Five-Element Acupuncture Training


   Apprenticeship in Five-Element Acupuncture 


  Autumn 2018

Level 1 - 30th September 2018 - 14th October 2018

Level 2 - 10th November 2018 - 24th November 2018

London Clinical

2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th December 2018, 6th January 2019

Level 3 - 24th May - 4th June 2019



Gerad Kite - Training


Roujon - South of France

“Gerad's teaching is passionate, simple yet extremely profound and practical. The learning style is so experiential - it’s such a treat for the heart. I am still in awe at how it has helped me build confidence with hands-on skills in the shortest possible time. This intensive course is truly one of a kind! I am very grateful!” Yiye Zhang - October 2017


The process of becoming a Five-Element acupuncturist is not academic. It requires a commitment to be of service to others and to learn from experienced practitioners/teachers whose responsibility is to pass on this ancient lineage through oral transmission.

In recent years acupuncture has become more popular in the West and this profoundly spiritual and 'relationship' based act of service has been adopted into our culture. But for the most part, it is taught within the existing Western academic model of learning. 

What we offer is different. We provide information, experience and guidance but we do not take responsibility for how you learn. This is your responsibility - and you will be required to demonstrate throughout the course that you have the passion, integrity and application to meet all that is needed to be one of the next in line of this ancient lineage.

Training with Gerad Kite


The ‘Apprenticeship in Five-Element Acupuncture’ has been developed for people with little or no previous experience in practicing five-element acupuncture but either already ‘work’ with people in some capacity or have the experience and maturity to engage with the people (patients) that come for help. The course is based on, and structured around the master/apprentice approach to study by layering the learning in the classroom with practical experience and ongoing mentorship.

 Apprenticeship Structure

The apprenticeship begins with the Foundation Intensive (Levl 1 & 2)a total immersion - four weeks of intensive study (24 days contact time) in a residential/guest house setting in the South of France. The 24 days are split into two levels (2 x 2 weeks separated by a month's break).

Level 1 (12 days) provides the foundation of theoretical and practical knowledge. After Level 1 there is a one-month break during which time you will be supported by a mentor and offered opportunities to review what you have learned. This ‘breathing space’ gives the apprentice time to digest Level 1 and prepare for Level 2.

Level 2 reviews Level 1, provides further information and provides a clinical experience of practice (all apprentices need to consent to receiving treatment from fellow apprentices).

Between the Foundation Intensive (Levels 1 & 2) and the Intensive Review (Level 3) there is approximately a 6-month gap during which time you perform a minimum of 35 treatments under the supervision of our approved mentors. This is achieved by attending the 6-week (Sunday) group clinical programme in London (included in your fees) beginning the first weekend after the completion of Level 2. You will also be supervised individually by your mentor/s to achieve the full quota of 35 treatments, where it is your responsibility to find your patients, charge your treatment fee and pay your mentor.

Once you have submitted evidence of your 35 supervised treatments, you will be awarded the “Permission to Practice” letter that will allow you to gain professional insurance in the UK and register with your local authority as an acupuncturist and treat patients without supervision.

Level 3 (10 days contact time) is the Intensive Review (approximately 6 months after Level 2) a continuation of the residential programme in France. We review all theory and clinical practice learned so far. This level provides new information and serves to deepen your understanding and experience as a whole.



Admission to the course is based on a written application and an interview during which we will assess whether you are ready and sufficiently committed and self-motivated to take on this style of intense study and encourage you to be sure that this is the right approach to training for you.

The Apprentice Experience

“This course has truly changed my whole perspective on life. There are few teachers that can hold their students for hours on end but Gerad is a natural communicator who is clearly a master of this tradition and what he and the team have managed to impart to us during our time together, is incredible.”

Alex Charles – November 2018

Training with Gerad Kite

“I was initially nervous about studying in a short, intensive course. But from day one, Gerad and Johnny's unwavering passion and enthusiasm, crystal-clear teaching, and the wonderful, supportive community they've created in France have meant I've learnt and retained more than I ever have in any traditional academic course. The mentor structure has given me the confidence to immediately go out and begin to set up my own practice, always knowing I've got someone to turn to for support and guidance. If you're considering doing this course, just do it. It's honestly life changing!”

Emily Bone-Fiore - November 2017


In order to complete the apprenticeship we require evidence that you have understood and documented your learning in the classroom and that you are clinically competent and safe to practice. Below are the minimum requirements to complete the apprenticeship although we also set informal tasks during the course contact time to ascertain if you are absorbing the teachings and not losing confidence or feeling overwhelmed.  

1. Evidence of a portfolio (pass/fail)

Throughout the training we ask that you produce a self-reflective portfolio to demonstrate your understanding of the theory and philosophy of Five-Element acupuncture and the practical information needed to practice. The portfolio must be handed in at the beginning of Level 3. Your mentor will guide you throughout the apprenticeship to ensure your portfolio is adequate to pass.

2. A pass (75%) in point location exams (Levels 2 & 3)

You must pass 2 ‘on-book’ and 2 ‘off-book’ point location exams that take place at the beginning and end of both Levels 2 and 3.

