Congratulations and welcome again to our Relational Bodywork Program.  Please read all of the following to make your PCAB experience as smooth as possible.

NEXT STEPS

  1. Pay Registration Fee:  We received your $50 application fee and possibly your $100 registration fee.  To hold your space in the class, please make sure to pay the $100 registration fee if you haven’t already.  Use our secure form on our Payment Page.  Credit card and ACH bank transfer accepted.
  2. Select Your Payment Arrangement (required):
    Download the Payment Option Decision Tree

    1. Option A: One-time payments due by the 1st day of class.  This is the only option where cash is accepted.  Also ACH bank transfer (no extra charge) and credit card (extra charge) accepted on our Payment Page.
    2. Option B: Klarna/Afterpay Payment Plans. Klarna approves some students up to $10,000 for 24 months, while Afterpay approves up to $2000 for several months.  If you are approved, this is the BEST way to pay for PCAB tuition.  Pay remainder with Option A if paying that on Day 1 or Option D (with no downpayment) if paying later.
    3. Option C: MiaShare Payment Plans.  All tuition payments that are not made in full at once (Option A) or are not via Klarna/Afterpay (Option B) are made online via Miashare (Options C and D).   Go to the Miashare Payment Plan Portal to set up a plan (and make a downpayment).  It’s very easy to use, and everyone is approved for plans at 0% interest.  Once you set this up with the downpayment, all of your tuition payments will be automatic, and you won’t have to do anything more.  Option C is set at a $500 deposit (by Dec 31) and 6 monthly payments of $2347.63 (or $1998.63 for those with the $1000 Promotion), and it allows you to receive your transcript at graduation.
    4. Option D: Custom MiaShare Payment Plans.  Option D is just like Option C, but it allows you to select a different number of months and a different downpayment amount.  You would use this option if you wanted to have more or less than 6 monthly payments, or if you wanted to make a larger downpayment amount, or if you had a worktrade discount or more than 1 discount.  Transcripts are held until the final payment for any plans that extend beyond graduation.

Read the additional useful info below:

