Healing Despair and Resignation – Webex – September 19-21, 2020

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Healing Despair and Resignation

September 19-20, 2020
for All Healers and Helpers

September 21, 2020
Clinical Strategies Specifically for Acupuncturists


Practitioners may earn up to 15 CEUs


Healing Loss of Heart

Clients come to us, generally speaking, because they want to feel better. What it means to “feel better” is layered, all the way from just having the pain or illness go away, to addressing the imbalance that is behind the pain or illness. As acupuncturists, most of us were trained to see symptoms as rooted in underlying patterns of disharmony, which are in turn rooted in constitutional causality: on some level, your illness is your conversation with your life.

For many practitioners, our practice is increasingly populated by clients whose primary underlying issue is actually loss of heart, in the form of resignation or despair.

In resignation, the qi is difficult to mobilize. Despair significantly diminishes ming men fire. No matter what the client’s presenting issues, unacknowledged despair and resignation compound the challenges of successful treatment, and make it that much more difficult for the needles and herbs to do their work.

When we as practitioners are not intimidated by despair and resignation, we can address them just like any other pattern of disharmony: First, we re-establish the Emperor (the Heart) on the throne. Then we consider the transformation of virtue inherent in the pathology, as well as this client’s pathway home to the One.

We will consider acupuncture and herbal strategies, as well as how the practitioner’s quality of presence affects treatment. No previous experience from any particular school of acupuncture is necessary. We will refer to some Sufi concepts and practices which have application to the practice of Chinese medicine—but no previous familiarity with Sufism is necessary, either.

This course is going to be a mixture of lecture, demo, and plenty of experiential exercises. Please come to this workshop ready to think, feel, and engage with others. It’s the best way to learn skills that we will be using with real people in the treatment room.

Monday: Acupuncture and Herbal Strategies for Healing Despair and Resignation

September 21, 2020—11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. EDT (8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. PDT)

While the first two days of this workshop will be useful for anyone who is working with despair and resignation in themselves or others, the Monday curriculum will be closely focused on acupuncture protocols and herbal strategies to assist the healing of despair and resignation in our clients.


About Thea

Thea Elijah has been a student of Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture for over 30 years. She is the former director of the Chinese Herbal Studies Program at Tai Sophia Institute and the Chinese Herbal Studies Program at the Academy for Five Element Acupuncture.

She is also a Muqaddam of the Shadhuliyyah Sufi Order. Thea is a white-skinned Jewish convert to Islam and the developer of WHC. She treasures the growth that happens when we are working together for everyone’s health and justice.


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Workshop Dates

Saturday and Sunday
September 19-20, 2020
11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. EDT
(8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. PDT)

Monday Clinical Strategies for Acupuncturists

September 21, 2020
11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. EDT
(8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. PDT)


Tuition for the two-day workshop is $350
Tuition for the three-day workshop is $450
Register by August 15, to receive a $50 discount on a personal phone consult with Thea




Attendees of the two-day event will earn 10 California-approved CEUs (accepted by NCCAOM)
Attendees of the three-day event will earn 15 NCCAOM-approved CEUs

Refund Policy

In the (very rare) event of a workshop cancellation, all tuition will be refunded.
Otherwise, any refund is at the sole discretion of Perennial Medicine.

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