Course Descriptors

Global Challenges, Local Solutions

Global challenges abound: climate change, growing inequality, loss of biodiversity, pollution, environmental destruction, resource depletion, etc. 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 - S20N01 (Nanaimo)
6 sessions: Mon, Jan 13-Feb 24; 9:30-11:30 am (No class Feb 17)

Stop Getting Ready And Get Started!       

Everyone gets stuck and everyone can get unstuck. This fun interactive learning and teaching tool helps you: learn techniques to evaluate situations; make decisions that are more in line with what you value; and problem solve where you can practice and role play real life situations. Experience increased self-confidence. Apply what you learn to get, keep and progress in practical matters.

ELDH 078 - S20Q01 (Parksville)
Mon, Jan 13-Feb 10; 9:30-11:30 am 

Energy Medicine For Self-Help - Continued...

This is a continuation of the "Energy Medicine for Self Help - An Introduction" course which is a prerequisite. Participants will be presented, and invited to practice, additional energy healing techniques from Eden Energy Medicine, Energy Psychology and PSYCH-K, etc. For maximum benefit, hands-on practice both in the classroom and at home is recommended. Some issues typical of seniors' health will be presented as well as some practices that are done in pairs.

ELDK 007 - S20Q01 (Parksville)
8 sessions: Mon, Jan 6-Mar 2; 12:30-2:30 pm (No class Feb 17)

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

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. New material added, including an update for the Enhanced Road Assessment, preparing for re-examination and how aging affects driving.

ELDH 051


Choose one of the following sections:

S20N01 (Nanaimo): 3 sessions: Mon, Jan 13-27; 1-3pm

I20Q01 (Parksville): 3 sessions: Mon, May 11-Jun 1; 12:30-2:30 pm (No class May 18)

Empires Of Asia: Japan And China

This course will analyse the nature of the Empires of Japan and China in the 19th and 20th Centuries. We will focus on the disintegration of China while at the same time Japan becomes a world power. We will look at their search for security and motivating influences for expansion as factors of instability in the region.

ELDH 042 - S20Q01 (Parksville)
6 sessions: Mon, Jan 13-Feb 24; 3-5pm (No class Feb 17)

Physical Anthropology - An Introduction

This course is an introduction to physical anthropology which is concerned with human evolution and human variation. Darwin's theory of evolution will be discussed, and then we will go on to trace human origins from the earliest primates to Homo Sapiens. We will study primate skeletal anatomy and maps of the areas of exploration. The last lesson will look at the extinction of Neanderthals and the success of modern humans.

ELDN 056 - S20Q01 (Parksville)
6 sessions: Tue, Jan 14-Feb 18; 9:30-11:30 am

Disruptive Behaviors In Healthcare

Patient safety should be the number one priority for caregivers and patients. Disruptive behaviors are known to increase medical errors and dissatisfaction with the quality of care in today's healthcare settings. The purpose of these interactive information sessions is to create a broader awareness as to the behaviors, implications, and interventions used to mitigate the problem.

ELDK 029


Choose one of the following sections:

S20Q01 (Parksville): 3 sessions: Tue, Mar 3-17; 12:30-2:30 pm

Writing Your Legacy

Writing personal history and memoirs can be both transformative and daunting.  Using carefully selected legacy themes and sensitizing questions, you will be encouraged to write two-page vignettes each week to share with your fellow participants.  You will learn to avoid a dry chronology by going deeper into themes that guide and shape the evolution of your life and lead you through the labyrinth of your deepest memories.

ELDH 006 - S20Q01 (Parksville)
6 sessions: Tue, Jan 14-Feb 18; 12:30-2:30 pm

Writing From Life

This 6-part course is designed to help experienced and novice writers to mine their life experiences for stories and scenes to convert into memoir, stories, and 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 - S20N01 (Nanaimo)
6 sessions: Tue, Jan 14-Feb 18; 2-4 pm

Origins Of Ancient Civilizations

The Pyramids. Harappa. Babylon. The classical civilizations of the ancient world are known to every student, tourist, or History Channel buff. How did these civilizations develop? What are their key characteristics? How and why did they collapse? This short course will take three of the best known - ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, Indus Valley - and address those key questions as we tour their sites, cultures, and artifacts.

