Professional Botanical Natural Medicine Programs
PROFESSIONAL HERBALISM PROGRAMS 3 tracks that build upon one another New this year, Community Herbalist Program & Boreal Botanicals!
Beginner Apprenticeship Herbalism
3 Format Options:
a) Intensive weekend course b) 7 week course--one evening per week c) Online eCourse
This is the first level prerequisite for our Intermediate and Master Herbalism program levels offered at various locales. Certificate level beginner courses offered are 15-20 hours in training.
Introduction to CAM~Natural Medicine Naturopathic Laws Philosophies, Foundations & History of Herbalism Western Herbalism Art & Science of Herbalism Cross Cultural & Indigenous Medicine Topics Herbs for the Life Cycle (pregnancy to elder years) Top Herbs in North America Herbs for Contemporary Issues: Stress, Anxiety, Depression, Trauma & PTSD 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
The above course is offered in many locations. Host this course, invite and register a minimum of 7 others, you'll receive a significant tuition discount! Inquire directly with Dr. Stafne: firstname.lastname@example.org
Enroll now in an Autumn 2015 Session of BEGINNER HERBALISM CERTIFICATE LEVEL:
North House Folk School, Grand Marias, MN--March 24-26, 2016, May, July, Oct & Nov 2016 offerings NW Wisconsin, Chetek, WI: April 30 & May 1, 2016. Another option here: April 28-29, 2016 Madison Region, Southwest WI (2016 TBA) Upper Mississippi River Region, Alma, WI (near Minneapolis, Rochester, Winona, Lacrosse): May 12-13, 2016 Chicago/Rockford, IL Greater Region--Angelic Organic Learning Center (Center, CSA & Farm)--Spring session in Illinois at the Learning Center: May 21-22, 2016 Contact Liz to register: www.learngrowconnect.org/event/beginner-herbalism-intensive Duluth, MN & Greater Twin Ports Region--The Duluth Hub--(TBA 2016) WITC, Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College campuses in Fall 2015 www.witc.edu/Search HERBS Specific dates/campus locations: Spring 2016 WITC sessions: February 26-27, Rice Lake, Wisconsin campus. Or April 1-2, 2016 New Richmond, WI campus (near Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN).
Check this list and Special Course Offerings Page frequently as new sessions are added. Or consider hosting a course in your region!
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What style and format are the courses?
The majority of our programs, courses and workshops are in-person, hands-on and seminar style with the most exciting nature immersion field studies--from woods to water in the northern Glacial Rivers and Lakes region to Lake Superior. We offer in-person, long distance online and combination programs with students participating from Sedona, Arizona to Yucatan, Mexico and isolated isles of Alaska.
What about special cross cultural programs & eco tours?
Cross cultural medicine & ethnobotany exchanges are woven in with our companion business, Wild Earth Eco Tours, which offers the original Plant & Paddling Kayak Eco Tour and Boreal Botanicals Field Study Program near the Ontario, Canada borderlands as well as one in Thunder Bay Canada. See our Special Course Offerings Page this website or head to: www.wildearthecotours.weebly.com
Is Green Wisdom 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 1700+ hour professional Clinical Master Herbalism Program. What do some of our 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
Who have Green Wisdom students been in the past 20+ years?
Students come from many different life and career pathways. They have been nurses, physicians, physician assistants, 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 and 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 and Guest Lecturers include inspiring teachers, assistants and interns whom are herbalists, healers, nurses, organic growers, alternative energy & sustainability specialists, wilderness medicine experts and outdoor educators:
Gigi Stafne, Erich Blocher, Willow Curthoys, Crone, Jason Faunce, Karen Lane, Cher Marie, Kathleen Miller, Jayne Nuutinen-Wolff, Laurie Stiers-Foltz, Jo Vidito, Melanie Dunn, Amy Shea and new guest speakers each season!
Intermediate Herbalism Summer School Field Study 2016 Program
Nature immersion and passionate plant studies at their finest! Dive into this one-of-a-kind 70+ hour course offered each summer in the Upper Midwest United States~Lake Superior Region. Passion for the plants? This intermediate level certificate course has been taught for 25 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.
Hike, paddle, plant...wild nature studies, that's where we're at, from woodlands to prairie remnants...even wetland plants from vantage point of kayaks and canoes in the Glacial Rivers & Lakes region near the National Ice Age Trail.
Green Wisdom's summer program is much more than an herbalism class; it's an exciting adventure! Explore native, medicinal and cultural plants, attune to your authentic wild self and our precious natural environment. This class is essential for continuing herbalism apprentices.
~This & Beginner Herbal Apprenticeship are prerequisites for our Master Herbalism Program~
Summer Course Topics/Experiences
Ecosystems of the Upper Midwest & Great Lakes, ethical earth medicine practices, plant spirit medicine, herbalist's botany basics, plant, herb & mushroom identification, wild edibles, first aid with plants, ID of prairie, woodland and wetland plants via kayak & canoe eco tours (we created and guide the original "Plant & Paddling Eco Tours"), ethical wildcrafting, hands-on growing projects, biodynamic herbalism, bioremediation & medicinal mushrooms, visits to regional eco green herbalists, organic farm, herbal CSA, Medicine Wheel, herbal apothecary and more. This field study course typically exposes students to 70-100 native and medicinal plants in the field.
