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CORE TRAINING 3 Modules
Intermediate level class
(non sequential)
Intermediate level class
(non sequential)
Intermediate level class
(non Sequential)
Review Class
(non Sequential)
Follow Up Class
Study Groups
The foundations
Mid-space and Ignition
(F.DH)
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Ba Mai: Morphology and Inherent movement 
(R.A.)
Cranial Class
Visceral Class
Revisiting the core
Yearly gathering,
Follow up and integrate
Get together and practice!
Local Teachers,
Dan Bensky,
Charles Chace
Felix DeHaas
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Rayén Antón
Dan Bensky

Dan Bensky,
Charles Chace

Local Teachers

Charles Chace

No teachers, EV folks all welcome
Germany – Spain Netherlands
Germany – Spain Netherlands
Germany – Spain Netherlands
Germany – Spain Netherlands
Germany
Barcelona
Germany – Spain Netherlands


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CORE TRAINING: 
This 3 modules are taught with approximate 2 month breath of separation. In that time, is highly recommended to assist to any of the ongoing study groups to better grasp the new skills and be ready for the next module. 
The core training is sequential, if you haven't ever done this training you'll have to take them in sequence. Once you have completed the 3 modules, you can repeat any of them separately if you wish to revisit any topic.

In this 3 module series we present the core skills of the Engaging Vitality repertoire:
Module I

Listening skills you'll learn:
 Shape or Qi: Direct palpatory experience of Qi. Learn about its normal and pathological qualities. Learn to listen and facilitate the conditions to the state of dynamic stillness, where the natural healing capacities take charge.
This is the first gateway that will lead you out of your head and into your hands.  
Shape of Qi needling: brief introduction to a way of needling consistent with the state of Qi we're trying to facilitate.
Manual Thermal Evaluation: active points and areas give off a thermal signal, train your hands to feel it precisely. A tremendously helpful tool in point selection, even if you follow protocols, now you'll know when a point is active or not (and if it makes sense to needle it or not!), also will help you track when is time to remove your needles. Excellent tool to help you prevent overdose.
Manual thermal evaluation is also used to evaluate the vitality of the 3 burners, giving you a sense of the overall state of your patient and immediate feedback about your needling technique.
Yang Rhythm: Palpatory experience for the yang qi in the body. Learn to identify normal and pathological qualities. Use as feedback for effective needling. Effective measure to prevent overdose.
Local listening: Learn to feel the place(s) where Qi is not open, the local restriction where everything organizes around.

Instructors: Local instructors from the European Crew (Germany, Holland, Spain) or Marguerite Dinkins (USA).
Teaching Assistants: 2-4 depending on the size of the group
Days of training: 2


Module II
Listening skills you'll learn:
Global listening: After being exposed to Local Listening, now learn to feel the least open place from a global perspective. A quick way to get you to the least open place where you can start the conversation with your patient's presentation in the present moment. Global Listening will take you to Local Listening in seconds. It'll help you bypass the apparent conceptual contradictions by taking you to the place where Qi's flow is restricted and disturbed.
Channel listening : Learn to feel the channels as a whole, start exploring their qualities and the experience of openness or blockage.
Channel Listening Selection: learn to feel the connection among a local listening and a singular channel, identify the distinct hallmark and work with this information to get to a profound and gentle resolution.
Refine Needling: Learn to accurately locate the point and the depth of insertion by refining the quality of your contact and attention.

Instructors: Dan Bensky (USA)
Teaching Assistants: 2-4 depending on the size of the group.   
Days of training: 2

Module III 
 Listening skills you'll learn:
Yin Rhythm: After being exposed to the Shape of Qi and the Yang Rhythm, you'll be ready to engage a deeper rhythm, the Yin Rhythm. You'll learn to palpate the rhythm (yin tide, or yin rhythm) and the state (the fluid body). With this you'll have the gateway to a deeper state of dynamic stillness, and access to the palpatory experience of all fluids in the body, including Xue, JinYe, Dampness... you'll be able to feel under your hands yin deficiency as different experience than damp-heat or blood stasis.
Extraordinary Vessels: Closely related to the fluid body, the Extraordinary Vessels give us a means to engage with the deeper state of dynamic stillness and Yuan Qi.

