Chrysalis Institute 

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    • 10 Nov 2016
    • 7:30 PM
    • 08 Dec 2016
    • 9:00 PM
    • Chrysalis Gathering Space
    • 0

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    The Hero's Journey



    Never watch a movie, read a book or see your life the same way again.






    Based on the works of Joseph Campbell, an American mythologist, writer and lecturer, best known for his PBS series collaboration with Bill Moyers on “The Power of Myth, this series explores the ancient and timeless journey we find in our own lives. 


    Joseph Campbell's work reveals that our lives are ultimately connected by the framework of the same journey. Articulated through his years of research in the realm of comparative religion, he discovered that all of the world's major religions and stories from mythology follow a similar progression, and mix of key characters along the way: the Hero's Journey.


    By investigating Campbell's Hero's Journey, we can discover where we are on our own path, helping us to navigate our way through the highs and lows that this life's journey presents us.


    This four-session program will be a combination of lecture, mindful practice, reflective writing and group work. A journal or something to write in is recommended, but no other items are required. All you really need is the curiosity to explore the larger story and an desire to examine your own hero's journey.



    No books are required, but  Reflections on the Art of Living: A Joseph Campbell Companion, by Joseph Campbell is recommended for those who wish to explore even more on their own. 



    FACILITATOR 
    Alex Peavey received professional training in mindfulness under Jon Kabat-Zinn, and created the mindfulness program at Collegiate High School




    Location: Chrysalis Gathering Space
    3527 Ellwood Avenue

    Dates: 
    Thursday, November 10 - December 8
    4 SESSIONS: no session November 24

    Time:

    7:30 - 9:00pm


    Cost:
    $75, Chrysalis Members
    $150, Non-Members





    For More Information: 
    • 14 Dec 2016
    • 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
    • The Clearing


    Ember Day 

    Silent Retreat

    at The Clearing



    A day of quiet and contemplation








    Quiet in community. Share an Ember Day of silence and reflection at the Clearing in Amelia County on Wednesday, December 14. Take a purposeful break in the middle of your busy week. When you think, "I can't take the time", that's exactly when you need to take the time.


    Before moving into silence, the day begins with a brief opening circle. 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 tea will be available.

    Bring a bag lunch and a snack to share if you like. Also bring along a journal, a book or anything you would like to work on during your time,

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


    FACILITATORS
    Chrysalis is delighted to co-sponsor this retreat with hosts, Richmond Friends Meeting.


    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. There are refrigerators and microwaves, plates, cups and utensils available in the lodge.

    • 18 Dec 2016
    • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • The Outdoor Labyrinth


    Winter Solstice

    Celebration

    at the Chrysalis 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.


    Come walk the candle lit pathways...



    Date:
    Sunday, December 18


    Time: 

    4 - 6pm


    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 info@chrysalisinstitute.org
    • 12 Jan 2017
    • 5:30 PM
    • 02 Mar 2017
    • 7:30 PM
    • Chrysalis Gathering Space
    • 14


    Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction


    An Eight Week Series with Susan Wilkes







    “Part of the adventure of meditation is to use yourself as a laboratory to find out who you are and what you are capable of doing.” - John Kabat-Zinn


    MBSR is an 8-week training in mindfulness meditation, body awareness and yoga.


    Offered at Chrysalis for the first time, this highly acclaimed Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program was developed by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in 1979.  Since then, it’s been offered in more than 200 health centers around the world and has been the subject of numerous studies demonstrating its beneficial impact.


    Participants cultivate an integrative view of mind and body, while also learning how thoughts, feelings and behaviors influence our emotional, physical and spiritual health.  This is an excellent course for those new to mindfulness, those wishing to develop techniques for managing stress, and anyone who wishes to become more fully present and alive in this moment.




    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 Institute Space
    3527 Ellwood Avenue

    Dates: 

    Thursdays, January 12 - March 2

    8 SESSIONS


    Time:

    5:30 - 7:30pm


    Cost:
    $200, Chrysalis Members
    $400, Non-Members





    For More Information: 
    • 25 Jan 2017
    • 5:30 PM
    • 15 Mar 2017
    • 7:30 PM
    • Diversity Richmond Classroom, 1407 Sherwood Ave, Richmond, VA 23220
    • 14

    Mindful Self-Compassion

    An Eight Week Series with Diversity Richmond and Health Brigade


    self-kindness, a sense of common humanity, and mindfulness



    In partnership with Diversity Richmond and Health Brigade

    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.


