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

with Clinical Approaches to Plant Medicine and Vitalist Healing

Upcoming Classes & Events


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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!

Footprints in Medical Herbalism 2020-21  ~ UPDATES 

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.

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 Apothecary 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 Community 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.


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