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

    • 01 May 2015
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Hershey Center for the Arts, Collegiate School
    • 31

    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.


    Join Rabbi Shapiro the following morning for a workshop on spiritual independence with representatives from the Chrysalis faculty! Find out more here.


    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:
    Hershey Center for the Arts, Collegiate School 
    103 North Mooreland Road, 23229

    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
    • 13

    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
    • 8

    Update: Registration is now closed

    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 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 "Vasilisa" 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



    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.

    • 06 May 2015
    • 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • The Gathering Space

    Chrysalis Institute is launching a new program that will serve as a cornerstone offering. Spiritual Paths: Creating a Life of Meaning is a 9 month program that offers participants the tools and the opportunity to create, deepen, or expand their own spiritual practices and to take ownership of cultivating their unique spiritual path.

    Find out more about this in-depth program at one of our information sessions. The Chrysalis Institute faculty will present details about the program and will be available to answer any questions!

    CHRYSALIS FACULTY
    Kay Davidson, PhD, and Philip Davidson, PhD, are actively engaged with mindfulness practice as coaches, mentors, teachers, and students. Together, they lead several Mindfulness Practice Groups in Richmond and have both completed the two-year Meditation Teacher Training Institute offered by Tara Brach’s Insight Meditation Community of Washington, D.C. 

    Susan Brock Wilkes, PhD, is a psychologist, university professor, and award-winning instructor. A certified spiritual director and leadership coach, 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.

    Vicki Saunders, PhD, has worked for the last 25 years as a professional facilitator, specializing in female identity development, strategic planning and executive coaching. She has a Masters Degree in Jungian Studies with the Jung Institute in Houston and Saybrook University. She is the President of Chrysalis Institute. 

    Carol A. Jacobs, MSW, LCSW, is a Jungian and Mind-Body psychotherapist in private practice. As a faculty member of both the Marion Woodman Foundation and the Center for Mind-Body Medicine in Washington, D.C., she has taught and led workshops and trainings both nationally and internationally.


    • 12 May 2015
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Chrysalis Gathering Space

    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 May Pole. 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. Drawn from ancient and modern traditions from all over the world, Sacred Circle Dances can be soothing and meditative, festive and joyful, and they are simple and easy to learn. No partner or previous dance experience required, each dance will be gently taught.


    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.


    3527 Ellwood Avenue, Richmond, Virginia 23221

    Cost: 
    $7 Chrysalis members and students
    $10 Non-members

    Maggie donates a portion of the proceeds to Midwives for Haiti and Right Sharing of World Resources, two organizations that work to empower women in developing countries. 

    Special Instructions:

    Please wear comfortable shoes. Some people find it delightful to dance in a swirly skirt, if you wish to wear one.


    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.

    • 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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