Professional Natural Medicine, Botanical & Environmental Health Programs
PROFESSIONAL BOTANICAL MEDICINE PROGRAMS
Beginner Herbalism Apprentice
Students enjoy studying all aspects of Herbalism in one of two convenient formats, a weekend intensive course or online course that may be completed within 6 months. Courses are taught by Gigi Stafne, Master Herbalist and Naturopath, who has 3 decades of full time clinical and teaching experience. The weekend intensives are held either on Friday-Sunday or Saturday-Sunday in various locales at schools and centers around North America. To learn more about BOTANICA, the equivalent online course visit: http://greenwisdom.weebly.com/online-ecourses.html Beginner Herbalism Apprentice is a prerequisite course for both Intermediate Herbalism Summer School Field Study Program (aka SUMMER HERB CAMP) and the advanced accelerated program, Clinical Botanical Medicine Program-Master Herbalism Program.
Beginner Herbalism Apprentice Course Content:
Introduction to Natural & Botanical Medicine Naturopathic Principles Philosophies, Foundations & History of Herbalism Western Herbalism, Melting Pot Medicine Art & Science of Herbalism Cross Cultural & Indigenous Medicine Topics Herbs for the Life Cycle, Pregnancy to Wisdom Years Top Herbs in North America Herbs for Contemporary Issues: Stress, Anxiety, Depression, Trauma Herbs for Environmental Health, Chronic Pain, Cancer CAM Professional Practice Ethics, Legal Issues Seminar Hands-on Green Medicine Making component that everyone loves ...with teas, botanical tincture making, herbal oils, flower essences
Students prepare sundry natural~botanical products to take home to use and enjoy
Intimate course sizes: 7-15
Tuition: Generally $250-$350 depending upon hours and host site tuition. (periodic discounts & early birdspecials). Questions please reach: email@example.com
As mentioned above, Dr. Stafne teaches this course in numerous locations in North America. Host this course, invite and register a minimum of 8 others, as host organizer you participate free of charge. Inquire directly: firstname.lastname@example.org
Locate Beginner Herbalism Apprentice Near You...
Summer-Fall 2020 Options in Upper Midwest U.S. & Ontario, Canada September 19-20, 2020 (full days), Golden Light Retreat Center, near Green Bay, WI. Visit and register directly via: www.goldenlighthealing.net Covid guidelines apply.
October 9-11, 2020 (full days), North House Folk School, Grand Marais, MN, Lake Superior. Register soon, cap and Covid guidelines apply. Contact North House where Gigi is faculty/instructor: www.northhouse.org
November 7-8, 2020 (full days), At Gigi's in Northwest Wisconsin. Smaller size course in northwoods setting. Tuition for this course: $150 per person, plus $20 materials fee. Register directly via Gigi: email@example.com Please reach Gigi directly about course status during COVID. Enrollment has been capped and guidelines will apply. Email us to register early. Each of the above certificate level courses fills quickly and are small in course size to ensure a quality educational experience.
None of the above options work for you? Consider BOTANICA! Our online equivalent eCourse with instructor, Gigi Stafne. Email instructor Gigi Stafne, MH, ND directly first for any individual academic questions or help: firstname.lastname@example.org
Check this list and Special Course Offerings Page frequently as new sessions are added. Or consider hosting a course in your region! Questions? Email us: email@example.com
Are Green Wisdom Certificate Courses for You?
If you are a student of life who is passionate about natural and botanical medicine, Green Wisdom is for you. Our instructors are enthusiastic, committed to the plants, people and this precious planet. Lead instructor & advisor, Gigi Stafne, MH, ND will help guide you to the most aligned botanical program or course to fit your dreams and desires, helping you to fulfill your life's potential withing natural and botanical medicine. There's something for every plant medicine student, from 3-hour community workshops to our 1400-1700 hour professional Clinical Master Herbalism Program.
What Green Wisdom graduates have to say...
"Gigi brings all the elements together in her courses. I gained an understanding of botanicals, explored traditional rituals & celebrations, and picked up the tools to continue on my path of discovery, sharing botanical wisdom."
