Calendar of Acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Naturopathic Medicine Classes

Courses offered qualify and meet the requirements for CTCMA CEU’s and CNPBC Category ‘C’ CE. Red Tree Wellness Inc. is also a California Acupuncture Board Continuing Education Provider, CEP number: 1234, and NCCAOM PDA Provider: 168958.

New session starts Spring 2019!  Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Balance System of Acupuncture Certificate program!

At Langara College: Continuing Studies – Health and Human Services

First of its kind in the world!  An evolution of Acupuncture medicine.

Do you want to improve your clinical outcomes in a more efficient manner with instant results?

Would you like to learn a logical system of applying Acupuncture effectively?

Would you like to be a part of a lineage of authentic teaching?

Come and learn the Balance System of Acupuncture!

Evolved and taught by Dr. Sonia F. Tan, DAOM, RAc, RTCMP:

Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine,

Gold Level Certified Practitioner of the Balance Method,

Past Academic Faculty at Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine.

History of the Balance System of Acupuncture:
The Balance Method was first discovered from the classic Chinese medicine texts by Dr. Chao Chen, who published a book in the 1970’s and began to teach it. The Method was refined and evolved by Dr. Richard Tehfu Tan, OMD, LAc, on how to systematically and logically use it. Dr. Richard Tan began to teach it worldwide, added some of his own inventions within it and is acknowledged to have popularized the Balance Method. The Balance Method is based on Channel Theory, and is a more in depth and refined way to utilize Channel Theory – with instant results! Learn this method with direct access to one of Dr. Richard Tan’s senior students and certified Gold Level practitioner – Dr. Sonia F. Tan, DAOM, RAc, RTCMP.  

Certificate program info:

  • 2 day weekend format for most modules → Saturday, Sunday, some Fridays. (approximately $400-500 CAD per weekend, based on a 2-day, 11-14 CEU hour weekend).
  • Once per month for 7-9 months → great for out-of-town students and full-time practitioners!
  • First 2 Modules/Levels are Pre-requisites; equivalencies if the course was taken elsewhere may be acceptable. Certificate program begins at Module 3.
  • Last day → Sunday of the last day involves clinical application hours with a senior practitioner.
  • Testing for competency after each subsequent weekend → enhances your competency and validates your knowledge. (approximately 2 weeks after each weekend)
  • Each modular weekend may apply for CEU hours.
  • Maximum class size is 35 students (a great learning environment!).
  • Equivalency tests are available to those who wish to enter the program part-way. (Taken seminars in Levels 1+2 elsewhere (the core foundations)? Write the test, pass, and jump in at Level 3!) (NOTE: Online courses are NOT equivalent).
  • Starting February and March 2019 for Pre-requisites (Levels 1+2).
  • Certificate program portion begins April 2019 (Module / Level 3).

Check out the informational video here.


Will I walk away from the course with something applicable to my practice after the first session?  Yes! After Module 1 of the program you will walk away with knowledge that you can immediately integrate into your practice. Single System Balances can be a great tool for treating all types of pain, sports injuries and headaches. The program is designed to give you the confidence to go back to your practice and start treating right away! The month in between the modules allows time for students to utilize their new techniques before starting the next level. Each time we meet there will be an opportunity for students to present their questions, challenges and success stories.

What sort of conditions will we learn to treat using the balance method? What sort of impact will this course have on my practice?  The most important thing to understand about learning the Balance Method of Acupuncture is that it will provide you with an entirely new understanding of how to practice acupuncture. You will be given a logical framework that will guide you to an appropriate treatment for a wide variety of conditions. You will learn tools that will serve you well regardless of your area of focus. Pain, sports injuries, emotional issues, digestion, hormones, dermatology can all be addressed using the balance method. The step by step problem solving strategies presented in this course will help you feel confident in choosing point protocols.

Will there be a hands on/needling component to the course or will it be  mostly theory?  The course will primarily be theory based. Classes will consist of teaching and grand rounds discussions about case studies. There may be a small amount of time allocated to finding lesser known points, etc, but there will not be needling. The vast majority of points discussed in the program will already be known to anyone licensed to practice acupuncture.

What is the expectation for out of class study time?  This will vary from student to student, but will most likely amount to a few hours a month to prepare for each of the module exams. Students should plan to immediately integrate what they learn in each module into their practices to fast track their understanding.)

How many case studies will each student need to present over the course of the program?  Over the course of the program students will be required to present 2 cases from their own practice.

When will the exams occur?  Exams will occur via an online format approximately two weeks after each Module.

Will practitioners with some balance method background be able to challenge the earlier modules and join the program only for the more advanced modules?  Yes! Practitioners with some background in the balance method will be able to challenge the exams from earlier modules. If they pass the exams they will be able to enroll only in the more advanced modules.

