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Reflexology Student Clinic

When:February 13, 2018 - February 13, 2019

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Phone:6048758818 Email:[javascript protected email address]

On Tuesday evenings you are invited to enjoy the services of a well-trained student reflexologist. One hour appointments are scheduled on the hour from 6pm - 10pm. Cost is $25.00. Call to book an appointment: (604) 875-8818 or, email: chrisshirley@pacificreflexology.com

Contact: Christopher Shirley

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Doorways to the treatment of Pain: An integrated approach using Tui Na, Acupuncture and Ancillaries with Sarah Pritchard

When:May 26 - 27, 2018

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Phone:250-483-2119 Email:[javascript protected email address]

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 metaphors expressed as PFs (Wind, Damp, Cold and Heat) and through the roles of our constitution and guardian elements. When our Qi is abundant, expressed and flowing freely, then we are living in harmony with the Dao and all is well. Our Yang/Wei Qi meets the world and is able to flow with the events, encounters, and challenges that meet us, or that we create for spiritual growth. It is only when our Qi is obstructed that we begin to feel pain. Bi is painful obstruction syndrome! I hope to inspire you to look beyond the surface to the root of a patient’s pain and to create doorways for potential transformation. I would like to encourage you to integrate your hands with needles, moxa, gua sha, and cupping to disperse what is congested, open what is closed, unwind what is bound, and support what is empty. And to enable what is unconscious to move towards expression and out of pain. I’d also like to encourage you to develop your Yin style Tui na, which combines beautifully with acupuncture; needles can be retained while your hands are soothing, guiding, and spreading the Qi. I find it hugely important in practice with any chronic pain whether physical/emotional or both. So many people are living overextended lives creating a vicious circle of adrenal response that ultimately leads to pain. The Yin approach helps to nourish the root and settle this adrenal response, harmonising Fire and Water. The gentle focus of Shen and presence enables us to soothe, support, nourish, and ground our patients. In my experience it is fundamental to providing the opportunity for change, healing, and liberation. During this 2-day practical workshop, participants to experience the following: Acquire simple and effective ideas for integrating Tui Na, acupuncture, Moxibustion, gua sha and cupping for the treatment of pain Explore how emotions can interfere with the natural movement of Qi and learn methods for redirecting its flow. How to unwind, descend, open, disperse/spread, contain/centre, gather/fill Learn effective Tui Na methods incorporating moxa, gua sha and acupuncture to open the chest and diaphragm (Blood Mansion) to release obstructed emotion, and to engage the breath/Qi to flow Explore the PFs as metaphors in our lives. Wind as change, Damp as suppression, Cold as freezing/stopping/blocking, Heat as obstructed Wei Qi Learn methods for working with Bi Syndrome – how to Expel Wind, dry and resolve Dampness, scatter Cold and warm Yang, move obstructed Wei Qi and Blood Be introduced to the journey of the channel sinews, Jin Ji as conduits of Wei Qi. How our unconscious responses to the experiences of life shape their development, how we meet the world, what we hold on to and how potentially we develop pain Work with the key elements of the channel sinews (opening the Governing Vessel and Jing well points, unwinding the sinews, releasing bindings and Guos, Hui meeting areas and terminations in the face) Work with Yin style Tui Na for the treatment of chronic pain, e.g. fibromyalgia Be reminded of the importance of gun fa as a fundamental Tui Na technique in the treatment of pain Improve palpation skills, bodywork confidence and experience the importance of therapeutic touch Improve your needling techniques and sensitivity Course Instructor Sarah Pritchard was one of the first westerners to practice Tui Na in the UK and is known as an inspiring teacher and workshop leader. She originally trained to be an actor at RADA where she was introduced to Alexander Technique, Qi Gong, yoga and meditation as well as the performance and communication skills that have proved invaluable for teaching. Her Chinese Medicine studies began in 1992 with 3 years at The London School of Chinese Clinical Massage Therapy. This was followed by training at the Nanjing University of TCM and clinical supervision at the Nanjing 2nd Affiliated Hospital of TCM with Dr. Wang Jian Min, head of the Tui na Department. She graduated as an acupuncturist from the London College of Traditional Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and is a member of the British Acupuncture Council. Sarah is the author of 2 Tui Na books. Chinese Massage Manual originally published by Piatkus in 1999 and re-published with Healing Path publications in 2010 is the definitive introductory text on Tui Na Massage currently published in English. Her second book, Tui na – A Manual Of Chinese Massage Therapy, published by Elsevier Churchill Livingstone in 2010 and re-published by Singing dragon in 2015 is a comprehensive handbook for the 21st century student and practitioner of Tui na working in the West. Both books are used as essential texts on Tui Na training courses in the UK, Europe and the USA. Sarah has over 16 years teaching experience. In 2001 she wrote and developed the professional Tui Na course for the LCTA London College of Traditional Acupuncture. She was course co-ordinator and senior lecturer until the college closed in November 2010. She has run courses, workshops and postgraduate seminars for the LCTA, the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine (CICM) the International College of Oriental Medicine (ICOM) and the Florence Tui Na Congress. She is currently course creator and co-ordinator of the City College of Acupuncture Tui Na course. Sarah has been in private practice since 1994. She is the founder and Director of Blackheath Complementary Health Centre established in May 2000. She also works from her home practice in Hackney East London. Sarah is the Chair and one of the founder members of the UKRTCM the UK Register of Tui na Chinese massage, dedicated to promoting the benefits of Tui na and developing standards of practise in the UK.

