The Roots of Health: Understanding the Role of the Gut in Maintaining Optimal Health: An ONLINE COURSE


As we move into the winter when people become more susceptible to colds and flus we want to make sure that we are keeping our immune systems strong.

Over the last 2 decades, much research has been conducted regarding the links between our gut microbiome, immunity, mood disorders, autoimmune diseases and mental health.

The gut microbiome is an intricate web of bacteria in the digestive tract.

Did you know that about 80% of our immune system is located in our gut?

Or that our gut manufactures neuro transmitters?

Or that the gut and brain are intrinsically intertwined and when you have inflammation in the gut there is inflammation in the brain, often leading to depression?

The research is fascinating and if we aim to be truly healthy, we need to understand the role of the gut in maintaining our health.

While we think we may know how to keep our guts healthy (avoid sugar, limit antibiotic use, eat the “right” foods), the study and the practice of gut health runs deeper than that.

Since this is such a passion of mine, I have created this program to go in depth about digestion, the important role of gut bacteria (as well as ALL bacteria in our bodies), what damages gut bacteria and how we can restore our guts so that we can live vibrant healthy lives!

This program is comprised of 4 online gatherings which last about 1 to 1  1/5 hours. You will receive the video recordings of all of the material as well as resources, research information and weekly notes.

We will engage in cooking together online so that you can become comfortable with preparing the foods your body and your gut bacteria need to be healthy.

We will explore food intolerances and learn how to properly  prepare foods like grains, beans, nuts and seeds so that your body can assimilate all of the nutrients and prevent future intolerances.

We will investigate a variety of dietary protocols for healing the gut, including Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda.

We will dive into environmental issues that affect the gut like mold, EMFs, etc.

We will have a separate facebook page where we can post questions, comments, recipes, research, etc. This is a way for us to stay connected throughout the 4 weeks.

And, lastly, we will have fun learning and sharing together as a group.

All participants will also receive:

  •  One quart of lacto fermented sauerkraut! (And, in the course of the program you will learn how to make your own!)
  • Access to online classes running throughout the month of January:
  1. Tips for Enhanced Immunity During the Winter Months – an online workshop ($25 value)
  2. How to Make Nourishing Bone Broth – an online workshop ($25 value)
  3. An extra call with Donna Becker speaking about stress, trauma and digestion. Donna Becker is meridian energy rebalancing practitioner and certified holistic health counselor who specializes in recovery from trauma. Donna will share how stress and trauma are held in the body and how releasing it can be key to healing physically, emotionally and spiritually.                                  This call will be Wednesday Feb. 17th 7 pm


Monday evenings beginning  February 1st 2021  at 7 pm.

Each session is recorded if you cannot make it live.

WEEK 1: Getting to the Root. Monday February 1,  7 pm.

Week 1 we dive into the history of microbes. Did you know when they were discovered and how they were regarded? What are they? Where are they located? What role do they play and how do they influence our health and well being?

WEEK 2: How do our guts become damaged?   Monday February 8,   7 pm

Week 2 we explore all the things that damage our gut bacteria. Did you know that birthing practices play a role in the health of the newborn’s microbiome? Or that stress is a big contributor to leaky gut? Do you know the role the vagus nerve plays in our gut and our brain healthy? How does inflammation in the gut related to other health problems? Is asthma related to gut health?

WEEK 3: Restoring Health:  Monday February 15 , 7 pm

Week 3 we look at our role in restoring our gut health  (YES! It can be done!). What information can we take from traditional hunter/ gatherer communities like the Hazda in Tanzania? How do Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine traditions look at gut health? How do we put a daily practice in place that will help us heal WITHOUT leaving us feeling deprived?  You will learn the role of pre biotics and probiotics, where to find them, how to use them, and how to know if they are right for you.

WEEK 4: Tying it all together  Monday February 22,  7 pm

Week 4 we look at other lifestyle habits that affect gut health and see what lessons nature has for us in restoring our gut microbiome.

And, as equally important, we will look at the role of our mindset for healing.. how do our thoughts affect our health and our ability to heal? How can we begin to change our mindset?

I do hope you will join us!!


  • You are interested in health and healing
  • You are interested in healing issues with your own gut
  • You have a child with allergies, asthma, ADHD, Autism and are interested in learning the connection between gut health and these diagnoses.
  • Your doctor recommended that you change your diet to help heal your gut but you have no idea where to start

Your committment to the program:

  • A willingness to learn and share freely with others.
  • Join me live on Zoom each week to participate in the calls, and if you can not participate, you can watch the recording.
  • Come over to the private facebook page and share your thoughts, ideas, own experiences, research, etc.
  • A willingness to take baby steps to recover your health and the health of your family.
  • An openness to expand your community of like minded people who support each other in their health goals.

 FEE: $177

My goal is to share information with you and empower you to take your health into your own hands. With this knowledge, you can better support your families and your communities. Please note that you will not be receiving medical advice during this program.

Won’t you join me?