Chrysalis Institute 

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    • 05 Nov 2016
    • 10:00 AM
    • 12 Nov 2016
    • 12:00 PM
    • Chrysalis Gathering Space
    • 6

    Archetypal Stories

    Waters Deep from the Well

    The Jungian Archetypes and our personal story

    Explore the personal stories that point to a dimension beyond oneself and the Jungian archetypal narratives that can awaken us to a sense of greater possibility.

    The term "archetype" has its origins in ancient Greek. The root words are archein, which means "original or old"; and typos, which means "pattern, model or type". The combined meaning is an "original pattern" of which all other similar persons, objects, or concepts are derived, copied, modeled, or emulated.

    ...the child

    ...the trickster

    ...the hero

    ...the flood

    Carl Jung used the concept of archetype in his theory of the human psyche. He believed that universal, mythic characters—archetypes—reside within the collective unconscious of people the world over and that these archetypes represent fundamental motifs of human experience.

    In this two-day series we will explore some of the themes and effects of archetypal stories through myth, literature, and dream - these stories that connect us to something greater both within and outside of ourselves.

    Everett McLaren is a returning Chrysalis facilitator and Jungian analyst .

    Location: Chrysalis Gathering Space
    3527 Ellwood Avenue

    Saturdays, November 5 & 12


    10:00 - 12:00pm

    $50, Chrysalis Members
    $100, Non-Members

    Become a member!

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    • 10 Nov 2016
    • 7:30 PM
    • 08 Dec 2016
    • 9:00 PM
    • Chrysalis Gathering Space
    • 5

    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. 

    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

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


    7:30 - 9:00pm

    $75, Chrysalis Members
    $150, Non-Members

    For More Information: 
    • 02 Dec 2016
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Chrysalis Space

    Lenore Gay

    Book Reading

    One of Chrysalis' own shares excerpts of her newest book

    Longtime Chrysalis member and Words for the Journey contributor, Lenore Gay, shares her debut novel here at the Chrysalis Space. Shelter of Leaves is a story of trauma, family secrets and survival set against dystopian chaos.

    Every day the news is filled with images of people fleeing a battleground—running for their lives to escape war, terrorist attack, or violent insurrection. In America, it is easy imagine a peaceful life interrupted. But what happens for someone already suffering from trauma? Shelter of Leaves is a captivating tale about one such character who is already coping with PTSD when bombings collapse the social order. Amid the horror of chaos, she must trust strangers to find shelter. 

    Location: Chrysalis Gathering Space

    3527 Ellwood Avenue


    Friday, December 2


    7:00 - 9:00pm



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    • 03 Dec 2016
    • 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Chrysalis Gathering Space
    • 14

    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.


    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 Gathering Space
    3527 Ellwood Avenue

    Saturday, December 3


    9:00 - 12:30pm

    $15, Chrysalis Members
    $25, Non-Members

    Become a member!

    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.

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

    The Clearing

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

    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.

    • 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

    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.

    Diversity Richmond Classroom
    1407 Sherwood Ave, Richmond, VA 23220



    8 SESSIONS: January 25 - March 


    5:30 - 7:30pm


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


    Women's Retreat

    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.

    More information will be coming in November.


    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.

    Location: Shalom House 

    15340 Robert Terrell Road, Montpelier, Virginia, 23192

    Single Room Occupancy: 
    Price TBD in November

    Retreat pricing includes both meals and lodging. 

    For more information

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