Presents
The Five Element Acupuncture Symposium 2013
Continuing the Journey™
September 27-29, 2013

"In a word... Awesome!"

This yearís Symposium will be held September 27 - 29, 2013 in Culver City, CA.
Like in previous years, the Symposium will feature a stellar cast of presenters, an opportunity to
share with colleagues from across the US and internationally, and earn CEUs and PDAs.

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The 2013 Symposium will take place at the
DoubleTree by Hilton Los Angeles - Westside in Culver City, CA.

2012 Symposium Participants

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Symposium Speakers and Topics

Niki Bilton, M.Ac. (UK), MBAcC., L.Ac.
Niki Bilton holds 3 degrees from the College of Traditional Acupuncture (UK) and served on its faculty from 1988-1999, holding the positions of Clinical Supervisor, Advanced Training Tutor, and Dean of Post Graduate Studies. Niki has offered/taught seminars and clinical events throughout Europe and North America since 1995. She is President of Tending Shen Inc., providing treatment and graduate education, and Academic Dean of Ongiara College of Acupuncture and Moxabustion, Ontario, Canada

Topic - Manifesting Color, Sound, Odor and Emotion
The responsibility of a Five Element practitioner includes making a clinically effective diagnosis of the patient's CF and Withins, using the four examination skills to ascertain color, sound, odor and emotion. To engender greater healing, however, the practitioner needs to create a therapeutic relationship with the patient's body/mind/spirit, so that the patient can see him/herself in health beyond the limitations of accrued pathology. The skill of accurately reflecting the authenticity of all patients requires cultivation of the practitioner's own inner knowing-how of the five manifestations (elements) of life.

This experiential presentation will allow participants to witness the synergy of color, sound, odor and emotion in congruent expression, and then encourage them to develop greater ease with their own use of the wuxing correspondences in treatment interactions.


Roy Capellaro, P.T.
Roy began working within the healing traditions in 1973. Licensed as a physical therapist in 1978, he has been on the vanguard of his profession working within the realm of subtle energetic forces interfacing the body's structure. He is a certified practitioner/teacher of Zero Balancing and is skilled in manual based healing systems including Cranial Fluid Dynamics, CranioSacral Therapy, osteopathic and advanced manual therapeutics. He is a long time student and teacher of T'ai Chi Chuan.

Topic - Zero Balancing and Acupuncture: Secrets of the Skeleton
Our bones are pliable and alive and have significance beyond structural integrity, muscularligamentous support and red blood cell production. They are in fact are deep energy generators. The chi created from them is deeply nourishing, its effects ripple through our tissues and fluids.

The presentation will delve into a deep understanding of our bones and their energetic function. We will learn about the hidden structure of bone, its physiology and physics, bringing science to the energetic experience. There will be an exposś on how these forces act to increase bone density. The skeletal forcesí involvement in the generation of chi will be addressed and the relation the skeleton has on our psyche is discussed.

Lastly, we will experience ways to generate these forces inside ourselves and for others and to introduce Zero Balancing. This body-mind handling system utilizes structure/energetic interface to support healing, complementing Classical Acupuncture. We will discuss how Zero Balancing can be useful in support of treatments and when to refer our patients to a Zero Balancer or other practitioners that utilize these amplified fields in their workings.


Stephen "Tuna" Flores, L.Ac., M.Ac., Dipl. Ac.
Stephen "Tuna" Flores has degrees from the Worsley Institute of Classical Acupuncture, FL; The College of Traditional Acupuncture, UK; and the Academy for Five Element Acupuncture, FL. He was a member of the Master Apprentice Program™ and holds a certificate in Advanced Teacher Training. Stephen has been teaching undergraduate and continuing education acupuncture for over fifteen years and, more recently, Roots and Branches Five Element Qi Gong. He has also studied with Jeffrey Yuen, Giovanni Maciocia and Dr. Tan. One area of expertise, fertility, has rewarded Stephen with over 50 successes including assisting in several deliveries. Stephen practices with his wife Pat Gorman in New York City and Bridgehampton, NY.

Pat Gorman, M.Ac., B.Ac., (UK), L.Ac., Dipl. Ac
Pat Gorman, Lic.Ac., M.Ac., Dipl.Ac. has studied and taught Five Element Acupuncture and T'ai Chi for most of her life. She began her studies at Chinese Medical Doctor and T'ai Chi Master Professor Cheng Man Ching's Shr Jung studio in 1973; She was in the TAI Sophia class of 1983, and studied extensively with J.R. Worsley until his passing. She has also studied with Jeffrey Yuen, Giovanni Maciocia, Shamans and Native American Healers. Pat co-founded the International School of T'ai Chi Chuan and the T'ai Chi Foundation, and is a Yang Style Legacy Holder. She currently teaches both undergraduate and post-graduate Five Element Acupuncture, including classes in fertility and childbirth and Roots and Branches Qi Gong and practices with her husband, Stephen "Tuna" Flores in New York City and the Long Island Hamptons.

