Neijing Nature-Based Medicine:
Theoretical and Clinical Foundations (Level I)

AN IN-DEPTH EXPLORATION OF NEIJING MEDICINE AND THE CLINICAL PRACTICE OF NEIJING CLASSICAL ACUPUNCTURE

About the Course

The Neijing Nature-Based Medicine: Theory and Foundations One-Year Training Program (Formerly known as Neijing Studies: Theoretical and Clinical Foundations) has been taught and continually refined for over fifteen years. In the course, a variety of teaching approaches are used to capture the best aspects of online learning with in-person traditional mentorship and text-based training. The entire course consists of one year of online learning experience with fourteen days of in-person clinical teaching divided into two clinical retreats.

Developed in collaboration with experts in online medical education, the online lecture series consists of four academic quarters with ten learning modules in each quarter. Each academic quarters covers a a different topic.

  • The first quarter introduces the basic principles and terms of Chinese medicine by studying the Neijing descriptions of nature and the cosmos.
  • The second quarter introduces basic clinical principles, including Neijing models of anatomy and physiology.
  • In the third quarter, basic clinical principles are introduced, such as Neijing needle techniques and diagnostic approaches.
  • In the fourth quarter, special topics are discussed such as the treatment of emotional diseases and guest-host pathogens and the special concerns of practicing medicine in the time of climate change.

Each week a one-hour recorded lecture is released on our Canvas LMS learning environment to be studied at the student’s own pace. During the week students participate in online forum discussions, and each Sunday a one-hour live session is conducted via a Zoom meeting with the teacher to discuss the week’s lecture and address questions that arose during the week. All classes and meetings are recorded for those living in a different time zone or whose schedule precludes attendance.

Teaching is focused on learning through text readings using translations provided by the teacher. During the class an emphasis is placed on the understanding of language and the study of important characters. No previous knowledge of Chinese language is necessary. For a complete summary of the course curriculum see the Curriculum tab below.

While theoretical skills and principles are learned in the Online Lecture Series, practical skills are learned in two 7-day Clinical Retreats. These include an in-depth study of Neijing anatomy through direct evaluation of the twelve rivers systems of the body, the study of specialized diagnostic skills and an introduction to beginning level Neijing needle skills and clinical problem-solving. The clinical retreat training is offered in both the United States and Europe and students may take the course in either location interchangeably.

While it is possible to register for the Online Lecture Series and Clinical Retreats separately due to scheduling or other constraints (for example by taking the Online Lecture Series one year and the Clinical Retreats the next) it is emphasized that successful completion of the full training requires participation in both of these sections.

The Neijing Nature-Based Medicine: Theory and Foundations One-Year Training Program is accredited for 80 hours of CME learning credits through the NCCAOM.

Course Description

COURSE DATES:

  • Registration is open!
  • Early Start Program: begins when you pay the deposit and register
  • Course Begins: February 6, 2022

Course Objectives

  • Learn a detailed understanding of the key concepts and theories of the Huangdi Neijing.
  • Learn a strong foundation for lifetime learning in the Chinese medical classics.
  • Learn a detailed overview of the clinical and diagnostic techniques of Neijing classical acupuncture.
  • Learn a solid foundation for advanced clinical studies that begins in the second and third year of training.
  • Build a solid foundation for advanced Neijing research and teaching (if desired)
  • Engage with instructors and other students from around the world in a dynamic, online classroom environment.
  • Build lasting relationships with like-minded students and colleagues interested in Neijing classical medicine.
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What People Are Saying

PRAISE FROM STUDENTS IN THE 2020/21 COURSE

This class is full of big ideas. Dr. Neal has pulled together so much information and somehow put it together into a digestible format in this class. For me, this class has nourished my soul in a way that I didn’t know it was longing for. Over the years, as an acupuncturist, there have been times that I wish I could go through school and relearn things through the lense of my 20 years of experience. This class gave me that and so much more. I was hesitant, at first, to commit to a full year of Sundays. Now being on the tail end of this, I am so grateful that I took the plunge. It was easy to make the space for the class, because it was so interesting that I really looked forward to it every week. Dr Neal brings a wealth of experience to this forum and graciously shares it with his students.

This class has deepened my understanding of what I am doing, as well shifted my paradigm to one that makes more sense. I look forward to attending the next practicum, as well as continuing my studies of Nei Jing Nature based medicine.

Jill B., acupuncture practitioner, Neijing Studies 2020/21 Course

We highly recommend studying Neijing Nature Medicine with Dr. Neal!

Every week we looked forward to a new lecture. Dr. Neil is a remarkable one-of-a-kind teacher and his research, translation, and application of Huangdi Neijing is awe inspiring!

It was a fantastic class! Not only did we learn a lot about health and illness, in unexpected ways it helped us to become grounded in this time of pandemic, global warming, and rampant chaos.

Hirsh and Jennie D., Neijing Studies, 2020-21 course

I found this course to be very inspiring to my career in viewing Chinese medicine as both art and science. I also have been looking for more depth and width in my understanding and practice of Chinese medicine. This course has helped me to recalibrate my thinking and perceptions with the natural world’s processes, rather than the mechanical view I was indoctrinated in since childhood. Needless to say, it has been the much desired paradigm shift I was looking for.

Robert N., acupuncture practitioner, Neijing Studies, 2020-21 course

This course gave me back the wish of studying Chinese medicine for the rest of my life. I was looking for something like this years before I knew this course’s existence.