Contact: Alissa Woods

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Introduction to Somatic Herbalism with Sean Donahue

When:May 26 - 27, 2018

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Phone:2504832119 Email:[javascript protected email address]

Course Information The late Dr. Oliver Sacks said that the two most important diagnostic questions were “Who are you?” and “How do you be?” Somatic herbalism combines insights from psychology, neurobiology, and traditional western herbalism to help subtly shift the felt sense a person has of being embodied in this world in this moment. Learn how to help people find greater vitality and experience deeper presence by working with minute doses of herbal medicines and the body’s own capacity to heal. Course Instructor Sean Donahue is a member of the faculty of the School of Western Herbalism at Pacific Rim College in Victoria, BC, and co-founder, with Alicia Crockett and Matthew Wood, of the Portland School of Herbal Wisdom in Portland, OR (where he also has a private practice.) He is a priest and holder of the Green Wand in the BlackHeart line of the Feri Tradition of witchcraft. He lives on the traditional territory of the Yakima Nation in Trout Lake, WA. His writing regularly appears in Plant Healer magazine and on the website Gods & Radicals among other publications. Sean works to integrate the insights of Traditional Western Herbalism, somatic psychology, European shamanic and magical traditions, phytochemistry, and neurobiology. The result is a clinical approach based on shifting and deepening a person’s felt sense of embodied presence and connection with the living world. He has a special passion for working with people whose experiences and worldviews are frequently misunderstood or discounted in conventional health care settings. Course Dates Saturday and Sunday, May 26-27, 2018, 9:00am-5:00pm Course Tuition Regular – $300 (Early Bird – $285, until April 1) Students* – $275 (Early Bird – $250, until April 1) PRC Alumni – $285 (Early Bird – $265, until April 1) *PRC diploma students will receive 1 WHS academic credit for this workshop. Course Registration To register, please click on the registration link below. Full payment is due at time of registration to confirm placement in the course. Payment can be made via MasterCard or Visa, debit, cash and cheque.

Contact: Alissa Woods

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Hypnosis for Manifestation

When:June 7 - 28, 2018

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Phone:6046874325 Email:[javascript protected email address]

We each intend and manifest automatically. We can’t help but manifest. However, instead of manifesting lack or anything we don’t prefer by default, it is time to manifest by design what you prefer! Using hypnosis, we have means to access the unconscious mind, where the true power of manifestation lies. This class offers practical information, guided meditations, and in-depth exercises to use in your day-to-day life. In this course, you will learn 3 ingredients, 7 steps and 3 powerful processes to assist you in manifesting your desires, release limiting beliefs, become magnetic to success and expand without limits. As a result, you get much closer to yourself. Together we will tune into the vibration of our heart desires and direct the energy towards our preferred manifestation, whatever that is for you. Fee: $53.00 for 4 sessions (Drop in $15/session. Some exercises build up from one session to another, so it is highly recommended that you register for the full course.) Sessions: 4 Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm Days: Thursdays Dates: June 7 – 28, 2018 Workshop location: Stanley Court Room West End Community Centre 870 Denman St., Vancouver, BC To register: https://ca.apm.activecommunities.com/vancouver/Activity_Search/hypnosis-for-manifestation/153983

Contact: Kemila Zsange

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Permaculture and the Anthropocene with Oliver Kellhammer

When:June 9 - 10, 2018

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Phone:2504832119 Email:[javascript protected email address]

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 a survivalist mode, hoping to ride out the coming storms. But if the new conditions we are facing constitute a new normal – what then? How do we reach out instead of withdrawing, to use this opportunity of great rupture to build more resilient and compassionate relationships with each other and with other life forms? The practice of permaculture offers us some hope in these chaotic times and Oliver Kellhammer has been designing and teaching in this field for over a quarter century. His two-day workshop will serve as an opportunity to imagine and co-create permaculture strategies for both short-term resilience and long-term adaptation as the rapidly shifting ecological conditions we are now experiencing play out into deep time. The biologically and culturally rich environs of southeastern Vancouver Island will serve as an inspiring location for course participants to investigate adaptive natural processes already unfolding as well as helping us draw lessons from the recent and geologic past. Course topics will include: the ethics and practice of assisted migration (that is the human transport of biota from locations vulnerable to the effects of climate change to those more suitable) the problems and opportunities posed by the ongoing interplay between indigenous and exotic organisms the dynamics of post-industrial ecologies and brownfields the importance of self-organizing ‘open-source’ approaches in the design of public spaces the potential for low-maintenance polycultures and food forests to supplement intensive agricultural systems investigation of the paradoxical-seeming principle of ‘what can I not do?’ as a design strategy Course Instructor Oliver Kellhammer is an independent artist, writer, and researcher, who seeks, through his botanical interventions and social art practice, to demonstrate nature’s surprising ability to recover from damage. His work facilitates the processes of environmental regeneration by engaging the botanical and socio-political underpinnings of the landscape. It continues to evolve and has taken various forms such as small-scale urban eco-forestry, inner city community agriculture, and the restoration of eroded railway ravines. His recent work has focused on the psychosocial effects of climate change, cleaning up contaminated soils, reintroducing prehistoric trees to landscape damaged by industrial logging, and cataloging the ecology of brownfield ecologies. He currently works as a lecturer in sustainable systems at Parsons in New York City. He has lectured and given artists’ talks on bio-art, ecological design, urban ecology, and permaculture at universities and cultural institutions throughout North America and abroad, including NYU, Rensselaer Polytechnic, OTIS College, University of Oregon, Emily Carr University, Smith College, University of British Columbia, Bainbridge Graduate Institute, University of Windsor, Aalto University (Finland), and Tohoku University (Japan). For more information on him and his work, visit his website at www.oliverk.org. Course Dates Saturday and Sunday, June 9-10, 2018, 9:00am-4:00pm Course Location Ravenhill Herb Farm, 1330 Mount Newton X Rd, Saanichton, BC (about 25 minutes north of Pacific Rim College) Course Tuition Regular – $300 (Early Bird – $285, until April 15) Students* – $275 (Early Bird – $250, until April 15) PRC Alumni – $285 (Early Bird – $265, until April 15) *PRC diploma students will receive 1 PDRE academic credit for this workshop. Course Registration Please register via https://www.pacificrimcollege.com/workshops/event/permaculture-and-the-anthropocene/

