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Upcoming Course 2019-2020

First Aid with Holos*

Sat 25 Jan 2020

Jie 節 'vital rhythms':

the lesson of bamboo*

Fri 6 March 2020

Soft Tissue Release: practical techniques for practitioners*

Sat 28 March 2020

Interpreting the zangfu 臟腑 organs

of Chinese Medicine​*

​Sun 3 May, Sat 13 and Sun 14 June 2020

Introduction to Sa am style Five Element acupuncture*

Sat 27 June 2020

Introduction to Scalp acupuncture

Sun 28 June 2020


*open to students or anyone with an interest in this area *


Elisabeth Rochat de la Vallée was born in Paris in 1949 and holds degrees in Philosophy and the Classics and in Chinese Studies. She collaborated with the late Dr Jean Schatz and Father Claude Larre, both as a researcher and translator on classical Chinese thinking and medical texts. After a year in Taiwan (1974-75), she began teaching at the Ricci Institute in Paris; she was the secretary general until 2005. She worked for more than 12 years on the Grand Ricci, a comprehensive encyclopaedic Chinese-French dictionary, and was its chief editor until its publication in 2001. 

About your tutor: Elisabeth Rochat de la Vallée
Entry requirements
Open to students or anyone with an interest this area.
The body – a single word in our languages – is, in Chinese, named by several characters. Each of them shows a specific aspect of what we call just ‘body’.

We will present an analysis of each character: how it is written, its uses and meanings in the classical texts of Chinese medicine and philosophy.
We will look at some texts which illustrate the specificity of each different description of the body and its relationship to the others. Through this study, we will discover another way of looking at the body, which is integral to the whole of Chinese culture.

The human body appears as a perfect reflection of the cosmic order. The same order is also the pattern for human society or any manifestation of life in the human world. This basic vision of the body is like the cosmos: a place for energetic exchanges, an everchanging form, an organism ruled by universal laws, a whole with all components in complete interconnection and interaction…
Movements, relationships, circulations, rhythms and cycles are more important than the very substance they form and shape. Nevertheless, these material aspects of the body are necessary as the expression of the Qi that animates them.

We will then study the relationships and differences between Chinese and Western visions of the body with concrete examples. For instance, in traditional China, the body is not seen first
as a geometrical figure, but as a form which, being alive, is in constant transformation. Hence, anatomy is conceived entirely differently to the West.

Finally, we will focus on the relevance of the Chinese approach to the body in the understanding of the theory and practice of Chinese medicine.  

Selected classical medical texts will illustrate this vision of a body, dominated by Qi, manifesting the order of life in all its expressions and motions.
She is the senior lecturer at the European School of Acupuncture and has exceptional knowledge of the Chinese Medical classics, grounded by her experience as an acupuncture practitioner.
She teaches Chinese Philosophy, Chinese classical language and Chinese traditional medicine in more than fifteen countries at various universities, Institutes and Schools. She has written numerous books and pamphlets in several languages, specially, in English, those published by Monkey Press.

    Date         Friday 18 October 2019
   Time         10am - 6pm
   Cost          £75 (Students £65) No ACMAC discount
   Spaces      Max 25
   Tutor        Elisabeth Rochat de la Vallée

 ** open to all**

Visions of the Body