• Welcome to Sonia F. Tan Inc

    Established in 2010 originally as Phoenix Spirit Consulting Inc, we are an education and consulting company on matters of energy and the Spirit, helping to guide people through the ebbs and flows of life, with a basis primarily in Chinese Metaphysics - Chinese Astrology, Feng Shui and Chinese Medicine & Acupuncture.

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    CHINESE METAPHYSICS

    Chinese Metaphysics historically involved three mains areas: Astrology, Feng Shui and Chinese Medicine. A Chinese Medicine Doctor in traditional times, would have been educated and practised in all three areas, in order to restore health and promote longevity holistically. In the last century, the field of Chinese Medicine was split, and has been practised separately to this day. We are a company that incorporates all of the roots of Chinese medicine – that is healing and guiding with the sum of all the parts – our constitutional energy and life path (Astrology), our environment (Feng Shui), and our choices (human decisions, influences and medicine).

  • Services Offered

    SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS & EDUCATION

    • Dr. Sonia F. Tan is an experienced educator and has spoken at various conferences, schools, and seminars particularly in the areas of Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture, and Chinese Metaphysics. Her particular area of focus in Acupuncture is on Balance Method / System Acupuncture. A variety of topics and customizations are available.
     
    CHINESE ASTROLOGY CONSULTATIONS
    Primarily Ba Zi (Eight Characters) style of reading, aka Four Pillars of Destiny, with some Purple Star Astrology.
    • Birth chart readings
    • Relationship compatibility
    • Annual readings
    • Special dates and ventures
    Consultation appointments are via phone or video. Email info(at)soniaftan.com for appointments, rates, and information.
     
    FENG SHUI & DESIGN
    • Personal and Business
    Consultations take approximately 2 weeks to complete and are best done in person. Occasionally a virtual assessment can be done. Email info(at)soniaftan.com for more information.
     
    ACUPUNCTURE & CHINESE MEDICINE
     

    For inquiries and consultations, email info(at)soniaftan.com.

     

    Payments accepted are by eTransfers, credit cards, PayPal and secure invoicing.

     

     

    CONFIDENTIALITY POLICY
    Your privacy is important to us. We do not discuss our client services with any third parties. All information that comes to our attention in the course of our work will be protected and dealt with confidentially.

     

    All communication is intended as private communication for the sole use of the primary addressee and those individuals listed for copies in the original message. The information contained in these communications is private and confidential.

  • About Me

    I pursue passions, and lean in.

    Dr. Sonia F. Tan, BA, BA(H), DAOM, RAc, RTCMP, is a Canadian born of Chinese descent, and a second-generation Chinese Metaphysician, following in the footsteps of her grandfather, the late Woon-Yew Tan. She is certified and practices in the fields of Traditional & Classical Chinese Medicine (TCM & CCM) and Acupuncture, Balance Acupuncture, Chinese Astrology, Chinese Face Reading, and Classical Feng Shui. A Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (Integrative Medicine-Healthy Aging & Longevity specialty), a Registered Acupuncturist and Registered TCM Practitioner, Sonia is also a direct and first graduating class disciple of the late Grandmaster Dr. Richard Teh-Fu Tan. His most advanced level courses, after all Balance Method levels, were first completed by a group of 16 senior students. Sonia was among those 16. Sonia is one of few Certified Gold Level practitioners of Balance Method Acupuncture under the late Dr. Richard Teh-fu Tan. Furthering her depth of Chinese herb knowledge, Dr. Sonia Tan studies various lineages in advanced Chinese herbal medicine strategies. Dr. Sonia F. Tan is the Founder & Clinic Director of the award-winning Red Tree Wellness Inc, and the Founder & Principal of the Tan Academy of Balance Inc.

     

    With the blessings of fellow senior students, Dr. Sonia Tan created and developed the first Balance Method / System Acupuncture Certificate program at an accredited post-secondary institution - Langara College. An accomplished teacher, Dr. Sonia Tan has taught at Langara College, the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine - Boucher Campus, and has created webinars for Net of Knowledge. She has been teaching and keynote speaking at various conferences, institutions, and seminars since 2013.

