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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 …

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 …

Permaculture and City Repair

It was a few weeks ago that we spent a day in the city together as a class, exploring sites of urban permaculture around Victoria. Things feel quieter here in the winter, green and tranquil, and much of the life at these places we visited had the sense not of dormancy but of holding firm …

Interview with a Doula

A discussion with Vanessa Brown about her doula practice, health philosophy, and her experience as a student at Pacific Rim College. We sat down for a cup of herbal tea with Vanessa Brown, a holistic doula in Victoria who is a graduate of the Pacific Rim College Holistic Doula Certificate program. Vanessa has over 300 …

Perennial Spirit

This week, while spring started nudging colours up from the ground, and as cherry and plum blossoms unfurled overhead and sounded the timid first notes of what will grow to be a symphony of pinks and whites in the city, we sat down at the farm to learn about perennial plants. Solara, our instructor for …

The Truffle Hound

When I was a few years younger – well, when I was in elementary school – I would draw blueprints of the houses I planned on living in when I grew up. Some looked like your garden variety mansions, opulent and symmetrical, towering Versailles gingerbread houses that now make me wince a bit. Others were …

February Infusion | Heart Tea

February has arrived and with it, thoughts of the glorious springtime on the horizon. As the bulbs and buds sprout into action, we too may begin to shift away from winter dormancy and awaken to the possibilities and exciting challenges the next season will offer. Following the slowness of winter, movement, flow, and transformation can …

PRC February 2018 Newsletter

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Urban Permaculture

Pedalling through the Saanich Peninsula, to the north of Victoria, can sometimes bring the feeling one’s been pitched into a verdant dream. Now in its wet winter, lazy rolling slopes are transformed into blankets of fern; trees bowing overhead possess an air of the ancients, lichen dripping from their boughs; protruding rock faces are moss-kissed …

Beginner’s Mind

Here I am: hunched over the classroom table, squinting intently through a hand lens like some rubber-booted horologist. Feeling vaguely aristocratic with this new implement, I test my eye muscles to see whether I can hold the lens hands-free, like a monocle. In my imagination, I wear both personas at once: an aristocrat watchmaker, an …