Continuing Education

Pacific Rim College is pleased to offer some of the most unique continuing education programs in natural health available anywhere. Below is a list of multi-week courses, most of which are offered several times yearly. If you are interested in shorter duration educational opportunities and events, please visit our Workshops page.

To initiate registration for any course, please complete the form at the bottom of this page. The registration period for a course is limited to a window near to the course start, but the registration form can be submitted at anytime and will be processed in order of receipt. The Registrar will then contact you to confirm available enrolment space and complete the registration process.

Should you have any questions, please contact the Registrar at 250.483.2119 or

Multi-Week Courses – Fall 2019

Permaculture: Energy Systems (PERM101d)

This course offers an intensive learning experience centered on sustainable and resilient energy systems, from the household and project scale to the regional and global context. We will cover the basics of power, heat, fuel, waste, and water systems.

By the end of this course students will be able to describe and discuss different existing and emerging energy technologies; identify the pros and cons of different scales of energy systems, as well as identify the potential reductions in energy consumption through community scale infrastructure, appropriate technology and Arcology; identify passive and active energy systems and how to utilize them in a permaculture setting; and be able to assess, plan, source materials for, and potentially install basic energy systems for power, heat, fuel, water, and other permaculture and farm-based activities.


Instructor: Bryce Ehrecke
Length: 28 hours/2 credits
Dates: Monday, October 21; Tuesday, October 22; Monday, November 11; Tuesday, November 12 (all days 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)
Location: Ravenhill Herb Farm (1330 Mt Newton Cross Rd), Tiny Tree Herb Farm (6370 Old West Saanich Road)
Tuition: $450

Foundations of Ayurveda (AYU101/102)

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, pitta, and kapha), food and herbs, applying energetic models of taste (rasa), hot/cold (virya), post-digestive qualities (vipaka) and special properties (prabhava). This course is most suitable for students in the first or second semesters of study although it can be taken at any time.


Instructor: Elham Ansari
Length: 90 hours/6 credits
Dates: Wednesdays/Fridays, September 4-December 20 (all 8:15-11:15am)
Location: Pacific Rim College 
Tuition: $1350 transcript credit; $900 no credit

Foundations of Holistic Nutrition (NU101)

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 medicinal lineages are discussed, including Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda. This course begins to build the framework and theory of food as treatment. This course is recommended for students in their first year of studies.


Instructor: Amber Baker
Length: 45 hours/3 credits
Dates: Thursdays, September 4-December 19 (3:30-6:30pm)
Location: Pacific Rim College 
Tuition: $675 transcript credit; $450 no credit

Intro Herbal Medicine (WHS101)

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 (TCM), African Herbal Medicine, Australian Herbal Medicine (Aboriginal), North American Herbal Medicine and finally South American Herbal Medicine. This course is recommended for students in their first three semester of studies.


Instructor: Peter Conway
Length: 45 hours/3 credits
Dates: Fridays, September 5-December 20 (8:15-11:15am)
Location: Pacific Rim College 
Tuition: $675 transcript credit; $450 no credit

Energetics of Herbal Medicine (WHS151)

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 Egyptian medicine, the four humours of European medicine and the insights of the Physiomedicalist and Eclectic physicians of the nineteenth century. Students learn to translate the principles of these systems to a contemporary context and apply them in their practice. Some students find it useful to complete WHS101 Intro to Herbal Medicine prior to enrolling in this course.


Instructor: Lindsay Hounslow
Length: 45 hours/3 credits
Dates: Mondays, September 9-December 23 (3:30-6:30pm)
Location: Pacific Rim College 
Tuition: $675 transcript credit; $450 no credit

Practical Herbal Pharmacy (WHS111)

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 instructions is given about the use and effectiveness of each preparation. Students take home the products that they make in this class to use and experience themselves. Students are required to complete a practical presentation in class on a product of the student’s choice. This is an ideal class for anyone interested in making their own herbal remedies!


Instructor: Krista Poulton
Length: 45 hours/3 credits
Dates: Fridays, September 5-December 20 (12-3pm)
Location: Pacific Rim College 
Tuition: $725 transcript credit; $500 no credit

Fundamentals of Public Speaking (PD201)

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.


Instructor: Linda Roseneck
Length: 45 hours/3 credits
Dates: Mondays, September 9-December 23 (3:30-6:30pm)
Location: Pacific Rim College 
Tuition: $675 transcript credit; $450 no credit

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