~Rachael Stanze, Duluth, Minnesota, now Alaska, USA
"The most valuable thing I learned in Clinical Herbalism class series was to just go outside and begin working with plants. The plant walk was very valuable to me when you had us "read" the land and try to determine what the plants were "doing" in that space. I remember you asking us for our interpretation about their potential medicinal qualities... Thank you for playing an important role in my plant medicine journey...so many things tie together from that class to my journey now."
~Kerri Kiernan, Herb Pharm, Williams, Oregon--now River Prairie Herbs, Eau Claire, Wisconsin
"Here is what I discovered during the Materia Medica unit of our Master Herbalism Program: A great deal more confidence, getting to know the herbs in a different more objective way gives a lot more confidence to me because I like to know how things work. I discovered that I am really interested in the energy of herbs. I have taken classes on herbal energetics and was kind of ho-hum about it all until I dove deeper into the background and the system of TCM. I like systems and seeing patterns. I discovered how amazing and powerful herbs and herbal medicine is on SO many levels. Levels that just employing my intuition wouldn't reach. I learned my intuition about some herbs was right on the money and why. I feel so much more ready for clinical work. So much more confident."
~Donna Bass, MH, Owner-Operator, Mama Moon Herbals, Iowa
Who have Green Wisdom students been in the past 3 decades?
Students come from many different life and career pathways. They have been nurses, physicians, pharmacists, physical therapists, chiropractors, pharmacists, massage therapists, midwives, doulas, acupuncturists, organic gardeners, farmers, parents, personal coaches, physical trainers, therapists, teachers and business people. Not to mention naturalists, environmentalists, community organizers and activists! Some of our most dedicated students engage in our natural medicine programs for their own individual and family's health and wellness.
Consider joining the powerful tribal circle of earth healers and community herbalists!
"My heart was in herbalism--without the knowledge! Taking classes with Gigi Stafne, Master Herbalist, gave me the substance and information needed in using herbs in the practice of herbalism. Identification and usage are extremely important. I finished the course with the knowledge of both. The classes were deliberate, intense, knowledgeable, fun and filled with information. Recommend it to anyone who is serious in staying the course, it is not for the weak-hearted. You must be motivated."
~Kathleen Miller, 5 Mile Herb of Chetek, Wisconsin
"Thank you for the Materia Medica...that was one of the best take aways from the class for me. I work so well by example, and I had not had as good an example for how to compile (herbal) information until taking your class...my scientific mind always wants the empirical aspects of the work--the research, the data, the results others have experienced. I like this way of collecting information and personalizing it for my own use!"
What do Green Wisdom students do after graduation?
Clinical Master Herbalists in Practice Complementary Alternative Medicine Clinicians Owners/Operators of Herb Product Companies Organic Herb Gardeners & Growers Herbal Managers & Workers at CSA's Land Preservation Consultants Food Co-op & Natural Medicine Shop Staff Botanical Research & Development Community Activists & Educators Visit our CAREERS/JOBS page this site to learn more!
Our graduates frequently state that not only was this a powerful education...also that our programs transformed their lives:
"The Master Herbalism Program with Gigi Stafne was inspirational, uplifting, thought provoking and extremely informative. This program changed my life for the better. After attending Gigi's classes I would feel extremely good about myself. I highly recommend this program."
~Betsy Wacker, MH, PA-C in the Chippewa Valley, Wisconsin
Our Instructors, Guest Lecturers and Internship Supervisors include inspiring teachers, assistants and interns whom are herbalists, healers, nurses, organic growers, alternative energy & sustainability specialists, wilderness medicine experts and outdoor educators. With new guest speakers each year! Please visit our instructor page.
INTERMEDIATE BOTANICAL MEDICINE LEVEL
Intermediate Herbalism Summer School Field Study Program June 21-27, 2021 aka SUMMER HERB CAMP!
Nature immersion and passionate plant studies at their finest! Dive into this one-of-a-kind 70+ hour course offered one full week each summer in the Upper Midwest United States including the Lake Superior Region.
