Fall 2023 Val Mudryk

ElderCollege Courses - Fall 2023

Registration for Fall 2023 is open!

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 (Cowichan, Nanaimo, and Parksville) classroom.

Note: Courses are listed in alphabetical order here and in web registration.


 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 to live 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.  

Course Name and Section: ELDL 001 - F23W70

7 sessions: Mon, Sep 11-Nov 6 from 3-5pm (No class Oct 2 and Oct 9) 
Location: Online
Cost: $70 + GST 

Instructor

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. 


Abstract Art: My Kid Could Do That

Explore the many different styles of abstract art from the 20th century. Paint your own Abstract Modern Art, like a pro. Learn how to view abstract art and to critique it. Not all abstract art is bad abstract art; learn what makes it good art. 

Course Name and Section: ELDJ 068 - F23Q70

6 sessions: Wed, Sep 13 - Oct 18 from 1-3pm 
Location: Parksville 
Cost: $60 + GST

Supplies: 5-6 canvases or large pieces of watercolour paper, acrylic paints (red, blue, yellow, white and black), 3 brushes (small to large), and a water jar. 

Instructor

Deborah Sears, MFA, began her second career as an artist with a 2-year Diploma from VIU. She has had 30 solo exhibitions of her paintings and prints. Her works are held in public and private collections in Canada, America, Holland, Germany, England, and recently online.  


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.   

Course Name and Section: ELDJ 062 - F23W70

1 session: Wed, Sep 6 from 9:30-11:30am 
Location: Online 
Cost: $20+GST 

Instructor

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. 

Register for Advance Care Planning


Updated Anthropology, Human Nature, and Humans In Nature

We live in interesting times. Democracy faces challenges, both from local authoritarian populism and from uncontrolled global capitalism. It is also challenged in less visible ways by new ideas about human nature and the place of humans in nature that contradict older ideas on which both democracy and capitalism were built centuries ago. Drawing on findings from anthropology and related disciplines, this course examines that underlying clash of ideas and explores whether the newer insights about human nature may hold answers to current problems.   

Course Name and Section: ELDJ 087 - F23N70

4 sessions: Thu, Oct 5 - Oct 26 from 1-3pm 
Location: Nanaimo   
Cost: $40 + GST 

Instructor

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. 


New!Artistic Composition Through the Japanese Art of Notan

Expand your creative boundaries and improve artistic composition by immersing yourself in the compelling Japanese art of NotanNotan is based on the artistic principle of balancing light and dark, exploring the interplay of negative and positive spaceBy learning and mastering the fundamentals of Notan, you will gain a fresh perspective on creating unique, stunning images that push the boundaries of traditional art.  Whether you are interested in exploring new artistic styles or looking to expand your creative horizons, Notan is an art form that is sure to inspire you and take your art to new heights.  

Course Name and Section: ELDL 065 - F23Q70

1 session: Wed, Oct 25 from 9:30-12:30pm 
Location: Parksville      
Cost: $20 + GST

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

Instructor

Terri Bowen, BEd, MA, Master Graphologist, is a retired principal of a Learning through the Arts School in Calgary and has taught for VIU ElderCollege for over 10 years. Terri has won several Grand Aggregate Arts Awards from our local Lighthouse Country and is the winner of the first ever ArtWarz in Parksville. She works in many mediums and formats and welcomes commissions. 
Register for Artistic Composition Through the Japanese Art of Notan


Biofilia: Your Connection To Nature

Biofilia loosely translates into "we are all family” and we will explore this phenomenon throughout the whole course, showing how we are all connected to everything alive on the planetWe will start with a discussion about what Life is made of – what are the incredible molecules that animate Life and what makes Life tickWe will also discuss bacteria, cells, plants, fungi, animals, and viruses.   

Course Name and Section: ELDL 027 - F23W70

8 sessions: Fri, Oct 6-Nov 24 from 10am-Noon 
Location: Online      
Cost: $80 + GST

Note: In participation with NIC ElderCollege  

Instructor

Thierry Vrain completed undergraduate studies in Caen, graduate studies in Raleigh, N.C. and worked for the Canadian Department of Agriculture. In retirement he grows and shares food and teaches about how we are all related. 


Bridge 1 

This course serves as an introductory guide to the Standard American 5-Card Major system, focusing on basic bidding and play techniques. It caters to individuals who are new to bridge as well as those who have previously played but seek a refresher on the current conventions and strategies employed in this system. This course emphasizes active participation and includes homework assignments to reinforce the learning process. Whether you are a beginner or someone looking to brush up on your skills, this course provides a comprehensive foundation for understanding and utilizing the Standard American 5-Card Major system in bridge. 

Course Name and Section: ELDP 070 - F23X70

6 sessions: Mon, Sep 11-Oct 30 from 1:30-4pm (No class Oct 2 snf Oct 9) 
Location: Off Campus (Lantzville)      
Cost: $60 + GST

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

Instructor

Brian Atkinson, architect, has played bridge throughout the world: under a hanging car headlamp while bombs dropped overhead in Iraq; in the rain forests of Costa Rica; and beside the Mekong River in Laos, amongst other places. 

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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.  

Course Name and Section: ELDK 051 - F23Q70

8 sessions: Mon, Sep 11-Nov 20 from 9:30-11:30am (No class October 2, 9 and Nov 13) 
Location: Parksville   
Cost: $80 + GST 

Instructor

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.  


New!Digging The Desert Of Death: Archaeology In Afghanistan

While Afghanistan has been in the news for decades, few know the long-term history of the region. The Helmand Sistan Project was the most extensive archaeological project ever undertaken in southwest Afghanistan, illuminating the 5000-year history of this region influenced by known historical figures like Alexander, Zoroaster, Genghis Khan, and Tamerlane. The instructor, one of the participants on this field project in the 1970s, will provide a first-hand account of ground-breaking archaeological work undertaken in one of the worlds harshest deserts.  

Course Name and Section: ELDL 063 

Cost: $20 + GST 

Choose one of the following sections:

  • Course Section: F23W70 
    1 session: Wed, Sep 6 from 1-3pm 
    Location: Online
  • Course Section: F23Q70
    1 session: Thu, Sep 7 from 1-3pm 
    Location: Parksville

Instructor

Mitchell Allen, PhD, is a research associate at UC Berkeley and the Smithsonian Institution. He has taught archaeology for over 15 years, including several VIU ElderCollege courses, and is a specialist in Near East archaeology.


