The Community of radical alchemists
Join This Radical Alchemy Community
The Community of Radical Alchemists is an ongoing program designed for seekers, activists, and edge-dwellers; anyone with a radical glint in their eye, looking for a sacred container to support them in being a better human being.
In this safe and creative space, we'll explore the overlap between our personal awakening and the awakening of the world.
Its a community for 21st Century Alchemists, people who are ready, willing, and able to transform the Lead of their psychic shadows into the Gold of effective, creative, compassionate action in the world.
These are just some of the questions we will explore:
What does spiritual growth actually look, feel, and taste like?
How can a community best support each other in realising our best selves?
How can we know and transform the shadowy aspects of our psyche?
What practical actions can we take to co-create the more beautiful world we want to leave behind for future generations?
How can we stand up to injustice whilst staying connected to our heart of compassion?
This is a community of practice. As with any skill, in cultivating the higher human qualities like compassion, courage, truth-speaking, if we don't practice we don't get better. Its really that simple.
This is a radically inclusive community; a gathering of people who recognise that we need to break free from the narcissism epidemic in our echo-chambered 21st Century life, that we need to have the courage to face our shadow, that we need to re-awaken the fire in our bellies, that we need a community of radical, creative, loving people to support us in this process, and that through our collective fire we can find the strength to stand up and protect what is most sacred to us, wrestling back control of our attention, of our hearts and minds from the bottomless, earth-and-soul destroying greed of corporate giants, resisting with fierce compassion the colonising of our everyday lives, and through this fiery power, collectively birthing a next stage in our evolution.
Clearly, this is not a job to do alone!
Figuring out how to combine spiritual growth with compassionate social action is not easy. In many ways, its easier to retreat into our own shells, into our own self-inquiry than to face upto the glaring problems in the world.
Self-help without a focus on the Other is spiritual narcissism.
Mystical experience without increased kindness is spiritual tourism.
Yoga, chanting, cosmic dancing without deep psychological work is spiritual bypass.
Learning a million wise things to say without deepening your compassion-in-action is spiritual materialism.
Meditation without harnessing the radical potential of your symptoms is spiritual white-washing.
Being a better human without a supportive community is...really bloody hard!
An inspired collective integrating the very best of western and eastern, timeless and leading-edge wisdom with powerful service...this is our Radical Alchemy Community!'
So, how does this community work?
The short answer - I don't know. And its ok to not know. Only from the space of radical uncertainty can something new emerge.
The slightly longer answer - core features of this group will include:
- A monthly 2-hour call where we dive deep into the monthly theme (e.g. integrating shadow, everyday radicalism, awakening qualities of the heart);
- Guided group meditation sessions;
- A downloadable audio recording of the monthly Inspirationcast, a short and punchy soul-exercise we can all tune into in-between sessions, to help us stay connected to the spirit of the monthly theme;
- A secret Facebook group, with content, empowering questions, and practices related to the monthly theme. There will be regular community Q & A sessions, where we create a space for vulnerability, so people can share what they are struggling with and receive support, love and wisdom from myself and from the group;
- Inspiring Guest Teachers;
- A Radical Alchemy reading list/book club;
- Other really cool stuff (this is OUR community - therefore, the structure of the community will evolve in line with our emergent sense of what is most helpful).
What will you gain?
- The feeling you are part of a global community that will genuinely support you in your awakening, a community you can tap into at any time.
- A pragmatic sense of hope that we can and are co-creating a more beautiful world.
- A deep understanding of the human psyche, its pitfalls and its greatest potential, and how to harness this potential for the greater good.
- Deepen, embody and integrate your sense of spirituality.
- Learn and implement simple, practical, radical actions which can create ripple effects in your community and beyond.
As the facilitator of this community, I will share the very best I know, have learned, and experienced from 15 years intensive exploration in Psychology, Postcolonial Politics, and Social Entrepreneurship, 20 years of meditative and spiritual inquiry and teaching, and 18 years in service to those at the edges of society.
My vision is that this community will serve as a sacred, magical container for our highest intentions, an alchemical flask into which we will mix together the most magical ingredients from psychology, ancient wisdom, and the world of conscious social action.
If you don't feel fired up by this calling, then I encourage you to seek elsewhere.
If you do feel fired up, then please sign up below.
Join today to get instant access to the Community of Radical Alchemists.
What do the different membership prices mean?
