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

    • 04 Jun 2015
    • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Chrysalis Gathering Space
    • 18

    A Weekly Series with Hayat Bain and Gia Miele


    Aging is a part of life that contains many blessings. Yet, in our youth obsessed society, there is fear and anxiety about growing older. And there are few viable models to help people create a vision of how to make this stage of life a beautiful, joyful and purpose filled experience.

    Conscious Aging is just that model, providing a lively exploration of conscious aging through inspiration, creative expression, silent contemplation and meditation, dialogue, writing, and group sharing.



    It will help you:

    • Embrace this stage of life and your inner sage.
    • Cultivate self-compassion and authenticity. 
    • Learn the importance of surrender and letting go to move forward. 
    • Challenge roadblocks from the past, including resentments and negative beliefs.
    • Create a new vision for your life, filled with vitality, passion and purpose, as well as continual growth and service to the world. 

    In this eight-session workshop, we will explore the perspective that aging well is about more than improving physical health and mental acuity. It involves increased spiritual and emotional growth.


    FACILITATORS

    Hayat Bain, MSN, RN: The poet Rumi wrote, “Let the beauty you love be what you do.” Hayat Bain feels the joy of Life’s transcendence and has great love and compassion for humanity. She brings this through in her facilitation of the Conscious Aging workshop series. She feels called to support and uplift individuals, families and groups as they move through Life’s transitions and challenges. Hayat is a holistic nurse, interfaith minister, transformational musician, teacher and healer in private practice with degrees in nursing, psychology, and music. She has 35 years of experience teaching, managing, leading teams and facilitating groups.


    Gia Miele: Following forty successful years as a fashion and healthcare executive, Gia launched her third career. She became a certified Life Coach with a specialty in Retirement Coaching. When she took the Conscious Aging workshop she realized it had a unique potential and trained to be a facilitator. As a coach and facilitator she combines her passion for personal transformation and growth and her interest in the unique potential of people in their retirement years. 


    Dates:
    Thursday evenings from 5-7 pm

    June 4, 11, 18, 25 and July 9, 16, 23, 30


    Cost: Chrysalis members $120 | Non-members $140


    The Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS) 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. 

    • 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.

    • 21 Jun 2015
    • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • The Outdoor Labyrinth

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


    There are no tricks or wrong turns, and you cannot get lost finding your way in and out again. A walk through the labyrinth has come to symbolize our spiritual journey. Concentric circles weave and twist as they direct pilgrims to the center, the place of illumination.
    Date:
    Sunday, June 21
    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.

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

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


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


    Date:
    Sunday, September 27

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

    Location:
    The Chrysalis Outdoor Labyrinth

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

    For more information:

    Contact Mariah Gruner.

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

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


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

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

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


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


    Location:
    The Clearing

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

    For more information:
    Contact Mariah Gruner.

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804 359 0384

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Post Office Box 7014
Richmond, Virginia 23221
The Gathering Space
3527 Ellwood Avenue
Richmond, Virginia 23221
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