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 Fall 2015 theme was Creativity: The Soul Speaks that included artist panels at CenterStage, Intuitive Painting workshops and an evening with Classical Revolution RVA. Our Spring 2016 theme is A Nourishing Spirituality: Food, Body, and Soul with programs exploring the vital connections between food and spirituality, including our keynote event with author and farmer Kristin Kimball.


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

    • 01 Mar 2016
    • 12:00 PM
    • 20 May 2016
    • 12:00 PM
    • Omega Institute, Rhinebeck NY

    “Omega is peaceful, welcoming, tranquil.

    Once on campus, the outside stops

    and you become aware of the Inside.”



    VISIT THE OMEGA INSTITUTE

    and see all they have to offer


    What will you do on your Omega R&R Retreat?


    WIN a R&R Retreat for TWO: 5-nights at Omega Institute in  Rhinebeck, NY!

    ($4,000 value)

    1 ticket $45 or 3 for $100

    Only 500 tickets will be sold!

    Please click "Register" to buy tickets.


    Omega R&R Retreats include plenty of activities designed to

    help you relax, reflect, & have fun. You choose how

    to spend your day, creating a retreat that’s uniquely yours.

    ✦ Sanctuary

    ✦ Sauna

    ✦ Tennis & Basketball

    ✦ Trails, Garden & Lake

    ✦ Special Daily R&R Retreat Classes

    ✦ Daily Movement Classes

    ✦ Evening workshops

    ✦ Ram Dass Library


    This trip includes airfare from RVA, meals, deluxe accommodations and access to the amenities listed above. The winning ticket will be drawn at our keynote event ”The Dirty Life” on May 20. You do not need to be present to win, but we would love to see you there!


    Proceeds benefit Chrysalis Institute, a 501c3 organization.


    Purchase Your Raffle Tickets Today by clicking on the "Register" button! Tickets available now until May 20, 2016. Open only to Virginia residents. You must be at least 21 years of age to purchase a ticket. Please note that some restrictions on dates may apply.


    For more info, contact info@chrysalisinstitute.org.

    Click here for complete rules.


    • 30 Mar 2016
    • 11 May 2016
    • 7 sessions
    • Chrysalis Gathering 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 holds a graduate degree in clinical psychology and spent her professional career as a research specialist in the Department of Psychiatry at VCU.  Raised in a Reform Jewish home, she became interested in exploring the intersection of mindfulness meditation and Judaism.  She began offering Jewish meditation sessions at Congregation Or Ami three years ago and recently completed the  Jewish Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Training program through the Institute for Jewish Spirituality and the Awakened Heart Project.  




    Location: Chrysalis Gathering Space
    3527 Ellwood Avenue

    Cost:
    Note: The catalog contained a misprint concerning the cost for this event. The correct cost is printed here.
    $70, Chrysalis Members
    $80, Non-Members

    For More Information: 
    • 03 May 2016
    • 28 Jun 2016
    • 8 sessions
    • Chrysalis Gathering Space
    • 0

    Sorry, but this event is now sold out. You can join the waitlist and we will send you an email when additional spaces become available.

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    Mindful Self-Compassion

    An Eight Week Series with Susan Wilkes


    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.

     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 


    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: 

    Tuesdays May 3 - June 28

    NOTE: One session will be held on Thursday June 2 instead of May 31


    5:30 - 7:30pm


    Cost:
    $150, Chrysalis Members
    $170, Non-Members

    For More Information: 
    • 05 May 2016
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Chrysalis Gathering Space



    Maypole

    Dance


    With Maggie Moon






    Welcome SPRING and celebrate the new life bursting forth all around us with Sacred Circle Dance! For this special evening, we will join hands and Spirits and dance light-heartedly around the Maypole. This ancient symbol of the Tree of Life was often used to celebrate May Day, or Beltane,  one of the four major fire festivals for the ancient Celts. Beltane heralded the light half of the year, opposite on the calendar from Samhain, which heralded the dark half.


    As we come together and switch off the chatter of our minds, we can enjoy being fully present in our bodies and in the community of the sacred circle.


    Maggie Moon says goodbye to Richmond after 43 years! Come send her off to her new life in Asheville, NC, at this fabulous Maypole event.



    FACILITATOR 

    Maggie Moon O'Neill, M.S.W., is a skilled dance instructor and group facilitator who relies on the higher wisdom of the group to create a powerful and healing atmosphere. On the faculty of the Schools of Social Work and Education at Virginia Commonwealth University for more than 25 years, Maggie has led Sacred Circle Dance for local, regional, and national gatherings since the 1990s. 


