Learn Alchemical Treatments and Transform as a Healer

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Master Alchemy Apprenticeship Program

with Leta Herman and Jaye McElroy

For Acupuncturists, Acupressurists, and Energy Healers
Alchemy is a fundamental aspect of early Chinese Medicine. 

To be an Alchemical practitioner requires a new paradigm for healing... 

One that leaves the idea of "illness" and being the "healer/helper" behind and enters the realm of each being's realization of their full potential and perfection. 

Alchemical treatments are a roadmap of cultivation techniques that can be applied by modern Chinese Medicine practitioners and Energy Healers with people who believe themselves to be either ill or well.

As an Alchemical Healer, YOU take on a new role as facilitator for each person who intersects with your path. 

Through the Alchemical approach to working with points and treatments and the cultivation of meditations for each Alchemical stage, clients can make a "course correction" and walk their true road in life.

Become A Transformational Healer

Learn rare Alchemical Treatments - fully transform as a Healer and Human in the Apprenticeship Program

"You’re not seeing yourself as the person who is doing the healing, but rather as the medium or the intermediary by which something comes through you, and through you, you’re serving as a vehicle of the healing process."

- Master Jeffrey Yuen

Many of us chose the path of the healer with the goal of helping others while striving to find a path we love. However, as with any career, the mundane-ness of the daily routine can set in after the newness is over.
Are you finding yourself pondering the question:

Is there more to life than this? 

You know that there's more potential inside you as a Healer. 
You have the potential to go deeper into the Mystery of Life both personally and then with clients.

Alchemy is a continual changing and growing journey that eliminates the boredom and the mundane in our lives.

If you are seeking more... Practicing Alchemy could be of interest to you.  

The Master Alchemy Program will not only transform you as a Healer, but as a Human as well.

This program will help you foster and guide your personal journey towards your own radical transformation. 

This unique apprenticeship will teach not only the theory, but the practical hands-on training as well as personal self cultivation, self exploration, facing and letting go of past traumas, and so much more...

All illness comes from wanting things to last forever. Historically, Chinese Medicine's purpose is to heal our spirits. We know things can't last forever, but it's human nature to wish things could or that we could go back in time and do it over again. We wish for permanence in life, but the only constant in life is the idea of change.

How Does It Work?

The Master Alchemy Apprenticeship Program is a 1-3 year learning program with Leta Herman & Jaye McElroy that provides the fundamental skills to embark upon your Alchemical Practitioner journey. The program is suitable for Chinese Medicine Practitioners and many other healers who are seeking to integrate ancient Alchemical Healing Treatments into their current healing practice.
Alchemy is truly a personal journey. But it helps to take that journey in a supportive community and learn from those who are maybe a little further along this path. This apprenticeship builds on the years of wisdom of its teachers in a way that can speed up your learning process. Our students accomplish in a few years what took us 10 to 20 years to accomplish. Our approach is effective... We take the theories of Alchemy and apply it to practical clinical work so you can step out on this path boldly and confidently.  Some students like a more fast track approach while some of our other students love to take their time and let the material soak into their consciousness on a deeper level. And still other students love the personal Alchemical journey for themselves, as they have many past traumas that have been holding them back and are loving the new found freedom from their own Alchemical treatments and self-cultivation practices.  
We are flexible and patient.  Whatever timeline and pace you choose to take, we believe it is for you to decide on your own path. We are just the guides... it is your journey to take.   

Year One: Two Tracks

The MAP program focuses on understanding the transformational principles and theories that serve as the foundation in Alchemical Healing. This unique Alchemical Healing system of transformation provides practitioners with practical yet expansive skills and applicable resources to effectively provide Alchemical Healing and transformational sessions. This intensive and transformational program can be both theoretical and clinical. 

