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medicine – philosophy – management

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5 Spirits, © Felix Mittermeier

The Five Spirit Animals of Chinese Shamanism


When a person's five spirits (zhi, hun, shen, yi and po) are in optimal harmony with each other, they form a clear vessel between heaven and earth and resonate with the five universal spirit animals (mystic warrior, green dragon, red phoenix, yellow bird and white tiger). Within each person is a unique percentage of each spirit. CT Holman will delve deeper into their energetic nature, how they interact with each other, how they affect the overall body ecosystem, and what their relationship is to the eternal universal energies.

9 April 2022 at 08:30
10 April 2022 at 16:00


Through observation of nature, ancient shamans developed a means to categorize and explain the various fluctuations in nature. They understood how the patterns observed in the natural world applied to the human body, how it changed through time, and how on a personal level certain spiritual disorders resulted in specific disease patterns, both physical and mental. They mastered the art of nourishing their awareness of environmental changes and changes in their bodies, of cultivating energy practices to maintain their health, and of living within the rhythm of the ever-changing universal qi.

As Chinese medicine was modified to fit a Western medical model during the Chinese Cultural Revolution (1962-1976), the medical community relied less on spirit-focused treatments and instead directed treatments based on the physical. However, currently, there is a growing interest in working with the spirit and ancient wisdom traditions, where ultimately the advancements in Chinese medicine are combined with the ancient wisdom traditions.

Course Description

During this course, CT Holman will teach you how you can use the vital ancient wisdom (both shamanic and classical Chinese medicine) of the five spirits of the body (zhi, hun, shen, yi, and po) in your daily practice. What is their energetic nature, how do the spirits affect physiology, how do they interact, and how does the state of their health affect the overall body ecosystem? CT will explain that each organ system is associated with a universal spirit and when all spirits are working harmoniously, the body and mind are in excellent health and resonate clearly with the eternal universal energies. To make perfect use of this harmony, it is important to realize, that although every individual has all five spirits, each person has their own personal percentage of each spirit, giving them a specific elemental make-up that shines in them like a light. CT will explain how to use various diagnostic techniques such as facial, spiritual, pulse, channel, body, and tongue diagnosis to understand the health of the spirits in the body.

Time schedule

  • 9 April 2022 | 8:30—16:00
  • 10 April 2022 | 8:30—16:00

Target audience

Acupuncturists, herbalists, tuina therapists, shiatsu therapists, last year TCM, students acupuncture, students herbalism, students tuina, students shiatsu.


Accreditation is obtained from NVA (code AT), NWP (licenses Acupuncture and Shiatsu), and Zhong (Category 1, 15 NAP). Accreditation will be applied at Eufom and BAF if a student is a member of one of these organizations. A member of the VNT can apply for an individual accreditation in the member section online.

Prior knowledge

Basic TCM


  • Regular price 314.00