Dress To Feel Your Best 

Gain confidence in choosing the best clothes for yourself without spending a fortune. Join this lighthearted approach to fashion and dressing; and learn practical little tricks to feel confident at any age. This course also addresses the question of individual beauty, demystifies the puzzling word 'style' and talks about self-awareness versus self-consciousness.  

Course Name and Section: ELDL 037 - F23Q70

1 session: Tue, Sep 5 from 12:30-2pm 
Location: Parksville 
Cost: $20 + GST 

Instructor

Ina Griet Raatz-Von Hirschhausen is a teacher with a master’s degree in physical education and health-science. 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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New! - Energy Healing For Self Help: Basic Principles

This is a journey into energy healing by presenting principles and practicing them throughout. Learning to test and correct basic energy patterns for improved health and well-being. Participants will be introduced to energy meridians, including ways of testing and correcting the energies. This course will include guided practices and demonstrations of the techniques covered. Basic Principles is a prerequisite for the Applied Practice course being offered in Spring 2024. 

Course Name and Section: ELDL 061 - F23W70

12 sessions: Mon, Sep 11-Dec 18 from 1:30-3:30pm (No class Oct 2, 9 & Nov 13) 
Location: Online 
Cost: $100 + GST

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

Instructor

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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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.  

Course Name and Section: ELDK 017 - F23D70

1 session: Fri, Oct 27 from 1-3pm 
Location: Cowichan 
Cost: $20 + GST

Instructor

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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New!Finding Your Artist's Centre

Learn Sacred Geometry designs and how to apply the five universal shapes of   circle, square, triangle, spiral, and equal armed cross. Beyond these designs the focus will be "Finding your Artist's Centre by exploring the meanings and structure of symbols from different cultures, while creating art on paper with a compass, ruler, black and colored pencils. 

Course Name and Section: ELDL 046 - F23W70

6 sessions: Fri, Sep 15-Oct 20 from 12:30-2:30pm 
Location: Online      
Cost: $60 + GST 

Supplies: Have available some paper, a compass, a ruler, black and coloured pencils. 

Instructor

Dr. Sophia Andras is a Sacred Geometry artist with 20 years of experience. She has been teaching this subject for the last ten years, including VIU ElderCollege since 2019.  
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New!Fundamentals Of Photographic Composition 

This course provides a non-technical approach to enhancing your photographic compositionWhile the concepts discussed are applicable to adjustable cameras, they are also relevant to point-and-shoot and phone cameras. Students should be familiar with the basic operations of their camera and should bring a camera to each class. Concepts will be presented through a series of illustrated presentations and three field trips. You will gain an understanding of exposure basics, how to use your camera controls to improve composition, learn about the rule of thirds, depth of field, and other composition techniques. This course does not cover photo editing or the technical aspects of how your camera operates, but rather focuses on how to effectively use your camera.  

Course Name and Section: ELDL 067 - F23Q70

Cancelled

Supplies: Bring your camera and user guide. 

Instructor

Norman Mathew has taught photography to a diverse range of students, from grade seven to post-secondary levels, in public schools. Although he is an amateur photographer, he enjoys sharing what he has learned with others and strongly believes in the value of lifelong learning as a contributor to a healthy lifestyle. Norman holds an undergraduate degree in Industrial Education, and he pursued a doctoral degree studying the use of the internet to provide richer learning experiences for students. 
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New!German For Beginner: Level 2 

Embark on a seamless language learning experience, it is designed to propel you towards fluency. If you have a minimal prior knowledge of the language, this program is perfect for you. Completion of a German language course is beneficial, it will assist you in grasping the material - but not mandatory. Moreover, for those who participated in our popular program, "All The German You Never Knew You Knew" and "German For Beginners: Level 1" this course will build on your language skills. Get ready to learn German effortlessly! 

Cancelled

Instructor

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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Guided Meditation 

Join us for weekly guided meditations, focusing on calming body and mind, and bringing joyfulness into the heart. A great way to start the day, as well as reduce stress and distress that can be part of life's challenges. This course is ideal for beginners as well as experienced meditators and can either be a compliment to other mindful meditation courses or stand alone as an enjoyable experience without Buddhist ('Vipassana') theory.  

Course Name and Section: ELDL 042 - F23W70

7 sessions: Thu, Sep 14-Oct 26 from 10-11am 
Location: Online      
Cost: $50 + GST 

Instructor

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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How Do I Know It's True?

We are bombarded with false claims about many issues including climate change, vaccinations, and genetically modified organisms to name a few. Unfortunately, it is becoming increasingly difficult to separate fact from fiction. We will examine a wide range of topics using good evidence to expose false claims. Students will have an opportunity to examine topics of specific interest to them. Our discussions promise to be both lively and entertaining. 

Course Name and Section: ELDH 004 - F23Q70     

6 sessions: Tue, Sep 12-Oct 17 from 12:30-2:30pm 
Location: Parksville 
Cost: $60 + GST 

Instructor

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


New!How To Listen To Jazz Music

Have you ever been to a jazz concert and left thinking, "I don't get it"? Then this class is for you! Covering the major styles, the instructor will guide the class in what to listen for when listening to jazz music. There will be lots of listening, some discussion, a little bit of written work and we'll have some fun along the way. It's the instructor's desire that when we're done the course, the class will "get it".  

Course Name and Section: ELDL 055 - F23W70

6 sessions: Tue, Sep 12-Oct 17 from 1-2:30pm 
Location: Online  
Cost: $60 + GST

Instructor

Greg Bush has a Bachelor of Music degree from Concordia University, and a Master of Jazz Performance degree from McGill University. He recently retired from Vancouver Island University after many years involved in Jazz education. Greg continues to arrange, compose and perform, and help develop an audience for great music. 
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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.   

Course Name and Section: ELDJ 045 - F23W70     

2 sessions: Tue, Oct 3-10 from 10am-Noon 
Location: Online 
Cost: $30 + GST 

Instructor

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; a people-powered movement fighting for a better Canada. 


Introduction To Medical Cannabis

Discover what you need to know about medicinal cannabis before diving in. Learn 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.  

Course Name and Section: ELDJ 094 - F23W70

1 session: Wed, Dec 13 from 10-11:30am 
Location: Online 
Cost: $20 + GST

Instructor

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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New!Introduction To Restorative Justice

Restorative justice is grounded in the philosophy that people, not governments, are hurt by crime, and that "justice" requires society to address personal harms resulting from crime. It acknowledges that crime harms communities and is a community responsibility. Topics to be introduced include the history, principles, values, and the challenges and opportunities associated with restorative justice. This session offers an opportunity to engage in important discussions about "just relationships", harms and obligations, and how to build more restorative communities. 

