Brett Bowen Spring 2023

ElderCollege Courses - Spring 2023

VIU ElderCollege is 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.

Registration for Spring 2023 Session opens Monday, November 21 at 8:30am! 

Registering online is the most efficient way of securing your spot in your preferred courses. 

Scroll down to see the PDF version of VIU ElderCollege Spring 2023 Course Offerings featuring the beautiful cover art by Brett Bowen.

Note: Courses are listed in alphabetical order here on our website, in the Course Offerings catalogue and in web registration.

Please click on the title of the course to see the full description and instructor bio.

  • Mon, Jan 16-May 1 (No class Feb 20 & Apr 10) 
  • 3:00-4:30pm  
  • Location: Online 
  • Fri, Jan 13-Feb 17 
  • 1:00-2:30pm 
  • Location: Nanaimo 
  • Fri, Feb 10-Mar 31 
  • 10:00-Noon 
  • Location: Online 
  • Wed, Jan 18-Feb 22 
  • 12:30-2:30pm 
  • Location: Parksville 
  • Thu, Jan 19-Feb 16  
  • 1:00-3:00pm 
  • Location: Online 

OR 

  • Mon, Mar 6-Apr 3  
  • 1:00-3:00pm 
  • Location: Online 
  • Tue, Jan 17-Feb 14  
  • 12:30-2:30pm 
  • Location: Online 
  • Mon, Jan 16-Mar 6 (No class Feb 20) 
  • 1:00-3:00pm  
  • Location: Parksville 
  • Mon, Jan 16-Feb 27 (No class Feb 20) 
  • 9:30-11:30am  
  • Location: Parksville 
  • Thu, Jan 12-Mar 2 
  • 4:00-5:00pm 
  • Location: Nanaimo 
  • Fri, Jan 13-Mar 3  
  • 12:30-2:30pm 
  • Location: Nanaimo 
  • Thu, Jan 19-Apr 20 
  • 10:00-10:45am 
  • Location: Online
  • Wed, Feb 1-22  
  • 9:30-11:00am 
  • Location: Parksville 
  • Mon, Jan 16-Feb 27 (No class Feb 20) 
  • 1:00-2:30pm  
  • Location: Online 
  • Thu, Jan 19-Feb 23  
  • 9:30-11:30am 
  • Location: Parksville 
  • Wed, Jan 18-Feb 1  
  • 12:30-2:30pm 
  • Location: Online 
  • Tue, Jan 17-Feb 7  
  • 1:00-3:00pm  
  • Location: Parksville 
  • Thu, Jan 19-Feb 9  
  • 12:30-2:30pm 
  • Location: Parksville 
  • Mon, Jan 16-Feb 13  
  • 10:00-11:30am 
  • Location: Online 

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

  • Wed, Jan 18-Feb 22 
  • 9:30am-12:30pm 
  • Location: Online 
  • Fri, Jan 13-Mar 3  
  • 3:00-5:00pm 
  • Location: Nanaimo 
  • Tue, Jan 10-Feb 14 
  • 1:00-3:00pm 
  • Location: Nanaimo (Off Campus) 

Updated Title - Writing Your Story  

  • Tue, Jan 17-Feb 21 
  • 1:30-3:30pm 
  • Location: Online 
  • Tue, Mar 7-28 
  • 3:30-5:30pm 
  • Location: Online 

Choose Wellness: Nutrition for Body, Mind, and Spirit 

  • Wed, Mar 8-29  
  • 3:30-5:30pm 
  • Location: Online 
  • Tue, Mar 7-Apr 11  
  • 10:00-Noon 
  • Location: Nanaimo (Off campus) 

Colours Of Your World  

  • Wed, Mar 8-Apr 12  
  • 9:30am-Noon 
  • Location: Parksville 

Flash Fiction: Bold, Brief, And Beautiful  

  • Tue, Mar 7-28  
  • 10:00-Noon 
  • Location: Parksville 

Now 7 weeks - French Songs Through History  

  • Tue, Mar 7-Apr 18 
  • 12:30-2:30pm 
  • Location: Parksville 
  • Wed, Mar 8-Apr 12  
  • 3:00-5:00pm  
  • Location: Online 
  • Tue, Mar 14-Apr 4
  • 9:30-11:30am 
  • Location: Parksville 
  • Tue, Mar 7-Apr 11  
  • 3:00-5:00pm 
  • Location: Online 
  • Thu, Mar 9-Apr 27 
  • 3:00-5:00pm 
  • Location: Nanaimo 
  • Mon, Mar 6-Apr 17 (No class Apr 10) 
  • 1:00-2:30pm  
  • Location: Online 
  • Mon, Mar 6-Apr 17 (No class Apr 10) 
  • 10:00-Noon  
  • Location: Parksville (Off Campus) 