Master Alchemy Program

The Theory of How to Practice

Long-Distance Learning:

This program has been redesigned to take into account our disparate locations from around the globe. Since the pandemic, we all have to had to adapt to a new world "normal,"  and we will continue to make adaptations to offer this work for many who couldn't access it before. Flexibility is key. We are embracing as much of technology as we can to further help guide healers to continue their Alchemy practice.  
The Master Alchemy Program series is the Virtual classroom (lectures, guided exercises, and online classes) portion for our Master Alchemy Apprenticeship Program. This program is for those who cannot do the in-person portion of the program (due to location or time/resources) at this time. This program focuses on the fundamental building blocks for becoming an Alchemical Healer. 

The program consists of 3 years of guided programs, each of which has a theme. These intensives include:
  • Year One: Becoming an Alchemical Healer: Alchemical 5 Elements and 9 Palaces, The Thirteen Ghost Points, the Nine Stages of Alchemy (Stages 1 and 2)
  • ​Year Two: The Nine Heart Pains Treatment, the Alchemical Grieving Treatment, the Nine Stages of Alchemy (Stages 3 and 4)
  • ​Year Three: The IDs and EDs Treatments,  Gui Possession, the Starry Sky Points, and the Nine Stages of Alchemy (Stages 5 through 9)

Year One

The first year focuses on Advanced Five Elements and Nine Palaces understanding, the Ghost Points, the Nine Stages of Alchemy and self-cultivation. 

Year 2 and Year 3 focus on the Nine Heart Pains, Grieving, IDs, EDs, and the Starry Sky points.
Online Classes Included in the Program:
  • ​Understanding the Five Elements
  • Understanding the Nine Palaces
  • ​Intro to Alchemy
  • ​Releasing Chaotic Energy
  • ​Advanced Alchemical Five Element Energetics
  • ​Alchemical Rapport & Professional Intimacy
  • ​The Thirteen Ghost Points
Live "Wu Wei Wednesdays" Zoom Classes (with Replay):
Weekly Meditations and Live Discussions
Tentative Schedule - Subject to Change
Noon to 2:00 Wednesdays (Eastern Time/USA)
(2023 Dates TBA)
September 14th - Intro to the program, meet and greet, meditation - Who Am I?
September 18th - Advanced Ghost Points
September 21 - The Ghost Points - Intro - What’s Holding You Back?
September 28 - Ghost Palace, Ghost Convincing Meditations
October 19 - Ghost Eyes and Ghost Heart
October 26 - Ghost Road and Ghost Pillow
November 9 - Stages of Alchemy
November 12-13 - 9 Stages of Alchemy 
November 16 - Stage One - Enter the Mystery Gate
November 30 - Ghost Bed and Ghost Market 
December 7 - Ghost Cave
December 14 - Stage One - What Do I Really Want
January 4 - Stage One - Align Your Heart
January 11 - Ghost Hall and Ghost Hidden
January 18 - Ghost Official and Ghost Seal
February 1 - February 8 - Stage One - Rebellious Qi
February 15 - Stage One - Communing with Your Higher Self
March 1 - Stage One - Letting Go
March 8 - Stage Two - Creating your Alchemical Cauldron
March 15 - Removing Your Tentacles - Part 1
April 5 - Removing Your Tentacles- Part 2
April 16 - Best Protection is No Protection
May 10 - Clinical Discussions
May 24 - Psychic Powers
June 7 - Claircognizance
June 21 - Alchemical Coaching
July 12 - TBD
July 19 - TBD
Aug 9 - TBD
Aug 16 - TBD

Master Alchemy Apprenticeship
(In-Person/Remote Hybrid)

Clinical Certification

In-Person Learning:

We recognize the richness and power of in-person learning, especially for the depth of Alchemical healing techniques. As such, all apprentices come to learn in person at pre-scheduled retreats or independently visiting the Alchemy Healing Clinic for a day, weekend, or even a week at a time.  This program is built along side the Master Alchemy Program and all Apprentices are required to take the MAP intensives and Wu Wei Wednesday Zoom sessions at the appropriate times in the program.  

