NOTICE: (updated April 26, 2023)

Dear Friends,
The 2023 Roots of Wellness course has been canceled due to unforeseen circumstances. We will continue to keep you updated, watch this space.

Wishing you good health,

The Roots of Wellness Team




Click HERE to submit a registration request form for our 2023 program (SCROLL to bottom of page for Registration Form)

Registration is now CLOSED for Fall 2021!

Course is limited to 25 people, so sign up soon!

Ideally, we would like to have all the classes in person. If that is not possible, the course will transition to fully online/virtual.

In partnership with CSU Extension, Cooking Matters, Mountain Family Health Centers, “Changing Lifestyles”- Grand River Health, Garfield County Public Health, and Colorado Master Gardener Program.

Roots of Wellness is our ongoing program designed to help you manage your health by learning about simple lifestyle changes you can make for better health. Participants in this free 8-week wellness program will learn about food as medicine, how to choose and afford healthy foods, gardening, physical activity and how to manage or prevent chronic diseases including diabetes and poor emotional health.

Scroll down to see this year’s presenters!


Roots of Wellness Fall 2021 Schedule
Week Date Focus Area Location Presenters Class Description
1 10/7/2021 Garden-1 Mountain Family Garden Drew Walters-CSU Ext & Siouxanne Mease- Mountain Family Learn the basics of gardening, including how to put a garden to rest over the winter, so it’s ready for the next spring! We’ll also be doing a fall planting of garlic and onion.
2 10/14/2021 Cooking Matters Virtual Stephanie Nick-Cooking Matters & Garfield County Public Health Making recipes work for you:
learn how to modify recipes, make a balanced meal and save money while grocery shopping
3 10/21/2021 Disease Prevention Virtual/
Event Hall
Dr. Greg Feinsinger 80% of chronic diseases, that make us sick or kill us (obesity, hypertension, high cholesterol, diabetes, dementia, cancer and more could be prevented if people just ate more vegetables, fruit, whole grains, nuts & seeds and exercised more. We will discuss prevention, treatment, and reversal of disease through simple lifestyle changes.
4 10/28/2021 Yoga Event Hall Kaitlyn McGovern- Mountain Family Yoga: Yoga translates to “union” from its original Sanskrit language. So much more than physical movement, yoga is comprised of self-inquiry and awareness through mediation and breathwork to facilitate a deeper connection to self. A great way to support physical and mental well-being, yoga can be practiced almost anywhere! This class is suitable for all levels and abilities.
5 11/4/2021 Behavior Health Event Hall tbd Focus: mindfullness through gardening, watering seeds of good positivity in our lives rather than  negativity.  Gardening as a coping skill. Caring for others is caring for the self and caring for the self is also caring for others. “Life’s a Garden, dig it”- Joe Dirt
6 11/11/2021 Garden-2 Virtual/
Event Hall
Drew Walters-CSU Ext & Siouxanne Mease- Mountain Family Snap: Cold garden crops that you plant in the fall,  planning for spring planting, starting indoors, Drying out: food preservation (dehydrating herbs)
7 11/18/2021 Cooking Matters Virtual Stephanie Nick-Cooking Matters & Garfield County Public Health Hack your Snack: Reading food labels and preparing healthy snacks
8 12/2/2021 Cooking Matters Virtual Stephanie Nick-Cooking Matters & Garfield County Public Health Healthy Starts at Home: How meal planning can keep us on track and take a look at sugar in beverages
Classes from 5:00pm-6:30pm
Classes from 6:00pm-7:30pm


Siouxanne Mease RN BSN
Nurse Program Manager
Clinical Compliance
Infection Control Nurse
CCMA Proctor

Siouxanne Mease is a Colorado native and loves the great outdoors. She grew up gardening and canning alongside her mother and is a Colorado Master Gardener. She has also been a Register Nurse for 40+ years and a Health Sciences Educator for Mountain Family. Her hobbies include camping, fishing, gardening, photography, hunting, reading, music & singing, and a great love of family. She has 6 children and 20 grandchildren. In the past, Siouxanne has sung professionally with the Denver Chamber Choir (first soprano) and with the Mexico City Orchestra and Choir, as well as lead worship at her church. You can find her most days after work, toiling away in her indoor garden and her patio herb garden, along with the Roots of Wellness Garden at Mountain Family.

Luz Valencia
Colorado Master Gardener
Master in Food Safety
4-H Leader

Luz is from Sonora, Mexico and now lives in beautiful western Colorado. She loves to cook and read and has a deep passion for learning new things. But her favorite pastime is spending time with her family.  She volunteers with the CSU extension office doing translation/interpretation services in Spanish for canning and food preservation. She will be interpreting the classes for those needing language services.

Greg Feinsinger, M.D.

Dr Feinsinger was a family physician at Glenwood Medical Associates for 42 years and retired 6 years ago.  He now has a non-profit called “Prevention and Treatment of Disease Through Nutrition” and is currently the medical director of the free ‘The People’s Clinic’ in Carbondale.

His hobbies include running, mountain biking, Nordic and alpine skiing. He also loves working in his Zen garden (amazing for someone in his 80’s!).


Stephanie Nick, RDN, CLC
Public Health Nutritionist
Cooking Matters Coordinator
MCH & ECOP Coordinator
Garfield County Public Health


Stephanie is the Cooking Matters Coordinator for this class series. Cooking Matters is a non-profit organization that strives to end childhood hunger by educating families on the importance of nutrition and eating healthy on a budget. Stephanie is a Registered Dietitian and enjoys discovering new foods, as well as finding simple ways to make everyday food delicious. She is from Colorado and so, naturally, loves the outdoors and is always open to hearing your hiking suggestions!

Registration Form

Fill out the following form to request information about the Spring 2022 program.
* required field. 

(If you prefer not to fill out this form, please contact us via the email address at the top of this page to register)

    First Name / Nombre*

    Last Name / Apellido*

    Date of Birth / Fecha de Nacimiento

    Phone Number / Numero de telefono (e.g. 303-555-1212)

    Email / Correo electronico*

    Best way to contact you / La mejor manera de ponerse en contacto con usted*

    Do you live in either Garfield, Pitkin, or Eagle County? / ¿Vive en el condado de Garfield, Pitkin, o Eagle?

    Please list any chronic diseases you would like discussed / Porfavor, apunte cualquier enfermedad crónica que le gustaría discutir

    Will you need Spanish interpretation? / ¿Necesitará interpretación al español?

    Do you have access to the internet for the online classes? / ¿Tienes internet para clases en línea?

    Have you already attended a "Roots of Wellness" course? (priority given to those who have not yet attended a course)
    ¿Ha asistido previamente a un curso de raíces de bienestar? (prioridad concedida a los que aún no han asistido a un curso)