Karen Strong - Fall 2022

Course Descriptions - Fall 2022

Registration for all Fall 2022 VIU ElderCollege starts Thursday, August 18 at 8:30am.

Moving forward VIU ElderCollege will be offering a wide array of courses both in-person and online. Choose the format that best suits you by means of a virtual classroom or a local VIU campus (Parksville & Nanaimo) classroom. The course description and your registration statement will indicate where your course will take place.

Note: Courses are now listed in alphabetical order here, on our website and in web registration.


NEW - A Community Of Meditators - Level 3

Building upon skills from Level 1 and 2, this course explores lessons from wise teachers to help strengthen our meditation practice, and living our lives with calmness, unconditional love, and joyous gratitude. This ongoing `Sangha’ (a community of meditators), follows a format used by meditation groups around the world; it includes teachings, group discussion, as well as guided and silent meditation.

ELDL 001 - F22W70

14 sessions: Mon, Sep 12-Dec 19; 3:00-4:30 pm (No class Oct 10)
Location:
Online
Cost: $92.50

Ralph Frank, a retired psychotherapist, has spent a lifetime investigating the intriguing connections between mind, body, emotions and energy. His passion is bringing lessons from vipassana meditation, tai chi and qigong to western students.

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A Theory Of Everything - Made Easy

The recent discovery of a fifth force of nature and the "Higgs particle" a few years ago have had momentous implications about the structure of everything in the universe. Modern physics is closer today to a "Theory of Everything", the basic shape of which confirms that we live in a cosmic sea of beauty and wonder, where anything is possible. This course will focus on leading ideas of modern physics but requires no mathematics. You may, however, be required to suspend disbelief.

ELDQ 061 - F22Q70

6 sessions: Thu, Sep 15-Oct 20; 3:30-5:30 pm
Location: Parksville
Cost: $46.50

Russell McNeil, PhD, pioneered a LIDAR technology which was later deployed to measure the atmosphere of Mars. Russell worked as a science journalist for public television and radio and taught Liberal Studies at VIU.

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NEW - Adventures In Comparative Literature

Discover how classical Athenian and Roman historians, philosophers, and poets were reflected and adapted by Shakespeare and his contemporaries, while listening to translations of excerpts from Sappho, Herodotus, Xenophon, Aurelius, Suetonius, Plutarch, and Plautus. Elizabethan works will include Shakespeare's Coriolanus, The Comedy of Errors, Julius Caesar, Antony and Cleopatra; and passages from Hall, Holinshed; and Tudor sonneteers. Topics include what is democracy, absolutism, stoicism, lyricism, and individuation.

ELDK 046 - F22N70

8 sessions: Fri, Sep 9-Nov 4; 10:00 am-Noon (No class Sep 16)
Location: Nanaimo
Cost: $58
Required Text: Any edition of Shakespeare’s work

John Edwards studied as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford and is the author of translations of many Greek and Latin poets. He is the resident poet laureate of Ladysmith.

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NEW - All The German You Never Knew You Knew

Anyone can speak German. Delve into some of the German you already know, didn't know you knew, and learn more without even knowing you are learning it. Students will look at words which are the same in English and German, words which are similar and some simple phrases. Explore what else you might already know!

ELDL 011 - F22N70

3 sessions: Wed, Sep 14-28; 3:30-5:00 pm
Location: Nanaimo
Cost: $29.50

Kirsten Bergen is fluent in German. She is an experienced ESL instructor coach specializing in showing people how much they already know without knowing it.

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NEW - Dallas On November 22, 1963

Many remember where they were when they first learned President Kennedy was assassinated. This course revolves around the conclusions of the FBI and the Warren Commission's determination that Lee Harvey Oswald had acted alone. After nearly 60 years a pall of uncertainty, as to possible causes and whether others were involved, lingers on. Join this class for an examination of these controversial times in American history.

ELDJ 099 - F22Q70

3 sessions: Thu, Sep 15-29; 12:30-2:30 pm
Location: Parksville
Cost: $29.50

Sabri Diab has been studying this topic for years. He would like to share his in-depth findings while encouraging open discussion.

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Energy Medicine For Self-Help: Level 1

Students will be presented with Energy Medicine concepts and then invited to practise energy healing techniques, energy psychology and other healing energy modalities. For maximum benefit, hands-on practice is recommended. This course will include guided practices and demonstrations of the techniques covered. Level 1 in this 3-part series is required before taking Level 2.

ELDK 071 - F22W70

6 sessions: Mon, Sep 12-Oct 24; 1:00-3:00 pm (No class Oct 10)
Location: Online
Cost: $46.50
Recommended Text: Energy Medicine (2008) by Donna Eden with David Feinstein

Mike Provencher, retired psychologist, clinical counsellor and manager in the mental health field, has studied a range of energy healing modalities and is committed to sharing these techniques with others.

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Famous Female Artists

Enjoy analyzing and celebrating the highlights of selected female artists who have made their mark through the ages in the competitive, sometimes cutthroat, and often male-dominated world of fine art. Half of each class will be devoted to history and biography, the other half will be hands-on as you create in the style of these masters. This course follows a chronological approach through various types of art: portraiture, landscape (flora and fauna), abstract, multi-media and performance art, and artists whose specialty focuses on patterning. For the first class please bring a portrait you would like to use as an artistic stimulus.

ELDS 048 - F22Q70

6 sessions: Wed, Sep 14-Oct 19; 9:30-11:30 am
Location: Parksville
Cost: $46.50
Supplies: All materials except brushes are provided by the instructor for $35, payable at the first class.

Terri Bowen, BEd, MA, Master Graphologist, is a retired principal of a Learning Through the Arts school in Calgary. A four-time winner of Lighthouse Country's Grand Aggregate Arts Award, and 2020 winner of Oceanside's Art Warz contest, her knowledge of art is augmented with visits to major art galleries in North America and Europe. Her art can be found from the UK to Florida and across Canada. She works in many mediums and formats including murals.

