Bill began his search in the Methodist Youth Fellowship of Pocatello Idaho. After a period spent traveling and reflecting, he returned to Portland and began studying Chinese history, language, medicine, and moving arts. He then studied in England with the acupuncturist J.R. Worseley, learned the “Secret Treatise of the Spiritual Orchid” from the French Sinologist Claude Larre, and specialized in using the “Twelve Officials” as a diagnostic guide for treatment with needles, moxibustion, and qigong.
While making his living as an acupuncturist, he began collaborating with the German sinologist and herbalist Heiner Fruehauf, Chairman of the Classical Chinese Medicine Program at NCNM in Portland, on a series of expeditions to the most remote areas of Sichuan, Yunan, and Eastern Tibet, in search of the roots of Chinese qigong and alchemy. Between 1994 and 2003, he made eight of these trips, usually in the late summer. The travelers would go high into the Sacred Mountain ranges of China and Tibet, to learn the forms of the ancient Jinjing Gong school. There they studied with Wang Qingyu, the lineage holder of this 400-year-old school. Heiner, with Bill, would bring 15 to 20 students on these arduous, and sometimes dangerous, expeditions -- which made an ideal laboratory for astrological and medical research.
After 2003 he stopped making these China trips and began focusing on the revival of pre-modern Western Astrology. Now Bill is semi-retired and does not tour. He also teaches qigong at NCNM.
Updated July 2009