One-on-One Immersion Study
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Phoenix Signature Spagyric Initiation Intensive: $3500
This 3 day initiation provides all the skills a blossoming spagyrist might need when trying to make a fruitful approach to this work. The skills learned in this initiation will take you through all the fundamental works of the "wet path" leading up to the creation of Stones, Circulata, Alkahests, and other Mercurial Menstrua. You will spend roughly 20 hours performing this work with your own hands with my own lab equipment. How quickly a student is able to learn determines how much content we can cover or how thoroughly we can cover each topic. This Intensive does not cover "dry path" info, as pyrolytic works are introduced in supplemental courses. Advanced students will be able to discuss theory and see lab apparti and finished pyrolytic products.
Intensive May Include Some or All of the Following Topics:
- Lab & Field Safety
- Spagyric Theory
- Biomass Preparation
- Essential Oil + Hydrosol Extractions
- Fermentation of Water, Alcohol, Vinegar
- Distillation & Rectification Skills
- Tincturing wide range of Biomass Materials
- Filtering Biomass from Tinctures
- Calcination of Biomass & Bio-Resisns
- Purification & Crystallization of Plant-based mineral Salts
- Make a Spagyric Tincture + Spagyric Extracts
- Make a Rarified Spagyric Tincture
- Make a Spagyric Essence per destillatio
- Make a Philosophic Spagyric Essence
- Make Water-Soluble Medicinal Powders
- Begin Making a Reconstructed Spagyric Essence
- Begin Making a Spagyric Stone
- Learn how to make a Paracelsian Magistery
- Learn how to make a Paracelsian Clyssus
- Learn to Use Alembics, Retorts, Pelicans, + Alchemical Glass
- Much More!
Customize Your Education
Other 3 Day Lab Intensives: $3500/each
Pick Your Own Topic:
Archaeus of Water + Water Works
Rarifying + Elevating Spagyric Products
Spagyric Essences - 3 different methods
Paracelsian Magistery [of Fruit]
Oil of Egg + Spagyric Egg Tinctures/Stone
Paracelsian Spagyric Clyssus
Ens Tincture Process - 2 methods
Making [Dry] Spagyric Infused Salts
Email us at for available 2020 dates
What is Included?
25+ hours of Hands-On Education - Pick from Above Curricula Or Pitch us Your Own Idea!
YOU determine how fast we go and what you want to focus on according to your interests!
All the Spagyric Pharmacopoeia you helped make, bottled so you can take it all home with you!
Four Nights of Lodging + Accommodations for 3 Day Immersion Study
House-Chef prepared meals - 3 per day + snacks for next three days. Coffee, Tea, Water, and any other alcoholic/ non-alcoholic beverages are also included.
Daily Lab Use Fee Included in Price
Lab Glass Insurance + Breakage Policy Included in Price up to $650 of breakage per student
Access to the Grounds and Recreation Areas. Hiking Trails and Scenic Views in All Directions.
Pickup + Dropoff from SLC Intl Airport OR Ogden Municipal Airport. [If desired]
* Couples or Two People can Learn for $5000, but each applicant must have their own application analysis performed.
Our facility rests at the base of Wasatch Mountains right near Coldwater Canyon in North Ogden. Guests will find our house at the top of a mountainous property with roughly 3.5 acres of a combination of Outdoor Gardens, Vineyards, and Orchards, and a Greenhouse set among Wild Rocky Mountain Terrain. Students will be lodging and working on the main ground level of the house which has been converted into our Spagyric Laboratory and Study Facility. The Lab facility includes a Distillation and processing Laboratory Space, Fermentation Areas, an additional Full Kitchen Lab Area, Alchemical Library, Spagyric Apothecary, Brew Station, Ritual and Meditation Hearth [My tradition is Irish Celtic and Fayerie Magic], and lots of open space that can be converted into anything our work demands with little effort. We have foldable tables, rolling tables and carts, chairs, and other accommodations that allow us to modify the space as neccessary for the work at hand. The ENTIRE Facility is fully connected to Mountain Spring Water and our own holding tank that captures gravity fed spring water from a pristine spring near Coldwater Canyon. This allows us to entirely bypass all municipal or chemically-treated water in the house. This includes the toilets, sinks, showers, clothes washers, etc. It's truly a pristine environment. The house has also been treated with IDF frequencies and a person can truly sense they're walking into a whole new world.