Do you have a passion for the plants? This intermediate level certificate course has been taught for 31 years, evolving each year as new environmental and sustainability issues arise. Pack your medicine bags! Trek to exciting field sites for hands-on learning in herbal, environmental and sustainability issues. All outdoor courses, nature immersion!
Hike, paddle, plant...engage in wild nature studies from the boreal forest to wetlands! Even from the vantage point of kayaks and canoes in the Glacial Rivers & Lakes region of Wisconsin.
Green Wisdom's summer program is much more than an herbalism class. Our past students at it is a hybrid of herb school, summer camp, a vacation and more. Definitely an exciting adventure! Explore native, medicinal and cultural plants, attune to your authentic wild self and our precious natural environment. This class is an essential experience for continuing herbalism apprentice students, too.
~Intermediate Summer Program & Beginner Herbal Apprenticeship are prerequisites for our Green Wisdom School of Natural and Botanical Medicine's Master Herbalism Program~
Summer Experiences Include...
Overview and field trips to ecosystems in the Upper Midwest and Lake Superior
Earth ethics and ecological herbalism principles and practices
Biodynamic Principles and Permaculture for Herbalists
Herbalist's Botany Basics, Sketching and in Field
Plant pharmacology, herbal actions
The original "Plants & Paddling Kayak Eco Tours" in North America
Wild Medicine First Aid with Plants
Emergency Earth Shelter, Plant Materials
13 Daily herb, tree, shrub, fungi and lichen identification...70-100 in total this week!
Wild edibles, food foraging
Wild crafting and hands-on medicine making
Flower essences, flowers for foods and medicines
Endangered, At-Risk, To-Watch Herbs
Climate change and emerging eco-herbalism topics
Alternatives to 'invasive plants'
Bio and Phyto-remediation with herbs and fungi
Dermally toxic plants
Lyme Disease and insect unit
Plant Spirit Medicine and Magic
Careers in Herbalism! Plus visits to regional herbalists including: Herbal CSA, Herb Apothecary, Organic Farm, Art Gardens, Cidery, plus other herb businesses and surprises!
Lead instructor is Gigi Stafne Master Herbalist, Naturopath, with 34 years of teaching and practicing in natural medicine and herbalism, director of Green Wisdom School of Natural and Botanical Medicine, former Executive Director of Herbalists Without Borders International.
AND, 10+ other amazing plant guides, teachers, lecturers...
Joanna Czubernat, Master Herbalist, Danielle Decock, Naturalist, Anna Demers, Outdoor Educator, Jenny Lavasseur, Master Herbalist, Paige Haber, Megan Mastel, Permaculturist and Community Herbalist, LMT, Amy Shea, Master Herbalist, Jenn Stoll, Permaculturist & Master Herbalist, Gigi Stafne, Master Herbalist & Naturopath, Sue Wille, Master Herbalist, Tammy and Brian Michelson of Maple Hill Farm, Wild Earth Eco Tours and others!
Tuition: $795 Early Bird Special! Pay full tuition by May 1, 2021...receive $195 off! Sometimes we have work study positions open for this program that may help offset your tuition with discount $$. Reach Gigi directly: firstname.lastname@example.org This is through our Fireweed Scholarship Fund.
Limited seats in this inspiring nature immersion course. A unique program in North America, spaces fill quickly. We usually maintain a Waiting List. With the possibility of Covid-19 we reserve the right to have reduced enrollment at 50%. All registrations and tuitions must be sent in no later than May 15-25, 2021.
This is an amazing intensive! June 21-27, 2021 (Monday-Sunday). Times approximately 8/9am-5/7pm daily depending upon our field trips, tours and explorations. Final Sunday, graduation day, we end early by noon CT.
Tours/sessions times may vary slightly, students will know in advance. Locations: Central hub in NW Wisconsin about 2 hours from Minneapolis, MN. All trips in WI & MN sometimes extending beyond for field study trips. Assistance is available with camping, lodging and other recreational opportunities such as kayaking, hiking, swimming and other recreational activities in the north country. Students/participants must have the physical stamina to do light hiking and kayaking (kayaking is optional during the one day we paddle). All participants are required to include health issues on their medical form, must sign a disclaimer and sign the portion related to WI State Recreational Statue. If you have a special condition that would impact your ability to participate, please reach the school director below. There is another independent study option to accommodate students with special needs.
