Academic Community Of Radical Nature-cure

Footprints in Medical Herbalism 2021-22 

Enrollment Starts February 2021 

Stay tuned for dates & updated program information!

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.

What's New?

  • We can now accept applications from all over! Since classes are now online you do not have to live nearby to attend our school.
  • Regular classes: All classes will be held in real-time online using Zoom. We want to replicate the in-person classroom environment as much as possible so we can grow and connect as a group. Recorded videos will be available for missed online classes only.
  • Field Classes: Herb walks, field botany and plant identification classes are vital to your knowledge and experience as a student herbalist. We will be doing both in-person herb walks and recorded videos. Whether you choose to attend in-person or watch the videos, this is still an essential part of the Footprints Program.
    • Local students: We will hold in-person, socially distanced, outdoor field classes for those who wish to attend. Attending in-person is optional.
    • Out of town students: We will have recorded field classes for those who live out of the area and those students who may not be able to attend in-person.
  • ​Supplies Fee: Our supplies fee covers all materials that we would normally use in the classroom setting as we learn to make plant medicines. Feeling, smelling, and tasting herbs are important aspects of herbalist training. There will be a monthly Medicine Making Care Package that contains all the herbs and medicine making materials needed to complete the lessons for the coming month. 
    • Local students: We now have an in town pick up location for your monthly care packages! You will be able to pick up your monthly packages at Remedy Garden during their normal business hours. Click on the Footprints Program Overview button below for details.
    • Out of town students: Your monthly care packages will be mailed to you the last week of each month for the next month's lessons.
  • Free Clinic Days: We continue to hold our monthly Free Clinic online using scheduled Zoom meetings. You will still gain all the necessary experience with case studies and the application of herbs by sitting in on Free Clinic sessions.

For detailed information, click on the button below.

Upcoming Classes & Events

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Jan. 12, 13, 14            Footprints class 10 am - 1 pm​

Jan. 18                         NO SCHOOL

Jan. 19, 20, 21            Footprints class 10 am - 1 pm​

Jan. 25                        Advanced Herbalism class 10 am - 4 pm

Jan. 26, 27, 28            Footprints class 10 am - 1 pm​

Feb. 1                         Advanced Herbalism class 10 am - 4 pm

Feb. 2, 3, 4                 Footprints class 10 am - 1 pm​

Feb. 8                         Advanced Herbalism class 10 am - 4 pm

Feb. 9, 10, 11            Footprints class 10 am - 1 pm​

Feb. 13                       Free Clinic - Now Online! Go to our Clinic page to schedule 
                                    an appointment. 

Feb. 15                       Advanced Herbalism class 10 am - 4 pm

Feb. 16, 17, 18          Footprints class 10 am - 1 pm​

Feb. 22                       Advanced Herbalism class 10 am - 4 pm

Feb. 23, 24, 25          Footprints class 10 am - 1 pm​

Mar. 1                        Advanced Herbalism class 10 am - 4 pm

 Footprints in Medical Herbalism 2021-2022

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


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

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If you are feeling inspired to give back or "pay it forward" in any way, we will put your donations to good use!  We use donations to help fund our Free Clinic, provide custom herbal formulas at a discount, and provide financial assistance to our students attending our programs. We are grateful for being part of such a wonderful and supportive community, and we look forward to continuing to serve our greater community for many years to come!

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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