Chrysalis Institute 

Programs

Chrysalis Institute offers a variety of programs year-round, tying most to a semi-annual theme, and including a nationally known keynote presenter. The Spring 2015 theme was Quest for the Divine. This season of programming featured two keynote presenters, professor of religion, Dr. Jay Ford,  and spiritual teacher, Rabbi Rami Shapiro. The Fall 2015 theme is Creativity: The Soul Speaks and features internationally-known artist, author, and speaker, Jan Phillips.


Events are listed below in chronological order. Register online and attend! Scholarships are available based on financial need and other criteria. If interested in applying, please contact Chrysalis Institute or call 804 359 0384.

Upcoming events

    • 10 Sep 2015
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • CenterStage Richmond: Libby S. Gottwald Playhouse, 600 East Grace Street


    Art as Language: a Conversation



    How does a dance paint a picture?  

    How does a musical work move?

    How does a poem sing?


    We launch our fall theme, Creativity: The Soul Speaks, with Lisa Freiman, Director of Virginia Commonwealth University’s new Institute for Contemporary Art (ICA), and a panel of artists exploring how their art forms enable them to “speak” in different languages. A group of musicians, visual artists, writers, and dancers will demonstrate how their art forms communicate by performing an act of “translation” for the audience. The goal? To enable participants to understand the unique ways in which art can be a spiritually expressive tool and how artists can interpret the same theme or concept in different ways.


    This event is co-sponsored by the ICA and VCU's School of the Arts and the College of Arts and Humanities.


    PANELISTS
    Lisa Freiman, moderator, is a VCU School of Arts professor and the inaugural Director of the Institute for Contemporary Art. She is an internationally recognized curator and leader in contemporary arts and comes to VCU from the Indianapolis Museum of Art, where she served as senior curator and chair of the contemporary art department. 
    Ed Coleman, co-moderator, currently teaches English at Maggie Walker Governor’s High School in Richmond. In his twenty years of teaching, Coleman has designed curriculum for a number of high schools and, in 2009, was recognized as a Milken Family Foundation educator for Indiana. 
    Darryl Harper is Chair of VCU’s Music Department. He has performed as a clarinetist throughout the world and is a published composer and accomplished bandleader. He currently leads the C3 Project, a multi-media presentation of music, video, dance, and poetry. He has taught for more than 20 years and has received the Gold Pin Award for extraordinary contributions to the VCU community. 
    Sasha Waters Freyer is Chair of VCU's Department of Photography & Film. She makes non-fiction films about outsiders, misfits and everyday radicals.  Trained in photography and the documentary tradition, she fuses original and found footage in 16mm film and video.  Most recently, she has crafted lyrical explorations of motherhood, documentaries on the New York of her youth, and essay films on the cultural and political legacies of the late 20th century.  
    Lea Marshall is Associate Chair of VCU's Dance Department. She is co-founder and Executive Director of GroundZero Dance, the dance critic for Richmond’s Style Weekly and a renowned performing artist. She is also an award-winning poet and freelance journalist who is passionate about interdisciplinary art making. 
    Elgie Gaynell Sherrod chairs VCU’s Department of Dance and Choreography. Prior to her academic career, she spent 15 years performing, touring, and teaching with such groups as Philadanco (the Philadelphia Dance Company) and Urban Bush Women. Sherrod is a Fulbright-Hayes scholar in dance research, taught at New York University, and founded and directed the New York City Department of Dance Institute.

    Location: Richmond CenterStage, Gottwald Theater

    Cost:
    $20

    and you will be redirected to the CenterStage ticket site

    To pay by check
    Please make payable to Chrysalis Institute and send to
    PO Box 7014, Richmond, VA 23221

    * Please also include the name(s) of those purchasing the tickets, phone number and email address. These tickets will be available for pickup at the CenterStage Box Office






    • 13 Sep 2015
    • 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Chrysalis Gathering Space

    Mindfulness is about being more awake to our lives. It is about training our attention; it is about becoming wiser by letting go of habitual ways of thinking and old stories that we tell ourselves as we make our way through the world and interact with others. It is about paying attention to our moment-by-moment experiences as they are happening, without judgment. Mindfulness is about becoming more attentive, more aware, and more alive.