Questions? Contact our lead instructor about this program: email@example.com Request your registration form today: firstname.lastname@example.org Tuition Fee: PayPal, credit cards via PayPal, checks or cash accepted. No refunds within this program after May 24, 2021, unless we must cancel due to pandemic. Also, visit our Q and A/Policy Page of this website. Thank you.
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Green Wisdom Master Herbalism Graduates, 2013
Our Master Herbalism Program
Deep dive into botanical and natural medicine! Our Master Herbalism Program (MH) is an advanced botanical medicine program taught for 3 decades focusing on graduate level studies. Our newly revised 2020-2021 program is redesigned for people who are very dedicating to their visions and goals, consisting of 9-10 months of academic work preparing graduates for a wide range of natural and botanical medicine professions. Our program has also been redesigned to accommodate health and safety needs during the Covid-19 pandemic. (Request a list of professions and businesses our graduates and alumni are employed in.)
Academic studies are a fusion design, flexible, and adapted for the pandemic: online and tele-seminars, independent work, monthly 1:1 student-advisor meetings, student clinical practicum participation in either community free clinics hosted by our school's official Chapter of Herbalists Without Borders or other community settings. We will also attempt to meet in-person if the pandemic lessens.
Beginner & Intermediate Herbalism courses (above) are prerequisites for the Master Herbalism Academic Program. Some exceptions are made where sufficient previous experience has been accomplished.
During Fall 2020 we begin. The program spans 9-10 months with average study time outside of class per week at an average of 10-20 hours. Our new accelerated program includes units of course work outlined below. If students do not complete work within the allotted time period, there is an additional monthly fee if an extension is needed. We require that all advanced level students complete their work within 12 months of their program start date. The following information details levels of progression through this nine month professional program.
The following certificate program will be changing in 2020-21:
ADVANCED PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS
First Tier of Advanced Botanical Medicine (Master Herbalism) Program; also may register for this certificate program independent of the MH Program.
Holistic Health & Wellness Certificate Program
A convenient, accelerated professional training program for those who have a desire to integrate holistic health, prevention education and general Complementary Alternative Medicine (CAM) concepts within a variety of professions. This certificate program is eclectic in focus, not embracing one particular philosophy, instead inclusive of many diverse health and healing pathways. Foundations in wellness concepts, exploration of diverse natural modalities from ancient healing pathways to contemporary clinical settings are part of this exciting two months. An essential for all helping and health care professionals! Instruction by experienced CAM professionals working for decades within the field.
This is a free standing certificate program. Program is two months in length. This program is also a required foundational two months of study early in our Clinical Botanical Medicine/Master Herbalism (MH) Program. MH students do not pay extra tuition for this program, as it is included in the total Clinical Master Herbalism Program tuition. This certificate is embedded within the larger MH program.
Clinical Botanical Medicine Program Master Herbalism Degree Help Humanity Heal
Passionate about plants, people and this precious planet? Becoming a Botanical Medicine professional is your calling? Now more than ever, activists to clinicians, organic farmers to outdoor educators, are needed to help humanity heal. Our Clinical Botanical Medicine Program (Master in Herbalism) has been serving and educating students from all walks of life for 3 decades in the United States, Canada and beyond. Formerly entitled the Master Herbalism Program, this program includes similar content, yet is reformatted into an accelerated design to align with busy lives. Our program aligns with national standards and directives; in fact exceeds them, setting standards of best practices in the world of botanical medicine.
What are primary components of this program?
