Natural Health Workshops

Pacific Rim College is pleased to offer, host and support various public-oriented events in Natural Health including topics such as Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine, Phytotherapy, Holistic Nutrition, Doula Training and Integrative Medicine. Please see below for information on our current professional Continuing Education activities.

For details about our multi-week Continuing Education courses intended for the general public, please visit Continuing Education.

A Holistic Approach to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (and associated mental health issues including Depression and Anxiety)

with Katolen Yardley, Saturday, September 17, 2016

Course Information This one-day workshop explores the impact that long term stress has on the body, including the HPA Axis, and some theories behind PTSD and related mental health issues (anxiety and depression). Participants will investigate the connection between systemic inflammation and optimal digestive function and dis-ease, including the role a healthy microbiome plays in …

Building Your Natural Health Business

with Katolen Yardley, Sunday, September 18, 2016

Course Information This one-day workshop provides essential tips for practitioners looking to establish or expand their natural healthcare business. Topics for the day include the following: tips and tools for preparing to open a private practice how to build good habits for success fine tune your niche market how to determine markups and the best …

Emotional Eating: an Exploration of Stress, Addictions, and Eating Disorders

with Orsha Magyar and Dr. Matt Hill, September 24-25, 2016

Course Information Day One: This component digs into the biological and neurological mechanisms and subsequent manifestations of stress, blending leading science and holistic principles to reveal the power of food in overcoming the destructive impacts of stress. Morning: The Significance of Stress Stress has evolved from a protective function to an overused response that disrupts …

Introduction to Topographic Acupuncture

with Dr. Bruce Ferguson, October 1-2, 2016

Course Information Dr Richard Tan’s Balance Method, or Dr Robert Doane’s Distal Needle Acupuncture (DNA), or what Dr. Ferguson calls Topographic Acupuncture, is the application of minimal, distal needles to tissues in order to adjust the Qi in more proximal areas of the body. It is commonly applied unilaterally and asymmetrically. Topographic needling implies that …

Channel Examination and Diagnosis: An exploration of classical acupuncture technique

with Jason D. Robertson, October 22-23, 2016

This Workshop is Sold Out! Course Information Channel examination is a classical diagnostic approach not often taught in modern acupuncture schools in the west. Emphasized in the earliest acupuncture texts (Nei Jing/Nan Jing), examination of the channels is extremely helpful for confirming diagnosis and refining point selection. This two-day class will focus on learning the …

Medicinal Mushrooms of Western Canada

with Robert Rogers, October 29-30, 2016

Course Information In this weekend course, students will explore the world of medicinal mushrooms and lichens, how to prepare your own tinctures, examine the top 20 mushrooms and their use in a clinical setting, including contraindications and positive drug interactions. The course will be presented from the perspective of a registered herbalist with 19 years …

Women’s Health from the Perspective of Classical Chinese Medicine

with Sabine Wilms, November 5-6, 2016

Course Information Supporting women’s health has been a key focus of Chinese Medicine for more than a thousand years, and its sophistication in terms of both diagnosis and treatment is difficult to match. In our modern times, gynecology continues to be a medical specialization in which Chinese Medicine practitioners, whether treating with acupuncture or herbs, …

Medical Alchemy, Spagyrics and Astrology for the Practicing Herbalist

with Sajah Popham, November 19-20, 2016

Course Information Throughout the Renaissance Era, herbalism was often studied and practiced in juxtaposition with 2 of the sacred sciences of the Hermetic tradition: alchemy and astrology. These vast subjects provide a metaphysical backbone to the philosophy and practice of clinical western herbalism, as well as refined methods of harvesting, preparing, and administering plants in …

Insulin Resistance: Pathophysiology and Natural Therapeutics with Diet and Herbs

with Paul Bergner, November 26-27, 2016

Course Information Insulin resistance, or the metabolic syndrome, is the root pathology not only of Type II diabetes, but also of heart disease, stroke, obesity, hypertension, several common cancers, and other conditions ranging from polycystic ovarian disease to acne to brittle bones and depression. It is a pathology fundamental to the “diseases of civilization”. Although …

Collaborative Oncology – A Phytotherapy Perspective (Level 1)

with Chanchal Cabrera, January 21-22, 2017

Course Information ‘Cancer’ has to be one of the most frightening words a person can hear, and yet the latest statistics suggest that 2 out of 5 Canadians (45% of men and 42% of women) are expected to develop cancer during their lifetimes and 1 out of 4 Canadians (29% of men and 24% of …

Collaborative Oncology – A Phytotherapy Perspective (Level 2)

with Chachal Cabrera, February 25-26, 2017

Course Information Building on the depth and detail of level one, this two-day intensive will give practical guidelines and protocols for managing cases. Why surgery is not always recommended Specific tests for specific cancers and specific drugs and herbs Coping with chemo The value of intermittent fasting How to delay and reduce Cachexia Topical treatments …