Primary instructor, Gigi Stafne Master Herbalist & Naturopahic Doctor, plus 10 other amazing plant guides, teachers, lecturers in the past have included...Laurie Stiers-Foltz, Certified Clinical Herbalist, Family Nurse Practitioner, B.S. Holistic Nutrition, Amy Shea, Inspiring Herbalist & Medieval Enthusiast, Jo Vidito, Master Herbalist, Medicinal Mushrooms & Bioremediation expert, Britton & Shaun of Deep Roots Herbal CSA, Crone, aka Teri Nesja of Elf Leaf Gardens, Erin LaFaive, Horticulture Specialist & Master Gardener Instructor & Dept Co-chair of EC University of WI-Extension, Melanie Dunn of Herb'N Farm & Apothecary, Karl & Becky Fischer, land preservationists at Island Lake, Gigi & Hannah of Wild Earth Eco Tours, Kris Eilers, Great Lakes Water Rights Advocate and more!
Tuition: $595 Early Bird Special: Pay full tuition by April 1-April 15, 2016...receive $100 off! Tuition must be sent in no later than May 1, 2016. Limited seats in this inspiring nature intensive! Several partial work study positions to help offset tuition. Apply early for those by March 1-April 1, 2016. Work study opportunities: office asst, graphic arts, editing, botanical research, herb wildcrafting, drying, etc.
Summer course size limited to: 15 This is an amazing intensive! June 20-26, 2016 (Monday-Sunday). Times: 8/9am-5/6pm daily 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.
Some special people...
Green Wisdom Master Herbalism Graduates, 2013
Master Herbalism Program
Our advanced botanical medicine program has been offered for 25 years, consisting of a comprehensive 1700+ hour program preparing student graduates for a wide range of natural and botanical professions. Academic tracks are a combination of in-class professional style seminars, online studies, independent work, monthly 1:1 student-advisor meetings, student clinicals, and periodic participation in community free clinics hosted by Herbalists Without Borders. Beginner & Intermediate Herbalism courses above are both prerequisites. Our MH program is a one year program, average study time outside of class per week is 20 hours. Some students opt to take 1-2 years to complete their program depending on individual life circumstances (additional fee for year 2 if extension is needed).
Master Herbalism Course Components
This MH program is aligned with national standards and directives: 200 hours Support Sciences (may be received at other institutions--tuition discount will be credited for those , genrprevious credit hours), 400-500 hrs Materia Medica, 400-500 hrs Clinicals--which includes a Community Serving Component of healing work at an Herbalists Without Borders Free Clinic or other setting, 70-90 hrs Plant Identification/Botanical Field Study (Intermediate Summer School Session), 40 hrs Western Herbalism, 80-90 hrs Herbal Pharmacy & Apothecary, 80-90 hrs Green Medicine Making & Applications, 30 hrs Professional, Ethical, Legal Issues, and 3-10 hours First Aid or Wilderness Medicine. To graduate, each student creates a Master level project, seminar or thesis on an aligned subject of personal or professional interest to her/him that consists of another additional 100 hours.
2016 Program Tuition: $5500. Some work study available as tuition discounts, if economically eligible. Required deposit of $295 with application. This will apply directly to your Master Herbalism tuition. Deposit is refundable if your application is not accepted into program. Some work study also available for Master level students; please apply early between January 1- June 1, 2016. Average work study tuition awards range: $250-$1000. Contact our school directly for tuition, policies and procedures.
If you do not complete your Master Herbalism requirements within the allotted 12 month program that you are enrolled, there is a limited Extension Request Program. Extension fee per month is $295 beyond the scope of the 12-month MH program. That fee is due the first of each month.
Advisor & Lead Instructor: Gigi Stafne, MH, ND, and numerous guest lecturers, herbalists, healers & naturalists, specialists in their fields (see our Bio page). Our Master Herbalism Program consists of a small inspiring intimate group size generally 4-7 students.
Request application early: email@example.com Submit with deposit between January 1st and August 1 of the academic year you are applying. Course enrollment closes 3 weeks prior to first seminar. Seminars begin third week of September.
Monthly 1:1 with instructor, weekly independent assignments, group classes and seminars.
Seminar dates for 2015-2016: September 19, 2015, October 24, November 21, December (holiday break), January 22, 2016 (online seminar), February 20, 2016 (online seminar), March 19, 2016, April 16, May 14, June 18, July (break--optional field day), August 20, 2016, September 10, 2016--graduation.
2016 Master Herbalism Applications & deposits must be submitted between January 1-August 1, 2016. Please plan in advance. Apply early. firstname.lastname@example.org A team of three reviews each application. Students are notified of acceptance within 2 weeks of receipt of application. We look forward to having you apply! Thank you.
New Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College Professional Offering with Naturopath & Master Herbalist, Gigi Stafne...
The CAM--Complementary Alternative Medicine Business Course
2016 Dates TBA
This course is also offered as an ONLINE option with Dr. Stafne. Please visit our website COURSES, then ONLINE COURSES page.
Campus: Rice Lake, Wisconsin WITC Campus, Room 250 Open to any community continuing education students Students can be residents of any state
Interested in an entry level career in health and wellness?
This uniquely designed professional course prepares students in foundational herbalism studies integrating practical professional applications, as well as others in the CAM professions. Those who enroll in this CAM--Complementary Alternative Medicine business course will receive ample information on the foundations of beginning and operating a business in natural or botanical medicine. This 5-day intensive course is streamlined yet comprehensive, designed for those who do not plan to pursue a Master of Herbalism clinical degree or practice, which involves 1700-1900 academic hours within 12 months. Prerequisite is 15 or 20 hour Herbal Apprentice Course taught by instructor Gigi Stafne at WITC, via Green Wisdom or another equivalent.
To register for this 2015 course, please contact Gigi Stafne at email@example.com. Check, money order, or PayPal accepted. Registration for this course happens through our office, not WITC.