Channel Listening Evaluation:  continue deepening on how to listen to the channels, refine the palpaptory skills and grasp nuances.
Shape of Qi needling: Now with a better grasp of the Shape of Qi, this technique is presented in depth and practiced in all practice sets. The goal is to facilitate the engagement with Qi and be able to effectively work with the dynamic.

In this final module, you'll review all the topics you've been exposed to in the 3 modules.

Instructors: Rayén Antón
Teaching Assistants: 2-4 depending on the size of the group.
Days of training: 3


INTERMEDIATE LEVEL CLASS



The Cranium and Cranial Sutures

This module is not sequential. As long as you have completed the core training, you can take this class when ever you want.

In this module Dan takes the quality of touch one step further, and brings one very delicate listening post into play: the cranium.
In this class you'll learn to feel the restrictions and pathological patterns affecting the cranium. You'll start working with areas of interface, the sutures.
You'll explore how to use this information in clinical practice, and to reboost the system. 
Instructors: Dan Bensky
Teaching Assistants: 2-4 depending on the size of the group.
Days of training: 2



Visceral Class
One of the most fascinating and useful results of the Engaging Vitality approach is the clear, palpatory realization that the yin and yang organs described in our core texts are clearly connected to the actual physical organs. These connections are palpable and extremely useful in clinic.
In this three-day class we will go over the living anatomy of the most important viscera, learn palpatory techniques to listen to them, and go over some ways to integrate this information into the practice of TEAM. This next step in Engaging Vitality, will aid in gaining a more complete and less abstract understanding of TEAM and its applications. It will have a significant positive impact on your practice.
Note: To be participate on this seminar you need to have completed the 3 Module core training or similar. 
Instructors: Dan Bensky
Days of training: 3



Ba Mai as gateway to deeper dynamic stillness: explorations on the morphology and inherent movement
This module is not sequential. As long as you have completed the core training, you can take this class when ever you want.

The Extraordinary Vessels are one fascinating piece of TEAM, with their overarching influence, connection with primal qi, and unique place as gateway between internal alchemy Nei Dan and medicine. More often than not, our decision-making process when selecting a vessel for treatment tends to be based on theoretical considerations and/or indirect forms of palpation (as the pulse or the abdomen). Few scholars have taken the bold step of exploring the Ba Mai from both perspectives and keeping a fluid and open-minded approach while rigorously pursuit clinical efficacy. 
 Li Shizhen was himself a medicine and Nei Dan practitioner, and in his seminal book Qi Jing Ba Mai Kao he approaches the issue from both perspectives, revisiting previous knowledge on the topic and adding his own interpretations. After a couple of decades working on the Ba Mai and 11 years of work on Li Shizhen’s Qi Jing Ba Mai Kao, Charles Chace, who was as well practitioner of both these disciplines and one of the core developers of Engaging Vitality, mapped out the Morphology of the Ba Mai on the Fluid Body. The Engaging Vitality palpatory skills served him to bring back to medicine the possibility of accessing the Ba Mai directly, allowing to any practitioner of medicine -even without inner alchemy or qi gong training- a grasp of them in a tangible and useful way.
In this class we’ll be exploring yet another form of palpation for the Ba Mai: Developed after the Fluid Body palpation and making use of the palpatory skills acquired with the Engaging Vitality training, the Inherent Movement palpation is a complementary approach to directly engage the vessels by listening at their movement. We can directly palpate or resonate with the inherent movements of the vessels, this offers another angle to approach them and another cross referencing tool.
In this seminar we will explore both of these novel ways to directly contact the Ba Mai and will be cross referencing this with abdominal palpation and simplified forms of Ba Mai pulse diagnosis coming from Li Shizhen. 

