Online Classes

Josephine Spilka

The Nectar of Plants:
Essential Oils and Chinese Medicine

Offered online and live in San Francisco this year, this three-part series will teach you to use essential oils easily and effectively in your healthcare practice. Chinese medicine principles will be presented to form the basis for your understanding of the functions and applications of specific essential oils in the treatment of the most common diseases and disorders.

Each part takes place in four, 2.5-hour, online webcasts. Offered independent of each other and designed to be taken in any order, each Part covers the basics of both use and strategy.

New for 2015! Part I Live in San Francisco, March 14-15!
Jewish Community Center of San Francisco,
3200 California Street, San Francisco 94118

Join Us From Anywhere with our Simultaneous Webcast!
Approved for both California and NCCAOM continuing education credit.

Part I — Strength and Survival — Respiratory
and Digestive Disorders

Learn to use essential oils to build immunity, support healthy respiration and digestion and to relieve respiratory or digestive distress of all kinds.

Part I available online through May 2015.

Part II — Heart and Will - Mental-Emotional, Anxiety and Sleep Disorders

Learn to use essential oils to calm the spirit, ease the stresses of life, and build capacity for healthy interaction, opening the heart and focusing the will in service of peace, contentment and spiritual alignment.

Part II available online through August 2015

Part III — Individuation and Evolution — Disorders of the Essence

Learn to use essential oils to nourish, enhance, alter or activate the essence in genetic disorders, cancer, birth trauma, infertility, personality disorders or simply to meet our unique destiny with more of who we are.

Each Part — 10 hours in four 2.5 hour Webcasts.
Investment for each Part = $275, All three Parts = $750
10 CEUs for each Part — NCCAOM approved PDA points
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About Josephine

Josephine has been a disciple of this body for over 50 years and practicing Chinese medicine for over 20. She has had the good fortune to study extensively with Jeffrey Yuen, coming to share his passion for the classical teachings of Chinese medicine. Currently, Josephine delights in mentoring individual students and licensed practitioners, as well as in teaching at Daoist Traditions College of Chinese Medical Arts in Asheville, North Carolina, igniting others with her inspiration and energy for Chinese medicine.

Elisabeth Rochat de la Vallee


A two day lecture 7.5 CEUs each. For one day only: $115. For both days: $200.

Elisabeth Rochat de la Vallee draws from classical Chinese medical texts, especially the Lingshu and Suwen, to teach classical perspective on longevity and the art of aging gracefully.

Day One include longevity as it relates to the natural life expectancy and the nourishment of one’s true nature, exploring the role of mind-spirit in the aging process, the classical cycles of aging, effects of the decline of the various organs, and the importance of jing-essence.

Day Two includes the effects of the ming-men fire’s decline on the organs, the pathology of phlegm, clarity of mind, and dementia as well as bladder pathologies. Strategies will be presented to address these common pathologies in the aged. Finally, memory loss and its relationship to aging and sleep disorders will be discussed.

A one day lecture. $115

The WEI pathology: based on the study of Suwen ch.44 and other classical texts of Chinese medicine. Elisabeth Rochat de la Vallee will present the main characteristics of Wei, often translated in English by "wilting" or "atony". Clinical presentations of Wei pathology may include: muscular atrophy, paralysis, or dystrophy. This will be followed by a synthesis of the meaning and treatments of Wei syndrome in various ancient and modern Chinese texts.

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About Elisabeth

Elisabeth Rochat de la Vallee is an internationally respected scholar and translator of Chinese Classical Medical and Philosophical texts, as well as a practitioner of acupuncture in Paris. Her lectures are popular all over Europe, North and South America, Australia and New Zealand for their unique depth, accuracy of detail and liveliness.

Dozens of Elisabeth’s books and articles have been published in several languages. Her long time partnership with Father Claude Larre, produced such works as the 7-volume Ricci Dictionary of Chinese Characters, their translation of selected chapters of the Nei Jing, Ling Shu and Su Wen, as well as the set of 16 books transcribed from their English lecture series. Elisabeth’s more recent books include: The Five Elements in Classical Texts, Jing Shen (Huainanzi Chapter 7), The Rhythm at the Heart of the World, The Double Aspect of the Heart, Pregnany and Gestation, and The Essential Woman among others works all published by Monkey Press.

Elisabeth Rochat de la Vallee's passion for classical Chinese Medicine and philosophy, along with her dedication to teaching, make her lectures an inspiration.

"Elisabeth's breadth of knowledge is a thing of beauty, where one learns the ancient lessons of life on earth while also learning the art of medicine. Her classes weave philosophy, linguistics, poetry, and ancient Chinese teachings into a tapestry that not only teaches the ancients views of the natural order of life, but also about the practice of medicine."
—Raven Lang, DAOM, LAc

"Elisabeth Rochat de la Vallee is a truly gifted teacher. I have never met anyone in greater command of the Classics of Chinese Medicine. Her classes are lively, insightful, packed with wonderful information and have changed the way I think about Traditional Chinese Medicine, forever. I have studied with her a great deal in the last year and have thoroughly enjoyed every minute. I can wholeheartedly recommend any class taught by Elisabeth."
—Susan Johnson, OMD