Unique, new educational opportunity!!

Updated 2/1/17

The increased interest in Ms. Wakefield’s treatment protocols from an international audience has translated into a lower number of North American seminars being scheduled in the past couple of years.

In order to address this lack, and to continue to be able to offer her unique certification series seminars to interested parties in the US and Canada, especially on the East Coast, Mary Elizabeth is pleased to announce that she will be offering individual or small group mentorship programs at Chi-Akra Center in New York during those times of the year when she is not otherwise engaged in these international teaching events.

Participants will have the unique opportunity of close collaboration with Ms. Wakefield and her teaching partner, MichelAngelo, in an intimate, personal setting, which will afford them a great deal of individual attention and supervision.

Ample time is provided for practical, hands-on experience with the various treatment protocols, and participants benefit from being able to practice the needling and other techniques under the personal supervision of Ms. Wakefield.

Alternative: Small-group Mentorships in Your Area!!

If you cannot travel to New York for a mentorship course or certification series with us, we are also interested in exploring the possibility of scheduling smaller classes in your immediate area.

Ideal attendance would be from 10-15 participants; this requires only the availability of a largish room, with 1 massage table for every 2 students. Everything else will be provided, teaching books, needles, herbal supplies, etc., for use in the seminars.


Please click here for an unsolicited testimonial received from a former student.

“I feel grateful I had the opportunity to participate in this mentorship experience with Mary Elizabeth Wakefield and MichelAngelo. They definitely are both welcoming people and generous teachers. They have been caring for the needs and expectations of everyone and they’ve gone far beyond what’s in her book.

Since it was such an intimate small group, we received precious practical insights and advice on the techniques. I’ve found my time with them very inspirational in the path of becoming a better constitutional and facial acupuncturist. Merci encore et à la prochaine!

M. H. de G., Ac.
Montreal, QC, CANADA

“I have just returned from New York after an amazing four days of training with Mary Elizabeth & MichelAngelo at Chi-Akra Center. Once again, Mary Elizabeth & MichelAngelo have surpassed all my expectations.

To receive mentorship from two such talented teachers is truly inspiring. Their clearly defined objectives, course material and energetic presentation techniques are excellent. Any questions are answered both thoughtfully and concisely. Their enthusiasm and knowledge are breathtaking, and leavened with both patience and a lively sense of humour. The opportunity to work one-on-one with Mary Elizabeth is something that you will not get anywhere else.

All I can say to anyone thinking about undertaking one of their courses and especially their smaller classes at Chi-Akra Center is, ‘Grab it with both hands’, because you will have a truly amazing experience.”

D. R., Lic. Ac.
Melton Mowbray, Leicester, UNITED KINGDOM

“The mentorship program in Constitutional Facial Acupuncture Archetypes consisted of 4 comprehensive and rewarding days of inspiration and insight. Mary Elizabeth Wakefield and MichelAngelo are a complementary pair of teachers, providing a level of instruction that cannot be found anywhere else. The combination of theory and technique is both unusual and well-designed. There is a great deal of heart energy involved in the teaching, which touches, moves and inspires.”

N. G., Acupuncturist
Copenhagen, DENMARK

“The mentorship experience presents the participants with a high level of professional instruction, both physical and spiritual, with great personal insight offered in the practicum sessions. The teaching and the teachers are purely heart-centered, and there is an amazing beauty in every treatment. Mary Elizabeth and MichelAngelo have a joyful easy way of teaching that is exceptional.”

L. W., Acupuncturist
Copenhagen, DENMARK

“Thank you, Mary Elizabeth and MichelAngelo, for a fabulous learning experience, your dedication, the breadth and depth of information, and the caring relationship. Your love and passion for your work springs forth in inspirational guidance, as we apply the knowledge in treatments and experience the results of the same. Your teachings integrate the wisdom of the ancients with contemporary practical application.

Both of you are extremely generous in sharing your insights, as you support each practitioner in advancing deeper into their work. Our patients will be the recipients of this knowledge and enjoy the benefits.

I thoroughly recommend this intimate and personal educational experience with Mary Elizabeth and MichelAngelo.”

S. R., L. Ac., L. M. S. W., Ph. D., Th. D.
Marietta, GA, USA

Tuition (New York):

Given the high level of personal contact and oversight involved in a mentorship program of this nature, participants will be charged accordingly for tuition, which will be reduced incrementally depending upon enrollment (6 students maximum for any given event).

Tuition (elsewhere):

As an on-site small-group mentorship program will necessitate expenditures for travel and accommodations and living expenses for the two Instructors, and, in a worst-case scenario, rental of a venue plus massage tables, tuition will be adjusted accordingly to reflect these additional costs. If your group can arrange to provide a local teaching venue plus massage tables, tuition will be correspondingly lower. Maximum enrollment: 10-15 students.

Please contact Chi-Akra Center with specific inquiries regarding either of these small-group mentorship options.

