Energy Medicine For Self-Help - An Introduction

This hands-on course will introduce participants to a variety of energy healing techniques, for example Eden Energy Medicine, Energy Psychology and PSYCH-K. You will learn to test and adjust your own energy patterns to promote and sustain health and emotional wellbeing. You will be encouraged to practice the Daily Energy Routine throughout the course to balance and strengthen energy patterns that boost the bodies’ self- healing ability.

ELDK 009 - F19Q01 (Parksville)
8 sessions: Mon, Sep 9-Nov 18; 12:30-2:30 pm (No class Oct 14 & Nov 11)

Vancouver Island History 1871-1914               

Beginning in 1871, we’ll see how British Columbia became a province of Canada and how Victoria ended up as its capital city. We’ll follow the life of Victoria, once the biggest town in all of British Columbia, how it slowly lost its financial and economic position to Vancouver but survived as the political centre and base for the Royal Navy (in Esquimalt). We’ll see the building of the Island’s own railway: Esquimalt and Nanaimo Railway which promised prosperity for the Island communities. We’ll drop in on the infamous Dunsmuirs, learn about the Island’s collieries, Craigdarroch Castle, the seal fishery, Victoria’s red light district, streetcars and breweries. We’ll also uncover the lives of some of our more colourful Premiers including Amor De Cosmos, John Robson, E.G. Prior, Richard McBride, and much more.

ELDQ 076 - F19X01 (Downtown Nanaimo)
Mon, Sep 9-Oct 21; 1:00-3:00 pm (No class Oct 14)

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 - F19X01 (Qualicum Beach)
8 sessions: Mon, Sep 16, Oct 28, Nov 25, Dec 16, Jan 13, Feb 10, Mar 16, Apr 20; 1:30-3:30 pm

Prepare For Emergencies And Disasters

The course starts with a discussion of the many types of emergency events that can befall BC, how vulnerable we are, and what governments are doing to minimize risks. We will then cover what we need to do as individuals, households and neighbourhoods,  as we are the first line of preparedness and response. The final session includes a few desk-top exercises to empower you to turn a potential catastrophe into a mere inconvenience.

ELDH 021 - F19Q01 (Parksville)
4 sessions: Mon, Sep 23-Oct 21; 9:30-11:30 am (No class Oct 14)

Canada In The Flanders In WWI

This course will focus on the Canadian involvement in WWI, especially on the Western Front. The instructor, who has lived in Flanders and also 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 016 - F19N01 (Nanaimo)
8 sessions: Tue,Sep 3-Oct 22; 9:30-12:30 pm

Fire Safety At Home

Discuss the importance of fire prevention and how we can protect ourselves at home. The instructor will focus on topics such as: places in our homes to look at fire safety, how to use a fire extinguisher and what to do if we hear the smoke alarm.

ELDK 001 - F19Q01 (Parksville)

Intelligent Investing And Estate Planning Workshop

This is a comprehensive holistic course that helps to educate seniors and retirees about money and finances. This course 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 - F19N01 (Nanaimo)
6 sessions: Tue,Sep 10-Oct 15; 1:00-3:00 pm

Photovoltaics: Solar Electric Power

This course will focus on the basics of solar electric power from solar cells-photovoltaics (PV). Topics will include array siting and orientation, anticipated costs, present and future status of PV, and storage. The second week of the course will be a site visit to the instructor’s Errington home (22kWp of PV). Due to the wide range of audience familiarity with solar power, the course will be geared towards answering questions and discussing participants’ interests.

ELDH 048 - F19Q01 (Parksville)
2 sessions: Tue, Sep 24-Oct 1; 12:30-2:30 pm

The Short Story In English Literature

Joseph Conrad was inspired to write The Secret Agent (1907) by the bomb attack on the Greenwich Observatory that occurred in 1894. After the 9/11 attacks and the intervention of the CIA in Afghanistan, The Secret Agent became a model for understanding terrorism and the way it works in the 20th century. We will discuss this novel and the importance of the short story form as it relates to the study of English Literature in the 20th century.

