Teaching from the Roots
the California 2015-16 Program

2015 is an intermediate year between two full Teaching from the Roots Certificate Programs, in which we hold teaching events to explore and go deeper into some important notions in medical practice and thought.

In April 2016 we start a new one-year full certificate program that will include three weekends and a 5-days intensive retreat.

Fundamental notions of Chinese Medicine are also studied and explored in separate courses from the wider perspective of Classical thought.

weekend : November 7 - 8

The Bi Syndrome

Elucidation of what is called a Bi syndrome (obstruction, block or impediment) from the Chinese Medical Classics (like the Neijing Suwen ch. 43), and its relationship with various Western Medicine syndromes.

November 79 am - 5 pm

AIMC, Berkeley

November 89 am - 5 pm

AIMC, Berkeley

This class explores Bi syndrome (obstruction, block or impediment) in classical Chinese medicine. We examine the relationship between Bi syndrome and various syndromes identified in Western medicine such as : rheumatism, arthritis, etc. We pay particular attention to identifying differences between the two related approaches to understanding the conditions that these syndromes describe.

We’ll focus on Neijing Suwen ch. 43 ‘’On Bi’’ and other classical texts and present the specific nature of the disease and of the pathogenic agents seen as its cause. (wind, cold, dampness). Different kinds of bi and their relationships to the organs and the seasons, as well as their patterns of progression in the body, are explained. Patterns of treatments are also given and explained. The class format includes both lecture and colloquy so that discussion of clinical relevance can take place.

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Course location :

AIMC
2550 Shattuck Avenue,
Berkeley, CA 04704


Tuition :

· The tuition for the weekend course (Saturday-Sunday) is $300.00 ($350 if paid/postmarked less than 21 days before the class).

· Tuition for a one-day class is $150.00 ($170 if paid/postmarked less than 21 days before the class)



All courses are Cal State 7 CEUs and 7 NCCAOM PDAs per day pending approval.


Registration

To register, please download and fill this form › and mail it back to the address included.

Full refund available for cancellations up to 2 days before course; after that a $50 deposit will be retained.

All questions and enquiries can be sent through the contact form of the page footer.

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A friday afternoon course at Petaluma will feature the presentation of the notion of de 德 - Virtue, Power, vital potency - in Chinese classical thought.

November 61:30 pm - 5:30 pm

For details, please contact Sean Fannin by e-mail › or by phone (707) 763-8040.




The 2016-17 Certificate Program

The themes we examine in this year’s program concern the nature of disease as it was developed and described in the classical literature of Chinese medicine. We cover a range of topics that look at phenomena associated with disease, its signs and symptoms, its accurate diagnosis and treatment. Students should also anticipate an opportunity to examine their own state of well being and how personal cultivation impacts clinical practice and efficacy.

The course consists of three weekends plus a five-day intensive retreat.

Tuition for the full Certificate Program

· The tuition for the full 93 hour program is $2,200 ($1,900 if paid/postmarked before April 1, 2016).

· The tuition does not include lodging for the retreat.



Payment Schedule

· Deposit of $800 due April 15, 2016

· Second payment of $800 due June 15, 2016

· Balance of $600 due November 20, 2016



Registration

To register, please download and fill this form › and mail it back to the address included.


Refund & Cancellation Policy

Requests for refunds must be made in writing no later than 14 days prior to the first day of the seminar to receive a full refund. All refund requests submitted in the 14 days before the start date will be assessed a $50 nonrefundable fee.

Three Springs Institute reserves the right to cancel any seminar due to insufficient enrollment and will make every effort to notify registrants. In those situations, registrants will receive a full refund.


All questions and enquiries can be sent through the contact form of the page footer.

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For students who are not erolled in the full year Certificate Program, the weekends and the retreat are also available as individual modules for CEU/PDA credits, space permitting.

The Friday afternoons are reserved for cohort members, to discuss and present their own work and experience with the group. They are not included in the courses taken as individual modules.

weekend 1 : April 22 - 24

What is disease?

Fri. April 222:30 - 6:30 pm

Introduction to TFR and to each other
(for registered Certificate Program Cohort members only).

Sat. April 239 am - 5 pm

What are health and disease? (click below for more details)
5 - 6 pm : Cohort Discussion.

Sun. April 249 am - 5 pm

A study of body fluids as a main component of life.

During this weekend, and mainly saturday, we shall consider these questions :

What is health? What is disease? Disease, illness, sickness: what are the differences and similarities? What makes us sick? The importance of understanding disease in order to treat it. The relationship between disease and Qi. How do we perceive and interpret signs of disorder? What are the patterns of organization of symptoms and of diseases in classical Chinese Medicine? How do we correlate classical signs, symptoms, patterns with the modern medical imagery and terminology? What are the consequences of so doing?

