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 – Winter 2020

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: Tuesdays/Thursdays, January 7-April 23 (all 12:00-3:00pm)
Location: Pacific Rim College 
Tuition: $1350 transcript credit; $900 no credit

Digestive Health: Plant Medicine Basics (NU132)

This course introduces students to the world of plant medicine in regards to digestive health. Several herbs and essential oils are covered, and students explore how to apply them therapeutically to ease common digestive complaints and support the overall digestive process. Students also learn how to make their own custom digestive tea and essential oil blend to take home.


Instructor: Alexis Hennig
Length: 15 hours/1 credits
Dates: Thursdays, February 13 & 27, March 5, 12 & 19 (all 3:30-6:30pm)
Location: Pacific Rim College 
Tuition: $225 transcript credit; $150 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, January 10-April 24 (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, January 6-April 20 (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, January 10-April 24 (3:30-6:30pm)
Location: Pacific Rim College 
Tuition: $725 transcript credit; $500 no credit

Backyard Gardening (WHS121)

In the age of financial uncertainty, gardening skills are a sought after commodity. This comprehensive and practical 30-hour introduction to backyard gardening in the Pacific Northwest will provide beginners with the requisite skills, knowledge, and support to begin their own organic growing projects at home. At the end of the program participants understand plant growth requirements and how to provide them for a variety of annual and perennial plants, including food and medicinal crops; the role of a living soil system in growing healthy plants and know how to feed the soil using organic methods; basic gardening methods, including seeding, planting, watering, mulching, cold protection, pruning and container gardening; the role of beneficial species in suppressing pests and disease and know how to manage common insect, weed and disease problems organically; and how to extend and share the harvest.


Instructor: Nikki Wilkinson
Length: 30 hours/2 credits
Dates: Sundays, March 15 & 22, April  5 & 12 (9:00am-5:30pm)
Location: TBA
Tuition: $450 transcript credit; $300 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, January 6-April 20 (3:30-6:30pm)
Location: Pacific Rim College 
Tuition: $675 transcript credit; $450 no credit

Foundations of Social Equity in Holistic Health Care (PD132)

This course explores how a deeper understanding of social equity can inform and be applied in your practice as a holistic healthcare provider. Topics include an exploration of how structures of power and privilege function in our society and within ourselves, and how these can result in intersectional oppressions and experiences that are as unique as each individual. The course will include frameworks for understanding these complex processes, as well as personal strategies for building awareness, resilience, and strategies for broader social change. Sub-topics will include trauma-informed practice, Indigenous frameworks and history, and inclusivity of gender and sexual diversity. Each are explored in service of building a broader understanding of the ways we can bring a social equity approach into all therapeutic interactions. Foundational approaches are introduced and explored with the aim of providing long-lasting tools for holistic healthcare practitioners to apply both in their practices and in their own lives.


Instructor: Julie Parrell, Leslie McGarry, Bryn Eliot
Length: 45 hours/3 credits
Dates: Fridays, January 10-April 24 (3:30-6:30pm)
Location: Pacific Rim College 
Tuition: $675 transcript credit; $450 no credit

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