ELDH 093 - F19Q01 (Parksville)
6 sessions: Tue,Sep 10-Oct 15; 3:30-5:30 pm

Nurturing Grieving And Mourning Loss

This course will offer opportunities for both personal reflection and small group discussion. The course will focus on taking an inventory of loss in our lives, healthy ways of dealing with loss, myths of grief and looking at how we can be a companioning presence in the lives of those mourning loss.

ELDH 009 - F19X01 (Qualicum Beach)
4 sessions: Tue,Oct 1-22; 12:30-2:30 pm

Aging Better In Community

These interactive sessions will explore the good, the bad, and the ugly of care and housing for older adults - through the lens of community. How did we get here? What is the journey of care for an older adult look like? What are the current and emerging trends in care and housing? What can we learn from best practices globally and how can we apply them locally?

ELDK 027 - F19Q01 (Parksville)
3 sessions: Tue,Sep 10-24; 9:30-11:30 am

Canadian Prime Ministers: Public And Private Lives

Uncover the personal and public lives of Canada’s Prime Ministers from 1867 to the present. The focus will be on the major Prime Ministers and provide insight into the lesser known ones. Lectures and discussion will encourage participants to contribute and will be enhanced by video presentations.

ELDN 013 - F19Q01 (Parksville)
5 sessions: Tue,Sep 24-Oct 22; 9:30-11:30 am

Making Your Dreams Come True

Bring new clarity to what you REALLY want out of life. You will learn about the steps you can take to manifest a life you will love. The instructor will provide the tools to create a vision and feel a sense of self-empowerment. The presentations are interactive and geared towards different learning styles with lots of fun, laughter, and insights into how Universal Laws work.

ELDH 090 - F19Q01 (Parksville)
3 sessions: Wed,Sep 11-Oct 2; 9:30-11:30 am

Bridge  1

This course is an introduction to basic bidding and play using the Standard American 5-Card Major system. It is intended for both beginners and those who have not played bridge for some time but wish to re-learn this currently used system. Homework is expected.

ELDP 070 - F19X01 (Nanoose Bay)
6 sessions: Wed,Sep 11-Oct 16; 9:30-Noon

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 - F19Q01 (Parksville)
4 sessions: Wed,Sep 11-Oct 2; 12:30-2:00 pm

Meditation For Health And Wellbeing

What are the scientific facts about the different methods of meditation? Why and how does it work? The enormous proven benefits, especially for seniors, can easily be discovered through a simple practice.

Discover what works best for you. The instructor provides the theory and the methods of practice. You may find out what works for you in the comfort and privacy of your home.

ELDH 033 - F19N01 (Nanaimo)
6 sessions: Wed, Sep 11-Oct 16; 12:30-2:30 pm

Estate Planning For The Mature Client

This course will assist seniors in arranging their affairs and investments in order to make end of life planning easier for both the senior and his or her estate. Topics will include: making a Last Will and Testament, a Health Care Representation Agreement, or other Health Care Directive and Enduring Powers of Attorney. Special attention is given to alternate processes designed to avoid or reduce the necessity for Probate of a Will.

ELDK 019 - F19Q01 (Parksville)
6 sessions: Wed,Sep 11-Oct 16; 3:00-5:00 pm

Founders Of Religion

The character of the founders of religions set the “DNA” of the movement. This is indispensable for its beginning and continuity. Some are deemed perfect while others less virtuous; some followers defend their founder

to the point of threat and violence, others are left to discern the truth. In all cases, understanding a religion is best gained by knowing the founder and conditions of the times in any search for truth.

ELDH 094 - F19Q01 (Parksville)
8 sessions: Thu, Sep 5-Oct 24; 9:30-11:30 am

Beethoven’s Music, Life, And Times

Listen to selections of Beethoven’s music as played by the pianist/instructor as well as CDs. Special attention will be given to Beethoven’s late string quartets: what he discovered and what we can discover in his music.

ELDH 098 - F19X01 (Qualicum Beach)
3 sessions: Thu, Sep 12-26; 12:30-2:30 pm

Writing Mystery Fiction

Writing mysteries presents the same problems any fiction presents: developing characters, writing dialogue, establishing setting, working time sequences, presenting back story, plotting events, and editing drafts. Writers are as different as the works they write and so are their techniques. After looking at these areas, we’ll try writing our own segments and comparing results. We might even be able to stitch them together to make our own stories.