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NEW - Flash Fiction: Bold, Brief, And Beautiful

Flash Fiction is an exciting new literary genre where small word count has big impact. Learn to write succinct, powerful stories using the characteristics and principles of Flash Fiction. This course includes writing and sharing your own stories, a resource package with examples, story ideas, prompts, and where to send your stories for publication.

ELDL 002 - F22Q70

4 sessions: Tue, Oct 4-25; 9:30-11:30 am
Location: Parksville
Cost: $35

Debra Kuzbik, BA (English), B.Ed, M.Ed (Curriculum and Instruction) is the author of Ready, Set, Write; a resource book for teachers. She is excited about exploring and sharing flash fiction with others.

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From Impressionism to Post-Modernism - The Evolution of Modern Art

Travel through history to understand the underpinnings, the artists and the cultural importance of Modern Art. Discuss philosophies that founded recognized art movements and their stylistic attributes and connections. Expressionism, Fauvism, Suprematism, Abstract Art, Constructivism, Cubism, Pop Art, Minimalism and Photorealism, to list but a few, will be explored. During each class students will have an opportunity to paint and/or create in the style of one of these art movements. Gain a solid background while enjoying the synergy and camaraderie of creating your own art pieces.

ELDS 049 - F22Q70

6 sessions: Wed, Sep 14-Oct 19; 12:30-3:00 pm
Location: Parksville
Cost: $46.50
Supplies: All materials except brushes are provided by the instructor for $35, payable at the first class.

Terri Bowen, BEd, MA, Master Graphologist, is a retired principal of a Learning Through the Arts school in Calgary. A four-time winner of Lighthouse Country's Grand Aggregate Arts Award, and 2020 winner of Oceanside's Art Warz contest, her knowledge of art is augmented with visits to major art galleries in North America and Europe. Her art can be found from the UK to Florida and across Canada. She works in many mediums and formats including murals.

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Genealogy 101: How To Begin And Prove Your Tree

This course will introduce you to the basics of good genealogy practice - what to record, how to record it, and how to find what you want to record. By the end of this course you will know how to determine if your family's stories are fact or fiction and be able to share your work knowing it meets the Genealogical Proof Standard.

ELDK 076 - F22W70

6 sessions: Wed, Sep 14-Oct 19; 12:30-2:30 pm
Location: Online
Cost: $46.50

Bronwyn Frazer is a passionate family history researcher and a graduate (with distinction) of the National Institute of Genealogical Studies. She loves the thrill of the hunt, solving family mysteries, and helping others grow their family trees.

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NEW - God In The Age Of Science

Parochial views of religion and science lead many people to think they must choose between them. Are they right? Other topics for discussion are Hume's philosophy of religion, the paradox of friendly atheism, natural dualism and the embodied "soul", religion and morality, skeptical theism, and the problem with the problem of evil.

ELDJ 096 - F22N70

CANCELLED
Required Text: Copies of text, God in the Age of Science, available on loan from the instructor, or purchased from Generis Publishing.

Shane Andre, PhD, now retired after teaching philosophy for 30 years at the university level, hopes to share with fellow seniors his interest in the "big questions" like the meaning of life.

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NEW - How Did We Get Here?

The Russian invasion of Ukraine raises serious questions about how Christianity, Christendom, and Secularism interplay now and through history. This course will examine how Jesus and His Sermon on the Mount play out in Christendom and secular society. The Crusades, Inquisition, Enlightenment, Humanism, and the Ukrainian crisis will be considered through lectures, readings, and respectful dialogue allowing participants to draw their own conclusions.

ELDL 003 - F22Q70

CANCELLED
Required Texts: The End of Christendom by Malcolm Muggeridge; The Sermon on the Mount (The Gospel of Matthew chapters 5-7, preferred translation New International Version)
Recommended Text: Basic Christianity by John Stott

Jack Duckworth, BMus, DipCS, MDiv, DMin, spent over 25 years in Christian mission serving in multi-generational and multi-cultural contexts including congregational, campus, and overseas teaching ministry in Eastern and Western Europe.

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NEW - How to REALLY Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

This course examines how to dramatically reduce your carbon footprint. It addresses common misconceptions and considers key options and actions related to personal transportation, home energy use, food choices, and consumption of goods and services. The goal is to help participants chart their own path to a "net-zero" future.

ELDL 005 - F22W70

6 sessions: Tue, Sep 13-Oct 18; 12:30-2:30 pm
Location: Online
Cost: $46.50

Doug Fraser, BSc, BEd, is a science educator and author passionate about promoting awareness and better understanding of science and its role in society.

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NEW - Introduction To The Animals We Most Fear And Abhor

The course will look at bats, spiders, snakes, and poisonous frogs. These often maligned and loathed species are critical to the human experience and bio-diversity. Beginning with a discussion of the unique and fascinating fauna of Australia these class will continue through the four different species. The course concludes with a lecture on electromagnetism and how animals utilize this building block of the natural world.

ELDJ 088 - F22N70

6 sessions: Fri, Sep 16-Oct 21; 9:30-11:00 am
Location: Nanaimo
Cost: $46.50

Roger Keeping, BEd, specializes in animal biology and is currently based at Science World for the S.I.S program in BC schools. He has lectured at UVIC and Royal Tyrrell Museum.

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Introduction To The Night Skies

Learn about the moon, planets, constellations, galaxies and much more. This non-scientific introduction to astronomy will tell you about the treasures of the night sky and how to observe them from your own backyard. You'll take a voyage of exploration from ancient times to the present and share in some of the great discoveries and mysteries of the universe. There may be a field trip.

ELDN 066 - F22Q70

6 sessions: Fri, Sep 16-Oct 28; 1:00-3:00 pm (NO class Sept 30)
Location: Parksville
Cost: $46.50

David Prud'homme is a past president of the Edmonton Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. He has a keen interest in the natural sciences and loves to share the beauties of the night sky.

