The ACORN School of Herbal Medicine offers Educational Programs in Western Herbalism
with Clinical Approaches to Plant Medicine and Vitalist Healing
Sustaining the Vitalist Tradition of Western Herbalism
Academic Community Of Radical Nature-cure
Footprints in Medical Herbalism 2020-2021
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.
412 Commercial Street
Nevada City, CA 95959
11 am - 5 pm Monday - Saturday, closed Sunday
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“The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn.”
–Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Upcoming Classes & Events
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Nov. 16 Advanced Herbalism class 10 am - 4 pm
Nov. 17, 18, 19 Footprints class 10 am - 1 pm
Nov. 23-27 NO SCHOOL - Enjoy a safe & socially distanced
Nov. 30 Advanced Herbalism class 10 am - 4 pm
Dec. 1, 2, 3 Footprints class 10 am - 1 pm
Dec. 7 Advanced Herbalism class 10 am - 4 pm
Dec. 8, 9, 10 Footprints class 10 am - 1 pm
Dec. 12 Free Clinic - Now Online! Go to our Clinic page to schedule
Dec. 14 Advanced Herbalism class 10 am - 4 pm
Dec. 15, 16, 17 Footprints class 10 am - 1 pm
Dec. 21 - Jan. 1, 2021 NO SCHOOL - Winter Break
Jan. 4 Advanced Herbalism class 10 am - 4 pm
Jan. 5, 6, 7 Footprints class 10 am - 1 pm
Jan. 9 Free Clinic - Now Online! Go to our Clinic page to schedule
Jan. 11 Advanced Herbalism class 10 am - 4 pm
Jan. 12, 13, 14 Footprints class 10 am - 1 pm
Jan. 18 NO SCHOOL
Program begins September 22, 2020
You must register before September 12, 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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