ELDK 045 - S20Q01 (Parksville)
3 sessions: Tue, Jan 14-28; 3:30-5:30 pm

Canada In The Great War

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 051 - S20Q01 (Parksville)
8 sessions: Wed, Jan 8-Feb 26; 9:30-12:30 pm

Oceanography Of The Amazing Strait Of Georgia

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.

ELDK 049

Choose one of the following:

S20N01 (Nanaimo): 3 sessions: Wed, Jan 15-29; 10-Noon

I20N01 (Nanaimo): 3 sessions: Wed, Apr 29-May 13; 10-Noon

Recommended Text: The Sea Among Us – The Amazing Strait of Georgia by Dick Beamish

Mindful Breath, Energetic Breath

Do you ever wonder why your get up and go, got up and went? Believe it or not, we can have our golden age and our energy too. Through mindful breathing exercises we will draw from the lessons of Vipassana (Mindful) Meditation and Qigong (the practice of internal energy) to bring vitality into our daily lives, for improved health, mental clarity and emotional joy.

ELDK 014


Choose one of the following sections:

S20N01 (Nanaimo): 4 sessions: Wed, Jan 15-Feb 5; 1-3 pm
S20Q01 (Parksville): 4 sessions: Fri, Mar 6-27; 12:30-2:30 pm

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 - S20Q01 (Parksville)
6 sessions: Wed, Jan 15-Feb 19; 1:30-3:30 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 - S20N01 (Nanaimo)
8 sessions: Thu, Jan 9-Feb 27; 10-Noon

Recommended Text: Eastern Religions (2005) by Michael D. Coogan

Salish Sea: A Year On The Wild Side

Would you like to be better informed about the intriguing natural world of the Salish Sea? Join us as we investigate the life patterns of flora and fauna whose habitats are within this region. We will base our reading and discussions on Briony Penn's 2019 book, A Year on the Wild Side: A Naturalist's Almanac. The book provides perceptive commentary on the impacts of human development and climate changes on this natural world.

ELDK 035

Choose one of the following:

S20Q01 (Parksville): 6 sessions: Thu, Jan 16-Feb 27; 10-Noon 

I20Q01 (Parksville): 6 sessions: Tue, May 12-Jun 16; 10-Noon 


Required Text: A Year on the Wild Side: A Naturalist’s Almanac by Briony Penn

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 - S20Q01 (Parksville)
6 sessions: Thu, Jan 16-Feb 20; 1-3 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


Choose one of the following sections:

S20Q01 (Parksville): 6 sessions: Thu, Jan 16-Feb 20; 3:30-5:30 pm

S20N01 (Nanaimo): 6 sessions: Wed, Mar 4-Apr 8; 12:30-2:30 pm

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, 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 - S20N01 (Nanaimo)
6 sessions: Thu, Jan 16-Feb 20; 1:30-3:30 pm

Required Text: The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius by Russell McNeil

Arts, Ideas And History

This course will look at how the works and ideas of artists, writers and thinkers reflect and often influence the history and culture of their times. Among those to be considered are Delacroix, William Morris, J.S. Mill, W.B. Yeats, James Joyce, Diego Rivera, and Frida Kahlo.

ELDK 038 - S20N01 (Nanaimo)
6 sessions: Fri, Jan 17-Feb 21; 1:30-3:30 pm

Interpersonal Communication Skills

This workshop is intended for anyone who is interested in developing skills and tools necessary to communicate effectively in 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 - S20Q01 (Parksville)
3 sessions: Fri, Jan 17-31; 9:30-12:30 pm

Indigenous Perspectives On The Environment

This course will explore Indigenous perspectives on the environment through Indigenous philosophies, traditional knowledge systems and contemporary academic work, emphasizing coastal Indigenous communities. Using stories, languages, song and scholarship as starting points, the class will discuss ideas about the "land as life".  We will use a variety of academic and popular readings, films, guest speakers, and hands-on activities to facilitate discussion and experiential learning about the "land" from an Indigenous point of view. The course fee includes a $5 supply fee.

