Apprenticeship in Five-Element Acupuncture
Intake – Autumn 2019
Level 1. 15 – 29 September (France)
Level 2. 27 October – 10 November (France)
Saturday (a.m.) Workshops. 17 November – 18 January (London)
Saturday Clinical. 15 February – 2 April (London)
Level 3. 3 – 15th May (France)
‘Sanssoucis’ – Roujan – South of France
“A truly authentic and comprehensive training. Gerad and Johnny are extraordinary teachers. Their absolute passion, deep wisdom and eloquence lit the flame in each of us to become humble servants of this incredibly powerful and beautiful ancient healing art.” Julia Rookby – September 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 apprenticeship 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 (Level 1 & 2), a total immersion – four weeks of intensive study (200 hours contact time) in a specifically designed 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 contact time/France) provides the foundation of theoretical and practical knowledge.
After Level 1 there is one month break during which time a mentor supports you as you review and digest what you have learned, and you start to create a portfolio of your learning and prepare for the assessments at Level 2.
Level 2 (12 days contact time/France) reviews Level 1 and gives you further theoretical and practical knowledge.
Saturday (a.m.) Workshops (London) begin the first Saturday after Level 2 and run for 10 weeks. These workshops focus on a review of all material taught so far (both theoretical and practical) and serve to support your private study in creating your portfolio and prepare you for the clinical programme beginning in month seven of the training.
The Saturday Clinical (London) is a weekly clinical programme and runs for 12 weeks. During this time you will need to perform a minimum of 35 treatments under the supervision of our approved mentors and also observe a minimum of 20 treatments performed by your fellow apprentices. It is your responsibility to find patients and organise your diary for the clinical although we do our best to assist by referring patients to you.
Once evidence of your 35 supervised treatments and 20 observations have been submitted, you are awarded the “Permission to Practice” letter that will allow you to gain professional insurance in the UK and register with your local authority and you will be able treat patients without supervision.
Level 3 (9 days contact time/France) is the Intensive Review – a continuation of the residential programme. 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.
“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
On top of your 408 contact hours, you will need to dedicate yourself to a minimum of six to eight hours home study per week.
Admission to the course is dependent 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.
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
“I was initially nervous about studying in a short, intensive course. But from day one, Gerad, Johnny and their team’s unwavering passion and enthusiasm, crystal-clear teaching, and the wonderful, supportive community they’ve created in France have meant I’ve learnt and retained more than I ever have in any traditional academic course. The mentor structure has given me the confidence to immediately go out and begin to set up my own practice, always knowing I’ve got someone to turn to for support and guidance. If you’re considering doing this apprenticeship, just do it. It’s honestly life changing! Emily Bone-Fiore – November 2017
In order to complete the apprenticeship we require evidence that you have understood and documented your learning in the classroom and that you are clinically competent and safe to practice. Below are the minimum requirements to complete the apprenticeship. We also set informal tasks during the course contact time to ascertain if you are absorbing the teachings and not losing confidence or feeling overwhelmed.
1. Evidence of a portfolio (pass/fail)
Throughout the training we ask that you produce a self-reflective portfolio to demonstrate your understanding of the theory and philosophy of Five-Element acupuncture and the practical information needed to practice. The portfolio must be handed in no later than one month after the completion of Level 3. Your mentor will guide you throughout the apprenticeship to ensure your portfolio is adequate to pass.
2. A pass (75%) in four point location exams (Levels 2 & 3)
You must pass two ‘on-book’ and two ‘off-book’ point location exams that take place at the beginning and end of both Levels 2 and 3.
3. A pass (pass/fail) in safe needling/moxa
On day six of Level 2 we assess that you are safe and competent in the use of moxa (the burning of a herb on skin) and the safe insertion and disposal of an acupuncture needle.
4. “First Aid” training certificate
We require you attend a one-day “First Aid Training Course” and provide us with a copy of your certificate no later than the first day of the ‘Saturday Clinical’. Failure to have completed the First Aid Course will prevent you from treating patients.
5. 20 treatment observations with mentors’ patients.
6. 35 supervised treatments and 20 patient observations during the Saturday Clinical.
You must collect evidence of 35 supervised treatments and 20 observed treatments before “permission to practice” is awarded and for successful completion of the apprenticeship. Should you not meet the requirements to complete the training within the given time structure, there are further opportunities to meet the requirements where a fee will be charged (cost on request).
