The Fire That Hangs in the Breath

The Fire That Hangs in the Breath: Alchemy, Magic and Movement with Eliza Swann and Laura Stinger

“Nothing rests; everything moves; everything vibrates.” – The Kybalion.

$225 – $295
Joshua Tree, CA
June 1st – 3rd

You can sign up HERE


Please join The Golden Dome School for a weekend dedicated to alchemy, movement, and magic! Alchemy can be defined most simply as the “art of transformation.” It is concerned with the underlying principles of how things change and the basic process of transforming one thing into another. In trying to penetrate the mysteries of matter and energy, the alchemists discovered transformational techniques that can be used to transmute the mind, body, spirit, planet, and the elements. During this two day intensive, Eliza Swann and Laura Stinger will introduce movement exercises, thought experiments, lab experiments and philosophies that assist us in moving toward an alchemical change within and without, above and below.

Laura Stinger will be offering lessons in movement and embodied trance techniques.

Eliza Swann will be offering lessons in philosophy, alchemy and magic.

All meals are included – there are indoor bed sleeping options, and camping sleeping options listed on the sign up form.

Please see the FAQ and Syllabus below for more information.

Questions? Just ask! E-mail


Saturday June 1st:

1:00pm – Arrive!
2:00 pm – Alchemy: Philosophy and Experiment + Snacks with Eliza
4:00pm – Gold is the Body, Gold is the Heart: Movement with Laura
6:00 pm – Dinner!
7:00 pm – Distillation Meditation with Eliza
10:00 pm – Star/Body Divination

Sunday June 2nd:

9:00 am – Breakfast
11:00 am – Alchemical Breathwork + Magic with Eliza
12:00 pm – Lunch!
1:00 pm – Silver is the Inner Eye: Movement with Laura
4:00 pm – Alchemical Aphorisms with Eliza
6:00 pm – Disperse – folks are invited to stay over Sunday night and depart Monday morning if that works better for you.


Vegan meals are included – however, everyone is expected to participate in food prep.

We will be staying a beautiful home in the Joshua Tree desert with a full kitchen, beautiful bathroom, dining area, and classroom area.

All bodies are welcome – movement exercises can be adapted for every one’s comfort. If you have particular questions or concerns, there is a place on the sign up form for you to let us know how we can assist you. If you have allergies, dietary restrictions, or other sensitivities, we will do our best to accommodate you.

Phones and computers must be turned off for the duration of the intensive. If it is not safe for you to do this for any reason, please let us know and we will do our best to assist you.


Laura Stinger is an interdisciplinary artist working in performance, sculpture, and video. Her work examines performance of identity, consumption of desire, and failures in communication between people. Performance is used as a place to push individuality, queerness, and chaotic complexity, while also finding an authentic modern spirituality. In her work, she creates situations that in their live-ness, in their rebelliousness, and in their messiness, attack the homogeneity and crippling blandness of capitalism, choosing to see art as a responsibility and a political act of radical collaboration.

Past work includes Unnatural History, Pieter Space (2016); Foreign Language Film, Golden Dome School/Coaxial Gallery (2015); After Collapsing (I Love You Anna Nicole), Dixon Place (2010), and Keeping it Down PS122 (2007)

tumblr_pe2y3qHKZB1vxx3tvo1_1280Eliza Swann is an interdisciplinary artist, intuitive, writer, educator, and community organizer based in Los Angeles and New York. Eliza received a BA in Painting from the San Francisco Art Institute, trained in hypnotherapy at the Isis Centre in England, Hindu cosmology and yoga with Dr. Vagish Shastri in Benares, India, Tarot and Western Magical Practice with the Builders of the Adytum Western Mystery School, and received a Master’s degree in Fine Art from Central St. Martins in London. Eliza has exhibited her work internationally, most recently at the University of California Santa Cruz (Santa Cruz), the Women’s Center for Creative Work (Los Angeles), Elephant Gallery (Los Angeles), and the Art/Life Institute (Kingston, NY). Eliza has lectured at UCLA, the Hammer Museum, the San Francisco Art Institute, Central St Martins, CalArts, and is currently a Visiting Professor at Pratt Institute. She has contributed critical writing to BOMB, Arthur, Contemporary Art Review LA, and Perfect Wave Magazines. Eliza is also the founder of The Golden Dome School, a curatorial and educational platform that studies intersections of art, metaphysics and ecology.