     

    Dr. Sonia Tan has completed apprenticeships in Chinese Metaphysics in the areas of Chinese Astrology, Face Reading, and Classical Feng Shui. These certifications were under various teachers and completed in 2011, including Ba Zi Chinese Astrology under Dr. Richard Tan. As well, Sonia has been a Certified Feng Shui and Astrology practitioner since 2011, under Master Marlyna Los. Sonia explored the fields of Chinese Metaphysics and Martial Arts starting from a young age to find guidance on the challenges in her life. She discovered an abundance of wisdom and enlightenment of body, mind, and spirit. In keeping with the spirit of Chinese Metaphysics, Sonia is happy to continue to help guide people in the ebbs and flows of life, with the wisdom of the Chinese, and the knowledge of nature and the Heavens.

     

    Sonia posts regularly on her Facebook and Instagram pages.

     

    Headshot by @TheTickPhotography

  • Publications and Media

    A selection of my books, publications and media

    The Foundations of Balance Acupuncture

    A Clinical Reference Manual.

    A must-have book for anyone practicing Balance Method or System Acupuncture.

     

    Available in English and International French!

     

    Available from Amazon , Barnes and Noble , and Eastern Currents Distributing.

    "On the Coast" with Gloria Macarenko

    CBC Radio Vancouver

    Radio Interview on the Year of the Water Tiger, February 1, 2022

    "KISS Radio Vancouver" with Tara Jean Stevens

    KISS Radio Vancouver

    Radio interview on the Year of the Water Tiger, February 1, 2022

    "Year of the Tiger 2022 musings article

    Eastern Currents

    Practitioner article for Eastern Currents on the Year of the Water Tiger

    January 28, 2022

    "On the Coast" with Gloria Macarenko

    CBC Radio One Vancouver

    Radio Interview on the Year of the Metal Ox, February 15, 2021

    "Early Edition" with Stephen Quinn

    CBC Radio One Vancouver

    Radio Interview on the Year of the Earth Dog, February 15 & 16, 2018

    "To Research or Not" article

    Medicinal Roots Magazine

    Article on reasons to research or not in Acupuncture and TCM, Summer 2017

    Dr. Sonia F. Tan's capstone dissertation

    Yo San University

    The capstone dissertation of Sonia F . Tan, DAOM, successfully defended April 2016

    "Back and Forth" with Margaret Gallagher

    CBC Radio One Vancouver

    Radio Interview on the Year of the Wood Goat, December 2014 - January 2015

    "Our Vancouver" with Gloria Macarenko

    CBC TV Vancouver

    TV Interview on the Year of the Wood Goat, January 2015

  • 2023 Teaching Schedule

    NEW! January 15 - BSA Foundation Refresher & Practical @ Langara College, Vancouver, BC, Canada. Langara website and registration will be UPDATED AND OPEN FOR REGISTRATION October 1, 2022.

    https://langara.ca/continuing-studies/programs-and-courses/programs/acupuncture/index.html

     

    January 5, 2023, at 23:35 Pacific time - Early Bird Applications are due for the Chinese Astrology Practitioner Cohort 1 - private class by application only, limited space, online and in-person, Vancouver, BC, Canada. Info and application link coming soon!* OR email hello(at)tanbalance.com for the info.

     

    NEW START DATE! February 10 to 12 - Certificate program begins with Cohort 4 - BSA Level 3: Channel Conversion and Grand Rounds @ Langara College, Vancouver, BC, Canada. *online attendance available Langara website and registration will be UPDATED AND OPEN FOR REGISTRATION October 1, 2022.

    https://langara.ca/continuing-studies/programs-and-courses/programs/acupuncture/index.html 

    TEST: Feb 26, 2023 @ 10AM*

     

    February 3, 2023, at 23:45pm Pacific time - Applications are due for the Chinese Astrology Practitioner Cohort 1 - private class by application only, limited space, online and in-person, Vancouver, BC, Canada. Info and application link coming soon!*  OR email hello(at)tanbalance.com for the info.

