Professional Botanical Natural Medicine Programs
PROFESSIONAL HERBALISM PROGRAMS 3 tracks that build upon one another Beginner, Intermediate & Advanced Master Herbalism Tracks
Two special programs this year: Fiscal Fitness: A CAM, Complementary Alternative Medicine Small Business Course & The Community Herbalist Program
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 15-40 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: email@example.com
Enroll now in an Autumn 2016 Session of BEGINNER HERBALISM CERTIFICATE LEVEL with Gigi Stafne MH, ND in the Upper Midwest United States or Ontario, Canada:
North House Folk School, Grand Marias, MN (very near Ontario), Oct 7,8,9, 2016 offerings NW Wisconsin, Chetek, WI, Sept 8-9, 2016 (weekdays) or Oct 1-2, 2016 (weekend) options Madison Region, Southwest WI (2017 TBA) Upper Mississippi River Region, Alma, WI (near Minneapolis, Rochester, Winona, Lacrosse): September 15-16, 2016 (weekdays) Chicago/Rockford, IL Greater Region--Angelic Organic Learning Center (Center, CSA & Farm)--Spring 2017 session in Illinois at the Learning Center, TBA Chicago Metro: October 28, 29, 30, 2016 at Old Schoolhouse & Community Gardens Duluth, MN & Superior, WI Twin Ports-Lake Superior Region: October 21-22, 2016 at WITC campus. www.witc.edu/Search HERBS or WITC option: Sept 23-24, 2016 at Rice Lake, WI Campus
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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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 1400-1700 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 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 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...Amy Shea, Master Herbalist, Joanna Czubernat, Master Herbalist, Jo Vidito, Master Herbalist, Medicinal Mushrooms & Bioremediation expert, Crone, aka Teri Nesja of Elf Leaf Gardens, Erin LaFaive, Horticulture Specialist & Master Gardener Instructor, Master Herbalist, 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. Sorry, all work study positions have now been filled for 2016. One remaining seat open in our Summer 2016 program as of June 7th! Email our lead instructor soon to reserve one: email@example.com
Summer course size limited to: 15 This is an amazing intensive! June 20-26, 2016 (Monday-Sunday). Times approximately 8/9am-5/6pm daily depending upon our field trips, tours and explorations. 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
For Master Herbalism Program
Our Master Herbalism Program (MH) is an advanced botanical medicine course, taught for 27 years, geared toward graduate level studies consisting of 1400-1700 hours of academic work 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 practicum participation in community free clinics hosted by Herbalists Without Borders and other community settings. Beginner & Intermediate Herbalism courses (above) are both prerequisites. Our MH program is a 5-quarter program, average study time outside of class per week is 20 hours. Some students opt to engage in our new accelerated program which includes all hours in 3 quarters (an especially good option for students who enter this program with numerous credit hours already accomplished), while others decide to take the program for the normative 5 quarters. Yet others whom have very busy lives, opt for extensions to complete their program depending on individual life circumstances. There is an additional monthly fee if extensions are needed (below) and our school requires that all MH students complete their work within 18 months of their start date.
Master Herbalism Course Components
This MH program is aligned with national standards and directives that includes: 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+ hrs Clinicals--which includes a Community Serving Component of volunteer clinical practicum hours at an Herbalists Without Borders Free Clinic or other setting, 70+ 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 10 hours First Aid or Wilderness Medicine. To graduate, each student creates a Master Herbalism capstone project, seminar or thesis on an aligned subject of personal or professional interest to her/him that consists of another additional 100+ hours, which is to be completed during the 5th or final quarter of this academic program.
Fall 2016-2017 Program Tuition: A deposit of $295 is required with your application. This applies directly to your first academic quarter MH tuition. Deposit is refundable if not accepted into program.
Our comprehensive Master Herbalism Program now has 5 levels that students must complete in order to achieve their MH degree and certificate from our school. Each level is the equivalent of one quarter or three months. Quarter tuition must be paid 10 days prior to the start of each quarter in order to participate. First Quarter is shorter, thus tuition for that quarter is: $1000. Tuition rate for quarters 2-5 is $1750 per each quarter. You may have considerable credit hours previously done. If that is the case, please schedule an advisor consultation to learn if you are eligible for the 3-quarter accelerated track of this program, thus saving money and time.
Special discount: Master Herbalism students who opt to pay for their full tuition for all 5 levels (quarters) by September 1-15, 2016 are eligible to receive a $500 discount off tuition. Master Herbalism students who opt to pay for 3 levels (quarters) of the program at once by September 1-15, 2016 are eligible to receive a $250 discount.
Contact our school directly for tuition, policies and procedures for our Master Herbalism Program.
If you do not complete your Master Herbalism requirements within the allotted 5-level/5-quarter program time period that is our normative enrollment, there is a limited Extension Request Program. Extension fee per month is $395 beyond the scope of the original 5-quarters enrolled. That fee is due the first of each month. Maximum extension is 6 months. Students who are in the accelerated 3-level (quarters) option and do not complete all of their academic work required within that time frame have 2 options: 1) To receive their Community Herbalist graduation certificate (see below); or 2) Pay continued quarterly tuition at the rate above for a period of 5 quarters. If an extension is needed beyond those 5 quarters, then the monthly extension fee above applies.
Advisor & Lead Instructor: Gigi Stafne, MH, ND. Lead Materia Medica Instructor: Amy Shea, MH, and numerous guest lecturers, herbalists, 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: firstname.lastname@example.org Submit with deposit between January 1st and July 30th 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 2016-2017: September 17, 2016, October 15, November 19, December off--holiday break, January 14, 2017 (online seminar), February 18, 2017 (online seminar), March 18, 2017, April 1, May 13, June 10, July (break--optional field day TBA), August 19, 2017, September 9, 2017--graduation.
2016-2017 Master Herbalism Applications & deposits must be submitted between January 1-July 1, 2016. Please plan in advance. Apply early. Only 7 students are accepted into our Master Herbalism Program per academic year. Late applications to this program will be considered between July 2-September 1, 2016 if spaces are not filled. 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. Request MH application: email@example.com
COMMUNITY HERBALIST SPECIAL PROGRAM
Options: June-December 2016 September 2016-March 2017 December 2016-June 2017
Are you passionate about herbalism, want to complete your education soon and desire to do direct action, serving compassionate care as a Community Herbalist? This program might be best for you!
This program is a unique opportunity for those who are eager to begin work as a Community Herbalist. This program includes participating in some of the Master Herbalism courseework and seminars above, online studies, independent work and internship placements in interesting community settings. This program is designed for students who wish to engage in health social justice and community settings soon, rather than enroll in the Master Herbalism Program right away. However, all credits acquired in this program are transferable to our Master Herbalism Program if you are accepted and desire to do so at a later date. Prerequisite for this course is Beginner Herbalism. Contact the advisor directly to learn more about this unique opportunity offered every several years. Gigi Stafne MH, ND firstname.lastname@example.org Tuition: $300 per month for duration of total program. Total tuition, 7 months then is $2100. Pay tuition in full 30 days before the onset of your program and receive $100 off tuition. Another option is to pay $300 per month. Apply to the summer and fall programs soon. The June-December 2016 Community Herbalist Program begins late Wednesday, June 29th. Please register by early June for this section.