“There was something formless and perfect, before the universe was born...it is the mother of the universe...for lack of a better name, I call it ‘Tao.’ “
“The Tao that can be named is not the actual Tao.” - Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching
Explore the timeless wisdom of the Tao Te Ching, translated loosely as “The Way and Its Power." Compiled nearly 2500 years ago, it is the second most-translated book ever written. In this 3-session class, we'll dig into the concepts of Yin-Yang, T’ai Chi, and the Water Course Way, discussing their common emphasis on balance, harmony, and non-striving. Through studying how Taoists live in harmony with the Tao, perhaps we can invite more peace and harmony into our everyday lives.
Jay Nathanson, founder and Managing Partner of Target Marketing and Board member for numerous organizations, has been studying Taoism for over 20 years. Jay has a mindfulness practice which includes daily meditation, weekly meditation groups, a Tao study group, and professional coaching on the benefits of mindfulness for individuals and organizations. He has attended the Mindful Leadership Summit for the past 3 years, and is currently enrolled in a 2-year teacher training program led by Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach. Jay has cultivated Taoist wisdom in his personal and business life, and continues seeking a deeper understanding of the classic text of Taoism, the Tao Te Ching.
Robert Blake has served on the Chrysalis Institute Programs Committee for about 8 years. He attends a men’s spirituality group and is a voracious reader of all things spiritual, with a special interest in Taoism. Bob is a retired Senior VP at Bank of America and former Director of Leadership Quest for Leadership Metro Richmond (LMR). He holds a BS and an MBA, and has worked in the retail and commercial sides of banking, especially enjoying his role as senior coach and internal management consultant. He finds Taoist approaches to leadership and government inspiring and effective. A past participant of LMR describes Bob as “intelligent and thoughtful, with a deep passion for connection with others and impacting the world in positive ways.”
Jan Hatcher-Conquest has taught Religious Studies at VCU for more than 10 years, including classes in World Religions, Human Spirituality, Eastern Traditions, and Zen Buddhism. She holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling with a concentration in World Religions, and has completed post-graduate seminary studies in Religion and Theological Studies. Her community involvement includes Capitol Region Collaborative’s Quality of Life Advisory Group, GroundworkRVA, Mayor’s Bike Month Task Force, and Bike/WalkRVA. Jan has served as Executive Director and Advancement Officer for several local nonprofits. Jan serves on the Board of Chrysalis, and is a member of the Programs, Advancement, and Strategic Planning committees.
Dates & Times
Thursdays, November 8 - 29 (NO CLASS November 22)
$45 for Chrysalis members
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