ELDK 018 F19N01 (Nanaimo)
6 sessions: Thu, Sep 12-Oct 17; 1:00-2:30 pm

Cultural Travel In Europe

Had enough of the “It’s Tuesday - it must be Belgium” syndrome? Th s course will help you plan and enjoy stimulating holidays in Europe with a cultural or educational theme, whether you travel singly or in groups. Under guidance from the instructor, participants will be encouraged to discuss their previous experiences in order to illuminate common issues.

ELDH 057

Choose one of the following sections:
F19Q01 (Parksville): 5 sessions: Thu, Sep 12-Oct 10; 9:30-11:30 am
F19N01 (Nanaimo): 5 sessions: Thu, Sep 12-Oct 10; 3:00-5:00 pm

Shakespeare’s Women

This course will examine the roles of Shakespeare’s greatest heroines, both in their plays and in the Elizabethan historical context: Lady Macbeth, Cleopatra, Beatrice, Rosalind, Isabella, Katherine, Cordelia, and Imogen. Students are encouraged to bring a contemporary text of Shakespeare’s plays that would reflect a relatively recent editorial philology, for example the Arden, Bevington, or Cambridge edition of Shakespeare’s plays.

ELDH 095 - F19N01 (Nanaimo)
8 sessions: Fri, Sep 6-Oct 25; 2:00-4:00 pm

How Green (Energy Efficient) Is My Home?

Do you want to learn how to make your present or future home more energy efficient (or Green) and avoid possible problems? Custodians of sacred spaces as well as managers of community halls and apartment buildings will also find most, if not all, of the topics of significant benefit. This course will describe what is appropriate and where to start when contemplating a variety of reductions in energy/utility use.

ELDK 008 - F19Q01 (Parksville)
6 sessions: Fri, Sep 13-Oct 18; 9:30-11:30 am

Write On!

You love to travel and want to share your experiences with friends, family or perhaps even for publication. Th ough group discussions, interactive exercises and hands-on assignments, this five-session travel writing course will include topics such as idea generation, research, adding colour and atmosphere to your articles.

ELDH 047 - F19Q01 (Parksville)
5 sessions: Fri, Sep 13-Oct 11; 9:30-11:30 am

FRIDAY FORUM - Navigating The Health Care System

As we age, most of us increase our use of the public health care system. For many, the system seems like an impenetrable labyrinth. These lectures will provide much needed information in key areas so we can better advocate for ourselves and our loved ones.

Class 1: What should you know about the health care system?

Dr. Jim Dimmick, MD, FRCP, Professor Emeritus, Faculty of Medicine, UBC
Dr. Drew Digney, MD, B.Sc. Medical Director, Oceanside Health Centre
Robbie Jai, Paramedic, Unit Chief of BC Ambulance Service, Parksville
Class 2: Whose body is it anyway?
Connie Jorsvik, RN, BSN, Senior Health Care Navigator Advocate

Rosemary Graham,  Nurse Practitioner, Oceanside Health Centre
Dr. Derek Poteryko, Medical Director, Community Health Nanaimo

Class 3: What role does the pharmacist play in health care?

Briana Barker, B.S c (Pharm), UBC, R.Ph, Owner/Operator Pharmasave, Qualicum Beach

Class 4: Caring for others – how do you save your sanity and your money?

Saskia   Jennings, Certified  Caregiving Consultant & Educator
Peggy  Hoult, Hon.BA (Economics) specializes in the financial aspects of navigating around aging & caregiving

Class 5: What are your options to die with dignity?

Tara Owens, RN, Charge Nurse Leader Palliative Care, NRGH
Susie Coen, RN and Oceanside Hospice Society Volunteer
Dr. Diane Wallis, MB (UK), ChB (UK), FRCGP, Family Physician

Class 6: What does the future of health care look like?

