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  • Daytime class time: Thursday mornings, 10 am -12:30 pm.
  • Dates: October 20-December 1 (no class on Thanksgiving)
  • Evening class time: Monday nights, 6:30-9 pm.
  • Dates: Monday October 17- November 28 (no class on Halloween)

Cost: $375 (Early Bird deal: if you apply and pay by September 20, 2016 the cost is $325)

An autoimmune disease occurs when antibodies from a person’s immune system attack and destroy a specific organ or tissue in the body. Antibodies are proteins in the blood that typically detect and destroy invading pathogens. They work with us to keep us safe, and we all have them. The issue in autoimmunity is that these antibodies begin to attack the person they were constructed to protect.

According to the National Institutes of Health, an estimated 80 human diseases are caused primarily or secondarily by an autoimmune response. New diseases are regularly added to the list, with antibodies having the capacity to target and attack any organ, tissue or cell that the body can grow.

Autoimmune conditions often come on the heels of other things. Even allopathic medicine is beginning to recognize this. Whether it is an infection, such as Lyme disease, a car accident or a trauma of some sort, genes for autoimmunity are switched on. There is little understood about autoimmunity, and even less understood about how to switch the epigenetic markers off, and keep them off.

Genetics aside, patterns of disease and infections are smart, inventive, and resilient. They know how to use our own protein making machinery to hijack our immune systems, to replicate themselves and then to mutate so we have little chance of beating them. They work on a molecular level that we have yet to fully understand.

And so we, too, must be smart, inventive, and resilient. We must think outside the box. Our advantage is our creativity, our capacity to observe and pioneer new mechanisms for working with what someone presents.

This is a 6 week course. Almost all things mentioned will interface well with medications. The first 4 weeks will be spent on the following:

  • Autoimmune conditions- how structure affects function in the conditions
  • Root approaches to calming nervous system, hypothalamic and immune triggers
  • Strategies to instill homeostasis
  • Hormonal imbalances and autoimmunity
  • Lifestyle, spiritual and trauma healing, with resilience building
  • Herbs and aromatherapy for:
    • Symptom relief and management
    • Deficiencies and Excess in organ systems
    • Excellent herbs for the conditions, and herbs to avoid for they might exacerbate
    • Plants to avoid due to drug interactions

The current outline for the course is as follows, but is subject to small changes.

I. Brief definition of an autoimmune disease

  1. Immune proteins that are involved- Basics
    • Lymphocytes
    • Cytokines
    • antibodies
    • Fc receptors

2. Immune markers in autoimmune

3. Gender and autoimmunity

4. Basic Genetic and Epigenetic autoimmune factors

II. Greek Medicine and autoimmune categorization

III. General Materia medica: Applying Taste to Autoimmune Conditions

  1. Sours-
  2. Acrid bitters-
  3. Sweet and Salty
  4. Trophorestorative
  5. Alteratives
  6. What to use and what to avoid

IV. Herbal Actions to Support Autoimmune Healing

V. Organ system imbalances and Symptoms Associated with Each (class 2)

VI. Lifestyle and Environmental Factors

VII. Strategies for Autoimmune Conditions

  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Irritable Bowel Disease
    • Chrons
    • Celiac
    • Colitis, Ulcerative Colitis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Lupus SLE
  • Hashimoto thyroiditis
  • Graves Disease

VII. Chronic Fatigue- Not an autoimmune disease, technically, but possibly mitochondrial disorder with autoimmune tendencies

The final 2 weeks of the course, you will get hands-on group work in dealing with clients with autoimmune conditions, as we work with client profiles.

If you are interested in taking this course, please email me at kathyweeds@yahoo.com.

Thank you!


photo (4)Welcome to Red Root Mountain! In this course, you will engage and learn the flexible art of herbalism. Come look at plants, and experience how they work according to taste. Learn the language of herbal applications and gain the skills you need to make plant medicines.

  • We will learn the about plants (our Materia medica) according to taste, and apply these plants to acute illness and insomnia.
  • You’ll learn basic assessment and herbal application skills and formulation for managing fevers and coughs, healing sinus infections, getting to sleep, and more…
  • In medicine making, we will prepare hot and cold-water decoctions, macerate herbs in oil, make salves, and fresh and dried plant tinctures.
  • For the final class, you will put your formulating skills to work, and come up with a salve of your own creation to present to the class!
  • You will learn to identify basic herbs of this area.

Madison has become a hot bed of budding herbalists, both hobbyist and professional. This past year, Red Root Mountain unleashed 13 amazing professionals herbalists on the community. I feel strongly that everyone should know an herbalist, or know a thing or two about plant medicines. This course is an excellent place to begin.

Read on for a descriptive list of the 8 classes included in this series, and class schedule. If you are interested in joining the class, please email me at kathyweeds@yahoo.com for an application.

