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  • When: Sunday December 10, 10-4 pm
  • Cost: $95
  • Notes: Bring a bag lunch!
  • Location: My house

The liver has hundreds of jobs, and is a massive root for the body. Like all other organs, we cannot survive without it. The liver ensures fat emulsification by providing bile, and the making of cholesterol essential to bile production, steroid hormone synthesis and cellular health. It is the organ that stores glucose as glycogen, and maintains the balance of blood sugar. And those are just a few of it’s roles.

In this daylong class, we will explore the 3 phases of detoxification, and how they help to protect us from toxic overload as they neutralize environmental toxins, heavy metals, metabolic waste, hormones and bilirubin.

While it would be very easy to let this class slip into the abyss of science, we will stay focused, mainly, on what you can do with herbs and food to help yourself and your clients keep the phases working to the best of their ability. The most complex of information will be broken down into tables that I’ll provide for you to reference when you need it.

Our Materia medica will include foods and plant medicines that support the general health and wellness of the liver, and the 3 phases of detoxification. Also included will be strategies for the following: jaundice, and heavy metal poisoning. 

If time permits, we will talk about statins, what enzymes they interfere with in the cholesterol making cycle, and what the deleterious effects are based on this suppression.

If you are interested in this class, please email me at kathyweeds@yahoo.com. Thank you!

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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. October 11th-December 6th (NO CLASS THANKSGIVING WEEK)

Time: 6:30-8:30 pm.

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

Place: My house

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Course dates: Saturday October 28-Nov. 18

Times: 10:30am -1:30 pm.

Cost: early registration fee of $250 if registered by 9/25/2017; after the class fee is $295

Hormonal cascades are powerful. They can move quickly or slowly, they can solve problems or create them. The hormonal response that is elicited impacts our ability to store energy, use energy, eliminate, conjugate waste, feel full after a meal and more.

It is one thing to understand hormones individually, and it is quite another to comprehend how they work in consort. In this class, that is just what we will do.

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  • Course Day, Dates: Daytime Thurs. or Evening Thurs. Sept. 28-October 19
    • Please note: If there is enough interest, another time slot can open up.
  • Time: 10-12 pm or 6:30-8:30 pm
  • Cost: $200
  • Health issues we will address:
    • Menopause
    • Hormonal imbalances
    • PMS
    • Ovarian cysts
    • Uterine and breast fibroids

    Hormones train to fire in certain patterns over time. These patterns don’t just become us, they are us. And with pregnancy, age or trauma, whether physical, emotional or spiritual, our hormones shift like a kite in the wind, throwing us into a tailspin as we try to recalibrate.

    Plant medicines support our ability to adjust naturally. Using a combination of art, science, and nature, we can instill a stronger sense of balance, or of belonging to a new place in time, whether that time be pregnancy, parenthood, or menopause.

    In this course, we will weave our Materia medica into the organs, hormones, emotional and spiritual body of the reproductive system.

    Please email me at Kathyweeds@yahoo.com if you are interested in this course.

    Course Schedule

    Classes 1 and 2- Materia medica– Plants That Directly Affect Hormonal Balance, are Uterine and Lymphatic Tonics

    • Plants for discussion- Black cohosh, Dong quai, Vitex, wild yam, Panax ginseng, Ladies mantle, cleavers, burdock root, red clover, red root, violet leaf, collinsonia, fennel, yarrow, Partridge berry, unicorn root

    Class 3- Strategies and Formulas for Menopause, Hormonal Imbalances, and PMS

    • Reproductive health is a web of variables. Some of the factors we will use to evaluate are: the balance of hot, cold, dry, windy and moist; the 2 tensions stimulating and relaxing; the humors (blood, yellow and black bile, mucous, and lymphatic fluid); adrenal and thyroid involvement; and the balance of reproductive hormones; excess and deficiency in organ systems; eliminatory function
    • Some of the symptoms to be included in formulating: hormonal balance, tone of the muscles, cramps, anxiety, anemia, anxiety, hypothyroid, hot flashes, digestion, insomnia, skin disorders, vaginal dryness, hemorrhoids, memory

