The Level I Alchemical Healing Mentorship is a living laboratory where acupuncturists and other health care practitioners explore concepts, tools, and skills that touch the soul. The goal of this program is to discover the gold in the lead of human suffering and foster healing that results in transformation – the emergence of new possibilities – in our own and patients’ lives.
The training merges Eastern and Western alchemical traditions and combines Lorie’s original work with the Five Spirits of traditional Chinese medicine, Five Element medical theory, and Taoist alchemical principles with Western archetypal psychology and somatic psychotherapy. Each weekend is dedicated to a deep immersion in the elements and spirits of the season. As we follow the unfolding of the Five Element Wheel in real time, we embody the potency of the foundational theories of Chinese medicine and discover our own alchemy, our own way of touching our patients at the deepest levels. Each participant will also receive a single one-on-one personal Evolutionary Astrological session with Benjamin to support their work through the year.
The Mentorship embraces change as a creative process that actively engages every aspect of our being. It supports practitioners in discovering new and effective multi-faceted treatment protocols that address the physical, psychological, and spiritual aspects of healing.
The program mixes theoretical exploration, practical hands-on skills development, relevant background readings and clinical case supervisions supported by ongoing personal inner work and a vibrant group learning community. By the end of this year, you will gain proficiency in:
- understanding and working with basic alchemical principles,
- enhanced sensitivity to subtle energies,
- deep listening and somatic awareness practices that allow you to “get” what your patients really want you to know,
- recognizing and working with interpersonal field dynamics in clinical practice,
- crafting an intake process that opens the door to alchemical work,
- Five Element diagnosis: using Color, Sound, Odor, and Emotion to determine elemental imbalances,
working with wushen – the Five Spirits – the foundation of Chinese medical psychology and Taoist spiritual alchemy,
the use of Yi – intention – to direct and stabilize treatment,
- unblocking techniques, root treatments and alchemical treatment protocols,
- Inner Sensing – a technique that will allow you to discover the nature and use of points, medicinals, and essential oils through your own intuition and vision,
- treatment techniques for working with the Shen – the finest aspect of qi, including spirit level needling, moxibustion, conscious touch, Inner Sensing-oriented pulse diagnosis, and the application of essential oils and flower essences specific to each of the Elements and Spirits,
- and practices that support, cultivate, and protect the energy of practitioners who work at this level.
This year-long Mentorship is a professional training program geared towards licensed acupuncturists. It is also open to other licensed health care professionals who want to develop their capacity to work on the body/mind/spirit continuum. We do make exceptions for committed individuals who work in other fields as well as students who are not yet licensed; however, in these cases, we require a preliminary phone interview in order to make sure the program is right for you.
The tuition for our Alchemical Healing Mentorship is $2,500 if you pay in full by August 15, 2018. This fee does not include travel, lodging, and food for the in-person weekends. If you attended our Introduction to Alchemical Healing workshop in April 2018 or November 2017, you’ll receive a 20% discount on the tuition, or $500. You can also pay for our program in 10 monthly installments of $250, due beginning September 15, 2018 and ending on June 15, 2019 (plus the $250 deposit at registration – see below). If you attend the workshop and choose an installment payment plan for the Mentorship, the 10 monthly payments would be $200 (plus the $250 deposit at registration).
Cost for lodging and food on the weekends at Stony Point Center will be in the vicinity of $350 – $450/weekend for double occupancy lodging and that includes 9 meals starting with dinner on Thursday and ending with lunch on Sunday. Single occupancy lodging is more expensive.
The Mentorship will begin in October 2018 and end in October 2019. There will be 4 in-person gatherings, which will take place at Stony Point Center in Stony Point, NY and 4 2-hour virtual meetings, along with homework assigned between sessions. Here are the exact dates of the in-person and virtual meetings (virtual meeting dates are still subject to change):
Thursday, October 11 – Sunday, October 14, 2018
Sunday, November 4, 2018 – virtual
Sunday, January 6, 2019 – virtual
Thursday, February 28 – Sunday, March 3, 2019
Sunday, April 14, 2019 – virtual
Thursday, June 6 – Sunday, June 9, 2019
Sunday, July 21, 2019 – virtual
Thursday, October 10 – Sunday, October 13, 2019
The Mentorship will be approved for a total of 72 PDA points with NCCAOM and 72 credit hours with the California Acupuncture Board.
Registration will open on April 16, 2018 and a deposit of $250 with registration will hold your place. This registration deposit is non-refundable. If you pay in full and decide to withdraw from the Mentorship prior to February/March weekend, we would refund you $1,500; prior to the May/June weekend, we would refund you $1,000; no refunds for withdrawal after the May/June weekend. If you are paying in installments and decide to withdraw, monthly installment payments would stop at time of withdrawal.
The Alchemical Healing Mentorship: Level 1 is approved for 72 PDA Points with the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) and 72 credit hours with the California Acupuncture Board.