    In this empirically-supported compassion training program, you will learn how to:

    • practice self-compassion in daily life
    • motivate yourself with kindness rather than criticism
    • handle difficult emotions with greater ease
    • transform challenging relationships
    • practice the art of savoring and self-appreciation

    FACILITATOR 
    Lisa Halberstadt, M.S. in clinical psychology, began her career as a psychotherapist in college counseling centers before turning to psychiatric research.  She spent 20 years at the Virginia Institute for Psychiatric and Behavioral Genetics at VCU, working on the etiology of psychiatric and substance use disorders.  Lisa’s interest in exploring the intersection of mindfulness meditation and Judaism led her to complete the Jewish Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Training program through the Institute for Jewish Spirituality.  She offers Jewish meditation sessions at Congregation Or Ami and a class at Chrysalis Institute.  Lisa recently participated in UCSD’s Mindful Self-Compassion Teacher Training and will be teaching MSC through Chrysalis.  Lisa volunteers with Side by Side (formerly ROSMY), where she has served as a support  group facilitator,  board member, and helped introduce mindfulness meditation to the youth.



    Location: 
    Diversity Richmond Classroom
    1407 Sherwood Ave, Richmond, VA 23220

    Dates: 

    Wednesdays

    8 SESSIONS: January 25 - March 


    Time:

    5:30 - 7:30pm


    Cost:
    $200






    For More Information: 
    • 11 Feb 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Chrysalis Gathering Space
    • 25


    Introduction to Mindfulness



    Becoming familiar with your own mind







    Mindfulness trains our attention so we may be more fully present in our lives. This workshop explores different practices to bring mindfulness into daily life.


    Paying attention.


    Detaching from judgment.


    Creating a pause between what is happening and how we respond.


    Mindfulness meditation helps us to develop a clear mind, compassionate heart, and greater sense of well being. Meditation offers us time and space to step away from our busy schedules, to develop awareness of our sensations, feelings, and thoughts as they arise and to accept ourselves just as we are.


    This class will introduce us to the practice and benefits of mindfulness, and through a variety of learning experiences we will learn how to begin creatively and kindly incorporating mindfulness practices into our daily lives. We will leave this day workshop with the tools and understanding to begin our own personal practice.





    FACILITATORS 

    Sandra Tan, MSW, LCSW, a palliative care social worker, and Kristina Aschenbach, MEd, LAc, an acupuncturist, have trained in the study of mindfulness with Kay and Phil Davidson.




    Take a look:
    How Meditation Works, The Atlantic

    Location: Chrysalis Institute Space
    3527 Ellwood Avenue

    Dates: 
    Saturday, February 11


    Time:

    9:00am - 12:30pm


    Cost:
    $30, Chrysalis Members
    $60, Non-Members


    Become a member!




    For More Information: 
    • 12 Feb 2017
    • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Chrysalis Gathering Space


    School of Happiness



    Research and Well-Being







    We all want to be happy, but happiness seems to come easier to some than others. Dr. Dick researches what factors contribute to mental health and well-being, and focuses on translating that research into improving lives. Learn how these new ways of understanding ourselves can inform our path to health and happiness.





    FACILITATOR 
    Danielle Dick, PhD. is a professor of Psychology, African-American Studies and Human and Molecular Genetics, and is the founder of the College Behavioral and Emotional Health Institute at VCU.


    Location: Chrysalis Institute Space
    3527 Ellwood Avenue

    Dates: 
    Sunday, February 12

    Time:

    4:00 - 6:00pm


    Cost:
    Pay What You Can
    $10 Recommended, Chrysalis Members
    $20 Recommended, Non-Members





    For More Information: 
    • 19 Feb 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Chrysalis Gathering Space
    • 25


    Writing

    YourSelf



    Journaling as a Path to Joy







    Enjoy a day-long immersive workshop on using journaling to connect you more fully with yourself and with your sense of the Sacred. You'll experience a mashup of writing techniques and prompts based in ancient wisdom traditions and in the contemporary science of positive psychology — with an opportunity to explore them in supportive spiritual community.

