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Eight Branches Summer Newsletter



Planting Seeds!

As our Toronto Acupuncture school has been steadily growing, we have been continually imagining and reimagining our vision for the future of Eight Branches. In the last year we have been working on some exciting new programs and initiatives that we think will offer our students and graduates even more opportunities for growth and success.

We are excited to share some of our new initiatives with you in this newsletter and welcome your feedback and questions.

 Peer Tutoring

Starting this fall we will run a volunteer Peer-to-Peer Tutoring program. This will be an opportunity for students to volunteer their time to assist students needing extra help with their studies. If you are interested in volunteering to tutor; or if you are interested in receiving some extra help Email with your subject of preference.

 Instructor Training program

This initiative is meant to give students who are interested in teaching the opportunity to gain experience and confidence in a teaching role gradually, from the role of peer-tutor, and teacher’s assistant, with opportunities to apply to teach an introductory level class at Eight Branches. Teaching is a great way to continue to learn and study after you become a practitioner and can also be an incredibly rewarding experience. If you are interested contact

 Student Body Representatives

 We are pleased to now have a student body representative for students in each year of their studies. Thank you to everyone who voted, and to Thalia, Ingrid, Cydney, and Desiree for taking on the responsibility. We look forward to better understanding the needs and concerns of the student body, and to having meaningful discussions with the SBRs. As per the first SBR request, we have purchased a printer/ photocopier specifically for student-use which can be found in the herb room on the main floor. We have also installed a bike rack at the back of the school for students and staff who ride to school.

 Continuing Education in Nanjing

 If you are interested in continuing your education after graduating from Eight Branches, Toronto Acupuncture School, doing an internship Through Nanjing University in China is an excellent option. These internships, which can last from a few weeks to a few months, allow grads to follow TCM doctors through the different departments of the Nanjing university hospital, and allow them to see the many different ways that TCM is applied in a Chinese hospital, as well as reinforce the foundations of what your have learned throughout your education.

Many of our graduates have completed this internship with great results, including one grad who decided to stay and complete her masters in TCM through Nanjing university.

This is an excellent opportunity for anyone interested in expanding their horizons in Chinese Medicine. Please contact for more details.


The class of 2017 is our largest graduating class so far and we are so proud of all of you. We wish everyone a restful summer break, best of luck on your board exams, and all the future success in the world!

Teaching Clinic

Thanks to all our students for your contributions to the success of our Toronto Acupuncture School Teaching Clinic. We consistently get great feedback and fantastic reviews from the many people you treat every week and you should all feel very proud of the difference you make to the health and wellbeing of our clients.

Seasonal Attunement

 Watermelon Salad

Ingredients to serve 8

  • 1 7-8 lb. seedless watermelon, chilled
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 limes, juiced
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 cup fresh chopped mint leaves
  • 1 1/2 cups crumbled feta cheese (goat or sheep milk feta is best)

Peel and cube watermelon. Mix in chopped mint and crumbled feta. Whisk together olive oil, lime juice, salt and pepper and pour over watermelon, tossing to coat evenly.