    She considers offering these dances a ministry, a way to invite participants to have their own direct experience of the Sacred Feminine.



    Location: Chrysalis Gathering Space
    3527 Ellwood Avenue

    Cost:
    $7, Chrysalis Members
    $12, Non-Members

    For More Information: 
    • 07 May 2016
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Hosted by John and Spud Rick at their vineyard

    Spirituality and Wine: Experiencing the Connection

    Attend this program and your next glass of wine may be an altogether different adventure!



    A relaxed afternoon to taste wine, walk the vineyard rows and learn how wine has long played a spiritual role in human history.  In this program participants will learn how spirituality is involved in the growing as well as the tasting of the grapes and engage in an exciting dialogue on the spiritual aspects of wine production and consumption.  Wine enthusiasts and wine neophytes will enjoy expanding their understanding of why spirituality is such an integral element of the wine growing and consuming process.  Attend this program and your next glass of wine may be an altogether different adventure!



    FACILITATOR 

    John Rick planted a 2 acre vineyard 14 years ago and provides the grapes to Virginia winemakers. Tending the earth, the vines and the fruit over the seasons and the years has expanded his reverence for all living things. A retired lawyer, John teaches contemplative prayer in the Christian tradition and is a graduate of the Haden Institute for Spiritual Direction.

    Location: Hosted by John and Spud Rick at their vineyard

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

    For More Information: 
    • 12 May 2016
    • 5:00 PM - 6:15 PM
    • Chrysalis Gathering Space
    Conscious Aging

    Free Introductory Session



    Check it out for yourself...

    Explore life and death as a spiritual journey





    A lively, deep exploration of conscious aging through readings, contemplation, writing, and group sharing, as well as personal expressions through art, music and simple movement as a group.  We will form meaningful, supportive bonds, and create a circle of trust together.  


    You will:

    •  Embrace your stage of life and inner sage

    •  Cultivate self-compassion and authenticity

    •  Surrender and let go to move forward

    •  Surmount obstacles - self-limiting beliefs, resentments,  fears

    •  Explore life and death as a spiritual journey

    •  Create a new vision for your life, one in which you  thrive - a life infused with vitality, passion and purpose,  as well as continual growth and service to the world. 


    The Institute of Noetic Sciences developed the Conscious Aging workshop for people who are ready to embrace living and aging consciously. It was created over the course of four years and was field tested with social workers, nurses, coaches, counselors, and ministers in senior centers, churches, universities, and health care centers.



    FACILITATOR 

    Hayat Bain, MSN, RN: The poet Rumi wrote, “Let the beauty you love be what you do.” Hayat feels the joy of life’s transcendence and has great love and compassion for humanity. She is a holistic nurse, interfaith minister, musician, teacher and healer in private practice with degrees in nursing, psychology, and music. She has 35 years of experience teaching, facilitating groups, and helping people move through life’s transitions and challenges.


    When: Thursday, May 12 

               5:00 - 6:15pm


    Location: Chrysalis Gathering Space
                    3527 Ellwood Avenue

    Cost:
    FREE

    For More Information: 
    • 20 May 2016
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Saint Stephen's Episcopal


    Spring Keynote

    The Dirty Life

    with Kristin Kimball



    "As much as you transform the land by farming, farming transforms you." - Kristen Kimball



    Kristen Kimball was living as a single, thirty-something, writer in New York City, until an interview with a dynamic farmer changed her world.  On impulse she shed her city life and started a new farm with him on 500 acres of land in upstate New York. Kimball and her husband had a plan:  to create a sustainable farm and grow everything needed to feed a community. Now every Friday evening, all year round, hundreds of people travel to Essex Farm to pick up their weekly share of the "whole diet.


    Kimball will share stories of running a highly diversified draft horse-powered farm while trying to balance economic, social and environmental factors; stories of farm struggles and of farm victories, thoughts about food and marriage, and will talk about raising two young children in the beautiful, dirty chaos and abundance of Essex Farm




    Keynote Presenter

    Farmer and Author Kristin Kimball 

    holds a degree in English Literature from Harvard College. Before farming, she was a writer and editor living in New York City. She met Mark in 2002 when she interviewed him for a story she was working on, about the emerging generation of young, entrepreneurial, direct-market farmers. She fell in love with him and his work, and has been professionally dirty ever since.


     



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    Location: 
    Saint Stephen's Episcopal Church
    6000 Grove Ave.

    Cost:
    $25, Chrysalis Members, St Stephens Members, & Shalom Farms Volunteers
    $35, Non-Members

    For More Information: 
    • 21 May 2016
    • 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Chrysalis Gathering Space



    Coffee with Kristin Kimball


    Meet Kristin Kimball for coffee Saturday morning after the keynote.