ELDK 034 - S20Q01 (Parksville)
6 sessions: Fri, Jan 17-Feb 21; 1:30-4:30 pm

Fossils - Windows Into The Past

This course provides an overall view of the fossil history of the earth, emphasizing the paleontology of Vancouver Island. Discussions include types of fossilization, rocks, minerals and geological time periods.

ELDP 075 - S20Q01 (Parksville)
6 sessions: Mon, Mar 2-Apr 6; 9:30-11:30 am

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 - S20N01 (Nanaimo)
4 sessions: Mon, Mar 2-23; 9:30-11:30 am

Coal Mining History On Vancouver Island

For over one hundred years, Scottish, English, Italian, Croatian and Chinese miners dug the coal that lies beneath the surface of Vancouver Island from Ladysmith to Port Hardy. Generations of miners worked without the protection of a union; they died in floods, explosions and cave-ins. Their families survived on the strength of the community. 

ELDH 008 - S20X01 (Downtown Nanaimo)
6 sessions: Mon, Mar 2-Apr 6; 10:30-12:30 pm

Perspectives On Russia

This seminar will explore Russia through the lens of influences from the Tsarist era and the Soviet period to modern Russia.  We will look at everyday life, and some of the events that have shaped the Russian psyche; as well as language, literature, and humour, all of which provide insight into culture.  This course includes extensive audio/visual material.

ELDH 025 - S20Q01 (Parksville)
6 sessions: Mon, Mar 2-Apr 6; 10:30am-12:30 pm

What Is Film Noir?

Film Noir is a distinct genre of black and white film produced during the 1950's. It differs from other genres by its creative lighting, femme fatales, campy dialogue and of course its drama. We will discuss lighting, costumes, hair, makeup and all the wonderful actors that make up film noir. After a 90 min movie we will discuss what we saw and how it was filmed.

ELDK 039 - S20N01 (Nanaimo)
6 sessions: Mon, Mar 2-Apr 6; 12:30-3:30 pm

Classics For Pleasure

This course will feature selections of the great music of Western Europe, written during the 18th (Classical) and 19th (Romantic) centuries. We will listen to recorded as well as live (by the instructor and others) performances. Experience the pleasure of listening to and learning about music by Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky and Debussy, along with others.

ELDN 087 - S20X01 (Parksville)
6 sessions: Mon, Mar 2-Apr 6; 1-3 pm

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 - S20X01 (Downtown Nanaimo)
6 sessions: Mon, Mar 2-Apr 6; 1:30-3:30 pm

Why Write Poetry

Who writes poetry? What drives the desire to write it? This introductory course will focus mainly on free verse; the joys of both reading and writing it. Come prepared with something to write on for a treasure hunt to find the gems from which your writing will emerge. We will explore the features of poetry including sensory detail, imagery, show and tell, use of strong nouns and verbs, rhyme and rhythm.

ELDK 031 - S20Q01 (Parksville)
6 sessions: Mon, Mar 2-Apr 6; 3:30-5:30 pm

Travel Writing

Convert your travel experiences into compelling stories for family, friends and readers. In this engaging workshop, new and experienced writers explore ways to bring journeys and destinations alive and imbue their work with their own personality and insights. Marketing, research and photography techniques will also be explored in this interactive course which includes in-class writing, brainstorming, list-making, discussion and gentle critiquing.

ELDK 028 - S20N01 (Nanaimo)
6 sessions: Tue, Mar 3-Apr 7; 9:30-11:30 am

An Ethical Toolbox: Everyday Ethical Decision Making

This course will offer a box full of tools to help us make ethical decisions. The emphasis will be on pragmatic everyday ethics as opposed to a philosophical theoretical perspective. The class will include much discussion, case/scenario analysis, videos, exercises and other activities.

ELDK 030 - S20Q01 (Parksville)
5 sessions: Tue, Mar 3-31; 9:30-11:30 am

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. It is about learning to see in a new way through a different, hopefully clearer, pair of glasses. It is about 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 - S20N01 (Nanaimo)
6 sessions: Tue, Mar 3-Apr 7; 12:30-2:30 pm

Parliamentary Procedure - Having Great Meetings

Meetings can be so contentious! Meetings can go on and on without true progress. Roberts Rules of Order can solve many of the typical problems experienced by non-profit societies. Using practical examples, students will be guided through the way of processing typical motions in an orderly and logical manner.