Topic - Fertility and the Five Elements
Acupuncture is well known for being helpful in becoming pregnant. The Five Element practitioner has the challenge of staying true to the CF and addressing fertility issues. We will cover patients wanting acupuncture alone, and patients working with Western fertility doctors. We will familiarize you with the techniques and terminology; understanding of IUI, IVF, ICSI, retrieval, transfer, zygotes, motility, morphology, sperm washing, donors, gender selection and more will be included. Most importantly, along with these terms will be specific treatments, points and techniques to support each stage of fertilization. Many of these supportive treatments have been developed through Stephen's long-term focus in this area and field-tested on over 50 successful pregnancies.


Margaret Olmsted, M.Ac., L.Ac., Dipl. Ac.
Margaret Olmsted trained in Five-Element Acupuncture at The Institute of Classical Five-Element Acupuncture Inc. in Santa Monica, California where she is now a part-time instructor. She has attended many workshops with JR and Judy Worsley, and participated in the Worsley Institute's Master Apprentice Program™. She is a summa cum laude graduate of Emperor's College of Traditional Oriental Medicine where she received the Degree of Master of Oriental Medicine and Acupuncture. Margaret has been practicing and teaching T'ai Chi Chuan and Qi Gong for over 20 years, as well as meditative trainings from Arica Institute.

Topic - Roots and Branches 5 Element Qi Gong - Healing the Body, Invigorating the Spirit
(with Stephen "Tuna" Flores and Pat Gorman)
Roots and Branches Five Element Qi Gong has been developed by T'ai Chi legacy holder, and acupuncturist, Pat Gorman,M.Ac., to specifically complement Five Element treatments. It is based on the work of Prof. Cheng Man Ch'ing, Master of the Five Excellences, and Classical Chinese medicine.

This year we will focus on powerful, yet gentle elemental healing moves, and specific postures to tonify the Spirit. These moves complement and add to those taught in the pre-symposium Five Element Medical Qi Gong Intensive. We will also teach several postures for the restoration of deep reserves, especially effective in overcoming long-term illnesses.


David Goodell, L.Ac., M.Ac., Ac.M.(UK), Dipl. Ac.
David Goodell holds a B.I.S. in Chinese Civilization from George Mason University, earned his Certificate of Competence from the Traditional Acupuncture Institute, Columbia MD (1985), B.Ac. from CTA (UK), M.Ac. from TAI (1990), and his Ac. M. (UK) from J.R. Worsley (1996). He organized and attended numerous clinical seminars with J.R. and J.B. Worsley between 1987 and 2008, was a clinical supervisor at TAI from 1995-97, and attended and helped coach participants in the Worsleys' Master Apprentice Program™ from 1997-2007. David was a founding member and President of the Worsley Institute from 1998-2008. He studied meditation with Arica Institute from 1974 to the present, and studied and taught Tai Chi with The School of T'ai Chi Chuan from 1976 to the present.

Topic - Interviewing/Rapport Skills Development
(with Stephen "Tuna" Flores, Neil Gumenick, and Eliot Ivanhoe)
The best opportunities for accurate diagnosis occur during moments of rapport. Each patient interaction becomes a fascinating adventure! In this session, participants will work in pairs, one acting as patient, one acting as practitioner, with a teacher overseeing each group and giving feedback in real time. Participants will hone their interviewing skills to more quickly and deeply reach a state of unity with patients and get to the heart of the matter, resulting in greater diagnostic accuracy on all levels and increased patient trust.


Chuck Graham, M.Ac., L.Ac., Dipl. Ac.
Chuck Graham has been a licensed acupuncturist in the State of Maryland since 2001. He holds the degree of Master of Acupuncture from the Academy for Five Element Acupuncture in Gainesville, FL where he is also the Academic Dean. He asserts, "The traditional Five Element acupuncturist must understand each client as a whole being with unique aspects." It is this inherent dimension of caring that brought Chuck to Classical Five Element Acupuncture.

Master of Ceremonies


Neil R. Gumenick, M.Ac. (UK), L.Ac., Dipl. Ac.
Neil Gumenick is Founder and Director of The Institute of Classical Five-Element Acupuncture Inc. and has been in practice since 1981. He holds three degrees including a Masters degree from the College of Traditional Acupuncture (UK) and an Advanced Teacher certification awarded by Professor J.R. Worsley. Neil has written and taught extensively on the spirits of every point, rapport skills, diagnosis, and treatment. He was a 10-year participant and senior coach in MAP™, has taught at numerous Oriental medical schools and symposia internationally, and is a longstanding columnist for Acupuncture Today.

