Nurturing life through the body, heart, and spirit with the wisdom of Chinese medicine

Events

The Transformative Power of Yin
Oct
17
to Oct 21

The Transformative Power of Yin

My esteemed colleagues and dear friends Brenda Hood and Lillian Pearl Bridges and I invite to join us for five days of going inward, celebrating Yin, contemplating receptivity, quietude, darkness, creativity and fertility (in the greatest sense of that term) on magical Orcas Island at the even more magical Doe Bay Resort, featuring hot tubs and a sauna (and our Retreat House), all overlooking a protected bay in breathtaking beauty. See the event webpage here for more information and to start the registration process.

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Attuning the Spirit to the Four Qi
Nov
17
to Nov 21

Attuning the Spirit to the Four Qi

Team-taught by Sabine Wilms, Elisabeth Rochat de la Vallée, and Z’ev Rosenberg, this retreat will offer a deeper explorations of the Sù Wèn, with a special focus on Chapter Two, the “Great Treatise on Attuning the Shén to the Four [Seasonal] Qì” 四氣調神大論, in a breath-taking setting. Visit the retreat webpage for more information and registration.

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Integrative Fertility Symposium in Vancouver, Canada
Apr
17
to Apr 19

Integrative Fertility Symposium in Vancouver, Canada

I'd love to see you in Vancouver at the Integrative Fertility Symposium 2020. More information about the event is found at this link. I'll be teaching two courses:

  1. a day-long pre-Symposium workshop together with my dear friend Sharon Weizenbaum on "Keeping it Real Between Heaven and Earth: Busting Myths in Chinese Gynecology with Classical Texts and Clinical Experience"; and

  2. a lecture on the potential of the emotions and virtuous action to promote healing in Chinese medicine through Wang Fengyi’s system of Five Element Healing.

 

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Chinese Pediatrics with Peter Gigante in Melbourne
Aug
22
to Aug 23

Chinese Pediatrics with Peter Gigante in Melbourne

I am elated to return to Melbourne, Australia, to finally team-teach a two-day seminar on traditional Chinese pediatrics with Peter Gigante, one of the best Western practitioners of this powerful specialization in Chinese medicine. Titled “Venerating the Root: Classical Chinese Pediatrics and its Contemporary Clinical Application,” we shall discuss pediatrics from the two perspectives of my work with the classical texts and Peter’s extensive clinical experience.

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IICMC Conference
Aug
28
to Aug 30

IICMC Conference

Join me in Melbourne for the annual International Integrative Chinese Medicine conference, this year on “The Heart of Medicine”!

Title of my Presentation

Healing from, with, and through the Heart: The Role of the Heart in Chinese Medicine and Reproductive Health from the Yellow Emperor to Qi Zhongfu to Wang Fengyi

Description

This lecture looks at descriptions of the role of the heart in health and sickness in Chinese medical literature from the classics to the recent past. With a special focus on diagnosing, explaining and treating women’s reproductive problems, we survey ideas about the heart from the Yellow Emperor’s Inner Classic (Huangdi Nei Jing 黃帝內經, Han dynasty) to Qí Zhòngfǔ’s Hundred Questions of Gynecology (Nǚkè Bǎi Wèn 女科百問, 1220 CE) to Wáng Fèngyǐ’s system of Five Element Virtue Healing from the nineteenth century.

In this context, we will look at the following questions: What is the special role of the heart in Chinese medicine, beyond basic TCM physiology, most notably in mediating between the external and internal environments of a person? What are the internal and external factors (practices, conditions, or experiences) that support or damage this function? What are the effects of a properly or improperly functioning heart on a person’s health? And lastly and perhaps most importantly, how can we, as practitioners of Chinese medicine and compassionate human beings, contribute to healing from the heart, in our personal lives, in clinical practice, and in society at large? In each of these areas, we will be asking ourselves specifically how this information applies to women’s reproductive health. Please come prepared with an open mind

References

  • Twelve Characters: A Transmission of Wang Fengyi’s Teachings. By Sabine Wilms, published by Happy Goat Productions in 2014.

  • Let the Radiant Yang Shine Forth: Lectures on Virtue by Liu Yousheng. By Sabine Wilms, published by Happy Goat Productions in 2014.

  • The Great Treatise on the Resonant Manifestations on Yin and Yang: Chapter Five of the Plain Questions in the Yellow Emperor’s Inner Classic. By Sabine Wilms, published by Happy Goat Productions in 2018.

  • Channeling the Moon: A Translation and Discussion of Qi Zhongfu’s Hundred Questions on Gynecology, Part One. By Sabine Wilms, published by Happy Goat Productions in 2019.