Dr. Jim Dimmick, MD, FRCP, Professor Emeritus, Faculty of Medicine, UBC
Dr. Anne Toby, PhD (Genetics), SFU, VIU ElderCollege Board Chair

ELDH 091 - F19Q01 (Parksville)
6 sessions: Fri, Sep 6-Oct 18; 12:30-3:30 pm (No class Oct 11)

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Advance Care Planning: Because We All Die

An accident today or 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 session provides information only, not legal advice).

ELDH 005 - F19N01 (Nanaimo)
2 hours: Fri, Sep 13; 9:30-11:30 am

Friendly Ghosts Of The Past

This will be a marionette building workshop that is fun and creative yet easy. No experience is required. In three hours participants will build a marionette from fabric scraps. Most materials are provided by the instructor, however, donations of additional napkin- sized pieces of fabric would be welcome.

ELDH 052 - F19N01 (Nanaimo)
3 hours: Fri, Sep 13; 1:00-4:00 pm

Vancouver Island Birds

Everybody knows what birds are, but have you ever wondered how many species have been seen on Vancouver Island, where they come from, when they come, and why they come? These questions and many more will be discussed and answered through the photography of Mike Yip.

ELDH 070

Choose one of the following sections:
F19Q01 (Parksville): 2 hours: Tue,Oct 22; 9:30-11:30 am
F19Q02 (Parksville): 2 hours: Tue, Dec 10; 9:30-11:30 am

Exploring Life And The Afterlife

This talk 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 explore scientific research on NDE, some perspectives from quantum science, and verifiable personal NDE experiences.

ELDK 017

Choose one of the following sections:
F19Q01 (Parksville): 2 hours: Tue,Oct 22; 1:30-3:30 pm
F19N01 (Nanaimo): 2 hours: Tue, Dec 10; 1:30-3:30 pm

Planning Your Last Will And Testament

The course will assist individuals in properly planning their Last Will and Testament and will cover the necessary requirements of a legal Will. Emphasis will be on mental capacity; the structuring of the Will; proper execution and witnessing; the appointment and responsibilities of Executors; dealing with blended family issues; spousal testamentary trusts; testamentary disability trusts; Wills variation claims and why Wills are sometimes challenged in court.

ELDK 021 - F19Q01 (Parksville)
3 hours: Wed, Oct 23; 1:30-4:30 pm

Introduction To Mindful Meditation

Mindfulness meditation brings a sense of physical, emotional and cognitive wellbeing, allowing us to see the nature of our mind with a sense of compassion, curiosity and humour. Th s will be both a theoretical and experiential session, exploring the many benefits of mindfulness, where we can discover the true meaning of being at peace with ourselves, grey hair and all. You will learn practical steps for meditating on your own at home.

ELDK 013

Choose one of the following sections:

F19Q02 (Parksville): 3 hours: Wed, Oct 23; 12:30-3:30pm
F19Q01 (Parksville): 3 hours: Thu, Oct 24; 12:30-3:30pm
F19N01 (Nanaimo): 3 hours: Thu, Dec 12; 12:30-3:30pm

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. Attendees will receive information on these strategies and a clear explanation of how they can use them in their own circumstances.

ELDK 024 - F19Q01 (Parksville)

Choose one of the following sections:

F19Q02 (Parksville): 2 hours: Fri, Oct 25; 10:00am-noon
F19Q01 (Parksville): 2 hours: Fri, Oct 25; 1:30-3:30pm

Six Stages Of Your Caregiving Years

Throughout the caregiving journey, which can last from six months to more than 10 years, the role of family caregivers evolves – and so should the services and the support they receive. This course describes the path that family caregivers take. Most important, the stages – and their related Stumbles and Steadies – provide a map for family caregivers to navigate successfully through the caregiver years.

ELDH 088 F19Q01 (Parksville)
2 ½ hours: Wed,Dec 11; 9:30-Noon

Planning For The End Of Life

This course will analyze the recent changes to the laws regarding medical assistance in dying in British Columbia. Topics will include eligibility criteria, application requirements and the legal safeguards in place. It will also provide practical information for individuals interested in end of life care planning; including medical assistance in dying, Representation Agreements, Advance Directives and other legal documentation intended to provide you with optimal end of life care.

