The Institute for Hermetic Studies offers classes in traditional and modern spiritual practices, including general esotericism, alchemy, astrology, kabbalah, and European folk traditions. All presentation are provided as tools for personal awakening and respect the importance of personal freedom and responsibility of each student on "The Path of Return" or spiritual journey.

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"What we should be after death, we have to attain in life, i.e. holiness and bliss. Here on earth the Kingdom of God begins." - Paracelsus

"The Institute for Hermetic Studies provides a clear and directly applicable approach to spirituality. This is where tradition meets the modern world and as a student I feel like I am getting best of both worlds. Thank you very much!"

- Stephanie P.

Our Instructors

Mark Stavish, M.A., Founder and Director of Studies for the Institute for Hermetic Studies.

John White, PhD, Instructor of Classical and Modern Philosophy

Jamie Paul Lamb, Instructor of Astrology

Ike Baker, Instructor of Classical and Renaissance Theurgy

James Brown, Instructor of Classical Philosophy and Theurgy

Teacher Certification Program

The following students are enrolled in the IHS Teacher Certification Program and have contributed written and video programs for use by other students.

Ann Beckley

SuAnn Hoffman

Keith Joseph

Jacob Mammano

Guest Lecturers
Peter Mark Adams: author The Game of Saturn, Mystai, Hagia Sophia; classical and renaissance theurgy, cosmic patterns, healing

Ike Baker: Philosophical Minds Podcast, Music and Classical Theurgy

Christopher Bilardi: author The Red Church (brauche/pow-wow); Sybil Leek, Frederick Santee, and Modern Witchcraft

Sean Coxen: Producer and Commentator, Hex Hollow: Witchcraft and Murder in Pennsylvania (documentary)

Dr. Stevan Davies: author Spirit Possession and Early Christianity; Gospel of Thomas

Alfred DeStefano III: Conjuration of Chaos - The Magical Universe of Kenneth Grant

Bill Edwards: author The Meaning of Masonry; and producer of Please Talk With Me (documentary)

Chris DeCesare: experiencer in Please Talk With Me (Ghost Boy)

Michael Eleleth: Roots of the Tree of Gnosis - Basic Principles of Egyptian Hermeticism

Dale Graff: author River of Dreams, Project Stargate (US Remote Viewing)

George P. Hansen: author Trickster and the Paranormal
Russ House: alchemy with Frater Albertus, AMORC, and Philosophers of Nature

Steven Intermill: Director, Buckland Museum of Witchcraft and Magic

Steve Kalec: alchemy, Jean Dubuis, AMORC

Mark Allen Keyes: author Chasing Shadows - A Criminal Investigators Look into the Paranormal

Erik Krogstad: Sigils and the Vault of Christian Rosenkreutz

Patrice Maleze: alchemy, Jean Dubuis, Philosopher of Nature

David Metcalfe: Occulture, Folklore, Media and Spirituality

Porcupine Pat McKinney: Pow-Wow

Robert Phoenix: author The Pow-Wow Grimoire

Candace Perry: Curator Schwenkfelder Museum, Supernatural Phenomena from the Middle Ages to Colonial America

Robert Podgurski: author The Sacred Alignments and Sigils - Angelic Magic, Renaissance Thought, and Modern Methods of Sigilization

Nick Seigert: author Natural Man Illumined - Johann Gichtel's Mystical Figures at Ephrata

Bob Smith: Sixty Skill Podcast, Franz Bardon and the Outer Planets

Shannon Taggart: author Seance, with Foreword by Dan Aykroyd
Craig Williams: Tantra, Body Practices, and the Physical Dimensions of Spirituality

Hunter M. Yoder: author, Hex Signs as Sacred Space, Hex Highway

Stan Zurek: Pennsylvania Paranormal Association, author Suscon Screams - A Paranormal Legend

"The Institute for Hermetic Studies as given me tools in a more focused and direct manner that I could use immediately than I have found in others schools. In doing so it helped me realize that I am responsible for you life, and how to take charge of that great gift in an effective way." - Denise D.