Topic - Patients on Video: Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
In this presentation, Neil will present a variety of patients on video from his clinical practice. You will see excerpts of each patient interview prior to treatment. Following each video, Neil will lead a discussion on each patient, including the Causative Factor, points that were treated, with what moxa and/or needle actions, and with an explanation of each point used and the rationale of the order of points chosen. Following this, you will see the patient post-treatment on video with a discussion of suggested future treatments.

Topic - Class patients: Examination, Diagnosis, Pulse Feedback, Treatment Planning
(with Eliot Ivanhoe)
In this session, two class patients will be presented. There will be opportunities to interview and take pulses of each. Neil and Eliot will share their pulse readings and lead a discussion of diagnostic findings as to Causative Factor based on odor, color, sound, and emotion. They will discuss a treatment plan for each patient, including the uses and spirits of each point selected.


Eliot Ivanhoe, M.D., M.Ac. (UK)
Eliot Ivanhoe received his M.D. from NYU School of Medicine, completed a residency in neurology at NYU-Bellevue Medical Center, and studied Classical Five Element Acupuncture with J.R. Worsley in Leamington Spa. These studies continued in the Master Apprentice Program™ with J.R. and Judy Worsley until 2005. Eliot is a certified Advanced Teacher of CF-EA, a practitioner of the Arica way of enlightenment, and serves on the faculty of The Institute of Classical Five-Element Acupuncture Inc.

Topic - Boundaries and Oneness: What Are We Talking About?
Practitioners of many healing arts often talk about boundaries. Even "healthy boundaries." But, what are we really talking about? What are they and of what are they made? When we achieve a state of oneness with our patients, where are the boundaries? We will explore the various meanings and levels of our understanding of boundaries so that we can better assist both our patients and ourselves with greater integrity.


Kathleen Robinson, B.Ac. (UK), L.Ac., Dipl. Ac.
Kathleen Robinson graduated from The Worsley Institute of Classical Acupuncture (WICA I) receiving her Lic. Ac. and B.Ac. in 1990. She was a member of MAP™ and is a Worsley certified Advanced Teacher. She has been in private practice for 23 years, teaching and doing clinical supervision at ITEA and AFEA (1998) for 17 years and been writing curriculum for the last 7 years. She has co-taught with both Hilary Skellon and Neil Gumenick and has studied, gratefully, with JR Worsley, until his death, and Judy Worsley every year since 1988.

Topic - Marketing Your Practice From the Inside Out
This presentation is s synoptic glance at how to build a thriving and financially sustainable practice. The approach to this industry will be through examination of potentially limiting beliefs about commerce and self worth, and the way in which we knit the two together either positive or negative outcomes.


Lynn Schwartz, M.Ac., L.Ac., Dipl. Ac.
Lynn Schwartz has devoted the past two decades of her life to practicing and teaching the healing art of Classical 5-Element Acupuncture . She graduated TAI (Tai Sophia) in 1994 and has been a faculty member and creator of the ethics curriculum. She participated in the MAP™ II Program with Professor JR Worsley from 2002 to 2005. Lynn is the co-founder of the Classical Acupuncture and Healing Center where she leads PDA courses. She loves facilitating participants in transforming what IS to WHAT'S POSSIBLE!!

Topic - Ethics: The Transformational Element
We are routinely presented with ethical dilemmas and one must know how to navigate the sometimes confusing situations and shades of gray that may arise. We will explore how to address ethical issues by classroom lecture, role playing exercises, and discussing actual questions that have arisen from your practices. We will make distinctions between our morality as distinct from ethics and have an opportunity to examine our own belief systems.


Joseph Soprani, M.Ac., L.Ac.
Joseph Soprani has been involved in the field of Acupuncture and Oriental medicine as a practitioner, educator, administrator and consultant since 1985. He is certified in Acupuncture and Herbology (NCCAOM), Classical Five Element Acupuncture, and Zero Balancing. He was on the faculty and Clinic Director of the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine and was the clinical supervisor for numerous Five Element schools.

Topic - Lyme Disease in the Five Element Practice
Lyme disease and other tick borne illnesses are a growing epidemic that is showing up in our practices under the disguise of many complicated symptoms. In this presentation we will describe the etiology of the disease and its many presenting symptoms enabling you to recognize it in your practice. We will cover which treatment strategies from Classical Five Element Acupuncture can be most useful, frequency of treatment, complications to look out for and blocks that are common in this disease.


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Registration fees:
Professionals.......................................$525
Students (with current student ID)........$395

20.5 CA & FL CEUs and 20.50 NCCAOM PDAs Pending.

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