inner garden alchemy research group

Inner Garden is a collaborative of a group of students of Alchemy. Candidate Membership, during which the candidate may receive training, precedes full membership.

"For is it not that very light which in us looks out beaming in our eyes that, directed within, and being purified also, and scientifically inquiring, discovers at last that other light which is the substance of its own, until light meeting light apprehends itself alone?" [Atwood, A suggestive inquiry...]

This statement poetically sums up the most important attributes that we, as students, should adopt, as well as the ultimate destiny of the journey towards the light.

Many achievements in the field of Alchemy are the result of a group effort rather than of individual research. The works of Basil Valentine for example often astound the reader in its detail and the amount of research that has been put in different applications and different forms of processing of Antimony. One could well imagine this was not a single monk at work, but a group of monks each concentrating on different paths and processes, and each sharing the information with the group and helping each other to greater understanding. Most people would say life is relatively short, and the path to a possible prolongation of life or health is difficult and uncertain. There are a number of private and hermetic research groups, in which practitioners learn from each other and freely share information. This is in the same spirit as monks who shared the secrets of the trade of winemaking, application of herbs or Alchemy within the wall of the monastery. They dedicated their efforts in expanding upon knowledge. In the same way, the aim of modern-day groups generally is the development and exchange of information resulting from alchemical research. The main tool in achieving this aim is a form of information management by the group as a whole, involving the organization, structuring, and delivery of information.

Each student should become aware of the fact that all the answers can be found inside themselves. One should avoid commercial enterprises in the field of Alchemy that asks for a contribution beyond a regular group membership or to cover the material costs related to tutelage. “God doesn't need your money to accomplish His works." A faithful intention of your mind and the surrender of your heart is all that is required. This will lead to revelation. As the action and re-action follow each other in nature, so also inevitably revelation and faith act and re-act. The greatest teachers have strived to encourage others of this faith within and to offer the keys to self-initiation.

Another important aim is to purify one's intention. Each student needs to make a continuous effort to overcome motives of mere personal salvation and spiritual superiority over others. The world is, in a sense, out of joint, or ready for improvement, and it has always needed progressive minds to adjust the dislocation and to become in tune again with the forces of nature. One should try to develop an attitude of modesty and mindfulness, a scientific and inquiring mind, and a willingness to co-operate.


Those who wish to apply as a member of Inner Garden and enrol for our Alchemy courses are recommended to read the application documents listed below. Applications for membership can be submitted at the contact address here.



To embark upon the path of Alchemy, there is an initial financial investment that may not be accessible to everyone. It is for this reason that we offer a scholarship. It’s aim is to assist the aspiring student in the procurement of his/her Alchemical Laboratory. The scholarship covers 80% (up to 400 USD) of the cost needed to furnish a lab sufficient to complete Inner Garden’s Alchemy 1 Course. The student is expected to provide the remaining 20%. The scholarship is funded by Inner Garden Members and concerns a grant. Please only apply if you indeed require financial assistance. Honesty to oneself and the group is your first step on the Path to Return.


Applicants must meet all requirements for Inner Garden Candidate to apply for this scholarship. As well they must have applied and been accepted as a Candidate.

how to apply

Applicants must communicate to Inner Garden their intent to apply for the scholarship. They must submit an essay no more than two pages in length, explaining why they apply for financial assistance and in what way the scholarship would benefit them. The essay should include the applicant’s esoteric experience if any, as well as examples of their work ethic and motivation towards personal growth.

Based upon the submitted essay, the applicant may be requested an interview with the scholarship team to further ensure that they are a good fit for the scholarship.

The interview may be via video call, audio call, or chat mediums, dependent on the communication available to the applicant.

Essays should be emailed to the address from our contact page.

individual study

The study of alchemy, up to a certain point, lends itself well for individual study. Inner Garden believes in the value of associating as a Hermetic brotherhood but also appreciates the intention of those who want to proceed by themselves, without any formal membership and without any ties to an institution. For those seekers, we are glad to offer, as good as for free, a re-edited version of the complete course of The Philosophers of Nature.

A PDF version of this course can be downloaded from the site of the Portae Lucis Association.

Believe nothing simply because you have been shown
the written testimony of some ancient sage.
Believe nothing based on the authority
of Masters or Priests.
Only that which matches your own experience,
which after thorough study
agrees with reason and is conducive to the good,
is what you can accept as being true
and live up to in your life.

Siddhartha Gautama (Buddha)

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