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.

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

with Brandt Stickley, November 28-29, 2015

SOLD OUT: To be added to waitlist, register below without payment 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 …

A Materia Medica Intensive for the 21st Century

with Paul Bergner, November 28-29, 2015

Course Information We will study in depth 60 herbs in 18 categories, emphasizing for each small group constitutional indications, differentials between similar herbs, and ways to use that category therapeutically and in formulation. We will look at correlations between Western and Asian materia medica, some forgotten herbs that should be remembered, and traditional herbs which …

Reading the Body: Traditional Western Herbal Medicine Diagnosis

with Margi Flint, January 23-24, 2016

SOLD OUT: To be added to waitlist, register below without payment Course Information Learn to read the face, nails, tongue and body to understand indications of lines, blemishes, marks and colours. Understanding the cues of the organ/body correspondences is a precious gift (and a curse). Indications of hot, cold, damp dry and wind conditions can …

Reading the Body: The Practicing Herbalist

with Margi Flint, January 30-31, 2016

Course Information Margi Flint shares tips for clinical practice. We will cover practical office skills, suggestions from protection and boundaries to listening skills, reference books and drop pulse testing. Afternoons will be observing patient intakes with Margi followed by discussion of diagnosis, formulation and treatment plan culminating with her presentation to our patient. The weekend …

Inclusiveness in a Clinical Setting: Implementing Best Care Practices for Trans* Patients

with Bryn Eliot, February 13-20, 2016

Course Information This course covers the social, genetic, and biochemical factors associated with gender transition, with some discussion of more broad LGBT related topics. An emphasis will be placed on best professional practices, and the specific factors contributing to an inclusive and welcoming therapeutic environment. A biochemical background will cover the hormonal controls of growth …

Clinical Essentials: Creating Simple and Powerful Treatments with Channel-Based Acupuncture

with Dr. Reuven Freesman, February 20-21, 2016

Course Information This first course in the Clinical Essentials series is an introduction to Channel-based Acupuncture approaches. Students will learn how to quickly and easily design customized, powerful treatments for immediate and profound clinical results. Students will have the opportunity to observe these techniques in action and put them into practice with real patients. Topics …

Whole Systems Healing: Reconnecting Healthcare with Social and Ecological Justice

with Jessica Marais, March 12-13, 2016

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 …

Bach Flower Remedies for Pets and their People – Level One

with Sarah Brune, March 19-20, 2016

Course Information Bach Flower Remedies for both the pets and people in your life. This two-day course provides a solid foundation in the Bach remedy system and the core principles of working both with animals and people, with a special focus on animal behaviour and remedy indications. (Main pets covered are dogs, cats and horses.) …

Collaborative Oncology – A Phytotherapy Perspective

with Chanchal Cabrera, April 2-3, 2016

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 …

Channel Examination and Diagnosis: An exploration of classical acupuncture technique

with Jason D. Robertson, April 9-10, 2016

SOLD OUT: To be added to waitlist, register below without payment 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 …

The Eight Extraordinary Vessels: Exploring this Deeper Pathway of the Web

with Dr. Butch Levy, May 7-8, 2016

Course Information Providing a clear understanding of the Eight Extraordinary Vessel Pathways and their physiology and pathology offers the necessary conceptual framework to explore Eight Extra diagnosis based on clinical presentation and symptoms. The goal of this workshop is to allow practitioners and students access to new information, practice its application and immediately apply in …

Introduction to the Bach Flower Remedies – Level One

with Sarah Brune, June 11-12, 2016

Course Information Experience Bach Flower remedies first hand and learn to incorporate them into your daily life in this information-packed two-day course. Recommended for people who wish to use the system personally or begin to integrate it for use with clients, friends and family. Registration fee includes two full days of instruction, certificate, book, numerous …

Past Workshops

2015 Notable Workshops

Dr. Debra Betts

A Comprehensive Guide to using Acupuncture in Pregnancy, Labour and Postpartum

Peg Schafer

Domestic Production of Chinese Herbs

Peter Conway

Herbal Medicine and the Human Microbiome

Sandor Katz

The Art of Fermentation

Dr. Martha Lucas

Mei Zen Cosmetic Acupuncture

Kathy Pedersen

Qi beauty

Heather Pace

Raw Food Celebration

2014 Notable Workshops

Sally Fallon Morell

Nourishing Traditions

Joel Salatin

Local Food to the Rescue

David Legge

An Integraated Approach to the Diagnosis and Acupuncture Treatment of Painful Musculoskeletal Disorders

Dr. Martha Lucas

The Art of Healing Women Using TCM

Paul Bergner

Systemic Inflammation, Food Intolerance & Autoimmunity

Peter Conway

Adventures in the Hidden Dimension of Healing
Transmuting Fear: herbs and strategies for treating anxiety in an uncertain world

Robert Rogers

Medicinal Mushrooms
Materia Medica of Local Plants
Healing the Emotional and Spiritual Aspects of Dis-ease

Margi Flint

Reading the Body: Traditional Herbal Diagnosis

Peter Deadman

Live Well, Live Long: Teachings from the Chinese Health Tradition

Brandt Stickley

Chinese Medicine Pulse Diagnosis
Psychology and Chinese Medicine: Dragon Rises, Red Bird Flies

Ann Harman

The Art of Distillation and Hydrosol Therapy

Sheila Kingsbury

Pediatric Herbal Medicine Chest

Graeme Tobyn

Culpeper’s Medicine