Translating Ancient Chinese Wisdom into Medicine for Today


Educating and inspiring the healers of today and tomorrow with the wisdom from the ancient Chinese classics.

Sabine teaching at the ICCM Congress in Tel Aviv

Sabine teaching at the ICCM Congress in Tel Aviv

my favorite assistants: the dogs and the sea

my favorite assistants: the dogs and the sea

To learn and to apply it in practice in due time, isn’t this uplifting? To have friends come from far away, isn’t this happiness? To not be upset when people don’t know about me, isn’t this the sign of a cultivated person?
— Confucius, ANALECTS 論語 1.1

Welcome to the Imperial Tutor mentoring program by Sabine Wilms, PhD. Connecting personally and deeply with fellow dedicated colleagues, students, and practitioners of Chinese medicine is one of the great pleasures in my life. This is especially true over a leisurely cup of fine tea or walk by the beach. 

Our collaboration can take many different forms, depending on your needs and resources. First, I invite you to become an “Imperial Mentee” by joining my monthly membership program. This will give you access to a lot of members-only reading material and the chance to ask questions and connect more deeply with myself and with fellow CCM nerds. Find out more on this page or just sign up here.

As an independent scholar, writer, and publisher, I depend on the support of you all to keep me going. If you appreciate my offerings here or on my HappyGoatProductions website, please consider supporting my work by

New contributions to this website are found on my “What’s new” page, which I update frequently.

For upcoming retreats in 2019, check my schedule of events here. I invite you to join me and some of my favorite colleagues for two intimate and very special retreats I am cooking up, both on magical Orcas Island this fall: “The Transformative Power of Yin,” October 16-20, 2019, taught by myself and Lillian Pearl Bridges and Brenda Hood, and “Attuning the Spirit to the Four Qi” : a classical medicine retreat on Sù Wèn Chapter 2 with Elisabeth Rochat de la Vallée, Z’ev Rosenberg, and myself, on November 17-21.

Publishing my new book, “Channeling the Moon” has taken precedence over anything else this winter and spring. A retreat with Elisabeth and Z’ev in Europe next year and some workshops in Australia next August (Sydney and Melbourne) are also in the planning stages. If you are interested in signing up for any of the Orcas island events, contact our retreat coordinator, Robyn Sodders, through the links on the webpages or drop us a line here. For more of my published writings, visit my online store at Happy Goat Productions, where you find a page with information and excerpts on each of my books. In addition, the RESOURCES section on that website has some informational pages on a range of topics related to Chinese medicine that might be of interest to you and contain suggestions for further readings.

Here are some of my areas of expertise (click on highlighted topics for suggested course outlines or informational pages):

To learn more about my academic background and favorite teaching topics, see my CV here. For the background on Imperial Tutor, see here. For my more professional blog, see here, and for some personal ruminations from my long beach walks, see my “beachwalk blog” here.


If you feel called to working with me personally, you can

After years of teaching about harmonizing Heaven and Earth in stuffy rooms in big cities, I have realized the wisdom in the teachings of the ancient sages that deep learning requires space and quiet, to empty the mind and "fast the heart." No better place to do so then by a huge expanse of water (or better yet, inside or on top of it).

I love teaching through personally interacting with an individual or in small groups. When meeting face to face is not possible., Skype or phone conversations or emails are great alternatives, and all I ask is that we are both respectful of each other’s time.

If you require my assistance for individualized research or consulting, please purchase it by the hour at my online store here. For financial and personal reasons, you may want to gather some friends together, old and new, far and near, to form a study group and split the cost. I am open to any arrangement. Alternatively, come visit me for a weekend internship and let me and Whidbey Island nourish your body, heart, and spirit.

Without praise, without slander, now a dragon now a snake, all transforming in accordance with the time, and not willing to engage in intentional action for a specific purpose. Now above and now below, taking harmony as my measure, I float and roam about with the ancestor of the ten thousand things.”
— Zhuangzi 莊子, Tree on the Mountain


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