I have a health concern or question...can you help me?
If you have a health issue it is best to schedule an appointment through or with our school's main lead clinical practitioner, Gigi Stafne MH, ND. Another option is to inquire about one of our alumni or Master Herbalism graduates in an established clinical practice who may work in your geographic region. Yet another option is to become a practicum patient, scheduling a wellness consult with one of our school's advanced clinical students under the supervision of our lead instructor.
The optimal way to receive quality natural and botanical medicine care is by having a complete clinical assessment conducted first to discuss important health information before recommended herbs or any other natural supports. At Green Wisdom we believe brief email questions and communications about health concerns are limiting when it comes to promoting true health and wellness.
Does Gigi Stafne still see patients? Yes, it is possible to arrange for a phone or online clinical educational consult with Gigi. Initiate an appointment and request her fee sheet by emailing: email@example.com Find consult fees listed on the Patient Services page of this website.
I am making herbal preparations and have some questions. Can you help?
Good for you! You're handcrafting your own herb tinctures, salves and applications. Helping you with this type of crafting is hard to do online, as you can imagine. We recommend enrolling in one of our hands-on experiential courses--a botanical make-n-take class. Better yet, begin with our Herbal Apprentice Intensive course. You'll learn how to create many botanical applications and receive a solid foundation in botanical medicine.
I have some plants in my yard that I'd like to identify. Can you ID them?
We encourage you to register for one of our Plant ID walks or talks in season. These are posted on this Green Wisdom website and are very helpful to new foragers, wilders and budding herbalists. We've posted a list of regional field guides that we use in the Upper Midwest on the ARTICLES page of our website. Check it out. There are ways to to start your plant identification exploration. Enjoy the meandering medicine trail!
I'd like to study herbalism professionally...
"...and am confused about the legal status of herbalism in my state, the United States (or other country). Do systems accredit herb schools? Is the Green Wisdom school within such status? Can I receive conventional financial aid for natural medicine courses or the professional herbalism programs your offer?"
This realm can be confusing and systems currently have created a paradox in the United States and some other countries. Practicing Herbalists and Botanical Medicine Programs are in a unique position. There is no formal system that will clearly accredit herb schools such as within Massage Therapy, Chiropractic care or Naturopathic Medicine yet. However, this will not stop herbalists from engaging in the professional academic learning process that we deserve and establishing contemporary branches of the ancient art and science of herbalism locally and globally.
Green Wisdom has a decades long credible history of going above and beyond what are considered directives or guidelines presently for Master Herbalism students. All of our programs reflect high standards. There are numerous professional organizations and affiliations that you might consider as an herbalist which you will learn about in our classes, but at Green Wisdom we encourage students to make their own professional choices. Again, we offer educational guidance in every professional level course in order that people make informed decisions. Note: There's additional course information for you to read on our PROFESSIONAL page of this website.
Culture of Support Green Wisdom provides a student support model that supports students with accessible admissions if science or other credits hours have not been completed. Our support model continues from there; helping our professional herbalism students stay organized, create schedules, study and learn effectively in order to become healthful, successful practitioners into the future. Online academic counseling support is available on Mondays and Tuesdays. Reasonable accommodations for persons whom are differently-abled are made to ensure access to academic programs and services.
What is your educational and professional training?
Our school's director, advisor and lead instructor/practitioner is Gigi Stafne MH, ND and her general academic background is in Human Growth and Development, Family Systems, Crisis Intervention and Social Welfare, with a strong emphasis in her first career within crisis intervention, domestic violence, sexual assault, social services and public policy. Following that career she achieved degrees and certificates in the following CAM--Complementary Alternative Medicine fields specifically, Naturopathy, Natural Physician, Master of Herbalism and Master of Iridology, along with numerous ongoing continuing education trainings that she continues to date. Regular and guest instructors of Green Wisdom are posted in the Gallery on the BIO page of our website. (Hover your mouse over the photograph gallery to learn more about our instructors)
When are you available to talk?
Please check our email reply that's on daily. There you will find an update of the current week's schedule, helping you pinpoint an office day when we might schedule time for your appointment. If it is a professional or consult or teaching engagement you seek, email us about consult rates:firstname.lastname@example.org
I'd like to host one of your classes and invite you to teach in my city, state or country.