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UPDATED - Mindful Meditation For Challenging Times - Level 1

Aging is not for the faint of heart and may often feel like an exhausting tight-rope dance. Embark on a journey of self-exploration for those interested in developing an ongoing meditation practice for enriching daily life. This course is suited for beginners and those with some meditation experience. It includes weekly guided meditations to practice at home.

ELDK 090 - F22W70

6 sessions: Mon, Sep 12-Oct 24; 1:00-2:30 pm (No class Oct 10)
Location: Online
Cost: $46.50

Ralph Frank, a retired psychotherapist, has spent a lifetime investigating the intriguing connections between mind, body, emotions and energy. His passion is bringing lessons from vipassana meditation, tai chi and qigong to western students.

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Non-Fiction Book Club

After establishing a reading list, the club will meet once a month to discuss the book designated for that date. Please bring to the first meeting a suggested title and the reasons you chose it - history, politics, economics, philosophy, biography, memoirs, environmental issues - anything that isn't fiction. Please check that it is readily available in the library or bookstores.

ELDN 067 - F22W70

8 sessions: Tue, Sep 13, Oct 11, Nov 15, Dec 13, Jan 10, Feb 14, Mar 14, Apr 11; 1:30-3:30 pm
Location: Online
Cost: $58
Required Text: September's Book: This is Going to Hurt by Adam Kay; October's Book: Finding the Mother Tree by Suzanne Simard

Anne Brailsford, PhD, has a passion for reading and loves to engage in book conversations. She has had a career in children’s literacy learning and continues to write books for teachers and to design literacy programs for children.

Carol Wells, BSc biology (UofA), Certificate of Business Administration (CNC Prince George), spent her working life in public administration. A life-long reader, her favourite books are on science and history, particularly social history.

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NEW - Our Cultural Grand Canyon: The Gap Between What We Know And How We Live

Early physical science and social thinkers laid the groundwork for our culture that feels profoundly separate from the natural world, affecting our modern culture and economy. This course takes a big-picture look at how the social and ecological problems form perspectives of anthropological culture theory and demonstrates how these earlier notions can be dangerously mistaken and illusory.

ELDJ 087 - F22N70

4 sessions: Fri, Sep 16-Oct 7; 12:30-2:00 pm
Location: Nanaimo
Cost: $35

James P. Boggs, PhD, is a cultural anthropologist. He has taught college-level anthropology, worked with First Nations on real-world issues, and published articles on applied anthropology and related philosophical and legal issues.

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NEW - The Role Of Natural Law And Human Well-Being 

This course explores the common sense basics of natural law practiced by ancient cultures. Participants will learn how to utilize and apply natural law - as opposed to people-engineered law - as an essential component to their physical, mental, and emotional health.

ELDJ 095 - F22N70

CANCELLED

Arie Vander Reyden, BA, BFA, MA, EdD, has practised and taught yoga, martial arts, nutrition, meditation, self-healing, and creativity in all continents. He has taught a range of students from all ages, backgrounds and levels of education.

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The Strait Of Georgia And The Future Of Pacific Salmon 

The Strait of Georgia remains one of the most productive ecosystems on the planet but is warming and changing because of climate change. Learn how the Strait of Georgia ecosystem functions, review the changing dynamics of the fishes in it and discuss what you need to know to interpret what you hear about Pacific salmon. Much of what you think about salmon will change after this course.

ELDJ 065 - F22N70

CANCELLED

Dick Beamish, CM, OBC, PhD, DSc, FRSC, is a retired fisheries scientist who continues to study the dynamics of fishes including salmon. He recently published “The Sea Among Us – The Amazing Strait of Georgia” which is background for this course.

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The World Of The Future

What are the future possibilities of our world given our current state? This course examines the interplay between migration, population, technology, income inequality, global warming, medical and genetic knowledge, along with human nature. Join this discussion and help predict what may happen in the near future and beyond.

ELDH 067 - F22W70

6 sessions: Tue, Sep 13-Oct 18; 9:30-11:30 am
Location: Online
Cost: $46.50

Daniel Lordahl, PhD psychology (University of Wisconsin-Madison) was a faculty member at several universities in the US and Canada. Daniel has expertise in human thinking, experimental design, and statistics.

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Understanding America - Part 1 (1603 to 1898)

This course will attempt to develop a better understanding of America by looking at its historical development. Key figures, critical events and central ideas that have had a role in defining the American experience and shaping its society, culture and institutions will be explored and examined. Part I will cover the period from the colonial beginnings to the realization of Manifest Destiny.

ELDH 059 - F22Q70

5 sessions: Wed, Sep 14-Oct 19; 1:00-4:00pm (No class Sept 28)
Location: Parksville
Cost: $41

Brett Bowen attended the University of Calgary for both his undergraduate and graduate degrees. Upon graduation he began work with the Calgary Board of Education as (primarily) a teacher of social studies, humanities, and history.

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Note: Courses are now listed in alphabetical order here, on our website and in web registration.


Ancient Complex Societies of the Americas

Everyone knows of the pyramids of Mexico City, the pueblos of New Mexico, breathtaking Andean sites such as Machu Picchu, and cultural names like Aztec, Maya, and Inka. This course will examine three areas of the ancient Americas where these complex societies arose: Mesoamerica, the Andes, and the American Southwest. Join us to discuss these questions: How did these civilizations develop? What are their key characteristics? How were they connected to each other?

ELDK 074

Cost: $29.50
Choose one of the following sections:

F22Q70

F22W70

3 sessions:
Wed, Nov 2-16; 12:30-2:30 pm

3 sessions:
Thu, Nov 3-17; 3:30-5:30 pm

Location: Parksville

Location: Online

Mitchell Allen, PhD (UCLA), is a research associate in archaeology at UC Berkeley and at the Smithsonian Institution. He has taught archaeology for over 15 years, and has done fieldwork in Israel, Afghanistan, and California.