    The practice enables you to uncover and understand the processes of your inner life, with new attention to how thoughts, sensations, and emotions unfold and influence each moment and each action.


    Join Kay and Philip Davidson in an introduction to this potentially life-changing practice.


    $15 to be paid at the door


    FACILITATORS


    Kay Davidson, PhD, is actively engaged with mindfulness practice for herself, as a coach, mentor, teacher and student. With her husband, Philip, she leads several Mindfulness Practice Groups in Richmond and has completed a two-year Meditation Teacher Training Institute offered by Tara Brach's Insight Meditation Community of Washington, DC. She also serves on the Faculty for The Chrysalis Group and is a past board member.


    Philip H. Davidson, PhD, Certified Mindfulness Teacher, is actively engaged with mindfulness practice for himself, as a coach, mentor, teacher and student. With his wife Kay, he leads several Mindfulness Practice Groups in Richmond and is engaged in a two-year Meditation Teacher Training Institute offered by Tara Brach's Insight Meditation Community of Washington, D.C. He also serves on the Chrysalis Institute faculty and provides mindfulness executive coaching to corporate clients.


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    • 23 Sep 2015
    • 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
    • The Clearing

    Share an Ember Day of silence and reflection at the Clearing in Amelia County on Wednesday, September 23. 


    Before moving into silence, the day begins with a brief opening circle. This is a time to introduce ourselves and share expectations. The day concludes with a closing circle when we are invited to share the day’s gifts and insights.

    Forest paths are open, as always, and tables and chairs are available for rest, reading, art work, and writing projects. The Lodge will be open. Hot water for coffee and tea will be available.

    Maggi Tinsley on Ember Day retreats from Chrysalis Institute on Vimeo.


    FACILITATORS
    Chrysalis is delighted to co-sponsor this retreat with hosts, Friends Marjorie Bertolino and Elizabeth Smith.


    Location:
    The Clearing

    Cost:
    While not necessary, donations ($10 suggested) will help defray the cost of utilities and maintenance.


    Registration:
    Pre-registration is not required, but it is helpful for planning purposes.

    Special Instructions: Please bring your own brown bag lunch. You may also choose to bring simple snacks (fruit, nuts, veggies) to share.

    • 24 Sep 2015
    • 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
    • Chrysalis Gathering Space
    • 8

    A Weekly Dreams Group with Carrington Brown


    “Dreams are an endless source of creativity, nourishment, and resilience in dealing with life’s challenges.” -Robert Johnson, Dream Analyst 


    Dreaming is a universal human experience. According to renowned psychologist Carl Jung, dreams are a way of communicating with the unconscious. We spend about ⅓ of our lives sleeping and tend to dream several times a night, but often forget our dreams upon awakening. Dreams can unlock secrets to our unconscious and be a deep source of wisdom if we learn to listen to them.

     In this safe and non-judgmental series, Carrington will gently guide you to access the meaning of dream images and uncover their power for healing and self-transformation. 



    FACILITATOR

    Carrington Brown is the mother of five sons, which qualifies her to do anything! She is also an artist, landscape designer, and yoga instructor. She has a degree from the Haden Institute as a Spiritual Director and Dream Group Leader. 


    Dates:
    Meeting weekly on Thursdays from 3-4:30 pm
    September 24 through October 29

    Cost:
    $100, Chrysalis Members 
    $120, Non-Members 

    Special Instructions:
    Bring your dream journals, including dream titles if you have them. For further reading, see Inner Work: Using Dreams and Active Imagination for Personal Growth by Robert A. Johnson and Dream Language: Self Understanding Through Imagery and Color by Robert J. Hoss

    For More Information: 
    • 25 Sep 2015
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Westwood Club

    Please join us for lunch and a special program on Conscious Creativity, with keynote presentation by Priscilla Burbank.  This year we celebrate the 21st anniversary of Chrysalis and our fall semester theme Creativity: the Soul Speaks. We will also be highlighting some of our amazing practice groups.