This class is complementary to the Mid-space and Ignition class taught by Felix DeHaas, where the Nei Dan and inner cultivation aspects are explored in depth, and also the palpatory references for the midspace. 

Instructors: Rayén Antón
Teaching Assistants: 1-4 depending on the size of the group.
Days of training: 2

Mid-space and Ignition
This module is not sequential. As long as you have completed the core training, you can take this class when ever you want.

Mid-space
In East Asian Medicine and Inner Cultivation traditions we find many references to the Mid-space. It is narrowly connected with the ideas about the Extraordinary Vessels which have developed over the last 2000 years.
Thanks to great scholars as Li Shi-zhen who integrated knowledge from inner cultivation literature into the medical literature we have now access to a wider view of the Extraordinary Vessels.
 We can see the Mid-space as the core of our system, or as the central axis, on which our whole system organizes itself around. In the clinical setting is the free flow in and openness of the Mid-space essential. If we are able to palpate the mid-space and are able to open it up, we can greatly improve the whole self-reorganizing ability of the system.

Ignition
 Ignition is a palpable process in which we perceive comprehensive transformations related to the influence of the Yuan Qi 元氣  (Primal Qi) on the body. These transformations express themselves as improved coherence, communication, connections and organization.
Ignition could be viewed as a kind of super De Qi 得氣 , a situation in which the whole system makes a major shift towards a therapeutic change. If it happens it is a pretty reliable measure that some significant and lasting shift in momentum of the health of the patient took place.

This is not something which can be forced and not necessarily happens in every treatment. But we can facilitate this process and once so often it can happen in a clinical setting. For being able to facilitate this process the practitioner needs to rest in the SSIO to the best of their capacity. By recognizing the Shi 勢 (propensity) and Ji 機 (Qi dynamic) the practitioner could estimate if he or she has an opportunity to facilitate the Ignition. It deserves a certain amount of Yi (Attention/Awareness) of the practitioner.

Ignition is also closely related to the Mid-space and its dynamics. So a basic understanding of the Mid-space and the ability to palpate the Mid-space is crucial here at this stage.

This workshop has grown out many years of practice and experience of Charles (Chip) Chace who studied this material thoroughly and developed it in conjunction with other aspects of Engaging Vitality. At the moment this material will be presented by Felix de Haas a close student of Chip and because of his own background very familiar with this material.

Instructors: Felix DeHaas
Teaching Assistants: 1-4 depending on the size of the group.
Days of training: 2


YEARLY FOLLOW UP CLASS

Yearly Follow Up Class in BARCELONA (new format)

This class is not sequential. As long as you have completed the core training you are welcome to attend.

If you train with Engaging Vitality, you'll have the opportunity to get continuous education on a regular basis. You'll have a place to turn to on a yearly basis, a unique opportunity to continue a training throughout the years and share experiences and crossed feedback with colleagues from all over the world.
...Engaging Vitality training is a space to grow a way to engage, a space where you'll have support and feedback to develop the best of you, if you want to. 
Instructor: European Crew
Teaching assistants: 2-3 depending on the size of the group
Days of training: 2 




REVIEW CLASS

Review Class Munich & Review Class Berlin

Practice makes master. True. So we have review classes every now and then, where to practice practice practice practice... and what more? revisit the whole core Engaging Vitality curriculum (Modules I, II, III) and practice practice practice...
Coaching this class: Ferdinand Beck & Rayén Antón
Days of training: 2


STUDY GROUPS
Munich - Berlin - Barcelona - Holland
Every month, or every other month, we have local study groups gatherings in different cities around Europe.
The goal of these groups is to practice and exchange experiences among colleagues who have been working with the Engaging Vitality approach in a varying range of time, from months to years. An open space to communicate and refine, engage and be inspired by peers and folks walking the same path.
Groups are coordinated by Ferdinand Beck (Munich), Felix De Haas (Holland) and Rayén Antón (Barcelona).
Hours of training: Depending on the group. For more info check our events list on Facebook page HERE

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