Acupuncture for Surviving Adversity 2022

Yvonne Farrell · January 20, 2022

“I absolutely loved the mentorship. It’s the best thing I’ve done and would love to continue office hours. Yvonne is such a good teacher, I love learning from her. Thanks so much!” ~ Teresa

How did we get here? How have we survived the adversity, traumas, and tragedies of life to arrive at this moment? What is the cost of this survival? Why do we settle for sub-optimal living where chronic illness is so prevalent? How can we move away from simply surviving towards daring to thrive?

This online mentorship has been designed to support practitioners who want to deepen their understanding of how the channel system supports survival. Each level of qi has an associated system that works to maintain our health.  When these systems are overwhelmed by the pathogenic experiences, they all have a manner in which they attempt to keep us alive.  The cost for these acts of self-preservation is chronically poor function and habituated resistance to change.

The mentorship will explore each system, identify its go-to survival function and then discuss the many ways we have to overcome that function to restore our capacity to thrive. The course will help practitioners learn to recognize and treat; acts of self-preservation, latency, and resistance. It will offer perspectives and techniques that will help patients regain sovereignty over their lives and their health.

How does the mentorship work?

The mentorship is built around six- 6-hour courses that begin on July 17, 2022, and end in December 2022. Each course will be followed by 2-3 hours a week of self-study and assigned exercises designed to deepen your understanding of the material.

Between each 6-hour course, there will four (60 minute) online office hours to enable participants to ask questions, discuss the material, and review case studies.  Participants may attend all 4 hours but are only required to attend one for each course as part of the mentorship.

Participants are required to submit 2 cases that demonstrate learning. The format for the cases will be provided upon admission to the mentorship.  The first will be due before Module 4 (Sept 2022), and the second will be due (Dec 2022).

Peer discussions through an online forum will be offered and encouraged.  The instructor will not participate in the forum but will peruse the discussions for the purpose of creating clarity during office hours.

If approved, participants will receive 6 CEU/PDA for each of the 6-hour courses in the same manner as they do for online courses by watching the material and completing the assessment tool.  There are no CEU/PDA available for office hours and forum discussions.     

At the end of the mentorship, having fulfilled the requirements will receive a certificate of completion.

If you are interested in joining Yvonne Farrell for her 2022 mentorship please fill out this application.

What can you expect?

You can expect to:

  • Investigate the channel system in relationship to Wei, Ying, and Yuan Qi.
  • Discuss how the body’s default system setting of “survival” promotes the creation of latency as an act of self-preservation.
  • Explore how each system (Sinews, Luo-collaterals, Primary channels, Divergent Meridians, and 8 Extraordinary vessels) contributes to these acts of self-preservation and the resulting consequences of those acts.
  • Develop techniques and treatment approaches that focus on empowering patients to move beyond survival into states of health that support their capacity to thrive.

This 6-hour course will offer a perspective on the Sinew channels that moves beyond their traditional use for sprains, strains, neuralgias, and rashes.  We will investigate the relationships between the Sinews, Wei Qi, the Sensory Orifices, and the Po/Corporeal Soul. We will explore the impact that sensory input, conflict, trauma, and challenging interactions have on these channels. In other words, we will try to understand how the Sinew channels function to keep us alive in the face of adversity and what happens they have to do that.

We will review the pathways and functions of each of the Sinews and then place that information into the context of self-preservation. We will discuss how unconscious habituated responses to the world outside may result in postural changes, armoring, hyper-reactivity to external stimulus, pathological gait, and chronic aches & pains.

In this course, we will discuss how to diagnose Sinew pathology and also some approaches to treatment including essential points and techniques for successful Sinew treatments.

Participants will

  1. Review and renew their understanding of the functions and points associated with the 12 sinew channels.
  2. Deepen their understanding of the functions of Wei qi and its relationship to the sensory orifices and the Po/Corporeal Soul.
  3. Learn how to diagnose deeper sinew pathology associated with self-preservation.
  4. Learn techniques and approaches allowing them to create effective sinew channel treatments.