Prepare For Emergencies And Disasters  

  • Thu, Mar 9-Apr 6 
  • 9:30-11:30am 
  • Location: Parksville 
  • Tue, Mar 7-Apr 11  
  • 10:00-11:30am 
  • Location: Online 
  • Fri, Mar 10-24  
  • 9:30-11:30am 
  • Location: Parksville 
  • Wed, Mar 15-Apr 5  
  • 10:00-Noon 
  • Location: Online 
  • Thu, Mar 9-23 
  • 12:30-2:00pm 
  • Location: Online 
  • Mon, Feb 27-Apr 3  
  • 10:00-Noon 
  • Location: Online 
  • Fri, Mar 10-Apr 21 (No class Apr 7) 
  • 1:00-3:00pm  
  • Location: Parksville 

The Strait Of Georgia And The Future Of Pacific Salmon 

  • Thu, Mar 9-30 
  • 12:30-2:30pm 
  • Location: Nanaimo 
  • Thu, Mar 9-Apr 27 
  • 3:30-5:30pm 
  • Location: Parksville 

NEW - Top 25 By 25 Poets            

  • Fri, Mar 10-Apr 21 (No class Apr 7) 
  • 12:30-2:00pm  
  • Location: Online 
  • Wed, Mar 8-Apr 12 
  • 1:00-3:30pm 
  • Location: Parksville 
  • Wed, Mar 8-Apr 12 
  • 1:00-3:00pm  
  • Location: Parksville 
  • Tue, Mar 7-Apr 11 
  • 1:00-3:00pm 
  • Location: Nanaimo (Off Campus) 

Western Mahjong For Beginners  

  • Thu, Mar 9-Apr 13 
  • 12:30-2:30pm  
  • Location: Parksville 

Who Knew Writing Could Be Fun!?  

  • Thu, Mar 9-Apr 13  
  • 12:30-2:30pm 
  • Location: Parksville 
  • Thu, May 4-Jun 8  
  • 1:00-2:30pm 
  • Location: Online 
  • Wed, May 3-24  
  • 10:00-Noon 
  • Location: Parksville 
  • Wed, May 3-24  
  • 1:00-2:30pm 
  • Location: Nanaimo 
  • Wed, May 3-17  
  • 10:00-11:30am 
  • Location: Nanaimo      
  • Thu, Apr 27-May 25  
  • 10:00-Noon 
  • Location: Parksville 
  • Mon, May 8-29 (No class May 22) 
  • 12:30-2:30pm  
  • Location: Parksville 
  • Thu, May 4-25; 12:30-2:30pm 
  • Instructor:   Sabri Diab 
  • Location: Parksville 
  • Tue, May 2-Jun 6  
  • 10:00-Noon 
  • Location: Online 
  • Tue, May 9-30 
  • 1:00-4:30pm 
  • Location: Parksville (Off Campus) 

OR 

  • Tue, Jun 6-27  
  • 1:00-4:30pm  
  • Location: Parksville (Off Campus) 
  • Tue, Apr 25-May 30  
  • 1:00-3:00pm 
  • Location: Nanaimo (Off campus) 

NEW - Ayurveda For Health And Wellness

  • Tue, Dec 13
  • 12:30-2:30 pm
  • Online: Zoom

Current Issues For Seniors In BC

  • Tue, Dec 13
  • 9:30-11:30 am
  • Online: Zoom

Exploring Life And The Afterlife 

  • Wed, Dec 14
  • 12:30-2:30 pm
  • In-person: Nanaimo

Greece: Athens And The Ionian Islands

  • Mon, Dec 12
  • 1:00-4:00 pm
  • Online: Zoom

Iceland: Reykjavik, And The Golden Circle

  • Thu, Dec 15
  • 12:30-2:00 pm
  • Online: Zoom

Learning Science Through Observation And Art 

  • Mon, Dec 12
  • 9:30-12:30 pm
  • Online: Zoom

Probate Bypass Strategies

  • Thu, Dec 15
  • 9:30-11:30 am
  • Online: Zoom

NEW - Relieve Stress With Bach Flower Remedies

  • Fri, Dec 16
  • 9:30-11:00 am
  • In-person: Nanaimo

Simple Strategies To Be Secure Online

  • Wed, Dec 14
  • 9:30-12:30 pm
  • In-person: Nanaimo

 

 