Dates: Wed. September 14th-November 2nd

Time: 6:30-9 pm.

Cost: $375 (Credit card payments accepted through Square.)

Place: My house

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Cost: $90

Day: Sunday July 31st, 2016

Time: 9:00-3:30

Chronic respiratory diseases come in many flavors. They are conditions that often border on terrifying for the individual. With degeneration and/or the interference of the breath, one looses the ability to respire in the lungs, and on a cellular level.

Breathing, itself, is an automatic response, and we are programed to breath approximately 15 breaths per min. at rest to maintain the adequate oxygen levels in our blood. This oxygen is required to power our mitochondria to make energy so that we can, quite simply, exist. This rate also allows us to expel the carbon dioxide that is the metabolic waste product of this energy production.

To put it bluntly, every cell in our body relies on our breath. When we change how we breathe, we also change chemically, but it doesn’t stop there. The challenges that come with disease that affect our breath have emotional consequences, too, for they can cause anxiety and depression. They can affect our ability to thrive, our energy level, our thought processes and organ systems.

In this daylong course on degenerative and chronic lung disease, we will:

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Class Options: Daytime, Evening, and online options (must have fast internet for online)

Dates: Thursday- August 18, 25, and Sept 1

Daytime: 10-12:30 am.

Evening: 6:30-9 pm.

Cost: $125

In the year 1651, a French scientist by the name of Jean Pecquet discovered a series of vessels in animals, and deemed it the lymphatic system. A year later, the Danish physician, Thomas Bartholin, identified and fully illustrated the system in humans. While their discoveries went into books and papers, a more comprehensive understanding of this part of the circulatory system was still to be discovered. And to some degree, we are still uncovering the many mysteries of this complex and very supportive organ system.

As herbalists, we traverse the boundaries of lymphatics with enthusiasm, speaking of supporting the lymphatics, and improving immune function. But what does that mean?

In this 3 part mini-class series, we will better define those vague terms, explore to some depth our lymph, and the plants that have an affinity for it. Questions that we will answer:

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Spirit and Shamanic Work, Summer 2016

A small movement has grown to answer a need for healing the spirit and soul. It was born of the reclamation of traditional shamanic practices, a practice that involves communicating with spirits and entities to help people recover from damage caused by stress and trauma.

In order to accomplish the task, a shaman or spirit worker acts as an intermediary–communicating with spirits on behalf of the one seeking healing. The process calls for the shaman to journey, in most cases, into the realm of spirits and other dimensions to retrieve information and facilitate healing.

Healing happens in many ways. A few examples of work a shaman or spirit worker may perform on the recipients behalf: retrieving lost soul and body-parts (parts of ourselves dropped in times of trauma and stress), healing ancestral wounds, clearing entities attached to physical spaces and/or people; addressing issues of soul purpose or power, past-life and shadow work (dark parts of ourselves that we wish to ignore).

The goal of this course is to gain personal experience in and an understanding of the spirit world, and to wake up a healing process in us, while learning skills to help other. What is particularly nice about it is the fact that it is a facilitated course with peer support.

This course is designed for many levels of practitioner, from the beginner, to those who have experience. And it is different in many ways from the one I ran before.

Throughout our 4 weeks of work together, we will:

-learn journeying, and gain experience traveling and receiving information in other dimensions from power animals, spirit guides, and plants

-learn space and energy body clearing techniques

-explore the practice of organ system or body part retrieval

Here are course details with a brief outline.

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Thyroid Course, Summer 2016

New day, and evening or daytime options!

Dates: June 28th-July 26th

Times: Daytime class: 10-12:30; Evening class 6:30-9

Place: My house

Cost: $325

Working with herbs is a mix of art and science. That philosophical combination is an important one to remember when applying plant medicines to the endocrine system, where patterns often feel unbreakable, and take their own sweet time to reroute and retrain. These seemingly unbreakable patterns apply to conditions of the thyroid, both hypo and hyper.

In this 5 week course, we will study plants for thyroid disease and disorders, study the disorders themselves, look at the application of Michael Moore’s thyroid stress types, and weave in information on the Greek/Eclectic Doctor’s 6 Tissue States.

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Aromatherapy Day Long Class Part 2


Part one of the day long aromatherapy series was tons of fun, and brought 19 good people together (over 2 classes) to study and learn about the possible effects of essential oils on the brain and nervous system. We had many colorful conversations around the weaving of science and art in healing.

With the basic connections between the brain, behavior and essential oil use made in Part 1, we will now incorporate how essential oil formulas can have effects on specific body and nervous system areas in part 2.

We will work on formulas that reduce muscle and joint tension and pain, that can stimulate circulation and mental function for the cold individual, and formulas to assist balance of the nervous system for parasympathetic deficiency  These parasympathetic formulas can help those with autoimmune diseases, insomnia, anxiety, heart murmurs and palpitations, and nervous digestion.

