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Instructor in Residence: Gigi Stafne - Herbalism

Program Overview

Longtime North House Herbalism Instructor Gigi Stafne will be joining us as Instructor in Residence for the month of October, offering a variety of talks, classes, and demonstrations. Gigi has a lifelong passion for plants, people and the planet. This has translated into a personal pathway and full-time profession spanning 34 years. Her adventures range from coordinating health care delegations in Cuba to setting up urban and rural Free Clinics for folks in need in the U.S. Gigi operates the Green Wisdom School of Natural and Botanical Medicine and is a guest instructor at many schools in North America. 

Schedule of Events

All events are free and drop-in unless otherwise noted

October 5th: Boreal Botanicals: Medicinal Trees, Plants and Fungi of the North Shore Presentation and Plant Walk

Discover the medicinal, cultural and wild edible uses of Autumn trees, plants and fungi common to the boreal region of Lake Superior.

Location: Sugarloaf Cove Nature Center
Time: 1 - 2:30pm

October 6th: The Herbalist is In! Free Health Education Consults

Visit with longtime clinician and master herbalist Gigi Stafne. Gigi will be set up to offer 15 minute pro-bono health education consults on a walk-in basis.

Location: Cook County Whole Foods Co-op
Time: 2 - 6pm

October 7th: Potluck and Discussion: Herbs for Women’s Health and the Childbearing Years

Co-hosted with Kristin DeArruda-Wharton

Join Gigi and Kristin for a potluck and discussion about women’s health naturally. Take time out for your precious self care and connect with Gigi and others. Explore herbs for stress such as Tulsi and Oatstraw to botanicals for the menopausal phase such as Motherwort and Vitex. Bring a dish to share if you are able.

Location: North House Green Building
Time: 6 - 8pm

October 10th: Skill Share: Rooted Wisdom

Explore the world of autumn roots, barks and berries as foods and botanical medicines during this season of descending earth energy.  Prepare herbal formulations for optimal health in autumn!

Location: North House Green Building
Time: 7 - 9pm

October 14th & 16th: Community Class: The Earth Element and Mabon Medicines

The seasonal shift into Autumn is sometimes referred to as Mabon, a time of deepening, grounding and balancing. This is the time of the harvest and earth elemental plants. Learn about the most aligned foods, herbs and activities that will sustain you through the long winter ahead. Mabon is truly a time of balance. Join Gigi Stafne for this inspiring 2-part community course.

Location: North House
Time: 6:30 - 8:30pm both nights
Materials Fee: $5
Ages: 14+ with adult

Registration required - call 218-387-9762 or stop by North House to sign up

October 16th: Brown Bag Lunch with the Violence Prevention Center: Herbs & Natural Supports for Stress

Feeling stressed out?  Learn which herbs and natural supports make the perfect Emotional First Aid Kit to cope with crisis and contemporary stress. Join Gigi for this informative workshop as she addresses your common wellness concerns and questions.

Location: North House Folk School 
Time: 12 - 1pm
Bring your own lunch

October 17th: Boreal Botanicals: The Medicinal Uses of Trees, Plants and Fungi of the North Country

Discover the medicinal, cultural and wild edible uses of Autumn trees, plants and fungi common to the boreal region of Lake Superior in this informative presentation.

Location: Cross River Heritage Center in Schroeder
Time: 1 - 2:30pm

October 18th - 20th: Family Weekend Drop-by Demonstrations

Explore the world of herbs at sensory stations: smell, taste, touch and blend botanicals for family fun and wellness!

Location: North House
Time: 10 am-4 pm Friday and Saturday
10 am-noon Sunday

October 21st: Herbs for the Wisdom Years Presentation

A lifetime of stress and strain on the body, plus the normal aging process can bring on a variety of health complaints: weakening eyesight, painful joints, loss of bone density, digestive system sensitivity, loss of energy and vitality, forgetfulness, even anxiety. During this workshop learn about herbs and natural remedies to help support your health and happiness!

Location: Grand Marais Senior Center
Time: 11am - 12pm

October 22nd & 23rd: Herbalists Without Borders Free People's Clinic

Gigi, along with advanced botanical medicine students & volunteers, will offer two days of free botanical medicine consultations at the Community Center 4-H Log Building as part of their work with Herbalists Without Borders. Drop-in  for a private consult on a first-come first-served basis.

Location: Grand Marais Community Center: 4-H Log Building
Time: 12 - 6pm on Tuesday, 12 - 4pm on Wednesday

October 23rd: Set Up Care Anywhere! Borderless Botanical Medicine Presentation

Herbalists Without Borders provides volunteer health justice and humanitarian aid to thousands of people in more than 30 countries with multiple chapters in some countries. Health, wellness and compassionate care are served by volunteers in regions where there are either natural or human-induced crisis or disaster. Examples of care during the past decade include health care exchanges to Cuba, Herbal Medic Support for First Nations People and the Water Protectors at Standing Rock, aid for victims and survivors of the earthquakes in Nepal and hurricanes in the U.S. Helping people when there is political upheaval and subsequent violence or displacement is also part of global volunteerism. 

Herbalists Without Borders also assists global people facing discrimination, oppression and other barriers to accessing health and wellness. HWB does not impose care upon countries or cultures of people, instead goes where invited and typically encourages residents of regions to organize an HWB Chapter in their region. Cultural autonomy, preservation of healing traditions, indigenous plants and healers are priorities for Herbalists Without Borders International. Join former longtime Executive Director, Advisor and current Trauma Trainer of Herbalists Without Borders International, Gigi Stafne, to learn more about the essential ingredients of offering compassionate care and health justice locally and globally.

Location: Grand Marais Library
Time: 6 - 7pm