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.

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 …

A Functional Medicine Approach to Modern Disease

with Tom Malterre, January 21-22, 2017

Course Information Science is clearly demonstrating that using medications to mask symptoms is not effective medicine. We need to look at where disease is coming from and change its trajectory.n this 2-day workshop, participants will explore the following: The Immune System/The Environmental Surveillance System  Air, Water, Food, Sun: How they promote health and how pollution …

Clinical Toolbox: Maximizing Treatment Effectiveness

with Dr. Reuven Freesman, February 4-5, 2017

Course Information This weekend workshop focuses on maximizing clinical results by developing the hands-on practical skills essential to proper diagnosis and treatment. The emphasis will be on developing skills in pulse diagnosis, channel and point palpation in addition to other topics commonly encountered in a clinical setting. This course is packed with some of the …

Raw Food Celebration: Sweet and Savoury Recipes

with Heather Pace, February 25-26, 2017

Course Information Join Heather Pace, author of Sweetly Raw Desserts, to learn how to prepare raw vegan food that is not only healthy, but it tastes great too. These recipes are also gluten free, grain free, soy free, and refined sugar free. Bring you appetite as there will be food samples. Regardless of what kind …

Applied Channel Theory Clinicals: Diagnosis and Treatment

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

Course Information This 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 …

From Forest to Sea: Therapeutic Aspects of Mushrooms and Seaweeds

with Yarrow and Angela Willard, March 11-12, 2017

Course Information Day One Seaweeds are a true superfood that have been a key component in coastal peoples diet since at least 12,000 BCE. Bringing seaweed into our daily lives is advantageous to our well being for many reasons. Come learn about some of the phenomenal nutritive and medicinal benefits of these water world wonders! …

Collaborative Oncology – A Phytotherapy Perspective (Level 2)

with Chanchal Cabrera, March 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 …

Applying Astrology in Holistic Health

with Graeme Tobyn, April 7-9, 2017

Course Information In a series of seven sessions over the weekend, Graeme Tobyn demonstrates the light that astrology can cast on the important topics of health and illness and the constellating of the practitioner-client relationship. After an introduction to astrology as divination and the judgment of a horoscope on the first evening, there will be …

Maternity Acupuncture: Developing Confidence and Credibility

with Dr. Debra Betts, April 8-9, 2017

Course Information This 2-day workshop examines acupuncture within the first, second and third trimester of pregnancy and the postnatal period. Discussing the potential and reality of treatment through the principals of historical Chinese medicine knowledge, the latest western medical knowledge and using the frame work of treating the three treasures: Jing, Qi and Shen. This …

Tui Na and Moxibustion for Menstrual Problems and Fertility Issues

with Sarah Pritchard, May 6-7, 2017

Course Information In this 2-day workshop for acupuncturists and students, I hope to inspire you to use your hands as well as your needles and to rediscover the power and clinical effectiveness of Moxibustion. The workshop will be practical. I want to share with you key Tui na and Moxa techniques that you can integrate …

Advanced Topographic Acupuncture Module

with Dr. Bruce Ferguson, September 16-17, 2017

Course Information Topographic Acupuncture is the system of minimal needle, distal point acupuncture that utilizes concepts of “mirror” and “image” to choose points to treat virtually any pathology in the body. Topographic Acupuncture is known for its ultra-rapid clinical results. This 2-day workshop is the second of a 2-part series. In the first module we …

Diagnosis and Treatment of Psychological Disharmony with Shen-Hammer Pulse Diagnosis

with Brandt Stickley, September 30 to October 1, 2017

Course Information In this course, Brandt Stickley will provide an overview and review of Shen-Hammer Pulse Diagnosis, and provide the key to quickly and accurately diagnosing the behavioral, psychological and spiritual aspects of a patient’s condition. Pulse Qualities as signs of psychological disharmony will be taught in terms of sensation, interpretation, and physiological gesture. Classical …

Yamamoto New Scalp Acupuncture

with David Bomzon and Avi Amir, December 2-3, 2017

Course Information Yamamoto New Scalp Acupuncture (YNSA) is named after the Japanese physician, Dr. Toshikatsu Yamamoto, who developed this acupuncture system in 1973. Since its introduction, YNSA has advanced with the discovery of additional acupuncture points, which are mainly located on the scalp. YNSA is used to treat neurological conditions, and is both effective and …


Past Workshops

2016 Notable Workshops

Paul Bergner

Insulin Resistance: Pathophysiology and Diet and Herbs http://paulbergner.com

Orsha Magyar and Dr. Matt Hill

Emotional Eating http://neurotrition.ca

Dr. Bruce Ferguson

Introduction to Topographic Acupuncture http://www.naturalvet.org

Sabine Wilms

Women’s Health from the Perspective of Classical Chinese Medicine https://www.happygoatproductions.com

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