Luciano S., acupuncture practitioner, Neijing Studies, 2020-21 course

This was the most comprehensive acupuncture training I have ever participated in but the course goes well beyond that into a reframing of the entire medicine (and view of the world) through the lens of the Neijing. This class has renewed my appreciation of the depth of our medicine and given me new ways to view the world around me from cosmological, to environmental, political and personal events to the day to day experience of working with patients in clinic.

The time spent in this class has deeply changed how I see the world and medicine and I believe it is something that is very needed right now both for our profession as well as in the world at large.

Eli S., acupuncture practitioner, Neijing Studies, 2020-21 course

Course Information

ONLINE LECTURE SERIES

Lecture

Lecture Date

Sunday Q&A Date

Neijing 2022-23 Course Begins February 6, 2022

Spring Quarter begins February 6, 2022Lecture ReleasedSunday Class
Class Welcome/Initial MeetingFebruary 6, 2022n/a
Lecture #1 Introduction to Neijing MedicineFebruary 6, 2022February 13, 2022
Lecture #2 Classical Text ScholarshipFebruary 13, 2022February 20, 2022
Lecture #3 History of Early ChinaFebruary 20, 2022February 27, 2022
Lecture #4 History of the Neijing TextFebruary 27, 2022March 6, 2022
Lecture #5 Introduction to Neijing Space-time TheoryMarch 6, 2022March 13, 2022
Lecture #6 Celestial Base Patterns - Part AMarch 13, 2022March 20, 2022
Lecture #7 Celestial Base Patterns - Part BMarch 20, 2022March 27, 2022
Lecture #8 Terrestiral Local Patterns - Part AMarch 27, 2022April 10, 2022
Lecture #9 Terrestiral Local Patterns - Part BApril 10, 2022April 17, 2022
Lecture #10 Axial and Radial (Jingluo) PatternsApril 17, 2022April 24, 2022
Final ExamApril 24, 2022
Spring Break beginsApril 24, 2022
Spring Break endsMay 8, 2022
Summer Quarter Begins May 8, 2022
Lecture #11 Introduction to the Human BodyMay 8, 2022n/a
Lecture #12 Structure of the Human BodyMay 15, 2022May 15, 2022
Lecture #13 Rivers and WatershedsJune 5, 2022June 5, 2022
Lecture #14 The Primary (jing) River CoursesJune 12, 2022June 12, 2022
Lecture #15 The Collateral (luo) River CoursesJune 19, 2022June 19, 2022
Lecture #16 The Zang Storage RegionsJuly 24, 2022July 24, 2022
Lecture #17 The Fu Transport RegionsJuly 31, 2022July 31, 2022
Lecture #18 Roots and CrownsAugust 7, 2022August 7, 2022
Lecture #19 Sinews and MembranesAugust 14, 2022August 14, 2022
Lecture #20 Surface (xue) CavernsAugust 21, 2022August 21, 2022
Final ExamAugust 28, 2022August 28, 2022
Summer Break beginsAugust 28, 2022
Summer Break endsSeptember 11, 2022
Autumn Quarter Begins September 11, 2022
Lecture #21 ShenSeptember 11, 2022n/a
Lecture #22 Introduction to Directional MedicineSeptember 18, 2022September 18, 2022
Lecture #23 Obstruction (bi) PathologiesSeptember 25, 2022September 25, 2022
Lecture #24 Causes of Human IllnessOctober 2, 2022October 2, 2022
Lecture #25 Introduction to Physical DiagnosisOctober 23, 2022October 23, 2022
Lecture #26 Introduction to Pulse Diagnosis Part AOctober 30, 2022October 30, 2022
Lecture #27 Introduction to Pulse Diagnosis Part BNovember 6, 2022November 6, 2022
Lecture #28 Diagnosing by Color/Facial DiagnosisNovember 13, 2022November 13, 2022
Lecture #29 The Nine Ancient NeedlesNovember 20, 2022November 20, 2022
Lecture #30 Neijing Needle TechniquesNovember 27, 2022November 27, 2022
Final ExamDecember 4, 2022December 4, 2022
Winters Break beginsDecember 4, 2022
Winter Break endsJuly 18, 2022
Winter Quarter Begins January 8, 2023
Lecture #31 The Physician/Patient RelationshipJanuary 8, 2023n/a
Lecture #32 The Medical InterviewJanuary 15, 2023January 8, 2023
Lecture #33 Clinical Decision MakingJanuary 22, 2023January 15, 2023
Lecture #34 Guest-host IllnessesJanuary 29, 2023January 22, 2023
Lecture #35 Emotional IllnessesFebruary 5, 2023January 29, 2023
Lecture #36 External TherapeuticsFebruary 12, 2023February 5, 2023
Lecture #37 Bazi Medical Chart ForecastingFebruary 19, 2023February 12, 2023
Lecture #38 Heaven and Earth (wuyun liuqi) InteractionsFebruary 26, 2023February 19, 2023
Lecture #39 Climate Change MedicineMarch 5, 2023February 26, 2023
Lecture #40 Clinic Management and SafetyMarch 12, 2023March 5, 2023
Final ExamMarch 19, 2023March 12, 2023
Course EndsMarch 19, 2023

CLINICAL RETREATS

UNITED STATES

  • US Clinical Retreat I: May 26-June 1, 2022 (Trout Lake, Washington)
  • US Clinical Retreat II: October 13-19, 2022 (Trout Lake, Washington)

EUROPE

  • EU Clinical Retreat I: TBD*
  • EU Clinical Retreat II: TBD*

*Due to scheduling, Covid safety for participants, and the ability of Dr. Neal to travel during the ongoing Covid pandemic, we are still securing a location and dates for the European Clinical Retreats.

