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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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  • Course Day, Dates: Thursdays from May 11th -June 15th
  • Time: Daytime- 10-12:30 pm
  • Cost: $350
  • Online attendance available!

When I consider reproductive health, I begin to think emotionally, for our emotions are greatly affected by our hormones. 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 are the natural way to adjust either our hormones. 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 or menopause.

In this course, we will weave our materia medica into the organs, hormones, emotional and spiritual body of the reproductive system. We will look at the reproductive system and it’s changes as naturally occurring shifts that sometimes need support. Shifts that may need to be brought back to balance, or shifts that we must attune ourselves to.

Health issues we will address: menopause, hormonal imbalances, PMS, ovarian cysts, uterine and breast fibroids, reproductive cancer support, pregnancy and post natal, infertility.

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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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Our nervous system is the road that connects us to everything, from what we experience to what we bring to the all of who we are. In many ways, it defines our essence, our reactions, and our actions. Over the years, it has been inspiring to see how people experience their lives and feelings. From anxiety to joy, feeling is depth. Exploring these depths while keeping our wits about us is a challenge. Herbs can help.

I believe strongly that herbs help us find a way to manage our feelings so that we define ourselves by our own choice not only by our reactions. Herbs can help us find our balance when we are overwhelmed, and assist homeostatic function between our nerves and our immune system, organs and circulation.

Of course, they don’t do it alone. But which ones are best for you? In this short miniseries, we will explore our nervine materia medica, practicing formulating for nervous system imbalances, and talk about what it is to find power in feelings.

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Daylong Digestive Class- Date and Time changed

  • Date and Day: Sunday- April 2nd
  • Time: 10:30-3:30
  • Cost: $70
  • Note: Handouts will be sent ahead of time! Please bring your own lunch. If you register for the class, and would like to be a sample client, allowing us to formulate a digestive formula for you, please let me know when you register.

All skillful herbalists know that ingesting the proper foods, good digestion, proper absorption, and assimilation are just one piece of the essential-to-life puzzle, but they are a big one. With this, we also need many other systems and organs to synchronize to make enzymes and bile at the right time, detoxify what may harm us, and circulate all those nutrients to be used by cells.

In this daylong class:

  • Materia medica of digestive plants will be presented, with lots of tasting, of course.
  • A brief overview of the digestive system will be discussed, as we overlay our digestive materia medica to show where and what in the tract the plants have an affinity for.
  • We will then discuss herbal strategies and formulas (both simple and complex) to support imbalances of the digestive system and the liver.

 

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  • Dates: Saturday February 25th – April 1st
  • Class dates: 12-3 pm
  • Cost: $325 for early bird registration until Feb. 5th; $375 thereafter
  • Online Option

In the late 19th century, the Eclectic doctors of America, who were herbalists, combined new ideas with several Ancient systems of physical assessment to compose and codify the 6 Tissue States.  While this system is not commonly used today, it is an excellent compliment to any Western herbal practice.

Studying the Tissue States can broaden our understanding of how to work with deficiency and excess, deepen comprehension of the 4 qualities with tensions (hot, cold, dry and wet, stimulation and relaxation), organ system imbalances, and give us a clearer view of the effects of plants according to taste.

I’ve added to the course the latest in cellular biology. This expanded program will explain what is happening metabolically on a cellular level when the state of our tissue is out of order. Cells organize into tissue which organize into organs and organ systems. Looking at the cell is a window into the unseeable. And so we will fuse these unseeable and proven ideas with tissue dysfunction, organ system imbalances and symptom pictures.

The 6 Tissue States as used today are:

  • Heat/Excitation
  • Cold/Wind/Constriction
  • Cold/Depression
  • Damp/Relaxation
  • Damp/Torpor/Stagnation
  • Dry/Atrophy.

In this course, you will learn to use the tissue states as a tool to learn more about plant application, augment your own consultation forms/methods, or to advance how you assess individuals.  You will find that understanding their pronouncement in people allows you to fine tune what you recommend to support better health.

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  • Dates: Thursday- February 2, 9, and 16
  • 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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Early in my practice, there were 2 products that changed my perspective for the better on herbal medicine. Salves, which I think are all sorts of awesome, and soaks, which can be the fun and whimsy of any medicine cabinet. This daylong class will be divided up into 3 portions. We will learn about and make something from each category.

  • Part 1– Salves in a Tube- Tubes are often my favorite delivery medium for a salve, as they are neat and travel easily. I have made them for grown ups and kids alike. In class, we will make a tube of salve that assists  respiratory or sinus distress. The tube can also double as muscle ache balm.
  • Part 2– The soak of the hour will be the Fabulous Fizzy Bath Ball recipe from my book, Make Your Way to Being An Herbalist. You can make foot friendly bath balls using essential oils that would not work well for full body, but that will rejuvenate the feet or treat foot fungus. You may also choose to make bath balls that can be used in the tub.
  • Part 3– While not in the title, we will spend the last hour of class making an Aphrodisiac Roller Ball! These formulas are great fun, and can also be used to relieve stress and anxiety, or act as sedatives for insomnia.

When: Sunday Dec. 11

Time: From 10-3:30 pm.

Place: Mine, of course

Lunch: Bring a lunch! We have a microwave now, so you can even heat it if you like.

Cost: $100 (covers material fees for making- there is no handout for this class, but there will be instruction)

Send me an email at kathyweeds@yahoo.com if you are interested. Space is limited.

 

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