    Priscilla Burbank is a UVA law school graduate who, in 2008, earned a Master's Degree in Conscious Evolution from the Graduate Institute in Connecticut. Her thesis explored intuitive painting as a personal transformative experience. She continues her intuitive painting practice and has taught at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond. 
     


    Location: Westwood Club (Please note this is a different location from last year)
    6200 West Club Lane, Richmond, VA 23226 

    Cost: $20  Non-members and members welcome! 

    Special Instructions:
    The luncheon is buffet style with vegetarian and gluten-free options available.

    For more information:


    • 27 Sep 2015
    • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • The Outdoor Labyrinth

    An ancient mystical tool, the labyrinth is used by many cultures and religious traditions. Unlike a maze, the labyrinth has a single pathway in and out.


    There are no tricks or wrong turns, and you cannot get lost finding your way in and out again. A walk through the labyrinth has come to symbolize our spiritual journey. Concentric circles weave and twist as they direct pilgrims to the center, the place of illumination. 


    Date:
    Sunday, September 27

    Cost:
    While there is no fee, donations are kindly accepted.

    Location:
    The Chrysalis Outdoor Labyrinth

    Special Instructions:
    Come at any time during the walk, but allow 45-60 minutes for the experience, and wear comfortable clothing and shoes. This event will take place weather permitting. If the weather is questionable, please check the Home page on our website before heading out to the Labyrinth.

    For more information:

    Contact Mariah Gruner.

    • 29 Sep 2015
    • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Chrysalis Gathering Space
    • 10

    6 Week Introduction to Meditative Practice


    Meditation is a simple, but life transforming skill. By strengthening your attention, meditation can help you develop a deep understanding of your inner self. The practice of meditation can also strengthen your ability to recognize your true potential.


    While many of us know that meditation is beneficial we may struggle with posture and other basic components of a sitting practice.


    In this is a step by step, beginner class you will become familiar with basic techniques to help facilitate your practice of mindfulness meditation, so that you might begin or extend your practice on surer footing. 


    Using a chair is encouraged for those who are uncomfortable with being on the floor. Each class will also include deep relaxation to help foster stress reduction. 


    Chairs are available in the Chrysalis Gathering Space.

    Participants are asked to bring two blankets with them to each class.




    Dates: Tuesdays over the course of 6 weeks

                September 29 - November 3

    Time:  9:30 - 10:30am


    Facilitator: Lynn Brooke


    Considered a teacher's teacher, Lynn is a former co- founder and creative director of Yoga Source in Richmond, VA. She is certified as a teacher trainer with the Yoga Alliance ( 500 RYT), and is a certified Spiritual Director though the Haden Institute in Hendersonville NC.

    Lynn has been a practitioner in the healing arts for over 25 years. She continues her studies as a student of Tibetan Buddhism, Jungian theory, Christian Mysticism and Yoga.  Lynn leads groups, as well as works individually with students in meditation, spiritual direction, and yoga for emotional balance.



    Cost:    Members $70

                 Non-Members $80



    Location: Chrysalis Gathering Space

    3527 Ellwood Avenue, Richmond, Virginia 23220



    • 04 Oct 2015
    • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Collegiate School, 103 N. Mooreland Rd.
    Performance and Conversation with Carol Jacobs

    “Music is an outburst of the soul” -Fredereick Delius 
    Did you know that when you listen to music your brain is engaged and active in multiple areas and that playing music is the equivalent of a full body workout for the mind?  Listen to classically trained pianist, Carol Jacobs, perform beautiful music by Chopin. Carol will then lead us in exploring how the patterns, rhythms, and musical themes affect our emotions, our bodies, and our sense of self and well-being. Join us for a delightful afternoon of music and conversation about music’s power to connect us to our inner selves.