ONLINE LECTURE SERIES

CLASS

NAME

DESCRIPTION

SPRING QUARTER 2022

History, Classical Scholarship and Neijing Space/Time Theory
1Introduction to Neijing MedicineLecture #1 Introduces the topic of Neijing medical studies - basic principles of Neijing nature-based medicine are reviewed.
2Classical Medicine ScholarshipLecture #2 Introduces the field of classical Chinese medical text scholarship. Basic approaches to Neijing classical-text archeology are introduced and discussed.
3History of Early ChinaLecture #3 Reviews the history and culture of early China to provide a context to the study of Neijing nature-based medicine.
4History of the Neijing TextLecture #4 Reviews the history and and development of the Neijing text from its early origins in the Warring States and Han dynasties through later editions in the Northern Song dynasty.
5History of Neijing Space/Time TheoryLecture #5 Introduces basic concepts of Neijing space/time theory - the principles that underlie the practice of Neijing nature-based medicine.
6Celestial Patterns Part ALecture #6 Introduces the basic patterns of the celestial (stellar) heavens and greater cosmos as described in Neijing nature-based medicine.
7Celestial Patterns Part BLecture #7 Continues the study of the patterns of the celestial (stellar) heavens and greater cosmos as described in Neijing nature-based medicine.
8Local Terrestrial Patterns Part ALecture #8 Introduces the basic patterns of the earth’s terrestrial biosphere as described in Neijing nature-based medicine.
9Local Terrestrial Patterns Part BLecture #9 Continues the study of the patterns of the earth’s terrestrial biosphere as described in Neijing nature-based medicine.
10Axial and Radial PatternsLecture #10 Discusses the primary axial (jing) and radial (luo) patterns of the natural world which serve as the basic template of the human body.

SUMMER QUARTER 2022

Anatomy and Circulatory Pathways
11Introduction to the Human BodyLecture #11 Introduces a basic overview of the human body and begins to build a clinical description of the body’s anatomy.
12Architecture of the Human BodyLecture #12 Discusses the basic structure of the human body as described in Neijing nature-based medicine.
13The Rivers and WatershedsLecture #13 Discusses the nature and relationships of the body’s primary river channels (mai) as described in Neijing nature-based medicine.
14The Primary River CoursesLecture #14 Discusses the main pathways of the primary axial rivers that set the anatomy for the twelve primary watersheds of the body.
15The Collateral River CoursesLecture #15 Discusses the role of the of the collateral river channels (luo) in Neijing nature-based medicine.
16The Zang Storage OrgansLecture #16 Discusses the role of the zang storage organs in Neijing nature-based medicine.
17The Fu Transport OrgansLecture #17 Discusses the role of the fu transport organs in Neijing nature-based medicine.
18Roots, Crowns and Conjoining RegionsLecture #18 Discusses the role of the primary and secondary roots (ben and gen), crown (biao?em>), and conjoining regions (jie) in Neijing nature-based medicine.
19Sinews and MembranesLecture #19 Discusses the role of the sinew body (jin) in Neijing nature-based medicine.
20Surface Caverns (xue)Lecture #20 Discusses the role of the acupuncture point regions (xue) in Neijing nature-based medicine.

FALL QUARTER 2022

Basic Clinical Principles
21ShenLecture #21 Discusses the role of transcendental, organizing illumination (shen) as described in Neijing nature-based medicine.
22Introdiction to Directional MedicineLecture #22 Introduces basic concepts of directional medicine (fangyi) as described in Neijing nature-based medicine.
23Obstruction Pathologies (bi)Lecture #23 Discusses the role of obstruction pathologies (bi) as described in Neijing nature-based medicine.
24Primary Causes of Human IllnessLecture #24 Discusses the primary causes of human illness as described in Neijing nature-based medicine.
25Introduction to Physical DiagnosisLecture #25 Introduces basic principles of physical diagnosis as described and practiced as described in Neijing nature-based medicine.
26Pulse Diagnosis Part ALecture #26 Discusses basic principles of pulse diagnosis as described and practiced as described in Neijing nature-based medicine.
27Pulse Diagnosis Part BLecture #27 Continues the discussion of Neijing pulse diagnosis by examining the carotid/wrist (renying/maikou) and three region/nine conditions (sanbu/jiuhou) classical pulse diagnosis systems.
28Facial Diagnosis and Diagnosing by ColorLecture #28 Discusses basic principles of facial diagnosis and diagnosing by color as described in Neijing nature-based medicine.
29The Nine Ancient NeedlesLecture #29 Introduces the Nine Ancient Needles and discusses the basic principles of their clinical use.
30Neijing Needle TechniquesLecture #30 Introduces Neijing needle techniques and discusses the basic principles of their clinical use.

WINTER QUARTER 2023

Advanced Special Topics
31The Physician/Patient RelationshipLecture #31 Discusses basic principles of the physician/patient relationship and clinical ethics.
32The Medical InterviewLecture #32 Discusses basic principles of the medical interview as described and practiced in Neijing nature-based medicine.
33Clinical Decision MakingLecture #33 Discusses basic principles of clinical decision making as described and practiced in Neijing nature-based medicine.
34Guest-Host DiseasesLecture #35 Discusses basic principles of evaluating and treating guest-host (external) diseases as described and practiced in Neijing nature-based medicine.
35Emotional illnessesLecture #35 Discusses basic principles of evaluating and treating emotional disease as described and practiced in Neijing nature-based medicine.
36Auxilliary TherapeuticsLecture #36 Discusses the role of auxiliary therapeutics (e.g. external therapies, moxabustion) as described and practiced in Neijing nature-based medicine.
37Bazi Medical Chart ForecastingLecture #37 Discusses the role of medical chart forecasting (bazi suanming) as described and practiced in Neijing nature-based medicine.
38Heaven and Earth InteractionsLecture #38 Discusses the role of heaven and earth interactions (wuyun liuqi) as described and practiced in Neijing nature-based medicine.
39Climate changeLecture #39 Discusses the special challenges caused by recent environmental changes and the unique role Neijing nature-based medicine has in addressing these issues.
40Clinic Management and SafetyLecture #40 Discusses practical aspects of practicing Neijing nature-based medicine in a clinical environment.

