Wilderness First Responder Recertification 20202020-03-13T11:57:26+00:00

If you have completed and received certification in the Wilderness Herbal First Responder, the certification lasts two years. You can re-certify by attending the last three days of the 2020 WHFR course in San Antonio, TX.
This will be heavy in hands-on training, scenarios and review and practice of skills you have learned with our school!

Unless you are using field first aid on a regular basis, it can be a perishable skill. Keep on top of your wilderness medicine skills with a refresher course.

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.


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!


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


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!



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!

Austere Acute Care Medicine Online Course 20202020-04-06T19:08:53+00:00

This is an online course! You do not need to be in our area to take this course – you can participate from anywhere you have an internet connection! Registration will remain open until June 15th.

Dr. Steve Pehrson, MD, and Sam Coffman have developed another unique austere medicine course to add to the full Austere Medicine program. Both Steve and Sam served in the US Army as Special Forces Medics (aka: Green Beret Medics) and bring many decades of experience in the areas of emergency medicine, tactical medicine, family practice, clinical herbalism, botanical medicine making, post-disaster relief and many other subjects to the classroom in this second austere medicine course of the series.

This unique online course is a pre-requisite to attend the 5-day Austere Acute Care Medicine (AACM) hands-on intensive at our 50-acre campus north of San Antonio, TX. The online course is a stand-alone course as well for those who are unable to attend the hands-on intensive. This information-packed online course includes over 40 hours of pre-recorded video lectures, special presentations, handouts and quizzes as well as live Q & A sessions. All videos, lectures, Q & A’s and handouts are downloadable.

The AACM online and on-site course is focused on acute, integrative care in remote, underserved, post-disaster or austere conditions. This includes patient assessment, treatment and support using both pharmaceutical and botanical medicine in a highly integrative manner that is practical and sustainable in even complete grid-down environments.

Acute health conditions that are addressed in the online AACM course include:

  • Infectious disease (viral, bacterial, fungal, protozoal) in the following areas of the body
  • Upper respiratory (sinus, throat, mouth)
  • Lower respiratory
  • Eyes
  • Ears
  • Digestive tract and liver
  • Upper and lower urinary tract
  • Pain – including headache, musculo-skeletal pain (including osteoarthritis), visceral (organ) pain
  • Local skin infections
  • Nail infections and conditions (e.g. ingrown)
  • Allergies
  • Kidney stones
  • Gallstones
  • Hypertension
  • Anxiety & depression
  • Orthopedic injuries: assessment and treatment

The botanical medicine portions of this course include the following topics and more:

  • Herbal medicine pertaining to all acute illness and injury listed above
  • Disease assessment through the eyes of a clinical herbalist
  • Using a materia medica of over 100 herbs
  • Formulas and protocols specific to cellular pathophysiology
  • Supporting the tissue and homeostasis
  • Basic medicine making concepts
  • Dosage and toxicity
  • Integrating all of these concepts with orthodox medicine for the best of both worlds.

The orthodox medicine portions of this course include the following topics and more:

  • Clinical assessment and diagnosis
  • Interpreting lab tests that can be performed in the field
  • Basic pharmaceutical medicine
  • Minor surgery techniques
  • Integrating all of these concepts with botanical medicine for the best of both worlds.

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

The Scout Go-Bag – Online Interactive Workshop 20202020-01-23T00:15:29+00:00


This is an online workshop! You can take this anywhere you have an internet connection. You do not have to be present in our area to take the course! Registration is open until 1/20/20 to allow time for materials to ship!

In this online interactive workshop, we will discuss the basics of bug out bag creation, maintenance, and use for family and community security and students will work on assembling their own pack during the class!

Climate change, political conflict, and social collapse are all events we should be preparing for, and bug out bags and their uses are a crucial skill to keep for your emergency plans for you and your community.

We will be sending out some materials for students to work with for assembling a scout bag during the class. The 2-hour workshop will cover:

  • bug out bags and their classifications
  • sharing how to build and go over product uses through live feed and live interaction
  • Live exercises using what you can find in your home, store
  • Guided scavenging hunts
  • Creating a general plan of action to maintain different types of bug out bags for whatever may come
  • Sharing possible case studies with guests who will have experienced first hand climate change disasters and their lessons learned throughout the events they survived.

