Chrysalis Institute 


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

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


    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.


    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

    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

    • 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.


    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

    $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.


    Kelsey Johnson, PhD is an associate professor in the Department of Astronomy at the University of Virginia and the director of the Dark Skies, Bright Kids Program for schoolchildren.  Her research focuses on understanding star formation throughout the universe. She was recently named one of the “Top 10” Rising Astronomers byAstronomy Magazine.  Since joining the U.Va. faculty in 2005, she has created and developed one of the most popular courses in Astronomy, “Unsolved Mysteries in the Universe.”  Johnson received her Ph.D. in Astrophysics from the University of Colorado in 2001, followed by prestigious National Science Foundation and Hubble fellowships.

    Location: Chrysalis Gathering Space
    3527 Ellwood Avenue

    5:00 - 7pm

    $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.

    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.

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804 359 0384

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