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.

Channel Examination and Diagnosis: An exploration of classical acupuncture technique

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

This Workshop is Sold Out! 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 …

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 …

Insulin Resistance: Pathophysiology and Natural Therapeutics with Diet and Herbs

with Paul Bergner, November 26-27, 2016

Course Information Insulin resistance, or the metabolic syndrome, is the root pathology not only of Type II diabetes, but also of heart disease, stroke, obesity, hypertension, several common cancers, and other conditions ranging from polycystic ovarian disease to acne to brittle bones and depression. It is a pathology fundamental to the “diseases of civilization”. Although …

Collaborative Oncology – A Phytotherapy Perspective (Level 1)

with Chanchal Cabrera, January 21-22, 2017

Course Information ‘Cancer’ has to be one of the most frightening words a person can hear, and yet the latest statistics suggest that 2 out of 5 Canadians (45% of men and 42% of women) are expected to develop cancer during their lifetimes and 1 out of 4 Canadians (29% of men and 24% of …

Clinical Toolbox: Maximizing Treatment Effectiveness

with Dr. Reuven Freesman, February 4-5, 2017

Course Information This weekend workshop focuses on maximizing clinical results by developing the hands-on practical skills essential to proper diagnosis and treatment. The emphasis will be on developing skills in pulse diagnosis, channel and point palpation in addition to other topics commonly encountered in a clinical setting.   This course is packed with some of …

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 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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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