Course Name and Section: ELDL 052 - F23N70

1 session: Thu, Oct 26 from 12:30-3:30pm 
Location: Nanaimo       
Cost: $20 + GST 

Recommended Book: The Little Book of Restorative Justice by Howard Zehr (revised and updated 2015)  

Instructor

Kevin Hood retired from MacEwan University after 30 years. He is currently appointed by the Minister of Public Safety as an Independent External Decision Maker, with an oversight role of the use of solitary confinement within Canada's federal prisons.  
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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. 

Course Name and Section: ELDN 066 - F23Q70

6 sessions: Fri, Sep 15-Oct 20 from 1-3pm  
Location: Parksville      
Cost: $60 + GST 

Instructor

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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Investment Knowledge Upgrade

Whether you manage your own investment portfolio, or utilize a financial planner, it is incumbent upon investors to have a basic understanding of the various asset classes available for investment. This course will broadly discuss the variety of asset classes that can be used to diversify a portfolio, how to evaluate the performance of your portfolio, and how current economic events (inflation, interest rates, and recession) impact investment decisions. 

Course Name and Section: ELDL 017 - F23N70

Cancelled

Instructor

Ronald Dimos, B.Comm (UofA), Chartered Accountant (Price Waterhouse), has a broad field of experience administrating Corporate and Family assets, comprehensive knowledge of trading in the Stock Market, Real Estate Development, and new business creation.  
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Mindful Meditation For Challenging Times - Level 1

Aging is not for the faint of heart and may often feel like an exhausting tightrope 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.   

Course Name and Section: ELDK 090 - F23W70

6 sessions: Mon, Sep 11-Oct 30 from 12:30-2pm (No class Oct 2 and Oct 9) 
Location: Online 
Cost: $60 + GST 

Instructor

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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Mindful Stitch And Textile Collage 

Immerse yourself in the art of mindful practice through the exploration of stitch and textile, as we delve into the creation of small fabric collages. This unique endeavor serves as a moving meditation, allowing us to cultivate a heightened awareness of materials, while immersing ourselves in the present moment. By embracing curiosity and granting ourselves the luxury of time, we can truly appreciate the process. While an interest in sewing is advantageous, no extensive experience is required. Rest assured, all necessary tools and materials will be provided for your convenience. Get ready to embark on a transformative journey of self-expression! 

Course Name and Section: ELDL 030 - F23D70

1 session: Tue, Oct 24 from 9:30am-12:30pm 
Location: Cowichan    
Cost: $20 + GST

Supplies:  Bring any additional adornments such as beads, buttons, or fabric scraps if you wish. 

Instructor

Nora Ready has a lifelong passion for fiber and textile. Her intention is to offer an experience with stitch and textile composition for wellbeing and mindfulness in a supportive and welcoming class. 
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New!Natural Support For Your Immune System

Do you often get sick? Do you feel low energy? Do you need to boost your immune system? There are many ways to naturally support your body to prevent flu, colds and other illnesses and promote your immunity! Join us to learn about the body’s immune function and take home some health strategies to stay healthy throughout the year! 

Course Name and Section: ELDL 053 - F23N70     

1 session: Tue, Oct 24 from 2:30-4pm 
Location: Nanaimo  
Cost: $20 + GST 

Instructor

Heike Walker is a European trained health practitioner, certified in Alexander Technique, Reflexology, and 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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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. 

Course Name and Section: ELDN 067 - F23W70     

8 sessions: Tue, Sep 12, Oct 10, Nov 14, Dec 12, Jan 9, Feb 13, Mar 12, Apr 9 from 1:30-3:30pm 
Location: Online 
Cost: $80 + GST

Texts

  • September Book: Mother of Invention: How Good Ideas Get Ignored in a World Built for Men by Katrine Marcal 
  • October Book: Poverty by America by Matthew Desmond 

Instructors

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. 


New!Outback Denizens

Australian diaspora of species is unusual with unique fauna found nowhere else on the planet. Species so rare, new classifications had to be added to the Linnaean system. This course examines the effects of extreme isolation, arrested development of animal species due to evolutionary dictates, and changes to naturally occurring toxins. 

Course Name and Section: ELDL 057 - F23Q70

1 session: Fri, Oct 27 from 9:30-12:30pm 
Location: Parksville     
Cost: $20 + GST 

Instructor

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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Peaceful Patterns: The Art and Personal Expression of Mandala Making - Part 1

The art of pattern-making goes back thousands of years and is both an expression of the creativity and background of cultures that create themThis course explores the importance and health-giving benefits of this creative art form focusing on the mandalaLearn the different styles of mandalas from around the world and practice creating a beautiful mandala of your own. 

Course Name and Section: ELDL 039 - F23Q70

1 session: Thu, Oct 26 from 1:30-3:30pm 
Location: Parksville     
Cost: $20 + GST

Supplies: Bring pencil, eraser, set of small felt pens, a black fine Sharpie, an ultrafine black Sharpie or a .4 Micron felt, pencil crayons, geometry set and a ruler. Special paper will be provided. 

Instructor

Suzanne Bernard has been motivated to draw and paint Mandalas using different styles and medium as personal art expression over the past 40 years. She has offered Mandala workshops locally and in Mexico. While travelling around the world and during her time teaching French in Africa, Suzanne met many mask makers and toured many museumsShe has also created her own mask calendar and cards.    
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Peaceful Patterns: The Art and Personal Expression of Mandala Making - Part 2

Explore the expressive and personal nature of pattern-making through the ancient art of mandala. This course will highlight the expressive nature and the benefits to self by focusing on creating your own personal mandalaThe different styles of mandalas from around the world will be explored to help you down the path of expressing yourself through mandala. 

Course Name and Section: ELDL 040 - F23Q70

1 session: Fri, Oct 27 from 1:30-3:30pm 
Location: Parksville      
Cost: $20 + GST 

Supplies: Bring pencil, eraser, set of small felt pens, a black fine Sharpie, an ultrafine black Sharpie or a .4 Micron felt, pencil crayons, geometric set and a ruler. Special paper will be provided. 