In the lecture portion of this day, we will also take a look at some of the chemistry of different classes of essential oils.

In this class, you can expect to:

  • Learn about a few body processes and how some essential oils bring balance to those processes
  • Learn about the chemistry of essential oils
  • Work further with the oils introduced in the first class, as well as a couple of new ones
  • Make 3 formulas
  • Work on a salve formula for you to make on your own
  • Have lots of fun!

-Date: Sunday, June 12, 2016

Time: 9 am – 3:30 pm.

Place: My House

Cost: (includes supplies) $95

Bring your lunch! We will have about 30 min. for a lunch break. (FYI- I don’t have a microwave- sorry about that.)

Please email me at kathyweeds@yahoo.com if you are interested. I will take about 10 students for this workshop.




Scent is old, and moves into deep places in our brain and nervous system. When it does, we are transported to a time or place from the past, a memory forgotten, or a feeling. How did we get there? Well, for the most part, only the scent knows those pathways, for scent works in ways that we don’t fully understand. The science is still a work in progress.

Aromatherapy is the art of wielding scents in the form of essential oils. We do so to elicit healing, sometimes helping people remember the past, and sometimes inspiring something new- a new pattern, a new feeling about something that was stressful, or a new thought.

In this one day 6 hour workshop, we will explore the world of 12 different essential oils: rosemary, cinnamon, lavender, eucalyptus, cardamom, petitgrain, sweet orange, vetiver, basil, and ylang-ylang, and myrrh, Clary sage, geranium

We will:

  • Learn what the essential oils in our course do
  • Talk about a bit of their chemistry
  • Learn about the brain, and how scent transmits information to influence our mind, body and emotions
  • Learn about carrier oils and dilutions (for kids and adults)
  • Talk about contraindications of some essential oils
  • Explore a few different perspectives on formulation
  • Formulate! We will focus on formulas for sedation and balancing the nervous system, topical anti-microbial formulas, immune boosting formulas, aphrodisiacs and what you specifically have questions about.

…and, as usual, more!

  • Date: April 3, 2016
  • Time: 9 am – 3:30 pm.
  • Place: My House
  • Cost: (includes supplies) $95
  • Bring your lunch! We will have about 30 min. for a lunch break. (FYI- I don’t have a microwave- sorry about that.)

Please email me at kathyweeds@yahoo.com if you are interested. I will take about 10 students for this workshop.

Warm wishes!


Intermediate Course, Part 1, winter 2016

The Intermediate Herb Course Part 1 picks up where the Beginners course leaves off. We will focus on maladies of the nervous and digestive systems, and the liver.

For each system covered, we will address basic anatomy and physiology, applying our plant Materia medica energetically, clinically, and physiologically. We will then focus our attention on the maladies of each system, their symptom picture, and how to formulate for them based on the person. Because many of you are preparing for the tissue state course, we will also include terminology and some basic principals of the tissue states.

In formulation, we will consider the following:

 How to determine organ system deficiency and excess, a beginning understanding of what heat, cold, dryness, and wetness look like in the body, and how to tell if there is too much tension or function is too relaxed.

 How deficiency and excess occur.

 We will continue to apply plants according to taste, energetics, the 4 qualities (hot, cold, dry and moist), and if the plant stimulates or relaxes.

The Materia medica we began learning in the beginning course will be used and added to. We will also continue to discuss solubility factors in medicine making, and what should be made/used as a tincture or tea.

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As an herbalist, the path we walk takes us to many places in ourselves, eliciting great personal change. How we think, live and feel is altered and augmented by the philosophy, art and science of plant medicine.

Even before we begin to study herbalism seriously, we find ourselves attuned to a belief that a persons vital force deserves medicines that are alive. That it is important to have medicines that are touched by hands, sometimes prayed over, and contemplated on deeply by the people who grow and process them.

As we study, we come to realize that a plants healing power is further potentiated by it’s remarkable history, which vibrates through the centuries to meet and support us here today. We learn, too, that the science of plant medicines can combine well with historical applications, and the information provided can be a necessary benefit to our philosophy of practice.

Herbalism in contemporary society is different from the herbalism that was 100 + years ago. There are more variables. Disease and imbalance are complicated by modern choices, sedentary lifestyles, sleep deprivation, processed food and prescription medications. And while we have stress in common with old cultures, stress has evolved to assume a new role in our quickly moving bodies, minds, souls and environment.

As an herbalist, how can, or do, you best support your clients and community? What is a modern day herbalist? And, who are you as an herbalist?

In the Advanced Apprenticeship course, you will begin to shape your philosophy, and decide who you are as an herbalist by studying and reading about those who came before you. You will put together the pieces of your education, and acquire new tools that may be necessary to help chart courses for your clients. The skills you currently have will be put to use when you see clients and present their cases and your solutions in roundtable discussions.

(Please read on for course details and class descriptions.)

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