COURSE TOTALS

40 Recorded Weekly Lectures – 1 hour per week
Total Recorded Lecture Hours – 40 hours

40 Live Sunday Q&A sessions: 1 hour per week (also available as recordings)
Total Sunday Live Q&A Hours – 40 hours

TOTAL CLASSROOM HOURS – 80 hours

plus online discussion time (discussion forum in the online classroom)

PRICING

Tuition costs are reviewed annually to ensure that student fees are equitable and instructors’ research and preparation work is compensated. For the 2022/23 year, the following per class hour costs apply.

COST PER CLASS HOUR

Professional
100%

Student
(or first 2 years of practice)
65%

Returning Participant
50%

Online Lecture Series
Per class hour
$58.00$37.70$29.00
US Clinical Retreats in-person tuition
Per class hour
$50.00$32.50$26.00
EU Clinical Retreats in-person tuition
Per class hour
$52.00$33.80$22.00

The following costs are based on the cost per class hour above.

TOTAL TUITION

Professional
100%

Student
(or first 2 years of practice)
65%

Returning Participant
50%

US Bundle(3)
Online Lecture Series + both Clinical Retreats
$7,400.00 $4,810.00 $3,700.00
EU Bundle(3)
Online Lecture Series + both Clinical Retreats
$7,800.00 $5,070.00 $3,900.00
Online Lecture Series(2)
(80 CEU online teaching hours)
$4,640.00 $3,016.00 $2,320.00
US Clinical Retreat I(4)
(42 CEU in-person teaching hours)
$2,100.00 $1,365.00 $1,050.00
US Clinical Retreat II(4,6)
(42 CEU in-person teaching hours)
$2,100.00 $1,365.00 $1,050.00
EU Clinical Retreat I(4,5)
(42 CEU in-person teaching hours)
$2,184.00 $1,419.60 $1,092.00
EU Clinical Retreat II(4,5,6)
(42 CEU in-person teaching hours)
$2,184.00 $1,419.60 $1,092.00
Early Start deposit(1)(access to 10 lectures; applied to tuition)$750.00$750.00$750.00

1 If you are registering for Early Start to gain access to the first 10 lectures from the current course, the cost is the same regardless of your registration status/class. The $750 deposit will be applied to your tuition, regardless of whether you choose the Pay in Full or Payment Plan option. If you choose the Payment Plan option, your Early Start pre-registration deposit will be applied equally to your payments.
2 Limited number of scholarships available if you volunteer in your community serving an underserved population or reside in a country with low GDP. Scholarships are only applied to the Online Lecture Series (not applied to Clinical Retreats).
3 This amounts to an approximately 15-20% discount on the entire package (depending on registration class: Professional, Student, and Returning Participant). Must enroll in the Online Lecture Series and both in-person Clinical Retreats in order to receive this discount.
4 Based on space availability (18 participants). This discount applies only to classes that students have been taken before and are taking again.
5 EU Clinical Retreat I and II dates and location TBD due to changes as a result of the COVID-19 crisis.
6 Prerequisite for Clinical Retreat II: participants must have previously taken Clinical Retreat I, either in another year or the current year.

PAYMENT PLANS

We offer a payment plan option to pay for the course. There is a 4% maintenance/lender fee (based on the remaining balance after deposit) added to your FIRST installment payment if you choose to enroll in the payment plan option. This covers our fees for managing the multiple payments and the financial risk we take in offering a pay-over-time model.

Tuition payment plans are paid in 1 deposit and 4 installments. The payment schedule for the 2022/23 course is as follows:

Deposit – $750 – Due at time of registration (Early Start program fee)
1st Installment / 25% of balance due after deposit (+4% admin fee) – February 1, 2022
2nd Installment / 25% of balance due after deposit – May 1, 2022
3rd Installment / 25% of balance due after deposit – August 1, 2022
4th Installment / 25% of balance due after deposit – November 1, 2022

PAYMENT PLAN POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

The credit or debit card you use to pay the deposit is stored in our secure payment gateway, Stripe, an ecommerce industry leader who implements the latest in encrypted security protocols when processing payments.

Our staff does not have direct access to your complete payment information and can only charge the card on file. We send a reminder approximately 2 weeks before your installment is due. If there is a problem with the card (e.g. expired, declined transaction, you choose not to save the method on file), we will send an invoice for the amount. After 14 days of an unpaid invoice, course participants will lose access to the online classroom and weekend live sessions with Dr. Neal.

NOTE: Participants are responsible for all payments until the full tuition of their enrolled course(s) is paid, whether they finish the course or not. If you have a problem completing the class please contact us so we can help you find ways to help complete your studies. We can work with you to make up missed classes through recordings or apply to continue in a future course. You are required to agree to these terms and conditions when paying for the course.

COURSE EXTENSIONS

We give all participants an extra 3 months access to the online material beginning on the last day of the course. We’ve been told this is helpful for those who fall behind or need extra time to meet the quiz and other requirements for receiving CEU/PDA credit. After 3 months has expired, we offer a membership to continue. This is a wonderful opportunity to maintain access to the course and access to live regular events with Dr. Neal.