What are the options in terms of a payment plan?  For those who register for the full program before December 15, there is a 5% discount available. Pre-requisites can be paid monthly. Certificate program tuition is due as a whole.

Will the Program be eligible for student loans?  Unfortunately not. As the program occurs only one weekend a month it does not meet the minimum hours needed to qualify for student loan funding. It may be possible to receive independent funding from other institutions such as banks, credit unions, etc based on your individual circumstances.

Do I need to complete all the modules within a year? What if something comes up and I can’t attend a module?  Ideally students would complete all certificate modules consecutively, however we understand that sometimes unexpected circumstances can arise. With special permission from the instructor and the program coordinator, consideration may be given for exceptions provided there is a viable plan for completion. Students will need to complete all modules within 3 years to be eligible for certification.

I would like to take the equivalency test. How do I do that? (1) Apply by emailing the instructor Dr. Sonia Tan, soniatan (at), with your proof of equivalent course completion, to assess your academic qualification (Core Foundations from Academy of Acupuncture and Si Yuan are examples of current acceptable equivalents). (2) If approved, you will have your information forwarded to the Program Manager, Karen Ramsden, kramsden (at), and you will be set up to write the exam. This may include the ability to take the test offsite, via an inviligation centre, depending on technical availability in your area. Please make note of the dates of the equivalency tests, and apply minimum 2 weeks prior to the date.


2019 DATES!

Tentative dates:

  • Pre-requisite/Module 1: Level 1 – Single systems balance: October 20+21, 2018 @ Langara.
  • Pre-requisite/Module 2: Level 2 – Multiple systems balance: November 24+25, 2018 @ Langara.
  • Equivalency test of Level 1 and / or 2: January 26 and March 16, 2019 @ Langara or online (invigilation site).
  • Pre-requisite/Module 1: Level 1 – Single systems balance: February 2+3, 2019 @ Langara.
  • Pre-requisite/Module 2: Level 2 – Multiple systems balance: March 2+3, 2019 @ Langara.

Certificate program begins:

  • Module 3: Level 3 – Channel Conversion: April 5+6+7, 2019
  • Module 4: Level 4 – The Twelve Magical System: May 4+5, 2019
  • Module 5: Level 5 – Five Phases Balancing: June 8+9, 2019
  • Module 6: Level 6 – Balance in the Seasons: September 21+22, 2019
  • Module 7: Level 7 – Combinations and Cases: October 19+20, 2019
  • Module 8: Level 8 – Cases and Review: November 2+3, 2019
  • Module 9: FINAL EXAM – December 7 or 8, 2019

Sample courses you will learn:

  • Balancing Single meridian systems and instant results.
  • Balancing Multiple meridian systems.
  • Converting the “chemistry” of a meridian to create balance.
  • Balancing all 12 main meridians.
  • Understanding and applying the use of the I-Ching, the Five Phases, the Seasons, and combinations, with the Balance System of Acupuncture.

Why take the program?

  • Deepen and elevate your practice while receiving validation for your training with a Certificate, and improve your confidence in the knowledge and application of the system.
  • Smaller class sizes = enhanced and more connected learning.
  • Learn from a direct disciple of Dr. Richard Tehfu Tan, who is both an experienced clinician and academic teacher – Dr. Sonia F. Tan. 

Have a Certificate in hand at the end of the program, validating and acknowledging your knowledge and competency in this highly specialized area of Acupuncture!

***Program application requirements:  Must be able to legally practice acupuncture in their field and have a minimum 250 hours of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine training.


Great for Medical Doctors/GP’s, Naturopaths and Registered/Licensed Acupuncturists to learn across the globe!

Check out the Informational videos here.

Registration is open! Space is limited! Click here for more info:


May 31 – June 2, 2019.  9am – 6pm. Total CEU’s: 16 CEU’s Acupuncture, 24 CEU’s TCM (Acu + Herbs). CTCMA & CNPBC Category ‘C’ qualified. Level 1 is California Acupuncture Board (CAB) Category 1 approved for 17 CEUs; Level 2 approval pending. CAB Provider number 1234. NCCAOM approved PE-CW (16 CEUs) for Level 1; Level 2 approval pending, NCCAOM PDA provider number 168958.

Marijuana Syndromes – How to Balance and Optimize the Effects of Cannabis with Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine – LEVEL 1+2

This 2-3 day seminar is an update to the eLotus webinar, and dives deeper!

Cannabis is legal in Canada. Do you know how to identify a Marijuana syndrome?

Learn about the pros and cons of marijuana use and dispel popular myths! Learn tools to empower your diagnosis and clinical outcomes. Learn how to balance the unwanted side effects of marijuana and optimize its positive potentials.

In this two to three-day, Level 1+2 seminar, you will learn how to treat marijuana syndromes with Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture.

