
  • Herbs specific to different virus families:
    • Coronavirus family (e.g. MERS, SARS, COVID-19)
    • Herpesvirus family (e.g. HSV1, HSV2, Shingles)
    • Norovirus and Rotavirus families (stomach flus)
    • Orthomyxovirus family (respiratory influenzas)
    • Flavivirus family (Denge, Zika, etc.)
    • Paramyxovirus family (measles, mumps, URI’s)
    • Rhinovirus family (common colds)
  • Hygiene, precautions, quarantines
  • Gardening & wildcrafting your own herbal “farmacy”
  • Herbal home “anti-viral” first aid kits

To pay with cash, checks, or money orders send us an email here:

You can review our tuition policies here: https://herbalmedics.academy/about-us/tuition-policies

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Venomous Bites and Stings – Austere Medicine Course2020-03-15T06:00:33+00:00

This is a 3-week online course that can be taken anywhere that you have an internet connection. You do not need to be in person. Registration will remain open until July 27th and there is 60 days access to the course.

Would you like to learn more about venomous bites and stings, and how to deal with them both in the field, at home and with the use of plant medicine?

Join us for this this 10+ hour, online course, jam-packed with information about venomous snakes, spiders, scorpions, bees, wasps, fire ants and more! Learn about the pathophysiology of different types of venom in the body, anaphylactic shock, mild to severe venom reactions, immediate first aid, red flags for orthodox care, how to deal with any worst case scenario using herbal medicine if there is no higher care, and much more.

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This online course will cover:

  • Medical red flags and emergencies
  • Pathophysiology of venoms
  • Botanical medicine and venom
  • Anaphylaxis: orthodox and austere treatments (including botanical medicines)
  • Venomous snakes of North America: everything you should know
  • Bees, wasps, hornets — signs, symptoms and treatments
  • Field first aid for venomous spider bites, signs and symptoms
  • Field first aid and orthodox treatment for fire ant stings
  • Field first aid for North American jellyfish stings
  • Scorpion stings: from orthodox treatment to field first aid
  • Herbal Case studies
  • Herbal Materia Medica for venomous bites and stings
  • A ‘Must-Have’ list for your field first aid kit (including botanical medicines)

In addition, students will be mailed a full-size glossy 11”x17” poster:  “Herbs for Venomous Bites & Stings”.  This poster includes an organized and visual layout to help you understand what to pack in your first aid kit for treatment of common venomous bites and stings in the field!

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Mycology Medicine Making – 20202020-03-15T11:49:01+00:00

ON-SITE INTENSIVE: INTERNAL PREPARATIONS – MYCOLOGY

This is a 3-day on-site intensive for students to have even greater depth of training in certain specialty areas.  These are designed for apothecarists that would like to create a product line or specialize in a certain area of herbal preparations.

Mycology and Herbs: Learn everything you need to know in order to begin adding potent mycellium into your herbal preparations. This intensive will cover medicinal usage, preservation, and preparations methods of mushrooms for your apothecary.

Sam will demonstrate multiple extraction techniques, and the class will do multi-fractional extracts of several different types of mushrooms.
Also covered will be the combination of mushrooms and herbs in various formulas and extractions to obtain good tasting and clinically potent mushroom extracts, blends, teas and other preparations.

PROGRAM INFORMATION:

The Apothecarist Program is an 18-month intensive study program (both online and on-site) that explores the processes of making herbal products as a profession.  In addition to the history of the apothecary trade, students will get extensive training in the making of both internal and external herbal preparations as well as important product regulation information every practicing apothecarist should know.The program is divided into (2) interactive online sections and a total of (6) on-site intensives.

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Botany for Herbalists – 20202020-02-01T22:40:05+00:00

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Clinical herbalist Michael Blair will be teaching a 2-day botany intensive for herbalists, plant enthusiasts and clinical program students. This is an in-depth course on understanding more about the plants surrounding us that also includes many herb walks, wildcrafting exercises, and botany identification lessons and medicine making.

This 2-day course will be taught on our 50-acre San Antonio campus with lots of hands-on time in the field!

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COURSE INFORMATION

Dates: March 7th – 8th, 2020.

Location: The Human Path outdoor campus, N. San Antonio

Lodging: Camping is free to any enrolled student, at our 50-acre campus.  There are also hotels within a 10-minute drive of the campus in the 78260 zip code.