3. A pass (pass/fail) in safe needling/moxa

On day 6 of Level 2 we assess that you are safe and competent in the use of moxa (the burning of a herb on skin) and the safe insertion and disposal of an acupuncture needle.

4. “First Aid” training certificate

We require you attend a one-day “First Aid Training Course” and provide us with a copy of your certificate no later than the first day of Level 2.

5. 35 supervised treatments with our approved mentors

You must collect evidence of 35 supervised treatments before “permission to practice” is awarded and for successful completion of the apprenticeship.

Should you not meet the requirements to complete the training within the given time structure, there are further opportunities to meet the requirements where a fee will be charged (cost on request).

“The training exceeded all expectations. The teaching was delivered clearly and passionately, with great humility and authenticity. The mix of theory and practical work was incredibly helpful and well structured. The setting is positively luxurious, which allowed me to devote my energy into learning, without having to worry about creature comforts or when the next meal was going to be. I am hugely grateful to you, Johnny, Caroline, Christophe and Giles for providing such a loving and warm space for learning and building a community.” 

Joo Teo –October 2016


We do not offer any formal qualification. After successful completion of the Foundation Intensive, the apprentice will be given a ‘permission to practice’ certificate that will entitle the apprentice to apply for professional insurance in the UK and register with their local authority as an acupuncturist.


The ‘Apprenticeship in Five-Element Acupuncture’ certificate is a private arrangement between the provider (Gerad Kite Ltd/LIFEA) and the apprentice. We are not affiliated and regulated by any outside organisation. All apprentices must take full responsibility for their own progression of study and experience and keep abreast of any changes in statutory regulation in the future. 

There is no statutory regulation of acupuncture in the UK, but many non-medical acupuncture practitioners are required to register with their local authority. This is because of the risk of blood-borne infections from piercing the skin with acupuncture needles. The same rules also cover tattooing and body piercing. The local authority must also ensure it has bylaws that govern the cleanliness of the acupuncture premises, practitioners, instruments, materials and equipment.

 Voluntary Regulation

Apprentices who successfully complete the training are offered the opportunity to become a member of the Association of Five-Element Acupuncturists (AFEA) –  AFEA is a self-regulating professional organisation that promotes the work of practitioners taught in this tradition and ensures the highest standards of practice are maintained. There are a number of other acupuncture organisations in the UK that practitioners can join if they hold certain qualifications and agree to work according to certain codes of practice. The ‘Apprenticeship in Five-Element Acupuncture’ does not give automatic entry to any of these other organisations, however should you wish to join one of them - an independent application must be made and they will each provide the requirements for membership that may or may not require further study.


Tuition - £8,950.00 (GB Pounds) Tuition fee for the entire course (Levels 1,2,3 - France) and 6 week (Sunday) clinical – London) - 40 days contact study time - 400 contact hours.

Food and beverage - 1,990.00€ (Euros) – breakfast, lunch, dinner for the entire course (Levels 1,2,3) including arrival night dinner and final day breakfast - prepared and served by our in-house catering team.

Accomodation - 2,400.00€ (Euros) - accommodation in the house (40 nights) (based on shared occupancy – including weekly change of bedding, room cleaning and weekly laundry service.

The house was totally refurbished in 2016 and has been designed to comfortably accommodate you during your stay and provide a stimulating and pleasing environment in which to commit yourself to intense study. We highly recommend you stay in the house but should you wish to find your own accommodation we can assist you with local hotels and short-term rentals. We do however require that you have meals 'in-house' (cost as above) as these informal meeting/discussion times are important for the "full-immersion” nature of study. Please be aware that we have two (very friendly) dogs that live inside the house.


The house has got the right atmosphere and the attitude for a focused study group, and its excellent resort like facilities complement the teaching environment very well. The teaching is focused, and the effect of oral transmission on the art of medicine is beyond any written book could possibly achieve. The whole experience will fundamentally change your way of looking at the world and beyond.”  John Tu

Payment Schedule

On acceptance to the course a 30% non-refundable deposit of the tuition fee (£2,685.00) is required to secure your place. The balance (£6,265.00) and the accommodation cost (2,400.00€ - Euros) are due 21 days prior to the course start date and once paid also non-refundable.

Food costs are payable (pro rata) 30 days prior to the beginning of the three individual levels of training.             

Mentor Support and Cost

Mentors are members of the LIFEA team and are working acupuncturists affiliated with Kite Clinic. All mentors are supported through peer supervision and attend workshops in France and London for supervision and ongoing training.

  • Email support - no charge
  • Observing mentor's patients  (up to 5 per month) - no charge
  • Supervision with apprentice's patients (5 per month) - £35.00 per patient.
  • Mentor contact time (any subject area) - £35.00 per hour

Apprentices relaxing between sessions – blending learning with good living! Join us in 2017

Apprentices relaxing between sessions – blending learning with good living! Join us in 2018


“A truly authentic and comprehensive training. Gerad, Johnny and their team are extraordinary teachers. Their absolute passion, deep wisdom and eloquence lit the flame in each of us to become humble servants of this incredibly powerful and beautiful ancient healing art.”

Julia Rookby


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