    FACILITATOR

    Carol A. Jacobs, MSW, LCSW, is a psychotherapist in private practice. A trustee of the Marion Woodman Foundation Board, she has completed the BodySoul Rhythms® Leadership Training Program. She is also a classically trained pianist and a faculty member for both Chrysalis Institute and the Center for Mind-Body Medicine in Washington, D.C.


    Cost:

    $10 to Members

    $20 for Non-Members


    Location:

    Collegiate School

    103 N. Mooreland Rd


    For more information:

    Contact us.


    • 07 Oct 2015
    • 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Chrysalis Gathering Space
    • 2
    An Eight Week Series with Susan Wilkes


    Based on the most current scientific findings, this 8-week course will aid participants in cultivating the skills of self-compassion in their everyday lives. The focus will be on strengthening three core competencies: self-kindness, a sense of common humanity, and mindfulness. Through numerous practical exercises and teachings, participants will learn to treat themselves with the same kindness they might offer to a friend and experience the proven benefits.

     Participants will learn how mindful self-compassion:

    • Increases well-being, life satisfaction and happiness
    • Decreases stress, anxiety and depression 
    • Strengthens capacity for compassion for others, and
    • Improves empathy and relationships 

    Register early as this class is limited to 10 people!

    FACILITATOR 
    Susan Brock Wilkes, PhD, is a psychologist, university professor, and award-winning instructor. A certified spiritual director and trained MSC teacher, Susan has presented nationally as well as for a variety of local nonprofit and faith-based organizations. She is also a past President of Chrysalis and co-editor of the Words for the Journey.


    Location: Chrysalis Gathering Space
    3527 Ellwood Avenue

    Dates: 
    October 7, 14, 21, November 4, 11, 18, December 2, and 9

    Cost:
    $120, Chrysalis Members
    $140, Non-Members

    For More Information: 
    • 08 Oct 2015
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Chrysalis Gathering Space
    A Conversation with Sandra Levy


    Sandra Levy uses her background in psychology, neuroscience, and theology to explore how we are hard-wired for storytelling- through art, song, dance, and tales passed down through generations. We have a deep need to make sense of life and its meaning and the stories we create about our lives and our cultures are a vital part of fulfilling that need. Are our stories true, are they helping us live our best lives, or holding us back? Are they fictional masks to hide behind and cover up the truth of our lives? Or are they helping us find our true purpose in life? Consider how the stories you tell yourself about who you are and your place in the world impact the course of your life and your happiness. You are the author of your own life. 


    FACILITATOR 

    Sandra Levy, PhD, clinical psychologist, Episcopal priest and author, is currently serving as Priest Associate and Theologian-in-Residence at historic St. John's Church in Richmond, VA. She recently published Flourishing Life and is working on a new book entitled The Fiction of Our Lives.


    Location: Chrysalis Gathering Space
    3527 Ellwood Avenue

    Cost:
    $10, Chrysalis Members
    $20, Non-Members

    For More Information: 
    • 17 Oct 2015
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Chrysalis Gathering Space
    A Workshop with Therese Brown


    "No matter how slow the film, Spirit always stands still long enough for the photographer It has chosen." -Minor White 


    An intimate workshop with local artist, Therese Brown, in which participants will learn about and participate in the art of pinhole photography (lensless photography using long exposures). Brown emphasizes the unique creative expression that comes from shooting without a lens and its often surreal, impressionistic imagery. The experience will be meditative and encourage engaging in the process over concern about the product. Spend a delightful time with Brown as she shares her enthusiasm for this type of photography and its serendipitous qualities.


    Register early; this workshop is limited to 8 people!


