Continuing Education Course Calendar
Yoga can help reduce stress, lower blood pressure and improve heart function according to the Mayo Clinic. Every hatha yoga posture is composed of threads of awareness which, through intention, become lines of action. Performing a yoga posture is about finding and holding those lines of action, and the shape of the posture follows. In this class, simple postures will be deeply explored as a way for you to more fully experience being in your body. Iyengar Yoga Fundamentals is for experienced beginners and intermediate students. Mon, Jan 5-March 23, 6-7:15 p.m. (skip 1/19, 2/16). Instructor: Fred Dowd. (12.5 HRs)
It’s Free! Spend an enlightening evening exploring a variety of our non-credit certificate and training programs. Meet the instructors. Ask the questions you’ve been pondering. Enjoy two mini-workshops on of the six program topics of your choice. General public, health care professionals, students, friends and family are welcome! Jan 6, Tues, 6-9 p.m. (2 CEUs) FREE - Pre-registration required.
Essential oils can be used safely and with proven efficacy for the herpes virus, shingles, MRSA and other viral and bacterial infections. The antimicrobial action (antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral) of essential oils is one of their most effective properties, and has been documented by extensive research and evaluation. Thurs, Jan 8, 6-9 p.m. Instructor: Jimm Harrison. (2.5 CEUs, PDAs, CMEs)
Create more freedom and comfort in your body and mind with yoga. This class serves as an introduction for beginners as well as a practice enhancer for more experienced yogis. Each class session includes clear instruction, alignment-based movement, and breath work. You are encouraged to practice the yoga poses at your own level of comfort, and to rest whenever necessary. Thursdays, Jan 8-Mar 19, 6-7:15 p.m. (skip 2/12). Instructor: Heidi Fisher. (12.5 HRs)
Essential oils are nature’s powerful healing tools from plants around the globe. Explore their holistic and therapeutic function in complimentary health; cosmetic and beauty treatments; quality control issues; and best practices in developing formulations for professional and personal use.
Jan 9-11 (Fri 4-8 p.m., Sat and Sun 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.) Instructor: Jimm Harrison.
(17 CEUs, PDAs, CMEs)
Bowenwork is a soft-tissue bodywork technique developed in Australia by Tom Bowen, starting in the early 50’s and continuing into the 80’s. The technique involves applying specialized “moves” to specific areas of the body in order to facilitate the release of dysfunctional tension patterns within the neuromuscular and fascial systems. The results of which promote optimal postural realignment, internal organ function and overall relaxation. The work is helpful for both acute and chronic health conditions in babies, children and adults. Sat-Sun, Jan10-11, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Instructor: Sandra Gustafson. (15 CEUs, PDAs, CMEs) Register by 12/24 - Receive the “early” discount.
On average we take 24,000 breaths per day. Breathing, one of the most essential of our body’s functions, holds the key to establishing health and wellness. Through functional breathing we can often restore balance to the entire body and mind. Breath retraining has been shown to efficiently and safely reduce blood pressure, improve sleep, regulate hormones, create mental alertness, help with focus, as well as decrease stress. Sat, Jan 10, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Instructor: Brad Lichtenstein. (5.5 CEUs, PDAs)
Are you ready to receive the knowledge you seek for physical, emotional and spiritual health? Direct the power of your mind to bring valuable information into consciousness as you explore energetic terrain and connect with your client’s inner health. Learn to reveal patterns of injury and unresolved issues that keep one bound in a state of “dis-ease.” Discover how to release traumatic imprints, boost vitality, and activate your client’s innate ability to heal. Sat-Sun, Jan 10-11, 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Instructor: Lauren Nalder. (14 CEUs)
Curious about meditation? Now substantiated by modern science, the age-old practice of meditation can help you feel, sleep and cope better, while improving self-esteem and renewing enthusiasm for personal and work life. Please join us for an interactive and informative evening to learn what Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is all about
Tues, Jan 13, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Instructor: Eliza Morton.
(FREE - Pre-registration required),
(2 CEUs, CMEs)
Are you tapping the compass, unable to locate true North and just not knowing which direction to take? Do you have a track record of self-doubt, indecision or poor judgment? Searching for clarity and courage? Then now is the time to shift your orientation to life by developing trust in your intuition and living in a way that authentically nourishes you. Discover how to source from within to achieve the connection and comfort you crave, enjoy self-discovery and experience body-mind-soul healing benefits through spiritually fulfilling explorations. Wed, Jan 14, 21 and 28, 6:30-9 p.m.
