Foundations Level I Training

Clinical Practicums

In-Person 6-Day Trainings

While theoretical learning occurs in online formats, technical skills that require hands-on training are taught in three 6-day clinical retreats. During these week-long sessions, students are taught advanced techniques to assess and treat general primary care presentations using the principles of Neijing Nature-Based Medicine. This year, these practicums are being held at the Trout Lake Abbey in Trout Lake, Washington (US), which is about a 90-minute drive from Portland, Oregon.

Foundations Level I Training

Clinical Practicums

In-Person 6-Day Trainings

While theoretical learning occurs in online formats, technical skills that require hands-on training are taught in three 6-day clinical retreats. During these week-long sessions, students are taught advanced techniques to assess and treat general primary care presentations using the principles of Neijing Nature-Based Medicine. This year, these practicums are being held at the Trout Lake Abbey in Trout Lake, Washington (US), which is about a 90-minute drive from Portland, Oregon.

view overlooking a pond - Mt Adams in Trout Lake, Washington
View of Mt. Adams from Trout Lake Abbey
Trout Lake Abbey

About the Retreat Center

Trout Lake Abbey is the result of a longstanding friendship between a Zen Buddhist monk and a Druid priest. This dynamic duo created a 23-acre sanctuary as a home for two faiths and as a place for people of all beliefs to find peace and reflection.

The Abbey overlooks the majestic Mt. Adams and is nestled on the edge of the surrounding forest. The retreat center currently has multiple teaching and gathering spaces, a bed & breakfast, a small WSDA certified organic farm, and several sacred worshipping spaces.

Their mission is to support the well-being of all living things and provide a space for people to explore any spiritual path to which they are drawn.

For almost a decade, the Abbey has been home to our educational programs and we consider them our close friends.

view overlooking a pond - Mt Adams in Trout Lake, Washington
View of Mt. Adams from Trout Lake Abbey
Trout Lake Abbey

About the Retreat Center

Trout Lake Abbey is the result of a longstanding friendship between a Zen Buddhist monk and a Druid priest. This dynamic duo created a 23-acre sanctuary as a home for two faiths and as a place for people of all beliefs to find peace and reflection.

The Abbey overlooks the majestic Mt. Adams and is nestled on the edge of the surrounding forest. The retreat center currently has multiple teaching and gathering spaces, a bed & breakfast, a small WSDA certified organic farm, and several sacred worshipping spaces.

Their mission is to support the well-being of all living things and provide a space for people to explore any spiritual path to which they are drawn.

For almost a decade, the Abbey has been home to our educational programs and we consider them our close friends.

Clinical Practicum A

NNBM 105

Our first 6-day in-person clinical training introduces the clinical practice of the Huangdi neijing and Neijing Nature–Based Medicine (NNBM). The anatomy, diagnosis and treatment of the upper and lower greater yin (taiyin) and upper and lower yang illumination (yangming) watersheds is studied in detail. Basic aspects of physical diagnosis, clinical palpation and treatment are introduced. Experiential learning occurs in nature.

DATES: 2024/26 Dates TBD

Clinical Practicum B

NNBM 106

Our second 6-day in-person clinical retreat continues the study of the clinical practice of the Huangdi neijing and Neijing Nature-Based Medicine (NNBM). We study the anatomy, diagnosis, and treatment of the upper and lower lesser yin (shaoyin) and upper and lower greater yang (taiyang) watersheds in detail. Additionally, advanced training in physical assessment and treatment approaches continues.

DATES: 2024/26 Dates TBD

Clinical Practicum C

NNBM 107

Our third 6-day in-person clinical retreat continues the training in the clinical practice of the Huangdi neijing and Neijing Nature–Based Medicine (NNBM). The anatomy, diagnosis, and treatment of the upper and lower reverting yin (jueyin) and upper and lower yang (shaoyang) watersheds are studied in detail. Advanced training in physical assessment and treatment methods continues.

DATES: 2024/26 Dates TBD

Trout Lake Abbey

Trout Lake Abbey

Accommodations and Travel

The cost of the Clinical Practicums covers tuition only and DOES NOT include accommodations, travel, meals, or transportation to and from the event site. Participants should consider these additional costs when planning to attend the Clinical Practicums. If you have any questions, please contact us.

LODGING

The Apricot Grove contracts for the use of the Trout Lake Abbey during our week in residence. To make this arrangement work, a minimum number of students are required for each class and we must fill the various living accommodations on the property. There are various private and shared lodging options available, as well as tent camping and RV hookup. Costs per day range from $55 USD to $130 USD for shared and private rooms, while camping is usually $10 per day. The weather in Trout Lake can be hot in the summer and cold, rainy, and even snowy in the late fall through early spring. We recommend that you visit the Trout Lake Abbey website to learn more about lodging options. The prices listed are what participants are charged during the retreat. Prior to the retreat we will contact students to arrange accommodations, please do not contact the retreat venue directly.

MEALS

During the retreat three healthy meals per day, with beverages and snacks, are professionally catered at a moderate cost to participants (usually around $70 USD/day). Our world-class caterer is flexible with dietary requirements, such as vegan or gluten intolerance, and often provides a range of healthy food options at each meal. The Apricot Grove invoices students directly for both lodging and meals at least one month before the retreat.

TRAVEL

Participants are responsible for arranging their own travel to and from the retreat center. Trout Lake Abbey is approximately a 90-minute drive from Portland, Oregon, and PDX International Airport. A bulletin board/discussion group is available within the Canvas online classroom for participants to connect and arrange travel to and from the retreat site. Car rentals, group bus rentals, and car services are available and easy to find in the Portland area. We recommend that participants book their travel as soon as possible to avoid any price increases for airfare or other travel accommodations as the event approaches. Students need to arrive at the retreat center the afternoon or evening before the first day of class. Our class ends on the last day of the retreat at 4pm.