• Deluxe Queen – $1,148.00
  • Private Queen – $1,118.00
  • Deluxe Double (Shared Room) – $926.00
  • Deluxe Double - Shared bath (Shared Room) – $881.00
  • Standard Single – $845.00
  • Standard Double (Shared Room) – $761.00
  • Standard Triple (Shared Room) – $749.00
  • Standard Quad (Shared Room) – $749.00
  • Commuter – $515.00

Pricing includes all meals, starting with dinner on check-in and ending with lunch at check-out, accommodations and tuition.

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An Introduction to Alchemical Healing

With Benjamin Fox and Lorie Eve Dechar

November 9 - 12, 2017

What does it mean to be truly healthy?

How do we care for ourselves and each other to inspire the emergence of vital new possibilities in the midst of environmental crisis and cultural breakdown?

For the past twenty years, we have been engaged in an exploration of these questions through the learning community of our Alchemical Healing Mentorship.

This weekend retreat is an introduction to our work – the art and science of healing as transformation.

We delve into the alchemical principles at the heart of Chinese medicine, Western astrology, and depth psychology, observing an attitude toward impasse and symptom that recognizes the interconnectedness of body, mind and spirit as the foundation of true health. We also discover how healing can move beyond protocol and pain relief to become a creative experience that enlivens and transforms the soul. The inner work of alchemy opens a doorway to a new consciousness that ultimately extends beyond the personal to the healing of our communities and our planet.

Together, we create a safe and vibrant crucible where we support each other in learning skills, using tools, and strengthening our authenticity as practitioners and as fully engaged human beings.

Though this weekend is geared to practitioners, anyone with a keen interest in healing and growth is welcome.

The workshop will include:

  • an immediate personal experience of healing as creative process
  • an overview of alchemy as a system of healing and transformation
  • an experiential journey through the history of human consciousness and a look at where consciousness is headed in the future, and the critical impact this evolution has on health and healing
  • an exploration of Lorie Dechar’s original work with the Five Spirits (the Taoist equivalent of the chakra system)
  • an introduction to Five Elements as basic archetypes of the soul
  • an introduction to the “Felt Sense” and somatic awareness techniques that support us in working more effectively with our patients and caring for ourselves in the treatment room
  • an introduction to astrological archetypes as energetic patterns that inform our destiny
  • a dipping of toes into the use of dreamwork in health care
  • needling techniques, spirit points, flower essences, essential oils and three basic treatment protocols that support alchemical work
  • practical ways you can make Alchemical Healing a part of your life and work moving forward

We will reference the following texts:

Lorie Eve Dechar, Five Spirits: Alchemical Acupuncture for Psychological and Spiritual Healing
Steven Forrest, The Inner Sky
Robert A. Johnson, Inner Work: Using Dreams & Active Imagination for Personal Growth
Anthony Stevens, Jung: A Very Short Introduction
Ann Weiser Cornell, The Power of Focusing: A Practical Guide to Emotional Self-Healing



Thursday, November 9th

3-6 pm Arrival, Check-In and Free time (spa, hiking)
6:15-7:15 pm  Dinner at the Lhasa Inn
7:30 -10:00 pm  Creating our Alchemical Vessel, Introduction to Alchemy and Alchemical Healing

Friday, November 10th

6:45-7:45 am  Morning Yoga
8:00-9:00am  Breakfast
9:30-11:45 am  Working in the Alchemical Laboratory: Resistance and Prima Materia, Alchemy and the Structures of Human Consciousness
12:30 1:30 pm  Lunch
2:00- 6:00 pm The Axel and the Wheel: A Journey Through the Five Elements and the Five Spirits
6:15-7:15 pm  Dinner
7:30 – 9:30 pm Working with Alchemical Images and Archetypes

Saturday, November 11th

6:45-7:45 am  Morning Yoga
8:00-9:00am  Breakfast
9:15-12:15 am  Dreamwork
12:30 1:30 pm  Lunch
2:00- 6:00 pm  Alchemical Treatment Tools and Clearing Practices
6:15-7:15 pm  Dinner
7:30 – 9:30 pm Astrological Archetypes as Key to the Self

Sunday, November 12th

8:00-9:00 am  Breakfast
9:15-12:15 am  Closing Circle
12:30 1:30 pm  Lunch & Check-out

Note: Schedule is subject to change at anytime



Benjamin Fox
is a professional astrologer, licensed massage therapist, and a co-founder (with Lorie) of A New Possibility, whose mission is to facilitate healing at the interface of personal destiny and planetary transformation through clinical services and education.
Learn more about Benjamin Fox
Lorie Eve Dechar
is the author of Five Spirits: Alchemical Acupuncture for Psychological and Spiritual Healing. Her work as an alchemical healer is founded on thirty years of Chinese medical practice and extensive training in Jungian, Gestalt and Focusing-oriented psychotherapy.
Learn more about Lorie Eve Dechar