Holistic Medicine and Sustainable Living Workshops

Pacific Rim College is pleased to offer, host and support various public-oriented events in Natural Health and Sustainable Living including topics such as Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine, Phytotherapy, Holistic Nutrition, Doula Training, Integrative Medicine, Permaculture Design, and Natural Building. 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, 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 …

Boundaries, Safety and Support

with Sean Frey, October 21-22, 2017

Course Information Over this weekend course, students will explore their own boundaries, their relationship to support, and their experiences of safety while working as healthcare practitioners through experiential exercises, case scenarios, theory, and group discussion. Topics covered over this intensive workshop include self-care, boundary violations, creating systems of support, and responding to challenges and triggers. …

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 …

Homeopathy 101

with Shoshana Scott, November 4-5, 2017

Course Information Homeopathic medicine uses medicines made from the plant kingdom in a very special way. Through a specialized process called drug potentization, which consists of dilution and succession (shaking), inert properties within plants and herbs are released. These potentized remedies are rendered more capable of addressing some of our deepest medical and psychological problems. …

Systemic Inflammation, Food Intolerance, and Autoimmunity

with Paul Bergner, November 25-26, 2017

Sold Out Course Information This seminar will describe current scientific concepts of digestion, immunity, and autoimmunity to explain the “dotted line” connecting an immunological response in the gut to various systemic manifestations of disease. You will learn assessment methods, with an emphasis on interview and observational skills rather than on questionable laboratory antibody testing. A complete review …

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

Sold Out 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 …

Women’s Health Treatment Protocols & Diagnostics with Cycle Charting and Lab Analysis

with Bev Maya and Krista Poulton, January 13-14, 2018

Course Information Day 1: Menstrual Cycle Tracking and Laboratory Analysis for Reproductive Pathologies Day 1 will focus on analysis of reproductive pathologies with Krista, assessment of Menstrual Cycle Tracking, and Bev’s Laboratory Analysis. Krista will be introducing menstrual cycle charting, a tool for practitioners to assess reproductive pathologies with their patients and manage these conditions. …

Achieving Optimal Health Through Nourishing Traditional Diets

with Sally Fallon Morell, January 20-21, 2018

Course Information Saturday Morning: ACHIEVING OPTIMAL HEALTH THROUGH NOURISHING TRADITIONAL DIETS Animal fats, properly prepared whole grains, enzyme-enriched foods and nourishing bone broths kept our ancestors healthy. Sally Fallon Morell, author of Nourishing Traditions, explains why you need these foods too. Beginning with a presentation of Dr. Weston Price’s unforgettable photographs of healthy traditional peoples, …

Healing Autoimmune and Chronic Illness with Self-experimentation Methods

with Petra Chambers-Sinclair, February 3-4, 2018

Course Information Universal solutions to complex health problems often have limited effectiveness because we each have unique histories, genetic profiles, environments, patterns of responding and health goals. N=1 refers to an experiment with one participant. N=1 experimentation is useful for people with complex chronic health conditions, as well as for ‘optimizers’ who are committed to the …

Building Plant Relations

with Yarrow Willard, March 17-18, 2018

Course Information In this 2-day intensive, Herbalist Yarrow Willard will dive deep into the world of communication and relationship building with plants and the natural world.  Often in the education process, there is much learning of theoretical information and practical skills, but a lack of development in an internal language of listening directly to what …

A Journey around the Medicine Wheel

with Dr. Tiffany Freeman, March 24-25, 2018

Course Information Join in an experiential learning weekend which will introduce the four directions and its related medicines. Learn how the Medicine Wheel influences our daily lives and how we can deepen our connection to create better harmony. We will explore the teachings of the four directions, journeying, Indigenous healing, animal medicines, allies and learn …

Maternity Acupuncture: Clinical Realities

with Dr. Debra Betts, May 5-6, 2018

Course Information A workshop using facilitated group discussion to problem solve through clinical scenarios. This workshop will use case history scenarios to explore clinical practice within an environment of group discussions. Several scenarios for each session will be used to illustrate the realities of clinical practice, red flags that require attention and Chinese medicine considerations. …

Doorways to the treatment of Pain: An integrated approach using Tui Na, Acupuncture and Ancillaries

with Sarah Pritchard, May 26-27, 2018

Course Information In this 2-day workshop for acupuncturists, we will explore the emotional, spiritual, and constitutional causes of pain and hands-on practical approaches for treatment in clinic. I would like to take you on a journey of exploration through the channel sinews Jing Jin as conduits of Wei Qi and the instinctive unconscious, through the …

Development of Autoimmune Disease, a Comprehensive Approach to Stabilization and Arresting Future Progression

with Dr. Thomas O’Bryan, September 29-30, 2018

Course Information Autoimmune diseases are listed as the third leading cause of morbidity and mortality in the industrialized world. That means it’s in our offices every day. The number of people diagnosed with an autoimmune disease is increasing exponentially in the world today. Estimates are that anywhere from 3 to 7 out of every 10 …


Past Workshops

2017 Notable Workshops

Chanchal Cabrera

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

Tom Malterre

Functional Medicine
https://wholelifenutrition.net/

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

Sajah Popham

Medical Alchemy
http://www.evolutionaryherbalism.com/about/

Jason Robertson

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

Robert Rogers

Medicinal Mushrooms of Western Canada
http://www.selfhealdistributing.com/robert-rogers-bio/

Ann Harman

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

2015 Notable Workshops

Paul Bergner

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

Brandt Stickley

Shen-Hammer Pulse Diagnosis
http://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 of Western Canada
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