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Ireland’s Leading Centre Of Excellence in Classical Five Element Acupuncture.

We will help you become a professional acupuncturist with all the skills necessary to diagnose and treat each patient. These skills will empower you to build a busy successful practice.  Watch the video above and see what the existing students are saying about the Course.

Come and experience it for yourself at our free open event

Our next free open event is on

Saturday 5th November 2016 10am - 1pm at the Marine Hotel, Sutton, Dublin 13


Not sure about studying acupuncture? Come to our no obligation FREE OPEN EVENT and experience for yourself  what is involved. This will give you direct experience of this ancient system of medicine and how you can become proficient, learning from our internationally recognized Teachers. You will gain a real insight into energy (or what the ancient Chinese called, Qi) – and this will enable you to experience the benefits of learning with us at first hand.

The free open event includes:

  • A comprehensive talk on the origins of this Medicine
  • Experience the energy being generated by acupuncture through Qi Gong Exercises
  • We will do a Workshop focusing on one skillset needed to be a Classical Five Element Acupuncturist

Book your place

Call us on +353 1 833 0865 or send us an email using the form on the right

Read what others say about our free open events

It was a wonderful morning, I enjoyed the event. I felt it was not only informative and educational, but also very enjoyable. The location was perfect and the atmosphere was very relaxed. I felt very welcome. I thought the layout of the morning was excellent and I loved how the Qi Gong, was also part of the event and the course. I came out of the hotel feeling very happy with all I had learned.


Congratulations on a very enlightening presentation it was so engaging. It was a great mix of theory and practice.


I found the day very informative - Frequently when I finish Day Courses, I come away weary and often tired - the opposite was the case, I felt energised and now believe I would like to know more.


I have found studying at COFEA to be really thrilling. The Teachers are of great quality and very supportive.

Vanessa, Class of 2016

Studying Acupuncture for me is the best thing that is happening in my life! It's so different to doing other courses; it's been able to grow as a person and helping other people help themselves.

Anouk, Class of 2016

Five element acupuncture is a joy to learn. In the three year course you’ll challenge yourself and the way you see others. You’ll understand and feel more connected to the seasons and your relationships have the potential to really blossom.

The faculty are skilled and very encouraging; the things you learn at COFEA over the three years can transform your own life as well as that of those around you. Who’d have realised we are so connected to nature; and how important it is to do a poo first thing in the morning!?

If you have a real desire to improve the health of others and to unravel some of nature’s mysteries, you’re on the right track here.

Lee, Class of 2016

About the course

The programme runs part-time over three years and is designed for convenience to both national and international participants. We have also structured the course to allow you continue working and/or meeting family commitments, by having classes once a month for the first two years. On graduation, you will be awarded a Licentiate in Acupuncture (Lic. Ac.)

Why Study With Us?


We are the only College in Ireland offering training in Classical Five Element Acupuncture leading to the internationally recognized Licentiate in Acupuncture Qualification.


COFEA has put together a comprehensive curriculum and assembled an expert Teaching Faculty to ensure you will get a complete education in Classical Five Element Acupuncture. This will enable you to practice this amazing system of medicine at the highest level.


We have structured the 3 year part time Course to allow you continue working and/or meeting family commitments while studying at COFEA. Classes are held on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays each month for 10 months of Years 1 and 2 to minimize the effect on your working week and/or family commitments.


The Cost of the Course is highly competitive when compared with other acupuncture courses in Ireland and abroad.


On graduation, you will be eligible to apply for Membership of the Acupuncture Council of Ireland. This will give you membership of the largest acupuncture organization in Ireland with lots of benefits. You will also be eligible to join the internationally acclaimed Worsley Institute, the body that promotes Classical Five Element Acupuncture world wide.


Our Teaching Location is a beautiful setting by the sea and conveniently located in Dublin – 20 minutes by car or train or bus from Dublin City Centre.


