About the lecturers


Mazin Al-Khafaji graduated as ‘Doctor of Chinese Medicine’ from the Shanghai College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 1987 and has been in practice in the UK ever since. He is the founder member of the ‘Avicenna Centre for Chinese Medicine’, where he is in full time practice.


Peggy Bosch is a psychologist (graduated at Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen, The Netherlands), acupuncturist (education at the Shenzhou Open University, Amsterdam, The Netherlands) and Heilpraktikerin (State exam at Krefeld, Germany).


Axel Does has deepened himself in many different ways in TCM and is working as tuina therapist, acupuncturist, herbalist and therapist in healing movements for many years now and as a teacher in tuina massage and wellness-tuina, tuina therapy and qualified tuina therapist.


Joan Duveen was originally trained as physiotherapist. He worked in his own private clinic, in a health center, till 1990. In these years he was also a teacher in anatomy, physiology and massage at a college for physiotherapy.


Peter Firebrace gained a Bachelor of Acupuncture from the International College of Oriental Medicine, England, and completed additional studies at the European School of Acupuncture in Paris and the Colleges of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Chengdu and Beijing

Christoph GÖTTE

Christoph Götte started studying Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine in 1993 with a 2-year training program in complementary medicine. He started studying Contemporary Chinese Pulse Diagnosis (CCPD) in 2002 and became a certified instructor of CCPD in 2014.


David Hartmann is an acupuncturist and Chinese medicine practitioner that lives in Brisbane Australia. He has been practicing since 1997 and upgraded his qualifications with a Masters of Acupuncture in 2009.


CT Holman practices Chinese medicine in Salem, Oregon. His full-time clinic was founded in 2001. CT teaches courses internationally, operates a mentorship program, and is the Director of Development for the Lotus Institute. He studied in China (1999, 2001, and 2003) and has extensive post-graduate education with several leading teachers in the field.


Sybill Huessen has a degree in both, Chinese Medicine and Occupational Therapy. In 1996, she graduated with a Master of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the “Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Sciences” in Oakland, California.

Jan Willem ILBRINK

Jan Willem Ilbrink has been working as a TCM therapist since his Classical Acupuncture study (2006) and has done many follow-up and continuing education courses. He recently developed the course "Kinesiologie en acupunctuur van de emotie" ("Kinesiology and acupuncture of emotion").


Dr. Li Jie (NL, PhD) finished his master training at Bei Jing Medical University China in 1989. In 1997, he finished his PhD and post doc study in physiology at Nijmegen University, The Netherlands.


Barbara Kirschbaum, B.Ac, Member of British Acupuncture Council and the British FMRCHM qualified at the International College of Oriental Medicine ICOM, East Grinstead and has been in practice since 27 years.


Dr. Maimon is an internationally renowned figure in the field of Integrative and Chinese Medicine with over 25 years of clinical, academic, and research experience in the United States, Europe, and Israel.

Robin Saraswati MARKUS

Dr. Robin Saraswati Markus has been teaching Chinese medicine for over 15 years. She has most recently launched Nourishing Life, a fertility and longevity institute based on the principles of Yang Sheng: The Ancient Chinese Science of Longevity.

Henry McCANN

Henry McCann, DAOM, LAc practices classical Chinese medicine in his private practice in Madison, NJ (USA). He initially studied Chinese medicine at the New England School of Acupuncture and then completed his doctoral degree at the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine.

Felicity MOIR

After starting a career in medical research at Guy’s Hospital, Felicity Moir moved into Chinese medicine (CM) as she found the philosophical basis of the medicine resonated with her developing understanding of ecology and the resonance of man’s body/mind/spirit with the world around.


Elisabeth Rochat de la Vallée is born in Parijs in 1949. She obtained Master Degrees in classics, literature and philosophy and a Diplôme d'études approfondies in Chinese. In 1970 she collaborated with Father Claude Larre and studied Chinese language.


After his Bachelor of Fine Arts at the California Institute of the Arts in 1872, he followed between 1992 and 1998 the Apprentiship training in Taijiquan, Chinese medicine and Daoist Yang Sheng at the Shengdu University of TCM in China.

Jeremy ROSS

Peter Firebrace gained a Bachelor of Acupuncture from the International College of Oriental Medicine, England, and completed additional studies at the European School of Acupuncture in Paris and the Colleges of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Chengdu and Beijing.


MD, Acupuncturist, 4-year Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, Licensed Psychotherapist (Jungian), B.A. in Philosophy.

After a 3-year Course in Acupuncture at “So-Wen” in Milan, Elisa attended the 3-months Training Course of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Beijing in 1983.


After becoming a certified TCM therapist at the Broshim College of TCM in Tel Aviv, Israel, in 2004, Nir Salomon immediately started specializing in gastro-intestinal diseases.


Yan Schroën (1964) graduated in Natural Medicine, acupuncture and biochemistry in the Netherlands and studied Taoistic Philosophy and Traditional Chinese Medicine in the People's Republic of China.


Tuvia Scott has been practicing and teaching Chinese Medicine since 1990. Being involved in martial arts, tai ji and qi gong since childhood he began studying Chinese Medicine in Israel and continued studies in China, USA and Europe in the fields of 5 Elements, Daoist Healing and Abdominal Acupuncture.


Gali Stoffman, MD, graduated Tel Aviv University School of Medicine, in 1997. She then studied Traditional Chinese Medicine, as well as Theory of Stems and Branches, and specialized in Pediatrics.


Scott Tower is a graduate of Yale University and the San Francisco College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. His professional training also took him to China, Taiwan and the UK. He has been practising acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine since 1988.


Nicholas graduated as acupuncturist from Scandinavian College of Acupuncture in 1994. In 2000 he became Bachelor of Physiotherapy and has more than 20 years of clinical and teaching experience.


Van Wietmarschen found biological evidence for two sub-types of rheumatoid arthritis patients based on a Chinese diagnosis.


Huub Verlinden is a physiotherapist, manual therapist, acupuncturist, applied kinesiologist and Marcos therapist. From 1974 to 1989 he worked in a private physiotherapy practice. In that time he also was a teacher in physical therapy (Heerlen) and in manual therapy (Utrecht).


Charles Wauters is a pharmacist who since 1982 in his regular pharmacy has started providing condiments. In 2002 this led to an independent establishment in Pijnacker. 

Koko WEI

KoKo Wei is born and has grown up in P.R. China. In 2003 she has accomplished a 5 year study majoring in integrative western and Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) in Chengdu TCM University and received her bachelor degree of medicine.


After completing his Chinese Medicine degree in Tel Aviv, Israel (2000), Avihai has deepened his knowledge of Chinese medicine. Based on this, he developed the "The Golden Gate" course.

Amos ZIV

After his first encounter with Traditional Chinese Medicine at the age of 18, during Tai Chi classes as a Biology student, Amos ZIv has been striving to integrate western scientific knowledge with classical Chinese energetical paradigms.

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