Core Course Offerings
(click on course name for more information)
Introduction to Mindfulness WORKSHOP
Cultivate clarity, a compassionate heart, and a greater sense of well being. These are just a few of the many benefits of mindfulness practice. You will leave this 4 hour workshop with the resources, tools and understanding to begin your personal path of practice.
‘You can start where you are and the benefits are far reaching’
[I learned] that I can start being more mindful right away and grow into its practice’
-Chrysalis Intro to Mindfulness Participants
MINDFULNESS BASED STRESS REDUCTION (MBSR)
You'll walk away from this 8-week course with powerful tools you can use to reduce stress and improve your relationship with yourself and others. This 8 week evidence-based program is for anyone interested in learning more about bringing mindfulness into daily life and is a great program for those newer to meditation. Each course offering includes a silent retreat day.
'This is the most personally impactful class I've ever attended. I've worked in corporate learning for over 25 years.. I very strongly believe MBSR should be incorporated in to all organizational employee training programs.'
'This program has changed my life. I'm now the healthiest I've ever been due to MBSR helping me to manage my stress and also maintain good health habits.'
--Chrysalis MBSR grads
MINDFUL SELF COMPASSION (MSC)
Release the shame and blame - learn to treat yourself as you would a good friend. In this 8-week evidence-based course you will learn mindfulness tools to delve deeper into the practice of cultivating compassion for yourself and others. Each 8 week course includes a silent retreat day.
'I gained a wonderful set of tools to continue my journey toward being more self compassionate.'
'The pleasure was in participating in a group. I learned tools - one in particular - that have already been super effective in dealing with stressful situations.'
-- Chrysalis MSC grads
COMPASSION CULTIVATION TRAINING (CCT) **Brand new Fall 2018!**
Strengthen your natural capacity for compassion, empathy and kindness through this 8-week program based on the latest findings from the science of compassion. Though the teachings, meditations, and in-class exercises, you’ll train your mind for compassion and develop skills that help you relate to others and yourself, ultimately increasing your overall sense of well-being.
Mindfulness for Parents (MP) **Brand new fall 2018!**
Space, clarity, presence. As parents in this modern age of constant connectivity and productivity these qualities that we most want to share with our children are often the hardest to give. In this 6 week course you will learn formal and informal mindfulness practices that will help you calm down, slow down and savor as you cultivate a new relationship to yourself and your family.
A perfect opportunity for busy people like you. Drop-in and experience 30 minutes of silence to start off your week with clarity. Create an intention for the week and meditate with a small group of participants. No experience necessary.
Mindfulness and Movement Day Retreat
Take a mini vacation from the automatic pilot of life. Enjoy practice and reflection in a beautiful natural setting. Reserve the energy you usually spend caring for and communicating with others to care for yourself during this 4 hour silent retreat.
‘.. taking a retreat in silence, in a beautiful setting, led by compassionate, skilled leaders is important to the feeding of my soul.’
‘Martha and Susan were lovely and very good organizers, all activities were relevant and they allowed full choice and freedom, "this is your retreat" and both had a wonderful loving spirit.’
-Mindfulness and Movement retreat participants
Mindfulness with the davidsons
Practice, reflect and share. For beginners and experienced practitioners alike, our monthly practice group with Kay and Philip will support you on your path of mindfulness practice. Each session includes a guided 30 minute sit, a dharma talk and time for sharing in community. No registration necessary. Suggested donation $10.
2018 schedule: 10:30am-12:30-pm, September 16, October 7, October 28, November 11, December 2
mindful parent meetup
It’s time to press pause and put the oxygen mask on YOU as a parent. This meetup is a casual group for moms and dads to come together for formal and informal mindfulness practice and discussion. No registration or previous experience necessary - come join us! Suggested donation $10.
2018 schedule: 3-4:30pm, July 8, August 5, September 9, October 14, November 4, December 2
mindful parenting conference
Come together in community with other RVA parents as we share the joys and struggles of modern day parenting! You’ll learn practical tools to bring clarity, peace and compassion to your parenting - and also to your relationship with yourself. We bring the most experienced and knowledgeable folks in the field of mindfulness in RVA together for this one day event - all you need to bring is an open heart, open mind and some comfortable clothes.
‘Top take away - our full presence is one of the greatest gifts we can give our loved ones. Plan to increase mindfulness practice and share with family in age-appropriate ways.’
‘I plan to use cues (doorways/ breath) to bring me back to the present moment. I realize now how much time I spend planning and worrying.’
Come when you can for this facilitated journaling experience, typically offered the first Wednesday of each month. Each time we explore a different theme as we connect with our deepest selves in our journals. A variety of prompts, meditations, poetry, music and more are offered to help you take your journaling experience to the next level, so you can gain new perspectives and deepen your sense of well-being. You'll also have the chance to hear from others about their writing experience and insights — and to be part of a supportive circle of seekers.
" really enjoyed the journaling session last night. Transitions was a great theme and it is something I’m in the midst of right now so the process was very helpful. Just wanted to let you know how thankful I am to have found your class and become a part of it."
" I appreciate all you do to create such a supportive and rich space. There was such a diversity of perspectives last night, and it seemed to me that the space held all of us with warmth and acceptance. "
-Chrysalis Journaling Participants
Key Note Speakers
Get to know yourself a little better as we explore age old questions in new ways. Sit back and be inspired by speakers such as Ruth King (coming this Fall), James Hollis, and Rabbi Rami Shapiro just to name a few of our esteemed guests. Recently named Richmond’s Most Mind Stimulating Series by Richmond Magazine - these speakers will encourage you to engage in deep inner work with humor, warmth and wisdom.
‘I liked approaching such a serious subject with so much humor and different insights.’
‘Could listen to him for hours more; his perspective draws me in to deeper thought about life, faith, and death.’
-Chrysalis Key Note Attendees
Recognizing Shamanism as a 30,000-year-old cross-cultural spiritual practice and way of being in respectful awareness, the world is sacred and interdependent. We invite you to celebrate the seasons and life with us with drums, rattles, and shamanic journeying.
Reduce stress, connect to your body and have a little FUN! Nia is a little martial arts, a little dance and a lot of healing. No experience necessary - all are welcome!
Introduce movement, freedom and fresh air to your walking meditation practice as you explore our labyrinth located at 3318 Loxley Rd. We will join you on the summer and winter solstice but feel free to use the space anytime for your own personal practice.
Read, share, and reflect together as we explore writers of different backgrounds and genres. Book selections are announced in advance and reflect the Chrysalis seasonal theme. Prepare to dive deep! Our book groups meet monthly during the Spring and Fall season.
‘I enjoyed the group discussion and sharing’
‘the book was a nice reflection on ideas and practices to live more mindfully and fully’
- Chrysalis Book Group Participants
Annual Women's Retreat
The annual tradition of the Women's Retreat is a time for women to step outside the normal pulls of day to day life to experience a deeper awakening of self. Hosted at the peaceful and serene Shalom House in Montpelier, Virginia with our award winning facilitator Carol Jacobs who is trained in the BodySoul Rhythms Program with Marion Woodman, Mary Hamilton, and Ann Skinner and is also a faculty member for the Center for Mind-Body Medicine in Washington, DC. Using a variety of modalities such as art, dance, meditations, mindfulness and Jungian psychology the space has been created for you to experience a yearly renewal.