Instructor

Suzanne Bernard has been motivated to draw and paint Mandalas using different styles and medium as personal art expression over the past 40 years. She has offered Mandala workshops locally and in Mexico. While travelling around the world and during her time teaching French in Africa, Suzanne met many mask makers and toured many museumsShe has also created her own mask calendar and cards.    
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Reconciliation Before Its Time 

This course examines the career of Wilson Duff as Provincial Anthropologist at the Provincial Museum in Victoria (1950-65) and as a professor in the Anthropology Department at UBC (1965-76). In both roles Wilson worked to understand First Nations peoples and cultures and then convey that understanding to an often uncomprehending newcomer population. Today we often think of our efforts at reconciliation as new. In fact Wilson was, in many instances, way ahead of us. 

Course Name and Section: ELDL 019 - F23W70

6 sessions: Mon, Oct 16-Nov 27 from 10:30am-noon (No class Nov 13) 
Location: Online 
Cost: $60 + GST 

Note: In participation with NIC ElderCollege  

Instructor

Robin Fisher, historian and former provost and Vice-President Academic of Mount Royal University (Calgary) has taught at several Canadian universities and has researched and published on the history of First Nations/settler relations in British Columbia. 
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New!Reconstructing The Past: What Archaeologists Know 

Archaeologists reconstruct the lifeways of people of the past through their material remains. How do they know what they know? What value does archaeology have in todays world? This course will examine the various tools archaeologists use in the field and in the laboratory to provide concrete reconstructions of individuals, their environments, social institutions, beliefs, and practices. Illustrations will come from well-known archaeological sites around the world.  

Course Name and Section: ELDL 064 - F23Q70

3 sessions: Thu, Sep 14-28 from 1-3pm 
Location: Parksville  
Cost: $35 + GST 

Instructor

Mitchell Allen, PhD, is a research associate at UC Berkeley and the Smithsonian Institution. He has taught archaeology for over 15 years, including several VIU ElderCollege courses, and is a specialist in Near East archaeology. 
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New! - Relief For Chronic Back Pain

Do you experience chronic back pain or joint stiffness? Are your neck and shoulders tight? Do you wake up in the morning with a rigid body? We often move unconsciously in harmful ways which may create compression of the spine, excess muscle tension and pain in the body. The Alexander Technique teaches you how to change habitual posture and movement. Learn how to alleviate pain, reduce stress, and find more ease and balance!  

Course Name and Section: ELDL 051 - F23N70

1 session: Mon, Oct 23 from 2:30-4:30pm 
Location: Nanaimo       
Cost: $20 + GST 

Supplies: Bring a yoga mat and a few paperback books. 

Instructor

Heike Walker is a European trained health practitioner, certified in Alexander Technique, Reflexology, and 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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Road Safety For Seniors 

This course is designed to enhance your driving skills and knowledge, providing you with a wealth of new material. Stay informed and up to date with the latest information, including a detailed exploration of the Enhanced Road Assessment, guidance on preparing for re-examination, and a thorough examination of how aging can potentially impact driving abilities. This course will cover all aspects of driving, empowering you to remain safe and confident on the road. Don't miss out on this opportunity to equip yourself with essential tools for a secure and enjoyable driving experience. 

Course Name and Section: ELDH 051 - F23Q70

4 sessions: Fri, Sep 15-Oct 6 from 10am-Noon 
Location: Parksville 
Cost: $40 + GST 

Instructor

Tim Schewe is a retired RCMP constable with 25 years of service, including 20 in traffic enforcement and 10 as a technical collision investigator. He has been teaching for VIU ElderCollege for over 15 years. 
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New! - Self-Publishing 101: An Overview Of Publishing Your Life Story Or Family History

Do you have draft text and want help getting it to the next stage? Join us to gain an overview of the steps involved in moving from a draft text to a completed book. Compare traditional and self-publishing methods and give an overview of some of the options available to have your book printed for your family and/or the public.  

Course Name and Section: ELDL 058 - F23W70     

1 session: Wed, Oct 25 from 12:30-3:30pm 
Location: Online 
Cost: $20 + GST

Instructor

Mali Bain, BA (UBC), BEd (SFU), MA (UBC), a former high school teacher, has also worked in university, philanthropic, and non-profit settings. She is a certified guided autobiography facilitator. 
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New!Spiritual Renaissances: Creative Episodes In World History

Explore the catalysts behind humanity's remarkably creative and constructive periods throughout history. This course offers an eagle-eye perspective on various Golden Ages, spanning ancient civilizations such as Israel, Persia, Greece, India, China, and the flourishing societies of Christian Europe and the Islamic Middle East. By examining these historical epochs, we may catch a glimpse of a potential future global civilization. Join us for a panoramic view of human achievement and its potential impact on our collective destiny. 

Course Name and Section: ELDL 045 - F23W70

6 sessions: Wed, Sep 13-Oct 18 from 1-2:30pm 
Location: Online      
Cost: $60 + GST

Instructor

Harold Rosen is a community interfaith educator with a master’s degree in education, religion and philosophy. Always interested in the “big picture” he enjoys the processes of learning and teaching.  
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Sustainability, Social Change And Fun 

In the face of planetary limits, perpetual growth is no longer suitable. Our evolving relationship with the Earth demands a fresh approach to the economy, emphasizing mutual provision. By embracing time-tested biological processes, we can adapt society's economic "metabolism" to ensure long-term well-being. Envisioning a future our grandchildren can thrive in, we will explore the principle of 'more fun, less stuff,' offering a glimpse of a sustainable and fulfilling tomorrow. 

Course Name and Section: ELDJ 053 - F23W70   

1 session: Thu, Oct 26 from 10am-Noon 
Location: Online    
Cost: $20 + GST

Instructor

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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Updated! - The Anthropocene Disaster 

This course delves into the current state of the world, focusing on climate change and habitat loss. It explores the intricate interplay between human nature and potential solutions to these challenges. By analyzing advancements in medicine, artificial intelligence, genetics, and social movements, we will explore potential avenues for problem-solving. Join us as we delve into the complexities of our world and examine the possibilities for a sustainable future. 

Course Name and Section: ELDH 067 - F23W70

6 sessions: Tue, Sep 12-Oct 17 from 9:30-11:30am 
Location: Online      
Cost: $60 + GST

Instructor

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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The Art Of Getting Organized

If you admire the oh-so-organized pictures in a magazine yet feel it is not working for you, this course could open your eyes to the individual style of getting organized. The secret lies not in a certain container but in knowing yourself. Learn about functional organizing versus showy organizing and a set of little tricks to help manage your clutter more efficiently without cold hearted decision-making.   