Instructor: Lauren Nalder
In as little as 30-40 minutes a day of qi gong practice, a body worker will be able to treat patients using core movements designed to energize their own body during a visit. Sinew Strengthening and Silk Reeling have been used by martial artists and medical practitioners for hundreds of years. This routine is ideal for practitioners who perform massage, tuina, acupuncture, manipulation, physical therapy, and occupational therapy. Qi gong practice can strengthen your whole body from head to toe. Learn a routine that will transform your body and teach you how to move from your core in everything that you do. Sat, Jan 17, 10a.m.-3 p.m. Instructor: Fred Russo. (4 CEUs, PDAs)
Learn to effectively use western and Chinese herbs together in a single formula. Explore the history of herbalism, covering Chinese, Greek and North American herbalism. We will categorize Western herbs in the Chinese medicine model and bridge the gap between the two approaches. Western herbs and formulas for conditions ranging from anxiety to chronic pain will be discussed, and you’ll be able to taste several herbal teas. After this seminar, you will be confident using both Chinese and Western herbs in your clinical practice. Sat, Jan17, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Instructor: Jessica Baker. (7.5 CEUs, PDAs)
Deepen your understanding of the five shu points. We will have an in depth discussion of the Jing-well to He-sea points to gain insight into the appropriate uses of each point. Based in five-element theory but steeped in the wisdom of the flow of meridians, these points have both physical and emotional properties that enhance wellness. This class will enhance your knowledge of Chinese medicine theory as well as your acupuncture practice by giving simple, effective protocols for conditions such as indigestion, insomnia, cough and fever. Sun, Jan 18, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Instructor: Jessica Baker. (7.5 CEUs & PDAs)
Mindfulness is the art and science of paying attention, of listening to ourselves and the world around us, of learning "to be intimate with all things" as Zen master Dogen put it. Meditation can help you feel, sleep and cope better while improving self-esteem and renewing enthusiasm for life and work. You will learn to cultivate non-judgmental awareness in day-to-day life and develop the potential to experience each moment - no matter how difficult - with greater serenity and clarity. Appropriate for those who are learning meditation for the first time, or merely wish to continue to develop their skills. Jan 20-Mar 10, (Tues, 6:30-8:30 p.m. and Sun, Mar 1, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.) Instructor: Eliza Morton. (22 CEUs, PDAs, CMEs)
Keeping one’s personal energy strong and flowing is essential for one’s mental, emotional and physical health. Medical Qigong functions to activate, cultivate, balance, harmonize, transform and manage the qi-energy for self-healing, self-care and for healing others. This class will explore how qi-energy can be manipulated for facilitating the internal and external communications at the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual levels. Anyone can learn it, no matter what age, or way of life. Jan 31-Feb 1, Mar 1, Mar 14-15, Apr 11 (Sat and Sun, and Sun-only, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.) Instructor: Guan Cheng-Sun. (42 CEUs, PDAs, CMEs)
This advanced aromatherapy seminar provides an intensive and comprehensive study of essential oil molecular composition and structure. The sciences are used in identifying properties, therapeutic evidence, application and the quality of essential oils.
Feb 6-8 (Fri 4-8 p.m., Sat and Sun 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.)
Instructor: Jimm Harrison.
