Natural Health Workshops

Pacific Rim College is pleased to offer, host and support various public-oriented events in Natural Health including topics such as Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine, Phytotherapy, Holistic Nutrition, Doula Training and Integrative Medicine. Please see below for information on our current professional Continuing Education activities.

For details about our multi-week Continuing Education courses intended for the general public, please visit Continuing Education.

The New Health Revolution: Healthcare Marketing Expert to Share Innovative Strategies

with Lionel Wilson, Saturday, October 25, 2014

Course Information Canadian healthcare marketing specialist Lionel Wilson will explain how to thrive in today’s evolving marketplace during this one-day seminar. This seminar is aimed at practitioners, healthcare programmers, and related businesses. It focuses on the new demands of empowered patients and health conscious consumers who are seeking more natural and holistic health choices. Topics …

Medicinal Mushrooms of Western Canada

with Robert Rogers, November 1-2, 2014

Course Information In this weekend course, students will explore the world of medicinal mushrooms and lichens, how to prepare your own tinctures, examine the top 20 mushrooms and their use in a clinical setting, including contraindications and positive drug interactions. The course will be presented from the perspective of a registered herbalist with 19 years …

The Art of Healing Women using TCM

with Dr. Martha Lucas, November 8-9, 2014

Course Information This workshop will cover a variety of health concerns that women have throughout their lives that may be treated using acupuncture and herbal or nutritional prescriptions. Dr. Lucas will share her perspective on pulse diagnosis and treatment of common conditions that affect women. Day 1: – Menstrual issues: the “normal” period Most women …

Homeopathy for Women’s Health

with Seraphina Capranos, November 15-16, 2014

Course Information Until a few hundred years ago, herbalists and homeopaths were undivided professions, both traditions informing one another. Practiced by physicians and healers across Europe and then the Americas, homeopathy plays a central role in traditional western medicine as a natural system of medicine that stimulates the vital force. Homeopathy is unique and complementary …

What’s a Community Herbalist? Exploring Herbal Medicine as Social & Ecological Activism

with Jessica Marais, November 22-23, 2014

Course Information This weekend workshop for students and practitioners will establish a radically holistic context for the practice of herbal medicine in the contemporary world. Together we will investigate the linked phenomena of ecological and social unraveling and how they worsen or heal in relation to our healthcare system. With the aim of educating, equipping …

Systemic Inflammation, Food Intolerance, and Autoimmunity

with Paul Bergner, November 29-30, 2014

Course Information This workshop will cover the physiology, pathology, nutrition, pharmacology, herbal remedies and vitalist and constitutional considerations for systemic inflammation, and specifically the role of food intolerance in general inflammation and autoimmunity. It is case-based, with more than 20 illustrative cases presented including patients with congestive heart failure, panic disorder, systemic lupus, multiple sclerosis, …

Mei Zen Cosmetic Acupuncture

with Dr. Martha Lucas, January 17-18, 2015

Course Information The course covers the Mei Zen Cosmetic Acupuncture System, as has been featured in The Oprah Magazine and the New York Times, with protocols for the face and neck. Participants not only learn the Mei Zen protocols but also learn supporting information including contraindications and how to choose an appropriate candidate, how Mei …

The Art of Fermentation

with Sandor Katz, Sunday, February 8, 2015

Course Information Come learn how simple it is to make your own kimchi, kefir, and other fermented delicacies. Learn about the healing qualities and nutritional importance of live-culture ferments, as well as their illustrious history and integral role in human cultural evolution. Empower yourself with simple techniques for fermenting these healthful foods in your home. …

The Art of Percolation

with Kevin Kunzler, February 14-15, 2015

Course Information Few herbalists would argue that the best part about our work is creating beautiful medicine! Unlike some exchanges with our human clients, working with plants is overwhelmingly rewarding and positive. Growing, harvesting and processing plants into usable medicine is an important skill for every herbalist to understand. Even if you don’t make your …

Acupuncture Treatment of Pain in the Upper Extremity

with Whitfield Reaves, March 14-15, 2015

Course Information This seminar features the use of advanced acupuncture techniques in the treatment of pain and common sports injuries. Included will be the tendino-muscle meridians, distal points, and strategies using the opposite side and opposite extremity. Treating the site of injury is detailed with such techniques as threading the tendon, trigger point therapy, and …

Homeopathy 101

with Shoshana Scott, March 21-22, 2015

Course Information Homoeopathic medicine uses medicines made from the plant kingdom in a very special way. Through a specialized process called drug potentization, which consists of dilution and succession (shaking), inert properties within plants and herbs are released. These potentized remedies are rendered more capable of addressing some of our deepest medical and psychological problems. …

Herbal Medicine and the Human Microbiome: A New Rationale for the Most Ancient System of Healing

with Peter Conway, March 28-29, 2015

Course Information Did you know that as human beings only 5% of our cells are actually human and that the other 95% are microbial? The human microbiome is the complex network of micro-organisms that lives on us and within us. Perhaps the best known part of the microbiome is the “gut flora” but we also …

A Comprehensive Guide to using Acupuncture in Pregnancy, Labour and Postpartum

with Dr. Debra Betts, June 6-7, 2015

Course Information Saturday Acupuncture in early pregnancy: treating with confidence during conception and the first trimester. Dr. Betts reviews safe practice from a traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and western medical perspective. This includes the relevance of points labeled as “forbidden” in some acupuncture texts. Specifically their use in research, including animal models, use in China …