2007 International Alchemy Conference
Las Vegas Palace Station Convention Center
Disc 1 - SECRET OF THE WORLD: ALCHEMICAL TRANSFORMATION
Noted German physician and practicing alchemist Dr. Werner Nawrocki shows how the ancient secrets of Hermetic philosophy form the true basis for both practical and spiritual alchemy. The usefulness of applied Hermetics is demonstrated in the reality of alchemical transformation, which has been proven time and again in little known but easy-to- duplicate experiments that until recently have laid outside the boundaries of science. Based on his own research and the teachings of Frater Albertus, Dr. Nawrocki offers advice and practical methods for achieving transformation in the lab, in the body, in the mind, and in the spirit. 60 min. 2007D1. $12.95
DR. WERNER NAWROCKI is a medical doctor and alchemist from Frankfurt, Germany. He has practiced medicine since 1974 and served as a professor at the University of Frankfurt for ten years. He was initiated into alchemy by Frater Albertus in 1979 and began teaching alchemy in Europe and Australia in 1984. Dr. Nawrocki is a true practicing alchemist and holds many international patents for his alchemical remedies. In the last ten years, he has expanded his alchemical research into cosmetics and food supplements, and his groundbreaking work in alchemy is respected throughout the world. He is a popular lecturer who holds public seminars on laboratory alchemy and was a featured speaker at many major conferences, and has held workshops with the late Manfred Junius. Dr. Nawrocki is the author of Transformation: Secret of the World, which is available in the German, Spanish, and Russian languages. Email: star@Dr-Nawrocki.de. Websites: www.Alchemie-Seminare.de; www.Dr-Nawrocki.de; www.DrNawrocki.de; www.Charismon.de; and www.Spirituelle-Medizin.com.
Disc 2 - THE LIFE FORCE: UNIVERSAL AGENT OF TRANSFORMATION
In this lecture Dr. Bruce Fisher explores the nature and operation of that mysterious alchemical agent, the Universal Life-Force. The outpouring of this primal force serves at both the cosmic and personal levels as the connection between “spirit” and “matter,” cause and effect, subjective inner self and objective outer world. As such, it is the power that is brought to bear in all alchemical transmutations. The ability to focus this power is at the root of the art of both the spiritual and laboratory alchemist. The lecture will show how the origin, nature, and operation of the Life-Force and methodology of its application in the Hermetic Arts are hidden in the title and text of the Emerald Tablet. Examples of ancient Kabbalistic, Rosicrucian and Masonic symbolism, as well as anatomical processes and modern quantum theory as applied to this topic will also be explored. In the light of this background, a theory of transmutations in spiritual alchemy will be developed that leads to practical applications through the discipline of awareness in meditation. These transmutations are applied to our subtle bodies (or energy fields of vitality), emotions and desires, and analytical or concrete thought. These are traditionally designated the bronze, silver and gold transmutations, in which the increasing potency of the Life-Force, as the Azoth or Universal Mercury, is likened to a digestive enzyme. The final goal is to develop and perfect the Causal Body: our immortal vehicle of abstract thought and gateway to the Spirit. Also known as the Karana Sarira, Augoeides, and Robe of Glory, it represents our Inner Gold — the true Holy Grail, the only vehicle which can contain the “Holy Spirit.” Finally, depictions of the crude and perfected stages of our astral, mental, and causal bodies that develop in the course of the Great Work of Inner. 60 min. 2007D2. $12.95
DR. BRUCE FISHER (Ph.D.) worked as a professional chemist and college professor for 40 years, having received a B.S degree in chemistry at the University of Pennsylvania in 1952 and a Ph.D. degree in organic chemistry from M.I.T in 1957. His professional accomplishments include the development of a new artificial kidney dialysis membrane, as well as several new synthetic polymers and specialty elastomer compounds, for which he received numerous patents. He also worked at the Advanced Research Projects Agency of the Defense Department in the area of ballistic missile defense and reentry systems. He retired in 1995 to devote his energies to teaching, lecturing, and writing on philosophic and metaphysical topics. He is the author of over 20 books covering such diverse topics as spiritual alchemy, kabbalah, occult anatomy, St. Germain, Pythagorean numerology, the Gurdjieff teachings and music of the soul. Several of his books are in Joost Ritman’s Biblioteca Hermetica in Amsterdam. He has been a student of the ancient wisdom teachings for over 30 years, and has the unique ability to integrate Eastern mysticism and Western occultism with modern scientific views. He was for five years a regular lecturer at the Philosophical Research Society in Los Angeles, founded by Manly P. Hall, as well as involved in several Rosicrucian organizations. He resides in Prescott, Arizona with his wife, Suzanne, who is also a teacher and student of music and metaphysics. Web: http://myweb.cableone.net/subru
Disc 3 - SECRETS OF THE METALS: UNIVERSAL POWERS
