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

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 when it is done 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. Find out more on this page or just sign up here. Thank you for your interest!

New contributions to this website are found on my “What’s new” page.

For upcoming retreats in 2019, here’s a flyer for my weekend lecture in Warsaw, Poland, in late May, which is followed by two day-long lectures on Wang Fengyi Virtue Healing (with Scott Tower) and Classical Postpartum Care (with Debra Betts) at the TCM Kongress in Rothenburg, Germany. Then visit the page on “Cloud Hidden Whereabouts Unknown” (an herb walk and classical Chinese medicine retreat I will be teaching with Z’ev Rosenberg outside of Taos, New Mexico) in late August, the page for “Attuning the Spirit to the Four Qi” (a classical CM retreat on Sù Wèn Chapter 2 with Elisabeth Rochat de la Vallée, Z’ev Rosenberg, and myself, on November 17-21 on magical Orcas Island) and stay tuned for info on a retreat October 16-20, also on Orcas Island, on Transformation through Cultivating Yin, taught by myself, Lillian Pearl Bridges, and Brenda Hood.

Here are some of my areas of expertise (click on highlighted topics for suggested study outlines):

  • Chinese philosophy, religion, history, and culture.

  • Literary Chinese vocabulary and grammar, and strategies for reading, translating, and interpreting, with an emphasis on medical literature.

  • Classical Chinese medicine: Women, pediatrics, and reproduction in Chinese medicine; Yangsheng (nurturing life) as micro- and macrocosmic medicine; Sun Simiao; medical ethics; and Wang Fengyi and virtue healing.

  • Manuscript preparation and Publishing advice.

  • Sustainable farming, goat husbandry, and homesteading.

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


If you feel called to working with me personally, drop me a note below or visit me on magical Whidbey Island near Seattle. 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). As needed, as small groups we may also gather at the downtown Seattle office of the Lotus Institute.

I leave my beloved island quite regularly to meet with the many friends, students, colleagues, and teachers I am honored to know all over the world. Click on this LIST OF EVENTS to see where I am scheduled to teach next. And if I am not coming anywhere near you soon but you have a group that wants to study with me, feel free to get in touch and we can see what we can arrange. Lastly, while I thrive on personal interaction, sometimes meeting face to face is just not possible. Skype or phone conversations or emails are other options. A more formal mentoring program for Classical Chinese with a combination of in-person and on-line meetings is in the works, so stay tuned for that. Imperial Mentees will be the first to hear about that and receive updates, syllabi, sample lessons, and a chance to shape this new offering in accordance with your needs and wishes.

If you would like my assistance by the hour, you can simply purchase it 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 and can help with that. 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

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

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