September 2017 Newsletter
As we do all Septembers, we will be honouring our diploma graduates at the 2017 Convocation Ceremony on September 9 outdoors at our beautiful Market Square campus. This event will be keynoted by Sonia Furstenau, Cowichan Valley's MLA and Green Party member. This month we will also be welcoming to PRC almost 100 new students of holistic medicine. Although most programs are full for the Fall 2017 semester, we are accepting applications for all 2018 programs including our newest and highly anticipated Permaculture Design program. We finished August by hosting Vancouver Island's premier food festival Feast of Fields, at our permaculture campus, Ravenhill Herb Farm. Very few places seem to offer the abundance that Vancouver Island does alongside acute environmental awareness. This is a great place! Todd N. Howard
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Welcome New Students
We are pleased to welcome nearly 100 new full-time students to Pacific Rim College for the Fall semester. Our diverse student body is comprised of future healthcare leaders from more than 30 countries who will help to spread access to and knowledge of sustainable medicines and holistic living concepts around the globe. If you are looking to pursue a career in natural healthcare and food and medicine production, check out our programs. The next intake for all our programs, including the anticipated Permaculture Design and Resilient Ecosystems diploma is January 2018. Not sure what program is right for you? Book a campus tour or chat online with an admissions representative.
Diploma in Permaculture Design and Resilient Ecosystems
Pacific Rim College's newest program is slated for launch in January 2018. This one-year diploma in Permaculture Design and Resilient Ecosystems is unlike any other in the world. The 1036-hour program, with classes three days a week, provides training for participants who are interested in creating regenerative food systems and lifestyles while developing resilient ecosystems. It offers robust curriculum in permaculture design, going beyond basic permaculture training while also including courses in business planning and project management, community development, natural building, and food and medicine systems. Much of the hands-on components will be based at the college's two herb farms on the Saanich Peninsula: Ravenhill Herb Farm and Tiny Tree Herb Farm. Visit our School of Permaculture Design for more information!
Faculty Named to School of Permaculture Design
We are pleased to announce the renowned faculty of the Permaculture Design and Resilient Ecosystems diploma.
Hannah Roessler, MA, P.Ag., Dean of the School of Permaculture Design at PRC, is a professional agrologist and ethnobotanist, and her research interests span agroecology, permaculture, medicinal plants, and indigenous land-management and cultivation techniques.
Maurita Prato, MSc, holds a Masters in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability, a Diploma in Ecological Gardening, and a Permaculture Design Certificate.
Kristen Miskelly, MSc , is a biologist who specializes in the restoration and botany of southeastern Vancouver Island.
Lindsay Hounslow is a PRC alumnus, herbalist, and is on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Council of Herbalist Associations.
Tayler Krawczyk has diversified training and experience in permaculture, organic horticulture, ecological landscape design, rainwater management, project management, and farm planning.
Jesse Howardson is a farmer and seed saver committed to biocultural diversity and resilient, culturally relevant food systems.
Solara Goldwynn is deeply committed to nurturing resilient ecosystems and has a passion for local food and regenerative agriculture.
Ryan Hilperts, MA, directs the Redfish School of Change, a field school dedicated to fostering a community of leaders working for sustainability and justice on both sides of the international border in the Salish Sea.
Stephanie Enevoldsen holds a permaculture design certificate and is the owner of TerraCobba Designs.
Bryce Ehrecke runs a natural building and renovation company through Dreamweavers Collective in Victoria, BC.
Heather Stretch, MA has been an organic farmer on the Saanich Peninsula since 2001 and a co-owner of Saanich Organics since 2002. Visit our School of Permaculture Design for more information!
Employment Opportunity for PRC's Diploma of Acupuncture Alumni
The onboard spa by Steiner is looking for Pacific Rim College acupuncture graduates to staff its spas on cruise ships throughout the world. PRC alumni who are NCCAOM certified or hold internationally equivalent qualifications (e.g. CTCMA registration) are eligible to apply. Compensation is commission-based with fantastic benefits. To apply please send your resume directly to RecruitmentUSA@theonboardspa.com.
Upcoming Natural Health Workshops
Dr. Bruce Ferguson, September 16-17, 2017
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. In the second module participants will investigate the use of Topographic Acupuncture to treat global versus local disharmonies. The treatment of common syndromes such as obesity, diabetes, cancer, immune deficiency, autoimmune disease, endocrinological disorders, and more will be explored. Lastly, participants will discover how to use Topographic Acupuncture to balance the body by special combinations of points.