Dennis William Hauck will take an alchemical journey to connect with the deeper meaning and energies of the Seven Metals. The metals of the alchemists symbolized the fundamental energies at the basis of all transformations. The metals were nothing less than the materialization of the divine or universal powers on earth. The journey through lead, tin, iron, copper, mercury, silver, and gold led to the perfection of matter, including the very soul of the alchemist. To tap into these energies, the modern alchemist must not only grasp the correspondences of the metals but also possess the inner strength to work objectively with the archetypal powers they represent. By examining the physical, chemical, psychological, and spiritual signatures of the metals, one of the world’s most respected alchemists will unleash their true potential for transformation. 60 min. 2007D3. $12.95
DENNIS WILLIAM HAUCK is a practicing alchemist, author, consultant, and lecturer working to facilitate personal, institutional, and global transformation through the application of the ancient principles of alchemy. He writes and lectures on the universal principles of physical, psychological, and spiritual transformation to a wide variety of audiences that range from scientists and business leaders to religious and New Age groups. Hauck's initiation into alchemy took place while he was in graduate school in mathematics at the University of Vienna, and he has since translated a number of important alchemy manuscripts dating back to the fourteenth century. Hauck has been interviewed on nearly three hundred radio and TV programs including such popular programs as "NPR's Morning Edition," "Sally Jessy Raphael," "Geraldo," "Art Bell's Dreamland," "CNN Reports," and "Extra." An instructor in the Alchemy Home Study Program, Dennis has initiated over 300 students into the ancient art. His latest books are The Emerald Tablet: Alchemy for Personal Transformation and Sorcerer's Stone: A Beginner's Guide to Alchemy. His current work The Complete Idiot's Guide to Alchemy is due out from Penguin in April 2008. Websites: www.AlchemyLab.com and www.Alchemergy.com.
Disc 4 - ALCHEMICAL PREPARATIONS IN THE LAB: A PHOTO JOURNAL
In this slide presentation, practicing British alchemist Daniel Coaten will present and discuss practical alchemical laboratory procedures based on step-by-step photo diaries he has kept during the course of alchemical lab experiments conducted in the United Kingdom. In particular, an example will be shown on the preparation of Metha x piperita (peppermint) spagyric essence, as well as a 4x3 fractional distillation of snow water. The lecture will discuss the intricate methods and equipment used in actual alchemical work. Also presented will be correspondences to lunar cycles and other astrological influences in order to obtain optimum conditions for separation, purification and cohobation of the Three Principles -- and ultimately transmutation of the practitioners themselves. Handouts for this lecture include schematics of the procedures and accessory charts and tables. 60 min. 2007D4. $12.95
DANIEL COATEN is a practicing alchemist, a qualified and experienced Western medical herbalist, clinical aromatherapist and lecturer who has a passion for herbal pharmacy and extraction research and botanical alchemy. He is the founder of Elixir Herbal Botanical Pharmacy and Extraction Supplies, which is based in the United Kingdom, where he produces a small selection of herbal skin-care products as well as supplying equipment and materials for distillation/botanical extraction. Daniel also produces and teaches workshops nationwide in the UK on the practical small- scale production of essential oils, distillate waters, and topical base products to both practitioners and individuals (see www.aromatherapy-studies.com for more information). He was a representative for the National Institute of Medical Herbalists by invitation of the South Korean Government in 2006 to their annual International Herb Conference in Namwon, South Korea. Promoting awareness of western herbal medicine and demonstrating distillation/herbal extraction techniques. He has been a guest speaker at the International Federation of Professional Aromatherapists, the International Holistic Skin Care Association and most recently at the National Institute of Medical Herbalist to name a few. He is also a member of these professional bodies as well as the International Alchemy Guild (IAG). He is an author of the book entitled Making Your Own Essential Oils and Skin-Care Products published by the Low Impact Living Initiative (see www.lowimpact.org for more info). His published articles are in In Essence (journal for the International Federation of Professional Aromatherapists) and the International Journal of Clinical Aromatherapy. He is knowledgeable in growing/cultivating medicinal herbs and mushrooms (mycology), and is experienced in beekeeping, shamanic healing and practical alchemy laboratory techniques. Daniel’s ethos is 'self sufficiency' and he enjoys nothing more than being able to connect with and follow the process of botanical alchemy from seed to final product, witnessing the metamorphic magic that is plant medicine making. For further information, visit his website www.elixirherbal.com.
