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The World of Hummingbirds: an evening talk
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Instructors: Alison Moran

Join master hummingbird bander Alison Moran for an exploration into the astounding world of hummingbirds. Learn to distinguish between species and find out about the roles that hummingbirds play in our ecosystems. Hear more about attracting and observing hummingbirds in your own garden.

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Portable Employment: How to Work Your Way Around...
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Instructors: Jan Moore

Do you want a lifestyle with more freedom to travel? Think you can’t afford it? In this fun, practical and engaging workshop, learn how to combine travel with multiple ways to save and make money. Discover the best options for work with or without an Internet connection. Determine your best fit: online business or offline job. The biggest surprise is you can enjoy a better lifestyle that costs less while travelling. Overcome the fears that hold you back and live your dreams.

$65.00 CAD
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3D Printing 101
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Instructors: Kate Hinkley

Immerse yourself in the new world of printing physical objects with a 3D printer in this intensive hands-on class taught by experienced 3D printing technicians. Your instructors will guide you through the 3D printing process, beginning with the most important step: the design file. You will print a 3D object to take home. Additional topics include how to get objects printed if you do not have a 3D printer, and what to consider if you want to buy your own printer.

$135.00 CAD
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Academic Writing and Critical Thinking-ONLINE
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This course is designed to help learners continue to hone their writing, research and critical thinking skills. This course will help develop a working understanding of the writing process, rhetorical principles of voice and purpose that guide what and how one writes, and the basics of assessing research and academic argument.

$595.00 CAD
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Addressing Communication Challenges at Work:...
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Instructors: Jennifer Walinga

Communicate as a leader, resolve difficult communication challenges in the workplace, and design powerful communication tools, systems and processes in this professional communication training program. Topics will include leadership communication, overcoming interpersonal and organizational communication challenges, developing a communication plan and learning new tools, systems and mechanisms for change, innovation, efficiency and alignment.

$225.00 CAD
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Strategic Systems Thinking: The Big Picture
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Instructors: Dave Whittington

Have you ever wished you could be more strategic? Have you ever been told you need to be more strategic? The reality is that you can’t act strategically if you don’t think strategically. This hands-on day will offer you tools that will help you to think more strategically. These tools are designed to help you to see the big picture and deepen your understanding of how complex organizations function.

$235.00 CAD
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Developing Human Potential: The Future of HR...
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Instructors: Patricia Galaczy

To build a healthy and sustainable organizational foundation, we must revisit and revise what it means to manage human resources. When we shift the perspective of HR from managing people as resources to cultivating individual, team and cultural potential, we shift what is possible for organizational health and sustainability. This one-day practical and applied workshop will explore the tools, skills and perspectives necessary to develop human potential in today’s dynamic organizational context.

$215.00 CAD
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The Nonfiction Editor
Classroom
Instructors: Coreen Boucher

Whether you write for school, work, or for fun, this day-long course is for writers who want quick and simple tips to sharpen up their nonfiction writing. These tips are some of the most common changes you’ll make when editing. Without requiring a strong grammar background, these tips will show you exactly what to look for to add clarity, assist with flow, and to convey a message with direct and instant impact.

$175.00 CAD
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Leaders as Role Models: The Shift from Managing...
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Instructors: Paul Krismer

Traditional employee engagement programs often buy the loyalty of employees’ bodies, but they do not win hearts and minds. In this course, we learn direct interventions that change the way employees FEEL about their work and their workmates. Find out how corporate cultures are open to positive change. Leverage positive psychology to get creativity, productivity, and joy in your workplace.

$325.00 CAD
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Fearless Strokes: Activate Your Wild Imagination
Classroom
Instructors: Marlyn Farrell

This is a two-day artful exploration that will help you to paint from a place of relaxation and openness. Enter an inner journey to discover the world of your imagination with this fearless painting adventure where you can experiment with colour and play with paper, activate your imagination, and become aware of the intimacy of artful expression. Put aside your inner critic and try it all! No fear or previous painting experience is required.

