Mindful Self-Compassion
Mar
12
to May 7

Mindful Self-Compassion

When you’re struggling, do you treat yourself as well as you’d treat a friend? If not, what would it take to give yourself the same caring attention? An empirically-supported course taught in 20+ countries, MSC shares powerful tools for healing, building inner strength, and increasing confidence and self-respect.

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Writing YourSelf: Journaling for Well-Being
Mar
24
9:00 AM09:00

Writing YourSelf: Journaling for Well-Being

Through a mashup of writing techniques and prompts based in ancient wisdom traditions and positive psychology, we’ll explore five interlinked dimensions of the Self: Body, Heart, Mind, Soul, and Spirit. You’ll walk away from this workshop not only with tools for your future journaling practice, but with a deeper sense of joy and peace.

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Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
Apr
9
to May 28

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

Layering stresses from your personal and professional life on top of things like the 24/7 news cycle and political upheaval can put your body in a constant state of red-alert. Learn to check in with your body to identify what causes you stress and where you hold tension, then use practical techniques to reduce that stress on a regular basis.

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Afrofuturism: We Are Our Ancestors' Dream Come True
Apr
13
to Apr 20

Afrofuturism: We Are Our Ancestors' Dream Come True

AfroFuturism is a cultural movement rooted in the concept of going back in order to move forward. A Priest in the Akom Tradition of Ghana, West Africa, Nana Korantemah will cast the net wide with alternative health and wellness tools including movement, breath work, ancient rituals, and guided imagery to help with transformational healing, releasing emotional distress, and enhancing wellness for people of color.

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I Am: Film Showing and Q&A with Filmmaker Sonali Gulati
Apr
26
6:30 PM18:30

I Am: Film Showing and Q&A with Filmmaker Sonali Gulati

The award-winning film I Am chronicles the journey of Richmonder Sonali Gulati, an Indian lesbian filmmaker, who returns to Delhi to re-open what was once her home and confront the loss of her mother, whom she never came out to. After viewing the film together (71 minutes long), stick around to ask Sonali any questions that arise.

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Meditate to Create: The Art of Letting Go
May
1
to May 15

Meditate to Create: The Art of Letting Go

You’re an artist. Your mind may tell you that you’re not, but that block can be removed when you realize you’re the master of your own creation. A vivid, colorful meditation guides you to a place within the deepest part of yourself where you can let go, feel the energy of colors, and engage all of your senses.

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Buddhism: Awake and Aware
May
2
to May 23

Buddhism: Awake and Aware

At its heart, Buddhism is about paying attention to the human experience and accepting the realities of impermanence, suffering, and not having a fixed, independent self. It’s about asking, Learn about Buddhist principles and philosophy, and reflect on how they impact and enhance your own spiritual path.

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Mindful Living: Everyday Soul Care
May
23
6:00 PM18:00

Mindful Living: Everyday Soul Care

Self-care isn’t an intervention or an occasional indulgence, it’s a healthier, happier, more connected way of living each day. Self-care is about making choices that support your overall wellness, and discovering what makes YOU tick. We’ll create a holistic self-care plan with specific goals and practices just for you.


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Annual Women's Retreat: Embodied Soul and Sacred Encounter
May
29
to Jun 3

Annual Women's Retreat: Embodied Soul and Sacred Encounter

In the tradition of Carl Jung and Marion Woodman, we’ll explore the fairy tale “The Goose Girl.” With curiosity, respect and non-judgment, we’ll explore archetypal stories woven into our night-time visions and waking challenges. Return home with more clarity about relationships with yourself and others, an open heart, and a deeper sense of the sacredness of life.

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The Last Dalai Lama?: Film Screening and Q&A with Director Mickey Lemle
Jun
25
6:00 PM18:00

The Last Dalai Lama?: Film Screening and Q&A with Director Mickey Lemle

Anyone, from any tradition, can benefit from experiencing his crystallized understanding of the nature of mind and the part it plays in the creation and alleviation of our suffering. Now in his 80s, the Dalai Lama is passionate about sharing what he feels is most urgent to communicate to the world. A Q&A session with director Mickey Lemle will follow the screening.


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Behind-The-Scenes with Filmmaker Mickey Lemle
Jun
27
6:00 PM18:00

Behind-The-Scenes with Filmmaker Mickey Lemle

This is a unique opportunity to hear Mickey Lemle’s perspective on filming and spending time with the Dalai Lama. In THE LAST DALAI LAMA?, Lemle shares intimate interviews with the Dalai Lama -- shot 25 years apart -- as well as interviews with his family and the Westerners he’s inspired since his exile from Tibet in 1959.

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Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
Jul
10
to Aug 28

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

Layering stresses from your personal and professional life on top of things like the 24/7 news cycle and political upheaval can put your body in a constant state of red-alert. Learn to check in with your body to identify what causes you stress and where you hold tension, then use practical techniques to reduce that stress on a regular basis.

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Mindfulness Essentials
Mar
9
9:00 AM09:00

Mindfulness Essentials

You read about mindfulness in magazines and have a meditation app on your smartphone, but what is it, what are its proven benefits, and how can you integrate it into your everyday life? Our experienced facilitators will help you better understand the basics of mindfulness and establish a practice that effectively fits your life.

