How to prepare for class
Students are to dress appropriately for getting dirty. (Prepare to roll on the ground!)
What to bring to each class
Required tools and materials for Garden work and Medicine Making in the Field
** Please mark or label all your own tools and equipment
(drop in students may view a copy of this text in class)
(full time students get a complimentary copy of this book, drop in students may view a copy of this text in class)
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. She will be sharing teachings of the plants from a Vitalist perspective and how to apply them in healing practice rooted in Earth Centered Traditions...(read more)
The Instructors ~
This kind of program is what happens when an herbalist and permaculture designer get together!
Engage in the Healing Power of Nature…
The Medicine Garden program is a Living Garden Project for students of botanical medicine to integrate the use of herbs into personal lifestyle and meaningful relationship.
In this 8 month program we will learn about medicinal plants in their cultivated habitat, along with growing, harvesting, and plant medicine processing. From earth to bottle we will go through the complete life cycle of medicine work starting with learning how to listen to the plants and communicate with them.
We will learn how to use our senses to experience plant medicines and determine their medical applications according to Vitalist traditions. Students will learn how to approach plants as teachers and use them as guides for our own personal healing, as well as how to help facilitate healing for others.
We will integrate practical strategies to create Living Soil, Healing Waters, and conscious connection to the healing ecology of plant life that ultimately sustain us. As we work directly with the elements to cultivate the medicines that we collect we build a future that supports all of Life to thrive.
The roots of health and vitality lie in our connection to Nature. The Medicine Garden Program will strengthen your personal relationship to plants and their healing powers while enabling you to take better care of soil, water, and Earth!
Key Topics Include
This program meets two Fridays a month 10 am - 4 pm, from March to October. There are a total of 15 classes.
Each class will include a diversity of content that moves in season according to what is in the garden ready to harvest, process and plant.
The first Friday of each month is primarily taught by Renee Wade with a focus on soil building, growing strategies, and creating agricultural resilience in sustainable mindsets. The second Friday of the month is primarily taught by Heather Luna with a focus on Materia medica, medicine making, and herbal therapeutics. Both instructors integrate plant spirit communication into their teaching methods and class styles.
Renee Wade, Gardener and Permaculture Designer
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...(read more)
2019 Class Dates
meets in the Garden 10 am - 4 pm
March (1st class) - 3/29
April - 4/12 & 4/26
May - 5/17 & 5/31
June - 6/14 & 6/28
July - 7/12 & 7/26
August - 8/9 & 8/30
September - 9/13 & 9/27
October - 10/11 & 10/25
Classes are held inside the gardens at Bluebird Farm, 11153 Cement Hill Road in Nevada City, located just two miles from downtown. There is parking at Bluebird Farm. Please enter the driveway slowly. You will see the fenced garden area to your right. Do NOT park in front of the garden! Stay on the main drive way and turn into the first parking area on the left. In rainy weather we will meet at our school classroom in downtown Nevada City.
$125/class drop-in rate
$1650 full program (includes a discount) - closed for the season, drop-ins are welcome
Full Program Payment Plan
Included in cost