     

    March 11 + 12 - Certificate program - BSA Level 4: 12 Meridian System and Grand Rounds @ Langara College, Vancouver, BC, Canada. *online attendance available

    https://langara.ca/continuing-studies/programs-and-courses/programs/acupuncture/index.html 

    TEST: March 26, 20232 @ 10AM*

     

    April 14 - 16 - BSA Foundations Levels 1+2 - DAOM residency weekend @ Yo San University, Los Angeles, CA, USA.

    https://www.yosan.edu/

     

    May 6 + 7 - Certificate program - BSA Level 5: Five Phases Balancing and Grand Rounds @ Langara College, Vancouver, BC, Canada. *online attendance available

    https://langara.ca/continuing-studies/programs-and-courses/programs/acupuncture/index.html 

    TEST: May 28, 2023 @ 10AM*

     

    June 3 + 4 - Certificate program - BSA Level 6: Balance in the Seasons and Grand Rounds @ Langara College, Vancouver, BC, Canada. *online attendance available

    https://langara.ca/continuing-studies/programs-and-courses/programs/acupuncture/index.html 

    TEST: Jan 29, 2023 @ 10AM*

     

    June 2023 - Cohort 1 begins Module 1 - Chinese Astrology Practitioner @ online and live in-person, address TBD, Vancouver, BC, Canada.*

     

    September 16 + 17 - Certificate program - BSA Level 7: Combinations and Cases and Grand Rounds @ Langara College, Vancouver, BC, Canada. *online attendance available

    https://langara.ca/continuing-studies/programs-and-courses/programs/acupuncture/index.html 

     

    October 21 + 22 - Certificate program - Level 8: Review and Cases and Grand Rounds @ Langara College, Vancouver, BC, Canada. *

    https://langara.ca/continuing-studies/programs-and-courses/programs/acupuncture/index.html

     

    November 19, 2023 - Certificate program - Balance System Acupuncture Final Exam @ Langara College, Vancouver, BC, Canada @ 10AM*

     

    *online option available

    2022 Teaching Schedule

    January 8 + 9, 2022 - BSA Level 2: Multiple Systems - DAOM residency weekend @ Yo San University, Los Angeles, CA, USA.

    https://www.yosan.edu/

     

    January 9, 2022 - Certificate program - Balance System Acupuncture Final Exam @ Langara College, Vancouver, BC, Canada @ 10AM*

     

    May 28 + 29, 2022 - Balance System Refinement @ online and live in-person, address TBD, Vancouver, BC, Canada. Info and registration link here!*

     

    July 2022 (TBD) - Balance System Learning Lab @ online, the World. Info and registration link coming soon!*

     

    NEW! August 12 - 14 - BSA Foundations Levels 1+2 Single + Multiple Systems Balance @ Langara College, Vancouver, BC, Canada. Langara website and registration will be UPDATED AND OPEN FOR REGISTRATION MAY 2022.

    https://langara.ca/continuing-studies/programs-and-courses/programs/acupuncture/index.html TEST (optional): August 28 or September 13, 2022 @ 10AM

     

    NEW! August 19 - 21 - BSA Foundations Levels 1+2 Single + Multiple Systems Balance @ Pacific Rim College, Victoria, BC, Canada. https://www.pacificrimcollege.com/workshops/event/foundations-of-balance-acupuncture/

     

    October 14 + 15, 2022 - BSA Level 1: Single Systems - DAOM residency weekend @ Yo San University, Los Angeles, CA, USA.

    https://www.yosan.edu/

     

    November 18-20, 2022 - Balance System Acupuncture Foundations: Levels 1+2 Single+Multiple Systems @ in-person, Sydney, Australia. Info and registration link here: https://chinesemedicineeducation.com/product/balance-system-acupuncture-bsa-foundations-with-dr-sonia-f-tan/ Check out the free overview Shop Talk video with Chinese Medicine Education here 👉 https://chinesemedicineeducation.com/product/balance-system-acupuncture-bsa-foundations-with-dr-sonia-f-tan-copy/

     

    January 5, 2023, at 23:35 Pacific time - Early Bird Applications are due for the Chinese Astrology Practitioner Cohort 1 - private class by application only, limited space, online and in-person, Vancouver, BC, Canada. Info and application link coming soon!* OR email hello(at)tanbalance.com for the info.

     

    2021 Teaching Schedule

    January 17, 2021 - Introduction to Chinese Astrology @ online through Net of Knowledge.

    https://netofknowledge.com/Discover/Event/7e6f2e04-5b8a-41ae-a3f4-04fed830bf45

     

    February 6 + 7 - BSA Level 1: Single Systems @ Langara College, Vancouver, BC, Canada. https://langara.ca/continuing-studies/programs-and-courses/programs/acupuncture/index.html TEST: Feb 28, 2021 @10:00-11:30AM

     

    February 28: BSA Equivalency Exam @ Langara College, Vancouver, BC, Canada. Available for Level 1 or Level 2.* Email soniatan@langara.ca to provide supporting documentation and for more information.

