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 2014 theme is Science and Spirituality: Living with Uncertainty, featuring physicist Jim Gates. The Spring 2015 theme is Quest for the Divine. This season of programming features two keynote presenters, professor of religion, Dr. Jay Ford,  and spiritual teacher, Rabbi Rami Shapiro.


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

    • 07 Jan 2015
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Chrysalis Gathering Space

    Sacred Circle Dances are drawn from ancient and modern traditions from all over the world. Set to beautiful music, some dances are soothing and meditative and some are festive and joyful. They are all simple and easy to learn, and each dance is gently taught. While moving together to these repetitive steps and rhythms, we are able to "switch off" the chatter of our minds and enjoy being fully present in our bodies and in the community of the sacred circle. As we get more and more comfortable being in our bodies each week through the dances, we find ourselves going deeper into a place of peace.


    FACILITATOR

    Maggie Moon O'Neill (formerly known as "Peggy") recently retired from 25 years of teaching at Virginia Commonwealth University. She has taught dance for many years, and is a skilled group facilitator and workshop leader. After exploring many other forms of meditation, she has found that Sacred Circle Dance allows her to connect with Spirit in a way that other forms do not. Being fully present in her body quiets the chatterbox mind, and she can be at peace and fully in the moment.


    Dates: 

    Wednesday afternoons in January from 1-3 PM. 

    January 7, 14, 21, and 28.

    Note: If public schools are closed, the event will be canceled


    3527 Ellwood Avenue, Richmond, Virginia 23221

    Cost: Per session
    $7 Chrysalis members
    $10 Non-members

    Registration:

    Maggie would appreciate an email to let her know you are coming, but drop ins are also welcome.

    • 14 Jan 2015
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Chrysalis Gathering Space

    Sacred Circle Dances are drawn from ancient and modern traditions from all over the world. Set to beautiful music, some dances are soothing and meditative and some are festive and joyful. They are all simple and easy to learn, and each dance is gently taught. While moving together to these repetitive steps and rhythms, we are able to "switch off" the chatter of our minds and enjoy being fully present in our bodies and in the community of the sacred circle. As we get more and more comfortable being in our bodies each week through the dances, we find ourselves going deeper into a place of peace.


    FACILITATOR

    Maggie Moon O'Neill (formerly known as "Peggy") recently retired from 25 years of teaching at Virginia Commonwealth University. She has taught dance for many years, and is a skilled group facilitator and workshop leader. After exploring many other forms of meditation, she has found that Sacred Circle Dance allows her to connect with Spirit in a way that other forms do not. Being fully present in her body quiets the chatterbox mind, and she can be at peace and fully in the moment.


    Dates: 

    Wednesday afternoons in January from 1-3 PM. 

    January 7, 14, 21, and 28.

    Note: If public schools are closed, the event will be canceled


    3527 Ellwood Avenue, Richmond, Virginia 23221

    Cost: Per session
    $7 Chrysalis members
    $10 Non-members

    Registration:

     Maggie would appreciate an email to let her know you are coming, but drop ins are welcome. 


    • 21 Jan 2015
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Chrysalis Gathering Space

    Sacred Circle Dances are drawn from ancient and modern traditions from all over the world. Set to beautiful music, some dances are soothing and meditative and some are festive and joyful. They are all simple and easy to learn, and each dance is gently taught. While moving together to these repetitive steps and rhythms, we are able to "switch off" the chatter of our minds and enjoy being fully present in our bodies and in the community of the sacred circle. As we get more and more comfortable being in our bodies each week through the dances, we find ourselves going deeper into a place of peace.


    FACILITATOR

    Maggie Moon O'Neill (formerly known as "Peggy") recently retired from 25 years of teaching at Virginia Commonwealth University. She has taught dance for many years, and is a skilled group facilitator and workshop leader. After exploring many other forms of meditation, she has found that Sacred Circle Dance allows her to connect with Spirit in a way that other forms do not. Being fully present in her body quiets the chatterbox mind, and she can be at peace and fully in the moment.


    Dates: 

    Wednesday afternoons in January from 1-3 PM. 

    January 7, 14, 21, and 28.

    Note: If public schools are closed, the event will be canceled


    3527 Ellwood Avenue, Richmond, Virginia 23221

    Cost: Per session
    $7 Chrysalis members
    $10 Non-members

    Registration:

    Maggie would appreciate an email to let her know you are coming, but drop ins are welcome. 



    • 28 Jan 2015
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Chrysalis Gathering Space

    Sacred Circle Dances are drawn from ancient and modern traditions from all over the world. Set to beautiful music, some dances are soothing and meditative and some are festive and joyful. They are all simple and easy to learn, and each dance is gently taught. While moving together to these repetitive steps and rhythms, we are able to "switch off" the chatter of our minds and enjoy being fully present in our bodies and in the community of the sacred circle. As we get more and more comfortable being in our bodies each week through the dances, we find ourselves going deeper into a place of peace.