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Chinese Pediatrics with Peter Gigante in Sydney
Sep
5
to Sep 6

Chinese Pediatrics with Peter Gigante in Sydney

I will team-teach a two-day seminar on traditional Chinese pediatrics with Peter Gigante, one of the best Western practitioners of this powerful specialization in Chinese medicine. Titled “Venerating the Root: Classical Chinese Pediatrics and its Contemporary Clinical Application,” we shall discuss pediatrics from the two perspectives of my work with the classical texts and Peter’s extensive clinical experience.

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Channeling the Moon in Sydney
Sep
7
9:00 AM09:00

Channeling the Moon in Sydney

In this one-day seminar, we shall be exploring the classical foundations of Chinese gynecology, from the Han dynasty through Sun Simiao’s writing in the seventh century to the Hundred Questions of Gynecology, one of the Song dynasty classics published in 1220 CE.

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Early Medical Classics in Clinical Application
Oct
9
to Oct 12

Early Medical Classics in Clinical Application

I will be team-teaching a course with my very much esteemed colleague Dr. Brenda Hood on the Yijing, Nanjing, and the Shennong Bencao Jing, with me focusing on the “Divine Farmer’s Classic of Materia Medica” and Dr. Hood on the “Classic of Difficulties” and both of us sharing our perspectives on the “Classic of Changes.” This class will be taught at Pacific Rim College in beautiful Victoria (British Columbia) , tentatively scheduled for fall 2019, and details TBD. It is primarily aimed at doctoral students at Pacific Rim, but may be open to the general public. Please inquire with the Pacific Rim College if you are interested.

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“CLOUD HIDDEN/WHEREABOUTS UNKNOWN”  HARVESTING WILD MEDICINALS/STUDYING CLASSICAL CHINESE MEDICAL TEXTS
Aug
19
to Aug 23

“CLOUD HIDDEN/WHEREABOUTS UNKNOWN” HARVESTING WILD MEDICINALS/STUDYING CLASSICAL CHINESE MEDICAL TEXTS

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A five-day excursion and study program near Taos Mountain in New Mexico, with Z’ev Rosenberg, L. Ac., Alembic Institute, San Diego, and Sabine Wilms, Ph. D. editor and author, professor at National College of Naturopathic Medicine, Portland, Or..

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Rothenburg Congress
May
8
to May 12

Rothenburg Congress

Usually on a two-year cycle, it looks like I'll be going back to Rothenburg near my childhood home in Germany again this year, for more music and Sun Simiao and wonderful company with friends from all over the world. Most likely, there will also be a repeat of last year's beautiful one-day workshop on Virtue Healing with Scott Tower, in the tradition of Wang Fengyi.

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Integrative Fertility Symposium in Vancouver, Canada
Apr
26
to Apr 29

Integrative Fertility Symposium in Vancouver, Canada

I'd love to see you in Vancouver at the Integrative Fertility Symposium 2018. More information about the event is found at this link. I'll be teaching two courses:

  1. a day-long pre-Symposium workshop together with TCM pediatrician Assaf Mor on the topic of pediatrics in Chinese medicine.

  2. a lecture as part of the actual symposium: "Virtue Healing in the Creation of Happy Families: From the Yellow Emperor and Sun Simiao to Wang Fengyingsheng ("Nurturing Life")."

 

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Discussing yangsheng in New Zealand
Apr
21
9:00 AM09:00

Discussing yangsheng in New Zealand

This day will serve as an introduction to the world of classical Chinese medicine, with a focus on “yangsheng” 養生 (nurturing life) and “treating disease before it arises.” Rethink and expand the meaning of “practicing Chinese medicine,” to go far beyond treating disease, with the ultimate goal of harmonizing Heaven and Earth.

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Australia lectures in Sydney and Melbourne
Apr
6
to Apr 15

Australia lectures in Sydney and Melbourne

Two three-day marathons, taught Friday through Sunday first in Sydney and then in Melbourne.

  • Classical Chinese Medicine and Reproductive Care
  • The Ten Months of Pregnancy (taught with the fabulous Debra Betts)
  • Birth and Postpartum Care, Classical Neonatal Care and Development, and Ethics (again with Debra)
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Mar
24
to Mar 26

International Congress of Chinese Medicine (Israel)

I am delighted that I get to return to Tel Aviv in March 2015, for three lectures:

  1. Venerating the Root -- Sun Simiao's Teachings on Pediatrics (3/24)
  2. What did it mean to be a "Great Physician" in classical China? An Exploration of Sun Simiao's Vision of Medicine.(3/24)
  3. "Ten Times More Difficult to Treat": Sun Simiao's Famous Essay on Gynecology (3/26)

Check the conference website (http://iccm.org.il/program-2014-english/) for more information as the date approaches.

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Jul
3
6:00 PM18:00

Zhuangzi reading

An intimate reading group for free and easy roaming in the Zhuangzi, with special focus on the clinical applications of this material. Please bring a snack and a donation. Send me a message if you are interested in joining us. Some knowledge of classical Chinese is highly recommended.

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