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. 


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

    • 25 Oct 2014
    • 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Chrysalis Gathering Space

    A Workshop with Vicki Saunders and Yvonne Charter


    Get empowered to make a difference in your community through this all-day workshop with Chrysalis Faculty member Vicki Saunders, PhD, and Yvonne Charter, MSW, who has devoted years to engaging with the elderly on a spiritual level. Explore and discern what it is that most tugs at our heartstrings, whether it be poverty, racism, violence, human rights, etc. 

    Are you ready to truly engage with others, developing ongoing, sustained relationships with marginalized persons as you invite them to share their spiritual journey? We will consider where to find those we want to reach, and determine what we want to offer – sharing information, experiences, spiritual practices. We will also consider how to enhance our cultural awareness as we enter the world of another, offering “deep service.” We will learn how to provide and receive ongoing inspiration and support from each other as we pursue “sharing the spiritual” together. 

    FACILITATORS
    Yvonne Charter, MSW, brings from her own life journey years of spiritual discernment, professional and volunteer experience, a yearning to reach out to marginalized persons in our community, and innovation, having created the term and concept of “deep service” after reading Same Kind of Different As Me, by Ron Hall & Denver Moore with Lynn Vincent.

    Victoria B. Saunders, PhD, has worked for the last 25 years as a professional facilitator, specializing in female identity development, strategic planning, and executive coaching. Vicki earned a PhD from Saybrook University in Organization Systems and a Masters Degree in Human Resources Development from George Washington University. She is currently completing a Masters Degree in Jungian Studies with the Jung Institute in Houston and Saybrook University. She is President of the Chrysalis Institute President, co-chairs of the Program Committee, and a faculty member.
    • 30 Oct 2014
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Chrysalis Gathering Space
    A Conversation with Everett McLaren, Jungian Analyst

    We are all on a journey, looking for our life’s purpose. Both Carl Jung and Joseph Campbell saw the hero’s journey, an archetypal story found in ancient myths and contemporary films, as a way to understand our own path toward wholeness. 


    Join us for an evening with Everett McLaren to explore how the metaphorical language of alchemy and Jung’s understanding of the hero’s journey can help us understand our own personal transformations along the path to greater consciousness. 


    RELATED PROGRAM

    Jung and Alchemists: Our First Scientists? Thursday, October 9, 7-9:00 pm

    A conversation with Everett McLaren, Jungian analyst


    PRESENTER
    Everett McLaren, EdD, LPC, is a Jungian analyst who trained with the Inter Regional Society of Jungian Analysts. He is currently coordinator for the New Orleans Jungian Seminar and serves on the Training Committee of the IRSJA. Recently retired from clinical practice, he is enjoying the opportunity to teach and share his interest in the work of Carl Jung.

    3527 Ellwood Avenue, Richmond, Virginia 23221

    Cost:
    $10 Chrysalis Members
    $20 Non-members

    For More Information:
    Contact Mariah Gruner.
    • 08 Nov 2014
    • 9:30 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Chrysalis Gathering Space
    Experiential Workshop with Slash Coleman,
    Author, Comedian, and Storyteller


    We all have a story to tell. Join us for a workshop and interactive storytelling session with acclaimed author and professional storyteller, Slash Coleman. We will explore how to intentionally shape and attune to the stories of our lives, as our stories are the essence of our lives. Some are personal and others universal, but they are all true. And what makes a story true is not just the facts, but the way it is told and retold. Often we don't know where to start when trying to tell our story. And yet the stories of our lives consciously and unconsciously shape the way we understand ourselves and the ways in which we connect with others. Learn a framework for communicating the truth of who you are through your story.

    PRESENTER
    NPR calls award-winning storyteller Slash Coleman "extremely provocative and entertaining," and WGBH says the NYC-based author, "has the power to change the way people think." The author of "The Bohemian Love Diaries," the personal perspectives blogger for Psychology Today, and an advice columnist on howdoidate.com (Ask Uncle Slash), Slash is best known for his PBS special The Neon Man and Me. He is currently creating The New American Storyteller for PBS. Slash's performances have been featured in American Theatre Magazine, Backstage Magazine, The Washington Post, and most recently on the NPR series, How Artists Make Money

    3527 Ellwood Avenue, Richmond, Virginia 23221

    Cost: Includes lunch
    $75 Chrysalis members
    $95 Non-members

    For more information
    Contact Mariah Gruner.
    • 13 Nov 2014
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Chrysalis Gathering Space
    A Conversation with Bob Blake and Bill Sachs

    “In my view, there is no conflict in being a rigorous scientist and a person who believes in a God who takes a personal interest in each one of us. Science's domain is to explore nature. God's domain is in the spiritual world, a realm not possible to explore with the tools and language of science. It must be examined with the heart, the mind, and the soul – and the mind must find a way to embrace both realms.

    – Dr. Francis Collins


    Humans have always longed for answers to profound questions: How did the universe come into being? Why are we here? Historically, both religion and science have been used as ways to seek answers to these questions, but have been viewed as “non-overlapping magisteria.” Can they support one another? Can they be united?


    Join us for a lively evening of conversation on these eternal questions. Bob Blake and the Rev. William Sachs, Ph.D., will lead a dialogue based on The Language of God, by Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Health Institute, and Finding God in the Questions, by Dr. Timothy Johnson, Senior Medical Contributor for ABC News.


    RELATED PROGRAMS

    An Introduction to the Quantum World and The Uncertainty of Disbelief. Register for our Science & Spirituality series here


    FACILITATORS
    Robert Blake, a retired Bank of America Senior Vice President and former Director of Leadership Metro Richmond's "Leadership Quest" program, has been a long-standing member of Chrysalis Institute. During his forty-year tenure with Bank of America, Blake developed and presented numerous special-purpose training and development programs and was a senior coach and internal management consultant. Blake has been active in community volunteer work, particularly with United Way, Stop Child Abuse Now, and Children's Health Involving Parents.

    The Rev. William L. Sachs, Ph.D. is Executive Director of the Center for Interfaith Reconciliation in Richmond, Virginia. Sachs holds degrees from Baylor, Vanderbilt, and Yale, and the Ph.D (History of Christianity) from the University of Chicago. He is the author of four books and more than 200 articles, chapters, reports, and reviews. As an Episcopal priest, he has served five parishes in Virginia, Connecticut, and Chicago. A consultant with foundations and non-profit organizations, he is frequently interviewed by major media outlets including the New York Times.

    3527 Ellwood Avenue, Richmond, Virginia 23221

    Cost:
    $10 Chrysalis Members
    $20 Non-members

    For More Information: 
    Contact Mariah Gruner.
    • 20 Nov 2014
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Chrysalis Gathering Space

    Switch off the chatter of the mind and enjoy being fully present in the body and in the community of the sacred circle in this evening workshop with instructor Maggie Moon. Drawn from ancient and modern traditions from all over the world, Sacred Circle Dances allow a deep embodied experience of stillness and movement, of sound and silence, of individuality and community. The dances can be soothing and meditative, festive and joyful, and they are simple and easy to learn. Many participants experience deep relaxation and peace as a result.


    PRESENTER

    Maggie Moon (Peggy O'Neill, MSW) is a skilled dance instructor and group facilitator who relies on the power of silence and 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 Moon has led Sacred Circle Dance for local, regional, and national gatherings since the late 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: 
    $10 Chrysalis members
    $15 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.



    • 06 Dec 2014
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Chrysalis Gathering Space
    Burton Card

    A Workshop with Beith Burton, Local Artist


    Can't find the right card? Make your own! Card-making is the practice of spontaneous spirituality. Participate in a chaotic, disorganized practice that produces absolutely beautiful results. Then give your creation away as an expression of your love and good wishes. You'll learn how to cut, fold, emboss, embellish, glitter, ink, stamp, and free-hand your own special messages. Talent is not required. You will be amazed by your creations and you will send beauty, greetings, and love to the world. 


    Supplies will be provided, but feel free to bring more if you'd like. Also consider bringing in some cherished quotes or messages. 


    PRESENTER
    Beith Burton (pronounced Beth), is a former member of the Chrysalis Advisory Council and writes for Words for the Journey. Seven years ago, she left the management world to dive head-first into a professional trade. 

    Beith has a certificate in precision machining from John Tyler Community college and works as a quality administrator at Kennley Corporation. Beith also teaches classes in scrapbooking, card-making, inks, and stamping at a local crafts store.

    3527 Ellwood Avenue, Richmond, Virginia 23221

    Cost: Includes Supplies
    $20, Chrysalis Members
    $25, Non-Members

    For More Information: 
    Contact Mariah Gruner.
    • 17 Dec 2014
    • 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 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 Dec 2014
    • 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 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.

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