    FACILITATOR

    Maggie Moon O'Neill (formerly known as "Peggy") recently retired from 25 years of teaching at Virginia Commonwealth University. She has taught dance for many years, and is a skilled group facilitator and workshop leader. After exploring many other forms of meditation, she has found that Sacred Circle Dance allows her to connect with Spirit in a way that other forms do not. Being fully present in her body quiets the chatterbox mind, and she can be at peace and fully in the moment.


    Dates: 

    Wednesday afternoons in January from 1-3 PM. 

    January 7, 14, 21, and 28.

    Note: If public schools are closed, the event will be canceled


    3527 Ellwood Avenue, Richmond, Virginia 23221

    Cost: Per session
    $7 Chrysalis members
    $10 Non-members

    Registration:

    Maggie would appreciate an email to let her know you are coming, but drop ins are also welcome.  


    • 05 Feb 2015
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Chrysalis Gathering Space

    A Workshop with Joni Advent Maher and Bland Tyree


    What would it look like to honor the feminine aspects of the Divine both in the world and in our own selves? Although many world religions have historically cast the Divine in a masculine light, that has never been the whole picture. Representations of a nurturing, compassionate, forgiving, creative, and intuitive Spirit run throughout religious and spiritual history, though they have often been forgotten or dismissed. 


    Discover how the Divine Feminine is reemerging in the world today, creating the opportunity for balance and wholeness for each of us. We all contain both masculine and feminine aspects and can only reach wholeness by celebrating both! Join us in this fabulous opportunity to connect with our own Divine Feminine by exploring her history, her Presence, and her promise.


    FACILITATORS
    Joni Advent Maher, MSW, and Bland Tyree, MSW, are transformational catalysts and cofounders of Whole Hearted Living. They offer groups and workshops on empowerment, the stages of the feminine journey, and accessing the wisdom of the heart.

    3527 Ellwood Avenue, Richmond, Virginia 23221

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

    Special Instructions: 
    Please wear comfortable clothes and bring your journal.

    For More Information: 
    Contact Mariah Gruner.
    • 25 Feb 2015
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Chrysalis Gathering Space

    A Conversation with Dr. Isabelle Richman


    Many of us have encountered such mystical thinkers as Rumi, Julian of Norwich, and Thomas Merton. But what exactly is mysticism?


    Please join Chrysalis and Dr. Isabelle Richman as we explore the historical, religious, psychological, and experiential aspects of mysticism and the transcendent.


    What does it mean to be in the presence of the Divine? 

    How have religions and cultures dealt with the mystical throughout history? 

    Does a transcendent experience just appear in an individual's life or is it an achievement attained by discipline and spiritual practice?


    FACILITATOR
    Isabelle K. Richman, PhD, teaches in the Department of Religious Studies at VCU. She received her PhD in Church History from the University of Chicago Divinity School. She has also taught Religious Studies at Northwestern University and the College of William and Mary.

    Location: VCU Student Commons

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

    For More Information: 
    Contact Mariah Gruner.
    • 18 Mar 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, March 18. 


    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.

    • 19 Mar 2015
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Chrysalis Gathering Space

    A Conversation with Henry Burke


    God speaks in the silent depths of the soul.

    -Thomas Merton


    We know you've heard the words, "contemplative prayer," but what do you know about it? 
    What is its history and evolution? How does one practice contemplative prayer and what is its purpose? How does it differ from other forms of prayer?

    Join us for an evening with Henry Burke as we consider the place of contemplative prayer and meditation in the Christian tradition, learn about some of the practices of contemplative prayer, and take a moment to center ourselves.

    FACILITATOR
    Henry Burke is the coordinator for Contemplative Outreach of Richmond, an organization that promotes Centering Prayer. He is certified to teach the practice of Centering Prayer and its conceptual background. Centering Prayer is a contemporary method of Christian contemplative prayer.

    3527 Ellwood Ave. Richmond, VA 23221

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

    For More Information: 
    Contact Mariah Gruner.
    • 20 Mar 2015
    • 5:00 PM - 7:00 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:
    Friday, March 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.

    • 27 Mar 2015
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • St. Stephen's Episcopal Church

    Keynote Address with Dr. Jay Ford


    Dr. Jay Ford, Chair of the Department of Religion at Wake Forest University, will explore the ways different religious traditions, Eastern and Western, conceptualize the "Divine" or "Ultimate Reality" (God, Brahman, Nirvana, Emptiness, the Dao, etc...). Drawing from his forthcoming book, The Divine Quest, East and West: A Comparative Study of Ultimate Realities, Ford will trace the evolution of religious conceptions of the Ultimate in early Judaism, Christianity, Hinduism, and Buddhism.

    What can we learn from the way Divinity is known in other religious traditions?

