Green Wisdom School of Natural and Botanical Medicine offers diverse curriculum formats with full spectrum learning experiences. With different course styles, you can choose the format that best works for you.
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Each season and semester we offer inspiring CAM, Complementary Alternative Medicine, classes and community workshops to enrich your personal or professional life. Explore these natural and botanical medicine classes, from fun 'make and take' herbal medicine-making classes to Plant ID hikes and our unique Plants & Paddling Kayak Eco Tours. Green Wisdom regularly offers everything from one time unique classes about creating Herbal First Aid Kits to in-depth natural medicine programs such as Trauma Trainings, many of which are certificate level courses.
Our Professional Herbalism Programs offer students full immersion experiences, from identifying plants in the wild to working at our school's Herbalists Without Borders Peoples Clinics assisting patients. Each course sets the foundation for the next. Students journey deeply into the world of botanical medicine via our Professional Herbalism Programs. What could be better than education that encompasses professional pathways, clinical and outdoor field study? Green Wisdom embraces and integrates both ancient and contemporary wisdom in academic studies. Graduates receive a strong wisdom base that can be used to build a botanical business or clinical practice.
Professional Herbalism Programs are offered regularly during semester and annual calendars. Plan ahead and apply early for our Professional programs. Our Professional Herbalism Program courses are all certificate level courses.
Green Wisdom professional programs adhere to and exceed AHG, American Herbalism Guild standards and follow standards of best practices on an international level. Additionally, Green Wisdom is an official school member of Herbalists Without Borders International, adhering to important health justice standards. www.herbalistswithoutborders.weebly.com/School Members
Begin your professional path, here are foundation steps...
Beginner Apprenticeship Herbalism Course in-person or online
...is the first step, an intensive 15 to 40 hour comprehensive foundational course. Click on the heading above or Special Offerings to locate this course closest to your geographic region or an Online option to study from the comfort of your home.
Intermediate Herbalism Summer School Field Study
..is the next course after Beginner level and is required for our Master of Herbalism Program. This is a 70+ hour certificate level course that is truly a deep digging nature adventure, taught for 29 years by lead instructor, Gigi Stafne, and numerous other guest wilderness guides and instructors. It continues to evolve with amazing immersive plant studies in the pristine ecosystems of the Upper Midwest and Lake Superior region. This program includes diverse field trips to wetlands, woodlands, fields and prairie remnants. There's always an amazing, exciting line-up of instructors, guides and small botanical business visits including an Herbal CSA, community apothecary, nourishing gardens, kayaking and more! Plan early, limited class size and this popular national course fills fast.
Master of Herbalism Program is a 1700-1900 professional education ...this is our capstone program taught for 28 years in the Upper Midwest U.S. and Canada. The program is truly in-depth, inspiring and designed to exceed minimal national standards and directives for professional Herbalists in the U.S. Both the Beginner and Intermediate Herbalism Programs above are prerequisites for our Master of Herbalism program. Other candidates with similar adequate training will be considered as applicants and candidates. As with the Intermediate program, please plan and apply early...limited to 7-10 openings to ensure intimate, quality academic and clinical experiences.
CAM Small Business Course is an optional, yet incredibly helpful Complementary Alternative Medicine course for students who have some herbalism or natural medicine base. This is a course for those who envision beginning a small business or CAM clinical practice, whether that be in herb product making to a a Massage Therapy practice. This course is offered several times annually via our school Green Wisdom either in-person or online and at regional WITC, Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College Campuses.
Our online eCourses offer interesting course topics that create spaciousness for students to work independently from the comfort of home. Jump right in and work anytime, from anywhere! Topics range from Herbs for Contemporary Stressors to Flower Essences for Stress, Trauma & PTSD. Our past online students have studied from California to Canada, even Croatia in past decades. You'll have 6 months to complete each of these courses, although some students complete their Online eCourse in 2-4 weeks! When you complete our Online Courses, you'll receive an attractive Certificate of Completion, as well as credit hours toward our Master of Herbalism Program.