(17 CEUs, PDAs, CMEs)
Other than osteopathy, most manual treatment programs do not address the mobility of the skull bones which is so critical to the health and functioning of the central nervous system. This seminar focuses on a set of techniques for working with the cranium. Cranial work is also very useful in addressing intra-oral, TMJ, and ear and sinus problems. Feb 6-8 (Fri 1-8:30 p.m., Sat and Sun 8 a.m.-5 p.m.) Instructors: Nancy Witt, PT, MSW, CST-D &/or Einat Arian, ND, PhD, CST-D. (21 CEUs, PDAs, CMEs)
This seminar provides the basic training on the Six Systems of the Balance Method using demonstrations and practical experiences, needling and case studies. The Six Systems are based on Ba Gua relationships, as well as the Chinese Clock. The essential groundwork for treating all internal and external diseases, the systems are rooted in the concept of healing the body by balancing meridians. The systems contain logical processes for determination of the meridians to needle and an easy-to-use dynamic format to outline the treatment. You will be able to apply the concepts immediately in practice and develop effective treatments. Designed for both beginning and advanced practitioners. Those who have attended Dr. Tan’s Clinical Wonders of Acupuncture seminar will want to take this seminar as well due to the added material that has enriched the curriculum. Feb 7-8 (Sat and Sun 9 a.m.-5 p.m.) Instructor: Richard Tan. (13 CEUs, PDAs)
A generation ago, baby boomers brought back home births. Recent decades have seen a resurgence in families providing end-of-life care to loved ones through home hospice. As a natural extension, upon the death of a loved one more families are choosing to care for the body in the home which is called a home funeral vigil. This seminar will take you on the journey of a home funeral vigil, as well as explore the green burial options. Sun, Feb 8, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Instructor: Char Barrett. (6 CEUs)
This course is for those who have completed the Indigenous Wisdom & Healing: Tracking & Clearing course and want to fine-tune their skills. Deepen your knowledge and develop your skills as you work with the healing power of shamanic energy medicine. The course consists of completing and documenting six shamanic energy medicine healing sessions on six different clients, and attending the single evening class session. Thurs, Feb19, 6:30-9 p.m. Instructor: Lauren Nalder. (14 CEUs)
This course focuses on patient assessment that includes the musculo-skeletal system, body diaphragms, craniosacral rhythm and cranial membranes, as well as recognizing patterns of restriction. Techniques are taught for joint unwinding, muscle and ligament release, and myofascial trains recognition. You may immediately incorporate your new skills in your practice, continue on to more advanced study in Levels 2 and 3, as well as pursue the Craniosacral Certificate of Competency.
Feb 20-23 (Fri 1-8:30 p.m., Sat and Sun 8 a.m.-5 p.m.)
Instructors: Nancy Witt and/or Einat Arian.
(21 CEUs, PDAs, CMEs)
Ayurveda is not only a science of life, it is an ancient art of clinical diagnosis.
Vyadhi kshamatva (literally disease tolerance or immunity) and roga pratikaratva (the process of fighting against disease) is governed by ojas, tejas and prana. This seminar will cover the concept of disease in Ayurveda, the classification of diseases and the special category of immunological autoimmune disorders. Immunological and autoimmune disorders with special reference to Ayurveda will include practical demonstrations of clinical assessment of the prakruti vikruti paradigm along with evaluation of an individual’s ojas, tejas and prana so that one can detect the future possibility of autoimmune disorders in an individual. Feb 21-22 (Sat 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sun 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.) Instructor: Vasant Lad. (10 CEUs, PDAs, CMEs)
The hardware of your physical body is a mirror reflection of the health of your energetic body which stores within its software a complete record of everything you have ever experienced. Discover how to improve the quality of your energy body so the genes for health and longevity can be expressed. Your thoughts and perceptions inform your genetic code. It is through the language of your thoughts that you create the story of your life. Rewrite the program for dis-ease and dysfunction by sourcing from a place of health and harmony. Sat-Sun, Feb 21-22, 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Instructor: Lauren Nalder. (14 CEUs)
Brain disorders are some of the most confounding conditions seen in clinical practice. In the U.S. migraines and epilepsy are among the most common disorders for which people seek neurological consultation. Although most patients turn to conventional medicine for these two conditions, they frequently find that long-term medical treatment leaves them less than satisfied. Khalsa will review the clinical details and herbal medicine strategies for short term and long term care of these conditions. Sat, Feb 21, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Instructor: KP Khalsa. (5.5 CEUs & PDAs)
Headache, nosebleed, sports injuries, day-to-day trauma, and the flu are facts of life. Natural medicine techniques can do wonders to bring fast healing and relief for many acute conditions. Sun, Feb 22, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Instructor: KP Khalsa. (5.5 CEUs, PDAs)
Fine tune your skills in the creative art and science of blending essential oils, and enhance your therapeutic results with their accurate application. Feb 27-Mar 1 (Fri 4-8 p.m., Sat and Sun 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.) Instructor: Jimm Harrison. (17 CEUs, PDAs, CMEs)