Disc 5 - ALCHEMICAL DISTILLATION DEMONSTRATION
In this live demonstration and lecture by Gary Stadler, working renditions of glassware used by Medieval alchemists as well as modern variations on the equipment will be featured. One of the distillers presented is the famous “Pelican,” which is a circulatory distillation vessel with two side-arms feeding condensed vapors back into the body. It resembles the mythic pelican pecking at its breast to feed its hatchlings with its own blood, and thus is a symbol of the sacrifice the original solution goes through to give up its essence in the experiment. The alchemists believed that compounds could be created in the Pelican that no other apparatus could produce. Also featured will be original distillers designed by Gary for use in essential oil production. His vertical distillers are specifically designed for easy steam extraction of essential oils from plant materials and are extremely popular among practicing alchemists around the world. 60 min. 2007D5. $12.95
GARY STADLER is an alchemical artist who weaves his magic in many ways. He is a professional craftsman and glassblower and designer of original distillation equipment. He also reproduces many of the medieval alchemists’ glassware, including retorts, alembics, and pelicans. His work is featured at www.Crucible.org/distillation.htm, and his essential oil distillers range from tabletop home units to giant commercial units. Gary is also an alchemical architect/artist as demonstrated in his amazing Inner Mind exhibit at Burning Man that can be seen at his website www.Heartmagic.com/inner_mind.html. But perhaps Gary is best known as a New Age composer and lyricist, and TAMARA STADLER is also a noted musician and performance artist. Gary's songs have been described as a page from a fairytale book, evoking both a delicate and delightful innocence and the deep wisdom and mystical grandeur of the fairy night. His premier album, Fairy of the Woods is a collection of enchanted Celtic compositions that brings legends and myths of Fairy folk to life. Vocalist Laura Drew (also known as Singh Kaur or Lorallei) lent her voice to Stadler's 1998 album Fairy Nightsongs. In 2000, Gary began working with singer Stephannie and the well-known Celtic Harpist Lisa Lynne for his third album Fairy Heartmagic, which was the Runner Up in the World Title category at the International New Age Trade Show in 2001. Gary¹s fourth album, Reflections of Faerie, was released in 2003, and his fifth album, released in 2004, is a collaboration with harpist Lisa Lynne and vocalist Wendy Rule. His most recent releases are the instrumental Fairy lullabies and Sounds of the Soul, a meditative/spiritual piece. More on his music can be found at www.Rhapsody.com/garystadler. Website: www.Heartmagic.com Back to Top
Disc 6 - ARCHETYPAL ALCHEMY: TRANSFORMATION
OF THE PSYCHE/MATTER CONTINUUM
In this fascinating presentation, respected alchemical researcher and Jungian psychoanalyst Dr. Stanton Marlan explores the deep inner work of alchemy and relates the sol niger (Black Sun) and the nigredo (Black Phase) to the Philosophers' Stone. Dr. Marlan will also address the fundamental split in the alchemical imagination between spiritual and laboratory work. As Carl Jung discovered, the energies of alchemy are universal principles that find their expression in the human mind and imagination. 60 min. 2007D6. $12.95
DR. STANTON MARLAN (Ph.D.) is the author of The Black Sun: Alchemy and the Art of Darkness and other works on alchemy. He is a world-renown Jungian psychoanalyst and clinical psychologist in private practice in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is adjunct Clinical Professor of Psychology at Duquesne University and training and supervising analyst with the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts. He is a member of the C. G. Jung Institute of New York and a licensed psychoanalyst in that state. He is also President of the Pittsburgh Society of Jungian Analysts. He holds diplomates in both clinical psychology and psychoanalysis from the American Board of Professional Psychology. He is the past Editor of the Journal of Jungian Theory and Practice, a member of the editorial board of Spring Journal, and is one of three co-editors for the Encyclopedia of Psychology and Religion. He has published numerous articles on Jungian psychology and alchemy and is the editor of Salt and the Alchemical Soul (Spring) and Fire in the Stone: The Alchemy of Desire (Chiron). He is the author of the widely acclaimed book, The Black Sun: The Alchemy and Art of Darkness (Texas A&M Press) and most recently has written a chapter entitled "Alchemy" for The Handbook of Jungian Psychology: Theory, Practice and Applications, edited by Renos Papadopoulos (Routledge), and an article "From the Black Sun to the Philosophers Stone" in the Alchemy Journal, (Spring 2006). Dr. Marlan has studied practical alchemy with and holds the Alchemist certification from Flamel College. He is a member of the Alchemy Guild.
