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.

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 …

Wilderness Medicinals

with Amanda Howe, June 3-4, 2017

Course Information The Rainforest, seashores and alpine meadows of the Pacific Northwest are rich in Wild Medicinal Plants. Wild Medicinals offer us powerful healing, and in learning about them our connection and appreciation of the natural world around us is deepened on both a physical and Spiritual level. In this course, you will learn how to identify, attune to, sustainably …

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 …

Collaborative Oncology – A Phytotherapy Perspective (Level 2)

with Chanchal Cabrera, September 23-24, 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 …

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 …

Distinguish Your Practice with Personalized (n=1) Experimentation Techniques

with Petra Chambers-Sinclair, September 30 to October 1, 2017

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 …

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

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 of lifestyle …

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
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