This was the first time I had two other tutors with me, Mei Long and Guy Caplan. I was happy to hand over the more structured teaching of five element clinical skills to Guy, which left Mei and me more time to concentrate on looking after the many people who wanted treatment.
Mei had already sent over her translation of my Teach Yourself Five Element Acupuncture manual. This was printed during our visit, and copies given to each class member. The manual contains 16 lessons based upon my Handbook of Five Element Practice, and offers a step-by-step introduction to five element diagnosis and treatment protocols. This will be a great help for those students who have no access whatsoever to any five element teaching apart from their brief few weeks with us.
We have decided that at our next seminar in the autumn we will concentrate on the group of practitioners who are already practising five element acupuncture to help them become more confident in their skills. It is intended that this group will form the basis of a future five element teaching team spread across
I had felt rather discouraged about my Mandarin studies before I left for
Finally, Guy and I had our own mini-adventure during an overnight stay in
Luckily Guy had a torch on his i-phone and lighted the way for me as I stumbled down step after step from the 30th to the 21st floor. There, to our amusement, we discovered that there had been no emergency in the rest of the hotel. All was as normal, as we emerged onto the hotel corridor to find other guests going quietly about their business unaware of the adventure we had been through. We went to our rooms, leaving behind the other people in our group presumably still stumbling on down the concrete well for a further 21 flights to the ground floor.