Disc 7 - HOW TO MAKE A PHILOSOPHER'S STONE
Practicing alchemist Art Kunkin, former editor of Essentia (the quarterly alchemical journal of the Paracelsus Research Society) will identify in this presentation the Secret Fire he is using in his laboratory to prepare the medicinal Philosopher's Stone. He will speak about his experience in ingesting this Stone for the last year and believes this Stone can bring about a healthy life extension and possibly even "immortality." He has no intention of ever selling this Stone but plans to teach others how to make it for themselves. He will also speak about expanding the practice of inner alchemy for individual evolution to include techniques used by Indian and Tibetan Tantrics for conscious reincarnation. Up to now, western alchemists have usually limited their practice of inner alchemy to the Qabala (and particularly its Golden Dawn interpretation) and not used the Tibetan Book of The Dead, which is a fragment of ancient alchemical teaching primarily preserved in the East. 60 min. 2007D7. $12.95
ART KUNKIN was the editor of Essentia, the quarterly alchemical journal of the Paracelsus Research Society in the 1980s. After completing the seven year alchemy course in Salt Lake City with Frater Albertus, Art became president of a mining company and then, after the passing of Manly P. Hall, became president of The Philosophical Research Society in Los Angeles. He is a former Professor of Journalism at the Northridge campus of California State University. Art founded the Los Angeles Free Press in 1964 and has edited it since then. He has edited many other publications including Whole Life Times, The Realist and Ancient Wisdom For Modern Living. Art has studied meditation with Tibetan Buddhists and Tibetan alchemists, Islamic Sufis, Hindu Yogis, Jewish Kabbalists, Gurdjieff groups, Hawaiian Kahunas and Christian Mystics for more than 40 years. For five years in the late 70s he was co-partner with Andrew DaPassano of "The Way of The Magus" meditation school in Los Angeles, which at its peak taught a Tibetan alchemical meditation to 300 students every week. Art has visited the laboratories of alchemists in many European cities. He presently is on the advisory board of The Institute of Mentalphysics, a 400 acre meditation retreat in Joshua Tree, California. Art is the author of the eBook, "Alchemy: The Secret Of Immortality Finally Revealed," the contents of which are detailed on his website: www.alchemyrevealed.com. The website also includes a Gnosis magazine interview with Art titled "Practical Alchemy and Physical Immortality" as well as an excerpt from the Time-Life book "Secrets of The Alchemists" about Art's laboratory work. Art can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and 760-333-5416. He is interested in coordinating research on the Secret Fire and the three forms of The Philosopher's Stone (Herbal, Mineral and Animal) and would welcome inquiries on those subjects.
