The Alchemy of Healthy Aging: Sparking the Shen

April 15, 16,  2023

Be Confident & Skilled in Helping Your Patients with Healthy and Graceful Aging

Earn 14 CEU's / NCCAOM PDA's
Optional added Live Day in May for total of 21 CEU/PDAs

The pursuit of alchemy is one of the more profound legacies of the ancient world.  Its purpose is to liberate the spirit from matter, and in Taoist alchemical practices, thereby promote longevity, even immortality; in the context of what we can refer to as “facial” alchemy, facial and constitutional needling liberates Shen spirit from within the body, which manifests as increased radiance in the face. The face thereby provides a “window” into the alchemical retort, allowing us to witness the transformative process as it takes place.  We refer to this process as “sparking” the Shen. 

This seminar will be taught by Mary Elizabeth Wakefield & MichelAngelo. Learn about the teachers

TUITION:  2 Days

Seminar (non-FSOMA): $500  |  FSOMA members: $400| FSOMA students: $200 2 days
TUITION:  Live Day
Non FSOMA: $250 | FSOMA Members: $200 | FSOMA students: $100

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Cancellation Policy: Cancellation requests must be made in writing no later than 2 weeks prior to the first day of the seminar (March 10th, 2023); no refunds will be granted after that date. A $50 processing fee will be charged for any cancellations prior to that date. Any cancellations of the class after 1 March 2023 are subject to conditions of force majeure, i.e., an act of God, and our interpretation of the same. 

About the Teachers:

Mary Elizabeth Wakefield is the author of Constitutional Facial Acupuncture and co-author with MichelAngelo, MFA, of Vibrational Acupuncture: Integrating Tuning Forks with Needles. She was the facial acupuncture columnist for Acupuncture Today for nine years, and her protocols have been highlighted or featured in several other publications. With more than 30 years of professional practice experience, she has personally trained thousands of healthcare practitioners. Wakefield was invited to design a facial in conjunction with the Academy Awards, then appeared on the Discovery Channel to demonstrate it on host Gina Lombardi. She is also an herbalist, Acutonics®/Zen shiatsu practitioner, cranio-sacral therapist, and a professional opera singer; in addition, she maintains a private practice in Manhattan. 
MichelAngelo is an opera singer, classical composer, pianist, astrologer, healer, diviner, and writer, MichelAngelo was a presenter at the 2011 Conference of the International Society for the Study of Subtle Energy and Energy Medicine (ISSSEEM). An article on his system of Planetary Vibrational Medicine appeared in the spring of 2012 in the Wood issue of Oriental Medicine Journal. He has created a 3-part certification series in which he synergizes Western medical astrology with Oriental medicine theory and practice, introducing a variety of vibrational methods of remediation (gem elixirs, tuning forks) to address constitutional balance and imbalance as it is reflected in the Western natal chart and identified through other astrological diagnostic strategies MichelAngelo is a co-author, with sound healing pioneer Donna Carey, co-creator of the Acutonics® sound healing system, of the ground-breaking advanced level treatise, From Galaxies to Cells: Planetary Science, Harmony, and Medicine, to which he contributed information on the musical components of the Acutonics® system, as well extensive information on planetary archetypes and classical music. 


“A good teacher is something rare and profound … both of you have been a huge influence on my work, and have radically shifted my practice as well as my personal life ... I’m also overjoyed to know that there are teachers, like you, who work tirelessly to preserve the sacred heart of acupuncture, which has, at times, been summarily rejected by too many of those who practice this medicine.” - H. L., L. Ac., Los Angeles, CA

“I was inspired by Mary Elizabeth Wakefield and MichelAngelo’s applied knowledge of these systems and concepts to create such a rich framework for integration. It was truly a pleasure to have had the opportunity to learn from them in a small group setting.” - P. C., M. D., DABMA, Corvallis, OR, USA

“Mary Elizabeth Wakefield and MichelAngelo are motivational and inspirational, and their unique approach has changed the way I will practice acupuncture and TCM. Together, they have exceeded my expectations … their dynamic partnership created an interesting educational program so far beyond the definition of facial acupuncture. I look forward to using these methods with all my patients, and would highly recommend this program to any interested practitioners.” - T. J., R. Ac. Kelowna, BC, CANADA