     

    This workshop is structured around exploring five interlinked dimensions of the Self — body, heart, mind, soul, and spirit — to help you transcend your small self and connect with a happier, more enlightened version of you.

     

    For each of the five dimensions, you’ll experience:

    • Inspiring stories and examples
    • Short guided writing exercises using varied prompts and techniques
    • Meditations, guided imagery, and centering rituals
    • Opportunities for connection and learning through reflective dialogue
    • Ideas and resources for establishing, expanding, or deepening your own journaling practice

     

    We’ll close the day with a "best possible self" writing exercise that positive psychology research has shown to boost happiness in people of diverse life stages and circumstances.

    Studies by scholars such as James Pennebaker and Sonja Lyubomirski have repeatedly shown that expressive writing can be an effective way to boost emotional, mental, and even physical well-being. So you'll walk away from this workshop not only with tools for your future journaling practice, but also with a deeper sense of joy and peace.

     

    If you can write words on a page, this workshop is for you! Both “newbies” and experienced journalers are welcome and can expect to reap many rewards.






    FACILITATOR

    Elaine Kiziah, PhD, facilitates the monthly journaling practice group at Chrysalis and is the Guiding Faculty member for Chrysalis' cornerstone Spiritual Paths program. A licensed psychologist and award-winning instructor, she coaches mission-driven people to help them thrive in their work and lives.



    Location: Chrysalis Institute Space
    3527 Ellwood Avenue

    Dates: 
    Sunday, February 19


    Time:

    9:00am - 3:00pm



    Cost:
    $75, Chrysalis Members
    $150, Non-Members


    Become a member!




    For More Information: 
    • 28 Feb 2017
    • 5:15 PM - 6:15 PM
    • Ellwood Thompson's Beet Cafe


    Happy Hour


    February 28










    Join us for a glass of wine after work and be a part of the conversation. A 3-part look at the major correlates of happiness at the intersection of science and spirit  - come for one or all three.



    FACILITATORS 

    Tammy Jackson is an Organizational Culture Administrator at VCU and the owner of Positive Impact Consulting. She’s pleased to be working on the HR Redesign, making VCU a Great Place to Work and to be facilitating for Chrysalis. A skilled facilitator, Tammy has been the Instructor of the Year for Nonprofit Learning Point and is known for her use of humor, creativity and engaging style.


    Christopher Reina is an Assistant Professor of Management at VCU. A popular teacher and workshop leader, Christopher has expertise in the areas of mindfulness, leadership, and emotions. Christopher is also a co-founder of the nonprofit HEROES (Helping Educators Revive Our Economic Success) for students, a standards-based classroom curriculum. A new faculty member at Chrysalis, Christopher brings a strong background in the research behind the positive psychology movement and mindfulness.


    Susan Brock Wilkes, is a psychologist, university professor, and award-winning instructor. A certified spiritual director, Susan has presented nationally and internationally 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. As a Chrysalis faculty member, Susan teaches Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Mindful Self Compassion. 




    Location: 
    The Beet Cafe
    in Ellwood Thompson's
    4 N. Thompson St.

    Cost:
    $10 Chrysalis Members
    $20 Non-Members

    For More Information: 
    • 07 Mar 2017
    • 5:15 PM - 6:15 PM
    • Ellwood Thompson's Beet Cafe


    Happy Hour


    March 7










    Join us for a glass of wine after work and be a part of the conversation. A 3-part look at the major correlates of happiness at the intersection of science and spirit  - come for one or all three.



    FACILITATORS 

    Tammy Jackson is an Organizational Culture Administrator at VCU and the owner of Positive Impact Consulting. She’s pleased to be working on the HR Redesign, making VCU a Great Place to Work and to be facilitating for Chrysalis. A skilled facilitator, Tammy has been the Instructor of the Year for Nonprofit Learning Point and is known for her use of humor, creativity and engaging style.


