​The Acorn School of Herbal Medicine offers educational programs in ​Western Herbalism with clinical approaches to Plant Medicine and Vitalist healing

“The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn.”

–Ralph Waldo Emerson

This is a one-day workshop held at the Acorn School of Herbal Medicine in Nevada City, CA. It is open to the public, whether you are a health care professional, an outdoors enthusiast, just completing your Wilderness First Aid certification or an herbalist — this workshop has lots of great information to share.

Sam Coffman began his medical education in the military as a U.S. Special Forces Medic (aka Green Beret medic) in 1989. A few years prior to this he had already become highly interested in herbalism as a way to provide health care in remote regions with a minimum of medical supplies – both for acute care and trauma as well as for chronic conditions. This was the start of a long journey into the world of plant medicine for Sam, and after thousands of clinical hours as both a medic on teams and in military emergency rooms, as well as working with herbs throughout following decades, Sam’s primary goal has become the creation of an integrative medical model that embraces both vitalistic and mechanistic aspects of herbalism into a collaboration with orthodox and energetic models of diagnosis and treatment.

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​Botanical Medicine and Acute Infectious Disease 

with Sam Coffman

Monday, May 14th, 2018
10 am - 4 pm    $60-75

Acorn School of Herbal Medicine
580 Searls Ave. Nevada City, CA 95959

Registration at:


Acorn School of Herbal Medicine Certificate Course

Upcoming Events

*click on the links or go to our "Events" page for complete details.

5/12/18:                    Community Free Health Clinic   10 am - 5 pm. Open to the public. 

5/14/18:                    Sam Coffman ONE DAY Workshop: Botanical Medicine and Acute Infectious

                                   Disease 10 am - 4 pm at the school. Cost $75.

5/17/18:                    The Pixie Traveling Medicine Show    7 - 10 pm. $20 donation. Open to the


5/18/18:                    Herb Wisdom Gatherings: "The Teachings of Manzanita" with Heather Luna.

                                   6 - 8 pm. Cost $25. No registration required. Pay at the door.

​6/11/18:                    Womb Wisdom - One Day Immersion with Naomi Love. 10 am - 5 pm. Cost $108

​6/15/18:                    Footprints in Medical Herbalism Class of 2017-18 Graduation! Open to the

                                   community. Details to come.

​6/24/18:                    St. John's Day Celebration  a Field Class with Heather Luna.

                                   10 am - 4 pm. Cost $60.

June-July-August 2018:  Summer Break! Our Community Free Health Clinic will resume in

                                          October 2018. 

9/15/18:                    Open House & Tea Party. 1 - 4 pm. All are welcome.

​9/27/18:                    Our next Footprints in Medical Herbalism class begins! 

Education      Herbalism      Vitalism

​​Footprints in Medical Herbalism

Next Program Begins September 27, 2018

Follow in the Footprints of Herbal Mastery ~

  • This program is ideal for those wanting to initiate the rigorous study of Western Herbalism. Every step of this course work is created to guide you on the path to develop your skill set in the medicinal use of herbs. You will improve the quality of your own life, as well as the health of friends and family. These are essential stepping stones for developing clinical skills. 

  • This 400+ hour course contains the inspiration, hands-on experience, tools, terms, concepts, methods of application, and case study based learning that will give you a solid foundation in Western Herbalism. This program is at a level that could also serve as continuing education for many of those already on the path.

  • Learn more than 65 herbs with practical applications, as well as understand how to study an herb, which will establish a foundation for effective continued learning. This is a project-oriented course, you will taste the herbs, journal their effects, make medicines, devise formulas, and study actual clinical cases.​ Students will spend time in the field learning to identify and ethically harvest wild plant medicine as well.