Contact: Alissa Woods

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Trager Somatic Body Therapy Level 1 Training

When:July 8 - 14, 2018

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Phone:250-897-6454 Email:[javascript protected email address]

Learn Trager - Somatic Body Therapy that changes client's lives and is gentle on the practitioner's body. Learn Trager - how to initiate movements in your client's body that heal by integrating old injuries, improving posture and teaching efficient body use. Learn Trager - touch and movements that calm the nervous system and encourage a sense of peacefulness Learn Trager - self-care for clients and practitionersLearn Trager - as a stand alone modality or to augment other modalities. Professional Trager practitioner status - The Level 1 training is the first 48 hours of the total of 226 hours of supervised training. In addition, 185 hours of practicum/fieldwork is required for practitioner status. Adjunct to other modalities - The Level 1 training will give you enough new skills to incorporate additional tools to your current professional practice. Skilled touch for friends and family - The Level 1 training focuses on the fundamentals of Trager touch and movement. You can expect to be comfortable creating touch and movement with your family and friends even if you don't have prior touch training. Personal Development - The Level 1 training can offer you an new experience of yourself, as you receive this concentrated amount of bodywork. The philosophy underlying Trager may offer further development of how you relate to yourself and others. Regardless of the intention and prior experience of the students, the atmosphere of the training is one of open and curious exploration in an environment of support. The Level 1 Trager training focuses on how to create the relaxation effect of Trager Somatic Body Therapy. The focus is on refining the quality of touch that elicits the client's trust and willingness to sink into profound relaxation as well as learning to create the rhythm of movement that loosens the client's tight joints at the same time as it demonstrates how the client can be integrated in their movements. As a student, you will have ample opportunity to practice these skills with the other students under supervision.

Contact: Chris Bruels

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Holistic Parenting Conference and Expo

When:September 8 - 9, 2018

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Phone:604-435-0512 Email:[javascript protected email address]

Over two days, twelve experts will share their experience, wisdom and research on the topics that matter most to new parents during each phase of the pre and postnatal journey.  This event will also feature 20 handpicked values-aligned exhibitors.

Event admission is $40 per day & includes an annual Health Action Network Society (HANS) membership.

HANS member admission is $30 per day

For information call Health Action Network Society at 604-435-0512

Tickets available through Eventbrite

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/holistic-parenting-conference-expo-tickets-42060091867

 

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Contemporary Herbal Alchemy Healing Potions and Elixirs with Michael Isted

When:September 15 - 16, 2018

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Phone:2504832119 Email:[javascript protected email address]

Course Information During this hands-on workshop, Michael will discuss the history of herbal medicine and his inspirations, showcasing how to integrate a variety of plant- and mineral-based preparations such as aromatic waters, infusions, C02 extracts, ferments, oleoresins, glycerites, hydrolates, tinctures, crystals, gem and flower essences and essential oils along with raw plant material to create magical healing potions and elixirs. During this workshop we will explore, taste, touch, smell and engage with the following: The long relationship between humankind and plants, and the history of drinking plant-based preparations. How to process the plants to create plant preparations using a variety of extraction methods, such as juicing, distilling, fermentation, C02 extraction, tinctures, decoctions, and cold brewing and how these processing methods influence the type of plant constituents extracted. Journeying through the seasons, key plants, their biochemical makeup, their principal health benefits, and how to best utilize them to create contemporary plant-based preparations. The taste and smell polypharmic distillations / multi plant distillates and the synergy between plants, and how best to capture and express the synergy and essence of these plants. Beginning with spring, how to create restorative and invigorating tonics and highlight the importance of bitters and bitter plants. Then in summer, the power of aromatics, showcasing the significance of scent and perfume for our wellbeing. Through autumn and winter, how we continue to craft beautiful potions with the plants harvested earlier in the year, whilst also integrating the roots, hips, and haws that are available to us at this time. The influences of ancient Egypt, Persia, China, Europe and India with a particular focus on the influence of India and Ayurvedic practice on Western Herbalism. Some of the key herbs / plants and their influences, including plants such as Ashwagandha, Shatavari and Tulsi. The traditional and contemporary uses of spices for health with a close look at cinnamon, cardamom, black pepper, ginger and turmeric and their constituents and how best to integrate them into daily life. How to prepare our own bottled tonics, attars and perfumes, with a closer look at traditional attar scents such as sandalwood and tuberose and their traditional and contemporary uses. Course Instructor Michael Isted is a trained phytotherapist (BSc Hons), aromatherapist and nutritionist who started up his company The Herball in 2013. Michael set up The Herball as a portal to promote and celebrate the many ways in which we can integrate plants and plant preparations to invigorate and enrich our lives. Michael distills in traditional copper and extracts plants with C02, he also works closely with a number of small independent organic growers and plant workers in the UK, Europe and India to source, produce and sell authentic, artisanal plant-based products, such as infusions, hydrosols, spices, extracts, and oils. Michael frequently runs workshops across the globe teaching plant therapeutics while also consulting, creating and formulating botanical drinks for brands, cafes, bars, restaurants and spas. He is also currently in the process of launching new Herball concepts across Europe, North America and the Middle East. Michael has also just written and published The Herball’s Guide to Botanical Drinks ,a book which reflects a very modern take on an ancient practice, revealing the history and processes of making botanical drinks with herbs and plant extracts.