Disc 8 - EGYPTIAN ALCHEMY: SECRETS BENEATH THE SAND
While alchemy has many diverse birthplaces, ancient Egypt offers an abundance of myth and ritual that have remained an integral part of laboratory and spiritual alchemical practice. In this seminar, Dr. Thom Cavalli explores seminal myths and magical texts of the “Black Land” that have become part of the perennial lexicon of alchemy. Specifically, we find that particular aspects of the Osiris myth, images and verses from the Book of the Dead and the journey through the Duat, special funerary potions (mumia, natron, liquor hepatis) and magical spells are still relevant to exoteric and personal alchemy. In addition, ancient Egypt provided the archetypal template from which gods and goddesses directly correlate with a “lineage” of major alchemical figures, including Thoth, HermesTrismegistus, and Mercurius. Join him in this exciting adventure as we uncover secrets beneath the sand. 60 min. 2007D8. $12.95
DR. THOM CAVALLI (Ph.D.) is a practicing Jungian psychologist, writer, artist and teacher. He is a member of the Alchemy Guild and the Hermetic Society. Dr. Cavalli’s breakthrough book, Alchemical Psychology, Old Recipes for Living in the New World (Putnam 2002), has become available in Europe and South America. Thom received his doctorate in psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology in San Diego in August 1979. The theme of his dissertation was published in ARCHE in an article entitled The Cosmology of Chance. Dr. Cavalli has been in private practice for twenty years. In that time he has been licensed as a psychologist, marriage, family, child therapist and a Qualified Medical Examiner. He has provided many seminars and workshops to community agencies, industry and private organizations. These include the University of California at Irvine, the California Graduate Institute, The Scottsdale Center for the Arts, The C.G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles, the American Psychological Association, the Orange County Friends of Jung and the California Psychological Association. Dr. Cavalli has appeared on national television, interviewed in Prague, and recorded on radio at the University of California, Irvine. Thom is currently working on a new book that explores the various dimensions of darkness and the nigredo experience. For further information, visit his website, www.AlchemicalPsychology.com. His office is located in Santa Ana, California, and he can be reach via email at email@example.com.
Disc 9 - ALCHEMICAL INITIATION
This lecture by renowned Hermeticist and author John Michael Greer follows the golden thread of alchemical teaching, which for many centuries formed the core teachings of initiatory secret societies in the Western world. Initiates of ancient orders -- such as the Rosicrucians, the Martinist Order, and the Brotherhood of Heliopolis -- learned the symbolism, theory, and practice of alchemy as a personal practice in the course of their training. The alchemical dimension of these esoteric movements, however, was not limited to this. The methods of ceremonial initiation used throughout the western world's secret societies draw extensively on alchemical theory and practice to transform the lead of the unawakened candidate to the gold of the initiated adept – using methods that today's alchemists can put to work in their own practice of the Great Work. 60 min. 2007D9. $12.95
JOHN MICHAEL GREER is one of the world’s leading Hermeticists and author of more than a dozen books on the Western mystery traditions. He began studying with the Golden Dawn in his teens and followed the "golden thread" of esoteric teachings into a wide range of subjects from martial arts and Asian mystical traditions to environmental science and sacred geometry. John graduated magna cum laude from the University of Washington with a degree in the Comparative History of Ideas, and his first book Paths of Wisdom: Cabala and the Western Tradition was released by Llewellyn in 1996. Believing that many modern esoteric groups had lost contact with sacred Nature, he began studying in the Druid tradition and is now the Grand Archdruid of the Ancient Order of Druids in America. He is also a practicing geomancer and devout student of sacred geometry. Among his many books are Inside A Magical Lodge, Earth Divination & Earth Magic: A Practical Guide to Geomancy, Natural Magic, The Encyclopedia of Natural Magic, The New Encyclopedia of the Occult, Learning High Magic, Druidry: A Green Way of Wisdom, and Encyclopedia of Secret Societies. See interview at www.twpt.com/johnmichaelgreer.htm. Website: www.AODA.org.
Disc 10 - ALCHEMY OF THE KABBALAH
