Our paths crossed in 1996 when we journeyed separately to the hills of Pennsylvania to attend a workshop called The Body Sacred.
Though we had never previously met, we “recognized” one another instantly. By the close of that weekend we had decided to explore our relationship further, recognizing that life had brought us together for a reason.
In 2006, we began offering our Alchemical Healing Mentorship to alternative healthcare practitioners. Today, our community has grown to include doctors, nurses, psychotherapists, artists and other cultural change makers as well as laypeople who are interested in discovering how caring for the soul can transform not only our personal lives but the world as well.
The goal of our work is to help people develop a conscious relationship to their inner life – leading to a more meaningful, purposeful, and creative life in the outer world.
We practice and teach modern-day alchemy, the art of transforming metaphorical “lead” – suffering, illness, hardship – into “gold” – the bright spirit of possibility that defines a meaningful human life. We focus on working with the more subtle levels of what it means to be human and on how our capacity for insight, understanding, and action at that level changes the outer expression of who we become.
We founded A New Possibility in 2012 in order to expand a community of people who believe that healing begins when we recognize the opportunities waiting to be discovered through our active engagement with the challenges of illness, impasse, and resistance in our lives. We’ve discovered that when individuals come together to shine their unique light in the world in service to others and with the intention of designing solutions, we can’t help but make the world a healthier place. We’d love to hear from you as we continue to build a network of people and organizations committed to this vision.
To new possibilities,
Lorie and Benjamin
My commitment to Alchemical Healing grows out of a passionate interest in the question of how human beings transform the challenges of life into opportunities for healing and new possibilities.
My journey began with a love of language, art, and dance that I explored as an undergraduate at Bennington College. This study led to a decade of work as an environmental activist, gardener, and poet and then to the discovery of Chinese medicine. After receiving my Master’s degree from the Traditional Acupuncture Institute in 1985, my earlier love of art continued to inform my clinical work with Chinese medicine. For me, creativity, beauty, and self-expression are central to the healing process. My post-graduate work with Gene Gendlin of the Focusing Institute, at the Gestalt Center for Psychotherapy and Training in Manhattan, and nearly twenty years of study with Jungian analyst Nathan Schwartz-Salant bring a psychological dimension to my acupuncture practice.
Despite my interest in Western psychology, I remained committed to the practice of acupuncture and believed that I could find a way to bring Eastern and Western psychological approaches together in the treatment room. My discovery of the Five Spirits – the Taoist version of the chakra system – offered the connecting link. Writing Five Spirits was a journey as well as an initiation that led me to discover a new way of practicing the ancient art of Chinese medicine in contemporary Western settings. For the past sixteen years, I have been delighted to have the opportunity to share my multidimensional approach to healing not only with my patients but also with students at the Tri-State College of Acupuncture in Manhattan, the Institute of Traditional Medicine in Toronto, Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California, and at conferences and workshops in the UK and Europe as well as through our ongoing Mentorship programs.
You can read my full CV here.
I’ve always been fascinated by the potential in people, led by a yearning to grasp what makes us “tick” as individuals.
This yearning began with me, of course. As a survivor of sexual abuse, a formative part of my journey has involved recovering a healthy relationship to my body and my sexuality, a discovery of my inherent worth, and a capacity to trust my connection to others. My own process of healing has revealed a passion for building healing community, and my commitment is firmly rooted in my own eclectic journey of discovering a “new possibility” as the man I am today.
At an early age, I experienced a radical shift in consciousness through an extensive immersion in macrobiotics and whole foods cooking that revealed to me the profound personal and global implications of our food choices. This involvement led me through a series of synchronistic events to the study of astrology in the early 1990’s. I have been a student of pioneering Evolutionary Astrologer Steven Forrest for over twenty years and am currently enrolled in the Diploma Program in psychological astrology through the Mercury Internet School of Psychological Astrology (MISPA).
As an undergraduate student at Vermont College of Norwich University, I designed a curriculum focused on psychology, personal transformation, and gender studies. Further training at The Scherer Institute of Natural Healing in New Mexico and through the Zero Balancing Health Association has allowed me the opportunity to support clients as a licensed massage therapist since 2000. My greatest teacher has been the crucible of my relationship to Lorie. I’ve grown in ways I couldn’t have imagined through our shared work in our Alchemical Healing Mentorship programs and Esalen Institute workshops, and our commitment to bringing A New Possibility into manifestation.