Contact: Alissa Woods

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NESH 8 Weekend Homeopathy Course in Vancouver, BC with Drs. Paul Herscu & Amy Rothenberg (Session 4 of 8)

When:September 21 - 23, 2018

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Phone:1-413-256-5949 Email:[javascript protected email address]

NESH 8 Weekend Homeopathy Course in Vancouver, BC with Drs. Paul Herscu & Amy Rothenberg: learn to confidently integrate homeopathy into your current or future practice, regardless of what other modalities you use. The New England School of Homeopathy is the longest continuous training program of classical homeopathy in the US and is thrilled to be offering our 8 Weekend Course in Vancouver, BC Canada starting January 2018 through May 2019. Class meets Friday night, Saturday, and Sunday every other month. www.nesh.com/vancouver Session 1: January 26-28, 2018 Session 2: March 9-11, 2018 Session 3: May 4-6, 2018 Session 4: September 21-23, 2018 Session 5: October 26-28, 2018 Session 6: January 2019, to be determined Session 7: March 2019, to be determined Session 8: May 2019, to be determined A concurrent 8 Weekend Course will also be offered in Portland, OR either the weekend before or after each session listed above. For more details see: www.nesh.com/portland Paul Herscu ND, MPH and Amy Rothenberg ND, well-known authors, lecturers and original thinkers in this field, are both 1986 graduates of the National College of Naturopathic Medicine (now NUNM) and have taught the art and science of homeopathy to 1000’s of practitioners in the US & abroad for going on 30 years. They emphasize the Herscu method of Cycles and Segments, which informs all aspects of practice. It is a tool that enables us to focus case-taking and offers a practical way of organizing and analyzing information gathered. Take this course if you want to nourish your love & passion for homeopathy regardless of your current level of experience. Homeopathic remedies are taught in a concise, yet robust and clinically relevant way without the cumbersome memorization of long lists of symptoms. You’ll learn a streamlined approach to case taking & analysis to bring efficacy & time-efficiency into your prescribing. This course is designed for experienced homeopaths as well as beginners. Contact us for more details: www.nesh.com/contact Read what others have said: www.nesh.com/testimonials

Contact: Kim McGuire

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A Materia Medica Intensive for the 21st Century with Paul Bergner

When:September 22 - 23, 2018

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Phone:2504832119 Email:[javascript protected email address]

Course Information We will study in depth 60 herbs in 18 categories, emphasizing for each small group constitutional indications, differentials between similar herbs, and ways to use that category therapeutically and in formulation. We will look at correlations between Western and Asian materia medica, some forgotten herbs that should be remembered, and traditional herbs which may be useful for emerging syndromes and conditions not typically seen in traditional literature. By studying closely the sometimes small differences or the overlapping properties of similar herbs, we can learn how to substitute herbs within a category, or join similar herbs into simple compounds for a broader but still-focused physiological and humoral action. Categories to be covered include: Topical herbs with anti-inflammatory and wound healing effects Topical antiseptics with immune strengthening effects Topical antiseptics with strong mucous membrane effects Drying mineral-rich herbs Systemic demulcents Alterative immune-enhancers Chamomile as a category of its own The bitter mints Antispasmodic herb differentials Three cohoshes in the clinic. Anti-inflammatory herbs hot in the third degree Carminative relaxants for the system Tonic astringents to hepatic portal system Herbs which can relax liver tension Stimulating adaptogens Immune enhancing adaptogens Adaptogens for the dry patient Warming herbs for the reproductive system Course Instructor Paul Bergner is Director of the North American Institute of Medical Herbalism in Portland, Oregon. He has studied and practiced natural medicine, medical herbalism, and nutrition since 1973. He has supervised residents in teaching clinics for medical herbalism and clinical nutrition continuously since 1996, mentoring more than 250 clinical graduates, and has published and edited the Medical Herbalism journal since 1989. He has authored seven books on medical herbalism, clinical nutrition, ethnobotany, and naturopathic medicine. Combining information from both nutritional anthropology and biomedicine, he developed a successful protocol for treating insulin resistance between 1997 and 1999, and has been utilizing and teaching the protocol to residents in his teaching clinics since that time. He has lectured on this topic at professional conferences nationally and internationally since 2000.

Contact: Alissa Woods

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Developement of Autoimmune Disease, a Comprehensive Approach to Stabilization and Arresting Future Progression with Dr. Thomas O'Bryan

When:September 29 - 30, 2018

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Phone:250-483-2119 Email:[javascript protected email address]