In this lecture Dr. Gudni Gudnason will reveal the concepts of the Kabbalah that raise the fundamental vibration within the human soul, and bring it through the transformations of the alchemical phases of Nigredo (Black Phase) to Rubedo (Red Phase) to help us harness and complete the perfection of Adam Kadmon. In the ancient texts, Kabbalah is described as the “Mind of the Great Work” or the “Mind of God.” These are the essential teachings that make the Philosophers Stone work and help each of us become the “Adam Kadmon,” the perfected being who can return the human race to the Garden of Eden. Kabbalists are dedicated to this basic teaching and seek to make themselves examples of its potential. Dr. Gudnason will guide you through the first steps of this process and provide the fundamental tools that work for both the layman as well as those who are advanced on the path. You will learn traditional workings such as the Kabbalistic Cross, Pentagram Alchemy, Kabbalistic Mantra Meditation, Techniques of Hermetic Alchemy, as well as modern variations including Ray Philosophy, DNA Activation, and more. Special exercises will be introduced so participants can directly experience the Seven Rays of the Tree of Life and gain a deeper appreciation of the ancient alchemy of the Kabbalah. 60 min. 2007D10. $12.95
DR. BARON GUDNI GUDNASON VON THORODDSEN (Ph.D.) is a spiritual alchemist and teacher. He began his quest for deeper knowledge as a young man and at an early age was initiated into the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn in England. He continued his study of the Hermetic teachings at a secret school in Salzburg, Austria, that taught alchemy in the old way; a Christian Kabbalah school in Bern, Switzerland; a Kabbalistic alchemy school in Madrid, Spain; an astrology school in Cairo, Egypt; a shamanic alchemy school near Alexandria; a Tantric school in the Congo, at other esoteric schools in Romania and Sweden, and studied other traditions at several schools in Tibet, India, and Japan. He also studied the ways of traditional human culture and was awarded degrees in business and psychology, and he is the recipient of many humanitarian awards. After 16 years of study, Gudni founded his own school and is now a respected international teacher of the Hermetic arts. Rocky Mountain Mystery School, 83 Galaxy Blvd. Unit 3, Toronto, M9W 5X6, Canada (Phone: 416-625-3470). World Headquarters: Rocky Mountain Mystery School International, Honbu Dojo, 3-31-11 New Life Center, Nishiwaseda Bekkan 2nd Floor, Nishiwaseda, Shinjuku-Ku, Tokyo 169-0051, Japan (Phone: 81- 3-3205-0777). Websites: www.rmmsint.com and www.fratergedrm.com. Email Dr. Gudnason at firstname.lastname@example.org. Back to Top
Disc 11 - ALCHEMY AND THE VOICE OF NATURE:
DIALOGUES WITH SOMA
This two-disc workshop with Micah Nilsson and Paul Bartscher focus on the spiritual use of the Mazatec herb Salvia divinorum, and through alchemical imagery and their own words, the presenters will convey what alchemy has revealed about Lady Salvia. This will be an experiential journey for attendees as well, since everyone present will be able to share the Spagyric of Salvia to attune them to the initiatic level of the teachings. This sharing of both the words and substance of their work is the mission Micah and Paul have been on for over 16 years, and they look forward to each opportunity to continue it. The earliest humans, immersed in the natural world, created nature-based faiths as our oldest religions. This "biophilia" (“love of the life force”) is native to our consciousness but has left our religious experience – and both we and the natural world suffer from this disconnect. Alchemy shows us a powerful way to reconnect with the intelligence of Nature as expressed through her green beings, the plants. Like the evolutionary processes that created agriculture and medicine, our spiritual interactions with plants can be a co-creative process of transformation, an intelligent conversation with the mind of Nature. Alchemy, as part of this tradition, is a specialized application of Hermetic thought to physical reality, and is the shamanic path of the West. Alchemy is the work of the re-spiritualization of matter, of seeing the manifestations of physical life around us as sacred and imbued with spiritual force. As with other shamanic traditions, alchemy works with plants and natural substances to draw out their healing intelligences and spirits, and then apply those essences to the inner work. By applying alchemical principles to shamanic plants and practices, we can reclaim the path of our Western ancestors, and connect again with a heritage of spiritual worth and value to the modern world. Many of entheogenic plants increasing in popularity today have much to teach us about Nature and our place in it, and alchemy is uniquely Western in its focus on the deliberate and systematic improvement of the self as a project moving towards perfection. 90 min. Two disc set. 2007D11. $12.95
MICAH NILSSON and PAUL BARTSCHER are practicing alchemists and plant spagyricists. Paul is a practicing alchemist specializing in spagyric medicine. Micah (shown at left) is an herbalist and laboratory alchemist with 15 years experience in the Work. She has taught at the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland and at Bastyr University in Seattle. In 1989, after her own herbal healing experience, she began to study herbs intensively. That same year, she met her husband, Paul Bartscher, who had been studying Western esoterics and alchemy. Her knowledge of the healing qualities of herbs complemented Paul's knowledge of the alchemical work with herbs' subtle properties, and each of them had the knowledge the other needed to go forward on our path. Since then, the couple has worked to share what they discovered in the