Herbalism & Environmental Health Program


INTRODUCTORY 3-day Certificate Classes      REGISTER HERE 

This year is the pilot year for a new WEI Program on Herbalism and Environmental Health. 

You can enroll in a 30-Credit Certificate Program or as an individual interested in the courses offered. This is an interdisciplinary program coordinated between the Women’s Environmental Institute and Green Wisdom School of Natural and Botanical Medicine

Instructor: Gigi Stafne ND, MH from Green Wisdom School 

Class Location: WEI’s Amador Hill Farm Campus, 15715 River Road, North Branch, MN 55056


Join new WEI instructor, Gigi Stafne, MH. ND., for a free educational conference call to learn more about this year’s inspiring series of workshops, certificate level courses and apprenticeship experiences at the Women’s Environmental Institute.  Want to find out more about WEI’s New Herbalism and Environmental Health Program.  
Free Conference call with Gigi scheduled for  Saturday February 4, 1-2 pm CT.   RSVP to reserve your spot send request to gigigreenwiscome@gmail.com by Feb. 3 2017.   


Herb 101: Beginner Herbalism & Environmental Health
Intensive Certification Level One Weekend Course
When: April 21, 22, 23)
(Repeats in September 8, 9, 10)
Herb 102: Intermediate Level Herbalism & Environmental Health
Intensive Certification Level Two Course
When: June 28, 29, 30, prerequisite Herb 101 or equivalent experience)
(Repeats October 27, 28, 29, prerequisite Herb  or equivalent experience)
Herb Field Practicum Level Three (8 credits upon completion) 
A vital volunteer experience that involves 25-hours of hands-on field practicum at the Amador Farm and Orchard, especially focused on the Amador Herb Garden. Supervision is hosted by the Women’s Environmental Institute. This 25-hour component is necessary to complete in order to graduate and receive a certificate in the WEI Herbalism and Environmental Health Program.   Plan ahead with Herb Field Practicum project and hours by reaching the Women’s Environmental Institute to set up a schedule.


Herb 210:  Twenty Culinary and Medicinal Herbs for the Home Garden.
When: Sunday, March 5, 2017, 10am-12:30
Herb 211: Creative Herb Gardens, Mandalas, Medicine Wheels 
When: Sunday, March 5, 2017 1-3pm
Herb 230:  Women’s Health:  Natural Medicine, Environmental Health, and Herbalism
When: Friday, May 12, 2017, 1-4pm
Herb Field Day at WEI
When: Saturday, May 13, 10:00 am-4pm
Herb 231: Take a Walk on the Wild Side:  Plant ID-Identification Walk
When: Friday, June 16, 2017, 1-4pm
Herb 232: Wild Medicine! Bumps, Bites, Bruises, Plants in the Wild for First Aid and Other Natural Medicines for Summer
Friday, July 14, 2017, 1-4pm
Herb 233: Preparing for Herb Harvest and Planning Your Home Herb Apothecary
When: Friday, August 18, 2017, 1-4pm

Gigi Stafne, MH, ND, MI
Gigi Stafne, MH, ND, MIGreen Wisdom School
Gigi has been a practitioner of natural and botanical medicine for 3 decades with substantial clinical, health, environmental, social justice and entrepreneurial experience. She pioneered and created the first natural medicine clinic in West Central Wisconsin near Minneapolis, the Center for Healing Arts, bringing on a team of 12 skilled practitioners. She then founded an affiliated botanical medicine school which to date is one of the few in the Upper Midwest and Lake Superior regions of North America that offers a professional Master of Herbalism Program. For one decade, Gigi created a United Plant Savers & Partners in Education project and the first UpS Botanical Sanctuary in Wisconsin, U.S. For her work there, she was awarded the 2007 North American Plant Conservation Award. She also launched a chapter of Herbalists Without Borders, an international non-profit organization in 2006-2008. Gigi was appointed as the Executive Director of Herbalists Without Borders International, and still serves in that capacity, teaching at numerous national and global venues via Green Wisdom School of Natural and Botanical Medicine and Herbalists Without Borders International including being a national-international trauma trainer.

Prior to natural medicine, Gigi worked in the anti-violence field, from crisis intervention to public policy. Her education began in Human Growth & Development and Family Social Science with the University of Wisconsin system. Furthermore, her education eventually lead to CAM degrees at the School of Natural Medicine (SNM), Boulder Colorado which included a Master of Herbalism, Master of Iridology, Naturopathy & Natural Physician. Her continuing education and teaching is extensive, in women’s health, environmental health, cross cultural medicine, ethnobotany, and beyond.

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