The first thing to do is review presentations, workshops, seminars and intensive courses that Gigi teaches on the Green Wisdom website. Make note of the ones that you and your friends, students, colleagues or community would have the strongest interest in. Then contact us to discuss all planning: email@example.com In some cases when you are the organizer and host one of Gigi's courses you will attend free or at a substantially discounted tuition rate. (Applicable with some Green Wisdom courses, once a minimum participant level is established).
I have legal, professional and business questions about how to start a botanical product business or establish my own clinical practice or healing center. Will you help answer my questions?
Yes, but this is an enormous realm and should happen within the context of one of our classes or seminars. We encourage you to take one of the professional CAM courses especially: The Beginner Herbal Apprentice (contains a unit on prof issues), The Master Herbalism Program (contains such issues during each monthly seminar) or the CAM--Complementary Alternative Medicine online business course that Gigi teaches. Browse the Professional and Online pages of this website. Anyone considering a small business should check out the Small Business Administration: sba.gov Another option is to schedule a professional consult via phone or email with Gigi Stafne MH, ND to discuss specific questions not answered here. That will be considered a professional consult. Note: I am not an M.D. or attorney, therefore I do not dispense information or deliver services that those professions do. ~Gigi Stafne MH, ND, MI
May this information helps you along the natural and botanical medicine pathway. See you in a course or along the meandering medicine trail!
With health, happiness and hope,
Gigi Stafne MH, ND
Green Wisdom & Gigi Stafne's School Business Policies
Booking a Speaking Engagement
Thank you for your inquiry. Let's speak via phone or online at: firstname.lastname@example.org Early notice of planning deadlines is appreciated as my teaching schedule sometimes books 6-12 months in advance with national and international venues. I look forward to working with you.
To purchase a professional consultation or workshop/class from me, click on our PayPal contact page or email: email@example.com Once you've completed your payment process, we then schedule your appointment or register you officially for your selected courses right away. The correct PayPal code to make a tuition payment via our school is: firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you.
Payments from Outside of USA
Please read the "Payment" section above. The same process applies. However, all payments coming from Canada, Europe or other countries outside of the United States must be made via PayPal. Otherwise, our business bank charges an additional processing/search fee that is $25+USD and that will be an additional charge you will incur on top of your tuition. Sorry for this inconvenience. It is a regulation we must follow.
We reserve the right to suspend services (educational, clinical) when a student/client has not made their payment and it is beyond 30 days late.
Workshops and Classes: If you are registered for a workshop or class that Gigi is teaching or co-facilitating and you cancel within 14 days of that session (or are a 'no-show') you will still be charged the full workshop or course fee. No refund.
When you pay for an appointment, professional consult, workshop, class or online course with me, I commit to planning ahead, doing much preparation work and having enough time available to serve you. This planning affects how many other clients or students I can serve well. Planning time, teaching, travel, material and other resources are part of my fee rates. For those reasons, I do not offer refunds on classes or programs I teach and facilitate. A variety of courses fill to capacity and we have a waiting list. Please plan accordingly.
To be sure my style of teaching or helping is right for you (in-person or online), I suggest you purchase a brief 15 or 30 minute consult, or attend a 1-3 hour workshop, before investing in a package or an intensive professional natural & botanical medicine course.
Please note that when I teach at other external schools, institutions or organizations, they too, have their own separate payment, cancellation and refund policies. Best to check with them, as well.
Extensions Master Herbalism Program To learn more about our tuition policies related to extensions visit COURSES page, then click Herbalism Professional Programs, scrolling down that page.
I ask that we begin on time.
Please know that if you are running late we will still do your appointment, but within the time allotted originally planned due to my full daily schedule. Your appointment might be shorter than you expected, but the fee will remain the same.
This same policy and practice applies to my workshops and courses. I begin my classes on time, as running late often frustrates others attending who are balancing busy life schedules, as well as guest instructors that teach with us.
Please see my cancellation policy above. "No-shows" for appointments, professional consults, workshops and classes are still charged. My normal hourly fee or full course fee will be assessed.
Returned Checks & Past Due Payments
If your check is returned to me for any reason, full payment in cash or Money Order is required within 7 days of my written and/or email notice to you.
There will be an additional fee of $35 for a returned check.
Additionally, in our Master of Herbalism Program, if you are a student who makes monthly or quarterly tuition payments there is a grace period of 3 days, but if your payment 30 days past due a monthly Late Fee of $30 is assessed.
Your time and energy is valuable. Our time and energy is valuable. Policies are based on mutual respect and honor for one another. I appreciate your consideration. Thank you.