Soon after becoming an acupuncturist in 1985, I realized that psycho-emotional / soul-related issues were at the root of many of the problems my patients faced – as well as at the root of many of the problems facing human beings at this time on the planet. I also saw that modern medicine generally overlooks this aspect of illness and few mainstream or alternative health-care practitioners are trained to work skillfully with the mysteries of the soul and spirit.
Over time, I came to understand that a new kind of consciousness, a different kind of sight, and radically different skills and tools are needed in order to heal at this immaterial, non-quantifiable level of human experience. Guided by the wisdom of traditional Chinese Medicine and other ancient alchemical systems, and inspired by contemporary understanding about the mind/body connection and my study of Jungian archetypal psychology, I have spent the past thirty years exploring how to touch the souls and spirits of my patients. Eighteen years ago, I began the Alchemical Acupuncture Mentorship as a way to share what I was learning and help other acupuncturists practice healing on this level.
Joined in 2005 by Benjamin, the seeds of my original teaching have sprouted and blossomed into a learning community whose focus goes far beyond individual wellness to explore connections between our personal issues and the planetary crisis facing all of us today. We share a passionate commitment to supporting the creation of a community of healers and visionaries dedicated to the well-being of the soul. In this community, we celebrate the manifestation of each individual being’s unique potential alongside the discovery of healthy group process and viable strategies for living together well on our planet. The Alchemical Healing Mentorship is at the heart of this unique and vibrant community.
In 2020, we will offer our first Alchemical Healing Teacher Training so that some of our long-standing students can begin to take the work of our Mentorship to their own communities.