Advanced Topographic Acupuncture Module
Brandt Stickley, September 30-October 1, 2017
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 behavioural, psychological and spiritual aspects of a patients condition. Pulse qualities as signs of psychological disharmony will be taught in terms of sensation, interpretation, and physiological gesture. Classical formulas and acupuncture approaches will be described, focusing on the Shang Han Lun, Eight Extraordinary Vessels, Five-Phase dynamics and visionary acupuncture. This course is suitable for beginning and experienced students of the pulse system.
Diagnosis and Treatment of Psychological Disharmony with Shen-Hammer Pulse Diagnosis
Sean Frey, October 21-22, 2017
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.
Boundaries, Safety and Support
Robert Rogers, October 28-29, 2017
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 of clinical practice, and include case studies involving chronic disease, including auto-immune conditions.
Medicinal Mushrooms of Western Canada
Shoshana Scott, November 4-5, 2017
The beauty of Homeopathic practice is in understanding the individuality of the patient. You will be introduced to the science of Homeopathy which lies in the ability of the prescriber to clearly perceive what is to be treated for each individual. As well you will be inspired in seeing the art in Homeopathy which lies in applying what is curative in Homeopathic medicine to your patients.
Paul Bergner, November 25-26, 2017
Systemic Inflammation, Food Intolerance, and Autoimmunity
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.
SOLD OUT - waitlist being taken
Margi Flint, December 2-3, 2017
Reading the Body: Traditional Western Herbal Medicine Diagnosis
Learn to read the face, nails, tongue and body to understand indications of lines, blemishes, mark 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 Flint shares the knowledge learned from her teachers and clients over the past three decades.
SOLD OUT - waitlist being taken
David Bomzon and Avi Amir, December 2-3, 2017
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 immediate in stroke patients with pain and/or restricted mobility.
Yamamoto New Scalp Acupuncture
Sally Fallon, January 20-21, 2018
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 Prices unforgettable photographs of healthy traditional peoples, Sally explains the underlying factors in a variety of traditional diets that conferred beauty, strength and complete freedom from disease on so-called primitive populations.
Achieving Optimal Health Through Nourishing Traditional Diets
Petra Chambers-Sinclair, February 3-4, 2018
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. In this 2-day workshop, we start by looking at health change from a complex systems perspective.
Healing Autoimmune and Chronic Illness with Self-Experimentation Methods
Yarrow Willard, March 17-18, 2018
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.
Debra Betts, May 5-6, 2018
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.
Maternity Acupuncture: Clinical Realities
Welcome New Faculty
Dr. Jordan Morton
Dr. Jordan Morton is a Naturopathic Physician and graduate of the University of Victoria and the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine. He is a general practitioner at Hydrate with a special interest in mens health, sports medicine, plant-based nutrition and integrated oncology.
School of Holistic Nutrition
Dr. Carlie Reidlinger
Dr. Carlie Reidlinger graduated from the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine in Vancouver, BC, after obtaining a Bachelors of Science degree in Biology at the University of Victoria. She currently has a general practice, as a licenced Naturopathic Physician at Vancouver Island Naturopathic Clinic in Victoria where she has a special interest in helping people with digestive disorders, hormone balancing, menopause, mens health, anxiety, and stress management.
School of Holistic Nutrition
Latifa Pelletier-Ahmed is a Medical Herbalist, botanist, wild forager and educator. She has a BSc in Botany from the University of Calgary and an MSc in Herbal Medicine form Middlesex University, London (UK).
School of Western Herbal Medicine
Amber Fox holds a Diploma in Phytotherapy from Pacific Rim College with the highest of honours, an Honours Degree in Environmental Studies from York University, and a wealth of experience in small business start-up and entrepreneurship.
Erin Hornell has a Masters of Science from the University of Victoria. She has been teaching biology at a post-secondary level since 2013.
Join the Faculty at Pacific Rim College
Instructor, Chinese Herbal Pharmacology
Pacific Rim College is looking for an instructor to teach a 45-hour course in Chinese Herbal Pharmacology. The candidate must have a degree or diploma in TCM and at least 5 years of experience. This on-site position is part-time offering 3 hours per week with a wage commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Pacific Rim College is looking for an instructor of Ayurvedic medicine and diet therapy. The candidate must have academic credentials related to nutrition and/or Ayurveda and have at least 2 years of occupational experience. This on-site position is part-time with wage commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Nutrition and Herbal Consultations from Anywhere in the World
The Student Clinic at Pacific Rim College offers free holistic nutrition and herbal medicine consultations at our Victoria campus and via Skype. The Student Clinic is open Monday to Friday from 8:15am-6:30pm. Call or email to book!
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