ELDK 043 - S20Q01 (Parksville)
2 sessions: Tue, Mar 3-10; 3:30-5 pm

Living With Depression

This course looks at depression from both a medical and experienced point of view. The instructors will focus on management and empathy, both for the person suffering from depression and those with a depressed person in their life.

ELDK 033 - S20N01 (Nanaimo)
3 sessions: Wed, Mar 4-18; 9:30-11:30 am

It's Clouds Illusions You'll Recall

Have you ever stared at a painting and wondered how the artist created such a compelling sky? Did it deepen your desire to create your own painting of a cloudscape? In this course science will mesh with both Art and Poetry, as we first become familiar with nephology, the earth science study of clouds.  We will then analyze how artistic Masters, such as van Gogh, painted their clouds.  Poems and songs centered on clouds, will also be interwoven with this visual stimuli.  In the second part of each class, armed with ‘tricks of the trade’ for creating powerful skies, you will create your own acrylic landscape paintings (bring some reference photos you might want to use).  All materials except brushes are provided by the instructor for $35, payable at the first class. All levels welcome – experience the joy of creativity!

ELDH 001 - S20Q01 (Parksville)
6 sessions: Wed, Mar 4-Apr 8; 9:30-11:30 am

Canada's Iconic Group Of Seven

Celebrate Canada by immersing yourself in a study of the iconic Group of Seven painters.  Begin by realizing there were many more than seven in this group!  Learn how this Group formed, continued and became successful beginning in 1920, and how the cultural and political times influenced their styles.  One to three painters will be the focus of each lecture.  Following the first hour of each class, students will paint in the style of these Canadian Masters, using reference photos they have brought from home.  All materials except brushes are provided by the instructor for $35, payable at the first class. All levels welcome – experience the joy of creativity!

ELDH 013 - S20Q01 (Parksville)
6 sessions: Wed, Mar 4-Apr 8; 12:30-2:30 pm

Understanding America - Part 2 (1898 to Present)

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 II will cover the period from the Gilded Age to the present.

ELDH 060 - S20Q01 (Parksville)
6 sessions: Wed, Mar 4-Apr 8; 12:30-2:30 pm

Good Bugs/Bad Bugs

In the last six years there's been a scientific revolution in understanding of the human microbiome - the trillions of microbes that live in and on us, and are now known to be essential for normal development and function of our brain, immune systems and metabolism.  Learn how medical science is taking the first baby steps that will lead to powerful new approaches to obesity, diabetes, asthma, allergies and, perhaps, autism.

ELDS 061 - S20Q01 (Parksville)
6 sessions: Wed, Mar 4-Apr 15; 3-6 pm (No class Apr 8)

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 their culture therefore, a key component of the class is to dialogue in a manner that acknowledges the validity of all insights and experiences while accepting differences inherent in our multicultural country.

ELDH 072 - S20Q01 (Parksville)
6 sessions: Thu, Mar 5-Apr 9; 9:30-11:30 am

Required Text: God is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions That Run The World – And Why their Differences Matter by Stephen Plethero (2010)

Whither Sovereignty

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 - S20N01 (Nanaimo)
6 sessions: Thu, Mar 5-Apr 9; 9:30-11:30 am

The Human Journey From Conception To Birth

Advances in technology mean that we now know radically more about life before birth than any previous generation. In this course we will address such questions as: how do we develop from a fertilized egg to an individual made up of about 3 trillion cells, all containing the same genetic information?; how do organs know where to form and what role to play?; and what kinds of events can disrupt this complex process?

ELDH 028


Choose one of the following sections:

S20X01 (Off Campus): 6 sessions: Thu, Mar 5-Apr 9; 10-Noon

S20X02 (Off Campus): 6 sessions: Thu, Mar 5-Apr 9; 1:30-3:30 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 - S20Q01 (Parksville)
6 sessions: Thu, Mar 5-Apr 9; 12:30-2:30 pm

Practical Photography

This course is designed for beginning students 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 - S20N01 (Nanaimo)
6 sessions: Thu, Mar 5-Apr 9; 1:30-3:30 pm


Good stories never die. These selections attest to the cultural longevity of three classic novels: Whit Stillman has a romp with early Jane Austen, Jean Rhys takes on Charlotte Bronte by giving voice and history to the first Mrs. Rochester, and John Banville answers the questions that Henry James leaves unanswered at the end of his Portrait of a Lady. Our discussions will consider the who, what, why, where, when and how of spinning off.

