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Meditation Retreat: Cultivating Wisdom and Compassion

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

Step away from the noise, overwhelm, and busy-ness of life into a place of wisdom, reflection, and stillness. This meditation retreat at RVA’s beautiful Roslyn offers gentle guidance from some of the city’s most respected mindfulness teachers—Philip and Kay Davidson, Susan Wilkes, and John Taylor—as well as dedicated time in silence. Learn how to cultivate wisdom and compassion in your everyday life through meditation practices, teacher talks, and techniques you can take home with you. Emerge from the weekend refreshed, inspired, and with greater clarity on how to live your life more fully.

This is for you if:

  • You’d like to experience the power of a silent retreat -- whether it’s your first or 100th

  • You’re seeking to further your meditation practice

  • You’d like guidance from the best mindfulness facilitators in RVA

Yoga will be offered, as well as the opportunity to meet with teachers in a small group setting. On Saturday evening, Natasha Foreman of Lucid Living will lead 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 classes, practice groups, workshops and retreats in the RVA area. Currently, she co-facilitates the Chrysalis Institute Mindfulness Teacher Training program 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 2-year Meditation Teacher Training program taught by Tara Brach. Over the past seven years, he has led mindfulness practice groups and introduced mindfulness to several local businesses and health care organizations. In his role as a member of the faculty at Chrysalis Institute, he co-facilitated the 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 experience is extensive, including serving on the Board of Health Brigade, the founding leadership team for Impact 100, and as a past President of the Board at 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 is the Associate Director of Side by Side, an organization dedicated to creating supportive communities where Virginia’s LGBTQ+ youth can define themselves, belong, and flourish. John’s work has primarily been in the nonprofit 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. As a social entrepreneur, John 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 is a graduate and faculty member 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 of Lucid Living will lead us in a sound healing session on Saturday evening. She’ll enhance our mindfulness practice with the healing sounds of hand-hammered Himalayan singing bowls, which help reduce stress and induce full-body relaxation.

$485.00  Double Room 
$570.00  Single Room

All meals and lodging included.

Financial assistance is available (scroll down for details.)

Friday, March 1 at 4pm to Sunday, March 3 at 2pm

Roslyn Retreat Center
8727 River Road
Richmond, VA 23229


  • 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.

  • Please email Executive Director Rachel Douglas with your request. Shared rooms are available for those receiving financial assistance.

  • 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!

Earlier Event: February 23
Self-Compassion Essentials
Later Event: March 9
Mindfulness Essentials