Holistic Health and Wellness Concepts Foundations in Botanical Medicine and Naturopathic Priniples Cross Cultural Studies/Global Medicine/Diversity Issues Western Herbalism History/Herstory Herbal Apothecary Herbal Applications & Product Making Materia Medica 100+ CAM, Botanical Medicine, Clinical Herbalism Clinical Practicum* Professional Issues, Ethics Natural Medicine Botanical Business
*Clinical Practicum includes a community service component of volunteer clinical hours with advisor/supervisor at our Herbalists Without Borders Free Clinic or other community setting
To graduate, each student designs a capstone project, seminar or thesis on an aligned subject of personal or professional interest.
This is a comprehensive certificate program that is an accelerated version of the Master Herbalism Program, hybrid in nature. Prerequisites are: Beginner Apprentice Herbalism (or Botanica--online) and Intermediate Herbalism Summer School Field Study Program.
Students graduate after their 9-10 months of studies. We strongly encourage students to apply early, as this program is limited to 8-9 students. Clinical Botanical Medicine Program/Degree total tuition is $5000. You have the option of enroll in one unit at a time (below) and paying tuition for units as you go.
Master Herbalism students may request one to three month extensions, granted due to personal circumstances. An extra monthly fee is charged for extensions; scroll down below.
Monthly 1:1 with instructor, weekly independent assignments, group classes and seminars.
Course Locations: During the pandemic most seminars will be held online or via tele-seminars. This may change as circumstances change.
1. Beginner Herbalism Apprentice Course or Botanica Online (prerequisite; Fall 2020 options are in Grand Marais, MN, Green Bay, WI, NW Wisconsin, or Botanica--online option) $250-$350 depending upon host location or Botanica online which is $195. All schools above are taking extreme safety measures due to Covid-19. Classes have also been cut to half-size.
2. Intermediate Herbalism Summer School Field Study Program (prerequisite 7 day field study course; options in June 2020 or June 21-27, 2021; if this is not done prior to the Master Level Program 2020, it is possible to complete it during 2021) Tuition: $795 (pay now, early bird $600)
3. Master Herbalism Program Introduction Holistic Health & Wellness Foundations Starts September 3, 2020 Unit Tuition: $350 Contact school advisor for specific dates, times and format (online, tele, in-person, etc).
4. Apotheca October 2020 Unit Tuition: $350 Contact school advisor for specific dates, times and format (online, tele, in-person, etc).
5. Heart Centered, Hand Crafted Herbalism November 2020 Unit Tuition: $350 Contact school advisor for specific dates, times and format (online, tele, in-person, etc).
6. Materia Medica Intensive Unit November 2020 Unit Tuition: $500 Late November to Mid-December 2020 Unit Tuition: $500 Contact school advisor for specific dates, times and format (online, tele, in-person, etc).
7. Clinicals Intensive Unit January and February 2021 Unit Tuition: $1000 Contact school advisor for specific dates, times and format (online, tele, in-person, etc).
8. Botanical Business Once weekly tele-seminars: TBA Unit Tuition: $350 Contact school advisor for specific dates, times.
8. Clinical Herbalism Practicum Master Herbalism Thesis 1:1 work with advisor, flex-time: May 2021 Unit Tuition: $1000 Contact school advisor for specific dates, times and format (online, tele, in-person, etc).
Natural Botanical Medicine Business Certificate aka Botanical Biz Boot Camp
There's so much to learn before you launch your botanical business, herbal CSA, healing center or clinical practice. Have you been struggling with understanding the requirements and regulations of herb product labels to which clinical forms cover informed consent? FDA regulations to commercial kitchens and local zoning...is your head swimming? What about marketing, finances? Let our experienced instructor team help you with these vital business matters. If you are dreaming on your vision, beginning to formulate your business plan or are well into your business looking to revamp, all of these and more are covered in this one of a kind CAM, Complementary Alternative Medicine business course. Yes, this program is definitely a Botanical Biz Boot Camp! This is also a free-standing certificate program that you may enroll in separately from the Master of Herbalism Program. The program is one month in length. This is a required final month of studies within our Clinical Botanical Medicine/Master Herbalism Program. Current enrolled Master Herbalism students have a reduced tuition for this course/unit (above). Reach our school for current Botanical Medicine Business Certificate Program tuition. This certificate is also embedded within the larger MH program.