I have tried to make the pricing as inclusive as possible. This means there are 3 main categories. 'Standard' is standard monthly payment for those who are employed. 'Unemployed' is a lower rate for those who are unemployed. And 'generosity' is the rate for those who are feeling generous and want to sponsor an unemployed person's membership.
What happens if I join the Community but realise it's not for me?
You are totally free to cancel your membership at any time. I do recommend that you give your membership of this community a reasonable trial period ( 6 months +). If you honestly have found no value nor results in your life as a result of your membership, I would first ask you to share this with me so we can see if there are some ways to help you get more value from the community. If you do discontinue, I'd appreciate a brief email with some constructive feedback.
When do the webinars take place?
The monthly deep dive webinar will take place on the first Wednesday of every month at 8pm GMT and will run for 2 hours.
The monthly meditation session will take place on the third Wednesday of every month at 8pm and will run for 1 hour.
I missed a webinar, can I still catch up?
Yes, absolutely! The monthly webinar will be recorded, and you will receive the recording of the teaching and of the meditation exercise. I won't be sharing the group discussion however, as this discussion is a sacred space for openness and vulnerability and therefore not for sharing.
What if I'm not on Facebook?
If you don’t wish to be on Facebook you can still enjoy all the other benefits of the program.
When does my membership start?
The day you enroll is the first day of your month of membership (or year of membership).
Why is the price so low?
One of my core values is inclusivity. I really want to make this community accessible for all who might benefit.
How will the course fit in with my busy life and the other stuff I'm doing?
The core content of the webinar, the meditation sessions, and other materials will be recorded and shared so you can access them at any time on any device. The Secret Facebook group is going to be a core feature of this community. I ask soul-stirring questions here and set challenges, and the content here will also be accessible at all times from any device.
How will my privacy be respected?
I take privacy seriously - your information is never shared and you can unsubscribe at any time. The Facebook Group is set up as a secret group. Nobody on Facebook can see a secret Group other than those in the Group. This Group will not appear anywhere on your profile, and only those within the Group can see who the members are and what is posted. People can only be invited and accepted.
Why Radical Alchemy?
This is a great quote on the ancient art of Alchemy: "Alchemy is an inspired, visionary art form that works with the projective tendencies of our mind in order to help us dis-spell, consciously see through and liberate our projections. The art of alchemy is like a psycho-spiritual multi-vitamin and mineral elixir secreted by the cosmic mind to help heal the collective madness that has infected our world." (Paul Levy)
Radical means getting to the 'root of' a problem. The word also conjures up an energy of resistance to a system we know is not working for so many people. In my clinical experience as a Psychotherapist, I've realised that the symptoms of our psychological dis-ease are deeply wise: within them lies a message about what needs to be changed in the world; within them lies the energy needed to take action; within them lies our radical potential. We need to listen to those symptoms. We need to alchemise the energy contained within them. We need to stand up and fight for a world that is designed to support our best human qualities, not one that enslaves our attention and turns it into endless profit.
Hear From Louis...
As a teenager, I was full to the brim of fiery energy. But I didn't have a clue what to do with it. The fire spilled out: it became a destructive force. Then I had a major turning point, aged 17. After a big and emotional confrontation with my family, I woke up the next morning and decided to enter the path of service. I started working with people at the edges of society: drug addicts, abused kids, disabled families, psychiatric in-patients, homeless teenagers. In parallel, I travelled, and studied meditation and different spiritual traditions. I became a really, really nice, spiritual person.
But I lost touch with my fire.
I rediscovered it whilst running a therapeutic school for some of London's most traumatised kids. Somehow, I found the wild and rebellious kids under my care far more real, far more alive, than the sanitised faces I met in the world around me.
I learned to tend my fire, to get back in touch with my radical roots. Radical means getting to the 'root of' a problem. The word also conjures up an energy of resistance to a system we know is not working for so many people. In my clinical experience as a Psychotherapist, I've realised that the symptoms of our psychological dis-ease are deeply wise: within them lies a message about what needs to be changed in the world; within them lies the energy needed to take action; within them lies our radical potential. We need to listen to those symptoms. We need to alchemise the energy contained within them. We need to stand up and fight for a world that is designed to support our best human qualities, not one that enslaves our attention and turns it into endless profit.
I hope you will join us.
"Brilliant, thank you so much! I really felt the loss of connection when we all signed off, which for me was a good sign of how deeply and authentically connected we all were in that space. No mean feat to do that in an online group with a bunch of strangers! I can't wait for the next one."
(Selena, Founding Member of the Community).