We are happy to announce the return of our in-person outdoor Field Classes!

 Join Heather Luna for a fun, informative and hands-on experience in the field

to learn about the edible & medicinal plants of the Sierra Foothills 

Registration for Field Classes Full Program

If you would like to attend all of the Field Classes we offer, you can register for the entire Field Class Program to receive a discount. Please fill out the Registration Form below to sign up.

Full Program: $1125

  • You can pay in full or make monthly payments
  • Deposit of $125 is due by 8/25/21 to hold your place
  • Monthly payments are $100

Full Program Student price: $800

  • You can pay in full or make monthly payments
  • Deposit of $150 is due by 8/25/21 to hold your place
  • Monthly payments are $65  

​Field Classes are, you guessed it, held in out in the field at various locations throughout the Nevada County area. Class locations range from the cozy nest of our school Medicine Garden to various treasured trails and forests in the wild landscape of the Sierra foothills.

Field Classes Include:

  • Herb Walks
  • Plant Identification
  • Herbal Actions and Medicinal Uses
  • Fresh Plant Medicine Making in the field
  • Harvesting and processing techniques
  • Foraging Ethics
  • Plant Communication

These Field Classes are rich botanical adventures which strengthen our relationships to the plants and the use of herbs into our daily lives. Due to the variation of ecosystems and activities held at each field class throughout the season every stand-alone class is a unique experience that cannot reflect the entirety of outdoor adventures we will embark throughout the year. For the full experience of traveling through the seasons join us once a month. These are inspirational botanical play days for every level of herbalist. Spend the day immersed in botanical wisdom with Heather Luna. ​

All medicine making materials will be provided. You will be participating in hands-on medicine making in the field. Everyone will take home medicine we make during our Field Classes. 

Field Classes Overview

  • Classes are ​​​​held monthly 10:00 am - 3:00 pm PST
  • Learn plant identification and Materia medica
  • Hands-on medicine making in the field (all materials are provided)
  • Take home medicines made that day
  • Open to everyone, no formal training required
  • Most trails we hike are considered easy 
  • We will meet rain, snow or shine
  • You can register for the Full Program (all the classes) or you can attend Individual Classes
  • ​Current ACORN students receive a discounted price

Registration for Individual Field Classes
You can register for a single class or just the ones that interest you. 

Individual Class: $125 each

How to prepare for class

Please come prepared to work with the plants in their environments. While we live in temperature controlled rooms plants do not. Learning about plants means that we must adjust ourselves to the climates and habitats of Nature. Spending time in nature is a vital piece of being an herbalist. Spending time in Nature should not be limited to fair weather and sunny days. This means being prepared to meet your personal comfort needs as well as the needs of an outdoor learning/classroom environment so that everyone can enjoy the time together (plants included).

Please come to all outdoor field classes with the following items:

  • Full water bottle
  • A sack lunch and trail snacks for the day
  • Good walking shoes (weather appropriate such as waterproof hiking boots and wool socks)
  • Notebook and pen/pencils (cameras are also welcome)
  • A personal blanket or towel to sit on outside
  • Plastic grocery bags (we pick up trash along the way)
  • Weather appropriate layers of clothing:
    • Long pants (with wooly unders/leggings if cold), short sleeves shirt or tank top with long sleeve shirt on top. Plus a hoodie or wool sweater. **Remember you can always shed layers, but you can’t magically make new layers appear while out in the field.
    • Sunhat and light weight loose long sleeves and pants to prevent bug bites, bramble scratches and sunburn on sunny days
    • Rain slicker with waterproof hood and water proof gear with warm wool under layers on rainy days
    • A backpack to store gear and extra layers of clothing 

Optional tools and materials

We will use these tools for medicine making in the field. If you choose to bring your own tools and equipment please label each with your name. 

  • Pocket knife
  • Garden snips/clippers/hand pruners
  • Small shovel/trowel/ hori hori/ or other digging tool
  • Folding garden saw
  • Baskets or collecting bags (canvas or paper)

Field Classes 2021-22

Field Classes Schedule 2021-22:

September 25th – Hawthorn Harvest. Sink into this heart medicine with a plant sit and song. Talk story of the science and the magic of age old Crataegus tradition. Make fresh hawthorn berry oxymel and elixir.

October 23rd – Medicine Garden Fall Harvest. Herb Walk. Collection and processing for field to bottle medicine making.

November 20th– Oak Tree Medicine. At an ancient grinding rock location near old growth California Black Oaks, harvest and process acorns. Talk story of the many medicinal uses, ecological importance, history and lore of the oak.

December &  January - No Class

February 26th - Conifers. Pine, Cedar, and Fir. Discover the many medicinal uses of evergreens. Explore the abundant uses of needles, bark, and sap. Make Pine Syrup and pine pitch salve.   

March 26th – Yuba River Trek. Seasonal Wild Flower and Medicinal Plant Walk.

April 23rd – Spring Weeds. Medicinal and Edible weed walk through the Medicine Garden. Make delicious weedy wild pesto, herbal vinegars, and oxymels.

May 28th – Rock Creek Nature Trail. Deep Forest Foraging and Fairytales. Herb Walk and Bleeding heart harvest.

June 25th – St. John’s Wort Celebration. Talk story of the medicine and the magic. Make fresh plant tincture and infused oil in the field.

July 23rd – Medicine Garden Summer Harvest. Herb Walk. Collection and Processing of fresh plant material. Peak season field to bottle medicine making at the farm.  

August 27th – Elderberry Extravaganza. Learn, make medicine, and play. Discover everything elder. Make fresh berry syrup from field to bottle. Sit with an elder in the garden and listen to her messages. Make traditional herbal baths with sunlight, plants, and water to get refreshingly drenched in the

garden on a hot summer day.