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The stories we’re told shape our world. The stories we tell shape the world. This fall, we explore the stories, myths and narratives of life -- from the woven, internal stories of the self to the narrative threads that weave through human history. Our stories that divide us and unite us. 


Our fall 2016 theme

The Narrative Thread: Story and the Search for Meaning 

with Devdutt Pattanaik as our international keynote speaker. 


A story is more than a paperback we might read before going to sleep and more than what a co-worker might tell us about their weekend adventures. Our myths and stories are the foundation of how we make sense of the world and who we think we are. They lie beneath the surface of things.


In the words of our keynote speaker, Devdutt Pattanaik:

"No society can exist without myth. Humans cannot function without myths because myth creates notions of right and wrong, good and bad, heaven and hell, rights and duties. Marriages, monogamy, peace, salvation non-violence, are all concepts based on myth; they don’t exist in nature. All religions, all nations, all tribes, all ideologies, all ways of life, are based on myth. Human right is based on the myth of equality. Only a world without humans is a world without myths."


This fall we explore the myths and stories of our own personal journeys, the myths that have built and contained our civilizations, the conflicts we face when differing stories collide and how we may address those conflicts. 



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

    • 20 Sep 2016
    • 12:30 PM
    • 08 Nov 2016
    • 2:30 PM
    • Chrysalis Gathering Space
    • 0

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    Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction


    An Eight Week Series with Susan Wilkes




    This class is now full. Check out Susan Wilkes' other class, Mindful Self-Compassion, taking place this fall as well.

    Learn more about this popular returning class










    “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


    MBSR is an 8-week training in mindfulness meditation, body awareness and yoga.


    Offered at Chrysalis for the first time, this highly acclaimed Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program was developed by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in 1979.  Since then, it’s been offered in more than 200 health centers around the world and has been the subject of numerous studies demonstrating its beneficial impact.


    Participants cultivate an integrative view of mind and body, while also learning how thoughts, feelings and behaviors influence our emotional, physical and spiritual health.  This is an excellent course for those new to mindfulness, those wishing to develop techniques for managing stress, and anyone who wishes to become more fully present and alive in this moment.





    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
    • 9


    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.


    Life is hard. Instead of self-destructing, Erin Mahone handles the challenges with humor, love, and total honesty. Her hilarious and heartwarming perspective shows audiences that being perfect is boring and it’s always better to dig deep to find humor and truth in the challenges of life.


    Erin shares real life stories from growing up in a family where mental illness was the norm, but love prevailed. With a series of humorous and heartbreaking stories and songs Erin takes the audience on a journey to healing and forgiveness. Mental illness is a reality for people from all walks of life – it is time to share our stories, embrace our imperfections and love out loud. 


    Erin’s grandfather lived with schizophrenia and as a young person was not allowed to talk about the things that were happening to him for fear that he would be institutionalized. Today 70 years later Erin wants to be his voice – and empower others to raise their voices without shame.





    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: 
    Thursday, 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
    • 9


    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.


    In this empirically-supported compassion training program, you will learn how to:

    • practice self-compassion in daily life
    • motivate yourself with kindness rather than criticism
    • handle difficult emotions with greater ease
    • transform challenging relationships
    • practice the art of savoring and self-appreciation

    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 Halberstadt, M.S., 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: 
    • 06 Oct 2016
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • VCU Grace Street Theater


    The Myth We Live In

    Our Ideas of Truth
    The Stories that Unite and Divide
    FALL KEYNOTE






    In our controversial political landscape, there may be anger and violence between peoples with different worldviews and divergent solutions to the conflicts confronting us. 

    Our own cultural story and the subjective truth we believe shapes our worldview: bringing us together or tearing us apart. Our stories, our subjective truth, is the myth we live in.

    Take an eye-opening look at the stories that shape our worldview and examine your own subjective truth. In an inspiring talk, author and mythologist Devdutt Pattanaik delves into how we bridge the divides of our cultural and personal myths; whether those divides arise between cultures on opposite sides of the world, the other side of town, or across our own kitchen table.



    Facilitator

    Traveling all the way from Mumbai for this event, popular TED presenter, Devdutt Pattanaik, author, mythologist and leadership consultant, 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 600 articles and 30 books on the relevance of sacred stories, symbols and rituals in modern times.