On Sunday we shall study body fluids as a main component of life. How to understand pathological alteration of fluids as signs of disorders of qi, according to each organ and channel.

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Course location :

AIMC
2550 Shattuck Avenue,
Berkeley, CA 04704


Tuition (as individual module) :

· The tuition for a weekend course (Saturday-Sunday) is $350.00 ($300 if paid/postmarked 21 days in advance of the class).

· Tuition for a one-day class is $175.00 ($150 if paid/postmarked 21 days in advance of the class)



Each day provides 7 Cal State CEUs and 7 NCCAOM PDAs (pending approval), 14 hours credits total for the weekend.


Registration (for CEU individual modules)

To register, please download and fill this form › and mail it back to the address included.


Refund & Cancellation Policy

Requests for refunds must be made in writing no later than 14 days prior to the first day of the seminar to receive a full refund. All refund requests submitted in the 14 days before the start date will be assessed a $50 nonrefundable fee.

Three Springs Institute reserves the right to cancel any seminar due to insufficient enrollment and will make every effort to notify registrants. In those situations, registrants will receive a full refund.


All questions and enquiries can be sent through the contact form of the page footer.

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retreat : June 22 - 26

Coming to our Senses and Getting in Touch

The sense organs and their role in the clinic; the development of the perception of qi and building an educated intuition.

Morning : elucidation according to the medical classics.
Afternoon : practical presentation and clinical discussion.

Students may register for single days, for several days (in a row or not) or for the 5 days. A special price is available for the full session.

The upper orifices in classical texts; their relation with essence, pure vitality, heart, qi, mind, understanding, intelligence, and the working of the mind. The upper orifices in medical texts; patterns of relationship with organs and functions; relation with clear yang and the quality of perception. Introducing touch; relation with blood and qi. Deepening the understanding of blood and Qi and their relation with perception, mind and spirit.

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Course location :

Three Springs Institute in Elk, Mendocino County, California
24800 Philogreenwood Road,
Elk, CA 95432


Tuition (as individual module) :

· The tuition for the 5-day retreat is special price $750 (35 hours) ($700 if postmarked more than 21 days before class).

· Tuition for a one-day class is $160.00 ($140 if paid/postmarked 21 days in advance of the class).



Fees for coffe break and lunch : $20 per day
Tuition does not include lodging for retreat.
Please contact us for details about possible lodging and meals.


All courses are 6 Cal State CEUs and 6 NCCAOM PDAs per day (pending approval), and a total of 30 hours credits for the whole retreat.


Registration (for CEU individual modules)

Students may register for single days, for several days (in a row or not) or for the 5 days.

To register, please download and fill this form › and mail it back to the address included.


Refund & Cancellation Policy

Requests for refunds must be made in writing no later than 14 days prior to the first day of the seminar to receive a full refund. All refund requests submitted in the 14 days before the start date will be assessed a $50 nonrefundable fee.

Three Springs Institute reserves the right to cancel any seminar due to insufficient enrollment and will make every effort to notify registrants. In those situations, registrants will receive a full refund.


All questions and enquiries can be sent through the contact form of the page footer.

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Wed. June 229 am - 1 pm, 2:30 - 4:30 pm

The ear more ›
cohort discussion: 4:45 - 6:15 pm

The Ear

Its functioning and disturbance in relation to kidneys and other organs; its relation with channels and patterns of disease.

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Thu. June 239 am - 1 pm, 2:30 - 4:30 pm

The eye more ›
cohort discussion: 4:45 - 6:15 pm

The Eye

The eye; its functioning and disturbance in relation to liver, heart, and other organs; its relation with channels and patterns of disease.

The ears and eyes as tools in diagnosis. What is received and what is sent by both practitioner and patient.

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Fri June 249 am - 1 pm, 2:30 - 4:30 pm

Touch and palpation more ›
cohort discussion: 4:45 - 6:15 pm

Touch and Palpation

Theory and methods of touch as the primary mode of connection (qi) between practitioners and patients.
Practical: methods of touch.

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Sat. June 259 am - 1 pm, 2:30 - 4:30 pm

Smell and taste more ›
cohort discussion: 4:45 - 6:15 pm

Smell and Taste

Smell in classical medicine. Use of smell in diagnosis in the classics. How to use smell in the contemporary clinic.

On this day we will have a silent lunch. In order to focus on smell and taste and what we do not perceive without the silence.

Taste in the classics; taste in diagnosis in the clinic. Is it lost in today’s clinic?