Course Name and Section: ELDL 038 - F23Q70

1 session: Thu, Sep 14 from 10-11:30am 
Location: Parksville   
Cost: $20 + GST 

Instructor

Ina Griet Raatz-Von Hirschhausen is a teacher with a master’s degree in physical education and health-science. 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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New! - The Global Art Of Masks 

Masks have been a part of human culture for thousands of years, long before the development of written language. In this course, we will delve into the fascinating world of cultural masks from different regions around the globe. We will explore the various styles, meanings, and uses of masks, from ceremonial and religious to theatrical and decorativeYou will also have the opportunity to draw your own mask. By the end of the course, you will have gained a deeper appreciation for the art of masks and their importance in cultural expression. 

Course Name and Section: ELDL 075 - F23Q70       

3 sessions: Mon, Nov 20-Dec 4 from 12:30-2:30pm 
Location: Parksville    
Cost: $35 + GST
 

Supplies: Bring pencil, eraser, set of small felt pens, a black fine Sharpie, an ultrafine black Sharpie or a .4 Micron felt, pencil crayons, and a ruler. Special paper will be provided. 

Instructor

Suzanne Bernard has been motivated to draw and paint Mandalas using different styles and medium as personal art expression over the past 40 years. She has offered Mandala workshops locally and in Mexico. While travelling around the world and during her time teaching French in Africa, Suzanne met many mask makers and toured many museums.  She has also created her own mask calendar and cards.    
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New! - Understanding Fear And Its Effects On Humanity

This is an introductory course on the nature and role of fear, individually and collectively. In the last three decades, especially since 9/11, fear has, for various reasons, become a growing topic of major concern in several academic disciplines, operations of democracy and governance and in its uses in business, advertising and popular culture. Explore your personal relationship to fear, the importance of multiple perspectives, critique the normal socialization and the culture of fear.  

Course Name and Section: ELDL 060 - F23W70

6 sessions: Thu, Sep 14-Oct 19 from 10-11:30am 
Location: Online   
Cost: $60 + GST 

Instructor

Michael Fisher, PhD, is a retired educator who has focused on the impact of psychological, cultural, political, and philosophical issues on education, and how it often fails to emancipate us from the oppressions that hurt us. He is also an author of over 200 articles, has published 15 books, and is a popular teacher on YouTube. Michael has taught adult education for over 45 years, spent several years as a school teacher, and has been involved in youth and family rehabilitation work. Michael's research has focused on the phenomenon of fear and fearlessness since late 1989, and he refers to himself as a ‘fearologist’. 
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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. 

Course Name and Section: ELDH 070 - F23Q70

1 session: Tue, Oct 24 from 10am-Noon  
Location: Parksville    
Cost: $20 + GST 

Instructor

Mike Yip is a retired teacher and a noted bird photographer. He is the author and self-publisher of several books including Vancouver Island Birds and Vancouver Island Butterflies. 
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New! - Vancouver Island History 3: The War Years 1914-1919

This third chapter on Vancouver Island History is devoted to events, personalities, and activities during the turbulent years, 1914-1919.  Focus will be on the island's participation in the Great War specifically on the role of militias, training camps, and establishments. A variety of themes will be discussed including prohibition, women's suffrage, conscription, the economy, the Spanish influenza of 1918, the great snowfall of 1916, labour conflict, local businesses, and the changing political situation.  

Course Name and Section: ELDL 028 - F23X70

6 sessions: Tue, Sep 12-Oct 17 from 1-3pm 
Location: Off Campus (Nanaimo) 
Cost: $60 + GST

Instructor

David Hobson is passionate about history and has degrees in history and German from the University of Victoria and UCLA. He has taught at numerous institutions in BC including UVic, Camosun College and VIU ElderCollege. 
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Who Knew Writing Could Be Fun!? 

Afraid to put pen to paperThis course is designed to help you overcome your fears and embrace the joy of storytelling. Rather than focusing on editing advice, we will delve into the process of writing itself and the delight of sharing stories with others in a safe and supportive environment where your inner critic can take a backseat. By embracing this non-critical space, you'll gain the confidence to express yourself and realize that you have meaningful stories to share. Don't miss this opportunity to discover the writer within you! 

Course Name and Section: ELDR 066 - F23Q70

8 sessions: Thu, Sep 7-Oct 26 from 12:30-2:30pm 
Location: Parksville      
Cost: $80 + GST 

Instructor

Sandra Petrie has a teaching background in early learning and has worked in both private and public schools in Scotland and Canada. She is a student of learning who feels that all that happens in life teaches us something.
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New!Wild And Wacky Ceremonies

Want to know more about wild and wacky ceremoniesJoin us to discuss strange and shocking ceremonies held around the worldExamples will include: marriage rites, coming of age, birth and death, beauty in different cultures, body piercing, and others. You may be surprised by what you learn! 

Course Name and Section: ELDL 056 - F23W70

Cancelled

Instructors

Roland Semjanovs and Dianne Volrich collaborate on projects with Roland as the detail-techy person and Dianne the storyteller. Their presentations combine history and story-telling and receive rave reviews.  
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Writing From Life

Calling all novice and experienced writers!  Learn how to mine your life experiences for stories and scenes to convert into memoir, stories, poetry, or personal essays. Students 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. 

Course Name and Section: ELDH 034 - F23N70

6 sessions: Thu, Sep 14-Oct 19 from 10:30am-12:30pm 
Location: Nanaimo    
Cost: $60 + GST

Instructor

Lois Peterson has published eight children’s novels and numerous articles, essays and short stories for adults. She has taught creative writing for more than 20 years at the community, primary/high school and college level.
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Note: Courses are listed in alphabetical order here and in web registration.


 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.  

Course Name and Section: ELDQ 061 - F23Q70

6 sessions: Thu, Nov 2-Dec 7 from 3-5pm 
Location: Parksville      
Cost: $60 + GST

Instructor

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. 


Updated! - Are You Ready For The Next Emergency?

Be prepared for the next emergency! Join our comprehensive course to ensure you are fully prepared with the essential knowledge to face any emergency situation head-on. Discover the importance of staying at home during emergencies and learn the necessary steps to ensure your safety and well-being. Gain insights into what supplies you need to stockpile and actions you should take to effectively remain at home. Engage in enlightening discussions about expediting recovery, fostering cooperation with your neighbours, and understanding the role of government agencies in providing assistance. Join us and be equipped to handle emergencies confidently, knowing you have the skills and preparedness to safeguard yourself and your community. 

