Take Home TCM Workshop Series

A simple series of workshops providing practical, do-it-yourself, home remedy-based knowledge about Traditional Chinese Medicine! Not to mention that they are super fun and a wonderful way to meet more folks from your community who are also interested in looking after their health and well-being :)

Our workshops are educational, empowering, inclusive and accessible to people of all walks of life. Learn more hands-on techniques and strategies that will keep you relaxed, warm, digesting well and balanced from the inside out!

These techniques are for personal use ONLY and are considered adjunctives for the prevention or relief of basic health complaints. They do not replace primary medical care and if your condition persists or worsens, consult your health care practitioner.

Intro to Chinese Medicine Diet Therapy

Moxa 101

Neck & Shoulder Acupressure

Workshops for community groups

Upcoming workshop dates

Contact us

Intro to Chinese Medicine Diet Therapychinese-food-therapy-traditional-chinese-herbal-medicine

This workshop is 2 hrs in length.
*Hand-outs are provided*

Coffee is hot and bitter in nature, while green tea is cold and bitter in nature. Learn about the inherent nature of the food you eat and how to eat for your unique constitution. A basic introduction food energetics as well as how food preparation influences those energetics, in addition to how nutrients and our digestive function are the root to our health and wellness.

Moxa 101:

This workshop is ~1.5 hrs in length. moxa 101
It will require floor space and as well as lighting candles. Participants are required to wear loose fitting clothing.
*Hand-outs + materials are provided*

Chinese style moxabustion or “moxa” consists of mugwort (Artemesia vulgaris) rolled into a cigar-like stick. This stick is ignited and the heat from the stick is indirectly applied over regions of the body or specific acupuncture points. Moxa has properties to warm the acupuncture meridians, stimulate qi & blood circulation, boosts vitality and opens pores or collaterals. It has been traditionally used on specific acupuncture points during the changes of season to boost immunity.

Moxabustion is especially ideal in climates such as ours on Vancouver Island, which is generally characterized as windy, cold and damp for most of the year. It can help warm up and dry out our bodies, wonderful for deficiency (fatigue, weakness, cold body temperature, pale complexion, weak digestion) as well as chronic aches and pains. It is also ideal for gynaecologic conditions, menstrual pain and irregular menstrual flow.

Neck & Shoulder Acupressure:acupressure

This workshop is ~1.5 hrs in length.
Participants will work in pairs.
A screen + projector for the venue would be ideal.
*Hand-outs are provided*

Pain in the neck? Weight of the world on your shoulders? Are you a teeth grinder?

Learn a simple and relaxing sequence of acupressure points that will release tension, decrease pain and relieve stress. Done with a partner, this sequence is safe, easy to learn, provide relief for a variety of stress-related tensions and
help build mind-body awareness.

Workshops for community groups:

If your group and/or organization is interested in providing a holistic and fun educational experience, these workshops are safe, accessible and ideal.  Our intention is to share and uphold the cultural tradition of self-care. Each workshop in our series requires minimal space and materials. Most workshops have a capacity of 12-20 participants.

We provide two payment options for our workshops:

  1. Sliding scale $100-200 honorarium (covers prep-time + materials)
  2. Pay-what-you-can + promotional trade (involves circulating our flyers,
    social media, word-of-mouth, etc.)

Upcoming 2016-2017 workshop dates:
*Dates are subject to change

  • SUNDAY Jan 21/18, 4:00-5:30pm – Moxa 101 (Susan)
  • SUNDAY Feb 18/18, 4:00-5:30pm – Neck & Shoulder Acupressure (Stefanie)
  • SUNDAY Mar 18/18, 4:00-6:00pm – Intro to Chinese Medicine Diet Therapy (Christina)
  • SUNDAY Sept 23/18, 4:00-5:30pm – Moxa 101 (Susan)
  • SUNDAY Oct 21/18, 4:00-6:00pm – Intro to Chinese Medicine Diet Therapy (Christina)
  • SUNDAY Nov 18/18, Neck & Shoulder Acupressure (Stefanie)

Contact us about arranging a workshop, questions about topics or

if you are unable to afford our rates:

Heart & Hands Community Acupunks
info@heartandhandscommunity.ca | 250-590-3185