Our number one rule with any audience is having FUN. It's the best game plan, EVER. We keep the objectives simple. We interact. We explore. We keep it real. We keep it sacred. We may use storytelling. We may learn new things about ourselves and each other. We honor all opinions, thoughts, and beliefs. We celebrate diversity and we strengthen communities.
Personal and professional growth is serious business, but the journey can be as unique and empowering as it is fun.
Every great story is a journey--and so it is with ALCHEMY!
The story of Universal Alchemy is one that never ends. It is the story of how we transform our world by transforming ourselves. It is the story of how we achieve any goal being our best selves in service to the highest good.
All Universal Alchemy workshops share the theme of personal responsibility for individual and collective well-being. Inspired by my work with teens, parents, and educators, and my own healing journey, Universal Alchemy integrates diverse mindfulness perspectives and practices that can be immediately put to use to create, enhance, and achieve any goal or dream. In the words of Napolean Bonaparte,
"The human race is governed by its imagination."
What does your imagination tell you is possible for yourself, your school community, your business?
Universal Alchemy is the springboard for co-creating that vision.
Explore Your Truth. Experience Your Potential. Embody Your Legacy.
You Were Born to BE Your Best Self. Let's Do It Together.
START HERE. START NOW.
FOUNDER & CHIEF EXECUTIVE ALCHEMIST, LAURA MARCOS
Laura Marcos is a leading voice in Radiant Well-Being, Emotional Intelligence and Thought Leadership. With 17 years corporate and education experience, she is a Counselor, Educator, Motivational Speaker & Workshop Creator. From facilitating after-school programs to leading senior level courses and retreats, Laura is the author of a 5-credit Freshman Seminar course. As the Founder of the Universal Alchemy empowerment model, Laura’s passion lights ablaze inspiring students, parents, and educators to discover their own “Inner Alchemy.” Integrating a wide variety of personal and professional experiences, Laura truly offers her audiences unique and uplifting perspectives and practices. She holds a Masters in School Counseling, a BA in English Education, a Substance Abuse Certification from Montclair State University and an Herbal Wilderness First Aid Survival Certification.
“The cosmos is within us… We are a way for the universe to know itself.”
Inspired by people I've met, this team of avatars comes in to help us see the universe inside us.
They share insights and resources on our unique journey to Inner Alchemy.
Rakim Air Module
Rakim Air Module
Rakim thinks too fast. He is high energy and feels overwhelmed by the pressures of his corporate job. For fun, he DJs and is an adrenaline nut. He has trouble keeping long-term relationships. Rakim is our Chief Alchemist in the Air Module. He is developing mindfulness practices and meditates facing the East.
Alex is a born performer, artist, and writer. She never felt truly accepted by her family for who she was. Working three jobs to pay for her expensive NYC apartment, Alex doesn’t feel connected to where she lives. She dreams of traveling the world and is our Chief Alchemist in the Fire Module. Alex meditates facing the South.
Marie fell in love with chemistry when she was a little girl. She dreams of electrons swirling around a nucleus. After some heart breaks, she struggles with trusting others. A perfectionist, she is tough on herself and those around her. Marie is our Chief Alchemist in the Water Module. She is working on allowing her feelings to flow and meditates facing the West.
George is from North Dakota. He is charming and sweet, but sometimes moody. He is an emotional eater. Like his parents, he goes to church most Sundays and plays in the band. He enjoys graphic arts and web design. George is our Chief Alchemist for the Earth Module. He is working on self-improvement and meditates facing the North.
Having lost her parents at an early age, Jasmine was raised by her brothers and sisters. She went through a very rebellious stage but then decided to pursue a career in higher education. She is very passionate about causes and can get lost in them. Jasmine connects with her ancestors for guidance and is our Chief Alchemist in the Sun Module. She meditates barefoot with her hands in the earth.
Juan is a 2nd generation latino. As a child, he fell in love with reading. A born spiritual seeker, he converted to Islam, yet is open to different spiritual practices. He works in security. In helping his parents make ends meet, he has trouble saving money. Juan is our Chief Alchemist in the Moon & Star Module. He believes in angels and meditates looking at the sky.
Hanna is an introvert who works in retail but dreams of running her own business. She loves fashion and spends a lot of time on dating sites. Doubting herself often, she suffers from stomach issues. Hanna wants to transform every aspect of her life and is our Chief Alchemist for the Cosmic Module. She devotes her practice to moving meditations.