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A Sensible Look At Natural Medicine

Explore the clinical evidence and published science about natural approaches to health and wellness. Find out how the role of traditional therapies has changed and what they have to offer in the world of modern medicine. Topics include nutrition, supplementation, and herbal medicine to treat common conditions. The emphasis will be on integrative approaches that take individual needs into account and will look at patients from a holistic perspective.

ELDK 010 - F22W70

4 sessions: Tue, Nov 1-22; 10:00am-Noon
Location: Online
Cost: $35

Lisa Leger is a holistic practitioner with a long career in natural health care. She is on the faculty of an online college that teaches a masters level course for reproductive health practitioners with a specialty in fertility education. Lisa was a natural health consultant in a local community pharmacy for over 20 years and brings her knowledge of the natural health products industry to this course.

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Breath And Meditation 101

Would you like to begin meditation but don't know how to start? Would you like a refresher on basic meditation techniques? This course will include a brief history of meditation, and together we will discuss and practice breath work and both seated and moving meditation. Guided meditation will also be offered. Join us to discover how meditation can benefit your mind and body and how to take your practice home.

ELDS 093 - F22Q70

5 sessions: Thu, Nov 3-Dec 1; 10:00-11:30 am
Location: Parksville
Cost: $41

Donna Roy is a certified yoga instructor. She taught breath and meditation through the University of Regina’s URFit program prior to moving to Parksville in 2015.

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Canada In Flanders WW1

This course will focus on the Canadian involvement in WWI especially on the Western Front. The instructor, who has lived in both Flanders and in Canada, has a unique close perspective of the courage and sacrifice men and women made in WWI. All aspects of this time will be covered. It is a study of Canadians and the consequences for our country and the lessons we can draw from that.

ELDK 051 - F22Q70

8 sessions: Mon, Oct 31-Dec 19; 9:30-11:30 am
Location: Parksville
Cost: $58

Johnny Coopman is a musician and amateur historian. He is currently writing a concept album dealing with Canadians who were in the Ieper (Yprès) Salient during WWI. Johnny’s passion is to share this history with others.

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Energy Medicine For Self-Help: Level 2

Students will be presented with energy medicine theory and then invited to practise additional energy healing techniques, energy psychology and other healing energy modalities. For maximum benefit, hands-on practice is recommended. This course will include guided practices and demonstrations of the techniques covered. Level 1 in this 3-part series is required before taking Level 2.

ELDK 072 - F22W70

8 sessions: Mon, Oct 31-Dec 19; 1:00-3:00 pm
Location: Online
Cost: $58

Recommended Text: Energy Medicine (2008) by Donna Eden with David Feinstein

Mike Provencher, retired psychologist, clinical counsellor and manager in the mental health field, has studied a range of energy healing modalities and is committed to sharing these techniques with others.

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First Nations Land In British Columbia

This course will examine the history of First Nations occupancy and ownership of land in British Columbia and the ways in which colonization has impacted their rights to the land. This issue has a long history in this province and that history is still with us today. We will begin with first European contacts on the northwest coast, cover the fur trade and focus on 150 years of settlement, government policies and First Nations responses.

ELDK 096 - F22Q70

6 sessions: Wed, Nov 2-Dec 7; 9:30-11:00 am
Location: Parksville
Cost: $46.50

Robin Fisher, historian and former provost and vice-president academic of Mount Royal University (Calgary), has taught at several Canadian universities. He has researched and published on the history of First Nations/settler relations in British Columbia.

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Getting The Words Right: A Guide To Revision And Self-Editing

After writing your memoir, novel, or short story along with a couple of attempts at revision, you may feel in your heart it’s still not ready. Self-editing is a learned process. It is not magic. Sign up for this course and learn this valuable skill.

ELDJ 044 - F22W70

5 sessions: Tue, Nov 1-Nov 29; 1:30-3:30 pm
Location: Online
Cost: $41

Marva Blackmore has been an editor since the 1980s and has spent the last few years helping people in Oceanside write and edit their memoirs. Marva is a storyteller, memoir writer, editor, creative writing mentor, and instructor.

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How To Talk To Anyone About Climate Change

Conversations about climate change can be challenging. This course will give you all the tools you need, derived from experts in values research, storytelling and communications. This is not a course to learn the science of climate change and those who deny that climate change is real will not be comfortable. We will learn how to talk about climate change as if it mattered to everyone.

ELDJ 045 - F22W70

4 sessions: Tue, Nov 1-22; 10:00am-Noon
Location: Online
Cost: $35

Patricia Lane, retired lawyer, was the longest serving member of the Sierra Club Board and still serves in a variety of capacities. She has been studying effective climate communications since 2012 when she helped to found LeadNow.

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In/Equality: An Alternative Anthropology

Explore a short introduction to anthropology which will provide you with a framework for thinking and learning about other societies and about your own. Learn to see in a new way through a different, hopefully clearer, pair of glasses. This course focuses on an anthropological understanding of the world, particularly the world of societies like our own, where some people have far more power and wealth than others.

ELDN 086 - F22W70

6 sessions: Wed, Nov 2-Dec 7; 1:00-3:00 pm
Location: Online
Cost: $46.50

David Aliaga, BA anthropology, MA interdisciplinary studies (University of Calgary), has conducted migration field research among migrants in Italy and Canada, and enjoys teaching anthropology, sociology and Latin American studies.Web Registration


Intelligent Investing And Estate Planning Workshop

This is a comprehensive holistic course designed to educate seniors and retirees about money and finances. We will review the following topics in detail: estate planning; financial planning; investment strategies to protect both capital and income; tax management; wealth succession and charitable giving. If requested, banking and credit management will also be covered.

ELDQ 058 - F22Q70

6 sessions: Tue, Nov 1-Dec 6; 12:30-2:30 pm
Location: Online
Cost: $46.50

Wahid Ali has been a financial planner and retirement specialist for 25 years and specializes in estate planning, wealth succession and financial planning.