    How can we account for the changes in understandings of Divinity across time within a single religious tradition?


    Explore how different views of the Divine can inform your own spiritual journey!


    PRESENTER

    Dr. James Ford is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Religion at Wake Forest University. He holds a Masters in Theological Studies (Vanderbilt Divinity School) and an M.A. and Ph.D. in East Asian religions (Princeton University). He is also the author of the forthcoming book, The Divine Quest, East to West: A Comparative Study of Ultimate Realities.


    Location: St. Stephen's Episcopal Church
    6000 Grove Ave. Richmond, VA 23226

    Cost:
    Chrysalis members $25 | Non-members $35
     
    For More Information: 
    Contact Mariah Gruner.

    • 28 Mar 2015
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Chrysalis Gathering Space
    • 30
    A Conversation with Dr. Ford

    Following his keynote address on Friday, this Saturday morning breakfast is an opportunity to talk further with Dr. Ford! This informal program will offer a chance for conversation, questions, and fellowship with both Dr. Ford and the Chrysalis community. 


    FACILITATOR
    Dr. James Ford is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Religion at Wake Forest University. He holds a Masters in Theological Studies (Vanderbilt Divinity School) and an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Asian religions (Princeton University). He is also the author of the forthcoming book, The Divine Quest, East and West: A Comparative Study of Ultimate Realities.

    3527 Ellwood Avenue, Richmond, Virginia 23221

    Cost: Includes continental breakfast
    Chrysalis members $20 | Non-members $30

    For more information:
    Contact Mariah Gruner.
    • 16 Apr 2015
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Chrysalis Gathering Space

    A Conversation with Rev. William Sachs, Dr. Shari Motro, Rajagopal Thuppal, Dr. Imad Damaj, and Dr. Philip Davidson


    There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.

    -Rumi


    Christianity Islam Judaism Hinduism Buddhism


    How do these faith traditions conceptualize the relationship between the human and divine? Where is there common ground and where is there difference? And how can these faiths continue to speak to one another through these points of difference? 

    Join us for an interfaith panel with representatives from each of these 5 faith traditions.


    PANELISTS
    The Rev. William Sachs, PhD, is Executive Director of the Center for Interfaith Reconciliation in Richmond, Virginia. As an Episcopal priest, he has served five parishes in the Virginia, Connecticut, and Chicago.

    Shari Motro, PhD, is a professor of law at the University of Richmond and co-founder of the Richmond Contemplative Law Group. She grew up in a secular Jewish community in the Tel Aviv area, and has been engaged with streams of Judaism that integrate mindfulness with traditional Jewish practice and learning.

    Rajagopal Thuppal is a Vaishnava Priest in the Pancharatra Agama Style at the Richmond Temple of the Hindu Center of Virginia. He has previously served at temples in Bangalore and New York. 

    Imad Damaj, PhD, is the President of the Virginia Muslim Coalition for Public Affairs and Associate Professor of Pharmacology at VCU. He speaks often on interfaith matters and was the recipient of the 2013 Humanitarian Award from the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities. 

    Philip Davidson, PhD, leads several Mindfulness Practice Groups in Richmond with his wife, Kay. He has completed the two-year Meditation Teacher Training Institute offered by Tara Brach's Insight Meditation Community of Washington, D.C., which focused on Insight meditation, from the Buddhist Vipassana tradition. He also serves on the Chrysalis Faculty.

    3527 Ellwood Avenue, Richmond, Virginia 23221

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

    For More Information: 
    Contact Mariah Gruner.
    Shari Motro is a professor of law at the University of Richmond and co-founder of the Richmond Contemplative Law Group. She grew up in a secular Jewish community in the Tel Aviv area, and has been engaged with streams of Judaism that integrate mindfulness with traditional Jewish practice and learning.
    • 18 Apr 2015
    • 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Chrysalis Gathering Space

    A Workshop with Liz Malaugh


    The goal is the full consciousness of the spiritual man, illumined by the Divine Light.

    -Yoga Sutras of Patanjali


    Yoga is so much more than downward facing dog! Although many of us are familiar with yoga as a form of physical exercise, that is only one branch of this rich, ancient spiritual tradition. 

    Join us for this Saturday workshop, in which we will explore how yoga views the soul and enlightenment, its use of mantra as a tool to connect with the divine, and ayurvedic concepts of spirituality.