$155.00 CAD
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Sowing the Seeds: "Spring" Your Writing...
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Instructors: Julie Paul

A low-stress, one-day writing workshop, in which we will focus on generating new material through warm-up prompts and guided writing exercises. We will also enjoy samples of stellar work by selected authors as inspiration. Fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction? Yes, we will try all of these. Bring pens, paper and enthusiasm, to "spring" your writing into action. All levels are welcome.

$75.00 CAD
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Loose Interpretation: Embracing Your Reluctant...
Classroom
Instructors: Tasha Diamant

For any level– especially blocked artists and those who believe they can’t paint. Learn to paint from a process perspective and still be amazed with the results. We’ll paint en plein air on the beautiful RRU campus. Learn to paint directly, without sketching, and to paint purposefully, using watercolour as a medium that can’t be “corrected”, learn to work with “mistakes”. Let go of perfectionism and develop intuition and spontaneity by discovering painting as a meditative act.

$265.00 CAD
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Healthy Aging and the Anti-Inflammatory Diet
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Instructors: Maureen Williams

Inflammation is now recognized as a common contributor to a range of chronic health problems, from arthritis to asthma, to heart disease, diabetes and depression. In this course, we will explore how and why inflammation occurs in the body, how certain conditions such as diabetes, obesity and stress perpetuate inflammation, and how diet can be used to reduce the degree of inflammation we experience.

$45.00 CAD
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Trauma Psychology & Ecopsychology: An...
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Instructors: Maggie Ziegler

Ecopsychology puts psyche back into the world, offering new ways of seeing the essentials to repair the separation between humans and nature. Linking ecopsychology with trauma psychology connects the interpersonal violence of our societies with the assaults on the life systems of the planet. Practical, experiential and interactive, this workshop blends theory with practice providing conceptual models and theoretical understandings. Bringing together the personal predicaments of the survivor with the ecological predicaments of our time creates the possibility of integrated wholeness.

$125.00 CAD
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Chi Fusion: The Ancient Fires of Food and Glass
Off Campus
Instructors: Susan Isaac, Tom Kral

Tom Kral of Nature’s Chef and Susan Isaac of Shards Glass Studio have collaborated to facilitate ‘Chi Fusion’, a two-day workshop of glass art creation and fine dining with hot-rock cooking. Experience the creative freedom of fusible glass as you produce a unique appetizer plate or tray. Chef Tom Kral shares his knowledge of wild foods from the Cascadia region.

$175.00 CAD
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Earth Day Family Nature Walk
Classroom
Instructors: Kenneth Elliott

Join Ken Elliott, member of Cowichan Tribes and renowned expert in native plants and their uses, for an Earth Day Family Walk exploring the native flora of southern Vancouver Island. Walking the trails of RRU, Ken will inspire people of all ages to learn more about the native plants of the region and how these plants were used by the Coast Salish people. See the forest from a new perspective, and touch the Earth, as the Earth will touch you.

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Willow Chair Workshop-Sooke
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Instructors: Andrew Kent

In one day, you can make and take home your own Classic Diamondback Willow Chair using bent willow and alder. This is a great introduction to rustic furniture building. All tools and materials provided.

$250.00 CAD
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How to BE an Entrepreneur: Setting a Personal...
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Instructors: Jan Carley, Nancy Mudford

This unique online course combines exploration of the practical foundational skills of entrepreneurship with a deep dive into the most important part of entrepreneurial success – YOU. Students will learn the fundamentals of entrepreneurship, what’s required to be a successful entrepreneur, discover what kind of entrepreneur they are, adopt and grow an entrepreneurial mindset, incubate their business idea, and do a deep dive into the personal ‘being’ of entrepreneurship

$475.00 CAD
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Essential Skills Series: Program Evaluation
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Instructors: Russell Graham, Wendy Rowe

The Essential Skills Series is a four-day workshop that equips participants to enter and participate in the evaluation field. Graduates will be able to describe core evaluation concepts – from the uses and benefits of evaluation through data collection to standards – and gain experience in core evaluation practices. Prior knowledge of evaluation or research methods is not required.

