The Teachers

Ken Rose

Ken Rose

Ken Rose has studied and practiced Chinese medicine and related arts for more than forty years, focusing particularly on taijiquan, acupuncture & moxibustion, tuina, and yang sheng…nourishing life. He spent many years in China as an apprentice in these arts.

From 1992 to 1998 he trained in Chengdu (Southwest China), at the TCM University in acupuncture, herbal medicine, diagnostics and tuina. Ken studied and practiced tuina with renowned physician He Tian Xiang, and apprenticed in taijiquan and Chinese medicine with Chen Wan Chuan, a Yang family master in the lineage of Li Ya Xuan. In 1994 and 1995, he led a graduate seminar at CDUTCM in the translation of medical Chinese.

Ken is the author of numerous books and articles on traditional Chinese arts and sciences, language and culture. He was a member of the faculty at the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco where he taught the history of Chinese medicine. He also teaches taiji, tuina and Chinese medicine classes at the Three Springs Institute (Mendocino, California) and for a number of schools in Europe. He lectures on the subjects of Chinese philosophy, culture, medicine and martial arts all over the world.

He lives in Mendocino, where he operates the Three Springs Farm to Pharmacy Project and the teaching clinic with his wife, Jessica.

Bibliography ›
  • -  Who Can Ride the Dragon? An Exploration of the Cultural Roots of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Paradigm 1999
  • -  A Brief History of Qi, Paradigm 2001
  • -  Chinese Medical Characters, Paradigm 2003
  • -  Have No Twisty Thoughts, Parabola, 1999
  • -  What is qi? Qi Journal, 2007

Ken's books are published by Paradigm Publications, and can be obtained through their distributor, the Redwing Book Company.


More details about Ken's activity can be found on the Three Springs Institute site ›.

Elisabeth Rochat de la Vallée

Elisabeth Rochat de la Vallée

Elisabeth Rochat de la Vallée is an internationally recognized author and scholar in the fields of the Chinese medical and philosophical classics, and has been studying, researching, writing and teaching for more than forty years. She first studied philosophy, literature and classics at the Paris University, where she also graduated in Chinese; she then furthered her Chinese language studies in Taiwan.

In the 1970's she formed the first study group of the Chinese classical medical texts in Paris with the renowned scholar Claude Larre s.j. - who was to be for more than 30 years her guide in chinese philosophy and spirituality - and with Jean Schatz an exceptional physician and acupuncturist. Together they founded in 1976 the European School of Acupuncture (EEA), which is still today the leading Classical Chinese Medicine school in Europe.

Elisabeth's vast knowledge of classical chinese, her particular learning in medical texts and her experience in acupuncture combined with Claude Larre’s subtle understanding of chinese culture and philosophy to produce a unique teaching team and scores of common and individual publications.

Elisabeth made a decisive contribution to the monumental Grand Ricci Chinese-French dictionary, of which she also became the Editor in chief. She is Dean of Study in the European School of Acupuncture, and she lectures and teaches worldwide while publishing books and articles in the fields of Chinese philosophy and medicine.

She is based in Paris, but frequently travels to other countries for teaching.

Bibliography ›
  • Survey of Chinese Traditional Medicine (with Claude Larre, Jean Schatz, tr. Sarah Stang), Institut Ricci and Traditional Acupuncture Foundation, Columbia, Maryland, 1986.
  • The Secret Treatise of the Spriritual Orchid (Suwen, ch. 8) (with Claude Larre), Monkey Press, 1st ed. 1987, 2nd ed. 1992.
  • Rooted in Spirit, The Heart of Chinese Medicine (with Claude Larre, tr. Sarah Stang) Station Hill Press, New York, 1995.
  • Heart master, Triple Heater (with Claude Larre), Monkey Press 1st ed. 1992, 2nd ed. 1998.
  • The Heart in Ling Shu chapter 8 (with Claude Larre), Monkey Press, 1st ed. 1991, 2nd ed. 2004.
  • Spleen and Stomach (with Claude Larre), Monkey Press, 1st ed. 1990, 2nd ed. 2004.
  • The Kidneys (with Claude Larre), Monkey Press, 1st ed. 1989, 2nd ed. 2001.
  • The Lung (with Claude Larre), Monkey Press, 1st ed. 1989, 2nd ed. 2001.
  • The Liver (with Claude Larre), Monkey Press, 1st ed. 1994, 2nd ed. 1999.
  • The Eight Extraordinary Meridians (with Claude Larre), Monkey Press, 1997.
  • The Seven Emotions, psychology and health in ancient China (with Claude Larre), Monkey Press, 1st ed. 1995, 2nd ed. 2005.
  • Essence, Spirit, Blood and Qi (with Claude Larre), Monkey Press, 1st ed. 1999, 2nd ed. 2010.
  • The extraordinary Fu (with Claude Larre), Monkey Press, 2003.
  • A study of Qi in classical texts (with Claude Larre), Monkey Press, 2006.
  • Yin Yang in classical texts, Monkey Press, 2006.
  • The Essential Woman, Female health and fertiity in chinese classical texts (Gynaecology in Ancient China), Monkey Press, 2007.
  • Pregnancy and Gestation in chinese classical texts, Monkey Press, 2007.
  • Wu Xing, The Five elements in Classical Chinese texts, Monkey Press, 2009.
  • Jingshen, a translation of Huainanzi chapter 7 (co-author), Monkey Press, 2010.
  • The rhythm at the heart of the world, (Neijing Suwen chapter 5), Monkey Press, 2011.
  • The Double aspect of the Heart, (tr. Madelaine Moulder), Monkey Press 2012.
  • Aspects of Spirit, Hun Po Jing Shen Yi Zhi in Classical Chinese Texts, Monkey Press 2013.

Among the many articles published over the years, a selection of articles in english are available online on Elisabeth's web site here.

Elisabeth's books in English can be obtained through Monkey Press or the Redwing Book Company (in North America).

Other Languages

Various minor translations exist in other languages (Swedish, Polish…) and numerous articles in various journals and periodical in French and other languages.

Books and other publications in French can be found here, and lists of published material in Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, and German are also available.


More details about Elisabeth and about her teaching schedule can be found on her web site ›.