Dates: 1/28/20, 7 to 9pm central time.

Registration closes 1/20/20 to allow time for shipping of class materials.

The online classroom will close 30 days after the workshop date – 2/27/20.

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/



San Antonio Wilderness Herbal First Responder Certification 20202020-03-15T05:30:00+00:00

Our Wilderness Herbal First Responder is a certification demonstrating 100 hours of Wilderness First Responder (80 hours on-campus and 20 hours online) combined with remote and post-disaster herbalism. The WHFR also includes a 40-hour Advanced Wilderness First Aid (WFA) certification card through the Emergency Care and Safety Institute (ECSI), CPR certification, and an 80-hour Wilderness First Responder certification card through The Human Path.

This is the merging of the worlds of remote or post-disaster medicine (“ditch medicine”) with the world of herbalism and includes a practical foundation in the use of herbal medicine for acute and critical care situations in the field. PLUS, this course includes a full Wilderness First Responder curriculum that allows the student to be a competent first aid provider in the field, right from the get-go in the case of illness, injury or even chronic health issue.


This course is geared toward a number of different types of students:
• The outdoor enthusiast, camp counselor, outdoor recreational employee who wants in-depth training on injury and illness management in the field.

• The camper, hiker or rock-climber who wants more much more intensive learning, geared toward outdoor environments, than a standard first aid course.

• The prepper (disaster preparedness) who wants to be self-sufficient medically and not even necessarily reliant on orthodox pharmaceuticals.

• The herbalist who wants higher intensity training across the board from wilderness first aid to herbal medicine in a remote environment.

• The emergency medicine professional who wants to expand his/her horizons into indefinite medical care that includes botanical medicines (field herbalism).


The full course includes all of the following skills:

  • Legal definitions and introduction to Wilderness Medicine
  • Working in a chronic vs. acute disaster situation
  • 1, 2 and 3 person carries and stretcher carries, improvisation with limited equipment
  • Ankle and Knee assessment and taping
  • Shock assessment and treatment
  • The acute abdomen
  • Bio-regional Plant identification walks
  • Introduction to knots and lashings
  • Head Injuries (lecture and hands-on)
  • Primary Survey
  • Secondary Survey (physical exam, vital signs, SAMPLE history)
  • Herbal Preparations and administrations in the field
  • Herbs for Head, Ears, Eyes, Nose, Throat Ailments in the Field
  • Herbs to help support the body recover from various types of shock
  • Percolation tincturing in the field
  • Bandaging/Taping Techniques:  Shoulder to Ribs
  • Slings
  • Bandaging/Taping Techniques: Occlusive Dressings and their uses
  • Bandaging/Taping Techniques: Compression Bandages
  • Bandaging/Taping Techniques: Field Expedient Tourniquets
  • Pelvic Injuries
  • Bandaging/Taping Techniques: Buddy Splinting
  • Bandaging/Taping Techniques: Traction Splints
  • Open vs. Closed Fractures
  • Mini Scenarios
  • Wound and Infection Management (including herbs)
  • CPR/AED certification
  • Secondary Survey Practical Exercises
  • The Austere Team: Provider roles in the field. Food allergies.
  • Environmental Hazards: Heat, Cold, Altitude, Lightning strikes
  • Venom and venomous bites
  • Poisonous plants in the field
  • Wound Closure methods
  • The Austere Team: Provider assessment of team provisions
  • Spine management in the field (to include clearing the spine)
  • Making and using activated charcoal
  • Medical and environmental emergencies in the field – from drowning to hypoglycemia
  • Building first aid kits
  • Radio and Communications
  • Group Scenarios: post disaster response
  • Low light triage scenarios
  • Establishing of an Incident Command Center

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

Spring Guerilla Foraging and Field Medicine Making2020-03-13T11:41:49+00:00

Whether you are on a long camping trip, a remote location without your usual pantry items at hand, or even in a post disaster situation; learning to ethically wildcraft and forage what you need for medicine and wild foods is an important skill set while on the move. This one-day class will include a field plant walk, some ethical wildcrafting, and then an exercise in preserving and working with harvested medicinals in a field environment for summer months.