    FACILITATOR
    Liz Malaugh, MS, E-RYT, has been practicing and teaching yoga for more than 12 years. Her studies began at the Hindu Temple and Cultural Center of Birmingham, AL, then expanded via three levels of the YogaFit program in NYC and a 200-hour vinyasa certification from Prancing Peacock Yoga Studio in Philadelphia. Liz holds a bachelor of science degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and a master of science degree in biology from Villanova University. She is currently a devoted student of Rod Stryker and is pursuing additional yoga teacher training in his Para Yoga Master Trainer program. Learn more about Liz at Adya Yoga

    3527 Ellwood Ave. Richmond, VA 23221

    Cost:
    Chrysalis Members $20 | Non-Members $30

    For More Information: 
    Contact Mariah Gruner.
    • 01 May 2015
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • TBA

    Keynote Address with Rabbi Rami Shapiro


    To me, religions are like languages: no language is true or false; all languages are of human origin; each language reflects and shapes the civilization that speaks it; there are things you can say in one language that you cannot say or say as well in another; and the more languages you learn, the more nuanced your understanding of life becomes.

                                                                                    -Rabbi Rami Shapiro


    What is it that you truly believe? Siddhartha Gautama said, "Don't believe anything second hand. Don't believe anything because it's written in ancient books... or sages proclaim it. What you yourself feel is true, what you experience and see for yourself, what is helpful to you and others, in this alone believe." How do we live our lives true to our own selves?


    At this evening presentation, Rabbi Rami Shapiro will explore the notion of "perennial wisdom," wisdom that keeps re-appearing throughout the ages in almost every human civilization. We will also examine the idea of "spiritual independence" and finding one's own spiritual identity.


    PRESENTER

    Rabbi Rami Shapiro is a renowned teacher of spirituality across faith traditions, an award-winning storyteller, poet, and essayist. He received rabbinical ordination from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and holds both PhD and DD degrees. He is currently Adjunct Professor of Religious Studies at Middle Tennessee State University. In additional to other books, he is the author of Perennial Wisdom for the Spiritually Independent and writes a regular column for Spirituality and Health magazine.


    Location:
    TBD

    Cost:
    $25, Chrysalis Members
    $35, Non-Members
     
    For More Information: 
    Contact Mariah Gruner
    • 02 May 2015
    • 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Chrysalis Gathering Space

    A Workshop with Rabbi Rami Shapiro


    As many as 33% of Americans identify themselves as "spiritual, but not religious," or as SBNR. The number is even higher with younger people. Rabbi Rami Shapiro has introduced the term "spiritually independent" to describe a demographic who are also considered "unchurched," "eclectic," "unaffiliated," or "spiritual seekers." 


    What does it mean to live your life outside a particular religion or spiritual tradition? Do you need to place your spiritual feet somewhere? Are we just being "spiritually lazy"? We'll explore these challenging issues with Rabbi Rami and a panel conversation with Chrysalis Faculty. Engage with us in this experiential workshop.


    PRESENTER
    Rabbi Rami Shapiro, is a renowned teacher of spirituality across faith tradition, an award-winning storyteller, poet, and essayist. He received rabbinical ordination from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and holds both PhD and DD degrees. He is currently Adjunct Professor of Religious Studies at Middle Tennessee State University. In addition to other books, he is the author of Perennial Wisdom for the Spiritually Independent and writes a regular column for Spirituality and Health magazine.

    3527 Ellwood Ave. Richmond, VA 23221

    Cost:
    $40, Chrysalis Members
    $50, Non-Members

    For More Information: 
    Contact Mariah Gruner.
    • 03 May 2015
    • 5:00 PM
    • 08 May 2015
    • 1:00 PM
    • Shalom House
    • 13

    Women's Retreat with Carol Jacobs and Ann Skinner


    Join Carol Jacobs, LCSW, 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.


    Based on the work of Marion Woodman, Ann Skinner, and Mary Hamilton, this workshop provides a loving and sacred contained 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 Sleeping Beauty will provide the foundation for the "hearing" of the Self.


    FACILITATORS
    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 faculty member for both Chrysalis Institute and the Center for Mind-Body Medicine.

    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:
    Single Room Occupancy:
    Chrysalis Members: $1,200 | Non-members: $1,275


    Double Room Occupancy: 

    Chrysalis Members: $1,100 | Non-members: $1,175


    If you reserve your room prior to February 3rd, there is an early registration discount. Those prices are as follows:


    Single Room Occupancy, Early Registration:

    Chrysalis Members: $1,000 | Non-members: $1,075


    Double Room Occupancy, Early Registration: 

    Chrysalis Members: $900 | $975


    Update: There is one more single room available, please email us to reserve this space. 


    Retreat pricing includes payment to Shalom House for meals and lodging. As there is limited availability for single room occupancy, it is offered on a first-come, first-served basis. 


    For more information
    Contact Mariah Gruner.

    • 17 Jun 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, June 17. 


    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.

    • 19 Jun 2015
    • 5:00 PM - 7:00 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:
    Friday, June 19
    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.

    • 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.

    • 25 Sep 2015
    • 5:00 PM - 7:00 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:
    Friday, September 25

    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.

    • 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.

    • 18 Dec 2015
    • 5:00 PM - 7:00 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:
    Friday, December 18
    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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