Based on a long lineage of ancient, authentic teachings, the Tan Academy of Balance is passionate about education in the Three Essences of Balance: Astrology, Feng Shui and Chinese medicine. The Acupuncture focus is Balance Method, a highly specialized area of Acupuncture know for its instant and efficient results.

Dr Sonia F. Tan BA, BA(H), DTCM Dip, DAOM, R.Ac., R.TCM.P. is one of the few Certified Gold Level practitioners of the Balance System of Acupuncture under the late Grandmaster Dr. Richard Teh-fu Tan with the blessings of fellow senior students to pass on the legacy.

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Woon-Yew Tan

Dr. Sonia F. Tan

Dr. Richard Teh-Fu Tan


Dr. Sonia F. Tan, DAOM, R.Ac., R.TCM.P. is a second generation Chinese Metaphysician, following in the footsteps of her Grandfather, the late Woon-Yew Tan.

She is a direct and first graduating class disciple, of the late Grandmaster Dr. Richard Teh-Fu Tan.

Sonia has also trained with and is a certified practitioner of Feng Shui and Chinese Astrology, under Chinese metaphysics Master Marlyna Los.


“Best teacher I've every had! Generous in her teaching and friendly. Very enthusiastic, clear and articulate. Splendid, interesting, sharing knowledge in a fluid way. Very passionate. Animated. Sonia is very alive.”

Quebec, Canada 2019

One of the best acupuncture courses I've ever taken. Sonia is the best. Very important foundation for any acupuncture.

Langara College student, Vancouver, Canada 2018

As usual, great job Sonia. I always learn so much from you. You are a true gift to the profession and the world. Thank you so very much for going above and beyond.

Private student, Vancouver, Canada 2018.




Improve your clinical outcomes with higher efficiency and more consistent, quicker results

Discover an effective, logical system for the application of acupuncture and a community of like-minded colleagues to grow your knowledge in this revolutionary practice

Learn from, and be inspired by a dynamic, engaging, credible teacher and be a part of an authentic lineage


Certificate program – Level 6: Balance in the Seasons and Grand Rounds

June 3, 2023 - June 4, 2023
Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Certificate Program

Certificate program – Balance System Acupuncture Level 6: Balance in the Seasons and Grand Rounds. *Online option available.

Certified Chinese Astrology Practitioner – Level 1: Construction

June 10, 2023 - June 11, 2023
Time: 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Location: Vancouver, BC
Certificate Program | In-Person Course | Live Webinar | Mentorship

Certified Chinese Astrology Practitioner mentorship with Dr. Sonia F. Tan, DAOM, RAc, RTCMP.

Cohort 1 begins! Level 1: Construction.

Imaging making sense of the cycles of the Chinese solar, lunar calendar & constitutional energy and how to live in harmony with it. Ready to put on a life-long lens of understanding people and the life trajectories? Interested in learning how to apply this to Chinese medicine and Feng Shui? You’ve asked, you’ve waited, and now Dr. Sonia F. Tan is ready to deliver.

This is a Certificate program over 2.5 to 3 years. You will be learning how to manage the karmic energy of a person’s constitution; hence it is very important you learn how to be both competent, and mindful in how you treat this knowledge. This method of teaching is how Dr. Sonia F. Tan has chosen to ensure the highest integrity for everyone.

Hybrid learning with both in-person and online options.

Registration by application only. Email hello(at) for more information.


Eight Extra Channels and Vessels mentorship Module 2: The Luos

July 21, 2023 - July 23, 2023
Time: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Location: Vancouver, BC
In-Person Course | Mentorship

Eight Extra Channels and Vessels mentorship with Dr. Yvonne Farrell. Strategies for treating psycho-emotional pain and surviving adversity. The Eight Extraordinary Vessels (8EV) Seas Transporters with Luos, Sinews, Divergents and Earth school. Held in-person only.

Cohort 1 Module 2: The Luos.


Certificate program – Level 7: Combinations and Cases and Grand Rounds

September 16, 2023 - September 17, 2023
Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Certificate Program

Certificate program – Balance System Acupuncture Level 7: Combinations and Cases and Grand Rounds. *Online option available.

Intensive and Accelerated Balance System Acupuncture Workshop Levels 2.5RP, 3 and 4

September 22, 2023 - September 24, 2023
Time: 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Location: Sydney, Australia
In-Person Course

Hosted and provied by Chinese Medicine Education, Sydney, Australia.

This is an intensive and accelerated 3 day course course in Balance Acupuncture that will elevate your overall understanding and practice of Balance Method Acupuncture to the next level through learning Balance System Acupuncture, an evolutionary and systemic technique focused on getting further results. This course consists of 1 day of Level 2.5 Refinement and Practical (Refine, Refresh and Practice) and 2 days of deeper advanced theory of the Balance Acupuncture in Level 3 (Channel Conversion) and Level 4 (12 Magic). Participants will be able to apply the concepts immediately in practice and develop effective treatments. Balance System Acupuncture as taught by Dr. Sonia F. Tan is based on the culmination of her education, research and experience with various teachers including the late Dr. Richard Tehfu Tan, Dr. Yvonne Farrell and Dr. Jeffrey Yuen.

Students who have previously taken Level 1 and Level 2 or equivalent courses are welcome to attend this course after completing the outlined prerequisites.

See Chinese Medicine Education for registration and information details.

Education in the Balance of the Three Essences of Life


Chinese Astrology


Balance System of Acupuncture, Channel Theory and Chinese Medicine


Feng Shui

Doctors in ancient China were educated and practiced in all the Three Essences of Life in order to create whole life balance for a person. Dr. Sonia F. Tan DAOM, R.Ac., R.TCM.P. follows in these footsteps of her family and teachers, and the lineage of the original way of health care.

"You can't stop the waves but you can learn how to surf"

John Kabat-Zinn

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