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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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Holistic Parenting Conference and Expo

When:September 8 - 9, 2018

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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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Mei Zen Cosmetic Acupuncture with Dr. Martha Lucas

When:September 29 - 30, 2018

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Phone:2504832119 Email:[javascript protected email address]

Course Information At this highly regarded workshop, taught by Martha Lucas, Ph.D., L.Ac., you learn a facialift protocol and a lifting/tightening protocol for the neck. Add a lucrative income stream to your practice and have forever patients because people come for maintenance of their great results. These protocols improve patients’ health at the same time as offering cosmetic improvements. This course has been approved by the California Acupuncture Board, Provider Number 469 for 14 hours (Category 1) of continuing education. Post-course placards to market Mei Zen Cosmetic acupuncture and products to use in the office will be available to participants. “This seminar paid for itself plus more with my very first Mei Zen patient.” – Former Student Course Instructor Martha has more than 20 years of teaching and speaking experience and is described as “a dynamic speaker who keeps her classes engaged and who can explain complex information in an understandable form.” She is internationally known for teaching and training Practitioners the Mei Zen Cosmetic Acupuncture System and Pulse Diagnosis and Balancing: Lucas System. She also teaches practitioners how to properly take care of their patients’ skin using the product line that she developed called Mei Zen Skin Care. Her private practice is based in Denver and Littleton, Colorado where she specializes in internal medicine – diagnosis and treatment of serious chronic illness and, of course, Mei Zen Cosmetic Acupuncture. Dr. Lucas has been interviewed about Cosmetic Acupuncture and skin care by many publications including The New York Times and USA Today and is the author of several books: Pulse Diagnosis: Beyond Slippery and Wiry, Vanity Calamity – Your guide to Cosmetic Acupuncture for Anti-aging, The Mei Zen Cosmetic Acupuncture Workbook (included with course registration), and You don’t need Botox (out of print). Her latest book projects are Sex Sucks: What we can do about it and, for children, The Skeleton in a Tutu gets Acupuncture. Course Credentials This course has been approved by the California Acupuncture Board, Provider Number 469 for 14 hours (Category 1) of continuing education.

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.

Contact: Sharon Cass-Toole

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Clear Heart: Learn Personal Energy Clearing! Jean Haner

When:October 22, 2018

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

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.

Contact: Sharon Cass-Toole

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The Power of our Intuition, Christine Page, MD

When:October 22, 2018

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

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.

Contact: Sharon Cass-Toole

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

When:October 22, 2018

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

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”.)

Contact: Sharon Cass-Toole

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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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Phone:2504832119 Email:[javascript protected email address]

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.

Contact: Alissa Woods

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Integrative Supportive Care for Cancer Patients with Dr. Butch Levy

When:November 3 - 4, 2018

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Phone:2504832119 Email:[javascript protected email address]

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.

Contact: Alissa Woods

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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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Phone:2504832119 Email:[javascript protected email address]

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.

Contact: Alissa Woods

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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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Channel Examination and Diagnosis: An exploration of classical acupuncture technique with Jason Robertson

When:December 1 - 2, 2018

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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 a specific focus on palpation through interactive lectures and hands-on practice of technique. In addition, an exploration of channel-based physiology will be presented from the text Applied Channel Theory in Chinese Medicine. Subjects covered will include: Classical channel physiology and a discussion of how physiology manifests with specific, palpable changes on the acupuncture channels. Techniques for palpating each of the twelve major channels. This section of the class will involve hands-on work by the students; palpating channels on each other with feedback from the instructors. How to utilize information gleaned from channel palpation to refine and simplify diagnosis. Introduction to the acupuncture treatment style (including point selection) of Dr. Wang Ju-yi (ç‹ å±… 易 ). Live demonstrations of channel palpation and diagnosis by the instructor with discussions of clinical strategies. Course Instructor Jason D. Robertson is the co-author of Applied Channel Theory in Chinese Medicine (Eastland Press, 2008) with his teacher Professor Wang Ju-yi (ç‹å±…易). Mr. Robertson has studied Chinese language for 20 years and has studied Chinese medicine in Chengdu and Beijing. He currently maintains a private practice in Seattle, WA, and is a full-time faculty member at the Seattle Institute of Oriental Medicine and a visiting faculty member at Pacific Rim College. Mr. Robertson has taught courses on channel theory and diagnosis around the world. Course Dates Saturday and Sunday, December 1-2, 2018, 9:00am-5:30pm

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