REFUND POLICY

Our tuition refund policy is as follows:

  • Deposit/Early Start payment – non-refundable
  • 15 days prior to first class – 100% of tuition balance refunded (not including deposit)
  • 1 day prior to first class – 75% of tuition balance refunded (not including deposit)
  • After first class – no refund

If you sign up for a payment plan and withdraw the course, you are still responsible for the balance due less your refund amount. We are always happy to worth with participants to equitable resolution when an issue arises, including pause course access and participation until the next year.

SCHOLARSHIPS

  • We offer a limited number of scholarships (discounted tuition rate) for:
    • Those working a significant amount of  time with underserved populations (e.g. Acupuncturists Without Borders, non-profit organizations serving homeless/houseless populations or substance abuse rehabilitation, etc.) or working in underserved areas of the world.
    • Those working in a country with a lower annual GDP rate than comparable higher-income countries (e.g. US, UK, France, Canada, etc.).
    • THose experiencing significant work cutbacks due to the current Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Scholarship discounts are available for the Online Lecture Series only. Due to site costs of Clinical Retreats, discounts are not offered for these workshops at this time.
  • Scholarships are limited and determined on a first come first served basis.
  • Scholarships are offered to established practitioners and students. If you are currently a student or working within the first two years of graduation, please register by using the Student option to receive an automatic tuition discount. Returning Participants who take a course for the second time receive an automatic 50% discount on the course tuition.
  • Scholarship amounts are determined by several factors:
    • The type and extent of the work you do.
    • The cost of living estimated for the country you work in.
    • The level of financial need.
    • The amount of people and scholarship funds available in a given year.

Interested participants must file an application to be reviewed before receiving these scholarship discounts. We review applications on a rolling basis.

APPLY FOR A SCHOLARSHIP

Onsite Clinical Retreats

Clinical Retreats DO NOT include the cost of accommodations, travel, meals or transportation to/from the event site. Participants should consider these added costs when making plans to attend the retreat. Please contact us with any questions.

UNITED STATES

Date and Time

CLINICAL RETREAT I – US

May 26-June 4, 2022
Students arrive in the afternoon or evening of the 25th and depart at the end of day on the 4th.

CLINICAL RETREAT II – US

October 13-19, 2022
Students arrive in the afternoon or evening of the 12th and depart at the end of day on the 19th.

**There are spaces for 18 participants in both Clinical Retreats

Location

TROUT LAKE ABBEY
Trout Lake, Washington
(approximately 100 minutes from Portland, Oregon)

WEBSITE: tlabbey.com

Cost

CLINICAL RETREAT I – US

Professional: $2100.00 USD
Students and Returning Participants: $1365.00 USD

CLINICAL RETREAT II – US

Professional: $2100.00 USD
Students and Returning Participants: $1365.00 USD

Accommodations for US Clinical Retreats

Clinical Retreats DO NOT include the cost of accommodations, travel, meals or transportation to/from the event site. Participants should consider these added costs when making plans to attend retreats.

NOTE: Students in the US Clinical Retreats need to make accommodations to stay with Trout Lake Abbey directly. You can inquire with them about the cost of the various room options available and make payments directly. For the US retreats, we offer catering, which is usually a minimal cost per student. We will invoice students directly at least 1 month before the retreat.

EUROPE

Date and Time

CLINICAL RETREAT I – EU

To Be Determined
Due to scheduling, Covid safety for participants, and the ability of Dr. Neal to travel during the ongoing Covid pandemic, we are still securing a location and dates for the European Clinical Retreats.

CLINICAL RETREAT II – EU

To Be Determined
Due to scheduling, Covid safety for participants, and the ability of Dr. Neal to travel during the ongoing Covid pandemic, we are still securing a location and dates for the European Clinical Retreats.

**There are spaces for 18 participants in both Clinical Retreats

Location

In the past, the EU Clinical Retreats have been held at the following locations. More information about location will be available when we finalize these Clinical Retreats.

AMARA VALLEY ECO RETREAT CENTER
Porqueres, Girona, Spain

WEBSITE: amaravalley.com

MOLINO DEL REY
Jorox, Malaga, Spain

WEBSITE: molinodelrey.com/

Cost

CLINICAL RETREAT I – EU

Professional: $2185.00 USD
Students and Returning Participants: $1420.00 USD

CLINICAL RETREAT II – EU

Professional: $2185.00 USD
Students and Returning Participants: $1420.00 USD

Accommodations for EU Clinical Retreats

Clinical Retreats DO NOT include the cost of accommodations, travel, meals or transportation to/from the event site. Participants should consider these added costs when making plans to attend retreats.

NOTE: All accommodations (meals and the cost of your room) for the EU Clinical Retreats are being organized by our UK Apricot Grove lead Deborah Woolf. Participants should contact Deborah directly via email to inquire about cost and arrange accommodations. Please do not contact the retreat center directly.

PREREQUISITES

No prerequisites are required for the Online Lecture Series. Students wishing to participate in clinical skills during Clinical Retreats must be medically licensed in the locality in which they live, or must be currently enrolled in a recognized training program. Acceptable medical licenses or training programs include LAc, MD, PA/FNP and RN.

COURSE INSTRUCTORS (2020/21)

PRIMARY INSTRUCTOR
Edward Neal, MD

GUEST INSTRUCTORS
Lorraine Wilcox, PhD (Moxabustion and External Therapies)
Dominique Hertzer, PhD (Sinology)

TEACHING ASSISTANTS
These are long-term students of the course who supervise the small discussion groups online and participate in the course with current students. They are available as a resource to help students in their learning process.