    Read articles and interviews

    devdutt.com















    Watch his TED talk  



    "No society can exist without myth. Humans cannot function without myths because myth creates notions of right and wrong, good and bad, heaven and hell, rights and duties. Marriages, monogamy, peace, salvation non-violence, are all concepts based on myth; they don’t exist in nature. All religions, all nations, all tribes, all ideologies, all ways of life, are based on myth. Human right is based on the myth of equality. Only a world without humans is a world without myths."

    - Devdutt Pattanaik




    Location

    VCU Grace Street Theater  (website)

    934 W. Grace Street   (google map)


    This location has easy access to affordable parking. There are two small lots next to and across from the theater as well as a large parking deck only steps away around the corner. 

    See the close-up maps below. 


    Date 

    Thursday, October 6


    Time

    7 - 9pm


    Cost

    Pay What You Can

    $25, Chrysalis Members

    $35, Non-Members

    Recommended Admission



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    Maps for Parking





    • 07 Oct 2016
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • The Gathering Space


    Learn About Spiritual Paths
    Information Session







    Spiritual Paths: Cultivating a Life of Meaning is a 6-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!

    Three Information Sessions Available
    Different times for different schedules:

    Friday, October 7 noon
    Saturday, October 22 10am
    Wednesday, October 26 5:30pm


    CHRYSALIS FACULTY

    Kay Davidson, PhD, is actively engaged with mindfulness practice for herself, as a coach, mentor, teacher and student. With her husband, Philip, she leads several Mindfulness Practice Groups in Richmond and has completed a two-year Meditation Teacher Training Institute offered by Tara Brach's Insight Meditation Community of Washington, DC. She also serves on the Chrysalis Institute Faculty and is a past board member.


    Philip Davidson, PhD, is actively engaged with mindfulness practice for himself, as a coach, mentor, teacher and student. With his wife, Kay, he leads several Mindfulness Practice Groups in Richmond and has completed a two-year Meditation Teacher Training Institute offered by Tara Brach's Insight Meditation Community of Washington, DC. He also serves on the Chrysalis Institute Faculty and provides mindfulness executive coaching to corporate clients.


    Carol A. Jacobs, MSW, LCSW, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 28 years of experience as a psychotherapist, 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.


    Elaine Kiziah, PhD, is an award-winning trainer and licensed psychologist who works with mission-driven people to help them thrive in life and at work. The facilitator of Chrysalis’ monthly journaling practice group, Elaine is a writer, musician, and art lover who is interested in the intersection between creativity and spirituality. She also has a thriving consulting practice, coaching leaders in nonprofit and faith-based organizations, and facilitating retreats and workshops on topics related to well-being and personal effectiveness. Elaine is a past Chrysalis Board member and former chair of the Program Committee, and she brings a wealth of curriculum design experience to her new role as guiding faculty for the Spiritual Paths program.


    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 has a Masters Degree in Jungian Studies from the Jung Institute in Houston and Saybrook University. She also earned a PhD in Organizational Systems from Saybrook and a Masters degree in Human Resources Development from George Washington University. Vicki has worked with Chrysalis in a variety of capacities for the last 17 years. She has facilitated strategic planning sessions, book groups, workshops, and extended programs dealing with consciousness, creativity, and women’s issues. She is currently serving on the Faculty, chairing the Program and Development Committees and is the Past President of Chrysalis Institute.





    • 07 Oct 2016
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Chrysalis Gathering Space
    • 40

    Mythos: The Stories We Share

    with the works of Margie Matheson


    Opening Reception

    October 7


    Show is hanging in the Chrysalis Space
    September 12 - December 1

    You are invited to view the show at the Chrysalis Space any time, but given the flexible nature of Chrysalis hours and programming, you may contact the artist to schedule a viewing at margaretjmatheson@gmail.com or 804-662-0332












    Artist Statement


    Mythos: The Stories We Share


    I have been a painter for many years, but I fell in love with printmaking about five years ago. The spontaneity and unpredictability of the process appeal to me, as well as the variations obtained by using different inks or papers. Most of my printmaking involves combining several layers of monoprinting with relief printing and collage. I do not make a detailed plan, but instead start with colors and images that call to me and react to what emerges from the press to finish the piece.