ELDK 040 - S20X01 (Nanoose Bay)
8 sessions: Thu, Mar 5-Apr 23; 3:30-5:30 pm

Required Texts:

Love & Friendship: In Which Jane Austen’s Lady Susan Vernon Is Entirely Vindicated by Whit Stillman

Wide Sargasso Sea (Charlotte Bronte and Jane Eyre) by Jean Rhys

The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James

Mrs. Osmond by John Banville

Write On!

You love to travel and want to share your experiences with friends, family or perhaps even for publication. Through 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 - S20Q01 (Parksville)
5 sessions: Fri, Mar 13-Apr 17; 9:30-11:30 am (No class Apr 10)

Western Mahjong For Beginners

This course outlines the rules and play for Western (Australian) Mahjong which is both challenging and fun.  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 - S20Q01 (Parksville)
6 sessions: Fri, Mar 13-Apr 24; 9:30-11:30 am (No class Apr 10)

Adventures In Comparative Literature

This course will examine how classical Athenian and Roman historians, philosophers, and poets were reflected and adapted by Shakespeare and his contemporaries. John will supply his own 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 - S20N01 (Nanaimo)
8 sessions: Fri, Mar 6-May 1; 1-3 pm (No class April 10)

Energy Medicine For Self-Help - An Introduction

This hands-on course will introduce participants to a variety of energy healing techniques including Eden Energy Medicine, Energy Psychology, PSYCH-K, etc. 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 - I20N01 (Nanaimo)
8 sessions: Mon, Apr 20-Jun 15; 12:30-2:30 pm (No class May 18)

Advanced Interpersonal Communication Skills

This workshop is intended for anyone who is interested in enhancing their skills to facilitate more effective communication 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 practice and refine our skills and tools in conversation and conflict situations.

ELDK 052 - I20Q01 (Parksville)
3 sessions: Mon, Apr 20-May 4; 9:00-Noon

Populism, Social Media, Elections And Fake News

This course examines the rise of populism and its relationship to social media, fake news, and recent elections in the US, Canada, the UK and elsewhere. Varieties of populism are explored and placed in historical context. Whereas it first arose in the US, today it has spread worldwide challenging the basis of representative democracy. Examined in particular is the role of social media in facilitating the rise of populism.

ELDK 047

Choose one of the following:

I20Q01 (Parksville): 3 sessions: Mon, Apr 20-May 4; 12:30-2:30 pm

I20Q02 (Parksville): 3 sessions: Mon, Apr 20-May 4; 3-5 pm


Required Text: The Populist Explosion: How the Great Recession Transformed American and European Politics, Columbia Global Reports (2016) by John B. Judis

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 feeling a sense of self-empowerment. Her presentations are interactive and geared towards different learning styles with lots of fun, laughter and insights into how Universal Laws work.

ELDH 090 - I20Q01 (Parksville)
3 sessions: Tue, Apr 21-May 5; 9:30-11:30 am

Who Knew Writing Could Be Fun!?

Afraid to put pen to paper? This course will focus on the process of writing and the pleasure in hearing other's stories. There will be no editing advice! Try this user-friendly workshop. By writing in a safe, non-critical environment you will avoid the "editor-in-your-head" and discover you have something to say.

ELDR 066 - I20Q01 (Parksville)
6 sessions: Tue, Apr 21-May 26; 12:30-2:30 pm

Wonderful TREES!: Botany, Importance And Identification

An Introduction to the world of trees during a highly experiential course. An overview of the evolution, distribution, variety, and classification of trees along with their ecological and cultural importance combines with a series of field trips. Participants will get to know trees and practice identification in a mature forest, an early successional forest, the Parksville Arboretum, and a provincial park. Native trees and "wildlife trees" will be emphasized.