    Christopher Reina is an Assistant Professor of Management at VCU. A popular teacher and workshop leader, Christopher has expertise in the areas of mindfulness, leadership, and emotions. Christopher is also a co-founder of the nonprofit HEROES (Helping Educators Revive Our Economic Success) for students, a standards-based classroom curriculum. A new faculty member at Chrysalis, Christopher brings a strong background in the research behind the positive psychology movement and mindfulness.


    Susan Brock Wilkes, is a psychologist, university professor, and award-winning instructor. A certified spiritual director, Susan has presented nationally and internationally 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. As a Chrysalis faculty member, Susan teaches Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Mindful Self Compassion. 




    Location: 
    The Beet Cafe
    in Ellwood Thompson's
    4 N. Thompson St.

    Cost:
    $10 Chrysalis Members
    $20 Non-Members

    For More Information: 
    • 14 Mar 2017
    • 5:15 PM - 6:15 PM
    • Ellwood Thompson's Beet Cafe


    Happy Hour


    March 14










    Join us for a glass of wine after work and be a part of the conversation. A 3-part look at the major correlates of happiness at the intersection of science and spirit  - come for one or all three.



    FACILITATORS 

    Tammy Jackson is an Organizational Culture Administrator at VCU and the owner of Positive Impact Consulting. She’s pleased to be working on the HR Redesign, making VCU a Great Place to Work and to be facilitating for Chrysalis. A skilled facilitator, Tammy has been the Instructor of the Year for Nonprofit Learning Point and is known for her use of humor, creativity and engaging style.


    Christopher Reina is an Assistant Professor of Management at VCU. A popular teacher and workshop leader, Christopher has expertise in the areas of mindfulness, leadership, and emotions. Christopher is also a co-founder of the nonprofit HEROES (Helping Educators Revive Our Economic Success) for students, a standards-based classroom curriculum. A new faculty member at Chrysalis, Christopher brings a strong background in the research behind the positive psychology movement and mindfulness.


    Susan Brock Wilkes, is a psychologist, university professor, and award-winning instructor. A certified spiritual director, Susan has presented nationally and internationally 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. As a Chrysalis faculty member, Susan teaches Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Mindful Self Compassion. 




    Location: 
    The Beet Cafe
    in Ellwood Thompson's
    4 N. Thompson St.


    Cost:
    $10 Chrysalis Members
    $20 Non-Members

    For More Information: 
    • 16 Mar 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • VCU Grace Street Theater


    The Science of Happiness


    SPRING KEYNOTE








    Happiness can be elusive. Successful people are not necessarily happy. But happy people are more likely to be successful. And healthier. And they tend to live longer. What role do money, marriage, friends, children, weather, age, and religion play in making us happy? How can happiness be increased? Interest in the subject of happiness has soared — even the United Nations issues World Happiness Reports - and has become a matter of intense study by social scientists, including Dr. Catherine Sanderson, often called the Professor of Happiness.


    Dr. Sanderson delves into cutting-edge research from the field of positive psychology and the factors that do (and do not) predict happiness, and provides us with practical (and relatively easy) ways to increase our own psychological well-being - including 10 specific strategies to use at home. She’s studied relationships and happiness for two decades and roams stages around the country - including RVA - enlightening and delighting crowds with her rapid-fire delivery and empirical data laced with humor.



    Facilitator

    Catherine A. Sanderson, PhD., with degrees from both Stanford and Princeton, is now the Manwell Professor of Life Sciences (Psychology) at Amherst College and ranked as one of the country’s top 300 professors by the Princeton Review. She is among the most popular teachers at Amherst - her classes fill rapidly and many former students invite her to their weddings. Sanderson wants to help put happiness within reach of her audiences and in so doing, make herself happier. It is her consuming passion. Its tenets help define how she lives her own life, and she welcomes others to follow her lead.





    Location

    VCU Grace Street Theater  (website)

    934 W. Grace Street   (google map)


    This location has easy access to affordable parking. There are two small lots next to and across from the theater as well as a large parking deck only steps away around the corner. 

    See the close-up maps below. 


