Translating Ancient Chinese Wisdom into Medicine for Today
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About Imperial Tutor

ImperialTutor.com is rooted in my desire to share what I have learned from the ancient Chinese classics (medical, philosophical, cosmological, and otherwise) with dedicated practitioners and students of Chinese medicine. I have spent my entire adult life immersed in these teachings and have been profoundly affected by them. I am convinced that they offer powerful and elegant answers to many of the problems facing us today and can assist all of us in our healing work, as we strive to create harmony between Heaven and Earth.

The vision and inspiration for "Imperial Tutor" was born at a Chinese astrology reading in the spring of 2017 where I learned that my professional focus in this lifetime is to serve as "Imperial Tutor." A more normal person might stumble over that job description, but to me this made immediate and perfect sense. It also gave me a clear direction on how to change my life going forward to better match my mìng 命 (destiny). I know that I am no emperor nor leader of any kind and find situations where I have been thrust into leadership roles quite stressful. I also know that in this particular lifetime I don't get to be a hermit in the mountains or nomadic goat herder, as I often wish. A tutor is a person who gives guidance or instruction to individuals or small groups. I started tutoring (music, German, and Latin) in middle school, to earn the money for my first bicycle, and have loved this role ever since. "Imperial" is not an adjective I would use to describe myself, but the point of this job description is that I get to support YOU and enable and inspire and educate YOU, so that you can assume the leadership role that is in your stars.

In the classical Chinese world view, the equivalence between medicine and rulership, and between the roles, skills, and approaches of the Emperor and the Physician, is ubiquitous. Both doctors and rulers, at least in ancient China, are supposed to establish good order and "nurture life" (yǎng shēng 養生) by managing flow, by draining excess and supplementing deficiencies, resolving blockages and containing gushing floods. Intimately linked through resonance between the microcosms of the physical body and the body of the state with the macrocosm of Heaven and Earth, the skills of one are easily translated into the skills of the other.

The human body is just like a state. The chest and abdomen are like the imperial palace, the arrangement of the four limbs like the outskirts, the divisions of the bones and joints like the hundred offices. The spirit is like the elite, the blood like the servants, and the qì like the general population.

Knowing how to treat the body, you thereby know how to rule the state. By loving your people, you create peace in the state. By cherishing your qì, you keep the body complete. When the population scatters, the state perishes. When the qì is used up, the body dies.

– Baopuzi 抱朴⼦, quoted in Sun Simiao 孫思邈, Bei Ji Qian Jin Yao Fang 備急千金要方

And in this way, it is my great pleasure and honor to support you, dear "Emperor" or perhaps still "Prince" or "Princess," on your path to mastery of this unique ability to restore order and harmony, in our proper role as humans between Heaven and Earth, by sharing what I have learned from the Chinese philosophical and medical classics.

Our Team

 
Sabine Wilms PhD

Sabine Wilms PhD

Founder & faculty

Sabine Wilms, Ph.D.

Sabine Wilms is the author of more than a dozen books on Chinese medicine and specializes in bringing ancient Chinese wisdom to life. She is particularly interested in classical teachings on nurturing life (yangsheng 養生), gynecology and reproductive health, pediatrics, and how to fulfill our human role of “harmonizing heaven and earth.” In addition to writing, translating, and publishing her work through her company Happy Goat Productions, she lectures at conferences and schools around the world and mentors students through her program ImperialTutor.com. With a strong academic background in early Chinese philosophy, medicine, and religion, she is known for her historically and culturally sensitive approach to Chinese Medicine but also for seeing it as a living, effective, ever-changing, and much needed response to the issues of our modern times. She lives happy as a clam on magical Whidbey Island near Seattle. Sabine's CV is found HERE.

 
 

 
 
Scott Tower-Maloney, L.Ac., Dipl.Ac.

Scott Tower-Maloney, L.Ac., Dipl.Ac.

Faculty

Scott Tower-Maloney, L.Ac., Dipl.Ac.

Scott Tower-Maloney is an acupuncturist, herbalist and experienced international lecturer with over 30 years of clinical practice.  He has a degree in Religious Studies from Yale and a deep interest in the emotional roots of both disease and healing.  He has been moved, personally and professionally, by the deep wisdom of Wang Fengyi and is passionate about sharing this material with others.

 
 

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Faculty

Brenda Hood, L.Ac., Ph.D.

DR. BRENDA HOOD IS UNDOUBTEDLY THE SMARTEST WOMAN I HAVE EVER HAD THE HONOR OF CALLING A FRIEND. 

Anybody who has ever tried to read Chinese texts on inner alchemy, let alone write a PhD thesis on them IN CHINESE, will know what I mean. Brenda's incisive understanding of Chinese medicine, her decades of clinical training with many of the greatest teachers of Chinese medicine alive, her tender open heart and quirky sense of humor, and her complete dedication to the healing profession make her a great treasure. Plus she is the queen of tuning forks.

 

 
 
 
Sabine and Lillian with Peter Firebrace at Rothenburg Congress

Sabine and Lillian with Peter Firebrace at Rothenburg Congress

Faculty and giver of wise counsel

Lillian Pearl Bridges

The Lotus Institute of Lillian Pearl Bridges focuses on Transformation: personal, professional, and spiritual, as well as enhancing environments and lifestyle. Her unique programs are all based on ancient Daoist Wisdom passed down through Lillian’s Chinese family lineage, combined with her deep knowledge and years of research and experience in the fields of Psychology, Medicine, Food, Color and Design. Lillian's teachings on the Golden Path have had a profound influence on Sabine's decision to follow her heart and have trust in the universe. Learn more about Lillian at lotus institute.com

 
 

 
 
Z'ev Rosenberg

Z'ev Rosenberg

Faculty

Z'ev Rosenberg, L.Ac.

Z’ev Rosenberg, L. Ac., began his studies of Asian schools of medicine in the early 1970’s, with studies in macrobiotics, shiatsu, and theory of Chinese medicine.  He served as president of the Acupuncture Association of Colorado (1984-1987) and as Chair of the Department of Herbal Medicine at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego (1987- 2013) and currently maintains a private practice in herbal medicine and acupuncture/moxabustion with a specialty in chronic autoimmune disorders. He also directs the Alembic Institute and recently finished his first book, Return to the Source: Han Dynasty Medical Classics in Clinical Practice (Singing Dragon Press). For more information, see his website.

 

 
 
Elisabeth Rochat de la Vallée

Elisabeth Rochat de la Vallée

Faculty

Elisabeth Rochat de la Vallée

Elisabeth has been exploring the ancient Chinese philosophical and medical classics for more than forty years, both in her native France and in study groups all over the world. We are so fortunate to have her join us for some classes in the US, to which she will undoubtedly contribute her French passion and humor, joie de vivre, and profound understanding of the Daoist roots of Chinese medicine in particular. She has published more than a dozen books on classical Chinese medicine through Monkey Press, some of them with her mentor Father Claude Larre. For more information, see her website.


 
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Robyn on Orcas Island

Administrator

Robyn Sodders

Dr. Robyn Sodders began her journey into the world of health and wellness in 1993 as a fitness instructor, yoga instructor, and massage therapist and has been in professional practice in Oriental Medicine since 2010. She completed her doctoral studies in 2015, specializing in psycho-emotional disorders. Her passion of teaching, developing programs, and leadership has led her to teach in the fields of in biology, anatomy and physiology, neuroscience and brain trauma, ethics, professionalism, and laws and regulations, as well as research and literature reviews. She also has three years of experience as DAOM program director and excels at program development and at supporting both students and faculty.