Five Element Graduate Program – Gainsville, Florida

A two-year program, designed for practitioners who wish to significantly deepen their understanding and application of the theory and practice of the breadth
of five element acupuncture.

This program is open to all practicing acupuncturists with a background in Five Element acupuncture. It is crafted to encourage awareness of what you already know, stimulate recognition of what you do not know and allow you to mature as an instrument of Nature.

  •  The classical roots of five element acupuncture
  • The concepts of health within five element acupuncture, including one’s proper nature (xing) and destiny (ming)
  • Dao, yinyang, HeavenEarthMan, the four seasons, the five elements and wuxing correspondences
  • The five spirits (shen) and the five wills (zhi)
  • Zheng (regulatory) qi versus xie (pathogenic) qi
  • Physiology and pathology of shen, qi, jing, xue and jinye, with reference to challenges presented by the internal, external and miscellaneous causes of disease causing shi (full) and xu (empty) conditions
  • The nature (spirit/essence) and clinical application of individual acupuncture points, based on the imagery of the characters
  • Point groupings including windows of the sky, the four seas and empirical local/middle/distal points
  • The four examination skills employed in the physical/structural examination and comprehensive TD, including a range of palpation techniques and inquiry via the ten questions
  • Diagnosis of the CF and withins through CSOE, including the dynamics of congruent energetic invitations
  • Elegant treatment of the CF and withins
  • The interrelationships of the twelve officials, both in the regulation and maintenance of life and in the creation of health hazards
  • Diagnosis of the twelve officials, referencing the 28 pulse qualities, and appropriate treatment in light of CSOE
  • Locations of jingluo channels and specific acupuncture points
  • Diagnosis and treatment of jingluo channels (primary, divergent, luo, sinew and the ren and du mai), beyond exit/entry blocks and akabanis
  • Diagnosis and treatment of the sheng and ke cycles, including a new look at transfers and the four needle technique
  • The nature of specific protocols used in five element acupuncture, including IDs/EDs for specific ying qi pathologies, AE for wei qi pathology, and H/W for a fundamental yinyang imbalance
  • The integrated treatment of bodymindspirit conditions
  • Five element treatment techniques and tools, including needling and moxibustion applications
  • Adjunct aids to treatment, including structural acumoxa, ginger and salt compresses, first aid remedies, derma rollers and seven star hammers
  • Patient education based on Asian medical principles of health and nutrition
  • Dynamics of the patient-practitioner relationship, including ethical and liability issues
  • Inner cultivation of the practitioner, the spirit of reflective practice and critical inquiry

The Five Element Graduate Program requires a commitment to attend ten sessions of 3 days duration (Friday-Sunday) over two years. The program is arranged so that morning classes explore and discuss theoretical information while afternoon classes consist of practical exercises and skill development, allowing for ease and immediacy of learning. Classes will run daily from 9.30am to 5.30pm, with class breaks from 11-11.30am and 3.30-4pm, and lunch breaks from 1-2pm. Participants will be given optional reading references, and voluntary assignments based on work with patients to guide their studies and clinical practice between sessions. The program does not require extra time out of practitioners’ busy lives. Participants will also be able to submit questions in advance of specific topics, so that classes can fully address the individual interests and concerns of the participants.

Sessions will be arranged every three months (Jan, Apr, July, Oct).
Confirmed dates for 2016 (all Friday to Sunday):
Session 1: January 22 – 24

Session 2: April 22 – 24

Session 3: July 15 – 17

Session 4: October 21 – 23
Dates for sessions 5-10 will be arranged shortly.


OPTION A: Advanced registration discount

  • one payment of $3,750.00 to be received by 1st October 2015, which includes the non-refundable deposit of $500.00 (total cost: $3,750.00)

OPTION B: Payment in full discount

  • Non-refundable deposit of $500.00 to be received by 1st October 2015
  • Balance of $3,625.00 to be received by 1 December 2015 (total cost: $4,125.00)

OPTION C: Payment in two installments

  • Non-refundable deposit of $500.00 to be received by 1st October 2015
  • First payment of $2,000.00 to be received by 1 December 2015
  • Second payment of $2,000.00 due eight weeks before the start of the sixth session (total cost: $4,500.00)

Cheques are payable to TendingShen and should be mailed to Julie Lawson, 1198 Ridge Road N, Ridgeway, ON L0S 1N0, Canada.

Other payment plans are available by special arrangement: Please contact Julie by email


Cancellation prior to 1 December 2015 will result in a full refund less the $500 non-refundable deposit. In case of withdrawal between that date and session 5, prorated tuition paid in advance for Sessions 6-10 less the $500 non-refundable deposit, will be reimbursed.

No reimbursement will be made for withdrawal after session 5

The program is co-sponsored by: TendingShen &
Ongiara College of Acupuncture and Moxibustion

PDAs: All 3-day sessions of this program have been approved for 18 PDAs per session by the NCCAOM (Ongiara College of Acupuncture and Moxibustion PDA provider # 807)

Please confirm your interest ASAP by contacting Misti Oxford-Pickerel


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