The Pulse of Balance – December 2022 Newsflash

Written by: Sonia Tan

December 14, 2022

This is your monthly pipeline news!
Hot events coming your way.


There are some exciting opportunities coming down the Tan Academy of Balance Pipeline this month and next!

  • Extra Channels and Vessels Mentorship with Dr. Farrell – Registration open!
  • BSA Refresher & Practical Course – Jan 15/23
  • BSA Certification Equivalency Exams – Jan 22 & 29/23
  • 1 Hour Online January Learning Lab – January 18/23



Big News! Next year, the Balance System Acupuncture Certificate program will be moving to a more cost effective and efficient delivery and will be offered privately with hybrid learning remaining as our mode of learning. There will be payment plan options or full tuition early bird discounts. Practical Review course for entry will be offered online, leaving the end of program practical the 1 required weekend to attend in-person. Websites are being updated as we speak and should be all up to date by January 2/23! Email us for more info! You’re seeing this first!


We hope to see you soon & wish you a Winter full of connection. Zai Jian 再见 (再見)!

JiāYóu (加油)!
See you online, in-person, or in The ,

The Tan Academy of Balance 


JiāYóu (加油)
  1. to add oil
  2. to accelerate or to step on the gas
  3. (figure of speech) to make an extra effort
  4. to cheer somebody on

Extra Channels and Vessels Mentorship with Dr. Yvonne Farrell, DAOM

Dive deep into the pathophysiology, mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects of the extra channels and vessels in this in-person only, unique learning experience.
Things to know:
  • Pricing has been based on how much Dr. Farrell charged her most recent USA Cohort converted to CAD and accounting for classroom, flight and hotel costs.
  • Each module is 3 days: 2 days didactic (held in a classroom in Vancouver), 1 day clinical/practical (held at Red Tree Wellness Inc in Vancouver).
  • Communicable disease protocols will be practiced (cleaning and masks).
  • Min 6 people, Max 8 people – 3 spots remaining!
  • Total program hours: 120, 1.5 years total, CEU eligible.
  • Total program cost: $4,900 CAD.
  • Payment plan options are available (see below)


Tuition due dates are as follows:
  • Early Bird full tuition 10% off December 31/22.
  • Hitch a Ride half/half tuition 5% off January 30/23.
  • Pay as you go February 28/23.
  • Deposit of $250 (non-refundable) is due at the time of registration to reserve your spot. Note: Cohort maximum of 8 students only due to size limitations.


The curriculum:
  • Module 1: SINEWS –> Apr 21-23/23
  • Module 2: LUOS–> July 21-23/23
  • Module 3: EARTH SCHOOL+PRIMARY CHANNELS –> Oct 6-8/23
  • Module 4: DIVERGENTS –> Jan 26-28/24
  • Module 5: 8EV: 4 SEAS –> Apr 26-28/24
  • Module 6: 8EV: 4 TRANSPORTERS: July 26-28/24


1.5 years, 4 meetings per year, in-person only, Vancouver, Canada.
Inquire with for more information.

BSA Foundations Refresher & Practical Course

It’s been a while since you first studied BSA, you need some CEU’s, or you did it online as a webinar?

This course will help you:

  • Refresh & Review your Foundational Balance Acupuncture theory
  • Level 1 – Single Balance
  • Level 2 – Multiple & Global Balance Systems
  • Earn CEU’s
  • Great hands-on practical skills refresher, especially new and alternate location acupoints
  • Prepare & Review to challenge the Level 1 & 2 exams if you are interested in earning your Certification.
  • AVAILABLE ONLINE by Livestream! You will need a partner/patient to take this course by livestream



It’s a great way to get personal hands on learning while meeting Tan Shifu and meeting the teachers & teaching assistants. Ask your custom questions and have a better understanding on how the Certification and the Certificate program works.
Sunday January 15, 2023
Where: Online!
Format: Livestream – you need a patient.
Level 1 – Single Balance *
Level 2 – Multiple & Global Balance Systems *
Prior approval required, email:
* via approved Langara College course, webinar or other Balance System class/instructor

Become Certified – Challenge the BSA Foundations Level 1 & 2 Exams

You have taken the Foundations levels and are ready for more Advanced skills.
Taking these two tess for the next great step!
Some of the reasons people have taken the tests in the past have included:
  • Getting Certified as a Level 1 and 2 (Foundations) BSA Practitioner
  • Improving your understanding & application of BSA & get feedback & improving proficency
  • Improved visibility of your practicing listing on the Tan Academy of Balance’s Find A Practitioner List (pre-requisite: Foundations levels and HUB membership)
  • It’s one of the prerequisites for the full Balance System Acupuncture (BSA) Certificate Program (all Advanced levels)
  • Receive feedback of your understanding and anchor your confidence!



If you are wondering about taking the Certificate program, this is a great example of how the program tests are handled & what you can expect them to look like. Just like the tests within the program, you will receive feedback on your test results & answers from the Teaching Team.
Future Dates: January 22 or 29, 2023
Host: Langara College – Vancouver, BC (final year)
Format: Live On-Line (adjudicated)
Or drtan(at)
or call registrar office at604.323.5322
BSA Level 1 Equivalency Exam:
  • 9:00am, Sunday January 22 or 29, 2023
Level 2: Multiple Systems
  • 11:00am, Sunday January 22 or 29, 2023
* 15% discount to exam fees when writing at both levels at the same time

January Learning Lab

It’s Winter Season!


Seasonal blues got your patients down? Join Adam and Suzanne as they review one of the most common patterns affecting patients with dips in mood through the watery winter months. They will discuss how to treat the affected channels using a Seasonal Balance approach that will give your patients support through the winter blues.

This month we are going to talk about all things Winter season, with a Balance Acupuncture approach. That’s seasonal ailments and issues that we are seeing in our clinics through the lens of Balance Acupuncture with a little bit of humour tossed in.

Join online for 1 hour from wherever you are! Times listed are in the Pacific time zone.

We’ll begin at 12:00pm PST.

— About the Earth Season Learning Lab Series —
Every quarter (during the Earth months), let’s take a moment to ground ourselves and come together as a community.
The Learning Labs are designed for anyone that has completed the Balance System Foundations courses (in person or by webinar). We talk about various ailments and issues that are common in clinics from a Single Balance and/or Multiple Balance perspective. This is a time to learn from each other and to develop connections and friendships.

These Learning Labs will be an opportunity to ask questions, go over tricky cases, review a concept or share a success story you are proud of. Mainly it is a fluid setup that will be adjusted to the needs of the attendees.


No two Learning Labs are ever the same!


$5 for the hour, free for members of The Hub (private Tan Academy community), coupon code can be found in The Hub on the Wall.


Want to join Adam & Suzanne? Register Today!



Dr. Sonia Tan continues to write!
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