ELDK 005

Choose one of the following:

I20X01 (Off Campus): 4 sessions: Tue, Apr 28-May 19; 1-4 pm

I20X02 (Off Campus): 4 sessions: Tue, May 26-Jun 16; 1-4pm


The Art Of Listening To Music

Believe it or not, there is both art and skill involved in listening to music. This enjoyable and interactive 6-hour course will involve a number of engaging activities to help participants develop their understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment of a variety of musical styles by learning to become active and creative listeners.

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Choose one of the following sections:

I20N01 (Nanaimo): 3 sessions: Tue, Apr 21-May 5; 1-3 pm

I20Q01 (Parksville): 3 sessions: Wed, Apr 22-May 6; 3:30-5:30 pm

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 and wish to re-learn this currently used system. Homework is expected.

ELDP 070 - I20X01 (Nanoose)
6 sessions: Wed, Apr 1-May 6; 9:30-Noon

Recommended Text: Bridge Basics 1: An Introduction by Audrey Grant

Bringing The World To Milner Gardens And Woodland

VIU's Milner Gardens and Woodlands has been rated one of the top gardens in Canada. In partnership with Vancouver Island rhododendron clubs, the Greig Rhododendron Species Garden has recently opened at Milner Gardens and Woodlands. This unique garden has been designed to explore the incredibly diverse world of the Genus Rhododendron. There is far more to this far-ranging genus that you ever imagined. This course will include a classroom session and subsequent tour of the new garden.

ELDH 076 - I20X01 (Off Campus)
2 sessions: Wed, Apr 15-22; 1-3 pm

Learn Mah Jong

Sharpen your thinking skills and have fun learning the challenging game of Chinese Mah Jong. You will learn the western version of this ancient game. You will have the opportunity to learn some of the basic and most popular hands and enjoy practicing your new skills in groups of 3 or 4.

ELDS 039 - I20N01 (Nanaimo)
6 sessions: Wed, Apr 22-May 27; 12:30-2:30 pm

Painting Our Salish Sea

Build knowledge of the land, sea and sky of our Salish Sea area. Follow with an examination of the lives of Impressionists, Neo-Impressionist and Post-Impressionist painters and their "water"-oriented scenes. Then use this knowledge to create your own Impressionist paintings in watercolour, acrylic and/or mixed media. There is a balance of theory and hands-on painting, and both experienced artists and beginners will have fun learning together. All materials except brushes are provided by the instructor for $25, payable at the first class. All levels are invited – experience the joy of creativity!

ELDS 006 - I20Q01 (Parksville)
3 sessions: Thu, Apr 23-May 7; 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 include new nuggets of knowledge, the bidding and playing of predetermined hands, and a review and discussion of the bidding and play. The instructor will base comments on Standard American bidding system of the American Contract Bridge League.

ELDR 015 - I20X01 (Nanoose Bay)
6 sessions: Thu, May 14-June 18; 9:30-Noon

Recommended Text: Bridge Basics 1: An Introduction by Audrey Grant

Cultural Art Patterns Throughout The Ages

Examine the artistic patterns of various cultures: Celtic knots and illuminated texts; East Indian mandalas; patterned Islamic tiles and Plains Indigenous people of Haida art forms. Create your own patterned works of art. All materials are provided by the instructor for $25, payable at the first class. All levels are invited – experience the joy of creativity!

ELDS 051 - I20Q01 (Parksville)
3 sessions: Thu, Apr 23-May 7; 12:30-2:30 pm

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 series will focus on leading ideas of modern physics, but requires no mathematics. You may, however, be required to suspend disbelief.

ELDQ 061 - I20N01 (Nanaimo)
6 sessions: Thu, Apr 23-May 28; 1:30-3:30 pm

Walking With Wallabies To Danube Dining

Explore Australia with the instructor while she shares Aboriginal dream stories and discusses the three waves of immigration to Australia. Then see the scenic Rhine and Danube rivers through Karen's eyes on a river cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest. You will learn about castle and fortress history, canal locks and taste some traditional Australian and German foods. To cover the cost of food $10 will be collected at the first class.

ELDK 006 - I20Q01 (Parksville)
2 sessions: Fri, May 1-8; 9:30-11:30 am


Introduction To Amateur Radio 

Amateur or "Ham" radio is a hobby enjoyed by millions. With proper equipment and knowledge, amateurs can communicate with other operators in virtually every country in the world. We will examine what the hobby has to offer participants and will provide a practical demonstration of the various modes of transmitting and receiving radio signals (voice, Morse, data (text), voice over the internet) and will outline the steps needed to become a licensed operator.