$1095.00 CAD
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How to Improve your Writing: Email, Blogs, Social...
Classroom
Instructors: Fiona Prince

A short time ago, many of us could make it through our day without writing more than a to-do list, a grocery list, a greeting card or an informal note to a family member. Now, a day without writing emails, even in our personal lives, is like a vacation. When we add to our emails the informal written communications we do via texting and social media (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, etc.), many of us find we are talking through our fingers on keyboards and touch-screens more than we are talking face-to-face and on the phone.

This increased need for writing, both in and out of the workplace, requires us to improve our writing skills so that we may be heard and understood. Strong writing skills lead to smoother communications and less misunderstandings.

$195.00 CAD
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Mindful Communication and Listening
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Instructors: Patricia Galaczy

“The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place*." Integrating the latest science, psychology, and practice, this intensive and customized workshop will help participants ensure effective communication. During two days of practical and experiential learning, we will explore the valuable personal and business rewards of applying the practice of mindfulness to the essential skills of communication and listening.

*George Bernard Shaw

$295.00 CAD
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Growing Food
Off Campus
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Learn where your food comes from, what’s in it (or on it), and how to get the best nutrition possible! Grow an abundance of healthy, nutritious and delicious food– save hundreds on your food budget – and take a giant step toward increasing your family’s food security. In this practical, hands-on course you’ll be mentored through an entire growing season, gaining gardening skills and confidence to grow your own food.

$695.00 CAD
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Hummingbirds: Beauty on the Wing
Classroom
Instructors: Alison Moran

Join master hummingbird bander Alison Moran for an exploration into the astounding world of hummingbirds. Weather permitting, you will witness hummingbird banding and see these birds up-close. Learn to distinguish between species and find out about the roles that hummingbirds play in our ecosystems. Discuss hummingbird migration and breeding in the province, and discover the ways these birds communicate. Hear more about attracting and observing hummingbirds in your own garden.

$95.00 CAD
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Wild Edible Foods of Southern Vancouver Island
Classroom
Instructors: Abe Lloyd

Discover the wild edible foods that are available in both urban and rural
areas around Victoria, with emphasis on foods that are in season. Learn foraging safety and how to identify plants, how to harvest sustainably, and the seasonal availability of foods. Harvest and prepare select wild edibles as well as enjoy slide show presentations and lectures that will supplement your hands-on experiences.

$105.00 CAD
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Ecology and Restoration of Garry Oak Ecosystems
Classroom
Instructors: James Miskelly, Kristen Miskelly

Garry oak ecosystems are among the most endangered habitats in Canada – reduced to less than 5% of their original range. Remaining areas are often degraded by invasive species and other stressors. Restoration can aid the recovery of these special places and provide a pathway for positive connections between nature and human communities. This course examines the ecology, plant identification, plants, and natural history of Garry oak ecosystems. You’ll learn field-tested practical techniques for enhancing degraded areas and methods for converting fields and lawns to native meadow. Field trips included.

$315.00 CAD
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A Little Course in Human Shadow: Reclaiming the...
Classroom
Instructors: Hilary Leighton

In childhood, family, school, church and
culture help determine what is and is not
acceptable, and we tend to bury those
aspects or qualities that don’t fit our
“New Year’s Resolution Self”. Jung called
this our “shadow”, comprising repressed
energies that strangle our true natures until
we reclaim that lost (and unexpressed)
vitality rather than project it onto others.
Experience practices that give glimpses
into learning about shadow and begin the
necessary befriending (reclaiming) process
required for integration and wholeness.

$95.00 CAD
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Fermentation at Home- Advanced
Classroom
Instructors: Cindy Meiklejohn

Learn to incorporate fermented foods into your daily diet. Learn about ferment maintenance and multi-use ferments. We will cover accessible and versatile ferments such as fermented oatmeal and fermented coffee with an in-depth exploration of kraut, kvass and kombucha. Bring your own jar to take home a ferment. Jars provided at additional cost.

$55.00 CAD
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