ancient texts and in their own laboratory. They also teach alchemy as a lens for viewing Nature with greater depth, appreciation, and respect. Their goal is to educate people about the philosophy and practice of alchemy as a way of connecting with the sacred living intelligence of Nature through her plant beings, which are the subject of spagyric work and the bridge between us and the natural world. Through this work, alchemical energies are linked from the planetary archetypes above to our personal microcosm within, the plants themselves becoming preparations which hold together this chain of being. Their company, Al-Kemi, was founded in 1991 to research and put into modern practice the ancient healing work of the original alchemists, who considered themselves Philosophers of Nature because their method of work consisted of observing Nature's operations and then applying them in the laboratory. They have continued that ancient lineage by providing discriminating clients with a complete alchemical and spagyric apothecary of products to promote health and longevity at all levels of being. They work with everything from physically healing herbs to shamanic and sacred plants for dreamwork, journeying, meditation, energy work, yoga, and more. Al-Kemi, PO Box 451, Walterville, OR 97489 USA. Phone: 541-345-3456. Email: email@example.com. Website: www.Al-Kemi.com
Disc 12 - SHAMANIC ALCHEMY IN EGYPT:
AWAKENING THE WISDOM OF THE HEART
Join Nicki Scully on a journey that will inspire and inform the art of Alchemy through direct access to ancient sources in Egypt. Nicki is best known as a cartographer of the inner planes, a modern facilitator for the Alchemical Healing teachings of Thoth, and for her shamanic Egyptian mystery school. The new map that she brings to this conference is a result of her recent vision quest in an ancient shaman’s cave in Egypt’s western desert. Her presentation is alchemy in action, an initiatory rite of passage that reaches deeply into the Osirian mysteries to draw forth a connecting link through which participants are infused with knowledge and tools from the ancestors. With these tools you can reawaken ancient Egyptian alchemical trailblazing techniques, and perhaps find new ones. This empowerment will also raise the Djed within each participant, providing rejuvenation and restoration of the illumined heart/mind. 60 min. 2007D12. $12.95
NICKI SCULLY has been teaching healing, the shamanic arts, and the Egyptian Mysteries since 1983. Techniques from her Alchemical Healing form are used internationally by thousands of practitioners. She is a lineage holder in the Hermetic tradition of Thoth and maintains the Lyceum of Shamanic Egypt. She is ordained as a priestess of Hathor by Lady Olivia Robertson, co-founder of the Fellowship of Isis. During her first tour of Egypt with the Grateful Dead in 1978, Nicki experienced an epiphany on the top of the great pyramid, and realized that her purpose in this life is to bring forth the hidden shamanic arts of Egypt. Drawing on the knowledge she has gained through decades of study and practice, she enlightens and uplifts all whom study and travel with her. In the late '80s, Nicki founded Shamanic Journeys, Ltd., and has been guiding inner journeys and spiritual pilgrimages to Egypt, Peru, Greece, and other sacred sites. Nicki lives in Eugene, Oregon, where she maintains a comprehensive healing and shamanic consulting practice. She welcomes you to study with her at her beautiful garden center. She is the author of Alchemical Healing: A Guide to Spiritual, Physical, and Transformational Medicine and other books. Her latest book, co-authored with Linda Star Wolf, is Shamanic Mysteries of Egypt: Awakening the Healing Power of the Heart. Website: www.AlchemicalHealing.com. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Discs 13A & 13B - PRACTICAL ALCHEMY SPAGYRICS WORKSHOP
During the conference, formal instruction in basic and advanced techniques of spagyrics will be offered by Robert Allen Bartlett, chief chemist at the Paracelsus Research Institute. Spagyrics (spa-gîr-iks) is a Greek word meaning to separate and recombine. Spagyrics was the basis of Paracelsus’ work, and he is often considered its father. The spagyric process is a three-fold process of separation, purification, and cohobation (reunion of the purified parts). During the process, the essences of the substance are exposed and reborn under planetary influences. The spagyric product is considered to be at a higher level of potency able to affect not only the physical body but also the underlying or spiritual cause of disease. This class will meet twice during the conference. Certificates of completion and credit in the alchemy program at Flamel College will be provided. Two disc set. 120 min. 2007D13. $19.95