TBD for the 2022/23 course.

COURSE CONTENT, MATERIALS USE, AND AUTHORIZATION

Access to course lectures and materials is granted to individuals who are officially registered and whose course tuition has been received. Unauthorized sharing or use of course material will result in termination from the course without a tuition refund. Unauthorized sharing, copying, broadcasting or use of material in research, publications, or other media venues without prior written permission is strictly prohibited and grounds for dismissal from the course and/or legal action.

PROFESSIONALISM

Clinical medicine requires a high degree of ethics and professionalism. All teachers and course participants are held to the same standard of professional and ethical behavior. Although rare, participants may be expelled from classes for unprofessional, disrespectful or unsafe behavior at anytime without prior warning. Such decisions are made at the discretion of the teacher and are not subject to review or appeal. If a student is expelled for such behavior, no refund will be given.

CLASS SAFETY

Clinical training involves a variety of learning experiences from diagnostic exercises to physical palpation and needle insertion. Although instructors work hard to ensure the safety of the learning environment it is impossible to supervise all students at every moment. Because of this, student participants must take responsibility for their own self-wellness. Anytime a participant feels uncomfortable or unsure of what is happening or has an adverse reaction to an exercise, they should withdraw and notify the attending teacher. Participants should not involve themselves in activities that personally feel unsafe, invasive or uncomfortable. If a student feels tired or ill, they should excuse themselves, contact the teacher and refrain from participating in the activity. Acupuncture carries inherent risks. Students should not perform techniques observed in clinical demonstrations until they have been properly demonstrated and reviewed. In general, when learning new needle techniques students should avoid treating between the seventh cervical vertebrae and the second lumbar vertebrae in the thorax or in the axilla unless specifically directed. All needles must be accounted for and properly disposed of within an appropriate sharps container.

I’m concerned about COVID-19 (coronavirus). Should you still be offering this course?

Yes indeed! The Neijing Nature-Based Medicine: Theoretical and Clinical Foundations (Year I) is an online distance learning course, though there are two in-person Clinical Retreats offered for as optional add-ons to each yearly cohort if participants decide they would like to attend.

Is this course right for me?

This is an information-rich course. Students who do well in this course have a genuine interest in the early Chinese medical texts and theories and are willing to put in time for study and participation. Students who are hoping to learn a few quick techniques are likely to be disappointed and will find the study excessive. That being said it is not necessary for students to have extensive clinical experience or speak Chinese. This course is applicable to students who are beginning their studies in Chinese medicine as long as there is a genuine interest in the medical classics.

What is Early Start?

“Early Start” is a way for you to gain advanced access to the online classroom and the foundational material months before the course officially begins on February 6, 2022.

In the past, first time students have reported that being exposed to the material in advance of the first class was extremely helpful for their learning. We’re offering access to the first 10 recorded lectures of the 2020/21 course for study and preparation as soon as you pay the deposit and register.

Pay the “Early Start” deposit ($750) before February 1, 2022 to gain access to the online classroom and the first quarter of lectures (10 videos). Your payment will apply towards the total tuition cost.

What if I am having technical difficulties with online lectures or other content?

We use the latest in streaming and video conferencing technology, so while we don’t anticipate any technical issues, the instructor will provide contact information at the beginning of the class which can be used to address any technical problems.

May I record class material for personal use?

Yes, unless specified, teaching material (except online video lectures) audio recordings can be used for personal review and study. If excerpted translations are used for teaching, research or professional publications, users must first contact the teacher/ translator directly to review usage and give prior written consent.

Do you offer payment plans?

Yes, payment plans are offered as an option during checkout. Participants can choose to have their tuition divided into 4 installments.

The payment plan due dates are as follows:

Deposit: $750 – Due at time of registration
1st Payment / 25% of balance due – February 1, 2022
2nd Payment / 25% of balance due – May 1, 2022
3rd Payment / 25% of balance due – August 1, 2022
4th Payment / 25% of balance due – November 1, 2022

IMPORTANT: Participants are responsible for all payments until the full tuition of their enrolled course(s) is paid, whether they finish the course or not. If you have a problem completing the class please contact us so we can help you find ways to complete your studies. We can work with you to make up missed classes through recordings or apply to continue in a future course.

Can I take the lecture series this year and take the on-site clinical training at another time?

Yes, this is possible when space is available.

Can I take the lecture portion if the class without participating in the on-site clinical training?

Yes, however students wishing to enroll in advanced clinical must complete all on-site clinical retreats prior to enrollment.

Will I receive a certificate at the end of this class?

Students who who participate fully and complete all course lecture material, quizzes, final exams (with a score 0f 75% or better) and evaluations will receive a certificate of completion in Neijing Nature-Based Medicine from Apricot Grove Educational Services, LLC.

What if I need a course refund?

Tuition refunds are given as follows:

  • Deposit/Early Start deposit – non-refundable
  • 15 days prior to first class – 100% of tuition balance refunded (not including deposit)
  • 1 day prior to first class – 75% of tuition balance refunded (not including deposit)
  • after first class – no refund

EARLY START Pre-Registration deposit is non-refundable, however it will be applied to your total tuition cost of the course.

Are CME/CEU/PDA credits offered for these classes?

In the United States, classes are accredited by the NCCAOM for Professional Development Activity credit. For live or recorded online lectures, students must sign into the online classroom to be documented and complete a post lecture quiz with a score of 75% or better. In order to receive credit for onsite clinical training, participants must sign-in daily.