These in-person clinic learning sessions make it possible for you to get your observation and supervised trainings in with maximum flexibility depending on your location. Apprentices who can travel easily, can spread their in-person trainings out and come when it is convenient for in-person learning. Apprentices who have more difficulty traveling can come for extended stays and do the bulk of their trainings at once. We have 2 international airports within 2 hours of us -- Boston (2 hours) & Hartford/Bradley (45 mins).

This program is designed to provide the mentorship that is so helpful in learning this level of work. This is about having the  assurance of someone who has been doing this work for many years being by your side while you embark on your journey. 

All clinical and in-person treatment & training sessions will require observation of strict safety protocols for the State of Massachusetts, including in some cases getting tested for COVID for all in-person events. These requirements vary depending on the current status of our state's laws. We will provide each student with a detailed list of protocols and requirements.
If the current state of COVID and world travels continue to improve, our plans for multi-year students to gather for in-person healing retreats will move forward. Please check our live events page for upcoming retreat dates. 

Your confidence and learning curve will develop faster than you can imagine with the apprenticeship and the support of the community behind you. Together we can and will move forward and grow 
as Alchemical Healers. It truly can be a transformational, positive, and self-loving way to learn Alchemy.

The Master Alchemy Apprenticeship Program (MAAP) has three levels and is designed as a 1-3 year intensive program 
(but can have a more flexible timeline if needed):

Year One Certification:  Embarking on Your Journey
This includes:

--Completion of required online classes
--Your Cohort Sessions, which include Alchemical meditations and self-cultivation (2 to 3 "Wu Wei Wednesday" Zoom classes per month with replay)
--Your Ghost Points treatment and monthly Alchemy treatments
--Your Life Strategy Session
--Discounts on in-person retreats
--In-Person observation and supervision of your treatments
--Treatments on your own (with written notes)

Year Two Certification: The Practitioner's Journey

--Completion of The Nine Heart Pains, The Alchemical Grieving Treatment Intensives
-- Your Cohort Sessions, which include Stages Three and Four of  Alchemy 
--Your Heart Pains treatment and monthly Alchemy treatments
-- In-Person observation and supervision of the treatments 
--Treatments on your own (with written notes)

Year Three Certification: Going Deeper

--Completion of IDs and EDs Treatments and Gui Possession and The Starry Sky Point Treatments Intensives
--Your Cohort Sessions, which include the remaining 9 Stages of Alchemy
-- In-Person observation and supervision of the treatments 
--Treatments on your own (with written notes)

Upon successful completion of all the requirements for each level, students will receive an Alchemical Practitioner Certification for their completed level (Certified Alchemical Healing Practitioner). Graduates of the program will be permitted to list their services using the Alchemy Certification Program logo(s) on their own website and marketing materials. Active Certified Practitioners may also be listed for client referral on the official Alchemy Learning Center Certification Program website under the category of Certified Practitioners.


Get ready to live your life’s purpose, fulfill your potential and help others do the same. The Master Alchemy Program is open for enrollment. Join us.


SEPTEMBER 7th (or until class is full)


One Payment Option: $3650 USD
8 Payment Option: 8 payments of $525/month USD

Yes! I’m ready to get inspired and learn transformational work!

This program has an application process. Click on Apply Now, complete the form, and we will set up a Zoom call to discuss your plan.


Get ready to live your life’s purpose, fulfill your potential and help others do the same. The Master Alchemy Apprenticeship Program is open for enrollment. Join us.


SEPTEMBER 7th (or until class is full)


One Payment Option: $11950
8 Payment Option: 8 Payments of $1618.75/month USD

Yes! I’m ready to get inspired and learn transformational work!

This program has an application process. Click on Apply Now, complete the form, and we will set up a Zoom call to discuss your plan.

"This Alchemical path is one of the fastest personal growth journeys that you can embark on. By helping others transform on a daily basis, you go through your own deep and radical transformations as well."

"Can you provide something that can deeply transform your clients' lives while going through your own transformational process? Yes, you can!"