    Location: Chrysalis Gathering Space
    3527 Ellwood Avenue

    Cost:
    $10 Chrysalis Members
    $20 Non-Members

    For More Information: 
    • 22 May 2016
    • 5:00 PM
    • 27 May 2016
    • 1:00 PM
    • Shalom House



    Annual

    Women's Retreat


    Our Masks 

    Inner and Outer






    Join Carol Jacobs, MSW, and Ann Skinner for our annual Women's Retreat at Shalom House in Montpelier, Virginia, as we explore the emergence of new life. Creating our own masks, 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. Mask-making, body movement, voice, art expression, and the fairy tale "Red Shoes" will provide the foundation for the "hearing" of the Self.


    How do we stay true to our instincts, our intuitions, and our Soul's calling?  The creation of a personal mask will provide a pathway into the psyche's authentic self and allow for the release of energies that no longer provide protection. The joy and appreciation of creative expression will accompany us in our mask-making retreat of personal renewal.


    Space is limited so please register early. You may register on-line and then mail a check or pay on-line using a credit card.


    FACILITATORS


    Carol A. Jacobs, MSW, 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.


    Vicki M. Lanier M.Ed has a private practice specializing in women’s issues and body centered psychotherapy. She studied with Jungian Analyst Marion Woodman for 7 years and founded Pointe Wellness in an effort to create a center for self-searching and healing and actively seeks opportunities for individuals to grow through body, mind and spirit.


    Location: Shalom House 

    15340 Robert Terrell Road, Montpelier, Virginia, 23192


    Cost:
    Single Room Occupancy: 
    Chrysalis Members: $1,400 | Non-members: $1,475


    Double Room Occupancy: 

    $100 off if you book a room (double occupancy) with a friend. Call or email for details.


    Retreat pricing includes payment to Shalom House for meals and lodging. 


    For more information
    info@chrysalisinstitute.org

    • 09 Jun 2016
    • 11 Aug 2016
    • 8 sessions
    • Chrysalis Gathering Space
    Conscious Aging

    Eight Session Series




    Explore life and death as a spiritual journey






    A lively, deep exploration of conscious aging through readings, contemplation, writing, and group sharing, as well as personal expressions through art, music and simple movement as a group.  We will form meaningful, supportive bonds, and create a circle of trust together.  


    You will:

    •  Embrace your stage of life and inner sage

    •  Cultivate self-compassion and authenticity

    •  Surrender and let go to move forward

    •  Surmount obstacles - self-limiting beliefs, resentments,  fears

    •  Explore life and death as a spiritual journey

    •  Create a new vision for your life, one in which you  thrive - a life infused with vitality, passion and purpose,  as well as continual growth and service to the world. 


    The Institute of Noetic Sciences developed the Conscious Aging workshop for people who are ready to embrace living and aging consciously. It was created over the course of four years and was field tested with social workers, nurses, coaches, counselors, and ministers in senior centers, churches, universities, and health care centers.


    See for yourself:

    Free Introductory Session

    Thursday, May 12th

    5 - 6:15pm

    REGISTER HERE



    FACILITATOR 

    Hayat Bain, MSN, RN: The poet Rumi wrote, “Let the beauty you love be what you do.” Hayat feels the joy of life’s transcendence and has great love and compassion for humanity. She is a holistic nurse, interfaith minister, musician, teacher and healer in private practice with degrees in nursing, psychology, and music. She has 35 years of experience teaching, facilitating groups, and helping people move through life’s transitions and challenges.


    Time: Thursdays, 5:30 - 7:30pm


    Location: Chrysalis Gathering Space
    3527 Ellwood Avenue

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

    For More Information: 
    • 12 Jun 2016
    • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Chrysalis Gathering Space



    The Boundaries of the Universe

    Science, Philosophy and Theology in the Cosmos






    Associate professor in UVA’s the Department of Astronomy, Kelsey Johnson, created one of the most popular courses at UVA, “Unsolved Mysteries in the Universe.”


    Explore these unsolved mysteries at the intersection of astronomy, theology, and philosophy.




    FACILITATOR 

    Kelsey Johnson, PhD


    Location: Chrysalis Gathering Space
    3527 Ellwood Avenue

    Time:
    5:00 - 7pm

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

    For More Information: 
    • 15 Jun 2016
    • 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
    • The Clearing


    Ember Day 

    Silent Retreat

    at The Clearing



    A day of quiet and contemplation








    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. 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.

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Post Office Box 7014
Richmond, Virginia 23221
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Richmond, Virginia 23221
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