The faculty at The Human Path is comprised of nearly a dozen professionals both former military and civilian, with nearly 200 combined years of either professional and/or military experience.
Although the founder and several of the faculty are former military, this is not a military-style, "bunker-living" survival school. The vision of the school is to bring people closer to the earth while learning to be the best possible people in the worst possible circumstances. It is a mix between military experience and earth-awareness.
Sam teaches the herbalism courses which are focused on post-disaster plant medicine. He is a clinical herbalist and works with doctors, as well as runs a free herbal clinic at the school. His approach to herbalism is to fill the niche of dealing with medicine and health care in a time when there may be no hospitals, medical equipment, antibiotics or pharmaceutical medicine. His herbalism classes focus also on local plant medicine of the southwest USA, with a lot of local plant identification and use.
The curriculum at The Human Path is similar to a college or university. There are core classes (for people on a core track) and peripheral classes, or "electives," that are open to anyone and have no core prerequisites. In general the tracks are divided into two major areas: Wilderness and urban topics.
Core subjects are then broken down into five core specialties (paths) that all function as part of a team or a community: Hunter Gatherer, Combat Medic, Primitive Engineer, Scout, Leadership/Teamwork. Core students usually pick one path and focus on those classes before moving into a different specialty, as class times often overlap. All classes are very focused on hands-on training, and all of the core classes usually involve some type of scenario which is complete with role-players and situations that push students to make decisions, use what they learned and work as a team under higher-stress.
Aside from scenarios, The Human Path also runs missions to remote areas in Central America with Herbal Medics (a non-profit organization) with the purpose of building off-grid solutions to sanitation and health problems, running herbal clinics, and working only with salvage materials that can be found in-country. This kind of training in remote areas and post-disaster areas gives students the unique opportunity to practice skills in the real world, with real consequences for other people. Aside from helping those in need, students form very tight-knit teams, tight-knit community and are fully prepared for disaster anywhere they may be, whether at home or even in a location they are not familiar with.
Classes are taught mostly on weekends, and 3-day weekends. The core basic class (the 50+ hour, first prerequisite for any core classes) is offered twice a year as a 5-day class, Monday through Friday. One time as the Primitive Core Basic and one time as the Urban Core Basic. Core Basic classes are also offered twice a year (for both urban and primitive) as 3-day weekends, and split into a part 1 and part 2.
The Human Path also offers an online herbology course for their first level herbalism class: The Herbal Medic 1 - Fundamentals. More information can be obtained by visiting the website or emailing infoATthehumanpath.com.