Office hours dates and times
July 25th at 9 am PT
July 27th at 7 pm PT
August 8th at 9:00 am PT
August 10th at 7 pm PT

This 6-hour course will explore the importance of the Luo-collateral system in preserving the internal terrain of the body. Once an experience has entered the interior, it must be processed, embodied, or released.  The circulation of Ying Qi and blood is essential to this process. The Luo-collateral system is a Ying Qi system that profoundly affects the circulation of Qi & blood.

This system provides protection for the zangfu against pernicious influence by holding the experience in the blood and creating new blood vessels. If we cannot learn from an experience or reject it as toxic or not useful, then we must create a holding vessel until we can rally ourselves to face the problem.

This is an act of self-preservation that recognizes that sometimes experiences have such an overwhelming emotional imprint that we are unable to let them go. If the emotions are intense enough or if they linger long enough, they will negatively impact organ function and thus survival.  The Luo-collaterals create new vessels as far away from the organs as possible in order to limit the effect the pathogen may have on the zangfu.  The cost of this act of self-preservation is twofold.  One it results in stagnation of qi and blood. Two, it requires qi, blood, and often body fluids to maintain this distancing.  We are therefore using resources that might otherwise be used for more optimal health.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Attendees will review the points and pathways of this system.
  2. Attendees will learn how to diagnose and treat Luo pathology.
  3. Attendees will explore the impact that emotions have on circulation.
  4. Attendees will learn how to recognize “fullness” and “emptiness” in the Luos.
  5. Attendees will experience the progression of pathology in the Luos from the post-natal channels into the constitution.

Office hours dates and times
August 22nd at 9 am PT
August 24th at 7 pm PT
September 5th at 9:00 am PT
September 7th at 7 pm PT

This 6-hour course takes a look at how the organs of the middle jiao (the Spleen & Fu organs) not only digest food but also help us digest every experience we have in life.  These organs help us to find nourishment even in the face of adversity and they eliminate that which is not nourishing.

The primary channel system maintains organ function and it relies on the middle jiao to provide the raw materials for that purpose. The ability to maintain the ascending and descending of qi is also governed by this system and this supports the circulation needed for digesting life.

The course will explore impediments to digestion including diet, emotions that pervert the flow of qi, lifestyle choices, Yin Fire, Gu syndrome, and possession by Gui. We will look at how the spirit of the Spleen, the Yi, can be supported so that we can create the context for challenging experiences. A healthy Spleen/Yi can create a more stable and grounded environment for facing life’s challenges.

Our investigation will also look at the importance of the Fu organs in their ability to recognize the difference between healthy and toxic input. These are the organs that decide what is acceptable to internalize and they also remove, through elimination, that which is not useful.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Attendees will explore an expended perspective on digestion and its necessity for surviving adversity.
  2. Attendees will review the theories of illness according to the Pi Wei Lun (Spleen Stomach School).
  3. Attendees will learn to recognize the impediments to digestion and their associated mental-emotional imbalances.
  4. Attendees will learn several primary channel treatment approaches to address digestive issues.

Office hours dates and times
September 26th at 9:00 am PT
September 28th at 7 pm PT
October 10th at 9 am PT
October 12th at 7 pm PT

This 6-hour course will introduce the unique qualities of the Divergent meridians that make them essential in the treatment of life-threatening or life-altering conditions. When our survival is threatened it is the goal of the Divergent meridians to create chronicity.  They slow down the disease process by relocating a pathogenic factor or challenging experience to the joints where it can be trapped, safely away from the organs. This gives us the time we need to rally our resources in order to eliminate the pathogen.

The Divergent meridians are able to create this latency for survival because they manage the relationship between Yuan qi (Self) and Wei qi (interface with Other). 

In this course, we will explore each Divergent and the symptoms that demonstrate that latency has been created. We will look at the organ dysfunction, the emotional signatures, the mediumship that sustains the latency, and the Wei qi zones that are affected by the latency. Once we have a diagnosis, we will discuss if it is in the best interest of the patient to release the latency or support the latency, empowering the patient to reclaim Self.

