About The Teacher

Licensed Acupuncturist, Herbalist, Tea Practitioner, Chinese Polestar Astrologer, Founder of Red Gate Path and Assistant Professor at the Golden Gate School of Feng Shui
Courses offered in the fields of: Chinese Astrology, Chinese Medicine, Qigong, Divination

Rachael has been formally studying traditional medicine and internal cultivation since 2000. Her interest in and dedication to preserving ancient wisdom has led her to find authentic and wise teachers.

After living abroad in Asia, she began her training in Qigong/Neigong, Taiji, Internal Martial Arts, and I Ching with Master Zhongxian Wu in 2005.  In 2006 she began a Bön Dream Yoga Study with Chongtul Rinpoche, abbot of Chong Tsang Monastery in Amdo Sherpa in Tibet.

In 2007, she began studying the way of tea (Chado) at the Urasenke Foundation, San Francisco.  This Japanese tea tradition is integrated with Zen Buddhism, and has descended from Sen Rikyu (1522-91). She currently holds licenses from Urasenke in  Kyoto to practice the Konarai tea procedures.  

In 2008, she began studying the Chinese Mantic Arts and Almanac Astrology with the late Liu Ming, the founder or Da Yuan Circle.  Rachael still marvels at the good fortune that led her to be a part of Ming’s first and last 2-year apprenticeship in Polestar Astrology (also known as Zi Wei Dou Shu or Purple Star Astrology), where she learned to create and read a Chinese Polestar Natal Chart according to the Song Dynasty system of Astrology. 

Rachael began her study of Five Element Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine at Five Branches University in 2009, and holds a Master’s Degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine.  Since 2016, she has been honored to study with and work alongside Dr. Joseph Ng, one of the first Chinese Medical Doctors to practice in the West and author of Sword and Lute.

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