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Sun. June 289 am - 1 pm, 2:30 - 4:30 pm

Tongue and speech in Classical Medicine more ›
cohort discussion: 4:45 - 6:15 pm

Tongue and Speech in Classical Medicine

Appropriate and inappropriate speech. Questions: why do we ask the questions we ask? Are clinical interviews merely protocol or are we refining clinical experience? What leads our questioning? What is intuition? How do we educate intuition? What forms of outside study do practitioners use to enlarge perception. How to cultivate the perception of qi. How to practice these cultivation methods.

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All retreat teachings are held at the Three Springs Institute (Elk, Mendocino County).

weekend 2 : November 18 - 20

Sanity and Insanity

Fri. Nov. 182:30 - 6:30 pm

Cohort presentations of work and experience and group discussion
(for registered Certificate Program Cohort members only).

Sat. Nov. 199 am - 5 pm

What are sanity and insanity? (click below for more details)
5 - 6 pm : Cohort Discussion.

Sun. Nov. 209 am - 5 pm

Emotion as root of disorder and disease in classical Chinese medicine.

On Saturday, we shall consider these questions :

What are sanity and insanity? What makes us lose our reason? What is reason? Reason in Chinese classics: the order of life. Reason and the reasoning of the practitioner; reflection of cosmic order. Emotion in the classics: Confucian and Daoist. The way to sanity opposed to way to insanity: embrace the cosmic order and embody the processes of life.

On Sunday we shall study emotion as root of disorder and disease in classical Chinese medicine. A study of patterns linked to each of the five zang organs. Disorders linked to specific emotions and affecting different organs and functions. In order to treat an illness we always go to the root of the disorder.

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Course location :

AIMC
2550 Shattuck Avenue,
Berkeley, CA 04704


Tuition (as individual module) :

· The tuition for a weekend course (Saturday-Sunday) is $350.00 ($300 if paid/postmarked 21 days in advance of the class).

· Tuition for a one-day class is $175.00 ($150 if paid/postmarked 21 days in advance of the class)



Each day provides 7 Cal State CEUs and 7 NCCAOM PDAs (pending approval), 14 hours credits total for the weekend.


Registration (for CEU individual modules)

To register, please download and fill this form › and mail it back to the address included.


Refund & Cancellation Policy

Requests for refunds must be made in writing no later than 14 days prior to the first day of the seminar to receive a full refund. All refund requests submitted in the 14 days before the start date will be assessed a $50 nonrefundable fee.

Three Springs Institute reserves the right to cancel any seminar due to insufficient enrollment and will make every effort to notify registrants. In those situations, registrants will receive a full refund.


All questions and enquiries can be sent through the contact form of the page footer.

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weekend 3 : April 28 - 30, 2017

Nurturing Life, Healing and Transformation

Fri. Apr. 282:30 - 6:30 pm

Cohort presentations of work and experience.
Conclusions and reflections. Graduation and presentation of certificates.
(for registered Certificate Program Cohort members only).

Sat. Apr. 299 am - 5 pm

What is "to treat"? What is de 德?
(click below for more details)
5 - 6 pm : Cohort Discussion.

Sun. Apr. 209 am - 5 pm

Appropriate behavior, nourishing life and models of relationships with death.

On Saturday, we shall consider these questions :

What is “to treat”? Disappearance of symptom is a side effect of treatment not the main focus. What gives rise to this inner change? Healing is accomplished by inner change. Techniques of treatment and how they operate and affect qi. All that is transmitted by the practitioner willingly or unconsciously. What is de 德?

On Sunday we shall study appropriate behavior from the classical texts: avoiding harm from cold and heat; emotion; sexuality; diet. Cultivating an awareness of what benefits life. Regulation. The importance of timing and the order of the cosmos. Looking to Classical Chinese medicine for models of relationships with death. A focus on the Classical view of nourishing life, not for avoidance of death, but for the enjoyment of life.

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Course location :

AIMC
2550 Shattuck Avenue,
Berkeley, CA 04704


Tuition (as individual module) :

· The tuition for a weekend course (Saturday-Sunday) is $350.00 ($300 if paid/postmarked 21 days in advance of the class).

· Tuition for a one-day class is $175.00 ($150 if paid/postmarked 21 days in advance of the class)



Each day provides 7 Cal State CEUs and 7 NCCAOM PDAs (pending approval), 14 hours credits total for the weekend.


Registration (for CEU individual modules)

To register, please download and fill this form › and mail it back to the address included.


Refund & Cancellation Policy

Requests for refunds must be made in writing no later than 14 days prior to the first day of the seminar to receive a full refund. All refund requests submitted in the 14 days before the start date will be assessed a $50 nonrefundable fee.

Three Springs Institute reserves the right to cancel any seminar due to insufficient enrollment and will make every effort to notify registrants. In those situations, registrants will receive a full refund.


All questions and enquiries can be sent through the contact form of the page footer.

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