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.

Emotional Eating: an Exploration of Stress, Addictions, and Eating Disorders

with Orsha Magyar and Dr. Matt Hill, September 24-25, 2016

Course Information Day One: This component digs into the biological and neurological mechanisms and subsequent manifestations of stress, blending leading science and holistic principles to reveal the power of food in overcoming the destructive impacts of stress. Morning: The Significance of Stress Stress has evolved from a protective function to an overused response that disrupts …

Introduction to Topographic Acupuncture

with Dr. Bruce Ferguson, October 1-2, 2016

Course Information Dr Richard Tan’s Balance Method, or Dr Robert Doane’s Distal Needle Acupuncture (DNA), or what Dr. Ferguson calls Topographic Acupuncture, is the application of minimal, distal needles to tissues in order to adjust the Qi in more proximal areas of the body. It is commonly applied unilaterally and asymmetrically. Topographic needling implies that …

Channel Examination and Diagnosis: An exploration of classical acupuncture technique

with Jason D. Robertson, October 22-23, 2016

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 class will focus on learning the basics of channel examination with …

Medicinal Mushrooms of Western Canada

with Robert Rogers, October 29-30, 2016

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 …

Women’s Health from the Perspective of Classical Chinese Medicine

with Sabine Wilms, November 5-6, 2016

Course Information Supporting women’s health has been a key focus of Chinese Medicine for more than a thousand years, and its sophistication in terms of both diagnosis and treatment is difficult to match. In our modern times, gynecology continues to be a medical specialization in which Chinese Medicine practitioners, whether treating with acupuncture or herbs, …

Medical Alchemy, Spagyrics and Astrology for the Practicing Herbalist

with Sajah Popham, November 19-20, 2016

Course Information Throughout the Renaissance Era, herbalism was often studied and practiced in juxtaposition with 2 of the sacred sciences of the Hermetic tradition: alchemy and astrology. These vast subjects provide a metaphysical backbone to the philosophy and practice of clinical western herbalism, as well as refined methods of harvesting, preparing, and administering plants in …

Applied Channel Theory Clinicals: Diagnosis and Treatment

with Jason D. Robertson, March 4-5, 2017

Course Information The 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 …

Past Workshops

2016 Notable Workshops

Dr. Butch Levy

The Eight Extraordinary Vessels

Margi Flint

Reading the Body: Traditional Western Herbal Medicine Diagnosis

Reading the Body: The Practicing Herbalist

Jason Robertson

Channel Examination and Diagnosis

Ann Harman

The Art of Distillation and Hydrosol Therapy

Chanchal Cabrera

Collaborative Oncology – A Phytotherapy Perspective

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
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