Spiritual Paths: 
Cultivating a Life of Meaning Through Spiritual Practice

In today's frantic and often superficial world, many of us are longing for something more.

Chrysalis created the Spiritual Paths program to help you find space and a supportive spiritual community in which you can examine your life. Here you will explore and develop (or deepen and expand) ongoing practices and perspectives that will bring you greater peace, joy, connection, transcendence, and meaning.

This in-depth, 6-month program has been transformative for people of diverse ages, backgrounds, and beliefs — no matter where they are in their spiritual journey.

Spiritual Paths is a mixture of group, individual, and one-on-one learning experiences, including interactive video conferences with renowned spiritual teachers. You will move through the program with a closely linked cohort, and will also have meeting time with a faculty member for individualized support. There will be reading and other assignments between sessions, plus time for reflection and experimentation built into the program.

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Join us for our third year of this
life changing program...



Because of this program, I feel like I am becoming who I was always meant to be.

I discovered a fuller way of experiencing life. My heart and body are now integrated with my mind.

My former worries, conflicts, and concerns now seem less important.

I was looking to create a new chapter in my life. This helped me accomplish that goal.
— Year 1 & 2 Participants

Philip Davidson, PhD, is actively engaged with mindfulness practice as a coach, mentor, teacher, and student. He completed Tara Brach's Meditation Teacher Training Institute and co-leads several Richmond Mindfulness Practice Groups.

Elaine Kiziah, PhD, is an award-winning trainer and licensed psychologist who coaches and teaches about soulful approaches to time and life management, including how to use journaling as a tool for transformation and spiritual deepening.

Victoria B. Saunders, PhD, has a Masters Degree in Jungian Studies and a PhD in Organizational Systems. She has worked for the last 25 years as a professional facilitator, specializing in female identity development, strategic planning and executive coaching.

Program Goals

  • Create, deepen, or expand your own sustainable spiritual practices.
  • Experience a clear sense of spiritual community by learning with and from others.
  • Discover your personal authority and its liberating potential in your spiritual development.

Program Framework

We’ve organized Spiritual Paths around six guiding questions you will explore in sequence:

  1. What are my spiritual questions and intentions?
  2. What is the role of mind and body in spirituality?
  3. What hinders my spiritual evolving?
  4. To what am I willing to surrender?
  5. What is my connection to other beings and the natural world?
  6. How then shall I live?

Great questioning, great awakening;
little questioning, little awakening;
no questioning, no awakening.

— Martine Batchelor

John Taylor has practiced Reiki and other hands-on healing modalities for over 30 years. He teaches mindfulness at Chrysalis and is currently undergoing teacher training in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction through the UCSD Center for Mindfulness.

Adjunct & Guest Faculty: The core faculty will be joined throughout the program by inspiring Richmond area teachers with expertise in topics such as dream work and movement-based spiritual practices. The program will also feature two evening sessions with renowned experts in Perennial Wisdom and Jungian Psychology who will join us remotely via web conference.

Mentors: As a Spiritual Paths participant, you will meet one-on-one with a spiritual mentor. Our team of mentors includes Chrysalis faculty members and other Richmond-area teachers and coaches representing a broad range of spiritual perspectives. All of our mentors are supportive and caring people with exceptional coaching skills — and who are deeply engaged with spiritual practices of their own.

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Program Structure

Because we believe Ira Progoff’s assertion that “this is solitary work that cannot be done alone,” we’ve structured the Spiritual Paths program in a way that offers both time for individual introspection and time in supportive community.

Here's some of what you can expect:

  • Face-to-face experiential learning with teachers knowledgeable in a wide range of perspectives and techniques — mindfulness, compassion, the mind-body connection, journaling, Jungian psychology, positive psychology, earth-based spirituality, and more.
  • Interactive video conferences with world-renowned spiritual teachers and authors.
  • Large group discussion and exploration of meditation, movement, ritual, and other spiritual tools and techniques.
  • Bonding with a small group of fellow seekers as you regularly share your insights and experiences in order to learn together.
  • Individual reading, writing, reflection, and experimentation on your own — during and between sessions.
  • One-on-one with a faculty mentor to help you find your own unique answers to your spiritual questions and challenges.
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Payments & Scholarships

Program Dates

Program tuition is $1,500.
A non-refundable deposit of $500
is due upon admission.

Payment plans and need-based scholarships are available.

Email us for more information.



December 12 — 6:00pm - 9:00pm
January 20 & 21 — 8:30am - 4:00pm
February 4 — 8:30am - 4:00pm
February 25 — 8:30am - 4:00pm
March 6 — 6:30pm - 9:00pm
March 18 — 8:30am - 4:00pm
March 29 — 6:30pm - 9:00pm
April 8 — 8:30am - 4:00pm
April 22 — 8:30am - 1:00pm
May 5 & 6 — 8:30am - 4:00pm

(plus three private mentoring sessions)

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Online Application Form

Applications are now being accepted! Click here for our online application form.

Chrysalis Institute is committed to diversity in its programs and actively seeks a diverse pool of applicants. We strongly encourage adults of all ages, genders, racial and ethnic backgrounds, abilities, and income levels to apply.

All applications are due by noon on Wednesday, November 15.

Applicants will be notified of admissions decisions no later than November 27.

We look forward to reading your application!

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Chrysalis is grateful to the dedicated faculty members who donated their time and expertise to develop the original Spiritual Paths curriculum — Carol Jacobs, Kay Davidson, Philip Davidson, Vicki Saunders, and Susan Wilkes.