    Date 

    Thursday, March 16


    Time

    7 - 9pm


    Cost

    Pay What You Can

    $25, Chrysalis Members

    $35, Non-Members

    Recommended Admission



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    • 22 Mar 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Chrysalis Institute Space
    • 25


    Let Your Yoga

    Dance



    Happiness Edition








    Happily dancing into our Art and Science of Happiness theme for this spring is a special edition of the vibrant and fun Let Your Yoga Dance. Join us for an evening of movement, fun and centering.

    Let Your Yoga Dance® is a yoga-inspired dance class for everyone and every body. It is a    joyful and uplifting musical journey through the chakras (energy centers) – a movement experience that affects body, heart, and soul. 


    This inspiring genre is a fusion of yoga and energizing user-friendly dance movements, using music from around the world, and has been described as “where joy and fun meet deep and sacred.” No yoga or dance experience is necessary for participation. This inspirational dance of yoga is for everyone, including those with physical limitations. The only requirements are a body and a willingness to move!


    There is also a group practice that meets once a month.

    Every third Wednesday. Keep on moving!


     

    FACILITATOR

    Martha Tyler, RN, CMT is a licensed registered nurse and a Virginia certified massage therapist, also board certified in therapeutic massage and bodywork by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. Her background includes a Master’s Degree in public health, and her interest and experience in promoting health and wellness, combined with a strong interest in anatomy, physiology, body movement, and the power of touch led her to create Still Point Massage Therapy, LLC. Martha serves on the board of Chrysalis Institute. As of July 2015, Martha is a certified Let Your Yoga Dance instructor (trained at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health).


    Date: 

    Wednesday, January 25

     

    Time:

    6 - 7:30pm

     

    Location: 

    Chrysalis Institute Space

    3527 Ellwood Ave.

     

     

    Cost:

    $10 Chrysalis Members

    $15 Non-Members



    Become a member!




    For More Information: 
    • 24 Mar 2017
    • 5:30 PM
    • 28 Apr 2017
    • 7:30 PM
    • Chrysalis Institute Space
    • 16


    Desire

    Mapping

    Six Week Series 








    Learn and utilize this holistic life-planning tool to awaken and live in alignment with who you truly are. Desire mapping is a process, a meditation, and a system that can help you get from where you are to where you want to be, and provide a new clarity for making life decisions - big and small.



    FACILITATOR 

    Christa Donohue is a serial entrepreneur. As a licensed facilitator for the Desire Map program she works to use this dynamic tool to help others follow their dreams.



    Location: Chrysalis Institute Space
    3527 Ellwood Avenue

    Dates: 

    Fridays, March 24 - April 28

    5:30 - 7:30pm


    Cost:
    $150, Chrysalis Members
    $300, Non-Members

    For More Information: 
    • 05 Apr 2017
    • 12:00 PM
    • 17 May 2017
    • 1:30 PM
    • Chrysalis Institute Space


    Mindfulness Meditation 

    Through a Jewish Lens










    “Our goal should be to live life in radical amazement… get up in the morning and look at the world in a way that takes nothing for granted… To be spiritual is to be amazed.” 

    - Abraham Joshua Heschel



    Judaism has a tradition rich in guidance, wisdom, and inspiration. Mindfulness meditation cultivates  concentration, awareness, and compassion. Jewish meditation is about awakening our attention toward the sacred in everyday life and experiencing a deeper connection to the presence of the holy around us and within us. When we infuse meditation practice with Jewish language, perspectives and teachings, we are engaging in meditation through a Jewish lens.  


    This 7-session course brings together mindfulness meditation with Jewish understanding. This is not a course in traditional Jewish mysticism or Kabbalah. The course is open to people from all (and no) religious and spiritual backgrounds.  No prior meditation experience is required.



    FACILITATOR 

    Lisa Halberstadt, M.S. in clinical psychology, is a Chrysalis faculty member who spent most of her professional career as a research specialist in the Department of Psychiatry at VCU.  Her interest in exploring the intersection of mindfulness meditation and Judaism led her to complete the Jewish Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Training program through the Institute for Jewish Spirituality and the Awakened Heart Project.  Lisa also offers monthly drop-in Jewish meditation sessions at Congregation Or Ami and co-teaches Mindful Self Compassion at Chrysalis.