ELDK 036 - S20Q01 (Parksville)
2 hours: Tue, Feb 4; 3:30-5:30 pm

Simple Strategies To Be Secure Online   

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

ELDK 044 - S20N01 (Nanaimo)
3 hours: Mon, Feb 10; 1-4 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:

S20Q01 (Parksville): 2 hours: Mon, Feb 24; 9:30-11:30 am

I20Q01 (Parksville): 2 hours: Tue, Apr 14; 12:30-2:30 pm


Cannabis Talk

This course will discuss the federal laws and provincial regulations concerning recreational cannabis. We will address questions such as: who can consume cannabis in BC; where is smoking or vaping of cannabis permitted; are there any other restriction on cannabis use in public places; and what the exemptions are to prohibitions on consuming cannabis in a vehicle.

ELDK 032 - S20Q01 (Parksville)
1 ½ hours: Tue, Feb 25; 9:30-11 am

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 - S20N01 (Nanaimo)
2 ½ hours: Wed, Feb 26; 1-3:30 pm

Planning For The End Of Life

This course will analyze the recent changes to the law of 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 - S20Q01 (Parksville)
3 hours: Thu, Feb 27; 1:30-4:30 pm

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


Choose one of the following sections:

S20Q01 (Parksville): 2 hours: Wed, Apr 22; 9:30-11:30 am

S20Q02 (Parksville: 2 hours: Wed, Apr 22; 12:30-2:30 pm

I20Q01 (Nanaimo): 2 hours: Wed, May 13; 9:30-11:30 am

Vancouver Island Butterflies

Butterflies are the most fascinating and charismatic creatures in the world, and 70 species have been recorded on Vancouver Island. Although many populations have been decimated over 50 species can still be found. Learn about butterfly biology, Vancouver Island species, and when and where to find them through the instructor’s beautiful photography.

ELDK 053 - I20Q01 (Parksville)
2 hours: Tue, Apr 14; 9:30-11:30 am

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 - I20N01 (Nanaimo)
3 hours: Wed, Apr 15; 1-4 pm

Why The Arts Matter

Music is one of the few truly universal human phenomena and is one of the most basic and powerful forms of expression. Yet, there is a widespread notion that the arts are somehow frills. Participants will gain a greater understanding of music in particular, and the arts in general, and become well-equipped to advocate for the arts as essential to living well and as an essential element of a well-rounded education.

ELDH 066 - I20Q01 (Parksville)
2 hours: Thu, Apr 16; 12:30-2:30 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. This 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:

I20N01 (Nanaimo): 3 hours: Thu, Apr 16; 1:00-4:00 pm

I20Q01 (Parksville): 3 hours: Wed, May 20; 1:30-4:30 pm

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, etc. 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 - I20N01 (Nanaimo)
2 hours: Tue, Apr 28; 9:30-11:30 am

So You Want To Go On Safari

Would you like to go on safari but are unsure of what type of safari would suit you best? Having lived in various African countries, Mandy is ideally suited to provide you with an overview of several types of African safari, from self-drive to luxury. She will cover topics such as comfort and mobility issues, your risk tolerance when among wild animals, packing and will help you choose the trip of a lifetime.

ELDK 041 - I20Q01 (Parksville)
1 ½ hours: Wed, Apr 29; 1-2:30 pm

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


Choose one of the following sections:

I20N01 (Nanaimo): 3 hours: Tue, May 12; 1-4 pm

I20Q01 (Parksville): 3 hours: Wed, May 27; 9:30-12:30 pm

Joyful Journal, Meaningful Memoir, Positive Paperback 

In this class we will create a small book from scratch. It could be a journal that can be added to, a memoir of a wonderful experience that can be enjoyed over and over, or a small book that is going to encourage one to overcome or deal with a certain problem. Whatever your choice, you will end up with a personal little book that is positive and meaningful.

ELDK 050 - I20Q01 (Parksville)
3 hours: Thu, May 28; 9:30-12:30 pm


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