Applied Channel Theory Clinicals: Diagnosis and Treatment

with Jason D. Robertson, March 4-5, 2017

Course Information The clinical class will be both a continuation of the Introductory Channel Palpation class (Channel Examination and Diagnosis: An exploration of classical acupuncture technique) and an opportunity to see channel palpation and diagnosis with real patients. The format for the 2-day class will involve both lectures on new material and extensive clinical demonstration …

Whole Systems Healing: Reconnecting Healthcare with Social and Ecological Justice

with Jessica Marais, March 11-12, 2017

Course Information This action-oriented workshop for students and practitioners will establish a radically holistic context for the practice of herbal medicine in the contemporary world. Together we will investigate the linked phenomena of ecological and social unraveling and how they worsen or heal in relation to our healthcare systems. With the aim of educating and …


Past Workshops

2016 Notable Workshops

Dr. Butch Levy

The Eight Extraordinary Vessels https://www.drbutchlevy.com

Margi Flint

Reading the Body: Traditional Western Herbal Medicine Diagnosis http://www.earthsongherbals.com/

Reading the Body: The Practicing Herbalist http://www.earthsongherbals.com/

Jason Robertson

Channel Examination and Diagnosis http://kentuckyginseng.com/

Ann Harman

The Art of Distillation and Hydrosol Therapy
http://mountainroseblog.com/meet-artisan-distiller-ann-harman/

Chanchal Cabrera

Collaborative Oncology – A Phytotherapy Perspective http://www.chanchalcabrera.com/

2015 Notable Workshops

Paul Bergner

A Materia Medica Intensive for the 21st Century http://paulbergner.com/

Brandt Stickley

Shen-Hammer Pulse Diagnosishttp://www.dragonrises.org/brandt_stickley.html

Dr. Debra Betts

A Comprehensive Guide to using Acupuncture in Pregnancy, Labour and Postpartum http://www.chinesemedicinalherbfarm.com/

Peg Schafer

Domestic Production of Chinese Herbs
http://www.chinesemedicinalherbfarm.com/

Peter Conway

Herbal Medicine and the Human Microbiome
http://www.conwayherbalist.co.uk/ConwayHerbalist/Home.html

Sandor Katz

The Art of Fermentation
http://www.wildfermentation.com/who-is-sandorkraut/

Dr. Martha Lucas

Mei Zen Cosmetic Acupuncture
http://www.cosmeticacupunctureseminars.com/

Kathy Pedersen

Qi beauty
http://qibeauty.ca/

Heather Pace

Raw Food Celebration
http://sweetlyraw.com/

2014 Notable Workshops

Sally Fallon Morell

Nourishing Traditions
http://www.westonaprice.org/about-the-foundation/welcome-from-sally-fallon-morell/

Joel Salatin

Local Food to the Rescue
http://www.polyfacefarms.com/speaking-protocol/joels-bio/

David Legge

An Integraated Approach to the Diagnosis and Acupuncture Treatment of Painful Musculoskeletal Disorders
http://www.sydneycollegepress.com.au/publications.html#CTTB

Dr. Martha Lucas

The Art of Healing Women Using TCM
http://www.cosmeticacupunctureseminars.com/

Paul Bergner

Systemic Inflammation, Food Intolerance & Autoimmunity
http://paulbergner.com/

Peter Conway

Adventures in the Hidden Dimension of Healing
Transmuting Fear: herbs and strategies for treating anxiety in an uncertain world
http://www.conwayherbalist.co.uk/ConwayHerbalist/Home.html

Robert Rogers

Medicinal Mushrooms
Materia Medica of Local Plants
Healing the Emotional and Spiritual Aspects of Dis-ease
http://www.selfhealdistributing.com/robert-rogers-bio/

Margi Flint

Reading the Body: Traditional Herbal Diagnosis
http://www.earthsongherbals.com/

Peter Deadman

Live Well, Live Long: Teachings from the Chinese Health Tradition
http://peterdeadman.co.uk/

Brandt Stickley

Chinese Medicine Pulse Diagnosis
Psychology and Chinese Medicine: Dragon Rises, Red Bird Flies
http://www.dragonrises.org/brandt_stickley.html

Ann Harman

The Art of Distillation and Hydrosol Therapy
http://mountainroseblog.com/meet-artisan-distiller-ann-harman/

Sheila Kingsbury

Pediatric Herbal Medicine Chest
http://www.bastyr.edu/people/faculty/sheila-kingsbury-nd-rh-ahg

Graeme Tobyn

Culpeper’s Medicine
http://www.remedycentre.co.uk/therapist_Graeme.html