Does my tuition at live clinical sessions include room and boarding?

When live Clinical Retreats are offered as an add-on to the Online Lecture Series, we work to identify retreat centers in beautiful natural settings that offer various lodging options to provide budget flexibility for students. We also arrange vegetarian catering for onsite meals. Students also have the option to arrange outside lodging and meals however these options may be limited in some locations. Lodging and food options and costs vary by site location and are not included in course tuition. Prior to clinical classes a list of lodging and food options is sent to all students.

Can I attend one live Clinical Retreat in the US and one in Europe?

Yes, course material is identical in the US and Europe. Students from the US and Europe may take clinical training at either location (space permitted). Note that Clinical Retreat I (US or EU) is a prerequisite for Clinical Retreat II (US or EU). You cannot register for only Clinical Retreat II unless you are registering for Clinical Retreat I or have previously completed it.

Can I complete the course by watching recordings and attending onsite clinical trainings only?

Yes, due to scheduling conflicts many students participate in the course by watching recorded material. Completion of the full class does include participation in both six-day clinical training sessions.

Are classes taught in Europe?

Yes, European students may complete the course by viewing online live and recorded content and attending on-site Clinical Retreats given in Europe.

What if I cannot complete the class in the time allowed?

All course material except material taught at the live Clinical Retreats  is made available as online recorded lectures. Students have 3 months after classes end to review and study course material in their own time. We also offer an additional 3 months extension beyond the courtesy 3 months for an additional $450.00 USD. The extension(s) are often helpful for those who fell behind in their studies or need extra time in order to complete the requirements to receive CEU/PDA credit.

Where are the Clinical Retreats held?

When they are offered, onsite Clinical Retreats are held in two residential seven-day sessions. In the United States sessions are held in Washington State (near Portland, Oregon). In Europe, specific retreat centers are chosen traditionally based on their ability to meet the course and participant needs. The retreat centers are generally located in Western Europe (Spain, France, Portugal, Italy…).

At the end of the course will I be able to implement Neijing practice in my office fully?

Neijing Nature-Based Medicine: Theoretical and Clinical Foundations (Level I) is designed to provide a comprehensive introduction in Neijing studies in preparation for advanced clinical training in year two. While students do learn diagnostic skills and needle techniques in Level I, which they can begin to use in their practice, this class is designed to provide a theoretical basis for life-long learning in Neijing classical medicine and should not be seen as imparting advanced comprehensive clinical skills.

How are costs calculated?

Cost are reviewed annually to ensure that student costs are equitable and teachers research and preparation work is compensated. For the 2022/23 course, Professional tuition cost is calculated at $58.00 USD per class hour for the Online Lecture Series and $50.00 USD (US) / $52.00 USD (EU) per class hour for the Clinical Retreats. View the Pricing tab to learn more about these costs and for the Students and Returning Participants. Please contact us with any questions.

Do I need to be able to read Chinese to take this course?

While these texts are written in a classical Chinese, a majority of students taking this class have no experience with the Chinese. All required English translations are provided and reviewed by the instructors.

What is Neijing Classical Acupuncture?

Neijing classical acupuncture is a comprehensive medical system based on writings in early Chinese medical texts used to treat illnesses of all types of severity. It is based on detailed descriptions of patterns of Nature and the extrapolations of these observations to the human body. In these texts, acupuncture needles were used to regulate the body’s tissue planes and restore the vascular circulation. This allows the body to restore its inherent healing potential.

What is the Huangdi Neijing?

The Huangdi Neijing, or Yellow Emperor’s Inner Classic is a compilation of medical writings from early China. It has been the unifying source text of Chinese medicine theory and practice for several thousand years. Written as a series of discussion between the Yellow Emperor and his ministers, in its current form the text consists of two sections, the Suwen ‘Plain Questions’ and Lingshu ‘Divine Pivot’. The former speaks primarily of basic medical theory and practice while the latter is the original text of acupuncture.

Scholarships available!

Scholarships are available for those in need and who meet the criteria. Please explore the Pricing tab above for more information and to learn how to submit your application.

Early Start Registration

EARLY START is a way to gain advanced access to the online classroom and the foundational material months before the course begins.

Your Early Start registration deposit is applied to the tuition cost, regardless of the payment option you choose. You’ll have access to an academic quarter’s worth of foundational lectures (10 recorded lectures from the 2020/21 course), and then proceed with fresh material and lectures when the full course begins.

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Note: Early Start deposits are non-refundable.

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Neijing Nature-Based Medicine 2022/23

THEORETICAL AND CLINICAL FOUNDATIONS (LEVEL I)
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PRAISE FROM PAST STUDENTS

The clinical practicums in Spain and France 2019 changed my practice of acupuncture completely. I enjoyed the link between the 2,000 year old Neijing and modern anatomy. I loved learning old needle techniques. I felt well supervised when I treated myself and I experienced the big effects of the treatments that I received. It was great to spend all this time together with Ed and the wonderful group of all very professional practitioners. I am very grateful for this special experience.

Claudia H., acupuncture practitioner, 2019-20 course

The Nei Jing Level 1 class is a magic school bus ride into the roots of Chinese Medicine and the Universe at large that will blow your mind! Dr. Neal is the Kung Fu Panda Papa Smurf I never knew I needed. Fundamental questions about the Universe that have been subversively itching my brain for years have been answered but in such a way that just gives me the tools to understand them. I still have to do the work which is how real learning is done. The kind of learning that imprints in your bones and permeates through your every breath. This allows you to breath the medicine and treat with your whole being not just solve a puzzle. Dr. Neal and his assistants have made me feel throughout this process that they are absolutely invested in me personally understanding these principles of life and medicine. They are supportive, kind, dedicated, and simply amazing people. I feel blessed to have found them and have them as part of my community.