Course Objectives:

  1. Participants will learn to recognize Divergent pathology based on organ symptoms, emotional signatures, and assessment of physical pain.
  2. Participants will learn how to create simple but effective Divergent treatments.
  3. Participants will deepen their understanding of the relationship between Yuan qi and Wei qi.
  4. Participants will learn techniques and approaches to treatments to release or maintain latency in the Divergents.

Office hours dates and times
October 31st at 9 am PT
November 2nd at 7 pm PT
November 7th at 9:00 am PT
November 9th at 7 pm PT

This 6-hour course will explore the nature of the 4 Seas of the 8 Extraordinary Vessels.  The course will discuss the capacity of the Chong, Du, Ren, and Dai mai to provide the essential resources needed to face life’s greatest challenges.  We will investigate the importance of these vessels in supporting the constitution and authentic Self.  Each of the 4 Seas is a reservoir of a vital substance that is a divine gift that allows us to pursue a meaningful life. These vessels govern growth and development through the 7/8 year cycles of Jing and they contain all that we need to thrive and fulfill our purpose.  They make us who we are and support us when we have to face life-threatening or life-altering experiences.

In this course, we will look at each vessel and determine how it supports our growth and development.  We will explore what can go wrong with each Sea and how that affects our ability to move from surviving to thriving. The course will offer a way to connect the physical and psychological symptoms of pathology in each Sea to our ability to successfully face adversity. When we are disconnected from these Seas we are less adaptive, less flexible, and less able to live our lives fully. 

Course Objectives:

  1. Participants will review and deepen their understanding of the 4 Seas as resources for life.
  2. Participants will learn to recognize pathology in each Sea for the purpose of a clear diagnosis.
  3. Participants will be introduced to the ideas of curriculum, resources and latency for self-preservation.
  4. Participants will learn how to create simple, elegant and effective treatments using the 4 Seas.

Office hours dates and times
November 21st at 9 am PT
November 2rd at 7 pm PT
December 5th at 9:00 am PT
December 7th at 7 pm PT

The Wei and Qiao Mai are the 4 Transporters of the 8 Extraordinary Vessels[8EV]. They are the vehicles
of circulation that distribute the vital substances that are held in the 4 Seas (Chong, Du, Ren, and Dai
Mai). These vessels take what we are given as our birth right in the form of our constitution and they
allocate those pre-natal resources as we need them. They are the vessels that fuel life’s journey. As the
circumstances of our lives change our need for specific resources also changes. The Transporters help
us to adapt. They recognize the changing needs and try to maintain continuity while the world around us
As we face adversity, we are asked to adapt over and over again. The 4 Transporters also adapt and we
begin to develop a “character style” that determines how we will face life’s challenges like aging or
conflict in relationships. When our Transporters are healthy, we can process life’s challenges with more
ease and grace. We can use our resources wisely and we can move from surviving to thriving more
efficiently. When they are unhealthy, we become stuck in a state of being that is less fulfilling and less
balanced. Healthy circulation (transportation) is an essential ingredient in healthy living.

Course Objectives:

  1. Participants will review the pathways, points, and functions of each of the transporters.
  2. Participants will learn to recognize the symptoms of pathology in each of the transporters.
  3. Participants will be introduced to the concept of character style and be able to apply that
    concept to the diagnosis of the transporters.
  4. Participants will learn how to create effective treatments using the 4 transporters.

Office hours dates and times
December 21st at 7 pm PT
December 28th at 7 pm PT

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Yvonne Farrell
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Dr. Farrell has been practicing and teaching Chinese Medicine and Channel Theory since 1996. She directs her teaching towards the empowerment of students with the hope that they will embody the spiritual aspects of Chinese Medicine and make them their own. Dr. Farrell believes that self-cultivation, self-knowledge and critical thinking are essential in developing capacity as a practitioner of Chinese Medicine. To that end, she teaches dynamic, informative and thought-provoking live CEU courses and webinars through LA Herbs and Acupuncture and Healthy Seminars. Yvonne earned her doctoral degree in 2007. Her first book, “Psycho-Emotional Pain and the Eight Extraordinary Vessels” was published by Singing Dragon in 2016.