Clare Goodrick-Clarke

Clare Goodrick-Clarke MA, LBSH, RSHom (retired)

Welcome to my website

My book
Alchemical Medicine for the 21st Century
is published by Inner Traditions

I am a writer, lecturer, complementary health practitioner and meditation teacher. I am interested in the history of medicine and currently I teach modules on the Esoteric Body, and the History of Alchemy for the MA Programme in Western Esotericism at the University of Exeter. This is the first degree of its kind in the world, and it is part-time and distance learning with learning materials delivered through on-line teaching materials. You can see details at the Exeter Centre for the Study of Esotericism.

New York Open Center Esoteric Quest Conference 13-18 June 2013

Since 1995, I have been a faculty member of the New York Open Center, speaking regularly at the New York Open Center International "Esoteric Quest" conferences. The next Esoteric Quest is for Ancient Arabic and Medieval Sicily which takes place on the Isle of Ortigia, Siracusa, Sicily from June 13 - 18, 2013. I shall be speaking on Supernal Secrets and the Greenness of the World: The Visionary Life of Hildegard of Bingen.

I have been fascinated by the extraordinary life of Hildegard of Bingen for many years and a few years ago I had the opportunity to see the places associated with her: Disibodenberg, the place where she had spent her years as a young anchorite and later Abbess; Rupertsberg, the place where she removed her nuns in order to establish a more independent centre for herself.

You can see forthcoming conference details as well as past conferences on the New York Open Center page.

I am interested in practical alchemy, as well as its history. Alchemical medicines, called Spagyrics, are herbal medicines which have been prepared according to Paracelsian alchemical methods. They are very gentle but powerfully restorative and can help to rapidly rebuild your health and vitality in times of severe stress, illness or burn-out. My book on this subject, Alchemical Medicine for the 21st Century is published by Inner Traditions.


"Alchemy is inadequately understood and appreciated today, but Clare Goodrick-Clarke's Alchemical Medicine for the 21st Century provides a rare and special introduction to its principles, methodology, and basic practices. Alchemy is a modern and futuristic art and science that is worthy of the attention of serious students and practitioners of deep and real healing".
Dana Ullman, MPH, author of The Homeopathic Revolution and president of Homeopathic Educational Services.

"Clare Goodrick-Clarke's Alchemical Medicine for the 21st Century is a much-needed overview and explication of the relation between medicine and alchemy. Clear and masterful, the book is a dynamic balance of theory and hands-on practice and will prove invaluable to anyone interested in healing, alchemy, and alternative medicine".
Brian Cotnoir, author of The Weiser Concise Guide to Alchemy.

For other reviews of my book, please go to the Spagyrics page.

Past Events 2010

The Sophia Centre Astrologies
Saturday 24 - Sunday 25 July 2010.
Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institute, 16-19 Queen Square, Bath BA1 2HN

Past Events 2009

Herbal Medicine: Ancient Heritage and Modern Practice
August 25th to 29th 2009
University of Wales, Lampeter

This three-day conference examined various aspects of Western Herbal Medicine from Ancient times, through the Middle Ages and Renaissance, to modern comparisons with Chinese and Ayurvedic Medicine. The main focus was the Western tradition of constitutional and energetic medicine.

European Society for the Study of Western Esotericism
2nd International Conference 2-4 July 2009:
Capitals of European Esotericism and Transcultural Dialogue

In my talk I discussed the investiture of the Wessex landscape with esoteric value in relation to Antoine Faivre’s categories of esotericism (symbolic and real correspondences, living nature, intermediaries, transmutative experience and initiation). In this area of England, the imagination has been free to envision the invisible realm as a living part of natural order, to propose a deeper reality unfolded through landscape, and to discover connections between celestial and terrestrial forces that appear to be corroborated by the circumstantial evidence of the landscape itself. Artistic and literary works display an intimate connection and even a reciprocal relationship between imagination and the genius loci. The landscape stimulates the imagination which in turn embroiders the landscape with an esoteric mythos.

Past Events 2008

The Scientific and Medical Network conference,
The Body and Beyond: Cross-Cultural Understandings of Subtle Energy
Bath Spa University, August 22-24th 2008.

My talk, "The Vital Force, Dynamis and Susceptibility" proposed that the body is not a machine, but a form endowed with a spirit-like Vital Force, a dynamis that enlivens all its parts, and a questing susceptibility that attracts what is needed not only for the body itself, but also for the soul.


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