allergies, connecting with plant and animal allies, therapeutic and uterine massage, vaginal steams, foot bathing, flower essences, relaxation techniques, plant brushings, bee venom therapy and a wide variety of natural medicine protocols. 

Heather teaches full time at the Acorn School and also operates the Nevada City Herb & Tea Co which specializes in medicinal herb tea blends. She has instructed classes in Western Herbalism in the Sierra Foothills for more than a decade. A lifelong student, mother, beekeeper, massage therapist, and plant medicine whisperer, Heather hunts inspiration and cooks it up in service to inspire others. Her free time is spent gathering plants, making herbal medicines, walking in the woods, enjoying the Yuba River, and spending time with her amazing daughter and her dog. Heather is a master in the art of "self-care" and teaches the use of simple and effective healing strategies rooted in a practice of living simply close to nature. 

Heather Luna, Clinical Herbalist, Clinical Nutritionist

Acorn School of Herbal Medicine Director


A Clinical Herbalist, Clinical Nutritionist, and resident of Nevada County since her teens, Heather Luna is a graduate of the John Woolman School, the Rocky Mountain Center for Botanical Studies, and the North American Institute of Medical Herbalism. Her teachings are rooted in both medical and folk herbalism. Her passion for Nature has guided her in a practice of herbs, nutrition, bodywork, apitherapy, and vitalism for the past 20 years. 

Heather's professional practice includes appropriate guidance in herbal and nutritional counseling, specific dietary programs, ​coaching through food 

Medicine Garden Faculty

Renee Wade


Renee Wade is a certified Permaculture Designer with a BA in Ecological Agriculture. Her focus is on creating landscapes that are functional parts of the larger ecosystem; these are landscapes rooted in living soils with the ability to cycle nutrients, catch and retain water, grow healthy and nutritious plants, and nurture both humans and wildlife.


Renee is also the author of The Living Earth Handbook: Creating Sustainability from the Inside Out, winner of the Nautilus Book Awards Gold in Science and Cosmology in 2017. This book reflects Renee’s broader interests in the connections between human consciousness, quantum physics, and Nature’s intelligence.


She regularly teaches workshops on creating living soil, understanding and working with water, and shifting into conscious connection with nature. After spending 6 years creating the Bluebird Farm Medicine Garden, Renee is now experimenting to create an extreme, drought-resistant Medicine Garden at her home in the Sierra Foothills.

Her website is NaturalCollaboration.com.