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‘Thursdays at the U’ to feature natural and botanical medicine educator

| Linda Tollefsrud

Photo caption: Gigi Stafne of the Green Wisdom School of Natural and Botanical Medicine will present “Meandering the Northwoods Medicine Trail” from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, at UW-Eau Claire – Barron County. The presentation also will be livestreamed. (Photo by Shane Opatz)

What are the plants growing in your backyard and in the fields and forests of the north country? Are any of them useful medicinally? What role does the natural world play in our health and well-being?

Gigi Stafne

Gigi Stafne

Gigi Stafne, an educator and practitioner of natural and botanical medicine, will present “Meandering the Northwoods Medicine Trail” Oct. 13 as part of the “Thursdays at the U” series at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire – Barron County. The presentation will run from 12:30-1:30 p.m. in the Blue Hills Lecture Hall (Room 234, Ritzinger Hall) on the Rice Lake campus and will be livestreamed.

Stafne, who operates the Green Wisdom School of Natural and Botanical Medicine and serves as a guest instructor at many schools in North America, is a past recipient of the North American Medicinal Plant Conservation Award and the National Service Award of the American Herbalists Guild.

She has had a lifelong passion for plants, people and our planet. This has translated into a personal pathway and full-time profession spanning 35 years. Stafne's adventures have ranged from coordinating health care delegations in Cuba to setting up urban and rural free clinics in the U.S.

She has served as executive director of Herbalists Without Borders, an international nonprofit addressing global health justice, and has created the first United Plant Savers Botanical Sanctuary in Wisconsin.

The “Thursdays at the U” weekly series is free and open to the public thanks to support from the UW-Eau Claire – Barron County Foundation. Neither seating reservations nor parking permits are needed for campus guests.

For more information about the series, call the campus at 715-788-6244 or email Dr. Linda Tollefsrud, the series organizer, at tollefla@uwec.edu.