The Jing Fang Apprenticeship schedule is divided into three terms of 10 days each, with extra days in the summer and at the beginning and end of some terms. The extra days provide for catch up for days missed, and may be attended free if you are on the yearly pathway.
The Apprenticeship runs on Mondays at the Cholsey Pavilion and Cholsey Complementary Health Centre, OX10, 9PT. We see patients from 11.00am to 2.30pm, followed by an afternoon discussion session from 3.30–6.00pm. Apprentices are encouraged to bring questions and cases for discussion.
Some clinics and classes are held online via Zoom, and these sessions will be scheduled in advance. On these occasions, the zoom clinic will run on Monday from 10.00am to 1.30pm with the discussion session on the next day, Tuesday, from 11.00am–1.30pm. In the event of face–to–face clinics becoming impossible again for any reason, the clinic will run online on Monday and Tuesday mornings.
Apprentices may choose one of three pathways for their study.
- Yearly Pathway: Commitment to the whole apprenticeship with payment yearly in advance. This is the recommended pathway, since apprentices who choose this pathway are the most successful in completing the programme. There is also a substantial financial discount if you choose this pathway.
- Termly Pathway: Commitment to the whole programme with payment termly in advance, or commitment only to one term with payment in advance. This is recommended for those herbalists adding Jing Fang to their herbal medicine portfolio, or who are studying the online lecture series and wish to augment it with clinical experience.
- Daily Pathway: If there are particular circumstances that require a different attendance pattern, then this can be negotiated. If an Apprentices is unable to attend once a week, then a bespoke attendance regime can be arranged, with payment by the day. This is a hard way to achieve completion of this programme, and usually in this case it takes longer than two years, but it has been done. However, it is not recommended, as this approach comes with a high drop out rate.
- Yearly Pathway £2400: book for a whole year of 30 days plus 7 extra summer and pre–term days, and save £210 per term plus 7 extra days worth £679.
- Termly Pathway £870: book for a term of 10 consecutive days to get £100 off per term.
- Daily Pathway £97: Book one day (face–to–face or online) and try it out as a single CPD day, or book by the day as you go along.
If you book for a term or a year, access to electronic copy of the following study materials is included in the price, and on payment of your deposit (£400) you will be given access to the SCCH Dropbox Library, which contains:
- English version of Shang Han Lun with commentary, mainly from Dr Feng
- English version of Jin Gui Yao Lue with commentary, mainly from Dr Feng
- Many other useful handouts
Online payment is not currently accepted.
Jing Fang Lecture Series
Parts I, II and III £350 each, Part IV £175, complete set discount £1100
The theory aspect of the JFA is available in a Jing Fang lecture series, written and presented by Frances Turner. This consists of 60+ hours of easily accessible audio with PDF slides, and takes you systematically through Jing Fang from A to Z. The lectures are illustrated by cases from Frances’s observation of Dr Feng Shilun in Beijing in 2014, 15 and 16 as well as from her Oxfordshire clinic.
It is highly recommended that you study this material before or alongside the clinicals/class days, as it takes you through the herbs and formulas, with their clauses in the Shang Han Za Bing Lun, and will help you to contextualise what is happening in clinic.
Bristol Chinese Herb Garden Dispensary Day: Price tbc but in the region of £100
Tony Harrison runs a dispensary day in Bristol, where you can also visit the Chinese Herb Garden and see the herbs growing, as well as learn to make creams, tinctures and pills. This is an invaluable resource and highly recommended. You can access Tony’s free videos on Youtube, and particularly useful is the one on pao zhi: Pao zhi herbal processing explained.
Textbooks & DVD sets
You may also like to buy some textbooks; please see the resources list for a complete list. In particular, a good formulary and a materia medica are essential tools for a herbalist, and the DVD sets from Dr Feng ShiLun are an invaluable insight into his practice, giving us many Jing Fang case examples.
Online payment is not currently accepted.
Phytochemistry and Pharmacology: two day online training with Chris Etheridge, price tbc but in the region of £100/day
Phytochemistry and pharmacology are huge subjects that in themselves merit degree level training. These two days give you a taste of these subjects and their relationship to the classical approach to Chinese herbal medicine. This course gives us a sense of the wider context of Chinese herbal medicine in the UK today.
When you reach the second phase of your training and are seeing patients in your own clinic under supervision, you are required to get student insurance. This is available from Balens.