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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.


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.


  • 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.


  • 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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