    Class 4- Strategies and Formulas for Ovarian Cysts, Uterine and Breast Fibroids

    • Breast and ovarian health are essential to our health as well as our well being, for the pain, swelling, and discomfort can be unnerving. There are, of course, the adverse affects of physical pain, but there is also the fear associated with the increasing incidence of breast, uterine and ovarian cancers. In this class, we will formulate for ovarian cysts, breast and uterine fibroids, as well as discuss plants that support during cancer treatment, and post treatment.
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When: Daytime and evening classes

  • Thurs. Evenings: 6:30-8:30 pm- July 6-27 (tentative)
  • Sat. Afternoon: 10:30 am-12:30 pm- July 8-29th

Where: My house

Cost: $175

Studying plants is such fun. In this Materia medica class, we will focus weekly on different themes. Using plants as your vehicle, you will travel from the Midwest to the Southwest, from the Mediterranean, the woods, with one goal in mind- to learn how certain plants heal   We will comb through the details of 3+ plants per class (time permitting), tasting them, learning deeply about their medicinal history and nature, their emotional disposition, and working up formulas.

This course will do well to stand on it’s own, but also augments the work that you might do in other classes. It is appropriate for beginners and those who are more knowledgeable alike.

Read on for a description of each class!

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  • When: Sat. August 12, 19, Sat. Sept. 9th, with final class tbd
  • Time: 10-12
  • Where: My house
  • Cost: $175

Our kidneys work hard, and fill a dynamic role. They filter 120-150 quarts of blood per day, producing 1-2 quarts of urine. This constant connection with blood allows them to read and distinguish what blood needs to balance, and make adjustments through chemical and hormonal manipulation. Thus, kidneys maintain blood homeostasis for all organ systems to benefit from, and work in tandem with the lungs to maintain blood toxicity and pH.

Class 1: We will go over plants for the kidney.

Class 2 Properties and function of the kidney, and how it interfaces with other organs.

Class 3: Acute and chronic dysfunctions of the kidney will be covered, with formulation for each malady.

Class 4: Presentations and group work.

If you are interested, please email me at kathyweeds@yahoo.com.

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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: Sat. May 27-July 8 (an herb walk scheduled tba)
  • Time: 2-4 pm
  • Cost: $375 (Credit card payments accepted through Square.)
  • Place: My house

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  • When: Sunday, June 18th
  • Time: 10-4:30
  • Cost: $85

What has the most flexible and broad range of motion in the body? Fluid does, and fluid is our blood. It is packed with the connective tissues that are our red and white blood cells, proteins that help it maintain fluid balance and transport hormones, and gases. It has things that are both hydrophilic/water loving, and hydrophobic/ water disliking. It’s consistency is ruled by our organs, and maintaining blood homeostasis is essential for maintaining cell and tissue homeostasis.

The Greeks understood blood, as did the Eclectic doctors. While their vision and passion for blood does not always fit how we view this part viscous part dense fluid now, many of their perspectives are still essential. In this daylong class, we will apply our materia medica to the qualities of blood as set forth by the Greeks. We will investigate it’s cleanliness, location, temperature, and density. We will talk about plants and their ability to rebalance long term changes in blood that adversely affect us.

 

 

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Spirit and Shamanic Work, Spring 2017

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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  • Daytime class: Mondays May 15-22nd- 10-12:30 pm.
  • Evening class: Monday May 15-22nd- 6:30-9 pm.
  • Cost: $150

Our heart is the rhythm that accompanies us through our day.  It works with our kidneys, circulatory and nervous system to ensure that every part of us is cared for. With balance, we feel at peace. But an anxious heart with disconnected mind can wreak havoc, disrupting the flow of energy body wide.  In this systems class, we will examine functions of the heart, circulatory, and nervous systems, and the illnesses associated with them. We will cover:  basic anatomy and physiology, and herbs to support chronic and acute imbalances.

I add that in studying the heart more closely, I have come to find that it is a most fascinating organ. It is a perfect balance, of machinery, physics, chemistry and biology. It is a rewarding organ to know.

Class 1- Materia medica and heart anatomy

Class 2- Heart anatomy continued, maladies and herbal formulating for each.

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