Supervising Faculty

Paul Bergner - Medical Herbalist, Clinical Nutritionist
Heather Luna - Clinical Herbalist, Clinical Nutritionist


Within 7-14 days you will receive an email from us about your acceptance. 

Questions? Please contact Heather Luna, ACORN Director with any additional questions or concerns. 


Total $2700

1) Deposit of $300 is due on or before 9/10/21 (the deposit counts towards your total tuition)

2) Tuition Balance $2400

  • Payment in full is due on or before 9/20/21
  • OR Make monthly payments with our ACORN Payment Plan
    • Once your deposit has been paid, you will have 8 monthly payments of $300, see the payment schedule below.
    • Custom payments plans are available upon request, please contact ACORN directly to inquire. 


This program has prerequisite requirement of a minimum of 300 hours of pre-clinical training in vitalist herbalism, having attended our Advanced Herbalism in the Vitalist Tradition program or the equivalent. Prior to Advanced training students must have a minimum of 300 hours of Foundational herbalist education, having attended our Footprints in Medical Herbalism program or the equivalent. Together, this totals a minimum requirement of over 600 hours of study with the specific education in the methods of vitalist healing strategies to enter into our Clinical Residency and Roundtable Program.  

Students who complete both our first and second year programs are certified in over 650 hours of Vitalist Herbalism. Those who go on to complete this Clinic Program, will have accumulated over 800 hours of formal education.

Total Program Hours: 175

  • Client face time - 36 hours
  • Case Analysis - 48 hours
  • Case Review - 45 hours
  • Roundtable - 46 hours


This program is open to graduates of the

Advanced Herbalism in the Vitalist Tradition program  ​with pre-clinical training

Program Overview

All Clinic Sessions and Classes are held in real time via Zoom.

Our Clinical Residency & Roundtable Program is our third-year program that brings our students full circle in their herbal journey. All of the rigorous study our students have completed in the first-year program Footprints in Medical Herbalism and our second-year program Advanced Herbalism in the Vitalist Tradition have brought them to the precipice of becoming a fully trained Clinical Herbalist. 

This Program is based on the Roundtable clinical format. Students will attend the ACORN School’s monthly Online Free Clinic as interns to run complete private intake and follow up sessions with actual clients. Interns will write up each case and submit it to the faculty and student body for review and collaborative feedback. While each clinician may only see one client per month, they will gain the experience and insight of every case that comes through our clinic.

Consecutively interns will attend one roundtable meeting each week for teachings and discussion of topics that arise in clinical practice. Roundtable meetings create a sacred space to share the challenges, insights, and moments of celebration of working in a clinic setting. Come to these ready to be your most authentic self.

Enrollment is Open!
Program begins September 20, 2021
Registration closes​ September 10th

Clinical Program

Application Fee

(one-time payment)

Clinical Program Schedule

1st Day of Class: September 20, 2021  ~  Last Day of Class: May 23, 2022

Clinical Program is Completely Online 

  • Roundtable meetings are held weekly via Zoom, on Mondays from 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm PST
  • Monthly Free Clinic participation: 
    • These appointments are virtual (Zoom), allowing us to work with clients all over the country
    • Free Clinic days are held on the second Saturday of every month. 
    • All Students Interns are scheduled to attend one 3-hour time slot at each clinic.
  • Student clinicians will submit written cases with a complete analysis breakdown for community review.
  • Faculty and community feedback will be given on your clinic cases via Google docs

Clinical Residency & Roundtable

General Enrollment Information

  • Prospective students must fill out an application for enrollment.
  • You must have previous herbal education & training to apply (see Prerequisites).  
  • ​There is a non-refundable $50 application fee.
  • Once applications are accepted there is a deposit required to hold your place in the program. 
  • You must be 18 years of age or older to attend classes. 

175 total hours

Application Instructions

Applications will not be processed until the application fee is submitted. This fee pays our time to thoroughly review each person’s application, read their essay, and then schedule a private interview to discuss their enrollment. This is a non-refundable one-time payment. 

  1. Read the Clinical Program Handbook.
  2. Fill out this Application online and save it to your computer.
  3. Take pictures or scan your Required Documentation and save as files.
  4. Write your Essay in a word processor and save the file.
  5. Then send an email with all the items/files described above as attachments to:
  6. Finally, pay the application fee.