about the untamed alchemist
The Untamed Alchemist is Kristina Bauer, a passionate storyteller and inspired facilitator with over 25 years experiences as a trainer/facilitator and 30 years experience working with herbs, oils, Mother Earth chemistry, archetypes, symbology, liberation theology, and magical alchemy.
A reverent aromatic celebrant, energetic teacher, creative infidel, and playful soul, Kristina is also a writer, filmmaker, and licensed massage therapist. She delights in the magic and inspiration found in culture and nature, art and science.
Kristina’s lifelong fascination with herbs, essential oils, magic, and symbology has driven her to pursue a unique and diverse education in Mother Earth chemistry, folklore, mythology, women’s studies, religion, lore, and ritual – all of which inform her work as a writer, healer, instructor, distiller, creatrix, craftswoman, and steward. Connecting people with the power of storytelling and old world wisdom – especially the power of aromatics, herbs, oils, food, nature, and alchemy – is her passion.
Kristina holds a Bachelor of Arts in Women’s Studies and Religion. Her alma mater, the University of Redlands, afforded her the opportunity to create a unique major through their Johnston Center program. Her resulting degree offered experience in and exploration of a combination of women’s studies, religion, and spirituality with express emphasis on engaging nature’s gifts, mythology, symbology, divination, and ritual.
In addition to her studies at university, Kristina has actively pursued continuing education with a wide variety of celebrated teachers across a broad spectrum of subjects and disciplines in everything from leadership to natural cosmetic formulation. With the understanding that every student is a teacher and every teacher is a student, Kristina delights in participating in and contributing to learning environments.
In essential oils, herbs, hydrolats, alchemy, theology, mythology, distillation, gardening, symbology, and divination, Kristina has over 2,000 hours in continuing education – and she’ll be the first to tell you she considers herself a beginner as the learning never ends.
Kristina lives with her Beloved on their biodynamically-inspired homestead, Five Element Farm, in North Idaho. Together she and her husband serve as stewards to gardens, greenhouses, and hives along with numerous and varied critters. You can find her musings on her blog, The Untamed Alchemist.