Apprenticeship in Five-Element Acupuncture
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Roujon – South of France
“Gerad’s teaching is passionate, simple yet extremely profound and practical. The learning style is so experiential – it’s such a treat for the heart. I am still in awe at how it has helped me build confidence with hands-on skills in the shortest possible time. This intensive course is truly one of a kind! I am very grateful!” Yiye Zhang – October 2017
The process of becoming a Five-Element acupuncturist is not academic. It requires a commitment to be of service to others and to learn from experienced practitioners/teachers whose responsibility is to pass on this ancient lineage through oral transmission.
In recent years acupuncture has become more popular in the West and this profoundly spiritual and ‘relationship’ based act of service has been adopted into our culture. But for the most part, it is taught within the existing Western academic model of learning.
What we offer is different. We provide information, experience and guidance but we do not take responsibility for how you learn. This is your responsibility – and you will be required to demonstrate throughout the course that you have the passion, integrity and application to meet all that is needed to be one of the next in line of this ancient lineage.
The ‘Apprenticeship in Five-Element Acupuncture’ has been developed for people with little or no previous experience in practicing five-element acupuncture but either already ‘work’ with people in some capacity or have the experience and maturity to engage with the people (patients) that come for help. The course is based on, and structured around the master/apprentice approach to study by layering the learning in the classroom with practical experience and ongoing mentorship.
The apprenticeship begins with the Foundation Intensive (Levl 1 & 2), a total immersion – four weeks of intensive study (24 days contact time) in a residential/guest house setting in the South of France. The 24 days are split into two levels (2 x 2 weeks separated by a month’s break).
Level 1 (12 days) provides the foundation of theoretical and practical knowledge. After Level 1 there is a one-month break during which time you will be supported by a mentor and offered opportunities to review what you have learned. This ‘breathing space’ gives the apprentice time to digest Level 1 and prepare for Level 2.
Level 2 reviews Level 1, provides further information and provides a clinical experience of practice (all apprentices need to consent to receiving treatment from fellow apprentices).
Between the Foundation Intensive (Levels 1 & 2) and the Intensive Review (Level 3) there is approximately a 6-month gap during which time you perform a minimum of 35 treatments under the supervision of our approved mentors. This is achieved by attending the 6-week (Sunday) group clinical programme in London (included in your fees) beginning the first weekend after the completion of Level 2. You will also be supervised individually by your mentor/s to achieve the full quota of 35 treatments, where it is your responsibility to find your patients, charge your treatment fee and pay your mentor.
Once you have submitted evidence of your 35 supervised treatments, you will be awarded the “Permission to Practice” letter that will allow you to gain professional insurance in the UK and register with your local authority as an acupuncturist and treat patients without supervision.
Level 3 (10 days contact time) is the Intensive Review (approximately 6 months after Level 2) a continuation of the residential programme in France. We review all theory and clinical practice learned so far. This level provides new information and serves to deepen your understanding and experience as a whole.
Admission to the course is based on a written application and an interview during which we will assess whether you are ready and sufficiently committed and self-motivated to take on this style of intense study and encourage you to be sure that this is the right approach to training for you.
The Apprentice Experience
“This course has truly changed my whole perspective on life. There are few teachers that can hold their students for hours on end but Gerad is a natural communicator who is clearly a master of this tradition and what he and the team have managed to impart to us during our time together, is incredible.”
Alex Charles – November 2018