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Meditation Retreat: Cultivating Wisdom and Compassion

  • Roslyn Retreat Center 8727 River Road Richmond, VA, 23229 United States (map)

Imagine a weekend of SILENCE, SPACE and STILLNESS away from the noise, overwhelm, and busy-ness of everyday life. At Richmond’s beautiful Roslyn Retreat Center, this meditation retreat offers time in reflective silence and as well as gentle guidance from some of RVA’s most respected mindfulness teachers, Philip and Kay Davidson, Susan Wilkes, and John Taylor. Nourish your spirit with mindfulness techniques that inspire wisdom and compassion.

This retreat is a good opportunity for those wanting a gentle introduction to the power of a silent retreat, as well as folks seeking to further their meditation practice.

Mindful yoga practices will be offered during the weekend, as well as the opportunity to meet with our teachers in a small group setting. On Saturday evening, Natasha Foreman from Lucid Living will offer a sound healing session.  

One thing I noticed on my first silent retreat is how much energy I spend interacting with other people - saying the right thing or making small talk - and how exhausting it can be. At a silent retreat, it’s not impolite to avoid interacting with others: it’s expected. It’s a chance to be comfortably quiet. It gives you freedom. - M.K.


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Kay Davidson PhD,  is a retired clinical psychologist and long time mindfulness coach, mentor, and teacher.  Kay completed the 2 year Meditation Teacher Training led by Tara Brach and the Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC in 2013 and now offers many classes, practice groups, workshops and retreats in the RVA area.  Currently, she is co-facilitating the Chrysalis Institute Mindfulness Teacher Training program along with her husband Philip. She also serves on the Chrysalis Institute Faculty and is a past board member.

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Philip Davidson PhD, is a mindfulness teacher and coach. In 2013 he completed the two year Meditation Teacher Training program taught by Tara Brach. Over the past 7 years he has led mindfulness practice groups and introduced mindfulness in several local businesses and health care organizations. In his role as a member of the faculty at Chrysalis Institute he co-facilitated its Spiritual Paths program three times and is currently co-facilitating a Mindfulness Teacher Training Program. His personal experience with mindfulness practice has enabled him to be more present to life just as it is with less reactivity and more kindness.

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Susan Brock Wilkes, PhD is a psychologist, award-winning instructor, Qualified Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction teacher, Certified Mindful Self Compassion teacher, and certified spiritual director. A former university professor, she owns her own consulting firm and is a frequent facilitator with nonprofit and faith-based organizations. Her community engagement is extensive, including her current service on the Board of Health Brigade, on the founding leadership team for Impact 100, and as past President of the Chrysalis Institute. Currently on the faculty for Chrysalis, Susan was co-editor of the Words for the Journey anthology and the 2017 recipient of the Chrysalis Spirit Award. Susan recently completed training as an instructor for Compassion Cultivation Training.

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John Taylor coordinates programming efforts in the National office of Initiatives of Change, an eighty-year- old, spiritually centered, peacemaking organization that is active in over 47 countries. John’s work has primarily been in the non-profit sector where he served for many years at the National office of the Presbyterian Church (USA) and as a Program Officer for the Bonner Foundation. John has also been a social entrepreneur who initiated urban farming programs in Newark, New Jersey. John has practiced Reiki, Quantum Touch and other hands on healing modalities for over 30 years and he is a recent graduate of Chrysalis' six month Spiritual Paths program. His MBSR teacher training is through the University of California, San Diego.

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Natasha Foreman will join us for a sound healing session on Saturday evening. We'll enhance our mindfulness practice with the healing sounds of hand-hammered Himalayan singing bowls which help reduce stress and induce full-body relaxation.


Dates & Times
Friday, March 1 at 4pm to Sunday, March 3 at 2pm

Roslyn Retreat Center
8727 River Road
Richmond, VA 23229

Before Nov 1, 2018: $485/double room, $570 single room
After Nov 1, 2018: $585/double room, $670 single room

A deposit of $175 will hold a room for you with the remaining balance to be paid by Jan 15, 2019.

All meals and lodging included. 

Financial Assistance

  • Financial scholarships are available to people of color, young adults and those in financial need. We believe that everyone’s stories and experiences should be integrated into our work. We especially want to support people who are from communities that are often pushed to the margins. Please email our Executive Director Rachel Douglas with your request. Shared rooms are available to those requiring financial assistance.

  • Expenses for retreats are increasing, while personal incomes often are not. This means that some people who want to come to a Chrysalis Institute retreat cannot afford the full cost. It is our intention, when possible, not to turn anyone away for financial reasons.

  • If you would like to make a donation to the Chrysalis Institute Scholarship Fund in order to assist those in need, you will have the opportunity to do so when you register. Contributions are tax deductible; we will provide you with a statement of your contribution upon request.

PLEASE NOTE: We are unable to offer refunds after Jan 15, 2019 due to retreat center booking fees. An exception will be made if someone on the waiting list can fill your spot!

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