    The works in the Mythos series developed from my interests in myth, fairy tale, and Jungian archetypes. I feel there is a mystery and beauty associated with humanity's shared experience of birth, growth, a life journey, and death, and  through the centuries images and stories common to all illuminate this experience. I used some of these images in this work.


    - Margie Matheson




    The Artist
    Margie Matheson
    About age 40 I retired from my career as a scientist so I would have time for my true passion, making art.  Bob, my husband of over 40 years, and I have settled in Richmond, VA, after living in upstate New York, California, Delaware, West Virginia, Delaware again, and Michigan (a return after 25 years to the area of my youth. But you really can’t go home again). Our two sons, their wives, and our five grandchildren live about 100 miles away. We divide our time between our homes in Richmond and Snowshoe, West Virginia.  My painting and my family fill my life and heart, aided by friends, music, hiking, travel, and an enduring love of literature.




    Location: Chrysalis Gathering/Gallery Space
    3527 Ellwood Avenue

    Dates: 
    Gallery Showing: September 12 - December 1
    Gallery Opening Reception: Friday, October 7


    Time:

    6:00 - 8:00pm








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


    Deep Dialogue

    as a 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.


    In all relationships, superficial and intimate, a vocabulary that comes from our heart and being creates stronger connections and bonds: connections with one's own soul, with others, and with all of creation.


    Humanity needs this vocabulary not only to create community, but to create the changes so needed in our world.


    Deep Dialogue is a structured, facilitated, meaningful group conversation with agreed upon guidelines. It challenges us to speak from a deeper place and requires silence and contemplation, along with speaking. It requires deep listening to oneself as well as to others.


    In this one-time program we will be learning about the connection of spirituality and dialogue and developing skills for speaking in a new way. Experience a model of formal dialogue that combines personal meditation and a connection with the group consciousness.   





    FACILITATOR 
    Jacquelyne Pogue is a former educator and psychotherapist, meditation retreat leader, 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: 
    • 22 Oct 2016
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • The Gathering Space


    Learn About Spiritual Paths
    Information Session







    Spiritual Paths: Cultivating a Life of Meaning is a 6-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!

    Three Information Sessions Available
    Different times for different schedules:

    Friday, October 7 noon
    Saturday, October 22 10am
    Wednesday, October 26 5:30pm


    CHRYSALIS FACULTY

    Kay Davidson, PhD, is actively engaged with mindfulness practice for herself, as a coach, mentor, teacher and student. With her husband, Philip, she leads several Mindfulness Practice Groups in Richmond and has completed a two-year Meditation Teacher Training Institute offered by Tara Brach's Insight Meditation Community of Washington, DC. She also serves on the Chrysalis Institute Faculty and is a past board member.


    Philip Davidson, PhD, is actively engaged with mindfulness practice for himself, as a coach, mentor, teacher and student. With his wife, Kay, he leads several Mindfulness Practice Groups in Richmond and has completed a two-year Meditation Teacher Training Institute offered by Tara Brach's Insight Meditation Community of Washington, DC. He also serves on the Chrysalis Institute Faculty and provides mindfulness executive coaching to corporate clients.


    Carol A. Jacobs, MSW, LCSW, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 28 years of experience as a psychotherapist, 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.


    Elaine Kiziah, PhD, is an award-winning trainer and licensed psychologist who works with mission-driven people to help them thrive in life and at work. The facilitator of Chrysalis’ monthly journaling practice group, Elaine is a writer, musician, and art lover who is interested in the intersection between creativity and spirituality. She also has a thriving consulting practice, coaching leaders in nonprofit and faith-based organizations, and facilitating retreats and workshops on topics related to well-being and personal effectiveness. Elaine is a past Chrysalis Board member and former chair of the Program Committee, and she brings a wealth of curriculum design experience to her new role as guiding faculty for the Spiritual Paths program.


    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 has a Masters Degree in Jungian Studies from the Jung Institute in Houston and Saybrook University. She also earned a PhD in Organizational Systems from Saybrook and a Masters degree in Human Resources Development from George Washington University. Vicki has worked with Chrysalis in a variety of capacities for the last 17 years. She has facilitated strategic planning sessions, book groups, workshops, and extended programs dealing with consciousness, creativity, and women’s issues. She is currently serving on the Faculty, chairing the Program and Development Committees and is the Past President of Chrysalis Institute.





    • 26 Oct 2016
    • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • The Gathering Space


    Learn About Spiritual Paths
    Information Session








    Spiritual Paths: Cultivating a Life of Meaning is a 6-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!

    Three Information Sessions Available
    Different times for different schedules:

    Friday, October 7 noon
    Saturday, October 22 10am
    Wednesday, October 26 5:30pm


    CHRYSALIS FACULTY

    Kay Davidson, PhD, is actively engaged with mindfulness practice for herself, as a coach, mentor, teacher and student. With her husband, Philip, she leads several Mindfulness Practice Groups in Richmond and has completed a two-year Meditation Teacher Training Institute offered by Tara Brach's Insight Meditation Community of Washington, DC. She also serves on the Chrysalis Institute Faculty and is a past board member.


    Philip Davidson, PhD, is actively engaged with mindfulness practice for himself, as a coach, mentor, teacher and student. With his wife, Kay, he leads several Mindfulness Practice Groups in Richmond and has completed a two-year Meditation Teacher Training Institute offered by Tara Brach's Insight Meditation Community of Washington, DC. He also serves on the Chrysalis Institute Faculty and provides mindfulness executive coaching to corporate clients.


    Carol A. Jacobs, MSW, LCSW, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 28 years of experience as a psychotherapist, 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.


    Elaine Kiziah, PhD, is an award-winning trainer and licensed psychologist who works with mission-driven people to help them thrive in life and at work. The facilitator of Chrysalis’ monthly journaling practice group, Elaine is a writer, musician, and art lover who is interested in the intersection between creativity and spirituality. She also has a thriving consulting practice, coaching leaders in nonprofit and faith-based organizations, and facilitating retreats and workshops on topics related to well-being and personal effectiveness. Elaine is a past Chrysalis Board member and former chair of the Program Committee, and she brings a wealth of curriculum design experience to her new role as guiding faculty for the Spiritual Paths program.


    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 has a Masters Degree in Jungian Studies from the Jung Institute in Houston and Saybrook University. She also earned a PhD in Organizational Systems from Saybrook and a Masters degree in Human Resources Development from George Washington University. Vicki has worked with Chrysalis in a variety of capacities for the last 17 years. She has facilitated strategic planning sessions, book groups, workshops, and extended programs dealing with consciousness, creativity, and women’s issues. She is currently serving on the Faculty, chairing the Program and Development Committees and is the Past President of Chrysalis Institute.





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


    Mystery of the Night Cafe


    Hidden Key to the Spirituality of Vincent Van Gogh






    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.


    Explore the spirituality of one of the world s most beloved artists, Vincent van Gogh, through one of Western art's most mysterious paintings, The Night Cafe. Done in almost garish colors, the work depicts a late night in a cafe serving a poorer element of society, and Van Gogh himself saw both destructive forces and gaiety in the work. 


    With author Cliff Edwards, we follow a trail of clues from a Yale art gallery to a neighborhood in Arles, from a novel by Emile Zola to a largely forgotten image of Jesus that hung in Van Gogh s bedroom.


    We enter the imagination of Van Gogh through the books he read, the art he admired, and the people with whom he identified, and arrive at startling conclusions that include a new and deeply spiritual understanding of a cafe after midnight and the night prowlers who inhabit it.


    Learn how Van Gogh's religious thought may be the key to understanding all of his work.





    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


    Date: 

    Thursday, October 27


    Time:

    7:00 - 9:00pm


    Cost:

    Pay What You Can
    $10 Recommended, Chrysalis Members

    $20 Recommended, Non-Members



    Become a member!





    For More Information: 

    Contact us.

    • 05 Nov 2016
    • 10:00 AM
    • 12 Nov 2016
    • 12:00 PM
    • Chrysalis Gathering Space
    • 8


    Archetypal Stories

    Waters Deep from the Well

    The Jungian Archetypes and our personal story







    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.



    The term "archetype" has its origins in ancient Greek. The root words are archein, which means "original or old"; and typos, which means "pattern, model or type". The combined meaning is an "original pattern" of which all other similar persons, objects, or concepts are derived, copied, modeled, or emulated.


