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 registrar@pacificrimcollege.com.

Multi-Week Courses – Winter 2019

Foundations of Ayurveda (AYU101/102)
Instructors: Elham Ansari
Length: 90 hours/6 credits
Dates: Tuesday/Thursdays, January 8-April 25 (all 12-3pm)
Location: Pacific Rim College 
Tuition: $900
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.

Foundations of Holistic Nutrition (NU101)
Instructors: Amber Baker
Length: 45 hours/3 credits
Dates: Tuesdays, January 8-April 23 (8:15-11:15am)
Location: Pacific Rim College 
Tuition: $450 
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.

Digestive Health – Plant Medicine Basics (NU132)
Instructors: Alexis Hennig
Length: 15 hours/1 credits
Dates: Tuesdays, February 12, 26, March 5, 12, 19 (12-3pm)
Location: Pacific Rim College 
Tuition: $150 
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.

Intro Herbal Medicine (WHS101)
Instructors: Peter Conway
Length: 45 hours/3 credits
Dates: Mondays, January 7-April 22 (12-3pm)
Location: Pacific Rim College 
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.

Energetics of Herbal Medicine (WHS151)
Instructors: Lindsay Hounslow
Length: 45 hours/3 credits
Dates: Fridays, January 4-April 26 (3:30-6:30pm)
Location: Pacific Rim College 
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.

Practical Herbal Pharmacy (WHS111)
Instructors: Krista Poulton
Length: 45 hours/3 credits
Dates: Fridays, January 4-April 26 (12-3pm)
Location: Pacific Rim College 
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!

Fundamentals of Public Speaking (PD201)
Instructors: Linda Roseneck
Length: 45 hours/3 credits
Dates: Mondays, January 7-April 22 (3:30-6:30pm)
Location: Pacific Rim College 
Tuition: $450
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.