Students are provided with their own Private Guest Bathroom + Private Guest Bedroom themed with the History of Western Pharmacy lithographs. The Guest Room is equipped with its own own Study Desk and chair, a Queen Size Bed and blankets [flannel sheets in Cold months], Two Nightstands and Lamps, a bed-end Storage Ottoman [supports 540 lbs], a large closet for clothes and suitcases, private garbage pail, private desk top fan/space heater [depending on season], and a 32" Flat Screen Smart Television that gives access to Netflix, Amazon Prime, YouTube Premium, and more. It also has its own carbon monoxide detector to keep you safe if you need to run any overnight distillations or projects. A full safety protocol will be posted in your room for your safety along with your welcome information. The Guest Bathroom comes stocked with clean organic, non-bleached towels, hand towels, and wash cloths.
The views from the entire property are stunning, and the same is true of the guest bedroom. The window over the bed looks out over the driveway, vinyards, and hen house in the front of our property to the West. The setting sun is a beautiful thing to watch and sungazing is totally possible most of the year straight from your bedroom window! The North wall window of the bedroom overlooks the gardens and orchards with a prime view of the almond tress. No matter where you look, you will find Alchemy and Ecology and Agriculture combining with one another and it's really a solace to the soul and a delight to the eye.
View from the window behind the bed
View from the window by the desk
The grounds are available for students to walk around for contemplation and inspiration; there are majestic mountain views to North and East of the property and hiking access to trails leading straight from the backyard. Our backyard also connects up with the Bonneville Shoreline Trail, which is 10 miles long [20 mile round trip] in total, and walks a person all along the remaining shoreline of Ancient Lake Bonneville. There are hundreds and hundreds of acres of hiking trails connected to the Bonneville shoreline trail, connecting you with every hiking trail in the extensive Weber Pathways Network. All these hills are full of Wild Medicines from the High Mountain Desert Bio-region: Yarrow, Hounds Tongue, Plantain, Wild Garlic, Prickly Pear Cacti, Elder, Burdock, Curly Dock, Yellow Dock, Amaranth, Sunflowers, and a wide host of others. We sit at roughly 5000ft elevation and we are only 35 minutes away from SnowBasin Mountain Resort, where the 2002 Winter Olympics were held and exactly 35 minutes from Powder Mountain, which is the largest single Ski Mountain in the United States. Our location is 50 minutes away from the SLC International Airport and only 20 minutes from Ogden Regional Airport [Flights to/from Phoenix, AZ and a few other locations are regularly available].
You will be provided three organic home-cooked meals each day + snacks so that your time can be focused solely on your studies. Many of our greens, fruit, and produce throughout the agricultural year are grown and produced on site. Those that aren't grown here are sourced organically from Local Growers or Natural Grocers if a local supply isn't available. All our meats are sourced from small, ethical, grass-fed, organic farms, namely Maddox Family Farms or Utah Natural Meats. Eggs come from our own Vegetarian-Fed Chickens who eat compost, garden scraps, live insects, sprouted grains, and dry organic grains. They have a large uncovered area with fresh flowing spring water, access to sun and soil, ability to dust bathe, access to shade and shelter along with laying areas. If you have food allergies or sensitives please let us know well in advance and we will do what we can to accommodate a brilliant meal lineup for you!
Fresh garden salad with roasted beets, blue cheese, and candied walnuts with fresh snow peas
Homemade blue corn tortillas with whiskey honey mahi mahi & a chipotle lime sauce
Blended shiitake mushroom and grass-fed local beef burger topped with a garlic cucumber lemon yogurt sauce, tomato, onion, and avocado
Banana coconut chia seed pudding with homemade granola and berries
Shiitake mushroom, garden greens, artichoke heart, and feta quiche with fresh eggs on a stone-ground homemade crust
Shrimp, rice noodle, and veggie spring rolls with homemade peanut sauce
Garden kale chicken caesar salad with homemade caesar dressing
Our location is 50 minutes away from the SLC International Airport and only 20 minutes from Ogden Regional Airport [Flights to/from Phoenix, AZ and a few other locations are regularly available].The closest city is the city of North Ogden, which has a fantastic Smith's Super Center [Grocery + Home Supplies/Clothing/Jewelry] only 5 minutes away with a delightful Organic Selection of Produce, Snacks, Etc. We also have a Natural Grocers 11 minutes south of here with an even larger selection. Downtown Ogden is only 15 minutes away from our facility. Ogden was known as the Crossroads of the West, and even referred to as "Junction City" for a time. The Union Station and a walk along Historic 25th Street is strongly encouraged, as it has stayed on the top 10 list of cutest historic streets in America multiple years in a row. With a great Microbrewery, Plenty of Pubs and Bars, Fantastic Restaurants, Entertainment, Farmer's Markets, and More, 25th Street will be one of the main attractions to visit. You'll also get to see what local life is like - Most people in Ogden are really laid back and spend a lot of time outdoors skiing one of our multiple mountains, paddleboarding in one of our many reservoirs, hiking our never-ending trails, camping, and engaging in other fun activities where imagination [and possibly legislation] is the limit.
