PROFESSIONAL HERBALISM PROGRAMS 3 tracks that build upon one another plus a new training in Community Healing & Radical Herbalism
Beginner Apprenticeship Herbalism
3 different formats or options: a) Intensive weekend course b) 7 week course--one evening per week c) On-line/correspondence course
This is the first level prerequisite for Intermediate and Master Herbalism program levels ~Certificate level course 15 or 20-hour~
Introduction to CAM~Natural Medicine Naturopathic Laws Philosophies & History of Herbalism Western Herbalism Art & Science of Herbalism Cross Cultural & Indigenous Medicine Topics Herbs for the Life Cycle (pregnancy to elder years) Top 15-20 Herbs in North America Herbs for Contemporary Issues: PTSD, Depression, Anxiety 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 size: 7-13
above course is offered in many locations. Host this course, invite a min. of 7
others, you'll receive a significant tuition discount!
Enroll now in a Fall 2014 or Spring 2015 session: North House Folk School, Grand Marias, MN (March, May, July, Oct, Nov offerings) Lost Creek Adventures, South Shore~Lake Superior, Cornucopia, WI--TBA Mineral Point~Madison, Southwest WI--2015 -TBA Chippewa Valley, WI~Globe University, Eau Claire Campus--April 20-22, 2015 Upper Mississippi River Region, Alma, WI--Autumn 2015--TBA Chicago/Rockford, IL Greater Region--Angelic Organic Learning Center (Center, CSA & Farm)--May 23-24, 2015 Duluth, MN & Greater Twin Ports Region--The Duluth Hub--TBA WITC, Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College campuses in Spring 2015 www.witc.edu/Search HERBS Maple Hill Farm, Rusk County, Wisconsin--Spring/Summer 2015
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 a new Boreal Botanicals Field Study Program near the Ontario, Canada borderlands. 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. 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, 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!" ~Judith L Superior, Wisconsin, www.madgoddess.com What do Green Wisdom students do after graduation?
Clinical Herbalists in Practice Complementary Alternative Medicine Clinicians Doulas, Midwives, Birth Workers 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!
Others choose to integrate their acquired herbal wisdom into their individual, family and community lives--which is what we encourage...down to the ground medicine...medicine for the people!
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 of 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, Teri Nesja~Crone, Kathleen Miller, Jayne Nuutinen-Wolff, Cher Marie, Laurie Stiers-Foltz, Carol Jacobs, Jason Faunce, Erich Blocher, Fish, Mark Morgan, Joe Vidito and new guest speakers each season!
Intermediate Herbalism Summer School Field Study 2014 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 23 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 & Naturopathic Doctor, plus 10 other amazing plant guides, teachers, lecturers...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, 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-May 1, 2015...receive $100 off! Tuition must be sent in no later than May 19, 2015. Several student workstudy & intern positions available to offset % tuition. Apply early! 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 15-21, 2015 (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.
Special Note: As of February 1st this course has a waiting list. Not everyone has confirmed, so not to stress. However, PLAN and ACT now to ensure that you make it into this class. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Some special people...
Green Wisdom Master Herbalism Graduates, 2013
Master Herbalism Program
Our advanced botanical medicine program has been offered for 23 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. An extension fee is charged for each annual renewal 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 previous credit hours), 400 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, 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. Program Tuition: $4295 (Application + $100 deposit required w/application); early bird tuition by July 1-August 1, 2014 paid in full: $3500. Flex tuition payment arrangements also available: quarterly or payments. First payment + deposit due by first class date in September. Sorry, no scholarships available for this program 2014. Some work study, apply early. Extension request/separate fee, please contact us.
Advisor/Lead Instructor: Gigi Stafne, MH, ND, and guest lecturers, herbalists, healers & naturalists, specialists in their fields.
Small inspiring intimate group size
Request application anytime. Submit with deposit by July 1-August 1 of the year. Course closes 2-3 weeks prior to first session. Seminars begin each September.
Monthly 1:1 with instructor, weekly independent assignments, group classes and seminars.
Seminar dates for 2014: (all Saturdays) Email our office
2014-15 Master Herbalism Applications & deposits must be submitted between July 1-August 1, 2014. Earlier is recommended: firstname.lastname@example.org
PROGRAM IS NOW FILLED & CLOSED FOR 2014. Get on our waiting list early for Fall 2015. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ New Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College Professional Offering with Naturopath & Master Herbalist, Gigi Stafne...
The Community Herbalist CAM Course
April 13-17, 2015
Times: 9am-5:30pm daily
Campus: Rice Lake, Wisconsin WITC Campus Open to any continuing education students
Interested in an entry level career in health and wellness? Specifically herbalism?
This uniquely designed professional course prepares students in foundational herbalism studies integrating practical professional applications. Those who enroll in this Community Herbalist CAM--Complementary Alternative Medicine course will receive: foundations in herbalism, botanical product making, herb growing and herbal horticulture, designing of community herbal apothecaries, creating of natural medicine centers, and herbal clinic practices. 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.
Please contact: Gigi Stafne MH, ND firstname.lastname@example.org or Dori Marty, CPP Associate Dean, Continuing Education Course information:
Calling all Herbalistas, Wilders & Earth Guardians... Next session slated for 2015... "Healing the Earth & the Human Tribal Circle"
The Community Herbal Healer Program
There is an urgent need for Earth Healing and deep nourishment of the Human Tribal Circle at this time. Do you feel the calling? This requires sustainable cultural changes. Now is the time to mend the traumatic disconnect between human societies and pachamama, this sacred Earth. Engage in down to the ground green medicine for local & global people. Connect deeply with earth energies & plant spirit medicines. Herbalism can be a radical act of social change. Green medicine belongs back in the hands of the people. Engage with us, re-collecting folk healing wisdom and methods, plus social change tools to transform the health of this planet and the people.
We meet for 7 session/cycles in this program that centers around: Pachamama, Plant World, Planet Water and the Human Tribal Circle
This is a small, intimate group engaging in a sacred earth healer's series. A deep commitment beginning close to Autumn Equinox. We move through organic cycles creating personal, social, ecological and sustainable changes each session. Make a deep commitment to learn the Plant Spirit Medicine Ways.
Some of the spirited circles include ~radical herbalism~wild foods~plant spirits~green medicine making~wilder skills~food security & activism~creating sustainable sacred spaces~crafty survival tools~green barter systems~~earth medicine & healing human altered spaces~healing ancestral neurotoxins~ceremonial plants & plant spirit medicine~earth & lunar cycles~traditional world views~recovery from Western civilization~creating peoples' clinics~volunteer project with Herbalists Without Borders National International
Session begins in September 2014. Email us and register early by August date below. 7 circles and immersion sessions: September 3-7, 2014 Times: 10am-4:30pm
Registration by August 15, 2014. Tuition: $850. Deposit of $195 to secure spot. Fireweed Scholarship Fund: To apply for $100-$500 in scholarships toward tuition for CHH program, email a one page letter to email@example.com
Instructors/Facilitators: Gigi Stafne & Guest Instructors specializing in various engaging topics
Location: Scenic Hwy 35 Mississippi River Region between MN and WI; Alma, WI
Special Note: For those students interested in being in our Master Herbalism 2014-15 Program (1700 hrs--below) this will be a natural step. All credit hours from this course will be applied directly to the MH program. Your MH tuition will be reduced. Program Size: no larger than 7-13 . Lodging & Food: Some meals will be co-op and communal, some provided. Lodging is available on your own in the region if you are traveling some distance, but not included in tuition.