    FACILITATOR 

    Therese Brown has been a photographic artist for twenty years, spending the last ten years doing primarily pinhole photography. She creates art for herself, but has shown her work in various places throughout the U.S., including Rayko Photo Center in San Francisco. Art and photography are part of her spiritual path. Her pinhole images help her learn more about her inner self and her connection to the world around her. She recently relocated to Richmond from California. Welcome to RVA!

    Location: This workshop will be held at Therese Brown's home. Directions will be sent to participants.

    Cost:
    $40, Chrysalis Members
    $55, Non-Members

    For More Information: 
    • 23 Oct 2015
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • The Community Idea Stations, 23 Sesame Street
    Keynote Address with Jan Phillips


    “The goal of life is rapture. Art is the way we experience it. Art is the transforming experience.” -Joseph Campbell


    If you are not an artist, why should you care about creativity? Join internationally known, multidisciplinary artist Jan Phillips to find out. 

    Jan will present a multimedia, multi-sensory experience weaving humor, storytelling, captivating imagery, and music to ignite and inspire your own creative energy. For Jan, creative expression connects heart and mind and is the essence of being human. It is a transformative experience that allows us to open to our own truth and power, our oneness with others, and our connection to the divine. As a spiritual practice, it sometimes requires “running shoes.” Bring an open mind and be ready for an inspiring and fun evening. Running shoes not included!



    FACILITATOR 

    Jan Phillips is an award-winning author, photographer, and performing artist. She is also co-founder and executive director of the Livingkindness Foundation and co-founder of Syracuse Cultural Workers. As an artist and activist, Jan is committed to spiritual healing and social justice. She has presented workshops around the world on a one-woman peace pilgrimage, performed with Pete Seeger, taught with Jane Goodall, and worked with Mother Teresa. Find out more at www.janphillips.com


    Location: The Community Idea Station, 23 Sesame Street

    Cost:
    $25, Chrysalis Members
    $35, Non-Members

    For More Information: 
    • 24 Oct 2015
    • 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Chrysalis Gathering Space
    Workshop with Jan Phillips


    “The opposite of war isn't peace, it's creation”  -From the musical Rent


    In this workshop, through the use of music, imagery, poetry, and writing exercises, we will connect with our Muses, our own divine creative spirits, and collaborate in creating a unique and powerful work of art.

    • Discover your inner voice and what it has to say 
    • Get clear on the sacredness of your creativity and its contribution to the world 
    • Find new ways to honor your creativity and give it the time it deserves 
    • Experience the joy of surrendering your fears and allowing Spirit to be released through you


    FACILITATOR 

    Jan Phillips is an award-winning author, photographer, and performing artist. She is also co-founder and executive director of the Livingkindness Foundation and co-founder of Syracuse Cultural Workers. As an artist and activist, Jan is committed to spiritual healing and social justice. She has presented workshops around the world on a one-woman peace pilgrimage, performed with Pete Seeger, taught with Jane Goodall, and worked with Mother Teresa. Find out more at www.janphillips.com



    Location: Chrysalis Gathering Space
    3527 Ellwood Ave

    Cost:
    $40, Chrysalis Members
    $55, Non-Members

    For More Information: 
    • 05 Nov 2015
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Chrysalis Gathering Space
    A Conversation with Shari Motro


    “Don't worry about appearing sentimental. Worry about being unavailable; worry about being absent or fraudulent. Risk being unliked. Tell the truth as you understand it. If you’re a writer, you have a moral obligation to do this.” -Anne Lamott 


    Creative writing, like meditation, is a practice in which we try to bring our full and undivided attention to the present moment. What is most alive in me here and now? Do I have the strength and the courage to accept reality as it truly is? To name it? To share my words with others without bracing or grasping for approval? Do I have the imagination and gumption to envision the world I dream of?