Course offerings:

Advanced Constitutional Facial Acupuncture (2 2-day weekend modules):

This certification series presents the core facial acupuncture treatment protocols of Ms. Wakefield’s multi-tiered program, and is the first of the Somatic level certification offerings.

Learn to address the body and its physical manifestations of imbalance; also reflect on the grounding and comfort with our own bodies on the Earth. A grounded presence within the body promotes the capacity for learning, awareness, a sense of being present, and the ability to manifest what is required for survival and prosperity in the physical world. Without this feeling of well-being and groundedness, health, happiness and a balanced nature are difficult to maintain. Addressing the issues of soma first facilitates a smoother transition into the other levels.

Module 1:

Constitutional Facial Acupuncture Renewal™ (2-3 days)
Open to: acupuncturists, advanced students and M. D. acupuncturists

  • An overview and introduction to The Wakefield Technique™
  • History of facial acupuncture, benefits and contraindications
  • Chinese physiognomy
  • Facial needling techniques according to acupuncture energetics and muscle function
  • Gold and silver needles for tonification and sedation techniques
  • The Eight Extraordinary meridians; physical, emotional and psychospiritual treatment principles
  • Identification of meridian involvement in the aging process
  • Introduction to the Kidney spirit points
  • Topical Chinese herbal protocols for facial acupuncture treatments
  • Lifestyle recommendations and changes for patients
  • A full Facial Renewal™ protocol, integrating all the techniques

Note: module 1 is a pre-requisite for module 2

Module 2: You will learn the basics and become grounded in the constitutional aspects of facial acupuncture. Facial acupuncture protocols, targeting acu-muscle points, recommended constitutional treatment approaches, facial syndromes, herbal therapies and lifestyle counseling.

Advanced Constitutional Facial Acupuncture Renewal™ (2-3 days)
Open to: acupuncturists, advanced students and M. D. acupuncturists who have previously completed module 1

  • Energetics of the face
  • The Three Treasures
  • Skin aging; the Chinese and Western medical models
  • The function of facial motor points: an Oriental medical perspective
  • 24 facial motor points and usage
  • Advanced needling techniques; intradermals, scar therapy, “wrapping around the bone”, needle depth and insertion techniques and more
  • Contraindications and benefits
  • Five Element pathology and constitutional points
  • Physiognomy: “Balancing the corpus callosum”

Constitutional Facial Acupuncture Archetypes (2 2-day weekend modules):

Please note: This is a 4-day certification program; both modules, The 3 Yangs, and The 3 Yins, are required to complete the certification series. No partial registrations will be permitted.

Module 1, Constitutional Facial Acupuncture Archetypes™: The 3 Yangs

Learn how to treat both face and body with advanced needling techniques based upon the use of motor, trigger and “ashi” points. Because these protocols use acupuncture points combined with muscle structure, they are more effective for lifting and toning the face, and are similarly useful for treating more serious conditions such as: Bell’s palsy, windstroke, TMJ and neuropathies.

A topical Chinese herbal facial protocol, with herbal masks, facial creams, Five Element essential oils, and jade discs or rollers, will be used to enhance the results of the treatments.

Also included:

  • Charts and treatment protocols for the 3 Yang stages of the 6 Stages: Taiyang, Shaoyang, Yangming;
  • Recommendations for lifestyle changes for each Yang stage, based upon their “archetype” or specific pattern;
  • Treatments to anchor the yin and to address psychospiritual issues;
    The Eight Extraordinary meridians, hormones and longevity

Module 2, Constitutional Facial Acupuncture Archetypes™: The 3 Yins; please note, participants in this course must have completed the first seminar, The 3 Yangs, prior to registration

The 3 Yin archetypes — Taiyin, Shaoyin and Jueyin — represent the more sensitive patients that you will encounter in your facial acupuncture practice. They are treated with more care and an awareness of their unique sensibilities.

While motor, trigger and “ashi” point needling techniques are still used to treat both face and body, other less invasive treatment strategies are employed, such as the use of magnets, tack needles, and small intradermals, among others.

A full topical Chinese herbal protocols will accompany and enhance the results of the treatments.

Also included:

  • Charts and treatment protocols for the 3 Yin stages of the 6 Stages: Taiyin, Shaoyin and Jueyin;
  • Recommendations for lifestyle changes for each Yin stage, based upon their archetypal patterns:
  • Treatments to support the Yin, ground the Yang, and calm the Shen;
    Eight Extraordinary meridians charts, with points recommended to balance the hormones and foster longevity

Please note: other seminar trainings may be available upon request. Ms. Wakefield will give preferential scheduling opportunities to those individuals and groups who are interested in completing an entire certification series.

Please direct all inquiries regarding the scheduling of your individual mentorship trainings to MichelAngelo at Chi-Akra Center; chi.akra@gmail.com.

Openings are currently available for events in February and March 2017.