To pay with cash, checks, or money orders send us an email here:

You can review our tuition policies here: https://herbalmedics.academy/about-us/tuition-policies/

 


Chinese New Year Sale2019-12-06T22:27:32+00:00

 

To celebrate twelve years of running the most unusual herbal medicine/survival/blacksmithing/homesteading/wilderness medicine/sustainable skills school in town, The Human Path is running a Chinese New Year Special right up until January 24th, when the Year of the Pig transforms into a Rat. We’re offering discounts on single classes, as well as deeper discounts if you bundle, and save EVEN MORE if you pay cash

——————————————————–Full Price       +Cash Discount———————————————-

•Apothecarist External Medicine           $480                   $440

•Botanical Functional Medicine             $500                   $450

•Herbal Medicine for Professionals      $425                    $375

•Austere Acute Care Medicine               $275                     $250

•Wilderness Herbal First Aid                 $750                     $675

•Sustainable Herb Gardening                $250                     $225

•5 Day Survival Course                            $525                     $500

•Scout Primitive Skills Week                 $500                     $450

 

•Nervous System                                       $160                     $145

•Formulating and Formulas                    $95                       $85

•Wound Management                              $75                        $65

•Venomous Snake Bites                           $95                        $85

•Integumentary System                           $160                      $145

•The Liver System                                     $160                      $145

•Musculoskeletal System                         $160                      $145

•Land Navigation Onsite                         $65                        $60

•Combat Medic 2 day                               $140                      $125

For every course you add to the initial course you choose, take an additional 5% off, up to 25%!*

Email thehumanpathschool@gmail.com to register your custom bundle.

*Bigger discounts apply to smaller classes first. Discounts will be built accordingly by THP Staff.

Be sure to visit The Human Path for more classes!

Community Herbal Clinic (June 19th – Refills Only)2020-03-15T05:59:01+00:00

THIS IS NOT A CLASS! THIS IS A COMMUNITY CLINIC FOR THE SAN ANTONIO AND SURROUNDING AREAS.
Please come out if you have any health concerns you would like to discuss and receive herbal advice, as well as actual herbal formulas.

Please join us at 301 W. Dewey Place, San Antonio, TX 78212.

PLEASE RSVP SO WE KNOW YOU ARE COMING!

FAQ:
1) Who is this available for?
This clinic is available for anyone and everyone who is interested in their own health, has a health disorder they want to talk about, or is simply curious about herbalism. This is NOT a class, nor is it a typical “clinic” in the medical sense. It is a chance to share any health concerns as well as receive personalized education, and possibly customized herbal formulas that may assist your body in healing itself.

2) What kinds of health concerns would you come to a clinic like this for?
Herbs are not the same as pharmaceutical medicine. As the legendary herbalist and teacher Michael Moore used to say: “Drugs tell your body what to do. Herbs ask your body what to do.”

However, the amount of healing that your own body can perform applies to every type of injury and illness that exists. There is no illness or injury that some aspect of your body can’t be helped to heal, through the appropriate application of good nutrition, healthy lifestyle, and medicinal herbs. So, the short answer is that there isn’t anything that you couldn’t come to an herbal clinic for, but that doesn’t mean we will have “the answer” for you. If you have questions, feel free to email me – sam at thehumanpath dot com.

3) What does it cost?
We are a private club and the membership for the club is $5 per year. You will need to pay this membership fee and fill out an application when you get here, if you have not done so in the past year.

Additionally, based upon our discussion about your personal health needs, we may have medicinal herbs available onsite (most are locally grown or wildcrafted, some ordered in bulk form), to mix in a free formulation for you. Herbs and other components that go into a formulation like a tincture, salve, or syrup, cost money. If you do want to take home any herbal formulations there is no charge. However, the recommended donation (that would be greatly appreciated) for materials cost is a flat $10 per ounce for tinctures, salves, liniments or syrups. This is generally 30%-80% cheaper (and far more effective) than buying similar products in a health-food store or online.

4) Is this like a doctor’s office visit?
No. This is not a medical clinic and we are not a substitute for any kind of allopathic or licensed medical care by a doctor, physician’s assistant or nurse practitioner. No illnesses will be diagnosed or treated. This is a student-managed clinic where health concerns can be discussed, herbal medicine can be explained, and herbal preparations can be suggested. Students will run an herbal pharmacy as well, and can provide sample herbal preparations based on the health concerns discussed.

*This is not a class*

5) What students should sign up to work at this clinic?
Students who have either finished, or are currently enrolled in The Herbal Medic: Fundamentals class (aka Herbology Level 1) or higher, are eligible to participate in helping run this clinic. Participation by students is highly recommended if you intend on pursuing higher level classes in this school or attending clinical trips to other locations (Nicaragua, South Texas, Virgin Islands, etc.).

Students who wish to sign up to work in this clinic need to RSVP for this clinic. As a student, you must RSVP directly to hmu.emilys@gmail.com to secure an open spot. Student signups to work in the clinic are first come, first serve, with only 8 available student spots. Once those spots are filled – they are filled.

*This is not a class*

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