Course Name and Section: ELDL 066 - F23Q70

5 sessions: Tue, Oct 31-Nov 28 from 12:30-2:30pm 
Location: Parksville     
Cost: $50 + GST 

Instructor

Ross Peterson is a former director of emergency management for the North Shore municipalities (Vancouver) and has been providing personal and neighborhood preparedness instruction for over 20 years including through VIU ElderCollege. 
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Breath And Meditation 101 

Would you like to begin meditation but do not 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. 

Course Name and Section: ELDS 093 - F23Q70

5 sessions: Thu, Nov 2-30 from 10-11:30am 
Location: Parksville   
Cost$50 + GST 

Instructor

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 where she has been teaching at VIU ElderCollege ever since. 
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Bridge 1: Play And Learn 

This course is designed for individuals who have completed Bridge 1 or have some recent experience and seek additional practice before showcasing their bridge skills. Each class will offer a new nugget of knowledge and feature predetermined hands for bidding and playing. Following each hand, there will be a comprehensive review and discussion of the bidding and play. The instructor will provide feedback based on the Standard American bidding system of the American Contract Bridge League. Join us to further refine your bridge abilities and gain confidence in your game. 

Course Name and Section: ELDR 015 - F23X70

5 sessions: Mon, Nov 6-Dec 11 from 1:30-4pm (No class Nov 13) 
Location: Off Campus (Lantzville)      
Cost: $50 + GST

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

Instructor

Brian Atkinson, architect, has played bridge throughout the world: under a hanging car headlamp while bombs dropped overhead in Iraq; in the rain forests of Costa Rica; and beside the Mekong River in Laos, amongst other places. 
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New! - Cannabis Education For Seniors

This course will provide education about the important safety aspects while consuming cannabis. Drug interactions and side effects will be studied. Cannabis applications, methods of intake and avoidance of over consumption will also be discussed. 

Course Name and Section: ELDL 059 - F23W70

1 session: Fri, Dec 15 from 10am-Noon 
Location: Online    
Cost: $20 + GST 

Instructor

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. 


New! - Coast Salish Oral History: Elders' Voices 

This course will include the viewing of newly created films portraying the unscripted voices of esteemed Coast Salish Elders from the central Vancouver Island region. These films will showcase the strength of the Elders as they share stories about the power of land, language, and traditional wellness. Following the screening, there will be a brief lecture and an opportunity for students to ask questions, discuss, and provide feedback. 

Course Name and Section: ELDL 074 - F23W70     

4 sessions: Fri, Nov 3-24 from 10am-Noon 
Location: Online 
Cost: $40 + GST 

Instructors

Laurie Meijer-Drees and Melody Martin have a wide range of academic knowledge in Indigenous histories, literatures, epistemes and socio-political organizations. The instructors share over twenty years of experience learning from local indigenous elders and community members. 
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New! - Culture Clash: Classical Greek Plays Meet Contemporary Indigenous Theatre

In the realm of English and Romance language theatre, the Greek playwrights Sophocles, Aeschylus, Euripides, and Aristophanes hold a significant place. However, in an act of decolonization, Yvette Nolan takes The Birds, by Aristophanes and Deanne Kaseokeo takes Antigone, by Sophocles, and create adaptations that delve into the cultures of Indigenous communities in Turtle Island, encompassing both urban and on-reserve settings. This course focuses on the reading and analysis of these adapted plays, utilizing a discussion-based approach inspired by the talking circle format. Join us as we explore these thought-provoking works, facilitating an inclusive dialogue that reflects the diverse voices and experiences within Indigenous communities. 

Course Name and Section: ELDL 044 - F23W70

CANCELLED

Instructor

Annie Smith, BA, MA, PhD has a passion for Indigenous theatre and performance along with its importance in helping settler Canadians learns about the history and contributions of Indigenous peoples past, present and future.  


New! - Discover Your Inner Wisdom 

This nondenominational course is designed to help you connect with your inner self. By exploring inspirational readings and engaging in personal reflection, you will gain access to your own wisdom and guidance. Embark on a journey of self-discovery and experience the joy and fulfillment that comes with learning more about yourself. You may even discover that your best friend has been within you all along. 

Course Name and Section: ELDL 071 - F23D70

CANCELLED

Instructor

Christine Vaughan believes that one of the most important and exciting things we can learn about is ourselves. She has been on a self-discovery journey for 30 years and is passionate about helping others do the same. Christine recognizes that being true to oneself is not always encouraged in society, which is why she wants to offer support to those taking this important stepAs a registered social worker, Christine has been helping others through peer counseling for several years, in addition to facilitating other courses. 


New! - Eat Well, Live Long

Eating well becomes increasingly important as we ageThe food and beverages we consume, along with our habits around eating, play key roles in our quality of life and longevity. Join us for a discussion on how nutrition can prevent age-related diseases such as osteoporosis, type 2 diabetes, and cardiac disease. We'll also delve into the importance of maintaining a healthy gut microbiome, how to help prevent cognitive decline and more. Don't miss this opportunity to learn how to eat well and live a healthier life in your golden years. 

Course Name and Section: ELDL 069 - F23N70

3 sessions: Thu, Nov 2-16 from 10am-Noon 
Location: Nanaimo     
Cost: $35 + GST

Instructor

Patricia Good is a registered dietitian with 33 years of experience. Recently retired from a long and rewarding career with Island Health, Patricia is keen to share her nutritional knowledge. 


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.  

Course Name and Section: ELDS 048 - F23Q70

6 sessions: Fri, Nov 3-Dec 8 from 9:30-Noon 
Location: Parksville     
Cost: $60 + GST

Supplies: All materials except brushes are provided by the instructor for $35, payable at the first class. 

Instructor

Terri Bowen, BEd, MA, Master Graphologist, is a retired principal of a Learning through the Arts School in Calgary and has taught for VIU ElderCollege for over 10 years. Terri has won several Grand Aggregate Arts Awards from our local Lighthouse Country as well as is the winner of the first ever ArtWarz in Parksville. She works in many mediums and formats and welcomes commissions. 


Finding Balance - Introduction To The Alexander Technique

Feeling stressed and exhausted? Suffering from neck pain, headaches, or back pain? If you want to improve your balance, have less pain, or just feel better, try the Alexander TechniqueIt helps you to increase awareness, get more connected to yourself, and find more balance in body and mind.  