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Soulful Time Management Retreat
Jan
19
to Jan 20

Soulful Time Management Retreat

The quality and substance of our lives is determined by our everyday choices about how we spend our time, attention, and energy. This retreat will help you create a vision for your life in the coming year so you can set clear intentions about how you wish to invest YOUR precious resources!

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Winter Solstice Labyrinth Walk
Dec
21
4:00 PM16:00

Winter Solstice Labyrinth Walk

  • 3318 Loxley Road Richmond, VA, 23227 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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 can’t get lost finding your way in and out again. A walk through the labyrinth has come to symbolize our spiritual journey.

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Fall Book Club - Care of the Soul
Nov
15
12:30 PM12:30

Fall Book Club - Care of the Soul

New York Times bestselling author of the classic book Care of the Soul, Thomas Moore treats us to a new wisdom for a timeless topic: aging. Moore offers a unique perspective, suggesting that rather than fearing aging, we should cherish it. He invites us to be more authentic, distinctive, complex, connected and joyful, viewing getting older as an opportunity for spiritual growth and learning as well as deepening relationships. 

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Living with Intention
Sep
26
7:00 PM19:00

Living with Intention

The act of writing intentions is like setting an inner compass for navigating life’s joys and sorrows. This 2-hour workshop will include specific guidance on how to write intentions and how to honor them, as well as time for practice and optional sharing.

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Writing Yourself
Aug
11
9:00 AM09:00

Writing Yourself

Enjoy a day-long immersive workshop on using journaling to connect you more fully with yourself and with your sense of the sacred. You’ll experience a mashup of writing techniques and prompts based in ancient wisdom traditions and in the contemporary science of positive psychology, with an opportunity to explore them in supportive spiritual community.

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Reviving our Indigenous Souls: Book Launch
Jul
26
7:00 PM19:00

Reviving our Indigenous Souls: Book Launch

Local author Rev. Dr. Cathie Stivers will introduce and talk about the topic of her new book Reviving Our Indigenous Souls: How to Practice the Ancient to Bring in the New. Dr. Stivers will discuss why she feels the topic is both timely and timeless, as well as what inspired her to write the book. A Q-and-A and book-signing session will follow.

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Summer Solstice Labyrinth Walk
Jun
21
4:00 PM16:00

Summer Solstice Labyrinth Walk

  • 3318 Loxley Road Richmond, VA, 23227 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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.

Come walk the candle lit pathways… 

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Mindfulness and Movement One-day Retreat
Jun
10
10:00 AM10:00

Mindfulness and Movement One-day Retreat

Step into nature and savor the beauty of Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens for our quarterly Mindfulness and Movement one-day silent retreat. Enjoy the opportunity to unite mind, body and spirit through guided sitting meditations, walking meditations through the garden, and gentle mindful movement. Join us for a day of wellness and renewal while deepening your meditation and mindfulness practice.

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Mindful Parenting Conference
Jun
9
9:00 AM09:00

Mindful Parenting Conference

  • The Collegiate School: Sharp Academic Commons (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

One of the most challenging and rewarding experiences in life is parenting. In our overstimulated, busy society, we're raising children in a very different environment than the one we experienced. Parenting articles and books are everywhere, but what tools and practices are most helpful, effective, and well-tested? 

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Workshop with James Hollis: What Matters Most
May
5
10:00 AM10:00

Workshop with James Hollis: What Matters Most

Jung observed that “Life is a short pause between two great mysteries.” What matters is how we live that pause. Given that mortality frames our journey, how might we live it more fully, not defined by fear, morbidity, and denial? What attitudes and practices allow us to live more fully? And what psychological maturation brings us to experience this short pause as rich with meaning?

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Spring 2018 Keynote: What Matters Most
May
4
7:00 PM19:00

Spring 2018 Keynote: What Matters Most

  • VCU Academic Learning Commons School for Social Work - MCALC 1107 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Jung observed that “Life is a short pause between two great mysteries.” What matters is how we live in that pause. Since mortality frames our journey, how might we live more fully? What attitudes and practices can help? How can we experience this short pause in a way that is rich with meaning?

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Strengthening Our Containers
Mar
3
9:00 AM09:00

Strengthening Our Containers

Grief and loss can be some of the most difficult experiences imaginable—so profound that there’s no way past it. How do we carry grief that feels larger than the world? In a really strong container. Learn ways to strengthen your container so you’re better equipped to carry grief into the world and through life as well as to support others who are carrying loss.

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Chrysalis Spring Book Club: What Matters Most
Feb
15
12:30 PM12:30

Chrysalis Spring Book Club: What Matters Most

Attention all avid readers and great conversationalists! We're meeting up monthly from February to April to read three books by our keynote speaker, Dr. James HollisWhat Matters MostWhy Good People do Bad Things, and Living an Examined Life. Join us as we dive into books that align with our Spring theme. 

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Life Redefined
Feb
3
9:30 AM09:30

Life Redefined

Monica Rao was living a busy, typically stressful life until a near-death experience changed everything, leading her to meditation and in turn to redefining what she valued most in life. She will share her story and guide you through meditations that offer time-honored paths to self-discovery.

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