Sustaining the Vitalist Tradition of Western Herbalism


Academic Community Of Radical Nature-cure

Footprints in Medical Herbalism 2021-22 

Enrollment is Open!

Program begins September 7th

Our Footprints in Medical Herbalism program is now completely online! Join us this fall as we explore the world of plant medicine and deepen our relationship with the earth, each other and ourselves. This is an entry level, in-depth program that provides essential training in the foundations of Western Herbalism with a total of 348 hours of more

Remedy Garden is Nevada City's homegrown herb shop! It is locally owned by Jahwei Chen-Graf, B.Nat (SCU), Clinical Herbalist and Naturopath. She is also a guest faculty member at the ACORN School. Remedy Garden is a wonderful source for all things herbal and natural including bulk herbs, herbal tea blends, tinctures, elixirs, medicinal mushrooms, salves, skin care, incense, gifts and more!

Students enrolled at ACORN School receive 20% OFF on all bulk herb purchases! 

This location is also a pick up spot for local students to collect their supplies and course materials during open business hours. 

Supporting local small businesses is vitally important to our community!   
Online ordering options available.

Remedy Garden 
412 Commercial Street

Nevada City, CA 95959 
11 am - 5 pm Monday - Saturday, closed Sunday

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

–Ralph Waldo Emerson

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​The ACORN School of Herbal Medicine offers Educational Programs in ​Western Herbalism 

with Clinical Approaches to Plant Medicine and Vitalist Healing

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