Course Name and Section: ELDL 029 - F23Q70

1 session: Tue, Dec 12 from 2-4pm 
Location: Parksville   
Cost: $20 + GST 

Supplies: Bring a yoga mat and a few paperback books. 

Instructor

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


Genealogy 101: How To Begin And Prove Your Tree

Learn 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.  

Course Name and Section: ELDK 076 - F23W70

6 sessions: Wed, Nov 1-Dec 6 from 10am-Noon 
Location: Online      
Cost: $60 + GST 

Instructor

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. 


New!Guided Autobiography: Unearthing Treasured Memories

Guided Autobiography is a powerful tool that helps individuals recall, write about, and share their most meaningful memories. Originally developed to enhance life review for older adults, the writing process is theme-based, focusing on commonly shared domains of life such as family, health, and work. While writing skills are taught, the focus is on sharing the experience rather than on the technical aspects of writing. Bonding is common; laughter is frequent. Come discover the power of recalling treasured memories with Guided Autobiography. 

Course Name and Section: ELDL 072 - F23W70

4 sessions: Thu, Nov 2-23 from 10am-12:30pm
Location: Online      
Cost: $40 + GST 

Instructor

Wendy Bancroft has an extensive background as a journalist and documentary producer with CBC, as well as a qualitative researcher with two national research organizations. She has been helping others tell their stories for 40 years. As a certified GAB instructor, one of roughly 600 located globally, she has been leading GAB workshops for the past nine years. She has witnessed the magic of heartfelt stories shared in small, supportive groups, and has become a passionate advocate of GAB. More information about Wendy and GAB is available at  Story Catcher Workshops. 


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. 

Course Name and Section: ELDJ 039 - F23W70

1 session: Wed, Dec 13 from 12:30-2pm 
Location: Online     
Cost: $20 + GST 

Instructor

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. 


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.  

Course Name and Section: ELDN 086 - F23W70

6 sessions: Wed, Nov 1-Dec 6 from 1-3pm 
Location: Online    
Cost: $60 + GST 

Instructor

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. 


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.  

Course Name and Section: ELDQ 058 - F23Q70

6 sessions: Thu, Nov 2-Dec 7 from 12:30-2:30pm 
Location: Parksville     
Cost: $60 + GST 

Instructor

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


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 levels welcome - experience the joy of creativity! 

Course Name and Section: ELDH 001 - F23Q70     

6 sessions: Fri, Nov 3-Dec 8 from 1-3:30pm 
Location: Parksville 
Cost: $60 + GST 

Supplies: All materials except brushes are provided by the instructor for $35, payable at the first class. 

Instructor

Terri Bowen, BEd, MA, Master Graphologist, is a retired principal of a Learning through the Arts School in Calgary and has taught for VIU ElderCollege for over 10 years. Terri has won several Grand Aggregate Arts Awards from our local Lighthouse Country as well as is the winner of the first ever ArtWarz in Parksville. She works in many mediums and formats and welcomes commissions. 


New!Nuclear Power Versus Global Climate Change 

Nuclear reactors offer one way to generate dispatchable electric power without producing greenhouse gases. Their use has been successfully opposed for half a century by those exaggerating their hazards, but today many are re-evaluating their fears and new reactors are gaining proponents. This course begins by explaining the health effects of radiation, proceeds to review the consequent politics and policies, and finally surveys various reactor designs and their potential applications. 

Course Name and Section: ELDJ 074 - F23W70      

6 sessions: Wed, Nov 1-Dec 6 from 10am-Noon 
Location: Online 
Cost: $60 + GST 

Instructor

Jess H. Brewer is a UBC Physics Professor Emeritus with a PhD in high energy physics, and developer of muon spin rotation/relaxation/resonance techniques. Jess is the author of over 400 papers in refereed scientific journals, and a would-be science fiction writer. 


New!Philosophers Of History And Civilization 

Does our human past reveal any overall purpose or directionWhat light, if any, do the grand theories cast on our present worldThis course will examine ten culturally diverse philosophers of history for perspective on today and tomorrow.   We will explore basic ideas of these influential and controversial observers of our human journey through time. 

Course Name and Section: ELDL 070 - F23D70

CANCELLED

Instructor

Harold Rosen is a community interfaith educator with master degrees in education, religion and philosophy. Always interested in the “big picture” he enjoys the processes of learning and teaching.  


Rev Up Your Life! Tools for Positive Transitions

Are you seeking ways to maximize fulfillment in your life? Join our course, designed to provide you with essential tools for planning and igniting transformative life changes. Whether you're approaching retirement, considering a career shift, or redefining your family structure, this course is tailored to support you. Drawing on the expertise of three seasoned career professionals, we will help you tap into your personal strengths and values. Together, we will explore your aspirations and develop actionable plans to embark on the next exciting chapters of your life. Don't miss this opportunity to embrace a fulfilling and purpose-driven future! 

Course Name and Section: ELDL 032 - F23W70

CANCELLED

Instructors

Janet Mirau MBA, CEC; Sheila Gordon-Payne RN, BScN, MA, CEC; and Jane Wilde RN, BScN (retired); are three career professionals keen to share insights and tools to assist and guide people in developing personal action plans.  


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? This course will explore the motivations and methods of cybercriminals. Then using that knowledge, we will uncover three simple strategies for significantly improving your personal cybersecurity.   

Course Name and Section: ELDK 044 - F23Q70

1 session: Wed, Dec 13 from 12:30-3:30pm 
Location: Parksville     
Cost: $20 + GST 

Instructor

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. 


New!The Art And Craft Of Composing Lyric Poetry

This course will explore the creative process and the nature and value of metaphor through the examination of lyric poets throughout history from Sappho to Leonard Cohen. Students are invited, but not required, to offer their own works-in-progress for the enjoyment of the class.  

Course Name and Section: ELDL 047 - F23D70

CANCELLED

Instructor

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. 


New! - The Global Art Of Masks 

 Masks have been a part of human culture for thousands of years, long before the development of written language. In this course, we will delve into the fascinating world of cultural masks from different regions around the globe. We will explore the various styles, meanings, and uses of masks, from ceremonial and religious to theatrical and decorativeYou will also have the opportunity to draw your own mask. By the end of the course, you will have gained a deeper appreciation for the art of masks and their importance in cultural expression. 