    This workshop explores writing as a contemplative practice. Shari Motro will discuss her own creative process and will guide participants in experiential exercises that promote open awareness, non-judgment, and left/right brain integration. All are welcome. ;


    FACILITATOR 

    Shari Motro is professor of law at the University of Richmond, author of several scholarly works, and editorials published in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal. She co-founded the Richmond Contemplative Law Group and received the UR Black Law Students Association Willie Moore Award for promoting cross-cultural understanding and diversity in addition to the Distinguished Educator award at UR.

    Location: Chrysalis Gathering Space
    3527 Ellwood Avenue

    Cost:
    $10, Chrysalis Members
    $20, Non-Members

    For More Information: 
    • 10 Nov 2015
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Visual Arts Center of Richmond
    • 8
    Workshop with Priscilla Burbank and Gloria Umbach


    “The most potent muse of all is our own inner child.” -Stephen Nachmanovitch 


    Children love to draw and paint. Most adults think that they are not creative or artistically talented. The disconnect? A culture that believes that painting and making art are only open to a few uniquely talented and trained individuals. This morning workshop will help you “rediscover” your inner creativity by learning to trust your intuitions and impulses and ignore the voice of that inner critic that tells you that you can’t paint, can’t draw, can’t create. Science now knows that painting is good for your emotional health. By focusing on brushstrokes and color, your body becomes calmer and more aware. And, it’s great fun! We offer a safe, non-judgmental opportunity to experience the joy of painting like a five-year old! 


    FACILITATOR 

    Gloria Umbach, MSW, is an experienced counselor, body worker, nurse, and educator who received her Intuitive Painting Teacher’s Certificate from a Chris Zydel program at Creative Juice Arts. 
    Priscilla Burbank has graduate degrees in law and Conscious Evolution, focusing on intuitive painting. She has taught at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond and also received an Intuitive Painting Teacher's Certificate from the Creative Juice Arts program. She is a Past President of Chrysalis Institute and a current board member. Gloria and Priscilla paint together regularly as a spiritual practice.



    Register early as this class is limited to 10 people.

     
    Location: Visual Arts Center of Richmond

    Cost:
    $30, Chrysalis Members
    $45, Non-Members

    For More Information: 
    • 13 Nov 2015
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Chrysalis Gathering Space
    A "Kitchen Table Gathering" with Katya Lesher


    “The portal of healing and creativity always takes us into the realm of the spirit.” -Angeles Arrien


    Please join Katya Lesher, LCSW, for a “Kitchen Table Gathering,” where together we will explore how creative expression can deepen our sense of self, open our hearts to healing and connect us to spirit. Share your experiences with creativity or simply come to listen to others talk about the role of creativity in their lives. We all hold wisdom, and this evening is a chance for us to share our wisdom with each other.  


    FACILITATOR 

    As an artist and writer, Katya (Kathy) Lesher, LCSW, has facilitated numerous workshops integrating creative arts into healing opportunities. Deeply inspired by the creative process, she sees it as an exploration of one’s inner landscape; a way of discovering what is true. She has also been a hospice worker, providing end-of-life support and bereavement support for those who were dying and their families. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, cultivating opportunities that nourish and support healing on many levels.

     
    Location: Chrysalis Gathering Space
    3527 Ellwood Ave

    Cost:
    $10, Chrysalis Members
    $20, Non-Members

    For More Information: 
    • 14 Nov 2015
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Chrysalis Gathering Space
    • 13
    A Creative Expression Workshop with Katya Lesher


    This workshop offers a chance to gather, create, explore, learn, grow, play… and just see what happens!

    Let go of responsibilities, open your hearts, explore, and get messy. The focus of the day will be collage work and the majority of the day will be in silence, so that you can move into a place of contemplation and creativity. Discover the healing power of creative expression. There will be opportunity for interactive sharing and reflection at the beginning and end of the day. Nurture your roots and open your wings! The only experience necessary is life experience-- it is about the process, not the product.


    Register soon; this workshop is limited to 15 participants!