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 new patients coming into your office are suffering with an autoimmune mechanism (whether it has progressed into an autoimmune pathology or not). The volume of information now of the underlying mechanisms that set the stage and contribute to the development of autoimmune disease is overwhelming. Without recognizing and addressing the underlying mechanisms triggering the presenting complaints, the Practitioner may be proverbially ‘chasing the tail’ of the pathology with temporary symptom relief. Workshop Objectives: Attendees will be able to identify 6 mechanisms by which food-related disorders may impact on the development of autoimmune disease Attendees will recognize the potential contribution of the microbiota on the development of autoimmune disease Attendees will learn the role of barrier integrity in the development of autoimmune disease with examples from the literature ranging from conjunctival tumors to Alzheimer’s Disease Attendees will learn the potential neurological impact of maternal IgG antibodies on offspring tissue development Attendees will learn the clinical applications of treatment protocols for food-related neurological disorders Course Instructor When it comes to getting healthy, Dr. Tom O’Bryan’s goal for you is ‘Making It Easy to Do the Right Thing’. As an internationally-recognized, admired and compassionate speaker focusing on food sensitivities, environmental toxins, and the development of autoimmune diseases, Dr. Tom’s audiences discover that it is through a clear understanding of how you got to where you are, that you and your doctor. can figure out what it will take to get you well. In November 2016, Dr. O’Bryan released Betrayal: The Autoimmune Disease Solution They’re Not Telling You, an investigation into why our immune system, designed to protect us, begins attacking our own tissue (autoimmunity). Currently, over 500,000 people worldwide have watched the Docuseries www.betrayaldocumentary.com. Dr. O’Bryan is considered a ‘Sherlock Holmes’ for chronic disease and teaches that recognizing and addressing the underlying mechanisms that activate an immune response is the map to the highway towards better health. He holds teaching Faculty positions with the Institute for Functional Medicine and the National University of Health Sciences. He has trained and certified tens of thousands of practitioners around the world in advanced understanding of the impact of wheat sensitivity and the development of individual autoimmune diseases. He is the founder of www.theDr.com and the visionary behind ‘The Gluten Summit – A Grain of Truth’, bringing together 29 of the world’s experts on the gluten connection to diseases, disorders, and a wide-range of symptoms and ages. You can find this info at www.theglutensummit.com. His 2016 ground-breaking book, winner of the National Book Award and ranked #1 in several categories on Amazon.com, ‘The Autoimmune Fix’ outlines the step-by-step development of degenerative diseases and gives the tools to identify our dis-ease process years before the symptoms are obvious and how to turn your health around, one step at a time.

Contact: Alissa Woods

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Shamanic Journeying for Mental Health Professionals, Robert Alcorn, MD

When:October 18, 2018

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Phone:416-221-5639 Email:[javascript protected email address]

This is an experiential workshop for mental health students and practitioners of the healing arts. Participants will learn the basics of creating sacred space, shamanic journeying, how to create a safe environment for this work, and how to access inner wisdom for the practitioner and the client. No prior experience with shamanic journeying is needed. Experienced shamanic practitioners are also welcome. NOTE: Because journey work is usually done lying down, participants should dress casually and bring a blanket or yoga mat, pillow, eye covering and a notebook for journalling. Some may want to bring sacred objects to add to the shamanic altar for the duration of the workshop. Standard teaching about mental health conditions does not usually include any reference to the spiritual aspects of the people who come for help. This workshop will address the types of spiritual interference which can lead to mental and emotional difficulties. Participants will learn the basics of shamanic journeying as an approach for helping clients with the spiritual aspects of their mental health issues. Emphasis will be placed on setting sacred space, techniques for insuring the safety of the process, learning how to function in an altered state of consciousness for healing purposes, and helping the clients find their own inner resources. Dr. Alcorn is a psychiatrist, practicing in Ohio, since 1974. He has studied subtle energy healing since 2000, and shamanic practices since 2004. He is interested in the effectiveness of treating common psychiatric disorders with spiritual interventions.

Contact: Sharon Cass-Toole

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20th Annual Energy Psychology Conference: The Conference for Integrative and Energy Therapies Emerging Strategies for Mind-Body-Spirit Integration

When:October 19 - 21, 2018

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Phone:416-221-5639 Email:[javascript protected email address]

This unique conference is the place to learn powerful, cutting-edge developments and innovations that will expand your skills and benefit you and your clients. Our focus will be on active participation, practical application, and up-to-the-minute research. Clinicians will be able to apply and integrate these procedures into their practice immediately. The therapy of the future is available now! A great conference is more than excellent speakers. It nurtures you on all levels. Feed your intellect, nourish your spirit, and satisfy your professional Continuing Education requirements all in an atmosphere of collegiality, collaboration, compassion and fun.

Contact: Sharon Cass-Toole, conference director

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Dreams that Can Save Your Life: Diagnosis and Healing with Larry Burk, MD, CHEP

When:October 19, 2018

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Phone:416-221-5639 Email:[javascript protected email address]

The first scientific study of breast cancer dreams demonstrated warnings of malignancy prior to any symptoms. Additional warning and healing dreams have been gathered for many other types of cancers. Nightmares can provide useful emotional information to guide energy psychotherapists toward the most fruitful issues to tap on. Dr. Larry Burk, completed his medical school and residency training at the University of Pittsburgh. He trained in acupuncture and hypnosis and is a Certified Energy Health Practitioner. He was co-founder of Duke Integrative Medicine and is now a consulting associate in radiology at Duke Hospital. He also maintains a part-time coaching practice at Oriental Health Solutions, LLC. Dr. Burk is a guest trainer for Medical Intuition and Symbolic Healing workshops at The Monroe Institute. He is a founding member of the American Board of Scientific Medical Intuition and a former board president of the Rhine Research Center. He has made several presentations on dream diagnosis at the International Association for the Study of Dreams. His book Let Magic Happen: Adventures in Healing with a Holistic Radiologist was published in 2012. He gave a TEDx talk on "Cancer Warning Dreams that Save Your Life" in March 2016. His book Dreams that Can Save Your Life: Early Warning Signs of Cancer and Other Diseases was published in 2018.

