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.

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 …

Neurodiversity: What Practitioners need to know

with Sean Donahue, May 13-14, 2017

Course Information Neurodiversity is the natural variation in neurobiology, sensory processing, and consciousness among humans.  In this workshop we will examine the implications of the concept of neurodiversity for herbalists and other natural health practitioners. We will examine evolutionary and cultural dimensions of neurodiversity, and develop tools and understandings for working with neurodivergent people – people whose neurobiology differs from what …

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 …

Medicinal Mushrooms of Western Canada

with Robert Rogers, October 28-29, 2017

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 …

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 …

Reading the Body: Traditional Western Herbal Medicine Diagnosis

with Margi Flint, December 2-3, 2017

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 easily be read once you train your eyes to see. Margi …

Past Workshops

2017 Notable Workshops

Chanchal Cabrera

Collaborative Oncology – A Phytotherapy Perspective

Tom Malterre

Functional Medicine

2016 Notable Workshops

Paul Bergner

Insulin Resistance: Pathophysiology and Diet and Herbs

Orsha Magyar and Dr. Matt Hill

Emotional Eating

Dr. Bruce Ferguson

Introduction to Topographic Acupuncture

Sabine Wilms

Women’s Health from the Perspective of Classical Chinese Medicine

Dr. Butch Levy

The Eight Extraordinary Vessels

Margi Flint

Reading the Body: Traditional Western Herbal Medicine Diagnosis
Reading the Body: The Practicing Herbalist

Sajah Popham

Medical Alchemy

Jason Robertson

Channel Examination and Diagnosis

Robert Rogers

Medicinal Mushrooms of Western Canada

Ann Harman

The Art of Distillation and Hydrosol Therapy

2015 Notable Workshops

Paul Bergner

A Materia Medica Intensive for the 21st Century

Brandt Stickley

Shen-Hammer Pulse Diagnosis

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 of Western Canada
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