ROBERT ALLEN BARTLETT is a practicing alchemist and author. A natural born scientist, Robert's interest in geology and the sciences in general prompted him to construct his own home laboratory when only 9 years old. Roberts interest in the ancient use of natural materials lead him to the study of alchemical works at the age of 12, and it has become his lifelong passion. In 1974, he left San Jose State University to pursue an intensive course of alchemical study at the Paracelsus Research Society (later Paracelsus College) under the guidance of Dr. Albert Reidel (Frater Albertus). During this time, Robert lived in central Idaho where he performed personal research on botanical materials and worked underground mining antimony (an important alchemical resource). By 1976, at the prompting of Frater Albertus, Robert returned to college at Boise State University to complete his degree in chemistry with the view of working at the newly formed Paralab, a commercial offshoot of Paracelsus College. During this time Robert was also employed as a geochemical assayer for the mining industry. In 1979, he received his B.S. degree chemistry and immediately began work at Paralab as Chief Chemist. Working closely with Frater Albertus, Robert developed a wide range of mineral and metallic preparations following Western and Eastern alchemical traditions for applications in alternative health care. Later, he was selected by Frater Albertus to become a Director of Research at Tristar, the future vision of Frater Albertus which would combine the Paracelsus College, Paralab, and a Healing Arts Center into one complex. Unfortunately with the death of Frater Albertus in 1984, both the college and Paralab closed its doors and the Tristar dream was never realized. Robert’s pursuit of alchemical research never diminished, as he continued his chemistry career as a research scientist for new ceramic materials, then later as the Chemistry Department Manager for a large materials testing laboratory. In this new environment, he was able to document and perfect alchemical experiments using the very latest in scientific instrumentation. Robert is currently living in the Pacific Northwest with his wife and two daughters where he has been teaching classes and giving workshops on practical alchemy since 2002. He is an instructor with Flamel College and will be presenting the Spagyrics Workshop at the conference. He also produces a line of spagyric and homeopathic mineral salts under the Terre Vitae label. His latest book is Real Alchemy. Website: www.byregion.net/profiles/spagyricus.html .
Disc 14 - FIRE CIRCLE ALCHEMY
This lecture by Jeff McBride and Abbi Spinner McBride covers the alchemical principles of the Fire Circle and how to use it to activate your own transformation. The Fire element is the agent of transformation in alchemy, and alchemists themselves were known as "Philosophers of Fire." By connecting with the Fire element though its correspondences (movement, dancing, drumming, chanting, and other active meditations), practitioners seek to burn through existing structures of mind and body and release the alchemist's Secret Fire of transformation. This lecture covers the alchemical principles of the Fire Circle and how to use it to activate your own transformation. 60 min. An actual indoor Alchemical Fire Circle follows the lecture and features the Las Vegas Alchemical Ritual Theatre company. 2007D14. $12.95
JEFF "MAGNUS" McBRIDE has been voted Magician of the Year by Hollywood's Magic Castle. He is a performance magician, alchemist and educator in ritual theater, known around the world for his extensive magical work with masks. Jeff has been seen on many TV specials, including: ABC's Champions of Magic, NBC's World’s Greatest Magic and PBS's The Art of Magic and is featured in the newly released television documentary A Magickal Life: Jeff McBride. He has also been seen on the Discovery Channel's Mysteries of Magic, where Jeff served as a consultant on shamanism and ritual magic. Jeff is also a founder of The Mystery School of Magic, the McBride Magical Arts Center, and the Vegas Vortex. He has been facilitating Fire Circles at festivals throughout the world for over a decade. “Magic is about transformation,” Jeff says. “It reminds us that everything changes – including ourselves.” ABBI SPINNER McBRIDE is a renowned musician and teacher of alchemy, percussion, hand-drumming, dance and magic. She is a High Priestess of the Family of Fire, and a highly skilled firecircle facilitator. Her creative abilities in music, poetry, dance and choreography are much in demand at conferences across the country. For the past decade Abbi has worked with Jeff McBride, traveling through the United States, Europe, Asia, Indonesia, Africa, and South America as a dynamic part of his performance as live music director and lead assistant. Currently she is a vocalist and co-writer with Zingaia, a top selling world fusion group operating out of Las Vegas. She also has released two CDs of original music, Songs from the Center, and Enter the Center, and will have her new CD, Fire of Creation available soon! For more information, visit www.McbrideMagic.com. Back to Top
Disc 15 - FRATER ALBERTUS PRACTICAL ALCHEMY PANEL
Here is your opportunity to pose your questions directly to our panel of practicing alchemists. These are alchemists who have their own laboratories. Most were students of Frater Albertus who have been brought together for the first time in over 25 years. Hosted by Dennis William Hauck. Participants include (left to right on stage): Werner Nawrocki, Daniel Coaten, Robert Allen Bartlett, Art Kunkin, Timothy Wilkerso and Paul Bartscher. 90 min. 2007D15. $12.95