Amituofo 阿彌陀佛
(in recognition of your infinite light)

Lukas

Taking this course has fundamentally changed the way I look at acupuncture, Chinese Medicine, and the human body. Neijing medicine is a beautiful and grounded explanation of how the laws of the natural world influence our health and offers a tangible clinical understanding of how our bodies are an extension of our environment. The material, while expansive in nature, is presented in a well-organized and accessible way. Taking part in this program goes far beyond learning a few tools to add to your clinical toolbox; it’s given me a new perspective of what it means to be a practitioner of Chinese Medicine and an incredible community to explore this profound medicine alongside.

Lina B., acupuncture practitioner, 2019-20 course

The Neijing Medicine program has transformed my view of the human body all together and how truly revolutionary the practices of ancient Chinese medical physicians are for modern day society.

Dr. Neal’s translations and understanding of the Neijing text gives practitioners in the field of Chinese medicine a differing perspective on how to treat illness in the body that produces remarkable results.

I look forward to continuing studying Neijing Medicine theory and utilizing the treatment approaches in my future practice. Thank you to Dr. Neal and the unparalleled work he has done to help us understand the Neijing text and how to better ourselves as healthcare practitioners.

Stephanie H., acupuncture practitioner, 2019-20 course

The Neijing Practicum provide indispensable knowledge and understanding about the “Neijing body”, practical skills and needle techniques.

Back home in my practice I started to look at my patients with Neijing eyes.

Franziska K., acupuncture practitioner, 2018-19 course

Studying the Neijing with Dr. Neal has been like peeling back a curtain. His translation of the Neijing is remarkably straightforward, yet shines a new, modern light on what I’ve come to realize is a rich and still-relevant classic text. I came away from the course with a deeper understanding of the very basic principles of Chinese medicine and also its vast complexity. I think this richness and beauty of our medicine can too easily be undervalued or even dismissed altogether in any modern practice–no matter how successful—and what I once viewed as somewhat archaic and cryptic has instead become an inspiration and axis around which my work now revolves.

A.G., acupuncture practitioner, Acupuncturist, Member - Oregon State Medical Board; 2018-19 course

I have been in practice for over 15 years as well as teaching Chinese medicine philosophy, theory and practice. Dr Neal”s course has been an eye opener, as he talked about many areas I had wondered about, but mostly as he combined my interests in philosophy and classical Chinese and rooted Chinese medicine firmly in the classics. He then proceeded to apply it… Amazing!

D.W., Acupuncturist, Teacher

Dr. Neal has a gift for teaching. From the first 5 minutes listening to him, I could tell that I was about to have my whole world flipped upside down. His lectures are beautifully crafted as he takes unbelievably complex material and relays it in a way that a 6-year old could understand it. I began this class looking for ways to hone my treatment skills, but what I got out of it was so much more. Dr. Neal opened my eyes to how nature works and how the universe patterns itself and that is a gift for which I am forever in gratitude. He is absolutely inspiring. He is definitely an inspiration to me.

Joseph, acupuncture practitioner, 2017-18 course

This class brought it all together for me. I got plenty of techniques and protocols in school, but there has been a gaping hole in my soul craving the “why?!” and this class cuts right to the heart of it all. Dr. Neal doesn’t shy away from the “why?!” question for a moment; instead he goes right into it. Everything is explained in a way that is rooted and makes sense, and somehow because of that it all becomes even more magical! The ancient Chinese were looking at the same body that we are looking at today! Why in the world would we not approach Chinese Medicine like they were looking at the same thing we are looking at? Where did we get so far off-track that most Chinese Medicine graduates can’t confidently answer basic questions like “What is qi?” and “What are the jingmai?” Dr. Neal is rocking the Chinese Medicine world right now by asking the “why?” question and I am so glad that he is. Chinese Medicine theory and practice has never made more sense than it does now and I can very confidently look patients and other practitioners (Western and Eastern) in the eye and tell them exactly what I’m doing and why it makes incredible sense. Thank you so much, Dr. Neal. You have completely changed my practice and opened up a whole world for me. I’ve never been more excited about practicing Chinese Medicine.

J.F., acupuncture practitioner, clinic director, 2019-20 course

As a student I can say if you are feeling like school is becoming rote and Chinese medicine is a prescription based, automatic procedure, please, take this course. It will revive and nourish the very reason that brought you to school. In my second year I found myself doubting the medicine I had once loved. Where was the elegant and complex theory of our earth and cosmos? Where was the intricate vision of how we are inextricably bound to its subtle and vast movement?

When I saw Dr. Neal’s introduction to this course I knew I had rediscovered what originally brought me to this medicine. The most powerful techniques available to us reside in our mother text. The Neijing is at once pragmatic and cosmic. Each class is an illumination.

Dr. Neal is an unparalleled lecturer. He does not waste time in unhelpful tangents. He is clear, concise, and artful in his explication of incredibly difficult concepts. He is a treasure to our medicine.

Finally, the practicums accelerated my ability far beyond my expectations. It is incredible to watch Dr. Neal as a clinician. His skill and grace with patients imparted a sense of confidence that I lacked. Now I I am able to see critical issues in patients that I previously overlooked. And this is only the basics of the first year!

This course will change your life. It will revive in you the possibility of being the practitioner you always wanted to be.

P. G., acupuncture practitioner

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