“ITEA is a wonderful school with an extraordinary learning environment. I am amazed by how much I have learned in my first year. I feel completely supported in my learning and feel certain I am on my way to developing mastery. … it’s clear that ITEA’s unique learning process produces well-rounded, competent, excellent practitioners, fully prepared to be successful professionals.” – L.K.

Sandra Lillie, President, ITEA
Sandra Lillie, President, ITEA


Dear Prospective Student,

Thank you for visiting our website. The Institute of Taoist Education and Acupuncture (ITEA) is a world leader in teaching pure Classical Five-Element Acupuncture (CF-EA). Our mission starts with promoting the health of individuals, and grows to encompass the health of the world we live in, and all of nature that makes it up. Our college program produces transformational and passionate leaders in the healthcare field.

The program returns us to Eastern observance and reverence of the place of nature in maintaining health. It gives us renewed respect for a learning method that is not only academic and intellectual, but also based on energy, receptivity, and the senses. Classical Five-Element Acupuncture (CF-EA) is more in demand by students and clients each day, although the number of colleges teaching it in the world remains quite small.

CF-EA not only treats physical symptoms, it also brings clarity of mind, inner strength and a twinkle back into a person’s eye. It can transform the whole person — body, mind, and spirit!

Are you searching for something meaningful? Are you dissatisfied with the life you are leading? Do you feel there is more you could be doing? Do you want to work at something that makes you happy and is never boring — where there is opportunity for learning, sharing and growing every single day? Do something different…change your outlook, change your environment, change your life and the lives of others! Enroll at ITEA and transform!

Do Something Different!

Enroll in the Institute of Taoist Education and Acupuncture’s (ITEA’s) program.

  • Learn to observe yourself and others without judgment and without being judged.
  • Learn that there is no real failure — only opportunities for increased learning.
  • Learn that the journey is more important than the destination.
  • Learn to act rather than react. Learn how to listen deeply.
  • Learn how to meaningfully touch the lives of others.
The ITEA program helps you Do Something Different!
  • As a student you will find acceptance of yourself — of the things you can do well, and the things that require a little more effort — acceptance of your uniqueness and individual personal worth. The ITEA program allows all students to work at their own pace and depth as individuals.
  • As a graduate you will give the highest quality treatment while also bringing your own special set of well-developed skills to clients. You will continue to learn and transform, for the art of Classical Five-Element Acupuncture is forever deepened and honed through experience in practice. You will always be doing something different — you will never be bored. This is the work of a lifetime!
  • You will lead your clients to “Do Something Different”! Whether they have physical complaints, psychological distress, chronic illness or lack of core strength — if they are not able to fully experience life, you will support their healing as they transform and become healthier.
  • You will become a teacher of others. You will develop the ability to see where people struggle against nature and lose personal energy, and will give insight when asked. And your teaching will lead, in a powerful way, in bringing our awareness back to nature, in respecting nature, and healing the environment.

If the idea of working with nature, rather than against it, is exciting to you — if you have a desire to work hard, transform your life and have fun in the process, ITEA is the college for you! I am confident that you will find our program unparalleled. The dedication, inspiration and passion shown by our board, faculty, administration, students and alumni make me proud to be the President of this college, and excited for the years to come.

Sandra Lillie
President, ITEA


Mission & Objectives


The study of Classical Five-Element Acupuncture can be challenging, and one can never know it all. There is always more to learn—a greater depth of understanding to be explored. Learning basic theory and technical facts is only a small part of becoming a Classical Five-Element acupuncturist. The sensory understanding of nature as a teacher is the real essence of the work. This learning cannot be explained through words, but must be experienced. Being a Classical Five-Element acupuncturist may be the most compelling thing you’ve ever done.


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For more information on a Masters in Acupuncture in Classical Five-Element Acupuncture please download the ITEA Catalog.