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Fall Book Club

  • Chrysalis 3527 Ellwood Avenue Richmond, VA, 23221 United States (map)

Attention all avid readers and bookworms! Chrysalis is starting a new book club! Aligned with our fall theme of “Living Fully and Dying Mindfully”, the first book was The Five Invitations: Discovering What Death Can Teach Us about Living Fully by Frank Ostaseski. Ostaseski. He is an internationally known Buddhist teacher and a pioneer in end of life issues.

For our next book club on October 25th, we will read, No Time Like the Present: Finding Freedom, Love, and Joy Right Where You Are by the equally well-known teacher, speaker, and author Jack Kornfield.  Chrysalis friend, author, and teacher, Tara Brach writes,  "With its incomparable blend of deep wisdom, evocative stories, and powerful meditations, No Time Like the Present is the fruit of a lifetime of spiritual teaching. Jack Kornfield’s message is, we don’t have to wait. Love, peace, freedom . . . it’s all available right here, in this very heart." This is a powerful message! Join us as we read and explore these important ideas together.

Victoria B. Saunders, Ph.D., 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 Ph.D. 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.

Jessica Coffey is the publisher and owner of Natural Awakenings of Greater Richmond, a local magazine dedicated to sharing information, resources, news, and events about natural health, wellness, and green living. A lover of meditation, yoga, and searching for four-leaf clovers, Jessica enjoys good books, great conversation, and time in nature (especially by the water). Chrysalis Institute is an organization near and dear to her heart because of the programs and events it offers to encourage deep thinking, personal development, community involvement, and spiritual growth.

Clair Norman  is a seeker and lover of life with a huge amount of hope in her heart fueled by the wonderful people she meets.  She is the Mindfulness Expansion Manager/Writer and Program Facilitator for the Cameron K. Gallagher Foundation. Clair also is staff writer for Natural Awakenings Richmond.  Additionally, Clair teaches yoga in the corporate setting, at her local YMCA and for private clients. A mother to 3 who will celebrate 20 years of marriage this year, Clair is preparing to begin her MBSR training at the University of California San Diego. She became inspired by Susan Wilkes when she took her MBSR class at Chrysalis.

Wednesdays, September 13 and October 25
12:30pm - 2:30pm

Earlier Event: October 25
Mindful Self-Compassion