Students will learn:

  • Working with seasonally available plants
  • How to ethically wildcraft
  • What does being a steward of the land mean?
  • When should you not harvest or forage?
  • How to safely identify summer edibles
  • Good S. Texas field guides to use
  • Preservation in the field
  • What is guerrilla foraging and why would a lower profile be important?
  • Foraging tools to have in your pack
  • Simple medicinal preparations in the field
  • Harvesting after an environmental disaster – cautions and concerns
  • How to keep your medicine mobile

At the end of this information-packed class, students will go home with several harvested and prepared medicinals, handouts of wild edible recipes and a mini field guide of plants to watch for in urban and remote environments in our area. You will also go home with a mobile harvesting kit to keep in your daypack.

This course will be offered 3 times a year – one for each growing season and focusing on bio-regional medicinals and edibles in season. This is a requirement for the Female Medic program.


Date: March 15th, 2020. 9 to 4 pm

Location: THP campus

WHAT TO BRING: 2 glass pint sized Mason jars with lids, 16 oz. of grain alcohol, daypack, hand-held clippers, hori blade if you have one, water, snacks, a sack lunch and outdoor clothing and hat for the field harvesting walk.

*just send us an email if you have taken a WFA or WHFR course with us, or if you are a member of one of the Herbal Medic chapters. For information about paying with cash, checks, or money orders, just send us an email here:

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


Medicinal Plant Walk: Herbs for Women’s Health – July 20192019-05-30T19:15:50+00:00


Medicinal Plant Walk: Herbs for Women’s Health

A 2018 survey found American women have the largest burden of chronic illness, highest rates of skipping needed health care due to cost and are the least satisfied with their care, out of 11 studied countries.  Our country also has the highest rate of maternal mortality, the highest rate of caesarean section and the highest rates of breast cancer and over 25% of women routinely spend money out of pocket to cover health care.

What if more women could return to time-honored traditions of working with plants to improve health?  Making herbal teas, compresses, poultices and tinctures is some of the oldest medicine, and knowledge of the body and the plants that support it is independence from a health care system that many feel is broken.

We will also talk about ethical wildcrafting, and how to keep the imprint on the natural landscape as low as possible with sustainable harvesting techniques, when the best time is to harvest plants and how to be a better land steward to the natural environment.

The workshop  will include a lecture followed by a plant walk to point out any available plants that can be used to support women’s health.

Clinical herbalist Michael Blair from Herbal Medics Academy will lead students through this summer series of medicinal plant walks that cover herbs that assist the body in healing, responsible harvesting techniques and botany identification of available plants in our area!


Dates: July 10th, 2019.

Location: Judson Nature Trails, 246 Viesca St, Alamo Heights, TX 78209.

** We will send exact direction details before the workshop **

Pre-Requisite: none required.


You can contact us here with any questions:

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

The Medic: Assessing Injuries in the Field Workshop – 20202020-03-15T07:20:26+00:00

Many emergency first aid skills can be forgotten if you don’t use them on a regular basis.  In the panic of an emergency, it is easy to forget the techniques and when you should use a certain method to help someone who is injured.

This is a 4-hour hands on workshop where we will discuss and practice primary assessment skills.  Do you know what to do if you find someone unconscious in the field? What steps should you take to assess what injuries someone might have?  We will spend time discussing how to become more confident with assessing injuries before practicing primary assessment with each other. The more you do these skills, the more comfortable you will be with them when they are needed, and the more effective they will be.

We will cover:

  • Circulation – Sensation  — Motor: how is this determined
  • Deformities — Open Wounds — Tenderness — Swelling: your assessment skills
  • How to determine the MOI (mechanism of injury)
  • ABCDE – an easy method to doing a thorough primary assessment
  • How to perform a thorough primary assessment, head to toe
  • What to look for: Level of consciousness
  • Vitals: taking pulse and respirations
  • How to comfort an injured person in the field
  • Life Threats – prioritizing injury severity
  • Moving the patient: how to correctly and safely move during an assessment

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