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.

Collaborative Oncology – A Phytotherapy Perspective (Level 1)

with Chanchal Cabrera, January 27-28, 2018

Course Information A 2-day intensive on the biochemistry and the energetics, prevention and treatment of cancer. Designed for advanced students and health professionals wishing to deepen their understanding of the biomechanics of cancer and allopathic and holistic treatment protocols.  This course covers: What cancer is, how it starts, how it progresses, what goes wrong and …

Collaborative Oncology – A Phytotherapy Perspective (Level 2)

with Chanchal Cabrera, February 3-4, 2018

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 …

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 …

Permaculture, Place-Making and Planet Repair

with Mark Lakeman, February 24-25, 2018

Course Information Join Mark Lakeman, visionary architect, designer and co-founder of the City Repair Project, for an exciting and informative weekend workshop focusing on social engagement and place making design processes as the context for individual and community design. Mark will run us through several design exercises and observational activities, using participatory processes and models, …

Clinical Essentials: Simple and Effective Treatments

with Dr. Reuven Freesman, March 10-11, 2018

Course Information This course focuses on maximizing acupuncture treatment effectiveness using simple channel-based techniques. Students will learn how to quickly and easily design customized, powerful treatments for immediate and profound clinical results. Students will also have the opportunity to observe these techniques in action with live demonstrations. Topics include an introduction to Dr. Tan’s Balance …

Permaculture Design Process and Multi-Functional Hedgerows

with Jude Hobbs, March 10-11, 2018

Course Information A hedgerow is a beautiful, functional and biologically diverse component of rural and/or urban landscapes. These multi-tiered assemblages of trees, shrubs, ground covers, vines, grasses, flowers and herbs can border fields, waterways or city lots. During this workshop you will learn how to design, implement and maintain any size hedgerow with the options …

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 …

An Introduction to Eating Disorder Prevention and Intervention

with Tara Hope, April 7-8, 2018

Course Information Eating disorders are complex illnesses that most often require long-term, comprehensive treatment with a team of professionals specialising in the field. For individuals showing early signs of disordered eating (i.e., those on the low end of the spectrum), Holistic Nutritionists can play an important role in prevention efforts. Should they choose to advance …

The Pulse and Channel Treatment Approach

with Dr. Reuven Freesman, April 7-8, 2018

Course Information This course will introduce a profound method of diagnosis and treatment that allows the practitioner to receive direct and instantaneous feedback from the patient’s body in order to guide the treatment and assess results. Students will learn how to use pulse, channel, and point palpation to enter into a “therapeutic dialogue” with the …

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 …

Permaculture and the Anthropocene

with Oliver Kellhammer, June 9-10, 2018

Course Information We are living in a time of sweeping uncertainty. Anthropogenic climate change is driving extreme weather events, mass extinction and unprecedented displacement of human populations. Food and hydrological systems are highly stressed at the very moment we need them most. Some might be tempted into the mentality of the ‘prepper,’ a retreat into …

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

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 https://www.happygoatproductions.com

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 http://www.chinesemedicinalherbfarm.com/

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