This seminar is an intensive master class in Classical Five Element Acupuncture focusing on the foundations of the practice: Patient / Practitioner relationship, Ancient Chinese Cosmology, Diagnosis, and Clinical Strategies. Faculty will investigate these topics through didactic, scholastic, and experiential lenses.

Students will earn 16 Continuing Education Units.

Seminar Objectives


Patient / Practitioner Relationship

  • How to use meditation to cultivate the required mindset for effective treatment

  • Improve practitioner ability to diagnose by deepening their understanding of health and pathology through CFEA (Classical Five Element Acupuncture)

  • Understand responsibility of practitioner to their patient and feel empowered to draw on their training and intuition when treating

  • Be better able to discuss the appropriate use of cases of acupuncture and western medicine.

Ancient Chinese Cosmology

  • Learn a foundation of fundamental concepts in Classical Chinese Cosmology and their sources in classical texts

  • Understand the definition of Qi as described in traditional Chinese medical texts

  • Understand how the Classical Chinese understood health, in relation to topics like resonance, and Yin / Yang

  • Understand the process of translation and how to arrive at the intended meaning behind translations

Diagnosis and Clinical Strategies

  • Know the physical, mental and spiritual functions of the element earth

  • Understand the relationship between identifying health and pathology in nature and in patients

  • Understand how to treat earth function pathologies

  • Learn specific strategies for using earth points

Seminar Schedule


Day 1 - December 1st, 2018

9 am — 10 am

Introductions: an introduction to the basic principles of Classical Five Element Acupuncture, introduce the essential map of Classical Five Element Acupuncture - The Laws of Nature

10 AM — 12:30 PM

What is health - A panel discussion format where faculty share their experiences and perspectives of health and Classical Five Element Acupuncture

1:30 PM — 2:30 PM

Moving from Mind to Heart: A discussion and definition of Qi by expert sinologist Elisabeth Rochat

2:30 PM — 3:30 PM

Our Current Worldview: Peggy Arent, LAc, discusses the core similarities and differences between CFEA and allopathic approaches to healthcare practices.

3:30 PM — 5 PM

Classical Chinese Understanding of Heath: Elisabeth Rochat presents a close investigation of health in the Yellow Emperor’s Inner Classic and Select Ancient Chinese Texts


Day 2 - December 2nd, 2018

9 am — 11 am

Discussion lead by Peggy and Elisabeth: Personal challenges and Review of Material. Review with students the materials covered in the day and relate it to their own practices as practitioners and students. Discussion of what it means to be a healer

11 AM — 1:30 PM

Introduction and Review of material covered in Day 1 lead by Peggy Arent, LAc and Elisabeth Rochat. An overview of the previous day and focus on the lenses used to identify pathology and use of safe and appropriate methods of intervention

2:30 PM — 5:00 PM

The Earth Element as a Manifestation of Nature: Using the Earth element and the Season Autumn to investigate health and pathology. Specific examples of the element earth, the physical, mental and spiritual functions of earth. Lead by Peggy Arent, LAc.

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