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Introduction To Travel In Europe

Focusing on travel logistics, this course is intended to help those who have not travelled extensively in Europe to plan and enjoy stimulating holidays there, whether they travel singly, with one or more close companions, or in a larger group. Under guidance from the instructor, participants will be encouraged to discuss their previous experiences in order to illuminate common issues.

ELDJ 015 - F22W70

5 sessions: Thu, Nov 3-Dec 1; 9:30-11:30 am
Location: Online
Cost: $41

John Black, professor emeritus in liberal studies (VIU), has led many educational field schools to Europe, and is now a group leader with VIU’s Adventures in Mind.

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NEW - Introduction To Writing Poetry

This course is designed to help new and experienced writers hone their language, ideas, and experiences by expressing them succinctly in free verse (rhymers are also welcome). Through discussion, in-class writing, optional assignments and sharing plus supportive feedback, participants will have the opportunity to explore and enjoy this genre from the inside out.

ELDJ 093 - F22W70

6 sessions: Wed, Nov 9-Dec 14; 10:00am-Noon
Location: Online
Cost: $46.50

Lois Peterson has taught a number of courses for Elder College. Her courses are always well attended and often have waiting lists.

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UPDATED - Joyful Living With A Meditation Practice - Part 2

Level 2 builds upon Level 1 by exploring lessons from Buddhist psychology and modern neuroscience that teach us how to rewire our brains for happiness. The weekly theory and guided meditations focus on practical easy-to-learn skills for developing loving kindness, compassion, and gratitude for ourselves and others in the midst of difficult daily challenges. Links to videos from prominent meditation teachers will be provided to students to watch at home.

ELDJ 023 - F22W70

6 sessions: Mon, Oct 31-Dec 5; 1:00-2:30 pm
Location: Online
Cost: $46.50

Ralph Frank, a retired psychotherapist, has spent a lifetime investigating the intriguing connections between mind, body, emotions and energy. His passion is bringing lessons from vipassana meditation, tai chi and qigong to western students.

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Our Amazing Sense Of Hearing

Hearing loss involves communication; the speaker and the listener, and is why it affects relationships. Over three million Canadians are affected by hearing loss, and it is the third most  chronic disability in North America. Presented by NexGen Hearing through their Community Outreach Program, participants will find out how ears function with the outer, middle, and inner ears doing different things while working together. The importance of hearing tests, regular check-ups, and how modern-day hearing aids work will also be covered. 

ELDJ 027 - F22W70

5 sessions: Mon, Oct 31-Nov 28; 10:00-11:30 am
Location: Online
Cost: $41

Ted Venema, PhD audiology (University of Oklahoma), was a clinical audiologist for NexGen Hearing in Victoria. He now teaches at BC’s only hearing practitioner program at Douglas College in Coquitlam.

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Poetry Of The Great War

This course will start with a brief review of the history and carnage of World War I, in order to set the context. Then we will read and discuss a number of poems by authors from many of the countries involved – authors such as Rupert Brooke, Isaac Rosenberg, Siegfried Sassoon, Wilfred Owen, W.B. Yeats, John McCrae, and others. Some poems will glorify the war, while others will describe its horrors.

ELDJ 022 - F22W70

4 sessions: Fri, Nov 4-Dec 2; 10:00-11:30 am (No class Nov 11)
Location: Online
Cost: $35

Steve Lane, PhD English literature (UVic), has a special interest in modernist literature. Although he specializes in American writer Ernest Hemingway, his teaching often led him to explore the WWI poets.

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Solace Through Nature Writing

Learn to express your responses to nature through creative writing. This course will focus on techniques and writing exercises. Visuals such as photography and sketches outside of the course will be encouraged. Students will be asked to read and discuss their writing on a volunteer basis.

ELDJ 025 - F22W70

6 sessions: Tue, Nov 1-Dec 6; 1:00-3:00 pm
Location: Online
Cost: $46.50
Required Text: Love of the Salish Sea Islands: New Essays, Memoirs, and Poems by 40 island writers (2019)

Carolyn Redl taught at several Alberta and British Columbia colleges and universities, most recently at VIU and Athabasca University. Her specializations are Canadian literature and narratives by Arctic women.

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NEW - The Fab Four Of Florence: Fine Arts And Friendship In The Fifteenth Century

Most people associate the Italian Renaissance with the names of Leonardo, Michelangelo, and Rafael. This course explores the crucial innovations in the arts introduced by the intense collaboration of four firm friends; Alberti (architect and writer), Brunelleschi (architect and sculptor), Donatello (sculptor) and Masaccio (painter).

ELDJ 089 - F22W70

6 sessions: Tue, Nov 1-Dec 6; 12:30-3:30 pm
Location: Online
Cost: $46.50

John Black has a passion for the Renaissance developed through years of teaching VIU's Liberal Studies field school in Florence. He is a group leader with Adventures in Mind, offering educational travel to community members.

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The Meditations Of Marcus Aurelius

Stoicism is often portrayed as a cheerless philosophy of suffering and doom. Yet through the writings of Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius, the Stoic approach to life is surprisingly rich and friendly. With no previous background in philosophy required, students will discover the intelligence and honesty of Aurelius. The material covered offers an historical background of Stoicism, and ways this ancient philosophy can offer psychological and spiritual insight.

ELDN 032 - F22Q70

6 sessions: Mon, Oct 31-Dec 5; 3:30-5:30 pm
Location: Parksville
Cost: $46.50
Required Text: The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius by Russell McNeil

Russell Mcneil, PhD is the author of The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius, Selections Annotated and Explained. He has taught both Physics and Liberal Studies at universities in Canada and the US including VIU.

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NEW - The Power Of Colours Through Sacred Geometry

Exploring the qualities of colours as wavelengths of energy, this drawing and colouring course combines sacred geometry shapes and forms with the knowledge of the ‘Colour Wheel’. Weekly handouts and inspiring designs promise to enhance a fun learning experience.