     

    March 6+ 7 - BSA Level 2: Multiple / Global Systems @ Langara College, Vancouver, BC, Canada.*

    https://langara.ca/continuing-studies/programs-and-courses/programs/acupuncture/index.html TEST: Mar 21, 2021 @10:00-11:30AM

     

    March 21: BSA Equivalency Exam @ Langara College, Vancouver, BC, Canada. Available for Level 1 or Level 2.* Email soniatan@langara.ca to provide supporting documentation and for more information.

     

    April 25 - BSA Foundation Refresher & Practical @ Langara College, Vancouver, BC, Canada.

    https://langara.ca/continuing-studies/programs-and-courses/programs/acupuncture/index.html

     

    April 29, 2021 - Balance System Acupuncture - Level 1 workshop @ AMAA Symposium, USA.

     

    May 7 to 9 - Certificate program begins with Cohort 3 - BSA Level 3: Channel-Conversion and Grand Rounds @ Langara College, Vancouver, BC, Canada.* https://langara.ca/continuing-studies/programs-and-courses/programs/acupuncture/index.html TEST: May 30, 2021 @ 10AM

     

    May 14 - 16, 2021 - Balance System Refinement @ The Order of Quebec Acupuncturists, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

     

    June 5 + 6 - Certificate program - BSA Level 4: 12 Meridian System and Grand Rounds @ Langara College, Vancouver, BC, Canada.*

    https://langara.ca/continuing-studies/programs-and-courses/programs/acupuncture/index.html TEST: June 20, 2021 @ 10AM

     

    July 17 + 18 - BSA Level 1: Single Systems - DAOM weekend @ Yo San University, Los Angeles, CA, USA.

    https://www.yosan.edu/

     

    September 18 + 19 - Certificate program - BSA Level 5: Five Phases Balancing and Grand Rounds @ Langara College, Vancouver, BC, Canada.*

    https://langara.ca/continuing-studies/programs-and-courses/programs/acupuncture/index.html TEST: Oct 3, 2021 @ 10AM

     

    October 3, 2021: Inaugural Longevity Medicine Symposium (online) @ Yo San University, Los Angeles, CA, USA.

    https://www.yosan.edu/

    https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/ysu-integrative-symposium-on-healthy-aging-and-longevity-medicine-tickets-160635463997?aff=ebdssbonlinesearch&keep_tld=1

     

    October 16 + 17 - Certificate program - BSA Level 6: Balance in the Seasons and Grand Rounds @ Langara College, Vancouver, BC, Canada.*

    https://langara.ca/continuing-studies/programs-and-courses/programs/acupuncture/index.html TEST: Oct 31, 2021 @ 10AM

     

    Five Phases of Astrology @ Live (& recorded) Webinar, World. https://netofknowledge.com/Discover/Event/0cff264c-f6b6-4f11-a9c9-629b3e13916d?n=20bb9e4f-27aa-40e4-8dda-fe67c35300d5&p=b6708a9e-3295-4a15-83dc-0b6cb5dbee74 Oct 30, 2021 @ 8AM PACIFIC TIME

     

    November 6 + 7 - Certificate program - BSA Level 7: Combinations and Cases and Grand Rounds @ Langara College, Vancouver, BC, Canada.*

    https://langara.ca/continuing-studies/programs-and-courses/programs/acupuncture/index.html

     

    November 13 to 15, 2021 - BSA Levels 5 to 7 @ The Order of Quebec Acupuncturists, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

     

    December 4 + 5 - Certificate program - BSA Level 8: Review and Cases and Grand Rounds @ Langara College, Vancouver, BC, Canada.

    https://langara.ca/continuing-studies/programs-and-courses/programs/acupuncture/index.html

     

    *online option available

  • Praise

    Kind words of the teaching style of Dr. Sonia F. Tan.

    Teachings of the Heart

    “The late Dr. Richard Tan use to often say that he wanted his students to take his teachings past the mental level and into their heart. Sonia Tan has clearly done so and fully embodies the knowledge of The Balance Method. She is a gifted teacher that can lead her students from the beginning to advanced stages of learning in the wonderful art.”

