Alchemy of Now Virtual Retreat

Saturday June 8th, 2024 | 10AM - 4PM EST 


Alchemy of Now (AON) is a framework and blueprint for living that offers a unique opportunity for participants to embark on a journey of personal and societal transformation.

It addresses the contemporary challenges of disconnection, both from our inner selves and our communities. In a world of growing societal fragmentation and individual stress, AON aims to counter these issues by offering a space for deep reflection, healing, and communal growth.

This one-day retreat integrates the rich teachings of black feminist and womanist philosophies, ecological theories, and holistic healing to create a unique, immersive experience.

About the Retreat

Mission & Intention: The Alchemy of Now virtual retreat aims to empower individuals and communities through a transformative educational experience that integrates psychospiritual wisdom with principles of social justice and ecological awareness. The retreat is designed to guide participants in deeply reflective and healing-centered practices that challenge traditional paradigms and foster personal and collective growth.

Why It's Unique

  • Healing-Centered Approach: Focuses on healing from systemic oppression through a blend of Womanist, Black Feminist, and ecological wisdom.

  • Ancestral Wisdom Integration: Incorporates ancestral knowledge and practices for a culturally grounded experience.

  • Interactive and Participatory Format: Engages participants not just as learners but as co-creators through interactive discussions and group activities.

  • Daily Living Practices: Provides practical tools and rituals for long-term resilience and mindfulness.

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What You’ll Receive 

Interactive Workshop Materials:

Digital Workbook: Exercises, reflections, and readings.
Resource Guides: Curated lists of recommended readings, podcasts, and articles.

Live Sessions:

Expert-Led Workshops: Led by experienced facilitators in psychospiritual practices.
Group Discussions: Structured conversations for sharing experiences and sense-making.

Practical Tools for Integration:

Ritual and Practice Guides: Instructions for daily rituals and practices.
Action Plans: Templates for personalized action plans.

Follow-Up Support:

Community Access: Access to a private online community for support and networking.

Additional Learning Opportunities:

Webinar Access: Complimentary access to post-retreat webinars.
Continuous Education Discounts: Discounts on future retreats, workshops, and courses.

Your Instructor

Drisana McDaniel

Drisana McDaniel, a healing-centered facilitator, educator, writer, and transformation activist, operates under the banner The Alchemy of Now. Her work delves into both individual and collective experiences, examining them through the lenses of embodiment, the social self, and psychospirituality, with a vision centered on achieving transformational justice through contemplation and meaningful action.

As a co-founder of the Transformative Teaching Collective, Drisana offers guidance to organizations and communities, emphasizing generative conflict resolution, social justice education, empathy, non-violence practice, and collaboration, with the ultimate goal of radiating freedom and vitality through liberation and awakening. She curates workshops, seminars, and events exploring the potential unlocked through radical interconnectedness.

With a Bachelor of Arts in Women and Gender Studies and Sociology, a Master of Arts in Women, Gender, Social Justice, and Spirituality, and a pursuit of a Ph.D. in Philosophy and Women's Spirituality at the California Institute of Integral Studies, Drisana's expertise extends to her role as a senior researcher at the Acosta Institute.


We want to make this experience as accessible as possible. We offer the tiers below and encourage you to contribute based on your relative financial needs & standing. Explore our FAQs for additional details.

Subsidized Supported Tuition




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