ELDJ 091 - F22W70

6 sessions: Fri, Nov 4-Dec 16; 12:30-2:30 pm (No class Nov 11)
Location: Online
Cost: $46.50
Required Supplies: A drawing pad – minimum size 6 inch by 6 inch. Rulers, ideally short and long ones with cm and inch on the same side. Pencil, sharpener, and eraser. A school compass, preferred with a sharp needle point. Colouring pencils, pens, gelly roll pens, crayons, and any of your favourite colouring items.

Dr Sophia Andras, a sacred artist since 2005, has taught numerous classes face to face and online. She loves witnessing the joy of breakthroughs in participants as they create visual art.

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NEW - Victoria's Emily Carr: Her Life, Loves And Legacy

Emily Carr (1871-1945) was a major Canadian artist and writer, yet she was fifty-six when her first major exhibition was held. Her first book, Klee Wyck, was published when she was seventy, winning the Governor General's Award in 1941. This course explores select aspects of Carr’s remarkable life, loves, and legacy. Student discussion is welcomed and encouraged.

ELDJ 090 - F22W70

4 sessions: Thu, Nov 3-24; 3:00-4:30 pm
Location: Online
Cost: $35

Marilyn Jones, BA honors English (U of A), MPub (SFU), enjoys sharing her keen interest in female authors, publishing history and the arts.

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Note: Courses are now listed in alphabetical order here, on our website and in web registration.


Acrylic Painting For Beginners

This course is designed for those beginning their journey with acrylic paints as well as those wishing to enhance their painting techniques. Learn or review the basics from start to finish. Elements of art will be referred to while completing a small West Coast landscape painting. Bringing your own reference photo is ideal, but is not required.

ELDJ 071 - F22Q70

1 session: Wed, Sep 7; 9:30am-Noon
Location: Parksville
Cost: $13.50

Supplies: All materials except brushes are provided by the instructor for $10, payable at the first class.

Terri Bowen, BEd, MA, Master Graphologist, is a retired principal of a Learning Through the Arts school in Calgary. A four-time winner of Lighthouse Country's Grand Aggregate Arts Award, and 2020 winner of Oceanside's Art Warz contest, her knowledge of art is augmented with visits to major art galleries in North America and Europe. Her art can be found from the UK to Florida and across Canada. She works in many mediums and formats including murals.

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Advance Care Planning: Because We All Die

An accident today, a stroke tomorrow, could leave anyone incapable. Who will speak for you then? Do they know your wishes? Do you? Advance Care Planning is the process of reflecting upon, then informing others of your wishes regarding accepting or foregoing specific medical interventions should you become incapable. To be legally empowering it must be done while you are capable. This course provides information only, not legal advice.

ELDJ 062

Cost: $13.50
Choose one of the following sections:

F22W70

F22W71

1 session:
Thu, Oct 27; 9:30-11:30 am

CANCELED

Location: Online

 

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Chris Aronson has been a volunteer with Nanaimo Hospice and VIU ElderCollege. He taught ESL at VIU and at universities abroad until retirement. He is relieved that his Advance Care Plan has been completed.

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NEW - Ayurveda For Health And Wellness

Ayurveda is an ancient system for health and wellness that arose from the same roots as yoga. It emphasizes prevention and treatment of illness through lifestyle practices. This course provides an overview of what ayurveda is and practical tips on how to use the principles to create benefits in your mind and body.

ELDL 004 - F22W70

1 session: Tue, Dec 13; 12:30-2:30 pm
Location: Online
Cost: $13.50

Debbie Narver learned about Ayurveda as a component of her yoga teacher training as a system complimentary and integrated with yoga. Debbie wants to share the benefits she personally experienced with others.

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NEW - Creativity And Creative Motivation

Find out about creativity, inspiration, motivation, and the role of self and the "others". This lively humorous course is for everybody – artist, crafter, or "non-creative person" – who ever experienced the feeling of being stuck in a rut with thoughts circulating around the same old issue. It brings a different look to this problem and offers new strategies.

ELDL 013 - F22Q70

1 session: Fri, Sep 9; 10:00-11:30 am
Location: Parksville
Cost: $13.50

Ina Griet Raatz-Von Hirschhausen has a master’s degree in teaching, health science and physical education. A professional artist for over 20 years, she has a background in choreography, theater, puppet-making, painting, paper-mache, and more.

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Current Issues For Seniors In BC

Isobel Mackenzie, Seniors Advocate for BC, will cover current seniors' issues. Topics may include: the changing face of seniors; long-term care - what needs to be changed; and the impact of COVID-19 on seniors - how did BC do?

ELDJ 050 - F22W70

1 session: Tue, Dec 13; 9:30-11:30 am
Location: Online
Cost: $13.50

Isobel Mackenzie, BA, MBA, became BC’s first Senior’ Advocate after working with seniors in a variety of settings for over 20 years. She has served on numerous boards and commissions and is widely recognized for her accomplishments.

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Exploring Life And The Afterlife

This course explores what near-death experience (NDE) accounts teach us about life and the afterlife and discusses our understandings through the juxtaposition of science and spiritual teachings. We will explore scientific research on NDE, some perspectives from quantum science, and verifiable personal NDE experiences.

ELDK 017 - F22N70

1 session: Wed, Dec 14; 12:30-2:30 pm
Location: Nanaimo
Cost: $13.50

Lynn Echevarria, professor emerita in sociology (Yukon College), has taught in Canadian universities, spoken internationally, and has been widely published. Her research and enthusiasm about near death experiences and spiritual perspectives converge in this non-academic talk.

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Greece: Athens And The Ionian Islands

Get prepared for a self-guided tour in Greece. Begin in Athens with visits to some of the major sites before heading to the lesser-known islands of Corfu, Lefkada, Kefallonia, Ithaka, and Zakynthos. Transportation and accommodation options will be presented along with highlights from each of the other islands in the Ionians.