For our international students, our Teaching Location is only 20 minutes away from Dublin International Airport and we can source competitively priced accommodation for you.


Classical Five Element Acupuncture is one of the safest, most comprehensive and far reaching systems of healing in the world.

Our Team

Meet your faculty and staff team. All of our team are teachers and practitioners of Classical Five Element Acupuncture and have a wealth of experience to pass onto you!
Declan Rothwell (B.Sc., Lic.Ac., OMBAcC)
Declan Rothwell (B.Sc., Lic.Ac., OMBAcC)

Principal and Teacher

Declan is a Classical Five-Element Acupuncturist practicing in Dublin, Ireland and Principal of COFEA. Declan graduated in 1984 from Trinity College with a B.Sc (Hons). He qualified from the College of Traditional Acupuncture in 1997 with his Lic. Ac. and continued to study with J.R. and J.B. Worsley after graduation. Declan joined the Master Apprentice Programme (MAPtm) run by the Worsleys in 2001; he is a certified Advanced Teacher of Classical Five Element Acupuncture. Declan was on the teaching faculty of the London Institute of Five Element Acupuncture (LIFEA) 2007 to 2010. Declan is also running a busy T'ai Chi School with other teachers in Dublin.

Sharon Griffin (Lic. Ac. OMBAcC)
Sharon Griffin (Lic. Ac. OMBAcC)


Sharon trained at the College of Traditional Chinese Acupuncture and graduated in 1990. She worked in the UK for one year practicing five element acupuncture and returned to Ireland where she has been working as an acupuncturist in her own clinic now situated in Co. Kildare for the past 22 years. She obtained a Diploma in a practitioner's course in developmental mediation at the National College of Developmental Mediation in 1996.

Joop Brouwer (BA Lic.Ac. MBAcC)
Joop Brouwer (BA Lic.Ac. MBAcC)

Guest Teacher

Joop graduated from The College of Traditional Acupuncture (UK) in 1997 and practices Five Element acupuncture in St Albans (UK). Joop has been on the faculty of The School of Five Element Acupuncture in London and has taught at The British Acupuncture Council conference. He is a Continuing Professional Development facilitator with the British Acupuncture Council. Joop has been practicing the ancient art of T'ai Chi Chuan since 1982 and is a senior teacher with The School of T'ai Chi Chuan for which he teaches internationally. Before his acupuncture study, Joop graduated from the University of Amsterdam in Social Sciences and worked as a group councillor in mental health.

Seán O'Neill (B.Sc., B.A.(Hons), Lic.Ac. OMBAcC)
Seán O'Neill (B.Sc., B.A.(Hons), Lic.Ac. OMBAcC)

Course Administrator and Teacher

Seán O'Neill is a Classical Five Element Acupuncturist practicing in Dublin, Ireland. Seán graduated in 1986 from Dublin City University with a B.Sc. He qualified from the College of Traditional Acupuncture in 2008 with his Lic. Ac. and B.A.(Hons). Seán also helps run a busy T'ai Chi School with other teachers in Dublin.

Annette Bagnall (S.R.N. M.Ac OMBAcC)
Annette Bagnall (S.R.N. M.Ac OMBAcC)


Annette is a Worsley Five Element Acpuncturist practising in Dublin, Ireland. She studied and graduated with Lic. Ac., Advanced Lic. Ac. & Ac. Master from the College of Traditional Acupuncture. She has been a member of the Master Apprentice Programme (MAPtm) run by J. R. and J. B. Worsley since 1997. She is a Certified Advanced Teacher of Worsley Five-Element Acupuncture and is a member of faculty at ITEA (Institute of Taoist Education & Acupuncture) in Louisville, Colorado (USA). Previously Annette was a guest faculty member at the Institute of Classical Acupuncture in Gainesville in Florida and at the School of Five Element Acupuncture (SOFEA) in London.

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Graduation Ceremony – Class of 2016