Course Name and Section: ELDL 076 - F23Q70       

CANCELLED

Instructor

Suzanne Bernard has been motivated to draw and paint Mandalas using different styles and medium as personal art expression over the past 40 years. She has offered Mandala workshops locally and in Mexico. While travelling around the world and during her time teaching French in Africa, Suzanne met many mask makers and toured many museumsShe has also created her own mask calendar and cards. 


The Grand Discovery Of What Stars Are And Will Become 

Until a few hundred years ago, stars were thought to be distant gods made of a superior substance. This course explains the main concepts leading to our understanding of stellar parameters and physical properties, from their birth in dark molecular clouds to their demise as white dwarfs, neutron stars, or black holes.  

Course Name and Section: ELDL 031 - F23W70

8 sessions: Thu, Oct 26-Dec 14 from 9:30-11:30am 
Location: Online 
Cost: $80 + GST 

Required Text: The Discovery of Stars by Joaquin Bohigas Bosch. Please read before the course if possible. 

Instructor

Joaquin Bohigas Bosch is a recently retired professional astronomer, and has been involved in research, teaching and outreach activities for the past 40 years. 


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.   

Course Name and Section: ELDJ 091 - F23W70

6 sessions: Fri, Nov 3-Dec 8 from 12:30-2:30pm 
Location: Online      
Cost: $60 + GST

Required Supplies: Have available 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, jelly roll pens, crayons, and any of your favourite colouring items. 

Instructor

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.  


Themes In Medieval And Renaissance Art

This course will involve viewing, hearing background about and discussing a variety of images of both Italian and Flemish medieval and Renaissance art. It will be organised into themes (mostly relating to Christian worldviews of the period) such as The Annunciation, The Madonna and Child, The Last Supper, The Betrayal of Christ, The Crucifixion, and The Last Judgment. Discussion will be highly encouraged. 

Course Name and Section: ELDK 055 - F23W70

6 sessions: Tue, Oct 31-Dec 5 from 10am-Noon 
Location: Online    
Cost: $60 + GST 

Instructor

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. 


New!Transforming Elder Care For Well-being

The way we care for elderly people is evolving, shifting away from the traditional institutional model towards a more social model. With new care environments designed to replicate the feeling of home, the culture of care delivery is undergoing a revolution. Throughout this class we will explore local, national, and global examples of this radical new approach, with a focus on promoting well-being for all care partners - including residents, staff, families, and volunteers. 

Course Name and Section: ELDL 075 - F23Q70

3 session: Tue, Oct 31-Nov 14 from 3-5pm 
Location: Parksville 
Cost: $35 + GST 

Instructor

Rudy Friesen is a retired architect, author, and consultant who researches best practices for long-term care around the world, advocates for aging better in community, speaks to groups in Canada and abroad, and consults for long-term care organizations. See Aging Better in Community   

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New! Understanding America - Part 3 (WWI To Present) 

America is a nation that has been developing and evolving for over 400 years. The nature of its society today is a product of that development. This course will examine critical events in American history and the underlying values, beliefs, and central ideas that have shaped them in order to better understand contemporary American society. The final installment of this course will deal with period from 1914 to the present day. 

Course Name and Section: ELDL 068 - F23Q70

6 sessions: Fri, Nov 3-Dec 8 from 1-3pm 
Location: Parksville   
Cost: $60 + GST

Instructor

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. 


New!Uranium And Nuclear Power 

In this course we will examine the pros and cons of using nuclear power for generating electricityTopics to be discussed include: uranium geology, production and supply, radioactivity, basic reactor design, reactors operating currently, spent fuel containment, reactor accidents, and alternate methods of generating electricity. 

Course Name and Section: ELDL 054 - F23Q70

2 sessions: Tue, Oct 31-Nov 7 from 9:30-11:30am 
Location: Parksville  
Cost: $30 + GST 

Instructor

Ted Trueman has enjoyed his professional career as a geologist. Keen to give something back to the community he willingly shares his devotion to science with the general public. 


What Am I Doing Here? 

Most religions have a golden rule. But is this enough? Does this satisfy our deeper questions about what we are doing here? Understanding the spirituality and ethics of a religion may help answer our questions. This course will consider these and other ideas through lectures, readings, and dialogue. 

Course Name and Section: ELDK 056 - F23N70

CANCELLED

Instructor

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. 


New!William Blake: Words And Images 

This course is a study of some of the best-known works by English artist and poet William Blake in their original form (in facsimile) to consider both the words on the page and the engravings that Blake included as part of his overall work. Begin with a background on the late-18th century and biographical material on William Blake, then move into Blake’s etching/ printing technique (unique at the time) and finally, learn how to distinguish his work from that of other poets whose work was intended to be presented as printed words on the page. Works will include: Songs of Innocence, Songs of Experience, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, and others.   

Course Name and Section: ELDL 043 - F23W70

6 sessions: Mon, Oct 30-Dec 11 from 10-11:30am (No class Nov 13) 
Location: Online      
Cost: $60 + GST 

Instructor

Steve Lane, PhD, has long been interested in the British Romantic poets, completing his doctoral dissertation on William Wordsworth. He has delivered papers on Wordsworth, William Blake, and Lord Byron at international conferences and taught university courses on Romantic poets and poetics. William Blake is unique in that he mastered visual arts as well, so Steve thought a course on Blake’s words and images might be quite interesting. 


Writing Your Story

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 students. 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.  

Course Name and Section: ELDH 006 - F23W70

CANCELLED

Instructor

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. 


 

Taking Individual Action On Climate Change

Time: 10am to Noon
Online Location: Zoom
In-person Location: VIU Parksville Campus
Admission Fee: $25 per presentation

Limited in-person spots are available.

Learn more about Taking Individual Action On Climate Change


Environmental Psychology, Climate Change, and the Benefits of Nature

September 9, 2023

A discussion of how psychology can address and examine climate change, climate anxiety, and the benefits of nature. 

Presenter: Dr. Lindsay McCunn
Time: 10am to Noon
Cost: $25

How To Avoid More Extreme Climate Change

October 21, 2023

Find out the many things that we can do about climate change, individually and as active citizens electing and supporting strong leaders.

Presenter: Dr. Jeff Lewis
Time: 10am to Noon
Cost: $25

Climate Action Initiatives: Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region

November 18, 2023

Join us to learn about local climate action initiatives happening in the UNESCO-designated Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region.

Presenter: Graham Sakaki
Time: 10am to Noon
Cost: $25

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