Contact: Sharon Cass-Toole

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Aromatic Medicine: An Introduction with Peter Conway

When:October 20 - 21, 2018

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Phone:2504832119 Email:[javascript protected email address]

Course Information “Aromatic Medicine” can be described as the medical use of essential oils (volatile oils), including taking them internally by mouth. It is a therapeutic modality that has huge potential especially at this time of antibiotic crisis where the microbial modulating effects of essential oils could be part of the solution. Peter Conway considers aromatic medicine to be a vital branch of herbal medicine albeit one that is insufficiently appreciated – this seminar aims to address this by providing a solid grounding in this very powerful approach. The course will indicate the full therapeutic scope of aromatic medicine but will focus specifically on two interrelated treatment areas: infection and stress. On this intensive course you will discover: the basics of volatile oil chemistry, the range of actions they possess, the indications they can address and the type of preparations that can be made. You will learn fundamentals such as how to use oils safely, where to obtain them and how to store them – but we will also consider more arcane matters such as the notions of “live embalming” and “aromatic acupuncture”! During this course we will experience over 20 different essential oils. Course overview Day 1 will include Defining “Aromatic Medicine” and tracing its history Orientation in volatile oil chemistry General properties of volatile oils Potential adverse effects Quality, sourcing and storage Preparations and indications Aromatic medicine and the microbiome Focus on treating infections part 1 Day 2 will include Focus on treating infections part 2 Focus on treating stress This course will be of particular interest to herbal medicine students and practitioners but also to other students and practitioners who have a deep interest in the therapeutic use of essential oils. Course Instructor Peter Conway is one of the world’s leading herbal medicine practitioners and teachers. Trained in the UK he was made a Fellow of both the National Institute of Medical Herbalists and the College of Practitioners of Phytotherapy for his contributions in developing the herbal profession including his diverse educational work, political work with the British Government and his writing such as his 2011 textbook The Consultation in Phytotherapy which is currently being revised for a second edition. Peter is now based in Canada and is a member of the Canadian Herbalists Association of British Columbia. Peter trained in Aromatic Medicine with renowned French expert Dr. Daniel Penoel in the 1990s. Peter is keen to see the huge potential of Aromatic Medicine become realised – particularly in helping to address the antibiotic crisis and to seize the therapeutic opportunities offered by the growing field of the microbiome.

Contact: Alissa Woods

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BlindSpotting Mastery: Engagingly Illuminate Your Clients' Kryptonite & Effectively Liberate Them. David Gruder, PhD, DCEP

When:October 22, 2018

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Phone:416-221-5639 Email:[javascript protected email address]

Format: Lecture, Experiential Category: Spirituality & Consciousness A blind spot is something we don’t see in ourselves that undermines our wellbeing, our success, &/or our positive impact in the world. Our blind spots are our Kryptonite. Discover how to recognize & intervene with your clients' blind spots so you can help them effectively actualize their intentions. Dr. David Gruder is ACEP’s founding president, clinical & OD psychologist, and 11 award winner brings the best of psychology to business, the best of entrepreneurship to professionals, and the best of both to governance & social change. He gives keynotes & training worldwide in integrity, collaboration & leadership. David is currently Special Counsel to the Chairman of the Board and on faculty for the business development organization CEO Space International, and has been recruited by the California Institute for Human Science to launch the Center for Integral Leadership. He was also the founding president of the 20-year-old Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology. As an Enterprise Success Psychologist, David's passion is Making Integrity Profitable™. He does this by turning high-minded principles, lofty intentions and audacious goals into practical step-by-step skills & procedures that enable leaders, managers, and work teams to walk their talk, so they can get things done quickly, collaboratively, successfully & enjoyably.

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Clear Heart: Learn Personal Energy Clearing! Jean Haner

When:October 22, 2018

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Personal energy clearing is a new approach to energy psychology based on my 35 years of study and research of different forms of energy work around the world and the principles of Chinese medicine, not to treat physical health, but the health of the spirit. Learn how to do energy clearing! You’ll not only get trained but you’ll also receive a clearing yourself. Transform how you’re affected by the energy around you each day, and release old stress that’s been stored in your energy fields. Learn skills you can put into immediate use in life! As an intuitive empath, Jean Haner is able to physically feel and work with the energy of people and places. Highly sensitive as a child, she easily absorbed other people’s stress as well as being overly affected by the energy held in environments. But through 35 years of training, research and experience, Jean transformed her sensitivity from a challenge into a strength: the power to work with energy at a refined level. Jean’s work with personal energy clearing and space clearing has been called the next wave for energy medicine.

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The Power of our Intuition, Christine Page, MD

When:October 22, 2018

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Intuition is available to everybody but often we fail to follow through on its advice for fear of appearing illogical or being faced with change. In a therapeutic setting, intuition brings clarity of thought, easier decision making, more authentic relationships and the ability to look beyond the obvious. Dr. Christine Page is a pioneer in the fields of healthcare and energy medicine. As an international speaker and gifted intuitive, she sees herself as a bridge builder whether between different modalities of wellbeing or states of consciousness. She is the author of eight books.

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Unity Field Healing: The Future of Energy Medicine, John Ryan, MD.

When:October 22, 2018

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Unity Field Healing is a new "quantum energy" based Energy Medicine modality - to support healing and personal transformation. The modality is founded on working in the quantum field of energy that is part of our human DNA system. In this full day workshop, presented by Dr. John Ryan (the founder of Unity Field Healing) you will discover and experience how this remarkable work may assist you personally or be utilized in your practice as an Energy Healing Practitioner. The seminar will provided a foundational understanding of more traditional energy healing approaches. With this foundation we will explore evolutionary concepts of human ascension and DNA Quantum transformation. This will lead to a presentation of the mystical foundations of Unity Field Healing and experiential meditations to encounter personally the power of this revolutionary work. If you are interested in your own personal development, or potentially interested becoming a practitioner of Unity Field Healing - this is a not to miss opportunity to learn all about UFH! Dr. John Ryan MD is an Associate Professor, Healer, workshop facilitator, author (The Missing Pill) and founder of Unity Field Healing – accessing your “Quantum DNA”.)

