The 9 Stages of Alchemy Intensive

Alchemical Nine Stages Intensive

The Alchemical Stages take you on a journey of self-discovery, a transformative process, opening your portals to see and experience the world differently, so that you don’t need to die and be reborn to experience the innocence of a child.

The Nine Stages of Alchemy take you on a journey of self-cultivation with the goal of helping you truly fly in your life and live your full potential.

“The Nine Stages of Alchemy are a set of linear directions developed by the ancient Chinese Alchemists. The stages are a set of directions… telling you to go left here, right here, etc. I learned them from Dr. Jeffrey Yuen, an 88th generation Daoist priest, and then practiced them on myself and with others for many years in my clinic.

I like to think of the Nine Stages as a spiritual evolution roadmap to a destination with specific directions that say… “Turn right here. Turn left here.” It’s not the only way to get to the destination, but it works. It’s a proven way to get there. The ancient Chinese Alchemists put out all the signposts for us, so why not follow those signs instead of create our own? Buddha created his own path. And that’s fine. It’s not easy or everyone would have done it by now. But if Buddha did it, anyone can theoretically do it that way.

Me? I like the signposts. I like a little linearity. “First do this. Then next do this. Third do this.” These steps can be done in any order theoretically, but in this particular order, everything goes very smoothly.

The Stages of Alchemy have changed my life completely. It’s hard to explain without describing the whole process, but it’s an evolutionary process. It asks you to walk through doors fearlessly—doors that open up new worlds to you, but are difficult to explain or describe to anyone.”


Day One –  An Introduction for both Clients and Practitioners

There’s more to life than past suffering. Letting go of the past is freedom. Alchemy is about Freedom and living Authentically.

Alchemy can mean many things to many different people. But the Chinese Daoist masters believed that people are like gold—that their spirits can never tarnish and disintegrate like other base metals, such as silver. Even though most people believe we all will eventually grow old, decrepit, and die, these Chinese masters believed humans could become physically immortal!

We generally recommend the 9 stages of Alchemy treatments in the following situations:
  • When you want to put yourself first in your life but life feels like it’s getting in the way
  • When you want to enter the mystery of life
  • When life is going really well but you feel like there has to be something more to life
  • When you want to really fly in your life and realize your full potential
  • Sometimes alchemy is appropriate near the end of life or in cases of severe illness

This day-long workshop will cover the foundational theory behind the Nine Stages of Alchemy. This workshop is a requirement for attendance to the Practitioner’s Day and future Practicum days.

We will cover the following topics:

  • What is Alchemy and how it changes lives
  • What are the Nine Stages of Alchemy
  • How to incorporate the Nine Stages of Alchemy in your life

Day Two – Nine Stages of Alchemy Practitioners Day

The Alchemical Stages take you on a journey of self-discovery, a transformative process, opening your portals to see and experience the world differently, so that you don’t need to die and be reborn to experience the innocence of a child.

They include:

  • Stages 1-3 – Clear out the baggage of this lifetime and anything you brought into this life (genetics, past-lives, etc.) Release rebellious qi so that you can stop fighting for your heart’s desire and start allowing it to be easy.
  • Stages 4-6—Change your perceptions so you can fly in your life. Metaphorically, flying is about really living your full potential. The Immortals were purported to actually fly from mountain to mountain in China.
  •  Stages 7-9 –Retreat from the world. Overcome time and space. These stages are for those who are ready to remove themselves from everyday life.

The Alchemical Stages do not have time-based schedules. It is simply entering into the mystery and walking that road. It could take months, a year, or lifetimes. The process is simply a map of a path that was created by Chinese masters long ago. It may be a path you or your clients follow exactly, or you may create your own path.

This day-long workshop will cover all the background information needed to start to understand how to use the Nine Stages of Alchemy in a clinical setting. This introduction day enables you to attend future Alchemical treatments as a shadower (see below).  This workshop is a requirement to enable you to attend any advanced practitioner workshops, clinicals or practicum days.

Each Alchemical treatment a practitioner does changes that practitioner’s own perspective on life. Doing Alchemical treatments in the way Leta does them means a dedication and devotion to the process itself, which always evokes some new realization and self-awareness. As the client changes, YOU change. Ultimately, the reason to become an alchemical healer is your own personal growth and your willingness to detach from the outcome of the client. It’s about walking alongside someone as they change and simply facilitating that change.

You May Optionally Stay the Following Day to Receive or Shadow Alchemy Treatments

To shadow a Treatment requires that you be an active participant in the treatment. It is a wonderful opportunity to observe an actual client receiving the treatment.

About the Teacher

Alchemy is one of the most mysterious approaches to Chinese Medicine. Leta Herman has over 12 years of clinical experience in Alchemical treatments, performing numerous treatments a week in her clinic in Massachusetts.


Intro only – $199

Intro + Practitioner Day  – $350

Additional Shadowing Day – $100 (per day)

(Light lunch included each day from local restaurant – Group style and discussion)

There are extremely limited openings to be a client on Saturday or Tuesday. To reserve your space (or one of your client’s) please contact Leta directly. Practitioners who have not yet received an Alchemical treatment are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity by either being a client or bringing one of your own clients. Receiving a treatment in a practicum is a wonderful opportunity to be both client and student at the same time. Bringing one of your existing clients is also an amazing opportunity for deeper learning in your own practice. Discounted rates will be applied.

Where to Stay

If you are coming from out of town, there are a number of hotels in Northampton within a mile from the office.

Hotel Northampton (.4 miles) – A very nice hotel in downtown Northampton

Fairfield Inn & Suites (.7 miles) – A brand new hotel within walking distance of downtown Northampton

Quality Inn & Suites (.7 miles) – Within walking distance of downtown Northampton

Autumn Inn (.7 miles) (413) 584-7660 – a small motel near Smith College

If you want to attend, complete the application below: