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

    • 17 Sep 2016
    • 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
    • Chrysalis Gathering Space


    Once Upon a Time

    The Fairy Tale and Transformation


    A day workshop with Carol Jacobs




    Enjoy a  day-long, immersive workshop into the world of fairy tales and experience how they can help you  create your own transformation and a fuller, more vibrant life.



      FACILITATOR 
      Carol Jacobs, LCSW, a popular Chrysalis facilitator, is a psychotherapist and faculty member with the Mind-Body Institute in Washington, D.C.



      Location: Chrysalis Gathering Space
      3527 Ellwood Avenue

      Dates: 

      Saturday, September 17



      Time:

      9:00am - 3:30pm


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





      For More Information: 
      • 18 Sep 2016
      • 10:00 AM - 1:30 PM
      • Chrysalis Gathering Space
      • 22


      Introduction to Mindfulness



      The attentive life.







      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.



      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.




      Location: Chrysalis Gathering Space
      3527 Ellwood Avenue

      Dates: 
      Sunday, September 18


      Time:

      10:00 - 1:30pm


      Cost:
      $15, Chrysalis Members
      $25, Non-Members





      For More Information: 
      • 20 Sep 2016
      • 12:30 PM
      • 08 Nov 2016
      • 2:30 PM
      • Chrysalis Gathering Space
      • 16


      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




      Reduce stress and integrate mindfulness into daily life with this highly acclaimed program developed by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn.



      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 September 20 - November 8

      8 SESSIONS


      Time:

      12:30 - 2:30pm


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





      For More Information: 
      • 29 Sep 2016
      • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
      • Chrysalis Gathering Space
      • 25


      It Runs in the Family

      a one woman show



      a story of family, love and mental health





      At once humorous and heartbreaking, experience Erin Mahone’s one woman show about family, mental illness, and the love that prevails.



      FACILITATOR 

      Erin Mahone is the Director of Cultural Arts and Education at the Weinstein JCC and a popular RVA singer and performer.




      Location: Chrysalis Gathering Space
      3527 Ellwood Avenue

      Dates: 
      Sunday, September 29


      Time:

      7:00 - 8:30pm


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





      For More Information: 
      • 06 Oct 2016
      • 12:30 PM
      • 08 Dec 2016
      • 2:30 PM
      • Chrysalis Gathering Space
      • 20


      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.

      WITH
      Lisa Halberstat, teaches Jewish Mindfulness Meditation, and Matt Conover, has studied meditation in both the U.S. and India.


      Location: Chrysalis Gathering Space
      3527 Ellwood Avenue

      Dates: 

      Thursdays October 6 - December 8

      8 SESSIONS: No session November 17 or 24


      Time:

      12:30 - 2:30pm


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





      For More Information: 
      • 20 Oct 2016
      • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
      • Chrysalis Gathering Space


      Deep Dialogue

      as Spiritual Practice

      ...from the personal to the transpersonal







      Join us for a new experience of yourself and your community and move from the personal to the transpersonal in this evening of guided imagery, meditation and dialogue.



      FACILITATOR 
      Jacqueline Pogue is a former educator and co-founder of Richmond Action Dialogues.


      Location: Chrysalis Gathering Space
      3527 Ellwood Avenue

      Dates: 
      Thursday, October 20

      Time:

      7:00 - 9:00pm


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





      For More Information: 
      • 20 Oct 2016
      • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
      • Chrysalis Gathering Space


      Fighting Words

      Narrative and Conflict

      More mindfully author your own life







      Whether conflict is cultural or personal, uncover the stories we tell and the roles we adopt that keep conflict entrenched, and learn how we might recraft them to more mindfully author our own lives.




      FACILITATOR 
      Sarah Federman, PhD, is from the George Mason School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution  specializes in the connections of narrative and conflict


      Location: Chrysalis Gathering Space
      3527 Ellwood Avenue

      Dates: 
      Thursday, September 22

      Time:

      7:00 - 9:00pm


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





      For More Information: 
      • 20 Oct 2016
      • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
      • Chrysalis Gathering Space


      The Myth We Live In


      FALL KEYNOTE








      An eye-opening look at the stories that shape our worldview, and how they keep us apart. In an inspiring talk, Devdutt Pattanaik investigates how we bridge the divide of our subjective truths; whether those divides lie in the great cultural differences of East and West or the personal divide across our own kitchen table.




      KEYNOTE PRESENTER 
      Popular TED presenter, Devdutt Pattanaik, is an author, mythologist and leadership consultant. He presents internationally on the management insights derived from mythology, and has written extensively on mythological stories and symbols to shine light on our modern life. He has written over 30 books on religion, culture and business.


      Learn more:





      Location: TBD

      Dates: 
      Thursday, October 6

      Time:

      7:00 - 9:00pm


      Cost:
      Pay What You Can
      $25 Recommended, Chrysalis Members
      $35 Recommended, Non-Members





      For More Information: 
      • 27 Oct 2016
      • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
      • Chrysalis Gathering Space


      Mystery of the Night Cafe


      A deeper understanding of one of Van Gogh's more iconic paintings






      With author Cliff Edwards and one of Van Gogh’s most famous paintings, we follow a trail of clues to arrive at a spiritual understanding of a cafe after midnight and the artist who painted it.


      FACILITATOR 
      Cliff Edwards, PhD,  is a longtime VCU professor of religion and author of four books on the spirituality of Van Gogh.


      Location: Chrysalis Gathering Space
      3527 Ellwood Avenue

      Dates: 
      Thursday, October 27

      Time:

      7:00 - 9:00pm


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





      For More Information: 
      • 05 Nov 2016
      • 10:00 AM
      • 12 Nov 2016
      • 12:00 PM
      • Chrysalis Gathering Space
      • 16


      Archetypal Stories

      Waters Deep from the Well

      The Jungian Archetypes







      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.



      FACILITATOR 
      Everett McLaren is a returning Chrysalis facilitator and Jungian analyst .


      Location: Chrysalis Gathering Space
      3527 Ellwood Avenue

      Dates: 
      Saturdays, November 5 & 12
      2 SESSIONS

      Time:

      10:00 - 12:00pm


      Cost:
      $50, Chrysalis Members
      $100, Non-Members





      For More Information: 
      • 10 Nov 2016
      • 7:30 PM
      • 08 Dec 2016
      • 9:00 PM
      • Chrysalis Gathering Space
      • 16


      The Hero's Journey



      Based in the work of Joseph Campbell







      Based on the works of Joseph Campbell, this series explores the ancient and timeless journey we find in our own lives



      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: 

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    Post Office Box 7014
    Richmond, Virginia 23221
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    3527 Ellwood Avenue
    Richmond, Virginia 23221
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