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NESH 8 Weekend Homeopathy Course in Vancouver, BC with Drs. Paul Herscu & Amy Rothenberg (Session 5 of 8)

When:October 26 - 28, 2018

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Phone:1-413-256-5949 Email:[javascript protected email address]

NESH 8 Weekend Homeopathy Course in Vancouver, BC with Drs. Paul Herscu & Amy Rothenberg: learn to confidently integrate homeopathy into your current or future practice, regardless of what other modalities you use. The New England School of Homeopathy is the longest continuous training program of classical homeopathy in the US and is thrilled to be offering our 8 Weekend Course in Vancouver, BC Canada starting January 2018 through May 2019. Class meets Friday night, Saturday, and Sunday every other month. www.nesh.com/vancouver Session 1: January 26-28, 2018 Session 2: March 9-11, 2018 Session 3: May 4-6, 2018 Session 4: September 21-23, 2018 Session 5: October 26-28, 2018 Session 6: January 2019, to be determined Session 7: March 2019, to be determined Session 8: May 2019, to be determined A concurrent 8 Weekend Course will also be offered in Portland, OR either the weekend before or after each session listed above. For more details see: www.nesh.com/portland Paul Herscu ND, MPH and Amy Rothenberg ND, well-known authors, lecturers and original thinkers in this field, are both 1986 graduates of the National College of Naturopathic Medicine (now NUNM) and have taught the art and science of homeopathy to 1000’s of practitioners in the US & abroad for going on 30 years. They emphasize the Herscu method of Cycles and Segments, which informs all aspects of practice. It is a tool that enables us to focus case-taking and offers a practical way of organizing and analyzing information gathered. Take this course if you want to nourish your love & passion for homeopathy regardless of your current level of experience. Homeopathic remedies are taught in a concise, yet robust and clinically relevant way without the cumbersome memorization of long lists of symptoms. You’ll learn a streamlined approach to case taking & analysis to bring efficacy & time-efficiency into your prescribing. This course is designed for experienced homeopaths as well as beginners. Contact us for more details: www.nesh.com/contact Read what others have said: www.nesh.com/testimonials

Contact: Kim McGuire

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Medicinal Mushrooms of Western Canada with Robert Rogers

When:October 27 - 28, 2018

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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 of clinical practice, and include case studies involving chronic disease, including auto-immune conditions. Saturday: Introduction to the Kingdom Fungi Growing conditions, production of primary and secondary compounds Edible vs. Medicinal uses Health conditions that benefit from fungi Review of primary pathways involved in immune response, inflammation Thirty most important medicinal mushrooms-energetics and influence Contraindications and adjunct therapies Preparing your own tinctures, decoctions and oils Lichens- the curious cousin Homeopathic and Fungal/Lichen essences for mental/emotional patterns Bioremediation, mycoforestry Growing your own- inoculation techniques, cultivation Resources, books, guides, preparing for harvest Sunday: A Walk in the Woods* – a Medicinal Mushroom exploration on Vancouver Island *Students will be required to make arrangements for travel to and from the designated walk site. Course Instructor Robert Dale Rogers has been an herbalist for over forty-five years, and is a professional member of the American Herbalist Guild. He earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of Alberta, where he is presently an assistant clinical professor in Family Medicine. He presently teaches plant medicine, including plant and mushroom medicine, aromatherapy and flower essences in the Earth Spirit Medicine faculty at the Northern Star College in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Robert is past chair of the Alberta Natural Health Agricultural Network and Community Health Council of Capital Health. He is a Fellow of the International College of Nutrition, past-chair of the medicinal mushroom committee of the North American Mycological Association and on the editorial boards of the International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms, Fungi magazine and Discovery Phytomedicine. He is the author of 50 books on medicinal plants and fungi of the boreal forest, including The Fungal Pharmacy: The Complete Guide to Medicinal Mushrooms and Lichens of North America. A Cree Healer and his Medicine Bundle, was released in June 2015 by North Atlantic Books. It documents the ten-generation passing down of over sixty traditional indigenous boreal plants and fungi and their medicinal use. Mushroom Essences: Vibrational Healing from the Kingdom Fungi was released in July 2016. This book contains 48 mushroom essences prepared under lunar influence for working with soul connection and depth psychology. It includes one or more case study, from clinical practice, associated with using these wonders of the underworld. In June 2017, North Atlantic books released Herbal Allies: My Journey with Plant Medicine, including 20 plants of the boreal forest from the perspective of the Cree Lunar Calendar.

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Integrative Supportive Care for Cancer Patients with Dr. Butch Levy

When:November 3 - 4, 2018

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Course Information This seminar will provide cutting edge information and applications for the information during all phases of cancer care. Utilizing current knowledge from Western Medicine, Functional Medicine Nutritional approaches, and Japanese/Chinese acupuncture and herbal therapies, patients can be supported through diagnosis, treatment and recovery. The goal is to bridge the East and West and help patients navigate their illness successfully. Objectives: Understand the use of integrative treatments to support patients during chemotherapy/radiation, recovery post treatment, and strategies for preventing recurrence Eight Extra Vessel and Divergent treatments for specific cancers Basic herbal therapies to use during chemotherapy and post chemo recovery phases Current diet and fitness strategies Problems that indicate when medical care is needed Course Instructor Dr. Butch Levy is a primary care physician with 37 years’ experience in clinical practice. Into his patient care he incorporates 20 years of Japanese Acupuncture and Kampo herbal training, along with Functional Medicine, for a unique integrated experience. Throughout his career he has delivered babies, worked ER medicine and provided acute care to many. As the years have passed, he has focused more on difficult cases and chronic illness. As part of his personal philosophy, Dr. Levy pursues educational experiences for colleagues and students. He has been working with medical students at the University of Colorado School of Medicine for 4 years. He has taught seminars on acupuncture and cancer care to the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture, as well as joint seminars with Dr. Miki Shima of The Japanese American Acupuncture Foundations. These joint seminars on integrating oriental care and Western medicine have been Dr. Levy’s active building of connections to bridge concepts of Eastern and Western care, reflecting his goal to provide the best of both worlds for patient health.

