Lise Wolff, RH (AHG) Msc. has been teaching her Three Seasons program for over 20 years. As we build this extensive program online, we are offering the Plant Walks portion of this program so you can enjoy meeting and learning about the plants right away!
Writing about the full program, Lise says, "Three Seasons is a series designed to teach students to view the plant world through the herbalist’s lens. We will begin in late winter, before the tree buds burst open, continue through the full flush of summer, and end in late fall, when those same trees have lost their leaves and frost crunches underfoot. This structure allows students to experience the plants in their many phases of growth and affords time, as the plants grow and develop, to practice and integrate what has been learned. The full program has historically taken ten and a half months to cycle through the full seasons. Yes. That is more than 3 Seasons. I know."
The Plant Walks take place in Minnesota, at the northern end of the Big Woods ecological region of Eastern North America, an area from which Western herbalism obtained a huge number of herbs from the Indigenous Peoples or from the exploration of the woods directly. The area is also home to the classic herbs of Northern Europe (UK, Germany, Scandinavia, Poland, temperate parts of Russia), as they were intentionally, or unintentionally brought over by settlers. Therefore this covers a lot of the traditional plants used in Western herbal medicine and it is worthwhile to know these herbs. This is a cool temperate region and therefore will not cover many of the Mediterranean plants which would be characteristic of southern Europe and Australia.
- Identify 100+ plants through the 3 seasons by their appearance and by their Botanical Latin names
- Differentiate common look-alike plants
- Know which plants you can use as medicinals, which are good for eating (wild edibles) and which are actually both
- Which part of the plant to harvest for medicine making.
- Plant Signatures: as we see the plant grow, we will build on the signatures and qualities that make this plant medicine
- And more in the online Discussions (Q&A) with the teacher and other students.
"It was almost 20 years ago that I took the 3 season's class and completed a clinical apprenticeship with Lise. She has since gone on to be one of the most influential clinicians and teachers in the Midwest. I still continue to learn from Lise at every opportunity. My family and I have benefited from clinical consultation with her, avoiding gall bladder surgery, improving symptoms of irritable bowel, hormonal imbalance/ endometriosis, and reducing previously needed pharmaceutical medications. Lise's teaching style is practical, genuine, and immediately useful in real life. These videos are of great quality and they save time that was previously spent in class traveling from one location to another. Lise's personality shines through as she blends her sense of humor with her science based knowledge in botany, homeopathy and Chinese Medicine. Learning with Lise has helped me to feel empowered in decision making for myself, my family, and even with my animals."
Michelle Patterson Three Season's Class of 2002
"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."
John Hauser RN, ND, OMD, LAc
Former student of Lise’s in-person Three Seasons Program
Since 1991, Lise has studied with leading herbalists throughout the United States and has practiced professionally since completing an apprenticeship with Matthew Wood in 1995. Lise is one of only 200 herbalists nationwide to have been approved as a Registered Herbalist, denoting professional level membership in the American Herbalist Guild. The Guild, which assures a standard of excellence for practitioners through a peer review membership process, is the largest professional botanical medicine organization in the United States.
Lise holds a Bachelors Degree from Macalaster College and in 2008 graduated from the Scottish School of Herbal Medicine in Herbalism, the highest level of academic training available in the profession.
In her practice, Lise focuses on the nutritional and healing powers of local plants which she gathers and prepares to supply her apothecary. Lise maintains her practice in south Minneapolis and is available for private consultations.
Since 1995, she has offered beginning and advanced herb classes. Upon invitation, Lise has also offered courses sponsored by institutions such as Bakken Museum, Carleton College, the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, the University of Minnesota Compleat Scholar Program and LearningLife non-credit program.
Fall 2010 Lise was appointed to the academic faculty of St. Catherine University. As adjunct professor, she taught the Herbology course for the Master of Arts in Holistic Health Studies until 2016.
