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Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

  • Chrysalis Institute 213 Roseneath Road Richmond, VA 23221 United States (map)

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. This instinctual survival response can be helpful if you’re being chased by a tiger, but not if you’re trying to get dinner on the table! 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. Decades of research show that this 8-week course makes structural changes in the brain regions associated with memory, sense of self, empathy, and compassion, measurably reducing stress in just eight weeks. And who doesn’t want that?

This is for you if you…

  • Often feel tense, anxious, and/or overwhelmed

  • Have trouble sleeping; you “can’t turn off your brain”

  • Would like to reduce or replace harmful coping mechanisms like overeating or excessive screentime with healthier habits

Susan Wilkes, PhD and John Taylor

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.


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.

$320/Chrysalis members
$480/General public

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Tuesdays, April 9-May 28
Retreat Day: May 11

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