Professional Botanical & Natural Medicine Programs
Professional Botanical~Herbalism Programs
Welcome to the wild world of GREEN MEDICINE!
Our professional botanical~herbalism education programs have been inspiring and preparing students from all walks of life for 20 years, primarily in the Upper Midwest and Lake Superior region--previously through the Center for Healing Arts Herb & Eco School and a United Plant Savers Botanical Sanctuary in Wisconsin. Our educational program has gone through sacred transformation becoming purely Green Wisdom in the past 5 years. The majority of our courses & seminars 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. Long distance students have participated in our on-line independent programs, from Sedona, Arizona to isolated isles of Alaska. Cross cultural medicine & ethnobotany exchanges have opened up alongside our sister business, Wild Earth Eco Tours, where we offer engaging programs such as "Boreal Botanicals" near the Ontario, Canada borderlands. www.wildearthecotours.weebly.com
If you are a student of life interested in botanical medicine for personal or professional reasons. Our instructors are enthusiastic and committed to the plants, people and planet. Lead instructor & advisor, Gigi Stafne, MH, ND will help guide you via the most aligned botanical program or course. There is something for every avid plant medicine student, as we offer sundry sessions from 3-hour community workshops & sustainability seminars to the 1700 hour professional Clinical Master Herbalism program. Our past students 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 and sharing botanical wisdom." ~Rachael Stanze, Duluth, Minnesota
"The most valuable thing I learned in your Clinical Herbalism class series was to just go outside and begin working with plants.The plant walk we did last fall 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 on them and 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
Students come to our herbalism program from many different life & career pathways. This makes it all so exciting! Nurses, physicians, physician assistants, physical therapists, massage therapists, midwives, doulas, acupuncturists, organic gardeners, farmers, parents, personal coaches, physical trainers, therapists, and chiropractors, to name a few. Not to mention naturalists, environmentalists and activists! Some of the strongest individuals graduating from our programs, actively doing healing work in their lives are the parents & family members committed to natural care, prevention and wellness for their loved ones. Do consider joining this 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
Our graduates work in many creative professional positions with their herbalism studies and certificates. Here are successful examples:
~Clinical Herbalists ~CAM-Complementary Alternative Medicine Clinics ~Owners/Operators of Herb Product Companies ~Green Spa Product Consultants ~Organic Herb Gardeners & Growers ~Herbal Managers & Workers at CSA's ~Horticulture Therapists ~Food Co-op & Natural Medicine Shop Staff ~Natural Medicine Practitioners for Animals ~Botanical Research & Development
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
Instructors and Guest Lecturers include inspiring, gifted teachers, assistants and interns whom are herbalists, healers, nurses, organic growers, alternative energy & sustainability specialists, wilderness medicine~ outdoor educators...
Gigi Stafne, Teri Nesja, Crone, Kathleen Miller, Jayne Nuutinen-Wolff, Betsy Wacker, Cher Marie, Lisa Yakesh, Laurie Stiers-Foltz, Carol Jacobs, Jason Faunce, Erich Blocher, Fish, Mark Morgan, Steven Krug, Joel Icard, Chaanda Bader and other wonderful surprise instructors!
3 professional levels for students ...with a 4th new offering!
Calling all Yerbalistas, Wilders & Earth Guardians!
"GREEN MEDICINE: Healing the Earth & the Human Tribal Circle"
Community Herbal Healer Program taking applications & registrations now for fall 2013 program
There is an urgent need for Earth Healing and deep nourishment of the Human Tribal Circle necessitating sustainable cultural changes. Now is the time to mend the harmful 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 is a radical act. Prepare for gifting green medicine back into hands of the people. Are you feeling this calling? Engage with us, recollecting healer & activist tools to transform culture. We will meet for 7 session/cycles in this program relating to: Pachamama,Plant World, Planet Water and theHuman Tribal Circle. This is a small, intimate group engaging in a sacred earth healer's series. A deep commitment beginning near Autumn Equinox. We will move through organic cycles creating personal, social, ecological and sustainable changes each session. Make a deep commitment to learn the Plant Spirit Medicine Ways. This program has been a life changing experience for past students.
Spiritline & Flow of our Gatherings to 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
"Plants Were Our Original Ancestors"
Session begins in September 2013. Email us and register early by August 23rd Autumn CHH dates 2013: Sept 7, Sept 21, Oct 5, Oct 19, Nov 9, Nov 22-23 (some dates may shift slightly after CHH students gather together & collectively decide)
Times: 9:30am-4:30pm Tuition: $850 Registration by August 23, 2013. May consider late registrants, please email us directly about this. Deposit of $195 by September 1st to secure spot. Fireweed Scholarship Fund: To apply for $100-$350 in scholarships toward tuition for CHH program, email a one page letter to firstname.lastname@example.org
Instructors/Facilitators: Gigi Stafne & Guest Instructors specializing in various engaging topics
Location: Primarily in Wisconsin & Minnesota (Minneapolis, Chippewa Valley, Duluth) with rotating meetings & trips. Special Note: For those students interested in being in our Master Herbalism 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 7-10. 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.
