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Tai Sophia Institute

Mission Statement

The misson of the Tai Sophia Institute adopted in 1998, is "to enable all of us to practice the art of living and the art of dying. To support this mission, we will create a university of ongoing learning rooted in nature and timeless wisdom."

In addition to a mission statement, Tai Sophia Institute faculty, students and staff have developed the following statement of values, approved by the board of trustees, to guide its work:

  1. Operate from a declaration of oneness, a unity with all creation.
  2. Use nature and the rhythms of the earth as a guide in teaching students and each other.
  3. Have an awareness of and teach the sensory skills that will allow us to observe phenomena and effectively create movement in ourselves and others.
  4. Ground ourselves in the understanding that healing occurs in relationship, and is not just the implementation of a treatment technique.
  5. Continue our learning in the presence of each other, acting not as truth-tellers but as guides for self-discovery.
  6. Honor the individual gifts of each member of our community, and hold each other in the highest possible regard.
  7. Value diversity within all healing traditions, and build upon that which joins the community at the deepest level.
  8. Cultivate the next generation of teachers and leaders within the community to serve the ongoing life of the institute.
  9. Make all judgments and decisions in the context and light of the seven (past three, future three, and present) generations.
  10. Have all of our actions be grounded in honesty and integrity.
  11. Cultivate what we call "the observer" in ourselves and each other, thereby fostering individual responsibility for learning and well-being.
  12. Be coachable; able to give, receive, and effectively respond to feedback.
  13. Take the time to listen deeply to each othermaking sure we hear each other and are being heard.
  14. Consciously use our words, presence, and touch as instruments of healing with deep respect, thoughtfulness and compassion.
  15. Hold healing in partnership with illness and death. Embrace all aspects of life as a part of healing and health.
  16. Create an institutional culture in which we learn from and support each other.


The Tai Sophia Institute is one of the oldest operating acupuncture institutions in the country. It was originally incorporated in Maryland as the College of Chinese Acupuncture, U.S., in 1974. In 1978, the college amended its charter and changed the name to the Traditional Acupuncture Institute (TAI). In 2000, it took on its current name, the Tai Sophia Institute.

Tai Sophia achieved candidate status from the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in 1984. It was accredited in 1985, and reaccredited in 1990, 1995 and 2000.

Programs Offered

Tai Sophia offers graduate degree programs in acupuncture, applied healing arts and botanical healing, along with certification in Chinese herbs.

The course of study for the acupuncture program is a full-time program of 34 to 38 months, depending on the pace a student sets when building his or her practice during the clinical portion of the program. The maximum amount of time allowed to complete the program is 57 months.

The course of study for the botanical healing degree is a full-time program of 27 to 32 months, depending on the pace a student sets while completing the third level of the program. The maximum amount of time allowed to complete the program is 48 months.

The course of study for the applied healing arts degree is a full-time program of 24 to 36 months, depending on the pace a student sets when completing the "project of excellence" and independent study portion of the program. The maximum amount of time allowed to complete the program is 54 months.

Contact Information

For more information on the Tai Sophia Institute, contact:

Tai Sophia Institute
7750 Montpelier Road
Laurel, MD 20723
Tel: (800) 735-2968
Fax: (410) 888-9004
Web site: www.tai.edu

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