This class is not about recovery or addiction. It’s about identifying marijuana syndromes that may affect clinical outcomes and assisting people to effectively balance their health.

In Level 1 (2 days),you will learn:

  • The pros and cons of medical marijuana
  • The physical effects of marijuana in depth
  • Ethics and safety of treating marijuana related disorders
  • How to understand and recognize Marijuana syndromes
  • How to treat marijuana syndromes with Acupuncture – Level 1 (Friday + Saturday morning)
  • How to treat marijuana syndromes with Chinese Herbs – Level 1 (Friday + Saturday afternoon)

In Level 2 (1 day), you will learn:

  • How to understand and recognize Marijuana syndromes at a deeper level
  • How to treat marijuana syndromes with Acupuncture at a deeper level – Level 2 (Sunday morning)
  • How to treat marijuana syndromes with Chinese Herbs at a deeper level – Level 2 (Sunday afternoon)

It is strongly recommended you bring a copy of John Mini’s book to the seminar. John is the author of the book Marijuana Syndromes: How to Balance the Effects of Cannabis with TCM, available on Amazon.

With John Mini, MSCM, LAc

John Mini, M.S.C.M., a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist who has lived and worked in the San Francisco Bay area, California since 1988. He’s studied Chinese Medicine and Taoist philosophy since he was a child and is always excited by it. Over the years many people who’ve used marijuana for a long time have come to see him in clinical practice. Those experiences have helped him understand and work with the effects of marijuana in very practical ways, treating them on a daily basis for over two decades. John has researched the classical resources on marijuana and its effects, and taken the time to work and talk with many living masters from around the world about marijuana and its effects. The results of his research and experience lead him to writing, non-profit work, leading seminars and workshops to help more people than he’s able to in his private medical practice. John is the author of the book Marijuana Syndromes: How to Balance the Effects of Cannabis with TCM, available on Amazon.


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Returning: November 15, 1pm to 6pm and November 16+17, 2019, 9am to 6pm, Vancouver, BC, 14 continuing education units – CTCMA & CNPBC Category ‘C’. California Acupuncture Board (CAB) Category 1 approval pending, CAB Provider number 1234. NCCAOM approval pending (AOM-BIO), NCCAOM PDA provider number 168958.

Dr. Yvonne Farrell – The Eight Extraordinary Vessels 101 / The Architect of Change / Practicum!

Did you know that the Eight Extraordinary Vessels regulate psycho-emotional states?  Of course you didn’t, we did not learn that in depth in TCM school!  Did you know that the Channels of Acupuncture and Eight Extraordinary Vessels can help treat things like addictions, trauma, PTSD, and more?  Interested in learning more?

Join us this fall of 2019 and dive deep into TCM psycho-neuro-immunology with Dr. Yvonne Farrell!

In this 2-3 day seminar, dive deep into the nature and pathology of the Eight Extraordinary channels of acupuncture like never before, including psycho-emotional aspects of each system, enhance your learning through cases, techniques and practicum with Dr. Farrell.

Day 1 – Friday November 15, 1pm – 6pm:  The Eight Extraordinary Vessels 101

This course provides an overview of the channel system with a focus on the 8 Extraordinary Vessels. We will explore the pathways of each of the 8 extras and how those pathways inform the functions and clinical applications for each vessel.  Participants will learn how the 8 extras are different from the primary channels and how they have a profoundly deep impact on the vital substances, extraordinary fu and 7 orifices. We will discuss how these vessels can be used to treat diseases or imbalances that are affecting yuan qi.  Participants will learn how to create 8 extra treatments with confidence!

Day 2 – Saturday November 16, 9am – 6pm:  The Architect of Change.

Patients suffering from chronic physical and emotional conditions often have many habituated patterns of being and entrenched beliefs that make change challenging. In this course, we will explore how change occurs and what we might do to support our patients in their capacity to initiate and sustain change.  A healthy relationship between yuan qi and ying qi is an essential ingredient in the process of change. We will cover the 8 Extraordinary Vessels (8EV) and their impact on transformation and transportation (T & T) from a constitutional perspective (yuan qi). We will also discuss the post-natal function of the Spleen and Stomach as agents of change through diet, lifestyle and interaction in relationships (ying qi).  In the Pi Wei Lun, Li Dong Yuan says that “once the Spleen & Stomach are damaged, the five turmoils will arise. Damaged by heat, the original qi loses its function and, as a result, the limbs are cumbersome and fatigued. “ (Flaws 2004) In this state, change is almost impossible.

***pre-requisite: Eight Extraordinary Vesssels 101

Day 3 – Sunday November 17, 9am – 6pm:  The Architect of Change case studies, and afternoon practicum.