Beginner Apprenticeship Herbalism
A 20-hour course offered several times annually in 3 different formats: 1) Intensive weekend course or 2) 7 week course (one evening per week) 3) On-line/correspondence course. This first level is a prerequisite for subsequent Intermediate and Master Herbalism program levels. Certificate level course. Course content includes: Foundations of Herbalism, Natural Laws, Western Herbalism, Cross Cultural Medicine Survey (includes basics TCM, ATM, Curanderism, Native American & others), Art & Science of Herbalism, Herbs for the Life Cycle (pregnancy to elder years), Top 15 Herbs, Herbs for Contemporary Issues: PTSD, Depression, Anxiety, Environmental Health & Detox, Creating Medicine Wheels & Herb Gardens, plus a traditional hands-on Green Medicine Making component that everyone loves...with teas, botanical tincture making, herbal oils, flower essences & more! Students prepare these sundry natural~botanical products to take home to use and enjoy. Tuition: $295 (periodically discounts & early bird specials are offered...add your name to our email list to receive regular updates: email@example.com Class size limited to 7-14. Courses being added regularly--check this page regularly: This is a convenient weekend intensive or other formats that educational institutions request--offered in various locales including: Eau Claire, WI (Globe University), Minneapolis, MN, Grand Marais, MN, (North House Folk School), Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College at 5 campuses in WI, and other Upper Midwest~Great Lakes locales upon request. Limited class registration. Register early. Select a late fall session:
Select a Spring 2014 Session: Glacial Rivers & Lakes Region NW Wisconsin (March 1-2, 2014) 15-hr cert. Central Minnesota (outside of St. Cloud, MN--date TBA) Lost Creek Adventures, South Shore~Lake Superior, Cornucopia, WI--March 15-16, 2014 through Lost Creek. Mineral Point, Southwest WI--April 4-6, 2014 (full description/Special Events page) Chicago/Rockford, IL Greater Region--Angelic Organic Learning Center--May 24-25, 2014 And via WITC, Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College campuses in Spring 2014: www.witc.edu/Search HERBS
Wish to host this in your region of the U.S.? Contact us for specifics on each course/locale. Most listings above are the 20-hour course, several are under that level of hours.
Intermediate Herbalism Summer School Field Study Course 2013
A 70-hour course offered once annually, each summer in the Upper Midwest~Lake Superior Region. Intermediate level certificate course. Prepare for wild studies from woodlands to prairie...even on the water! This summer session is more than an herbalism class; it is an exciting adventure exploring native, medicinal and cultural plants of the Midwest-Great Lakes region to help you attune to your authentic wild self and the environment. This course (and Beginner Apprenticeship) is a prerequisite for our Master Herbalism Program. Summer Course includes: Ecosystems of the Midwest & Great Lakes, earth medicine practices, plant spirit Medicine, herbalist's botany basics, plant/herb identification, wild edibles, First Aid/Wild Medicine, prairie plants, woodland and wetland plants via kayak & canoe ecotours (we guide the original "Plant & Paddling Eco Tours"), ethical wildcrafting, hands-on growing projects, visits to regional eco green herbalists, organic farms/CSA's and more. This field study course typically exposes students to 100+ native and medicinal plants in the field. Tuition: $595 Early Bird Special-2014: Pay full tuition by May 1, 2014...receive $100 off! Tuition must be sent in full at least 7 days prior to the first class. Several student workstudy & intern positions available now to offset tuition) These may entail: office asst, graphic arts, botanical research, herb wildcrafting, drying, etc. Apply early. Class size limited to: 12-13 Course dates: This is an amazing intensive! Two separate stretches to attend: Weekend of June 7-8, 2014 and June 11,12,13,14,15 (Wed-Sunday) Times: 8/9am-5/6pm daily Tours/sessions times may vary slightly, yet students will know in advance. Location: WI & MN sometimes extending beyond for field study trips. Assistance is available with camping, lodging and other recreational opportunities such as kayaking, hiking, swimming, etc.
Advanced Master Herbalism Program
A comprehensive 1700 hour education is accomplished with this outstanding botanical program. Study tracks are a combination of: in-class professional style seminars, on-line & independent work, monthly student-advisor meetings, student 'practice' clinical sessions, and period participation in community or free clinics run by advisor, Gigi Stafne, via Herbalists Without Borders of Wisconsin. Beginner & Intermediate Herbalism (above) are both prerequisites for this course. While our MH program is a one year program and the average time spent on studies per week is 20 hours, please note that many master level students take 1-2 years to accomplish this certificate program depending upon their life circumstances. (An extension fee is charged for each annual renewal needed by students to continue beyond a first year to cover costs of clinical supervision.) Remember that motivated students CAN complete their studies in one year.
Required course components included in our MH program are aligned with national standards or directives: 200 hours Support Sciences (may be received at other institutions--tuition discount will be credited for those credit hours achieved previously), 400 hrs Materia Medica, 400-500 hrs Clinicals, 70-90 hrs Plant Identification/Botanic Field Study (this is the Summer School Session), Western Herbalism 40 hrs, 80 hrs Herbal pharmacy, apothecary & green medicine making, 20 hrs, professional, ethical, legal issues, and 3-10 hours of First Aid or Wilderness Medicine. Each student is expected to design a professional seminar or Master Herbalism thesis in order to graduate on an aligned subject of passionate interest to her/him. Tuition: $4295 (Application + $100 deposit required w/application); early bird tuition by August 1-12, 2013 paid in full: $3500. Flex tuition payment arrangements available of 4 quarterly payments. First payment due + deposit by first class date in September. Sorry, no scholarships available for this program 2013-14. Extension Request: Separate fee, contact us. Instructors: Gigi Stafne, MH, ND, plus guest lecturers who are herbalists, healers & naturalists...all specialists in their fields. Limited program size: 7 professional MH students Application must be submitted by July 1-August 1. Course closes by August 27. Session begins September 2013-September 2014. Monthly 1:1 with instructor, weekly independent assignments, group classes and seminars. Seminar dates: Sept 21, Oct 19, Nov 9, (2013) Jan 18 (Jan date might be shifted), March 22, July 19, August 16 (2014); graduation in Sept 2014. Email us with your questions and to receive the MH application. Early applications encouraged: firstname.lastname@example.org 2014-15 Master Herbalism Applications must be submitted by July 1, 2014.