ELDK 020 F19N01 (Nanaimo)
3 hours: Wed,Dec 11; 1:00-4:00 pm

Investment Advisors Fees And Compensation

If you’ve ever had trouble reading your investment statements, you are not alone. This course is designed to help you understand the fees that you were paying and how you were being charged for them. It will outline the types of investment advisors licensed in Canada, the average fees that are charged within the different groups of advisory and how you can determine or get help with your own situation.

ELDK 023 F19Q01 (Parksville)
2 hours: Wed,Dec 11; 1:30-3:30 pm

Salish Sea Culinary Adventures

Tempt your taste buds and expand your dining experiences. Enjoy regional culinary adventures celebrating the variety and quality of Salish Sea land and ocean food products. The focus is on learning and adventure. Try something different while enjoying tastes of the Salish Sea region. Highly regarded regional chefs will supervise the preparation of these culinary adventures. During each two-hour culinary event, supervising chefs and/or student chefs may share culinary ideas, menu choices, or suggestions for regional food sourcing.

Luncheons: appetizer, main dish, dessert and tea/coffee.
Dinner: amuse bouche, appetizer, main, dessert and tea/coffee.

Discovery Room Luncheon - VIU Culinary Arts Program
ELDH 063 - F19N01 (Nanaimo)
2 hours: Fri, Sep 27; 12:00-2:00 pm
Discovery Room Dinner - VIU Culinary Arts Program
ELDK 026 -F19N01 (Nanaimo)
2 hours: Fri, Oct 11; 5:00-7:00 pm

Long Table Luncheon in VIU Teaching Lab - VIU Culinary Arts Program

ELDK 025 - F19N01 (Nanaimo)
2 hours: Fri, Nov 15; 12:00-2:00 pm
Plated Salish Sea Luncheon - Realm Food Company
ELDH 031 - F19X01 (Parksville)
2 hours: Tue, Nov 26; 12:00-2:00 pm

NOVEMBER COURSES - October 28 to December 9, 2019

Writing From Life

This course is designed to help experienced and novice writers to mine their life experiences for stories and scenes to convert into memoir, stories, poetry or personal essays. Participants will enjoy lively sessions using prompts, brainstorming, discussion, in-class writing and group feedback. The instructor will provide useful writing techniques and strategies along with motivation and support for writers at all levels.

ELDH 034 - F19Q01 (Parksville)
6 sessions: Mon, Oct 28-Dec 9; 9:30-11:30 am (No class Nov 11)

Alzheimer’s And Medical Assistance In Dying (MAiD)

This course is an attempt to encourage discussions around emotional, spiritual and social support for those with Alzheimer’s who have made, or are contemplating making, the choice for MAiD. (It is designed for just these participants and their support companions). Anticipatory grief and mourning related to this choice will also be discussed as will advocacy for an amendment to Bill C-14 allowing advance requests for those challenged with dementia.

ELDH 099 - F19X01 (Qualicum Beach)
3 sessions: Mon, Oct 28-Nov 18; 12:30-2:00 pm (No class Nov 11)

Aging Gracefully With Meditation

Wisdom, like wrinkles, accrues with age, even if you can’t remember why you just walked into your closet. We will explore how the ancient practice of Vipassana (Mindful) Meditation has immense benefits for aging, including dealing with pain, illness and loss. Come prepared to learn, be curious about your next breath and observe your delightful mind in a compassionate setting. You will develop an ability to continue practicing meditation at home.

ELDK 015 - F19N01 (Nanaimo)
6 sessions: Mon, Oct 28-Dec 9; 1:00-3:00 pm (No class Nov 11)

China And The West Against Japan: World At War 1931-1945

This course will cover traditional interpretations of WWII in Asia and the Pacific. We will look at Japanese, Chinese and Western interpretations of the War in Asia. Emphasis will be upon the reasons for Japanese expansion, its conflict with other rising powers and the course of the war, with emphasis on the war in mainland Asia. The legacy of WWII in Asia-Pacific and its effects on legitimacy of rule in countries and current international relations will also be discussed.

