The ACORN School of Herbal Medicine offers Educational Programs in Western Herbalism
with Clinical Approaches to Plant Medicine and Vitalist Healing
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8/7/20 Medicine Garden class 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
8/10/20 Registration & Deposit Due for Advanced Herbalism Program
8/14/20 Medicine Garden class 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
8/17/20 1st Day - Advanced Herbalism Program 2020-21
8/21/20 Medicine Garden class 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
8/24/20 Advanced Program class 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
8/28/20 Medicine Garden class 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
8/31/20 Advanced Program class 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
9/4/20 Medicine Garden class 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
9/7/20 No School
9/10/20 Registration & Deposit Due for Footprints Program
9/11/20 Medicine Garden class 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
9/12/20 Community Free Clinic is back in session! Now online
9/18/20 Medicine Garden class 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
9/22/20 1st Day - Footprints in Medical Herbalism 2020-21
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Open to all graduates of the
Footprints in Medical Herbalism Program
Program begins: August 17, 2020
Registration due date: August, 10, 2020
Our Advanced Herbalism in the Vitalist Tradition program prepares the herbalist for becoming a clinical practitioner in the field of Vitalist Herbalism. This program will feature Paul Bergner as our primary instructor. While Paul's work is known worldwide and access to his teachings are available in a number of schools around the globe, this program offers a unique expression of his works. His 50 years of accumulated knowledge have been refined bringing a heightened skillset to the development of becoming a professional herbalist. He has trained more than 400 clinical herbalists since 1996.
Class Topics Include: Advanced Natural Therapeutics, Vitalist Approaches to Chronic Illness, Physiology and Pathophysiology, Clinical Nutrition, Advanced Medicine Making, Nature Cure practices, Clinical Skills for the Practicing Herbalist and more.
In order to practice herbalism effectively one must turn towards Nature as the original instructor. Working with plants is working with the forces of Nature. Nature Cure is a healing modality as old as humanity itself. Our contemporary expression of it originated in the mid-1800s. Practitioners used whole food diets, restoration of the circadian rhythm, bathing in healing waters, movement in the fresh clean air, and the skilled application of herbs. This was practiced while spending ample time in natural landscapes and wild places. They found these methods to be curative of many conditions. It is from this tradition that modern naturopathic medicine was developed. In order to facilitate a cure we must unpack the habits of modern lifestyle and restore the balance of Nature’s original instructions in human life. It is our mission to resurrect these principles in the practice of western herbalism today.
We are a learning community and each of us comes to this calling with something to offer. We learn directly from experience, from our own and from each other. Every student on this path has the ability to become a teacher for ourselves, for those we serve, and for one another. The unique effects of herbs on one individual offer experience for all of us in the setting of shared community learning.
We cultivate a ferocious appetite for learning with in-depth study and rigor in our academic work. In defense of Nature’s ability to heal, we take a radical stand against those dominant medical practices that suppress life’s innate healing processes. We are the resistance against the distorted views of suppression which are known to cause harm and illness.
We have come to call our school the Academic Community of Radical Nature-cure
Servants of Life
Lovers of trees
Humble nuts of the mighty oak
“The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn.”
–Ralph Waldo Emerson
Sustaining the Vitalist Tradition of Western Herbalism
Footprints in Medical Herbalism 2020-2021
We are excited to announce our first
Advanced Herbalism Program
starting this August!
Program begins September 22, 2020
You must register before September 10, 2020 to attend this fall's program
We have moved online! We will utilize video conferencing for classes, recorded videos of herb walks and other creative digital ways to help you learn from the comfort and safety of your home. Now is the perfect time to begin a formal education in botanical medicine. Join us this fall as we explore the world of plant medicine and deepen our relationship with the earth, each other and ourselves.
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