  • Schedule:  Class is held Mon, Tues, Thurs, & Fri from 8:15-12:15 & 1:15-5:15, starting on Monday, January 8.  The last day of class, along with afternoon graduation ceremony, is held on June 21, from 8:15-5:15.   Our regular schedule will consist of Practitioner Cultivation and Relational Skills or Human Sciences in the mornings, and Bodywork every afternoon.  From March to June, we also have a 4-hour clinic in Kapaa on one or two of our off days.
  • Location:  Our location is at the Community Hall of The Church of the Pacific4520 Kapaka Rd, Princeville, HI 96722.  It is located a kilometer from the bus stop and the Princeville Shopping Center, which contains a Foodland grocery store, a bakery, a few restaurants, a post office, 2 banks, and a gas station.  PCAB and COP are not affiliated, but we are grateful to be sharing the space with a church that contributes so much to the Kaua`i community and shares the same dedication of service to others.
  • Tuition: If you have any questions about tuition and fees, please read over our Tuition Page, as it clearly outlines the required costs and potential expenses.
  • Books:  
    • The Trail Guide to the Body, 6th ed is a required text.  If you would like to be included on our list of people who want to purchase it (for $~65), which we will start using in the first week of class, please let me know by Thanksgiving.  If you order your own, we highly suggest buying from the publisher, Books of Discovery, and NOT from Amazon.
    • Another highly recommended book is “The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma” by Bessel van der Kolk.  This is not a required text, but if you know that you are already interested in the trauma-informed component of the PCAB program, this would be a good book to read.   Other authors to look at include Peter Levine, Daniel Siegel, and Gabor Mate.  Again, this is simply a recommendation if you’re looking to dive in more ahead of time.
    • Lastly, we also highly recommend “A Guide to Better Movement: The Science and Practice of Moving With More Skill And Less Pain” by Todd Hargrove.
    • Download our Recommended Reading file.
  • Pay $1000 for $1000 Tuition Promotion (before Aug 31):  If you want to receive $1000 off your total tuition cost and you completed your application by the Aug 31 deadline, then your next step is to make your $1000 tuition payment by Sept 10.  Go to our Payment Plan Portal and select the “Promotion” and “C1000” option to make a one-time payment (or you can use our secure form on our Payment Page that was recently sent to you in email–both options work equally well).  If you have trouble affording $1000 at this time, you may want to use our PayLater options with Afterpay or Klarna.
  • Apply for Scholarships and Work-trade “Space Crew” positions (before Sept 30):  Our space-crew position involves simple cleaning (sweeping, tidying) after each class and the setup and take down of the classroom space (rugs, chairs, etc.) for 15 min before and after each class. Must be punctual, dependable, and fit, since it primarily requires moving relatively heavy carpets.  Applicants are chosen based on a combo of fitness for the position and financial need–we will probably accept 3-4 people. If you would like to be considered for this, please fill out the Worktrade Application Form before the end of September.
    To apply for the BIPOC scholarship, please fill out the Scholarship Application Form.  Complete before the end of September.  All applicants will be selected approximately 3 months prior to the beginning of the program.
  • Tables:  We highly recommend that you have a table here for practicing techniques outside of class and for your life after class.  If you are interested in purchasing a massage table in the first couple weeks of school, we may have brand new Pisces aluminum tables (with adjustable headrest) for sale.  We use Pisces because they are super light, but light tables like these cost more than heavier wooden ones.  There also may be used tables to buy around the island.  Shipping a table to the mainland is probably $200, which seems like a lot, but considering that that table will last you a decade or more and can pay for itself in a single day of work, it’s worth getting a good one.  You do NOT need to have your own tables for the first few weeks of school, but it is highly recommended that you have one by the end of January.  We will discuss the various types of table options the first week of school, so don’t feel that you need to figure this out now.
  • Supplies:  We will provide you with oil bottles.  You’ll need to provide your own oil, sheets, and pillows, which we’ll explain during the first week of class.  At some point before the second week of class you’ll want to have 2-4 sets of twin sheets or special-fitted massage sheets.  We recommend “normal” cotton sheets rather than flannel or silk, however it’s perfectly fine for you to use whatever you prefer, including sarongs for a top sheet.  You can have brand new high quality sheets or your used Spider-Man sheets—that’s your decision.  For those coming from off-island, you can buy them here or bring them across the ocean.  Pillow case covers (which usually come with a new set) or fitted face-rest covers are equally ok options.
  • Housing:  Housing is a bit challenging on the island.  But fear not….every year everyone finds a home here, so we encourage you to not worry, while also being diligent online in Nov/Dec.  We currently don’t know of anyone with housing options, but we will update you if and when that changes.  Keep checking Heartbeat of Kauai for updates on housing, tables, etc., or better yet, get on their mailing list to receive emails every couple days with all the latest additions.  Also check Kauai Craigslist for housing, vehicles, tables, etc.  The locations closest to school, from closest to furthest are Princeville, Kilauea, Hanalei, Moloaa, Anahola, Kapaa, Wainiha, and Wailua.  Most students live near Kilauea or Kapaa.  Most farms are located in Moloaa–we don’t keep a list of farms or know who has availability, but checking the WWOOF website might help.  Also be sure to read our page about Kauai Life if you haven’t already.  Note that we do not know how the pandemic will be affecting the housing situation–it may make it easier, though there are some indications that it is going to make it more challenging.
  • Connecting:  You’re invited to join the PCAB24 Facebook Group.  You can use this group to connect with other students in the program, and possibly discuss housing, transportation, and whatever else ahead of time.  Living with other PCAB students can be very rewarding as you get more opportunities to study and practice and grow together, and you may save money on rent that way as well.  The Facebook group is the primary tool that I will use to communicate with the class for both academic and nonacademic announcements outside of class.  It’s far more effective than using email.  If you don’t have a Facebook account, please let me know.  Also, please note that in order to maintain professional boundaries, I will not accept friend requests from students at this time.  If you do not have a Facebook account because you want to avoid the potential trappings of social media, we strongly encourage you to set up an account and don’t establish friends–this will make it so your news feed is completely barren except for the posts from our group.   
  • Download and read the following files, most of which you have already signed digitally when you applied online.  Save a copy for your own records.  You may also want to download and read our School Catalog.
  • CPR, First Aid, and Insurance:  In addition to tuition, we will also invoice you for the cost of the CPR and First Aid class ($135), which is paid directly to CPR trainers, not PCAB staff.  Many states (including AK, DE, HI, IA, ME, MD, MI, MS, ND, NJ, NH, NM, NY, OR, PA, PR, RI, TX, WA, WI) require you to have a current CPR certificate, and some states (including NH, NJ, NM, TX, WA, WI) require First Aid.  If you don’t want to take the CPR/First Aid class, please let us know by Thanksgiving or before you pay your tuition, whichever comes first, and we’ll remove that item.  The basic program is 764 hours with CPR/FA or 756 without it.
  • Homework:  Yes…homework already!  While you’re more than welcome to show up in January with exactly the same amount of anatomical knowledge that you have right now, your future self may thank your former self if you take some of the interim time to enhance your familiarity with the names and locations of bones and muscles. Try learning just one bone or muscle a day, starting with these:  Pectoralis Major, Trapezius, Deltoid, Biceps Brachii, Triceps Brachii, Latissimus Dorsi, Gluteus Maximus, Rectus Abdominis, Rhomboids, Diaphragm, Quads, and Hamstrings. It’s also very helpful if you familiarize yourself with movement terms such as flexion/extension, abduction/adduction, medial/lateral rotation, inversion/eversion, etc. and what each of those movements look like around the body.  You can study the images near the beginning of the Trail Guide for this.  If you have an iPhone or iPad, 3D4Medical has lots of good apps, including Essential Muscle + Skeleton Anatomy (iPad only), which is probably the best one out there for learning muscles.   There are other apps that integrate with yoga postures that some of you may find even more useful, and there are other apps out there that cover all body systems, not just muscles.

You may want to bookmark this page to come back to later.  Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions you have.  We look forward to growing with you!