Since 2010, Lise has been co-teaching a course a the University of Minnesota through the Center of Spirituality and Healing as part of the School of Nursing, previously curriculum for the Doctorate of Nursing Practice, now open to the full University.
Lise co-teaches the Tongue Assessment Course with Matthew Wood.
Learn more about Lise at her website.
"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..."
Herbalist / Gardener / Grandma - 2010 Three Seasons Graduate
Former student of Lise’s in-person Three Seasons Program
We are currently filming and building the complete "Three Seasons with Lise Wolff" program, which will include these Plant Walks as well as Lectures to prepare a student to earn a certificate in this course.
This "Plant Walks" (only) version is a way for you to participate and follow along this year as we build the content. Why wait!?
- You will have unlimited access to all content available during your rental period (monthly or yearly).
- This Plant Walks (only) version will not include Lise's full Materia Medica, lectures, or handouts. If these materials are added, consider them bonus material.
- New content will be added every 2-3 weeks (perhaps only once per month in the winter months). Paying students will be notified by email when new content is added.
- New content will be added to this Plant Walks series until April 2021.
- Testing and certificates will not be offered with this Plant Walks (only) version.
- This is a large project. Lise has been teaching this program for 22 years. None of the above is guaranteed in this timeframe. We feel confident it will all be complete in this time, but cannot make guarantees.
- Content may move around without notice as we decide the best way to present the material to aid in learning as well as for ease-of-use.
- By the way, the videos are amazing! They are high definition videos; you can see plants like you can't see with the naked eye! Watch them on a big screen!
Start at anytime! Complete the lessons at your own pace. To join for a single month simply subscribe and then unsubscribe right away (see the HELP page for details).
- Each Class is the equivalent of several hours of a Plant Walk. This content is condensed and edited into multiple short, easy-to-digest videos.
- When complete, this 3 Seasons Plant Walks course will be at least 20 Classes of content!
You would pay at least $25 for a 2-hour large-group Plant Walk with Lise.
Each Plant Walk Class you see in the curriculum is 4-8 hours of a standard Plant Walk (walking around from plant to plant); a $50-$100 value.
This footage is then edited and condensed down (we do not show you footage of walking from one plant to another, etc.) into short videos. So, what is 2 hours of edited content would take 8-12 hours to cover in a typical Plant Walk.
Classes 1 & 2 equal 2.5 hours of edited footage. It would normally take 10 hours of a typical Plant Walk to cover all this material, a $125 value! Classes 1 & 2 cover 38 plants!
EARLY SPROUT SPECIAL - Extended!
We understand these are challenging times in so many ways, and we experience and have heard from many of you that it's ever more important to connect with the plants now. So, we are extending the early sprout pricing!
On July 24th, 2020 the pricing will go to $35 monthly and $350 for the 1-year rental.
Join now and lock in this Early Sprout discount!
When the price goes up, you're grand-fathered in at this discounted price.
"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..."
Francis Bonaldo Bégnoche, Montréal, Canada
Herbalist-Acupuncturist, Co-author of Traditional Western Herbalism and Pulse Evaluation - 2008 Three Seasons Graduate
“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.”
Clare Gardner Nieto
Herbalist - 2016 Three Seasons Graduate
These Plant Walks are part of the full Three Seasons Program. We anticipate having this full Three Seasons Program available here, online in late 2021.
In addition to these Plant Walks, the full Three Seasons program will include many more lectures like: Botanical Latin, Flower Essences, Wildcrafting Basics, Wildcrafting Supplies, the full Materia Medica for practice, and Clinical Evaluation.
Get a head-start by joining in on the Plant Walks!
There is a progression of content:
1) FREE PREVIEWS - (Available. Sign up for the free previews HERE.)
2) 3 Seasons of Herbal Wisdom Plant Walks - (Available. Join where it says "Two Convenient Options" on this page.)
3) Three Seasons of Herbal Wisdom - (Final, full program coming in 2021)