Alchemists Clubhouse

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The art of transformation

A free weekly newsletter of poetry, artwork, and tiny transformative assignments. Paid subscribers are invited to a live seasonal journaling workshops every quarter and also have access to an archive of 16 recorded workshops. A private virtual community to keep you connected to your own creative flow.

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The Alchemists Clubhouse

  • Original poetry & art
  • Tiny transformative assignments
  • Video archive of art journal classes
  • A new live class every quarter

How to Start Over

One. Let go of all the ropes and ribbons and tiny knots of yarn wrapped around your heart. If you look closely, you’ll find a hidden spot where your fist is clutching tight to the ball of frayed ends, sweaty and stained red with dye from the prayer cord you picked up at a tourist shop in Kerala, or in a thrift store in Flagstaff. You can’t remember now, and it doesn’t matter. Unpeel your fingers one by one, and feel the strands begin to slip. It might even hurt a little, your joints tight from gripping, the thread-pressed grooves in your skin like trenches where some tiny battle line was drawn.

Two. Look up. There may be a crow or a seagull there, or a hawk riding the thermals upward.

Three. Exhale and touch the dirt you’re standing on, or as close as you can come through the urban layers of concrete and steel and wood. Lay down on some pine needles if you can get to a forest. Sink your mind deep. Be like stone, impervious to cold and weather and time.

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