    ...the child

    ...the trickster

    ...the hero

    ...the flood


    Carl Jung used the concept of archetype in his theory of the human psyche. He believed that universal, mythic characters—archetypes—reside within the collective unconscious of people the world over and that these archetypes represent fundamental motifs of human experience.


    In this two-day series we will explore some of the themes and effects of archetypal stories through myth, literature, and dream - these stories that connect us to something greater both within and outside of ourselves.




    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



    Become a member!




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


    The Hero's Journey



    Never watch a movie, read a book or see your life the same way again.






    Based on the works of Joseph Campbell, an American mythologist, writer and lecturer, best known for his PBS series collaboration with Bill Moyers on “The Power of Myth, this series explores the ancient and timeless journey we find in our own lives. 


    Joseph Campbell's work reveals that our lives are ultimately connected by the framework of the same journey. Articulated through his years of research in the realm of comparative religion, he discovered that all of the world's major religions and stories from mythology follow a similar progression, and mix of key characters along the way: the Hero's Journey.


    By investigating Campbell's Hero's Journey, we can discover where we are on our own path, helping us to navigate our way through the highs and lows that this life's journey presents us.


    This four-session program will be a combination of lecture, mindful practice, reflective writing and group work. A journal or something to write in is recommended, but no other items are required. All you really need is the curiosity to explore the larger story and an desire to examine your own hero's journey.



    No books are required, but  Reflections on the Art of Living: A Joseph Campbell Companion, by Joseph Campbell is recommended for those who wish to explore even more on their own. 



    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: 
    • 03 Dec 2016
    • 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Chrysalis Gathering Space
    • 25


    Introduction to Mindfulness



    Becoming familiar with your own mind






    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.


    Paying attention.


    Detaching from judgment.


    Creating a pause between what is happening and how we respond.


    Mindfulness meditation helps us to develop a clear mind, compassionate heart, and greater sense of well being. Meditation offers us time and space to step away from our busy schedules, to develop awareness of our sensations, feelings, and thoughts as they arise and to accept ourselves just as we are.


    This class will introduce us to the practice and benefits of mindfulness, and through a variety of learning experiences we will learn how to begin creatively and kindly incorporating mindfulness practices into our daily lives. We will leave this day workshop with the tools and understanding to begin our own personal practice.





    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.




    Take a look:
    How Meditation Works, The Atlantic

    Location: Chrysalis Gathering Space
    3527 Ellwood Avenue

    Dates: 
    Saturday, December 3


    Time:

    9:00 - 12:00pm


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


    Become a member!




    For More Information: 
    • 25 Jan 2017
    • 5:30 PM
    • 15 Mar 2017
    • 7:30 PM
    • Diversity Richmond Classroom, 1407 Sherwood Ave, Richmond, VA 23220
    • 15

    Mindful Self-Compassion

    An Eight Week Series with Diversity Richmond and Health Brigade


    self-kindness, a sense of common humanity, and mindfulness



    In partnership with Diversity Richmond and Health Brigade

    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.


    In this empirically-supported compassion training program, you will learn how to:

    • practice self-compassion in daily life
    • motivate yourself with kindness rather than criticism
    • handle difficult emotions with greater ease
    • transform challenging relationships
    • practice the art of savoring and self-appreciation

    FACILITATOR 
    Lisa Halberstadt, M.S. in clinical psychology, began her career as a psychotherapist in college counseling centers before turning to psychiatric research.  She spent 20 years at the Virginia Institute for Psychiatric and Behavioral Genetics at VCU, working on the etiology of psychiatric and substance use disorders.  Lisa’s interest in exploring the intersection of mindfulness meditation and Judaism led her to complete the Jewish Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Training program through the Institute for Jewish Spirituality.  She offers Jewish meditation sessions at Congregation Or Ami and a class at The Chrysalis Institute.  Lisa recently participated in UCSD’s Mindful Self-Compassion Teacher Training and will be teaching MSC through Chrysalis.  Lisa volunteers with Side by Side (formerly ROSMY), where she has served as a support  group facilitator,  board member, and helped introduce mindfulness meditation to the youth.



    Location: 
    Diversity Richmond Classroom
    1407 Sherwood Ave, Richmond, VA 23220

    Dates: 

    Wednesdays

    8 SESSIONS: January 25 - March 


    Time:

    5:30 - 7:30pm


    Cost:
    $200






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