Welcome to Our Healing Community

A New Possibility

  1. The Opportunity to Study with Lorie Eve Dechar. If you've read any of Lorie's three books - Five Spirits, Kigo, or The Alchemy of Inner Work - or have seen her present and are looking for a way to interact more directly with her teaching, this Community is where you can do that. 
  2. Free Access to our Inner Work Lab 'Course'. We created this 'go-at-your-own-pace 'course' to serve as a personal reader's guide to our book The Alchemy of Inner Work: A Guide for Turning Illness & Suffering into True Health & Well-Being. The Inner Work Lab is a space for you to explore your own healing with ongoing support from Lorie and Benjamin. 
  3. Weekly Healing Inspiration. We share posts and articles related to the principles, tools, skills, and practices of Alchemical Healing that you can apply to your personal healing or professional practice. Areas of exploration include Chinese medicine, archetypal psychology, alchemical tradition, astrology, dreamwork, flower essences, essential oils, and more.
  4. Monthly Community Zoom Meet-ups. Facilitated by Lorie and Benjamin, these gatherings offer a place of sanctuary where we revision our experience of healing while engaging with one another in the inner work necessary to support the irruption of life-affirming change in the outer world.  
  5. Five Seasonal Acu-Speak "Lab" Sessions. Hosted by Lorie on Zoom, these gatherings--one for each of the Five Seasons of Chinese medicine--will offer the opportunity for you to bring your questions and musings about your professional practice. Lorie will share what is currently captivating her curiosity and inspiring her own explorations in the fields of Chinese medicine, alchemy, and depth psychology. These gatherings are open to any member, but note that the focus will be for licensed acupuncturists. 
  6. Ongoing Community Dialogue. This space offers the opportunity for regular daily connection with others in order to learn, question, and grow together. 
  7. Alchemical Healing Professionals. You'll benefit from the collective wisdom and the clinical services of our Alchemical Healing Professionals via a global Directory and their ongoing contributions as Guest Teachers.
  8. Discounts on Educational Courses. We offer a growing list of live-stream and evergreen courses that will support your personal healing while challenging you to think about healing in new ways. Where applicable, courses are available for CEU credit to acupuncturists through NCCAOM and/or the California Board of Acupuncture.
  9. Video Library. A growing library of informative educational videos to support your personal healing and/or professional practice. 
  10. Event Updates/Special Offers. Early notification and special offers for online webinars, in-person events, and workshops.


    To learn more about who we are and the work we have developed, read on ... or head to the bottom of this page to join us!
     

Our paths first crossed in 1996 when we journeyed separately to the hills of Pennsylvania to attend a workshop called The Body Sacred that explored the interface of sexuality, spirituality, relationship, and healing. By the close of that weekend we had decided to take our new connection further, such was our shared conviction that life had brought us together for a reason.

For the past 20+ years, we’ve been helping others to know themselves more deeply—to heal/whole—as we’ve undertaken that same task ourselves. Lorie is a licensed acupuncturist and the author of Five Spirits: Alchemical Acupuncture for Psychological and Spiritual Healing (2006) and Kigo: Exploring the Spiritual Essence of Acupuncture Points Through the Changing Seasons (2020). She is also certified in Focusing, a psychotherapeutic process of self-exploration, and has pursued mentorship in Jungian depth psychology for over two decades. Benjamin is a professional counseling astrologer, licensed massage therapist, and passionate builder of healing community. 


OUR HEALING CIRCLE

In 2006, we began offering our Alchemical Healing Mentorship to alternative healthcare practitioners. Today, this community has grown to include acupuncturists, doctors, nurses, psychotherapists, midwives, bodyworkers, artists, and cultural change makers as well as others who are interested in discovering how deep caring for the soul can transform our personal lives and the world as well.


THE ALCHEMY OF INNER WORK

With the 2021 publication of our book The Alchemy of Inner Work: A Guide for Turning Illness and Suffering Into True Health and Well-Being, we recognized the need to launch this virtual healing circle as a means to expand our community further, bringing practitioners and those they serve together in one space to explore and deepen our knowledge and application of a medicine
we have come to call Alchemical Healing. 

We know from what we have witnessed in our Alchemical Healing Mentorship that the power of healing increases exponentially when people gather together to share their experiences and support each other’s commitment to growth and change.  If you are someone who believes that personal inner work can and does lead to tangible outer change, then join us! Whether you’re a practitioner or someone on your own healing journey, here you'll find a vital community sharing connections, providing support, offering tools, and teaching skills to help each of us, and the planet, 
heal and thrive.


What people are saying ...  

You two have changed me. The work you have built so beautifully and carefully has changed me. The group cauldron has changed me. I have changed me. 
Thank you so dearly.  
Kate, Oregon


You’ve created a sustainable energy that has lasting power for the people it touches, and I for one am very happy I had the faith to let your special alchemical recipe generate in me.
 Marc, Oregon


I credit ALL of this change to the work that we are doing and learning and I am so grateful for it. ALL OF IT. Not a percentage or segment but all of it. If it wasn't for Lorie, Benjamin and all of you I'm quite sure I'd be in the same place I've felt stuck in for the past six years. I wouldn't have been able to find the courage to hope for new possibilities for myself. I wouldn't have been open to the synchronicities and opportunities the universe has placed before me.
Katrina, Canada


I am so grateful to you both for all the work you do and how emotionally and spiritually generous you both are. It is contagious. The thoughtful work and dedication it takes to create an environment that induces a room full of people to keep moving toward the big self is not lost on me.

 Micki, New York


My work with you has sparked my magic! Your teaching not only deepened my understanding of the spirit of Chinese medicine, it also taught me to see spirit through the symbols of astrology! I now have embodiment practices to more intentionally invite the divine into my healing work and this has lead to soul healing for me and for my patients. Thank you!  

 Michael, New York




If your current relationship to the 
monetary economy does not allow you 
to afford our membership cost but
you would like to join our community network,
please contact us to discuss a scholarship.

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