Chrysalis Institute, a non-profit organization, is a vibrant resource and learning center for exploring insights and practices drawn from the world’s spiritual traditions, philosophies and contemporary science. We offer a bounty of innovative programs, from lectures to workshops to practice groups. Quarterly silent retreats at The Clearing acknowledge the change of seasons and provide opportunities to reflect in a natural setting, while our labyrinth welcomes all seekers to connect to self and spirit through this ancient practice. Nationally recognized spiritual leaders, visionaries, and scientists share their expertise in keynote presentations. Programs are organized on the basis of semi-annual themes such as “Living Fully, Dying Mindfully” and “What Matters Most.”
Starting in 2016, our Institute faculty of experts launched a 6-month deep dive program called Spiritual Paths for 20-25 spiritual seekers to develop individual spiritual practices and understandings. This program has been described with rave reviews by its first two cohorts. The faculty is developing an online Learning Space, a topically themed library of articles, links and learning experiences. We also offer opportunities for meditation, mindfulness and other spiritual practices. Our monthly member publication, Words for the Journey, offers the words of a different guest writer as a tool for spiritual practice. We also publish a semi-annual newsletter and a twice monthly eNewsletter.
Chrysalis offers leading-edge resources to open diverse paths for spiritual growth.
Chrysalis Institute is a vibrant resource and learning center for exploring insights and practices drawn from the world’s spiritual traditions, philosophies and contemporary science. Chrysalis encourages spiritual growth and exploration beyond the conventional boundaries of any one faith.
Creativity, Mindfulness, Wisdom, Compassion and Consciousness
In an era when a third of Americans identify themselves as “spiritual but not religious,” and the Dalai Lama has called for the development of a global ethics that is “beyond religion,” we are at a crossroads. We can access information and communicate with others at unprecedented speeds, but this does not always improve the quality of our lives. Economic, social, and environmental challenges abound as populations increase and interact. Cultures collide, change accelerates, and we are bombarded with information and choices, often resulting in polarization and alienation. Many feel lost. Yet, new discoveries in physics and neuroscience confirm the existence of a non-material reality and validate the benefit of ancient spiritual practices. A new worldview is arising that recognizes the sacred connections between all beings and the universe and calls us to explore age-old questions in new ways.
Chrysalis was founded in 1994 by Nancy Millner to provide opportunities for psychological and spiritual growth informed by, but not necessarily bound to, mainstream religion. Her vision was that Chrysalis would “provide hospitable time and space for seekers on diverse paths to explore how to live connected to their true selves, to each other and to spirit.” She chose the name Chrysalis (pronounced kriss’-uh-liss), which is the stage when a caterpillar transforms to a butterfly, to represent transformational opportunities and time provided by Chrysalis for us to reflect on the sacred connections between all beings and the universe.
In 2013, Chrysalis changed its name to Chrysalis Institute to reflect its commitment to encouraging spiritual growth and exploration beyond the conventional boundaries of any one faith. You can learn more about Nancy Millner and the endowment established in her honor.
What We've Achieved
- Founders of the Mindful Parenting Conference.
- Established a faculty of experts on mindfulness among other areas.
- Created an outdoor labyrinth in Northside, Richmond.
- Established an in-depth Spiritual Paths program.