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Upcoming Course 2019-2020

Interpreting the zangfu 臟腑 organs of Chinese Medicine*

Fri & Sat 21 & 22 June 2019

Soft Tissue Release*​
Sunday 23 June 2019

Treating musculoskeletal conditions with an  integrated TEAM approach*​
Sat 13 July 2019

​​​​​Ji 幾 'incipience' & ziran 自然 'natural'*​

Fri 6 Sept 2019

Intro to Sa am Five Element style acupuncture*​

Sat 26 October 2019
Moxa: theory and practice*
Sun 27 Oct 2019

Secrets of Four Pillars of Destiny course*
four weekends from Nov 2019 to May 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.

Ji 幾 'infinitesimally small' or 'incipience'

Ji  幾 is the passage from the formless, from something that has not yet any form, to what starts to be something.
The art of the great practitioner lies in the ability to grasp these passages, to see the  potential development in order to make a subtle diagnosis and to treat while there is hardly something and not yet a disease.

As the contemporary Chinese philosopher Zhang Dainian says : 
“Although ‘transformation’ can be distinguished from ’change’ by the degree of variation, the Great Commentary of the Yijing 易經 had a further term to speak of the initial tendency to change, and this is even more minute than ‘transformation’. The term in question is ’incipience’ or ‘impetus’.”

Movement of the mind or physical movement, ji 幾  is always the almost imperceptible beginning, deciding on the direction to be taken by the course of events, whether good or bad. 
The ability to penetrate incipience allows us to see where things come from, and so to 
foresee their development. Penetrating incipience refers to the process of knowing the intrinsic causes of change in all things: an essential part of effective diagnosis and treatment.

Ziran 自然  'Natural' or 'natural world' or 'naturally so' or 'what is so of itself'
Often translated as spontaneity, the concept of ziran is more a description of the movements of things, beings and events following their natural course.

Before being spontaneous, human beings have to cultivate themselves seriously to recover their true nature. If they want to be spontaneous without  that true nature, their tendencies and desires are not aligned with the natural order, which is always behind the course of things.
Spontaneity and natural order are the two facets of the same and unique reality.

Through a choice of texts coming from different schools, we will explore and elucidate the classical understanding of ji and ziran. 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 6 September 2019
    Time         10am - 6pm
    Cost          £75 (Students £65) No ACMAC discount
    Spaces      Max 25
    Tutor         Elisabeth Rochat de la Vallée

Earlybird: book and pay by 6 Aug 2019, only £70 (students £60)       ** open to all**

Ji 幾 'Incipience' and Ziran 自然 'Natural'