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Energetics of Herbal Medicine

Systems of energetics are ways of describing and classifying patterns of disease and properties of plants that provide a basis for herbal therapeutics. In this course, we examine the energetic systems that inform traditional western herbalism. These include the intuitive approach to plant medicine that underlies all energetic systems, the four elements of Greek and …

Practical Herbal Pharmacy

This practical course provides students with an education in the preparation of various herbal products that are required to be effective in the dispensary. The products that are made include Infusions, Tinctures, Syrups, Capsules, Flower Essences, Infused Oils, Herbal Baths, Liniments, Poultices, Fomentations, Salves, Balms and Creams. Each class focuses on one particular product and …

Introduction to Herbal Medicine

This course explores the early origins of herbal medicine focusing on pre-1900 history with a look forward to the future of herbal medicine in the 21st century. Students learn about herbal traditions of the world that have shaped the world of modern herbal medicine including European Herbal Medicine, Indian Herbal Medicine (Ayurveda), Chinese Herbal Medicine …

Fundamentals of Public Speaking

This course develops students’ ability to prepare and present speeches in various venues to small and large audiences. Students are introduced to the importance of developing an engaging speech, overcoming fears of public speaking, maintaining a flow of thought, and practicing delivery of speech.

Professional Writing Development

This course is designed to develop students’ professional writing skills as related to natural health professions and explores topics such as personal biographies, academic writing, and writing for various forms of online and print media. Students discover the importance of audience-centered, clear and concise writing. The layout of the course is interactive and dynamic and …

Science of Nutrition

This course offers a deep introduction to the discipline of integrative nutrition in its contemporary Western context. The course investigates foods and nutrients both scientifically and according to ‘traditional’ understandings, while also considering health, ecology, politics and economics. Students will gain practical skills and understanding toward incorporating nutritional recommendations into their clinical practice.

Foundations of Holistic Nutrition

This course introduces students to the exciting world of whole foods nutrition and food as medicine. Students explore the attributes of foods and their properties in order to understand what to favour and to avoid in the presence of various pathological syndromes. Students also learn the role digestion plays in nutrition. Dietary philosophies from major …

Foundations of Ayurveda

Ayurveda, Sanskrit for the “Science of Longevity”, is a traditional medical system native to India dating back thousands of years. This course examines the general background, cultural context, philosophy, history, and current practices in Ayurveda. Students develop skills in basic Ayurvedic energetic medicine as it relates to maintaining overall balance by regulating the humours (vata, …

Introduction to Qi Gong

This course introduces students to the fundamental theories and practices of Qi Gong. Qi Gong is the practice of controlling the flow and distribution of “life energy” in order to improve the health and harmony of the mind and body. This course contains both theoretical and practical components.