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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.

Gerad Kite (AcM)
Gerad Kite (AcM)

Guest Teacher

Gerad Kite is an Acupuncture Master (AcM) and psychotherapist with more than 25 years of clinical experience , and a recognised leader in the field of infertility. In 1993, he started the first NHS acupuncture service at Kings College , London and in 2005 opened the Kite Clinic, in London where he heads a team of practitioners performing over 10,000 treatments a year. He is a senior teacher of Classical Five-Element Acupuncture and trains apprentices at his residential training centre in the South of France.

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)

Teacher

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.


Our faculty are practitioners and teachers of Classical Five Element Acupuncture and we love practicing this amazing yet simple system of medicine. We believe you will experience this through the teaching we will offer you. We are happy for you to ask as many questions as you need to!

The curriculum at COFEA follows the oral tradition of Classical Five Element Acupuncture. The format is based on a spiral (non-linear) system of learning utilised in Eastern approaches to teaching.

Many modules are cumulative in nature and material that is presented in the first term may be revisited in greater depth later on. Over time, the students are expected to internalise the material, at their current level of competency. In other words if you don’t immediately grasp something the first time around you will have ample repeated opportunities to re-visit the material and ask questions until you become more comfortable with the subject matter and more importantly become more proficient at using your senses to diagnose and treat.

Our training guides students in using and respecting the laws of nature to treat or prevent illness. Emphasis is placed on reawakening and developing natural diagnostic skills: the ability to see, to hear, to ask, and to feel.

Therefore, the College strongly encourages students to grow, not only in academic knowledge and understanding of acupuncture, but also in terms of their own personal development and learning. The aim of the College is to develop skilled diagnosticians and practitioners, not merely agile test-takers.


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