Proper nutrition not only feeds the body, but it feeds the mind. For thousands of years, Chinese nutrition has been used to help people heal by alleviating the five yin emotions and their related physical ailments through proper nourishment. This seminar will teach you how provide your patients practical and effective dietary and nutrition advice to help them heal naturally, from the inside out. Sat, Feb 28, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Instructor: Heather Lounsbury. (6.5 CEUs, PDAs, CPEUs)
By focusing on the mind/body connection that hypnotherapy offers, you can assist clients in discovering the root cause of unwanted behaviors, resolving inner conflict, receiving wisdom from the subconscious mind, and making better life choices. Whether you wish to add hypnotherapy to an already thriving health practice or start a new career, the knowledge and skills learned in this course will empower you to facilitate lasting change and healing for your clients suffering from compulsive and self-sabotaging behaviors, blocks to progress, indecision, abuse, closure, and so much more. Sat-Sun, Feb 28-Mar 1, March 21-22, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Instructors: Mary Lee Labay and Susan Fields. (50 CEUs, CMEs)
This introduction to cadaver anatomy is designed for practitioners in any area of health care to review basic human anatomy and observe firsthand the underlying structures of the body. The class is offered in fall, winter and spring terms. The winter class focuses on anatomy relating to acupressure and acupuncture points
Sat-Sun, Mar 7-8, 1:30-4:30 p.m. Instructor: Becky Love, DVM. (6 CEUs, PDAs, CMEs)
Do you feel like you spend so much time caring for others that you are left with no time to care for yourself? Much in the same way that airlines tell you to “put the oxygen mask on yourself first,” self care is essential to our well being which in turn is essential to those we’re caring for. This class is tailored to people who are entrusted with the care of another - whether as health care providers, parents, teachers, children caring for aging parents, or spouses caring for disabled partners. It addresses the reality that many caregivers are so good at caring for others, but often fall short in caring for themselves. This experiential workshop is designed for that caregiver. Sat, Mar 7, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Instructor: Ada-Reva Spae. (7 CEUs)
Learn the tools to assess and treat peripheral vertigo. The National Institute of Health reports dizziness/vertigo to be among the most common complaint for an office visit, right behind headache and back pain. Understanding methods to diagnose peripheral vertigo and provide treatment options will allow you to quickly and painlessly get people feeling better and able to move on with their lives. Sat, Mar 7, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Instructor: Sandy Ellis. (5.5 CEUs)
Give your friends and family the gift of relaxing massage. Anyone can learn the basic massage strokes to relieve aching muscles, relax a tense body, or just offer comfort. Sat, Mar 14, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Instructor: Sue Russell. (6.5 HRs)
Explore the many effects essential oils have on health and well-being through inhalation and interaction with the olfactory and limbic systems. Mar 20-22 (Fri 4-8 p.m., Sat and Sun 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.) Instructor: Jimm Harrison. (17 CEUs, PDAs, CMEs)
Journey into the ethnomedical healing practices of the Manchu-Tungus groups of Southeastern Siberia who gave the word “shaman” to the world. Viewing the human condition from a multidimensional and ecological perspective we’ll explore where Eastern and Western models of alternative healing overlap and where they diverge within the context of pre-technical medicine. Alternative medical practitioners will discover that many of the bioenergetic systems of tribal medicine are similar in practice and theory but expand on the concept of an animistic approach in assessing disease and disorder in their clients. These concepts can be applied when addressing the causes, symptoms or presenting problems of an individual through a more holistic and ecological approach. Sat-Sun, Mar 21-22, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Instructor: Jan Van Ysslestyne. (11 CEUs, CMEs)
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the number one (or two) cause of death each year in the U.S. Three main contributors to CVD are hypertension, high cholesterol/triglycerides, and type II diabetes. Is it possible that drugs offered for one disease set the patient up for one of the others? Sun, Mar 22, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Instructor: Christie Fleetwood. (5.5 CEUs, PDAs, CMEs)
Are you ready to add a weight management program and/or group hypnotherapy to your practice? Perhaps you are a new hypnotherapist who wants to confidently help individuals with weight issues or are ready to add a group weight management program to your existing hypnotherapy practice. This seminar is designed for new and practicing hypnotherapists. Mar 27-29 (Fri 4-9 p.m., Sat and Sun 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.) Instructor: Kate Wells. (24 CEUs, CMEs)
Audit a Class @ Bastyr
Did you know that you (the general public) can take many of the University's regular academic courses, assuming extra seats are available and you have the required prerequisites?
You can either audit classes or take them for credit. These 11-week classes, usually held on weekdays, are available in the nutrition, culinary arts, exercise science, health psychology and herbal sciences programs.