    Dates:
    Wednesdays, April 5 - May 17 (7 weeks)

    Times:
    12 - 1:30pm

    Location: 
    Chrysalis Gathering Space
    3527 Ellwood Avenue

    Cost:
    $130, Chrysalis Members
    $260, Non-Members


    For More Information or to request a scholarship:
    • 06 Apr 2017
    • 5:30 PM
    • 25 May 2017
    • 7:30 PM
    • Chrysalis Institute Space
    • 16


    Mindful Self-Compassion

    Eight Week Series 

    self-kindness, a sense of common humanity, and mindfulness





    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.


    In this empirically-supported compassion training program, you will learn how to:

    • practice self-compassion in daily life
    • motivate yourself with kindness rather than criticism
    • handle difficult emotions with greater ease
    • transform challenging relationships
    • practice the art of savoring and self-appreciation



    FACILITATORS 

    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 Words for the Journey.


    WITH

    Matt Conover, has studied meditation in both the U.S. and India.



    Location: Chrysalis Institute Space
    3527 Ellwood Avenue

    Dates: 

    Thursdays, April 6 - May 25

    5:30 - 7:30pm


    Cost:
    $200, Chrysalis Members
    $400, Non-Members

    For More Information: 
    • 11 Apr 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Chrysalis Institute Space


    The American Dream

    Prosperity, and Existential Reality









    Is positivity the prescription for happiness? Our culture insists on optimism, prosperity and progress; and many spiritual endeavors eagerly search for the higher, happier self. This workshop engages the lessons learned in suffering, your lower as well as your higher self, and explores your Jungian shadow as a means to a deeper, more-engaged thriving.


     

    FACILITATOR 
    Jesse Rabinowitz, PhD. is a popular Chrysalis facilitator and has been a practicing clinical psychologist since 1985


    Location: Chrysalis Institute Space
    3527 Ellwood Avenue

    Dates: 
    Tuesday, April 11

    Time:

    7:00 - 9:00pm


    Cost:
    Pay What You Can
    $10 Recommended, Chrysalis Members
    $20 Recommended, Non-Members





    For More Information: 
    • 07 May 2017
    • 3:00 PM
    • 12 May 2017
    • 1:00 PM
    • Shalom House
    • 15



    Annual

    Women's Retreat


    Safe and creative

    community








    The annual tradition continues:

    Whether you have been to our women's retreat before, or this will be your first, all are welcome.


    Join Carol Jacobs, MSW, LCSW, for our annual Women's Retreat at Shalom House in Montpelier, Virginia, as we explore the emergence of new life. We will have the opportunity to access our deeper Self, that part of ourselves that can guide us toward our fullest potential.


    Toward the goal of a deepening into our creative, individuated Self this workshop provides a loving and sacred container for women to celebrate and discover their uniqueness and their place in the world. Body movement, voice, art expression, and the story of Eros and Psyche will provide the foundation for the hearing" of the Self.


    Spend five nights at the beautiful Shalom House Retreat Center with a group of like-minded women. Share, move, create, practice and be in safe community together.  





    FACILITATORS


    Carol A. Jacobs, MSW, LCSW, is a psychotherapist with 28 years of experience has a private practice in Ashland, Virginia. Carol is a Trustee of the Marion Woodman Foundation Board and has completed the BodySoul Rhythms Leadership Training Program with Marion Woodman, Mary Hamilton, and Ann Skinner. She is also a faculty member for the Center for Mind-Body Medicine in Washington, DC, providing trainings for professionals and for victims of trauma both nationally and internationally, including work in Macedonia and Kosovo. She also serves on the Chrysalis Institute Faculty.


    Ann Skinner serves as Senior Faculty at the Marion Woodman Foundation and is Head of Voice Emerita at the Stratford Festival, Canada. She is also the former Head of Voice at the National Theatre School of Canada in Montreal. With Marion Woodman, and Mary Hamilton, she founded BodySoul Rhythms®, an eight-day intensive for women, teaching a psychological process including body, voice, and mask.



