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 register for any course, please contact the Registrar at 250.483.2119 or Course registration for all courses below begins on November 21.

Multi-Week Courses (May- August 2017)

Botany/Horticulture (BMS112)

Instructor: Marta Donovan
Mondays, May 1 – August 21, 3:30-6:30pm (45 hours total)
Tuition: $450
This class provides an introduction to the structure, function and diversity of flowering plants: how they grow, how their parts are interconnected, how groups of plants are related and how they adapt to and interact with their environment. Students learn how to identify plants through the use of field guides and field trips. Basic plant propagation techniques are discussed, including soils and plant nutritional requirements, with a view towards sustainable practices. Students experiment with seed and vegetative propagation of herbaceous plants and explore some plant-human relationships such as agriculture and conservation.

Evolution of Cultural Diets (NU203)

Instructor: Peter Conway
Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 22 – August 17, 8:15-11:15am (45 hours total)
Tuition: $450
There are as many dietary traditions around the world as there are cultures. This course explores some of the most significant, extreme and influential cultural food practices and puts them in perspective for modern therapeutic application. This course examines how traditional and contemporary dietary practices around the world have evolved and been influenced by factors such as geography, environment, social structure, and religion. It also looks at how changing agricultural practices have contributed to changes – both positive and negative – in regional eating habits, and how cultural dietary practices are linked to patterns of health and disease.

Intro to Qi Gong (OM112)

Instructor: Malcolm Clark
Mondays and Wednesdays, May 1 – June 21, 5:00-6:30pm (22.5 hours total)
Tuition: $225
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.

Tui Na (OM113)

Instructor: Patrick Higgins
Tuesdays and Thursdays, May 2 – June 20, 3:30-6:30pm (45 hours total)
Tuition: $450
Tui Na is a form of Chinese therapeutic massage that can be used alone or in conjunction with acupuncture and herbal medicine. Through both theoretical and practical components, students learn the basic principles and common therapeutic techniques of Tui Na, how to treat various common syndromes, and gain an understanding of how to apply those in a therapeutic setting. Some students find that the knowledge gained in BMS103 Surface Anatomy is helpful for this course.

Medical Mandarin (OM121)

Instructor: Dr. Jing Zhang
Tuesdays and Thursdays, May 2 – June 20, 3:30-6:30pm (45 hours total)
Tuition: $450
This course introduces students to the basics of Mandarin Chinese, including the Romanised alphabet known as Pin Yin. Pronunciation of this tonal language is emphasized as well as word recognition. Mostly terms relevant to the study of Traditional Chinese Medicine, including foundational terms, acupuncture point names and herbs names, are covered.

Self-Care for Caregivers (PD131)

Instructor: Erica Fritch
Fridays, May 5 – June 23, 3:30-6:30pm (22.5 hours total)
Tuition: $225
This course teaches the practice of self-care for practitioners. Content includes meditation, breath work, energetics, therapeutic movement, and yoga practices to care for all layers. These techniques and practices serve well during both healthcare studies and professional practice, and can provide value to clients.

Topics covered in this course include increasing body awareness, repetitive stress injuries and how to prevent them, proprioception, dissociation, connecting energetically with clients, avoiding enmeshment and transference, and basic anatomy. Student learn exercises for the practice for each topic.

Introduction to Herbal Medicine (WHS101)

Instructor: Peter Conway
Tuesdays and Thursdays, May 2 – June 20, 8:15-11:15am (45 hours total)
Tuition: $450
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.

Materia Medica I (WHS102)

Instructor: Krista Poulton
 Tuesdays and Thursdays, May 2 – June 20, 12:00-3:00pm (45 hours total)
Tuition: $465
Students build relationships with the plant medicines that they will be using to create medicines for their patients. During the classes, students use organoleptic skills to experience the herbs that they are studying, including tasting, smelling and observing. Each herb is tried in various forms including teas and tinctures. Monographs of the herbs are provided and there is discussion and debate amongst students about each herb. This course examines in depth the following herbs: Angelica sinensis, Allium sativum, Althaea officinalis, Angelica archangelica, Arctostaphylos uva-ursi, Avena sativa, Barosma betulina, Calendula officinalis, Capsicum frutescens, Cimicifuga (Actaea)racemosa, Commiphora mol mol, Crataegus spp., Curcuma longa, Echinacea spp., Filipendula ulmaria, Fucus vesiculosus, Harpagophytum procumbens, Hydrastis canadensis, Inula helenium, Mahonia aquifolium, Matricaria recutita, Panax ginseng, Passiflora incarnata, Piper methysticum, Salix alba, Scutellaria lateriflora, Silybum marianum, Smilax spp., Taraxacum officinalis, Vaccinium myrtillus, Valeriana officinalis and Vitex agnus-castus. Other herbs are introduced, time permitting. Students must complete Materia Medica I prior to taking any other Materia Medica courses. This course is recommended for students during their first two semesters of studies.

Practical Herbal Pharmacy (WHS111)

Instructor: Krista Poulton
Wednesdays and Fridays, May 3 – June 21, 12:00-3:00pm (45 hours total)
Tuition: $500
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!

Energetics of Herbal Medicine (WHS151)

Instructor: Lindsay Hounslow
Fridays, May 5 – August 18, 3:30-6:30pm (45 hours total)
Tuition: $450
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.