ELDS 059 - F19Q01 (Parksville)
6 sessions: Tue,Oct 29-Dec 3; 9:30-11:30 am

Interpersonal Communication Skills

This workshop is intended for anyone who is interested in developing skills and tools necessary to communicate effectively in a variety of situations. Have you ever said Yes when you meant No? Are you comfortable dealing with conflict, advocating for yourself or others, initiating and ending conversations, standing up for yourself or recognizing mind games? Join us as we develop the confidence to design and create our personal toolbox.

ELDH 073 - F19Q01 (Parksville)
3 sessions: Tue,Oct 29-Nov 12; Noon-3:00 pm

Nurturing Our Inner Garden

This course will offer opportunities for personal reflection and small group discussion. Activities will focus on self-nurturing, enhancing compassionate communication skills necessary in growing and maintaining relationships, communicating from the heart, recognizing personal energy zappers, exploring healthy ways of grieving loss, as well as insight into supporting others who are grieving loss.

ELDS 096 - F19X01 (Qualicum Beach)
6 sessions: Tue,Oct 29-Dec 3; 12:30-2:30 pm

Introduction To Yoga Philosophy

Yoga is a vast and ancient system for human wellness. Here in the west, we are beginning to see some of the aspects and benefits of yoga, largely based on the physical practice (asana). Hatha, Vinyasa, Yin, Restorative and more – there are many forms and the terminology can be confusing. This course will provide an introduction to the history and purpose of yoga,  the different forms of yoga (and their benefits), and guidelines for both physical and meditation. We will practice different meditation techniques in class.

ELDS 057 - F19N01 (Nanaimo)
6 sessions: Tue,Oct 29-Dec 3; 1:00-3:00 pm

Global Challenges, Local Solutions

Global challenges abound: climate change, growing inequality, loss of biodiversity, pollution, environmental destruction, and resource depletion. Many people feel overwhelmed by these challenges, feeling there is nothing they can do. This class will explore how people around the world are tackling these global issues through local initiatives in their communities. We will use these lessons to explore what we could do in our local communities to address these global issues.

ELDH 074 - F19Q01 (Parksville)
6 sessions: Tue,Oct 29-Dec 3; 3:30-5:30 pm

Western Mahjong For Beginners

This course outlines the rules and play for Western (Australian) Mahjong which is both challenging and fun. Variety in Western Mahjong hands is interesting and exciting for players. Luck and skill combine to create winning hands. Learn to organize Chinese tiles for this versatile game that you can play with others. Students will practise playing hands of Mahjong in class and will learn to play ordinary hand as well as other Mahjong hands involving pungs and chows.

ELDH 023 - F19Q01 (Parksville)
6 sessions: Wed,Oct 30-Dec 4; 9:30-11:30 am

Bridge 1: Play And Learn

This course is for people who have completed Bridge 1, or those with some recent experience, but feel they need a little more practice before introducing their bridge talents to the world. Each session will contain the bidding and playing of predetermined hands followed by a review and discussion of the bidding and play. The instructor will base comments on the bidding standards of the American Contract Bridge League.

ELDR 015 - F19X01 (Nanoose Bay)
6 sessions: Wed,Oct 30-Dec 4; 9:30-Noon

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.

ELDN 066 - F19Q01 (Parksville)
6 sessions: Wed,Oct 30-Dec 4; 12:30-2:30 pm

Western Mahjong – Intermediate

Th s intermediate Mahjong class is for those who have taken the beginner course. Learn more special hands using mixed chows, short runs and honours. Students will also discover how to break a tie game using a Goulash. Mahjong requires a flexible mind that can make strategic plans and decisions. A perfect game for brain power! Are you ready for Triple Knitting, Crazy Chows and Three Philosophers? If so, come play with us!

ELDH 064 F19Q01 (Parksville)
6 sessions: Wed,Oct 30-Dec 4; 12:30-2:30 pm

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 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 F19Q01 (Parksville)

Does DNA Determine Your Destiny?

Over time, ‘gene as fate’ has become conventional wisdom. The beginning of this course will describe the structure and function of DNA and how we ‘read’ its code. This will be followed by a discussion of how we have learned to manipulate DNA. The third part of the course will cover the subject of how environmental factors can determine how genes are expressed. No science background is required.