ELDJ 058 - F22W70

1 session: Mon, Dec 12; 1:00-4:00 pm
Location: Online
Cost: $13.50

Steve Lane, PhD English literature (UVic), is a retired VIU professor and administrator who has travelled Greece several times for stays of varying duration.

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Iceland: Reykjavik, And The Golden Circle

Let's explore Iceland: The Land of Fire and Ice! On Iceland's west coast, the country's capital, Reykjavik, is both charming and hip. The southern coast is garnished with black-sand beaches and unique basalt columns. Inland, the Golden Circle Tour showcases Iceland's amazing natural wonders: Thingvellir National Park; Gullfoss Waterfall; and the Great Geysir geothermal area. Finally, we'll warm our hearts imagining a dip in the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa.

ELDJ 039 - F22W70

1 session: Thu, Dec 15; 12:30-2:00 pm
Location: Online
Cost: $13.50

Tricia Abbott, presently in her 4th year of a BA in Liberal Studies, journeyed solo to Iceland where she explored Reykjavik, the Golden Circle, the South Coast, and the Blue Lagoon.

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NEW - Improve Your Sleep With Reflexology

Do you have a hard time falling asleep and wake up several times at night? Do you feel exhausted when you wake up? Sleep deficiency may lead to chronic health issues including high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes, and obesity. Join us to learn about the benefits of reflexology and be introduced to sleep practices to get a better night's sleep.

ELDJ 097 - F22N70

1 session: Fri, Oct 28; 9:30-11:00 am
Location: Nanaimo
Cost: $13.50

Heike Walker is a European trained health practitioner, certified in Alexander Technique, Reflexology, Bach flower remedies, and holds a Master in Cultural Studies, University of Bremen, Germany. She is enthusiastic about helping people improve their health.

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NEW - Introduction To Medical Cannabis

Discover what you need to know about medicinal cannabis before diving in. Learn about what cannabis is, what to use, when to use it, how much to use, and what to use it for. Information is offered in a non-judgmental environment where some of the myths and stigmas are examined, along with the benefits.

ELDJ 094 - F22W70

1 session: Mon, Oct 24; 10:00-11:30 am
Location: Online
Cost: $13.50

Terese Bowors is a certified Cannabis Wellness Coach from Nelson, BC. She is a dedicated advocate for wellness, and continuously studies the evolving cannabis science and research.

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Learning Science Through Observation And Art

Learning to observe and describe the world around us is key to understanding that world. Learning science through art and observation is a fun way to build understanding of our natural world. This course will explore our ability to observe, describe and draw, then expand that skill into learning about histology, the microscopic beauty of our own bodies.

ELDJ 021 - F22W70

1 session: Mon, Dec 12; 9:30-12:30 pm
Location: Online
Cost: $13.50

Ruth Pickett Seltner, PhD biology and physiological optics, taught at Mount Royal University (Calgary). She has a special interest in science literacy and the role that art has played in science.

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Paper Mache Mandala

Dive into a 3-dimensional experience of mandala making on a 10"x10" base with paper mache. The finished piece will take 3 to 4 days to fully cure and will be wet when taking it home. No experience required, most supplies provided.

ELDJ 080 - F22Q70

1 session: Mon, Oct 24; 9:30-12:30 pm
Location: Parksville
Cost: $13.50
Supplies: Bring a small hand towel, a rag, 2 old newspapers, a clean empty yogurt container with lid and a clean plastic bag.

Ina Griet Raatz-Von Hirschhausen has a master’s degree in teaching, health science and physical education. A professional artist for over 20 years, she has a background in choreography, theater, puppet-making, painting, paper-mache, and more.

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Probate Bypass Strategies

The process of probating an estate can be time-consuming, costly and very stressful. This course is designed to introduce ways to bypass this process and to eliminate or reduce many of the taxes, time and fees associated with it. Students will receive information on these strategies and a clear explanation of how to use them in their own circumstances.

ELDK 024

Cost: $13.50


Choose one of the following sections:

F22Q70

F22W70

1 session:
Thu, Oct 27; 9:30-11:30 am

1 session:
Thu, Dec 15; 9:30-11:30 am

Location: Parksville

Location: Online

Len Paisley is a Certified Financial Planner who has worked in the financial services industry for 38 years. He was licensed as a securities broker for 30 years.

Nathanial Paisley has a Master's in International Business who has worked and studied business around the world for the last 10 years. He has been working alongside his father at Nathina Financial Planning for the last 5 years.

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NEW - Real Life Happens On The Road

Have you ever thought of travelling throughout India, Cambodia, or Mexico with nothing but a small bag and a sense of adventure? Learn how to pack light and travel by bus, train, and tuk-tuk for months at a time and survive and thrive during long-term travel. All essential info, practical tips, and stories from the road will get your travel juices going.

ELDL 012 - F22Q70

1 session: Mon, Oct 24; 12:30-2:30 pm
Location: Parksville
Cost: $13.50

Ginny Miller sold everything five years ago to travel the world and encountered every imaginable challenge along the way. She writes a travel blog and offers a stockpile of travel do's and don'ts including best practices.

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NEW - Relieve Stress With Bach Flower Remedies

Do you have stress in your life? Is it difficult to balance work and family? Do world affairs wear you down? Are you experiencing irritability, nervousness, low self-esteem, confusion or anxiety? Learn about the positive effects of Bach Flower remedies, a natural healing system, to gently help restore emotional balance. Find out how to identify remedies relevant for you and how to make your own personal remedy mix.

ELDJ 098 - F22N70

1 session: Fri, Dec 16; 9:30-11:00 am
Location: Nanaimo
Cost: $13.50

Heike Walker is a European trained health practitioner, certified in Alexander Technique, Reflexology, Bach Flower remedies, and holds a Master in Cultural Studies, University of Bremen, Germany. She is enthusiastic about helping people improve their health.

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Simple Strategies To Be Secure Online

Every day we hear about sophisticated new cyberattacks infiltrating major corporations and governments. How does the ordinary citizen protect their phones, computers and online accounts from this continuous assault? We will start this course by exploring the motivations and methods of cybercriminals. Then using that knowledge, we will uncover three simple strategies for significantly improving your personal cybersecurity.