  • Fri, Apr 28 
  • 9:30-11:30am 
  • Location: Online 

 OR 

  • Wed, Jun 14 
  • 9:30-11:30am 
  • Location: Online 
  • Thu, Jun 15 
  • 1:00-2:30pm 
  • Location: Parksville 
  • Mon, Feb 27 
  • 12:30-2:30pm  
  • Location: Online 
  • Fri, Mar 3  
  • 10:00-11:30am 
  • Location: Parksville 
  • Mon, Apr 24 
  • 1:00-3:00pm 
  • Location: Parksville 
  • Wed, Jun 14  
  • 12:30-2:30pm 
  • Location: Parksville 
  • Thu, Mar 2
  • 2:00-4:00pm 
  • Location: Nanaimo 
  • Thu, Mar 2  
  • 1:00-2:30pm 
  • Location: Online 

Gourmet Adventures – Discovery Room Luncheon

  • Thu, Mar 2  
  • Noon-2:00pm
  • Location: Nanaimo

Gourmet Adventures – Long Table Room Luncheon

  • Fri, Feb 10  
  • Noon-2:00pm
  • Location: Nanaimo
  • Tue, Apr 25  
  • 1:00-2:30pm 
  • Location: Online 
  • Mon, Feb 27  
  • 10:00-11:30am 
  • Location: Nanaimo 
  • Tue, Apr 25
  • 9:30-11:30am
  • Location: Parksville

Introduction To Medical Cannabis  

  • Fri, Apr 28 
  • 10:30-Noon 
  • Location: Online 
  • Tue, Feb 28  
  • 12:30-3:30pm  
  • Location: Nanaimo 

OR 

  • Mon, Apr 24  
  • 3:30-6:30pm 
  • Location: Parksville 
  • Thu, Mar 2  
  • 9:30-11:30am 
  • Location: Parksville 
  • Fri, Mar 3  
  • 12:30-2:30pm 
  • Location: Parksville 
  • Wed, Mar 1 
  • 9:30-11:30am 
  • Location: Parksville 

OR 

  • Thu, Apr 27 
  • 9:30-11:30am 
  • Location: Online 
  • Wed, Apr 26 
  • 12:30-3:30pm 
  • Location: Parksville 
  • Wed, Mar 1  
  • 10:00-11:30am 
  • Location: Online 
  • Thu, Apr 27  
  • 1:00-2:30pm 
  • Location: Parksville 
  • Fri, Apr 28  
  • 1:00-2:30pm 
  • Location: Parksville 
  • Tue, Feb 28  
  • 9:30-11:30am 
  • Location: Parksville 
  • Wed, Apr 26 
  • 10:00-Noon 
  • Location: Parksville 
  • Thu, Mar 2 
  • 12:30-2:00pm 
  • Location: Parksville
  • Wed, Mar 1 
  • 1:00-3:00pm 
  • Location: Online 

Our Universe – The Big Picture

  • Sat, Feb 25
  • 10:00am to Noon
  • In-person: Parksville or Online: Zoom

Exploring the Universe with the Hubble and Webb Space Telescopes 

  • Sat, Mar 25
  • 10:00am to Noon
  • In-person: Parksville or Online: Zoom

Beyond Flatland: Space and Time After the Last Scientific Revolution 

  • Sat, Apr 15
  • 10:00am to Noon
  • In-person: Parksville or Online: Zoom

VIU ElderCollege Spring 2023 - Course Offerings Cover

Spring 2023 ElderCollege Course Offerings

Browse or download the Spring 2023 ElderCollege Course Offerings. Courses listed are offered January through June, online or in-person. You can also browse the courses and course descriptions listed below.

VIU ElderCollege Spring 2023 - Course Offerings

Come Zoom With VIU ElderCollege

Our online courses will be offered through Zoom, an online communications tool.  In preparation for learning online, familiarize yourself with our Student Zoom User Guide and attend our free Student Zoom Training Cafes.

VIU ElderCollege Spring 2023 - ONLINE Course Offerings

Spring 2023 ElderCollege ONLINE ONLY Course Offerings

Browse or download theSpring 2023 ElderCollege ONLINE ONLY Course Offerings. Courses listed in this calendar are offered January through June, online only via Zoom. You can also browse the courses and course descriptions listed below.

VIU ElderCollege ONLINE ONLY Course Offerings

Disclosure

VIU ElderCollege offers a myriad of courses and lectures each semester covering a wide range of subject areas and topics. VIU ElderCollege screens all instructors and courses before they are given, but assumes no responsibility for the content or information provided by any course or lecture, including those that some may view as controversial. In order to minimize any confusion by students, course instructors are asked to provide clarity regarding the source of information, differentiating among published material, theory, and personal opinion.

Refunds

VIU policy permits refunds only if the withdrawal request is received at least 7 days prior to the start date of an ElderCollege course. Extenuating circumstances may be considered if the request withdrawal is made later.

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