October 2023

Building Your Alchemical Cauldron: Fall 2023 Retreat

The path of the Alchemist is a gentle path yet can be sometimes fierce with the quest for wisdom, experience, peace, love…and more!

☯️Build Your Alchemical Cauldron – your safe foundation for Alchemical changes & transformations

☯️Five Element Rapport and Intimacy Exercises – creating deeper levels of connection

☯️Flex Your Heart Muscles – opening and accessing the void of your heart

☯️Begin living your full potential and an authentic life

For Practitioners: We must first personally experience Alchemy before we can help others along the path. It is so helpful and inspiring to embark on your own Alchemy path and self cultivation before you begin treating others.

For Self-Cultivators: Come supercharge your Alchemy October 5th – 7th. Build your alchemical cauldron through meditation and exercises that create a safe space (the cauldron) inside yourself to love yourself soooo much that you can free your heart from your heart pains. This is the fundamental step that many skip when doing higher level spiritual work (from any tradition). Join our apprentices for some fun, laughter, self-realizations and tons of ah-ha moments!

This is a transformational opportunity to practice and embrace a personal self-cultivation routine with guidance, open-heartedness, mutual appreciation, like-mindedness, support and with an amazing group of healers from around the world! 

October 5th – Begin with a quiet evening (7:00 – 9:00) of profound self-inquiry with an Alchemical meditation that creates a safe space inside yourself (your cauldron) that you can generate self-love,self acceptance and awareness from within yourself. This cauldron sets up your foundation to do your Alchemical transformations, and meditations in a slow but safe path to the higher meditations. 

October 6th – The day will be dedicated to self-inquiry and Alchemical transformation through the process of freeing your heart.

October 7th – This day we will focus on all Five Elements and how to connect with each Element through Elemental exercises with our apprentices. Learn how to better communicate with others AND yourself through Five Elemental Energetics.

Who should attend:

We feel, Alchemy requires self-cultivation that enables you to undergo deep and vulnerable transformation. Together we can motivate, grow, and influence each other on our own separate but intertwined Alchemical journeys.

Leta Herman and Jaye McElroy bring you this Alchemy retreat from the perspective of Alchemical Chinese Medicine Healing. As we delve into the Daoist Meditation and Chinese Medicine philosophies of human energetics and priorities, we can come to a better understanding our own authenticity.

Change can feel scary because it takes us into the unknown... "The Mystery Gate." But if you're willing to make the commitment to yourself, to knowing there is something more, even if you don’t know what that is, that’s the first step in Alchemy/Transformation. The greatest investment you can make is in yourself. Once you understand and accept your natural strengths and weaknesses, you can stop beating yourself up and start celebrating your natural gifts.

2022 Master Alchemists Retreat

Alchemy is the path 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

Building Your Cauldron - October Retreat 2023

Focus and Intention

Keiko Cronin, L.Ac.
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The retreat was an important aspect of bonding with the MAAP group near the start of our studies. Being in person was crucial for exercises like the 5-Element dialogues. It was a great way for many of us to complete our clinical observation and for others to experience their long treatments with the support of the group. Retreat time created an intimacy that we could then sustain over Zoom during our weekly classes and through the homework and class challenge exercises.
Bill Wright, L.Ac.
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It was awesome. You two are an inspiration to me for many reasons... Specifically around the retreat was how you held such a healing container... Thanks again!

Location: Northampton, MA

Full Retreat cost: $1199

Classes Only Option (Oct 5-7): $699

Room Deposit: If you need lodging, please check with us before paying the lodging deposit. Thanks!

Snacks will be provided during the week. There will be options for eating lunches and dinner together as a group.

Where to stay:

Accommodations are not included in the retreat fee.  The retreat location is near the center of town in Northampton at the Alchemy Healing Center.  If you would like to share a cabin with others, we have several spaces available. This is rural, but comfortable. We also have several AirBnB suggestions that are close to the clinic. Please note: this is a very busy weekend in the area, PLEASE book ahead! 


There are a very limited number of treatments / sessions available during this week with Leta & Jaye. These will be chosen as a whole based on what is best suited for the group as a learning experience(s). There may be additional slots available before the event starts, so please, if you are looking to get a treatment for yourself (or for a partner/spouse/client), email us as soon as you know that you are attending. Please Note: We are full and have a waiting list. If you would like to request a treatment, please contact us ASAP. 

Please Note: If you are in the MAAP program, you must meet the minimum requirements before you can do your supervised treatment(s). 



Building the Cauldron - October 2023 Alchemical Retreat - One-Time Payment

Building the Cauldron - October 2023 Alchemical Retreat - Optional Room Deposit

Building the Cauldron - October 2023 Alchemical Retreat - Classes Only


Need Help? Contact us at: [email protected]

Alchemy Learning Center
17 New South Street, #108
Northampton, MA 01060

NCCAOM Provider # 170388
California Acupuncture Board Provider # 1735

NCBTMB Provider #102200

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