ELDK 044 - F22N70

1 session: Wed, Dec 14; 9:30-12:30 pm
Location: Nanaimo
Cost: $13.50

Eric Byres is an expert on cybersecurity for critical infrastructures, advising governments and energy companies how to secure systems like the power grid and air traffic control that are essential to our way of life.

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Super-Bowl, Useful Paper Mache Fun

This course will introduce you to a streamlined method of working with paper-mache. You will learn to make a bowl in whatever shape you want, whether it's whimsical, traditional or contemporary. No experience required, most supplies provided.

ELDK 088 - F22Q70

1 session: Fri, Oct 28; 9:30-12:30 pm
Location: Parksville
Cost: $13.50

Supplies: Bring your own scissors and a ruler.

Ina Griet Raatz-Von Hirschhausen has a master’s degree in teaching, health science and physical education. A professional artist for over 20 years, she has a background in choreography, theater, puppet-making, painting, paper-mache, and more.

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Sustainability, Social Change and Fun

With human activity pressing against planetary limits, perpetual growth is no longer an appropriate goal. This changing relationship with the Earth requires a different approach to mutual provision (the economy). Time-tested biological processes can secure long-term well-being as society's economic "metabolism" adapts to our new situation. A glimpse of a future our grandchildren might enjoy can be seen through the precept 'more fun, less stuff'.

ELDJ 053 - F22W70

1 session: Tue, Oct 25; 9:30-11:30 am
Location: Online
Cost: $13.50

Mike Nickerson founded the Institute for the Study of Cultural Evolution in 1971. He has since written and spoken extensively on sustainability and how we might achieve it.

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NEW - The Journey Of Picasso's Genius: An Art Workshop

Art critics have determined that Picasso’s artistic career comprised of at least eight distinct periods. This hands-on workshop will analyze these phases and then students will engage in an art game resulting in a Picasso-esque drawing of a Cubist portrait for framing. A life not always full of plenty or fame.=

ELDL 010 - F22Q70

1 session: Wed, Sep 7; 1:00-3:00 pm
Location: Parksville
Cost: $13.50

Required Supplies: All materials except brushes are provided by the instructor for $10, payable at the first class.

Terri Bowen, BEd, MA, Master Graphologist, is a retired principal of a Learning Through the Arts school in Calgary. A four-time winner of Lighthouse Country's Grand Aggregate Arts Award, and 2020 winner of Oceanside's Art Warz contest, her knowledge of art is augmented with visits to major art galleries in North America and Europe. Her art can be found from the UK to Florida and across Canada. She works in many mediums and formats including murals.

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NEW - The Road Less Travelled: Rajasthan - And Other Journeys

Born in England and raised in the Middle East, the instructor combines her interest in writing, storytelling, and photography as she reflects on her travels in Rajasthan, India, Egypt, Morocco, Turkey and other places. She will present photographs, personal recollections and travel advice, followed by tips for writing about and photographing your own explorations.

ELDJ 035 - F22W70

1 session: Fri, Oct 28; 1:00-4:00 pm
Location: Online
Cost: $13.50

Lois Peterson, writer, author and storyteller teaches creative writing (including travel writing) for VIU ElderCollege, participates in writing groups, mentors new writers and is a keen traveler and photographer.

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NEW - There's A Chicken Tractor In The Vineyard: What's That All About?

Natural, organic, sustainable grape farming is flourishing in British Columbia. It provides products to consumers who want to know about what they eat and drink. Join this discussion and learn about sustainable wine farming including the role of chicken tractors.

ELDL 006 - F22Q70

1 session: Tue, Oct 25; 12:30-2:00 pm
Location: Parksville
Cost: $13.50

Supplies: Bring your own wine glass, there is an additional $10 supply fee which is payable to the instructor at the first class.

Chris Herbert writes monthly wine columns featuring BC wines. He enjoys sharing the passion and experiences winemakers express about their wines.

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Yogic Energy Techniques

Back bends are not required to benefit from yoga. This course explores the simple techniques you can use while sitting in your chair. It introduces the yogic energy system of Prana (life force) and Nadis (pathways). Explore how breathing techniques (pranayama) and hand positions (mudras) are used to direct the flow of energy in the body and the effects this has on the mind.

ELDJ 019 - F22W70

1 session: Thu, Oct 27; 12:30-2:30 pm
Location: Online
Cost: $13.50

Debbie Narver, BSc, MBA, MScIB, has a background in science and business administration. She has practiced yoga for over 15 years and completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training in 2014.

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SSS - Fall 2022

Fall 2022 Saturday Speaker Series:

First Nations Of Vancouver Island

Time: 10am to Noon
Online Location: Zoom
In-person Location: Parksville Campus
Admission Fee: $15.00 per presentation

Limited in-person spots available, register through Eventbrite starting Thursday, August 18th at 8:30am.


Overturning History: The White And Bob Case

September 17, 2022

The pivotal land claim case, White and Bob, that turned British Columbia history on its head.

Presenters: Dr. Robin Fisher
Time: 10am to Noon
Cost: $15.00

Eventbrite registration opens August 18


What Lies Behind The Treasure

October 22, 2022

Taking a deeper look at the inspiration behind and beyond Pacific Northwest Coast art.

Presenter: Haa’yuups, ritualist and speaker, Head of House of Takiishtakamlthat-h
Time: 10am to Noon
Cost: $15.00

Eventbrite registration opens August 18


Food Plants Of Vancouver Island First Peoples

November 19, 2022

This presentation describes some of the key plant foods used by Vancouver Island Indigenous Peoples and the ongoing importance of these foods in the present day.

Presenter: Dr. Nancy J. Turner
Time: 10am to Noon
Cost: $15.00

Eventbrite registration opens August 18


For further details, see Saturday Speaker Series - Fall 2022

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