ELDH 097 - F19Q01 (Parksville)
6 sessions: Thu, Oct 31-Dec 5; 9:30-11:30 am

Ethical Implications Of Religious Spiritual Practices

All religions lived out in our society challenge us to understand their spiritual and ethics praxis. This course examines eight major world religions. All learners carry convictions relevant to culture therefore, a key component of the class is enquiry that acknowledges the validity of all insights and experiences while accepting differences inherent in our multicultural country.

ELDH 072 - F19N01 (Nanaimo)
6 sessions: Thu, Oct 31-Dec 5; 10:00-Noon

Whither Sovereignty

This course is an examination of the evolution of Sovereignty from its initial concept in the 15th century to today. It challenges some of the assumptions about its identifiable elements and examines the influence of social dynamics, increasing globalized economics, accelerating technological change and shifting cultural affiliations. It further questions the utility of sovereignty to serve its nations’ needs in the age of populism, the Trump effect and Brexit.

ELDH 084 - F19Q01 (Parksville)
6 sessions: Thu, Oct 31-Dec 5; 12:30-2:30 pm

Practical Photography

This course is designed for beginner photographers using digital interchangeable lens cameras, or single lens cameras, that also allow creative control. These cameras allow the user to change the shutter speed, aperture size, ISO settings, and to adjust the focus and light exposure (and other features). We will explore

a variety of hands-on photographic situations where creative control can improve your images, leading to better portraits, landscapes and close-ups.

ELDK 022 - F19N01 (Nanaimo)
6 sessions: Thu, Oct 31-Dec 5; 1:30-3:30 pm

A Memory Of Solferino

This course is an introduction to the Napoleonic Wars and the orgins of the Red Cross. Henri Dunant, a Swiss businessman and social activist, was horrified by the suffering of wounded soldiers left on the battlefield following an allied victory under Napolean III. After the war, he recorded his experiences in A Memory of Solferino, which led to the Geneva Convention and the establishment of the International Red Cross.

ELDH 092 - F19Q01 (Parksville)

Around The World With Art – Part I

This hands-on course delves into the biographies and works of selected famous artists from Spain, Russia, Italy, the Netherlands, France and Canada. Following 45 to 60 minutes of study and discussion, we will use the inspiration of these artists to paint our own acrylic paintings. All materials except brushes are provided by the instructor for $35, payable at the first class. All levels welcome – experience the joy of creativity!

ELDK 002 - F19Q01 (Parksville)
6 sessions: Fri, Nov 1-Dec 6; 9:30-11:30 am

Around The World With Art – Part II

Part II of this hands-on course delves into biographies and works of selected famous artists from England, Germany, Australia, Japan, Scandinavia and the USA. Following 45 to 60 minutes of study and discussion, we will use the inspiration of these artists to paint our own acrylic paintings. All materials except brushes are provided by the instructor for $35, payable at the first class. All levels are invited – experience the joy of creativity.

ELDK 003 - F19Q01 (Parksville)
6 sessions: Fri, Nov 1-Dec 6; 12:30-2:30 pm

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 all had a role in defining the American experience and shaping its society, culture and institutions will be explored and examined. Part 1 will cover the period from the colonial beginnings to the realization of Manifest Destiny.

ELDH 059 - F19Q01 (Parksville)
6 sessions: Fri, Nov 1-Dec 6; 12:30-2:30 pm

Ancient Remedies For Modern Problems

This course will reveal the history and the Eight Branches of Traditional Chinese Medicine which can offer a new approach to health and longevity. Chinese medicine is effective and provides drug-free therapies that can help address a wide variety of common ailments and problems. The instructor will provide guidance and resources for finding the way through this medicine. There will be time for questions and answers.

ELDK 011 - F19N01 (Nanaimo)
5 sessions: Fri, Nov 1-29; 1:00-3:00 pm

Road Safety For Seniors

This course is an amalgamation of the courses Safe Driving for Seniors and Brushing Up for Seniors previously presented at VIU ElderCollege with some new material which has been added, including an update for the Enhanced Road Assessment, preparing for re-examination and how aging affects driving.

ELDH 051 F19Q01 (Parksville)
3 sessions: Mon, Nov 18-Dec 2; 12:30-2:30 pm

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