White Pine Institute is proudly announcing an incredible learning opportunity. Last March, Dr. Yu Guo-Jun, author of A Walk Along the River, and A Walk Along the River II, came to the east to teach. He taught two lectures at the Shen Nong Society conference in NYC, on Wu Mei Wan and Ministerial Fire. Then he taught for three wonderful days through White Pine Institute in Amherst, MA.
Now, WPI and SNS are joining to offer these courses in a format that will profoundly deepen your relationship to the material he taught during these rich days, as well as the material in his two texts. During this 17 module course, in addition to all the video/audio being available right away when you register, the classes will then be broken down into digestible portions. Each module will include a section of video/audio, a chapter reading from one of the books, discussion forum for this portion and flashcards of the formulas and concepts from the module material. In a community of peers and experienced practitioners, you’ll have a chance to ask questions, share your interpretations and clinical experience and understand the nuances of this incredible material. This is a unique environment for in-depth study and integration.
We are pleased that the following experienced and dedicated practitioners and scholars, many authors and translators in their own right, will be there to answer questions from their own experience and share their own thoughts:
- Andy Ellis
- Steve Clavey
- Dr. Eran Even
- Dr. Daniel Eng
- Phill Settels
- Sally Rappeport
- Caroline Radice
- Sharon Weizenbaum
The handouts, video and audio are available upon registration. The interactive modules for this course, including readings, forums, flashcards, etc. will be posted every two-three weeks. The course runs for over a year, until December 1, 2020.
Dr. Yu’s texts are among 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, 50 years ago, 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 two volumes of A Walk Along the River.
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Michael Fitzgerald was Dr. Yu’s interpreter for the recorded classes. 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.
The material covered in the courses are as follows:
Wu Mei Wan: The broad clinical application of this much-misunderstood formula along with Dr. Yu’s modifications and clinical experience.
Ministerial Fire: Ministerial fire is meant to be positioned in the lower warmer and stored there for use in the body. What happens if it doesn’t get to its position or stay there? How can deficiency scenarios, even, if not especially Yang deficiency, lead to heat pathology due to lack of storage of this root fire? How can we lead it back to its proper place and bank it up again as a method for working with heat illness? Dr. Yu goes deep to answer these questions!
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.
Note: All registrants who are also students in the current Graduate Mentorship Program will have online access to this course for the duration of the GMP program.
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