Leaf Life

On Monday, I wound my way up the peninsula in the morning light, with a lazy fog licking at the cars peeking over the horizon before they murmured past me in a procession that snaked back towards the city. Just south of the village of Brentwood Bay, I passed a gated trailhead. Familiar figures were …

Passive Progress

Doomsayers and optimists alike use history as a muse to weave narratives and chart movement in the arc of civilization. It’s something of a truism that – at least from a Western frame of reference – the Roman Empire has served as an explanatory catch-all for this project, with countless competing attributions for its fall …

Herbal Pharmacy | Making Natural Medicinal Soap

Have you ever been interested in creating your own natural body care products from scratch? The Advanced Herbal Pharmacy course offered at Pacific Rim College provides students with hands-on learning in the preparation of herbal-based products such as shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, deodorant, soap, and many more. Designed and instructed by Pacific Rim College graduate and …

PRC April 2018 Newsletter

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PRC Director Named Finalist for Prestigious Award

PRC Director Brea Segger has been named a finalist for Vancouver Island’s “Top 20 under 40 Business & Community Achievement Awards”. For a decade Brea has been a Director at Pacific Rim College. She founded the world-renowned Holistic Doula Certificate program and was a co-visionary of the Permaculture Design and Resilient Ecosystems Diploma program. When she is not at the …

The Hidden Connections

I was in the kitchen at home this weekend, with a stained and well-loved cookbook balancing precariously on the edge of my counter, a bit of smoke in the air from a stove burner making an acrid plea for cleaning. I didn’t mind: the weekends are when I have the time to be more flamboyant …

A Foraged Feast

I’m yawning and watching the door as faces from the neighbourhood drift in for morning coffee at the Spiral Café in Vic West. It’s Monday, sunny, and the colours outside hint at spring – although my windows were faintly frost-touched when I left the house earlier. A couple of my classmates arrive, smiling through the …

March Infusion | Garden Gathered Tea

March marks the beginning of spring. As the days become longer and our faces are reacquainted with the sun, energy that was held in the soil during the winter pushes above ground. Vibrant and fresh green growth is all around us offering nourishment and support to cleanse our minds and bodies.   This fresh herb …

Thorn Medicine

“upon a hyll stands a treow but this treow it has no stics no leafs […] abuf the tree flies a raefn below it walcs a wulf and deop in the eorth where no man sees around the roots of the treow sleeps a great wyrm…” -Paul Kingsnorth, “The Wake” In Coast Salish creation stories, …

Towards an Honourable Harvest

This is my hope, anyway: that to sit and observe, as we are encouraged to do in permaculture, can yield in time a kind of intuitive grasp of the landscape. Of its patterns and natural boundaries, its shifting moods; glimpses of its rhythms and of the personality that animates it. That to meditate on a …