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Medical Alchemy, Spagyrics and Astrology for the Practicing Herbalist with Sajah Popham

When:November 24 - 25, 2018

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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 a way that is in accordance with the spirit, energetics, and chemistry of our herbal remedies. In this 2-day workshop, you will learn the fundamental principles of western alchemy and medical astrology, including how to prepare spagyric medicines, determine astrological correspondences in plants, and cultivate a truly holistic philosophy and practice of herbalism that unites the above and below, the spirit and the body of both people and plants. This model gets far beyond the use-this-herb-for-that-symptom model of allopathic herbalism and into a holistic approach that allows you to find the specific remedy that matches the specific constitution and temperament of the people you serve. “It is through the synergy of alchemy and astrology that we reclaim the metaphysical backbone of western herbalism and achieve the ancient axiom of as above, so below through the intelligence of the plant kingdom” -Sajah Popham Course Instructor Sajah Popham, founder of Organic Unity and The School of Evolutionary Herbalism, is a student of the universal truths found within both ancient and modern herbal traditions from around the world. The focus of his work is on integrating ancient teachings for a new paradigm of plant medicine, one that is truly holistic in its honoring of the spirit, energetics, and body of both people and plants. His unique synthesis bridges herbalism not only east and west, but north and south, above and below, into a universal philosophy that encompasses indigenous wisdom, Ayurveda, western Alchemy and Spagyrics, Astrology, clinical herbalism, and modern pharmacology. Sajah’s vitalist approach utilizes plants not only for physiological healing and rejuvenation, but for the evolution of consciousness, for a truly holistic practice of plant medicine. Sajah’s teachings embody a heartfelt respect, honor and reverence for the vast intelligence of plants in a way that empowers us to look deeper into the nature of our medicines and ourselves. He lives in southern Oregon with his wife where he teaches at his school, makes spagyric medicines, and practices his art. For more information about his products and programs, visit www.organic-unity.com and www.evolutionaryherbalism.com. Course Dates Saturday and Sunday, November 24-25, 2018, 9:00am- 5:00pm Course Tuition Regular – $300 (Early Bird – $285, until October 1) Students* – $275 (Early Bird – $250, until October 1) PRC Alumni – $285 (Early Bird – $265, until October 1) *PRC diploma students will receive 1 WHS academic credit for this workshop.

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A Natural Prescription for Supporting Digestion and Balancing pH: Learn to Monitor, Detect and Modify Interrelated Imbalances in Order to Optimize Health with RoseMarie Pierce

When:November 24 - 25, 2018

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Course Information As a Holistic Pharmacist, RoseMarie draws upon her more than 45 years of experience in both natural and conventional medicine to explore the relationship between digestion, the internal body’s pH, and many of today’s common health concerns. She weaves her practical knowledge of stomach acid and pH testing methods, natural supplement formulations, and extensive retail product knowledge into a guide for both the practitioner and the consumer. This 2-day intensive workshop provides an in-depth yet practical understanding of the upper part of the digestive system, including the role of stomach acid, enzymes, bile salts and pancreatic juices. Students will learn the following: the fundamentals of alkaline- and acid-forming foods, buffering agents and their effects on the pH of the body’s fluids and stomach acid, and how to correct the imbalances and restore both pH and stomach acid secretions. Participants will also gain a practical understanding of how digestive supplements and digestive aids work, the different types, and their effective applications. Day 1 will focus on upper GI digestive disorders, the effects of certain foods, lifestyle habits, drugs and their toll on the body’s internal pH. Review digestive processes and the importance of digestive enzymes, bile salts and stomach acid Explore methods for determining and correcting low stomach acid levels Learn about the gut-brain connection and the enteric nervous system Understand the effects of stress, negative emotions, the power of the mind Evaluate the effects of acid-blocking drugs, antacids and curtain foods on digestion, the gut lining and pH balance Learn how to help relieve bloating, gas, indigestion, diarrhea, constipation and inflammation of the intestinal lining Understand the benefits and contraindications of certain supplements, i.e. digestive and systemic enzymes, HCl supplements, activated charcoal, bone broth, glutamine, N-acetyl-glucosamine plus more Day 2 will focus on the body’s internal pH, inflammation, and disease conditions attributed to or exacerbated by low-grade acidosis. Develop the connection between an alkaline body and an acidic stomach Discuss how to detect and support optimal mineral bioavailability and absorption Explore how to monitor and adjust pH levels for different health conditions Review how the lungs and kidneys are involved in acid-base balance and the role of bicarbonate Understand oxalate and kidney stone formation; how to create urinary alkalization with foods and supplementation Learn how low-grade acidosis effects: bone density, arthritis, nitric oxide levels, poor healing, low energy, memory, and poor athletic performance Samples as well as written instructions will be provided for testing pH and stomach acid. Course Instructor RoseMarie Pierce, B.Sc. Pharm, earned her degree in Pharmacy from Dalhousie University in 1972. After extensive studies in herbology and nutritional medicine, RoseMarie integrated these disciplines with her pharmacy practice to become Canada’s first Holistic Pharmacist. She is recognized as one of Canada’s well-loved integrated health spokespeople. Throughout her career, she has researched and formulated natural medicines, and lectured across Canada on holistic health with a special emphasis on women’s hormonal health, digestive issues, cognitive wellness, eye health, inflammation and pH balance. RoseMarie has a natural ability to present technical information in an easy-to-understand format and acts as a catalyst for individuals who wish to improve their health, enjoy vitality and realize their potential. She is the senior product formulator and the Direct of Educational Director & Research for Prairie Naturals Health Products. She has over 45 years of extensive experience in both the Natural Health Industry as well as in conventional medicine.

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