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Upcoming Course 2018-2019

​​Intuition, Intention, Knowledge: 

in diagnosis & treatment *
Fri 19 October 2018

​​​​Health, longevity & fertility:

Suwen 1 &2 *
Sat 24 November 2018

Maijing Pulse diagnosis*
Sat 2 Feb 2019

*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.

This lecture explores, through the Chinese Classics, the notion of building and nourishing intuition and intuitive knowledge as well as forming a sane Intent and a just Intention.

The study of classical Chinese texts, philosophical and medical, along with a better perception of ‘what is knowledge’, are a solid basis for building and continuing the tradition of Chinese medicine. Such an effort is more than worthwhile today, if we share the understanding that it is impossible to reduce reality to a single, static definition; or to reduce a diagnosis to the name of a disease. If we share this feeling then we know that the true approach to a patient lies in relationship and that healing is only possible through transformation.


How can intuition and spontaneity nourish one another without hindering each other? How can anchored intuition and discernment bring about the endless spontaneous action which manifests our rooted nature? What are the foundations of knowledge that we know and the ones we don’t know? What role is played by the understanding of models? Where does intuitive knowledge come from, and how can we nourish its roots so that it may express a sense of reality? What role does intuitive knowledge play in our practice?

What is “intent” and “intention”? How does it take form in the mind and in the heart? What are the relationships between emotions, knowledge and instinct? What is the importance of shaping our intent in our practice as well as in the accuracy of our intellect?

We will look at Chinese Classical and Medical texts written between the 5th century BCE and 2nd century CE to learn more about intuitive knowledge and intention, so as to apply these to our practice. Handouts with Chinese texts in translation are supplied.​

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 19 October 2018
    Time         10am - 6pm
    Cost          £75 (Students £65) No ACMAC discount
    Spaces      Max 25
    Tutor         Elisabeth Rochat de la Vallée

                                                                                     ** open to all**

Intuition, Intention, Knowledge: their role in diagnosis and treatment