Master Alchemy Apprenticeship Program

In this program, we will share many of the beautiful teachings passed down from
Master Jeffrey Yuen, an 88th generation Daoist Priest. 

In ancient times, some very wise human beings observed the nature of life and the natural human responses to it. Instead of trying to teach humans how to deal with the choppy waters of life without a rudder, sail, or oars, they decided to raise the bar! They wanted more, asked more, needed more—and they sought knowledge, rather than material items. These ancient Alchemists discovered a way to navigate the tumultuous waters in their lives and set sail to a particular destination of their choice.

They set out to become what the Chinese called a “realized human being” or what’s known as a “Zhen Ren” in Chinese. They were the wizards and magicians who cracked the code on how to transcend the life of an “average human being.” We think it is truly a road worth taking. 
Alchemy is mastery of your own life. It’s not easy to achieve, but anyone can achieve it. 
The Eight Immortals of antiquity in China are considered to represent all the types of people in the world. In today’s language, the Eight consisted of a healthy young man, an elderly man, a woman, a wealthy man, an under-privileged, gender non-conforming person, a handsome prince, a creative artist, and a man with a disability. The diversity of the group is meant to show us that anyone, at any point in their lives, can start their journey and achieve mastery in their own lives.
You can be on your deathbed taking your last breath or recently born and taking your first breath and still discover the meaning of Alchemy.
You just need the tools, the awareness, and some guidance—though that guidance could certainly come from within you.

Alchemy came to us through the guidance of many teachers and life experiences, but our true inspiration to learn more about Alchemy came from Master Jeffrey Yuen and his vast knowledge of ancient Alchemy. We think of the Nine Stages of Alchemy as a roadmap that can guide us with specific directions that say now turn right here, and make a left there. It’s not the only way to get to our destination; in fact, anyone could invent their own Alchemical road map. However, we believe that a group of very wise people created a wonderful map for us a very long time ago—so why not follow the stepping stones they laid out for us to follow? It’s just one way to get there. The ancient Alchemists did it, and they surely wanted us to give it a try.

What You Receive in the Apprenticeship Program

  • ​Access to on-line prerequisite classes
  • Initial planning session with Leta
  • ​Online livestream classes and Zoom trainings
  • ​A guided path to learning and understanding the 9 Stages of Alchemy and Alchemical treatments
  • ​A deeper personal transformation that will change your life and your clients 
  • Shadowing Leta personally during treatments in our Healing Center or at retreats
  • ​Study pods with fellow Apprentices in your group
  • In-Person Retreats - Based on COVID guidelines
  • ​A personalized self-cultivation routine that will last a lifetime that you will love!
  • ​​Hands-on Learning in treatment sessions
  • Contribute to an active learning community that manifests our true potential as cooperative social beings
  • Develop or expand a vision of Alchemical culture
  • Grow further inspired to manifest that vision
  • ​Perpetuate positive action to incite others to embody their own Alchemical path
  • ​Be part of and connect with an emerging community of Alchemically-oriented people
  • ​Celebrate transformation, curiosity, inspiration, and self-cultivation

Who am I? 
When we are looking outside ourselves for the answer to the Who Am I question instead of finding inspiration from within, then it becomes about who you are not. You may ask, "Why can't I be like that artist that painted that beautiful painting or why can't I be like that athlete who won Olympic gold?" These are questions that require deep contemplation.

This is simply about asking yourself better questions.

About Your Guides

Leta Herman is an Alchemical Healer, Chinese Medicine teacher, Podcast host of the Inspired Action Podcast, as well as author of Through the Mystery Gate, The Energy of Love, Connecting Your Circle, and The BIG "Little" Gua Sha Book. She is the co-founder of the Alchemy Healing Center, a very active Chinese Medicine teaching clinic in Northampton, MA dedicated to helping clients find their true potential through Alchemical transformation. She is the driving force behind the new Alchemy Learning Center, offering online classes and live events related to The Five Elements, The Nine Palaces, and Alchemy.