     

    -John Maxwell, MTOM, L.Ac

    Senior student, Certified Gold Level Practitioner and one of the “First Sixteen” of Dr. Richard Teh-Fu Tan, OMD, L.Ac

    Anchor in our clinical reality

    Dr Tan knows very well the material she teaches and she makes the course super interesting and well anchored in our clinical reality. - Quebec student 2021

    Fantastic

    Good teacher, fantastic, knows the material, speaks clearly, very much at ease. - Quebec, Canada 2017

    One of the best

    Dr. Sonia Tan is one of the best, very clear precise and intelligent. - Net of Knowledge student, 2021.

    Dynamic

    Dynamic, generous, good teacher, very interesting, makes the subject appealing, well structured. - Quebec, Canada 2017.

    Finally

    Finally a channel approach accessible! - Quebec, Canada 2017

    Highly recommended

    I would highly recommend this course to a practitioner at any level of practice. I took a Dr. Tan Acupuncture 1, 2, 3 course after finishing the NCCAOM exams and at the start of my practice. I understood the basics and was able to apply it in practice. I really appreciated the through anatomical descriptions and excellent handouts that Dr. Sonia Tan provided for the course. I appreciated being able to go back and listen to explanations several times over, and how each system provided a live demonstration protocol. The class was well organized and taught. Very Nice. - Net of Knowledge student, 2020.

    The Best

    Best teacher I've every had! Generous in her teaching and friendly. Very enthusiastic, clear and articulate. Splendid, interesting, sharing knowledge in a fluid way. Very passionate. Animated. Sonia is very alive. - Quebec, Canada 2019.

    Interesting

    The most interesting course I every took. - Quebec, Canada 2017

    Passionate

    Very passionate. Excellent pedagogue! She knows how to communicate her passion and experience. - Quebec, Canada 2019.

    Practical

    The practical work facilitated my learning. Thank you. I cannot wait for the other levels. - Quebec, Canada 2019.

    Phenomenal and Professional

    Sonia is a phenomenal teacher, she was professional, knew her stuff and is very engaging. - Net of Knowledge student, 2020.

    Useful

    Extremely useful! I will apply it immediately. Amazing training. Enriching. - Quebec, Canada 2019.

    Clear

    Very knowledgeable and conscientious. Teaches the subject very well and is motivating to deepen our knowledge. Clear and precise explanations. Generous. Passionate and professional. Thank you. - Quebec, Canada 2018.

    Big Thanks

    Big thanks to Dr. Sonia Tan. She is excellent, dynanic, competent, organized and friendly. I cannot wait to take the next levels. - Quebec, Canada 2019.

    Quality

    The level and quality of acupuncture in Quebec would be much higher if all acupuncturists knew classical medicine with Dr. Sonia Tan. - Quebec, Canada 2019.

    One of the best

    One of the best acupuncture courses I've ever taken. Sonia is the best. Very important foundation for any acupuncture. - Langara College student, Vancouver, Canada 2018.

    Impressed

    I am so impressed with how well organized the the curriculum of the course is. I look forward to upcoming modules. Sonia is a fantastic teacher. - Langara College student, Vancouver, Canada 2018.

    Inspiring

    Inspiring: Best of the best! :):):) A+++! - Langara College student, Vancouver, Canada 2019.

    Above and Beyond

    As usual, great job Sonia. I always learn so much from you. You are a true gift to the profession and the world. Thank you so very much for going above and beyond. - Private student, Vancouver, Canada 2018.

    Enthusiasm and Integrity

    Your enthusiasm is great. I also respect that you emphasize integrity in learning and doing readings. It makes your teaching more attractive to me! - Net of Knowledge student, 2021.

    Marvellous

    Thank you! That was a marvellous presentation. I loved learning about the connection to astrology. Fascinating! And it makes so much sense! The heavenly DNA. Looking forward to learning more. - Net of Knowledge student, 2020.

    Generous and Inspiring

    Very generous and inspiring teaching. - Net of Knowledge student, 2021.

    Passionate and perfectionist

    I love Sonia Tan. Very passionate and perfectionist. - Quebec student 2021

    Excellent and experienced

    Dr. Sonia Tan is an excellent teacher, knows her subject, is experienced in clinic and in teaching. - Quebec student 2021

  • Referral List

    Click here for a list of some of Dr. Sonia F. Tan's international Balance System Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine students.

     

    https://tanbalance.com/find-a-practitioner/

     

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