The morning continues on from Day 2 with cases studies. In the afternoon, Dr. Farrell will supervise as you practice on fellow students to diagnose and treat several patients using Channel Theory and the Eight Extra Vessels. Discussions will take place about the differences between treating a patient with the 8 extras and other approaches. Students will practice Eight Extras diagnosis and treatment, and have an opportunity to ask questions about point selection, technique and potential outcomes and prognosis.

***pre-requisite: Eight Extraordinary Vesssels 101



Dr. Farrell has been involved in helping others to restore balance in their lives for over 25 years. In 1996, she graduated from Emperor’s College with a Master’s Degree in Chinese Medicine. She has been in private practice since 1997. She was a member of the faculty at Emperor’s College for 13 years. In addition to her faculty duties at Emperor’s, Yvonne was also a clinical supervisor. In 2007 Yvonne received her Doctoral Degree (DAOM) from Emperor’s College. Specializing in the use of the Secondary Vessels in treatment, Yvonne has been teaching channel theory to students for many years. A student Jeffrey Yuen, she has developed proficiency with the Eight Secondary Vessels system and has found they are very effective in the treatment of psychoemotional and psychospiritual disorders. Although she has a general practice, her specialties include the treatment of psychoemotional disorders or stress induced illness. She is very passionate about the medicine and enjoys sharing this through her teaching. Dr. Farrell is the author of the book Psycho-Emotional Pain and the Eight Extraordinary Vessels available on Amazon. 


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Coming Spring or Fall 2019 – Treating ADHD with Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine.  9am to 6pm, 15 CEUs. CTCMA & CNPBC Category ‘C’ qualified. California Acupuncture Board (CAB) Category 1 approval pending, CAB provider number 1234. NCCAOM PDA approval pending 16 CEUs, provider number 168958.

Treating ADHD with Acupuncture, Nutrients and Chinese Medicine

This is a 2-day seminar.

With Dr. Michael Maguire, DAOM, LAc

Dr. Michael Maguire, DAOM, an acupuncturist and herbalist in Los Angeles. ADHD was the topic of his dissertation and he has been treating ADHD for over 20 years.


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2019, 9am to 3:30pm, Vancouver, BC, 5 continuing education units – CTCMA & CNPBC Category ‘C’. California Acupuncture Board (CAB) Category 1 & NCCAOM PDA approval pending. CAB provider number 1234.

Balance Method/System refinement classes

Refine your current knowledge of the Balance Method/System!

This 1 day in-person class is designed for those that have already taken Balance Method/System course work, and are looking to fill in the gaps, review and refine their knowledge. Themes (e.g. migraines, MSK pain, OBGYN, etc) will vary each class. Learn from a certified Gold Level Balance Method practitioner, Dr. Sonia F. Tan.

Topic TBD

  • Fill in the gaps of your current knowledge and improve your clinical outcomes
  • Review and refine your current knowledge and improve your competency and confidence
  • Learn new tips from successful cases
  • Bring one of your own case you would like feedback
  • Ask questions, and learn new teachings you may have forgotten or missed from previous classes

Class size is limited.

*Pre-requisite:  Dr. Richard Tehfu Tan or Si Yuan Balance Method Core Foundations and (Acupuncture 123 & Global Balance) and Advanced Track courses.


Dr. Sonia F. Tan, has been helping guide people on their pathway to health in the TCM world since 2002.  She is a Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, a Registered Acupuncturist, and a Registered Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Practitioner. Sonia obtained her clinical research Doctorate degree from Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Los Angeles, California and received the DAOM Distinction award. She is also a graduate of the five year Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine program from the International College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Vancouver. Sonia taught at the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine for 4 years and continues to speak at various conferences and seminars. A certified Gold Level Practitioner of the late Dr. Richard Tehfu Tan and the Balance Method, Sonia enjoys sharing this method to her colleagues. Sonia began her career in health with a Bachelor’s degree in Honors Kinesiology, with a specialization in Athletic Injuries, from the University of Western Ontario. While Sonia has enjoys variety and a general practice, her areas of passion and focus are in Immunology, Sport Medicine and Migraines & Headaches. Following in the footsteps of her grandfather, Sonia is immersed in all aspects of Chinese Metaphysics, and thoroughly enjoys education and inspiring about all things Acupuncture and TCM!


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Coming again in 2020…, Vancouver, BC, 6 continuing education units – CTCMA & CNPBC Category ‘C’. 

Sport Medicine Conditions & Terminology for Acupuncturists

Designed for the Sports Acupuncturist or those interested in the field of Sports Acupuncture to deepen knowledge of common Sport Medicine and Athletic Injury conditions:
• Review of relevant anatomy and biomechanics
• Understand and recognize clinical sports medicine terminology and conditions
• Develop better communication with the sports medicine professionals

Presented in association with the BC Sports Acupuncture Association.

Check back for registration information in 2020.