White Pine Institute is proudly announcing a three-day seminar with Dr. Yu Guo-Jun.  Dr. Yu is the author of A Walk Along the River, one of the most informative and accessible Chinese medical texts to ever be published.  Dr. Yu is known for his friendly, warm and rich teaching style.  His instruction is based on his long apprenticeship with the well-known Sichuan practitioner, Dr. Jiang Yu-Guang and his fifty years of practice with classical formulas.  Dr. Yu started his career as an economist, but due to the Cultural Revolution, he was sent to the countryside.  This is where he learned Chinese medicine in the traditional manner.  In spite of, or perhaps because of Dr. Yu’s lack of formal institutional training, his way of working and teaching are unique and profoundly traditional.  Dr. Yu became a practitioner at the Leshan hospital where he works to this day, taking over the teaching of seminars from Dr. Jiang.  It was Dr. Yu’s seminars that became the basis of his first text, A Walk Along the River.  Volume Two is scheduled to come out in the spring of 2019.

We are also thrilled to have Michael FiztGerald as Dr. Yu’s interpreter.  Michael has worked closely with Dr. Yu on his text and, in addition to having a good rapport with Dr. Yu, he also has an understanding of his work and intention.  He is a lively committed, and clear translator of Dr. Yu’s work.

After offering and lecture and teaching a one day course on Ministerial Fire as well as a lecture on Wu Mei Wan at the Shen Nong Society annual symposium, Dr. Yu will travel to Massachusetts to give us three full days of teaching, March 15-17, 2019.

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Learning from Mistaken Diagnoses and Treatments: One of the hallmarks of Dr. Yu’s text is his how he demonstrates his ability to learn from his own and previous doctor’s errors.  Through his own cases, Dr. Yu will show how getting it wrong is the path to learning and to getting it right.


From Complexity to Simplicity: Seeing through an entangled, intricate presentation to the simple core of a diagnosis so as to give a focused, effective treatment. Through his own cases, Dr. Yu will show us how to weed through what seems to be insurmountably complex to determine what needs to be done first.  He will teach us how to see the core simplicity there that gives rise to the complexity.


Dr. Yu’s Ten Favorite Formulas.  Through his own cases, Dr. Yu will teach us how he uses his most beloved herbal formulas.  He will clarify his identification of the pattern as well as how he modifies the formulas for accurate treatment and speedy results.

March 15-17, 2019

Image: Eastland Press

image courtesy of Eastland Press

9am-5pm EST, Friday through Sunday
*Class starts promptly at 9am

Courtyard Marriot
423 Russell Street, Hadley, MA.

(until December 31, 2018)