    FACILITATOR 

    As an artist and writer, Katya (Kathy) Lesher, LCSW, has facilitated numerous workshops integrating creative arts into healing opportunities. Deeply inspired by the creative process, she sees it as an exploration of one’s inner landscape; a way of discovering what is true. She has also been a hospice worker, providing end-of-life support and bereavement support for those who were dying and their families. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, cultivating opportunities that nourish and support healing on many levels.

     
    Location: Chrysalis Gathering Space
    3527 Ellwood Ave

    Cost:
    $40, Chrysalis Members
    $55, Non-Members

    For More Information: 
    • 18 Nov 2015
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • The glave kocen gallery, 1620 W Main St
    A Concert and Talk with Classical Revolution RVA


    Music has long been linked with spirituality, seen as a divine gift, an aid for worship and a way of expressing one’s individual spirituality. Classical music is universal and can quiet a racing mind, comfort a lonely soul, or move one to dance. Join Chrysalis and Classical Revolution RVA for an evening of truly divine music!


    CO-SPONSOR

    Classical Revolution RVA is Richmond’s local chapter of Classical Revolution, an international organization that works to universalize classical music and bring it into the community, breaking down perceived barriers of elitism and inaccessibility. Classical Revolution RVA is focused on integrating classical music with Richmond’s vibrant music scene by taking it into local bars, restaurants, cafes, and galleries, increasing exposure and letting the music speak for itself.


    MODERATOR

    Elaine Kiziah is an organizational psychologist and the founder of See Change Studio. She facilitates a monthly journaling group for Chrysalis Institute, coaches speakers for TEDxRVA, serves as an advisor for Nonprofit Learning Point, and performs music around Richmond in a wide range of styles as a pianist, vocalist, harpsichordist (with Jefferson Baroque), and amateur accordion player.


    Location: 
    The glave kocen gallery
    1620 W Main St

    Cost:
    $10, Chrysalis Members
    $20, Non-Members

    For More Information: 
    • 16 Dec 2015
    • 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
    • The Clearing

    Share an Ember Day of silence and reflection at the Clearing in Amelia County on Wednesday, December 16. 


    Before moving into silence, the day begins with a brief opening circle. This is a time to introduce ourselves and share expectations. The day concludes with a closing circle when we are invited to share the day’s gifts and insights.

    Forest paths are open, as always, and tables and chairs are available for rest, reading, art work, and writing projects. The Lodge will be open. Hot water for coffee and tea will be available.

    Maggi Tinsley on Ember Day retreats from Chrysalis Institute on Vimeo.


    FACILITATORS
    Chrysalis is delighted to co-sponsor this retreat with hosts, Friends Marjorie Bertolino and Elizabeth Smith.


    Location:
    The Clearing

    Cost:
    While not necessary, donations ($10 suggested) will help defray the cost of utilities and maintenance.


    Registration:
    Pre-registration is not required, but it is helpful for planning purposes.

    Special Instructions: Please bring your own brown bag lunch. You may also choose to bring simple snacks (fruit, nuts, veggies) to share.

    • 20 Dec 2015
    • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • The Outdoor Labyrinth

    An ancient mystical tool, the labyrinth is used by many cultures and religious traditions. Unlike a maze, the labyrinth has a single pathway in and out.


    There are no tricks or wrong turns, and you cannot get lost finding your way in and out again. A walk through the labyrinth has come to symbolize our spiritual journey. Concentric circles weave and twist as they direct pilgrims to the center, the place of illumination.
    Date:
    Sunday, December 20
    Cost:
    While there is no fee, donations are kindly accepted.
    Location:
    The Chrysalis Outdoor Labyrinth

    Special Instructions: Come at any time during the walk, but allow 45-60 minutes for the experience, and wear comfortable clothing and shoes. This event will take place weather permitting. If the weather is questionable, please check the Home page on our website before heading out to the Labyrinth.

    For more information:
    Contact Mariah Gruner.

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