“The training exceeded all expectations. The teaching was delivered clearly and passionately, with great humility and authenticity. The mix of theory and practical work was incredibly helpful and well structured. The setting is positively luxurious, which allowed me to devote my energy into learning, without having to worry about creature comforts or when the next meal was going to be. I am hugely grateful for the provision of such a loving and warm space for learning and building a community.” Joo Teo – October 2016
Once you have met all the assessment requirements you will be awarded the “Apprenticeship in Five-Element Acupuncture” certificate that meets the necessary entry requirements for membership of the Association of Five- Element Acupuncturists (AFEA).
On completion of the apprenticeship you have covered all of the required material and been adequately supervised in practice to safely and confidently enter the profession. All subsequent courses taken with us serve to deepen your understanding by revisiting the philosophy and theory and benefitting from ongoing supervision. We emphasize the importance of humility in practice – to remain a student of nature and the humility to ask for help.
The ‘Apprenticeship in Five-Element Acupuncture’ certificate is a private arrangement between the provider (Maison de la Mère SARL (France)/TA LIFEA) and the apprentice. We are not affiliated and regulated by any outside organisation. All apprentices must take full responsibility for their own progression of study and experience and keep abreast of any changes in statutory regulation in the future.
There is currently no statutory regulation of acupuncture in the UK, but many non-medical acupuncture practitioners are required to register with their local authority. This is because of the risk of blood-borne infections from piercing the skin with acupuncture needles. The same rules also cover tattooing and body piercing. The local authority must also ensure it has bylaws that govern the cleanliness of the acupuncture premises, practitioners, instruments, materials and equipment.
Apprentices who successfully complete the training meet the requirements to become a member of the Association of Five-Element Acupuncturists (AFEA) – www.afea.co.uk. AFEA is a self-regulating professional organisation that promotes the work of practitioners practising in this tradition and ensures the highest standards of practice are maintained. There are a number of other acupuncture organisations in the UK that practitioners can join if they hold certain qualifications and agree to work according to certain codes of practice. The ‘Apprenticeship in Five-Element Acupuncture’ certificate does not give automatic entry to any of these other organizations, however should you wish to join one of them – an independent application must be made and they will each provide the requirements for membership that may or may not require further study.
Tuition – 11,950.00€ (Euros) Tuition fee for the entire course (Levels 1,2 & 3 – France), 10 x Saturday (a.m.) workshops (London), 12 week (Saturday) clinical – London) – 408 contact hours in total.
Food and beverage – 2,190.00€ (Euros) – breakfast, lunch, dinner for the entire course (Levels 1,2,3) including arrival night dinner and final day breakfast – prepared and served by our in-house catering team.
Accommodation – 2,535.00€ (Euros) – accommodation in the house (39 nights) (based on shared occupancy –including weekly change of bedding, room cleaning and weekly laundry service.
The house was totally refurbished in 2016 and has been designed to comfortably accommodate you during your stay. It provides a stimulating and pleasing environment in which to commit yourself to intense study and great fun! We highly recommend you stay in the house but should you wish to find your own accommodation we can assist you with local hotels and short-term rentals. We do however require that you have meals ‘in-house’ (cost as above) as these informal discussion times are important for the “full-immersion” nature of study. Please be aware that we have two (very friendly) dogs that live inside the house.
“The house has got the right atmosphere and the attitude for a focused study group, and its excellent resort like facilities complement the teaching environment very well. The teaching is focused, and the effect of oral transmission on the art of medicine is beyond any written book could possibly achieve. The whole experience will fundamentally change your way of looking at the world and beyond.” John Tu – December 2017
On acceptance to the course a 30% non-refundable deposit of the tuition fee (3,585.00€) is required to secure your place. The balance (8,365.00€) and the accommodation cost (2,535.00€) are due one month prior to the course start date and once paid also non-refundable.
Food costs are payable (pro rata) 30 days prior to the beginning of the three individual levels of training.
Mentor Support / Cost
Mentors are members of the LIFEA team and working acupuncturists affiliated with Gerad Kite Ltd (T/A LIFEA). All mentors have on-going peer supervision and attend workshops in France and London for ongoing training.
Mentor support for the apprentice consists of the following:
- Email support – no charge
- Observing mentors’ patients (up to 10 per month) – no charge
- Mentor contact time (any subject area) – £50.00 per hour
“I had been interested in learning more about this wonderful system for many years. I discovered Gerad’s apprenticeship and finally decided that it was time to follow a new vocation. It is a fast track programme, not because Gerad believes in short cuts, but because he is committed to the principle of life-long learning and that the only way to become a practitioner is to practice.” – Nicky Douglas – December 2018
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