    Location: Shalom House 

    15340 Robert Terrell Road, Montpelier, Virginia, 23192


    Cost:
    1250 Members/2500 Non-Members

    Retreat pricing includes both meals and private lodging.  All meals are homemade in the farmhouse kitchen and dietary restrictions will be adjusted to.



    For more information
    info@chrysalisinstitute.org

    • 13 May 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Chrysalis Gathering Space
    • 25


    Introduction to Mindfulness



    Becoming familiar with your own mind







    Mindfulness trains our attention so we may be more fully present in our lives. This workshop explores different practices to bring mindfulness into daily life.


    Paying attention.


    Detaching from judgment.


    Creating a pause between what is happening and how we respond.


    Mindfulness meditation helps us to develop a clear mind, compassionate heart, and greater sense of well being. Meditation offers us time and space to step away from our busy schedules, to develop awareness of our sensations, feelings, and thoughts as they arise and to accept ourselves just as we are.


    This class will introduce us to the practice and benefits of mindfulness, and through a variety of learning experiences we will learn how to begin creatively and kindly incorporating mindfulness practices into our daily lives. We will leave this day workshop with the tools and understanding to begin our own personal practice.





    FACILITATORS 

    Sandra Tan, MSW, LCSW, a palliative care social worker, and Kristina Aschenbach, MEd, LAc, an acupuncturist, have trained in the study of mindfulness with Kay and Phil Davidson.




    Take a look:
    How Meditation Works, The Atlantic

    Location: Chrysalis Institute Space
    3527 Ellwood Avenue

    Dates: 
    Saturday, May 13


    Time:

    9:00am - 12:30pm


    Cost:
    $30, Chrysalis Members
    $60, Non-Members


    Become a member!




    For More Information: 
    • 10 Jun 2017
    • 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • Address Provided at Time of Registration


    Meditation in the

    Garden











    Take a walk in the garden and be inspired...experiment, trust your intuition, and know it is never too late to “begin again” with your meditation practice. Experience first-hand the wonder and power of Nature to help awaken us to each moment. Includes a fresh, light lunch from the garden.


     

    FACILITATOR 
    Allison Mesnard, RN, is an experienced yoga, meditation, and gardening instructor who enjoys using nature in helping others find their meditative path.


    Location: In the Garden
    Address provided at time of registration

    Dates: 
    Saturday, June 10

    Time:

    9:30am - 1:30pm


    Cost:
    $50 Chrysalis Members
    $100 Non-Members





    For More Information: 
    • 25 Jan 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Chrysalis Institute Space
    • 25


    Let Your Yoga

    Dance



    New Year Edition







    Hello 2017.


    Start the new year right!


    Let Your Yoga Dance® is a yoga-inspired dance class for everyone and every body. It is a    joyful and uplifting musical journey through the chakras (energy centers) – a movement experience that affects body, heart, and soul. This inspiring genre is a fusion of yoga and energizing user-friendly dance movements, using music from around the world, and has been described as “where joy and fun meet deep and sacred.” No yoga or dance experience is necessary for participation. This inspirational dance of yoga is for everyone, including those with physical limitations. The only requirements are a body and a willingness to move!


    There is also a group practice that meets once a month.

    Every third Wednesday. Keep on moving!


     

    FACILITATOR

    Martha Tyler, RN, CMT is a licensed registered nurse and a Virginia certified massage therapist, also board certified in therapeutic massage and bodywork by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. Her background includes a Master’s Degree in public health, and her interest and experience in promoting health and wellness, combined with a strong interest in anatomy, physiology, body movement, and the power of touch led her to create Still Point Massage Therapy, LLC. Martha serves on the board of Chrysalis Institute. As of July 2015, Martha is a certified Let Your Yoga Dance instructor (trained at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health).


    Date: 

    Wednesday, January 25

     

    Time:

    6 - 7:30pm

     

    Location: 

    Chrysalis Institute Space

    3527 Ellwood Ave.

     

     

    Cost:

    $10 Chrysalis Members

    $15 Non-Members



    Become a member!




    For More Information: 

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