Current Classes

Spring Bark Collection and Medicinal Preparation
This year's barking class is cancelled. Tune in next year for how to bark.

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Saturday March 28th, 2020 Noon-4:30pm

Herbal Medicine Class at the Edge of Spring

Learn a simple and effective way to gather and prepare barks for medicinal purposes. During the class we will take a walk, identifying medicinal trees and shrubs, on the way to harvesting a medicinal bark for preparation during the class. Students will take home a tincture (or dried bark) they have collected and prepared for home use. Making medicinal oil for topical preparations will also be covered. This is a hands-on class. Red Osier, Linden, Northern White Cedar, Elder, Elm, White Oak, Ginkgo and Prickly Ash will be identified and discussed for medicinal purposes.

Meet the Local Medicine Plants
Plant walks are cancelled until we get the all clear to gather in groups.

WHEN: Five classes from 6pm-8:30pm once a month on a Wednesday evening
DATES (IF we are cleared to gather): April 8th, May 6th, June 3rd, September 2nd and September 30th
LOCATION: South Minneapolis near Minnehaha Parkway and Lake Nokomis
PRICE: $200 for the series of 5 classes

In Minnesota, safe and easy to use edible and medicinal plants surround us in our parks, paths and backyards. With observation, openness and imagination it is simple to learn their gifts.

Through a series of 5 plant walks over 6 months students in this course will learn how to recognize, harvest, and prepare healing plants growing wild, for home use, including the preparation of tinctures, flower essences, herbal oils, and salves. The practical nature of this class encourages the common sense use of local plants in everyday life.

Free Lecture: The Healing Power of Herbs

This series has been cancelled by St Joan of Arc Church. May 11th, 2020 from 1:30 to 3:00
LOCATION: Joan of Arc Church 4537 3rd Ave South, Minneapolis, MN

Lise will be giving a free lecture on The Healing Power of Herbs. The lecture is part of a series called '2nd Monday Dialogues' held at Joan of Arc Church in Minneapolis. The event is free and registration is not required.

Minnesota Holistic Health and Herbal Education Festival

Sunday, September 20th, 2020. Belle Plaine, MN.
A conference offering over a dozen workshops over the course of one day in a beautiful, rural setting.

Lise Wolff will be co-hosting and teaching at the Festival.

Since 2006 The Holistic Health and Herbal Education Festival has been an an opportunity for holistic health and herbal medicine practitioners, students and enthusiasts from the Upper Midwest to learn from regional teachers in our own backyard. The 2020 festival will take place at Prairie Oaks Institute, a retreat center on a beautiful farm in Belle Plaine, Minnesota. Instructors and participants come from all over Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa.

Since sixteen workshops will be offered by a variety of accomplished practitioners and educators. There will be something for everyone from beginning to advanced students, including opportunities for hands-on medicine making and plant id. Relax on the farm between classes and join us for herbal teas a delicious dessert buffet.

LOCATION: the beautiful Prairie Oaks Institute in Belle Plaine MN, 45 minutes from the Twin Cities.

We've got an early bird discount for signing up before August 1st.

Online Course: Tongue Assessment

Lise Wolff and Matt Wood co-teach this online course - Lise's only online teaching presence.
PRICE: $300

Lise Wolff & Matt Wood teach a fun and informative 21 hour (3 days!) workshop about tongue assessment. Use the link on this page to get more information and to register for the class. While you're there, check out the many free classes related to diagnosis and other topics on Matt Wood's website.

Note: the link to the Tongue Assessment class is an affiliate link, which means Lise Wolff will get a portion of the sale if you follow this link to register for the class.

"I have devoted my adult life to the study & practice of professional health care. I have studied with quite a few herbalists and doctors who use herbal medicine; Lise Wolff is the finest herb teacher I have had. Taking Lise Wolff’s Three Seasons Herb Class is something I wish I had done as a young man before acquiring any nursing, naturopathic medicine and oriental medicine degree for what Lise Wolff conveys in her herb course is accessible, foundational, practical. Knowing the local plants’ distinct qualities, habitat, properties, personalities as neighbors, medicines, legends, Lise Wolff presents information in three dimensions to students. She introduces the possibility to novice lay people and health care professional alike of reading a person’s condition and introducing the specific, appropriate local plant medicine to heal disease. Lise Wolff’s Three Seasons Herb Class will introduce and equip any student to be a real herbalist."

"'There is no greater service a man can render to his country than to introduce a useful plant into its culture.' Thomas Jefferson

"The same holds true for most any individual student who would take this introduction to herbal medicine."

"I consider Lise's 3 Seasons Class to be the catalyst that helped me to identify and nurture what has become my life's passion: helping others through herbal medicine. I took several of Lise's one-time classes, became intrigued with herbs, and decided to take the plunge and invest my time and money into her 3 Seasons Class. Best. Investment. Ever.

"The 3 Season classes include people with many levels of experience and knowledge - I was definitely one of the beginner level students and wondered what I had gotten myself into! However, Lise is a master teacher and so good at explaining details and making sure everyone understands and feels included in class discussion and activity.

"Along with Lise's expertise and instruction in class, I learned so much from sitting in on "live" consultations with Lise and her clients, getting hands on experience with how to conduct a consult and invaluable tips on determining which herbs and preparations might give support in each situation.

"The time commitment of the class lends itself to developing friendships which continue long after the class is over. I so enjoy seeing several herbalist friends from my 3 Seasons Class at events or meeting over a cup of tea - hopefully herbal! The greatest longterm benefit, however, has been Lise's ongoing support whenever I have questions or a new discovery to share. Priceless."

"I took 3 Seasons of Herbal Wisdom over ten years ago and have such fond memories of it. Foraging for wild plants, tasting the medicines and having lectures outside in the elements was such a relief from conventional education. Lise Wolff so generously transmits her passion and practical knowledge for the local flora with a mix of historical and contemporary data, personal clinical experience and hands-on practice with students. The wealth of teachings from this class became the foundation for my dream of becoming a professional herbalist. I now run a busy practice and feel so grateful! More importantly, a very intimate relationship developed with the land and its common weeds, this little know rich world of curiosity growing in our own backyards. It is amazing how you become useful to friends, family and your community after one year hanging out with Lise, whose teachings have impacted thousands by now and likely saved millions in healthcare costs! Agrimony, solomon seal, blue vervain...what a precious time I spent that year..."
“Lise Wolff's Three Seasons class is an invaluable and highly accessible course for anyone interested in herbalism and greater health through whole plant medicine. Francis Bonaldo referred to it as being worth 3 years of any other program rolled into one and he was absolutely right! Throughout the year, Lise provided deep and detailed information on over 40 of the most well-known and useful western medicinal plants. She held nothing back and freely shared the information she has gathered over her 25+ years of experience. As a group, we learned to harvest each plant in their optimal season, creating an entire medicinal kit of tinctures from fresh materials. Additionally, Lise encouraged us to start working with clients-whether family, friends, or acquaintances-immediately and provided us with both the information and skills that helped us feel safe and confident in our own practice. Lise's Three Seasons class jump-started my career as an herbalist. Much of the success I have experienced in working with clients is due to the solid foundation and great mentorship I received during her class.”