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A Damanhur Workshop with Goura

Introduction to the Theoretical and Experiential World of Alchemy

May 5&6 


Redwood City, CA

The alchemist is an eclectic artist who aspires to achieve completeness in every aspect of life. While there are various perspectives on alchemy that span millennia and many philosophical traditions, Damanhur's Alchemy School focuses on the maximum evolution and expression of one's potential.

In this introductory course—which is also the first two days of the Alchemy School first year program—you begin to develop your potential as you gain alchemical knowledge and learn about the most important alchemical tools: the physical and energetic body, perception, thoughts, emotions, the forces of nature and the natural elements.

Main themes we will touch during the basic Alchemy course. 

- brief history of traditional alchemy
- what's alchemy in Damanhur
- our body as first alchemical container
- emotion's role on our inner transformation
- the five elements
- practical experiences with the element water and fire
- the path of the three years school

At the end of this course, you will have a precise understanding of the importance of the Elements, establishing a first-hand relationship with the elements of water and fire. Through the use and creation of alchemical distillates, you will activate a process of self-transformation by working with substances within and outside of yourself. 

This course can be experienced on its own or to decide if you wish to continue with the full three-year Alchemy School program.

About the Instructor

Goura Loto 


Goura is Swiss-born and currently residing in Italy as a spiritual researcher. She has been a citizen of Damanhur’s spiritual community for 16 years. 

Experienced in the following:

  • Alchemy,

  • Rituality,

  • Sociality,

  • Meditations

  • Guide of the Temples of Humankind.


Spiritual Opening

At the age of 18, her spiritual quest arose within her. She desired to deepen her interest about the meaning of life, so she started travelling in many different countries around the world seeking to open into her path.  


At the age of 23 profound inner transformations radically changed the course of her life. The next few years were devoted to understanding, integrating and deepening that transformation, which marked the beginning of an intense inward journey. 


After a few years at the age of 27 she encountered Damanhur and decided to embrace its practical philosophy of life in which the reawakening of each person's divine origin is the center and in connection with others. 

Since her journey in Damanhur started she has learned to open and amplify her horizons, exploring a magical and sacred vision of reality.


For over 10 years Goura has specialized in welcoming people to Damanhur.

She enjoys accompanying groups of people from all over the world who come to visit the stunning Temples of Humankind, defined by many as the Eighth Wonder of the World.


She became a student of Alchemy and rituality studying directly with Falco Tarassaco, the main founder and inspirer of Damanhur. She continues to learn the theoretical and practical sciences of these subjects.


Why Goura Loves Alchemy

At the core of the Damanhur's Alchemy School lies the transformation of consciousness. It focuses on the maximum evolution and expression of one's potential by using an intriguing mix of methods, exercises and instruments. 

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