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 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, which I update every week or so.

For upcoming retreats in 2019, check my schedule of events here. I will be giving two day-long lectures at the TCM Kongress in Rothenburg, Germany on Wang Fengyi Virtue Healing (with Scott Tower) and Classical Postpartum Care (with Debra Betts) . In addition, see the pages for two upcoming retreats, 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 on magical Orcas Island. Note that the classical herbal medicine retreat I had planned with Z’ev Rosenberg outside of Taos, New Mexico has been postponed to August 2020 (“Cloud Hidden Whereabouts Unknown” for more info). Publishing my new book, “Channeling the Moon” (for sale as of May 1 here) has had to take precedence over anything else. A retreat with Elisabeth and Z’ev in Europe next summer is also in the planning stages. If you are interested in signing up for any of these events or just have questions, contact our retreat coordinator, Robyn Sodders, through the links on the webpages or drop us a line here.

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

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, 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).

While I much prefer personal interaction, sometimes meeting face to face is just not possible. Skype or phone conversations or emails are great alternatives, and all I ask is that you are respectful of my time. 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


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