She has immersed herself in the philosophies of Daoism, Alchemical Healing, and Chinese Medicine for over twenty years. She is a long-time student of Master Jeffrey Yuen, an 88th generation Daoist priest and Chinese Medicine master. She is also a graduate of Eliot Cowan's Plant Spirit Medicine studies program and has studied intensively with well-known teachers and former students of J.R. Worsley, who brought Five Element Acupuncture to the West in the 1960s. 

Jaye McElroy is an Alchemical Life Strategist, Podcast host of the Inspired Action Podcast, as well as author of Through the Mystery Gate, The Energy of Love, Connecting Your Circle, and The BIG "Little" Gua Sha Book. She is the co-founder of the Alchemy Healing Center, a very active Chinese Medicine teaching clinic in Northampton, MA dedicated to helping clients find their true potential through Alchemical transformation. She is a co-founder of the new Alchemy Learning Center, offering online classes and live events related to The Five Elements, The Nine Palaces, and Alchemy.

McElroy combines her career in business, writing, and creative arts with Alchemy and the Five Elements to help people manifest their true potential in life. 

More About Your Teachers

The Alchemy Healing Center

Healing in modern day society is focused on getting rid of symptoms as quickly as possible. The Alchemy Healing Center in Northampton MA, founded by Leta Herman and Jaye McElroy, is focused on cultivating your true potential while healing the source of the problem, whether it is emotional or physical. 

Leta & Jaye's New Book

Order Leta Herman & Jaye McElroy's new Alchemy book! 

Enter the Mystery Gate of Daoist Alchemy and discover how to remove the obstacles in your way, embrace the magic of all that is, and learn to fly in your life.

Upcoming Live Events

Join us for a number of online and in-person events!

Our events cover everything from livestream classes on Alchemy and Chinese Medicine, Self-cultivation Quests, the Apprenticeship Program, and yearly Alchemical retreats.

The Podcast

Season 5 is here! 

Embrace the magic of the mystery of your life. Take a journey with Leta and Jaye through the Mystery Gate with Season 5 of the Inspired Action Podcast. The first episode explores new beginnings and new directions.

A recent Master Alchemists Retreat!

Alchemy is the Road Less Traveled

If you’re attracted to Alchemy and to the ways it can transform your life, you must ultimately walk it alone. But we like to say you can have friends along the way, who will share the path with you. Many Alchemists retreated to the mountains in the old days, to practice in small groups. This is a tradition of living life differently than people do in mainstream modern culture. The focus is on self-cultivation. We’ve been practicing Alchemy for many years now. We are also lucky to have found and built a community of others who want to practice with us.

- Leta & Jaye

Program Outline

This program is designed to meet each particular student’s needs and will vary in the time it takes to complete. Some participants may want to move more quickly than others. We recommend that participants plan to complete all the work within a maximum of 3 years from their start date. However, each apprentice’s path will be different, and not all apprentices may want to complete all 3 levels. 

MAAP Level One

1. Prerequisite Online Classes:

Once you're accepted into the program and have signed up for your Master Alchemy Quest, you will be given access to four online prerequisite classes, which you should complete before the start of the program. 

--Understanding the Five Elements
--Understanding the Nine Palaces
--Releasing Chaotic Qi
--Intro to Alchemy for Practitioners

Suggested Reading: Through the Mystery Gate, Connecting Your Circle, 3 more books...

2.  Zoom Session (2-3 per month)

We will have an initial Apprentice meeting at a time that's convenient for everyone.