Learn more about our unique Business Services here: http://greenwisdom.weebly.com/business-services.html
Course Dates All Convenient Tele-Seminars: Once weekly all of April 2021
Online readings and practical assignments follow each seminar. 1:1 calls with advisor available Invitation to join all monthly lunchtime free business tele-call seminars
CAM/Botanical Medicine Alternative Educator Certificate
A leading edge program designed for those natural and botanical medicine students and professionals who believe they are at the point of sharing their gifts and experiences via the pathway of teaching in the world. Now is the time to take the step to enroll and engage in this necessary Alternative Educator Certificate Program. This is a one-of-a-kind program in North America. Everything from ethics to group facilitation within difficult teaching realms are presented. Educator-student styles, values clarification, teaching techniques, curricula design, educational contracts and much more are part of this accelerated program.
Prerequisites for applicants to this program: Beginner Apprentice Herbalism, Intermediate Herbalism Summer School Field Study Program and full Clinical Botanical Medicine Program--Master Herbalism Degree. This specialized Educator Certificate program is an additional two months of education and experiential applications in teaching settings. CAM/Botanical Medicine Educator Certificate tuition: $1100
Special Notice: Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic this in-person course is being rescheduled for FALL 2020. Please reach our school directly with questions: email@example.com
2021 Dates TBA
1:1 appointments with advisor invited throughout this certificate program Please contact Gigi. This course may all be taught online due to COVID-19 crisis.
More About Our Clinical Botanical Medicine Program Master Herbalism Degree
Fall 2020 Tuition for Clinical Botanical Medicine Program/Master Herbalism Degree
Total program tuition is $5000. A deposit of $100 is required with your application. This fee is applied directly to your tuition balance due, contingent upon being accepted into the program. Deposit is refundable if not accepted into program. Full tuition payment is due by September 1, 2020.
If you do not complete your Clinical Botanical Medicine Program/Master Herbalism requirements within the allotted 9 month time period, there is a limited Extension Request Program. Extension fee is $300 per month beyond the scope of the original program timeline. That fee of $300 is due on or by the first of each month. Maximum extension is 90-days.
Due to past problems with Master Herbalism late student payments we are no longer able to offer school financing or payment plans. Students accepted into this program are required to pay their deposit and full tuition up front before/by the first day of the program. We encourage students to: 1) Plan ahead and save money for this education; 2) Obtain financing loan from your lending institution; 3) Pay full tuition on your credit card; 4) Other creative means (request handout of ideas from school). Thank you.
If you are interested in one of the following single certificate programs:
BEGINNER HERBALISM PROGRAM Weekend intensive courses Tuition ranges: $250-$350 (depending upon host site)
SUMMER HERB CAMP INTERMEDIATE HERBALISM SUMMER FIELD STUDY PROGRAM Weeklong intensive Tuition: $795 Early Bird: Scroll up above--$195 off normal tuition,
HOLISTIC HEALTH & WELLNESS CERTIFICATE PROGRAM 2 month program Tuition: $1100
NATURAL-BOTANICAL BUSINESS CERTIFICATE PROGRAM 1 month program Tuition: $550
CLINICAL MASTER HERBALISM PROGRAM 9 month program Tuition: $5000 Note: This includes the Holistic Health Certificate and Business Certificate Programs. You will not pay for these twice. They are portions of your Clinical Master Herbalism Studies
CAM-BOTANICAL MEDICINE ALTERNATIVE EDUCATOR CERTIFICATE 2 months educator training Tuition: $1100
Students may be eligible for a partial scholarship if in economic need. This fund is fluid year-to-year. Please visit www.fireweedfund.weebly.com
No Work Study is available for accelerated programs or certificate programs during 2020-2021. Contact our school directly with questions related to tuition, policies and procedures for our Master Herbalism Program. We are here to assist you.
Lead Instructors: Gigi Stafne, MH, ND, MI, Amy Shea, MH, and Phyllis Jaworkski, MH. Numerous guest lecturers, herbalists, naturalists, specialists in their fields (see our Bio page).