“After studying alchemy for almost a year, I only had several botched experiments and contradictory theories to show for it. I discovered Phoenix in a Lighting the Void podcast, and I knew instantly that this guy was the ‘real deal.’ If you’ve dabbled in alchemy at any level and have heard Phoenix talk about spagyrics or alchemiculture, you’ll know instantly what I’m talking about.
When I learned that Phoenix offered one-on-one education training, I knew this was a rare opportunity that only happens once every few lifetimes. What better way to learn alchemy than with the classic master-and-apprentice model? So I signed up for Phoenix’s Signature Spagyric Initiation Intensive. It was worth every single penny and then some!
Not only did Phoenix help me (finally) make sense of the theoretical alchemic principles, he also showed me how to apply these principles into practical laboratory work. Getting hands-on with spagyric pharmacopoeia in a professional laboratory set the foundation so I can replicate these practices in my own lab (or even know how to create the lab to begin with!)
Phoenix’s patience, approachability, and expertise as a teacher is just as deep as his alchemic expertise. He customized the programme to fit my needs, and where I wanted to slow down or go deeper into a topic, he graciously adapted as we progressed throughout the immersion study.
This experience wouldn’t have been possible without Norianna. Her bright spirit and nutritious and delicious cooking kept going so we could make the use of every minute of the immersion programme for application and practice. I wasn’t expecting Michelin-style food when I arrived, so her touch truly added to the overall immersion-study experience. The hospitality and accommodations were beyond expectations.
Completing the immersion study is itself an alchemical process of transformation-- you will emerge from the programme forever changed, in both practice and spirit.”
- Dr. Kara Behnke
Tips from Kara:
Make use of the library! Phoenix has an expansive library of rare books on alchemy and dozens of other esoteric topics and fields of study. If you can, try to find the time for extra study or at least to make note of books you’d like to purchase yourself after the immersion programme is complete.
Take notes! Although a small portion of the immersion programme, Phoenix will cover several in-depth principles and theories before starting lab work. These flow charts and processes will not only help you to standardize and make sense of many other alchemic works, they also help set the context for what you’ll be doing in the lab.
Document your experience! Try to take photos, record audio, and video of all the key processes and equipment throughout the programme. I strongly recommend you bring an external hard-drive so you have plenty of storage space for tons of video. That phone will fill up fast and you don’t want to lose any data!
Buy stuff from the apothecary! Seeing Phoenix’s apothecary in person is an amazing experience; having direct access to purchase products is even more exciting! You can pick his brain or ask recommendations for what’s on the shelf and how it can apply to your life.
Ask for an IDF reading! Phoenix’s IDF research is a whole other level of expertise that isn’t even brought up in the immersion study. If time/energy/resonance permits, ask Phoenix for an IDF scan so you can learn more about how this practice works and how it has expanded his personal and professional research. Quite an amazing opportunity to see it in action!
Wear closed-toe shoes! Even though the lab is in a home environment, you’ll be working with glass, heat, and sometimes caustic materials. Treat the lab with respect and as a working environment.
Share your food preferences! Norianna is a fabulous cook and hostess, so let her know if you need anything pertaining to diet, food preferences, etc. They’re not coffee drinkers, so if you are, make sure you mention you are so they can set you up! Even if you’re missing something, Nori will graciously get what you need.
My experience with the 3-day spagyric lab immersion course created by Phoenix Aurelius was beyond valuable for me in terms of catalyzing my learning and growth in the areas of laboratory and transpersonal alchemy. I’ve always preferred the “immersion” type of experience as opposed to online or classroom, but this course was carefully tailored by Phoenix to meet me where I was at, and to help me gain a deeper understanding of alchemical processes as demonstrated in the laboratory. Before the course, I really didn’t know where to start in terms of spagyrics, despite reading several books on the topic, and dabbling with some simple tinctures and calcinations. I had also repeated Phoenix’s online course, Embarking on the Alchemical Path, three times. But learning one-on-one, and being able to ask Phoenix questions in person...over and over...really helped me comprehend and internalize these processes. When I got home, after I had decompressed for a few days, I was able to set up a lab, and start some experiments of my own. I now have a much better grasp on the basic tools needed to carry out the procedures described by Paracelcus, Jean Dubuis, Frater Albertus, and many others. Perhaps most importantly, the way Phoenix teaches has a way of grounding these otherwise quite erudite concepts, and he has continued to support me when I have
questions or get stuck...or frustrated! I would highly recommend Phoenix’s courses and workshops to anyone interested in deepening their knowledge in the alchemical arts. What you will take away is well worth the time and expense you’ll invest!
~Jeffrey M. Dolgos, DDS