3. Your personal Alchemy treatments:

As Alchemy Practitioners we must first personally experience Alchemy before we can help others along the path.  (All treatments will be deeply discounted for apprentices in the program)

--Thirteen Ghost Points (4-6 hours)
--Nine Heart Pains (4-6 hours)
--Stage One of Alchemy treatments (60 minutes preferably monthly)
--Alchemy Strategy Discover Session - 3-4 hour coaching session
--Alchemy Life Strategy Session (90 minutes as needed) 

4. Shadowing at the Alchemy Healing Center:

Every apprentice in Level One will be required to observe "in person" sessions and submit session notes for a minimum of:

-- Three (3) 13 Ghost Point treatments
-- Two (2) 9 Heart Pains treatments
-- Three (3) First Stage of Alchemy treatments

Within a week after shadowing a session, you will be required to submit your MAAP Alchemy Treatment Notes.  Leta will review these and a complete review session of all your session notes with Leta will be done upon completion. 

5. Supervision:

To complete the Level One Certification, you need to perform at least one (1) supervised  Thirteen Ghost Points treatment and one (1) Nine Heart Pains Treatment with Leta present in the room. In addition, you will perform two (2) supervised Stage One of Alchemy treatments. This is only a minimum… many students require or desire more supervision. This is a good thing!  It may be necessary for your individual  learning style to be flexible and kind to yourself.  Treatment notes are required to be submitted on all the supervised treatments.  

6. Treatments in Your Practice:

After completion of your personal and supervised treatments for each level of training, you can begin to start practicing on your own. At this point in your training, we ask that you complete Alchemy Treatment Notes for Five (5) sessions per Level with your clients. In addition, you are required to submit 5 additional Stage One Alchemy Treatment notes . Clients may be friends, families, patients, or volunteers. In order to receive certification, we must receive all session notes and have a positive review session with Leta.

7. Retreats:

A live in-person retreat may be scheduled in 2022 for all MAAP students, if permitted. Retreats are a great opportunity for those who live far away to complete their shadowing and supervision treatment requirements. World travel restrictions will decide the 2022 retreat scheduling.

Level Two Master Alchemy Apprentice Program: The Practitioner's Journey

In addition to the above requirements, you will be required to attend your coursework for Level Two and observe “in person” and submit notes for a minimum of three (3) IDs, EDs, or Grieving treatments (preferable at least one IDs or Eds treatment) with Leta plus three (3) Nine Stages of Alchemy treatments (Stage 2 or above).  Plus you must perform at least three (3) supervised treatments with Leta present (one IDs, one EDs, and one Grieving treatment). Treatment notes are required to be submitted on all these treatments. This is a minimum… more may be necessary for your learning and that will be worked out at the time.

Level Three: Going Deeper

In addition to the above, you will be required to attend your coursework for Level Three and observe “in person” and submit notes for a minimum of three (3) additional Ling Shu treatments with Leta plus three (3) Nine Stages of Alchemy treatments (preferably for higher level stages). Plus you must perform at least two (2) supervised treatments with Leta present (preferably one Starry Sky points treatments). Treatment notes are required to be submitted on all these treatments. This is a minimum… more may be necessary for your learning and that will be worked out at the time. 

MAAP fees: 
Our previous fee structure was based on participation in a per year-long program. With COVID circumstances, we have created a new pay-as-you-go program. We feel this is fair and will help support the different circumstances we are all dealing with and the limitations of travel, safety protocols, and not having too many people in a live classroom at the same time. This may change as situations change.

We know the importance of this work must continue, and we are greatly appreciative of all of our students' dedication. We do not want cost or financial restraints to be a deciding factor that prevents anyone who truly desires to learn this work. Please connect with us if you need assistance. 

This is a wonderful opportunity for everyone to create a lifestyle that embraces Alchemy, Self-cultivation and a committed level of focus and attention in understanding and learning these powerful Alchemical Treatments.

You will be transforming yourself and the work you’re doing with others on a completely new level. 

How to Use an Alchemical Approach to Create Deeper Levels of Transformation in Yourself and Your Clients

Interested in Becoming a Transformational Healer?

We put together a free webinar on how to use Alchemy to powerfully change your Healing practice and your life.

When Can I Begin Learning Alchemical Healing?

the next start date is
September 2023

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