Chrysalis Institute 

Programs

Chrysalis Institute offers a variety of programs year-round, tying most to a semi-annual theme, and including a nationally known keynote presenter. The Fall 2014 theme is Science and Spirituality: Living with Uncertainty, featuring physicist Jim Gates. 


Events are listed below in chronological order. Register online and attend! Scholarships are available based on financial need and other criteria. If interested in applying, please contact Chrysalis Institute or call 804 359 0384.

Upcoming events

    • 11 Sep 2014
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Chrysalis Gathering Space
    A Conversation with Dr. Jack Singal, UR Physics Professor

    Did you know that we are all made of the same vibrating strings? The universe is far more complex and interrelated than we ever imagined!

    Join us for an evening conversation with Dr. Jack Singal, professor of physics at the University of Richmond. Together, we will explore the history of quantum physics and the incredible new worldviews it enables. No prior science experience necessary!


    RELATED PROGRAMS

    The Uncertainty of Disbelief and Science & Religion: A Spirited Discussion. Register for our Science & Spirituality series here


    PRESENTER
    Dr. Jack Singal is an assistant professor of physics at the University of Richmond. He has several years of experience teaching undergraduate physics and astronomy, and has given a number of public lectures. Prior to joining the University of Richmond faculty, Dr. Singal completed postdoctoral appointments at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and Stanford University.

    3527 Ellwood Avenue, Richmond, Virginia 23221

    Cost:
    $10 Chrysalis Members
    $20 Non-members

    For More Information: 
    Contact Mariah Gruner.
    • 11 Sep 2014
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Chrysalis Gathering Space

    Our fall program theme, Science and Spirituality: Living with Uncertainty, explores the tension between certainty and mystery that animates both scientific and spiritual pursuits. Explore this fascinating tension more fully by attending the entire series.


    First, a primer on quantum physics with Dr. Jack Singal on September 11 to lay the groundwork for our keynote with Dr. Jim Gates.


    On September 26, Dr. Gates will address the creativity of the scientific process, the radical inclusivity of string theory, and his own personal faith in both science and spirit. Science and spiritual beliefs both seek to explain fundamental questions of life, but in non-overlapping or separate ways. For him, belief in one does not negate or support the other. They are “both/and” not “either/or.”


    We will conclude the series on November 13 with an opportunity for deep dialogue on whether the new physics impacts spirituality. Bob Blake and Bill Sachs will draw on texts by prominent scientists whose studies have absolutely transformed and strengthened their spirituality, facilitating a community dialogue on these essential questions of faith, belief, and knowledge.


    Registration for our keynote with Dr. Gates is free, but tickets are limited. Sign up for the series and guarantee your admission!


    PRESENTERS
    Dr. Jack Singal is an assistant professor of physics at the University of Richmond. He has several years of experience teaching undergraduate physics and astronomy, and has given a number of public lectures. Prior to joining the University of Richmond faculty, Dr. Singal completed postdoctoral appointments at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and Stanford University.

    Dr. S. James Gates, Jr.
     is a physicist, teacher, and student of the world’s great faith traditions. He earned his PhD at MIT and is internationally recognized for his work in string and particle theory. Named to the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology in 2009, he subsequently received the National Medal of Science from President Obama in 2013. Often featured on NOVA as a “faith/science navigator of heaven and earth,” he is also a Mendel Medal recipient, which honors contemporary scientists who "have demonstrated that between true science and true religion there is no intrinsic conflict." He is currently the John S. Toll Professor of Physics and the University of Maryland.

    Robert Blake, a retired Bank of America Senior Vice President and former Director of Leadership Metro Richmond's "Leadership Quest" program, has been a long-standing member of Chrysalis Institute. During his forty-year tenure with Bank of America, Blake developed and presented numerous special purpose training and development programs and was a senior coach and internal management consultant. Blake has been active in community volunteer work, particularly with United Way, Stop Child Abuse Now, and Children's Health Involving Parents.        

    Cost:
    $20 Chrysalis Members
    $40 Non-Members
     
    For More Information: 
    Contact Mariah Gruner.

    Download a flyer for this event here
    • 17 Sep 2014
    • 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
    • The Clearing

    Share an Ember Day of silence and reflection at the Clearing in Amelia County on Wednesday, September 17. 


    Before moving into silence, the day begins with a brief opening circle. This is a time to introduce ourselves and share expectations. The day concludes with a closing circle when we are invited to share the day’s gifts and insights.

    Forest paths are open, as always, and tables and chairs are available for rest, reading, art work, and writing projects. The Lodge will be open. Hot water for coffee and tea will be available.

    Maggi Tinsley on Ember Day retreats from Chrysalis Institute on Vimeo.


    FACILITATORS
    Chrysalis is delighted to co-sponsor this retreat with hosts, Friends Marjorie Bertolino and Elizabeth Smith.


    Location:
    The Clearing

    Cost:
    While not necessary, donations ($10 suggested) will help defray the cost of utilities and maintenance.


    Registration:
    Pre-registration is not required, but it is helpful for planning purposes.

    Special Instructions: Please bring your own brown bag lunch. You may also choose to bring simple snacks (fruit, nuts, veggies) to share.

    • 18 Sep 2014
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Chrysalis Gathering Space
    Join us as we discuss Alan Lightman's The Accidental Universe: The World You Thought You Knew, “a book about nesting ospreys, multiple universes, multiple universes, atheism, spiritualism, and the arrow of time.”

    Alan Lightman is the first professor to hold a double appointment in humanities and sciences at MIT and, in this collection of essays, he explores the relationship between his scientific training and his deeply humanistic belief in mystery and philosophical inquiry. 

    FACILITATOR

    Victoria Saunders, PhD, has worked for the last 25 years as a professional facilitator, specializing in female identity development, strategic planning and executive coaching. Vicki has her PhD from Saybrook University in Organization Systems and a Masters Degree in Human Resources Development from George Washington University. She is currently completing a Masters Degree in Jungian Studies with the Jung Institute in Houston and Saybrook University. She is currently the President of Chrysalis Institute and chairs the Program Committee.


    Cost:

    Free to Members

    $10 for Non-Members


    Special Instructions:

    Please read The Accidental Universe: The World You Thought You Knew by Alan Lightman prior to the session.

    • 19 Sep 2014
    • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • The Outdoor Labyrinth

    An ancient mystical tool, the labyrinth is used by many cultures and religious traditions. Unlike a maze, the labyrinth has a single pathway in and out.


    There are no tricks or wrong turns, and you cannot get lost finding your way in and out again. A walk through the labyrinth has come to symbolize our spiritual journey. Concentric circles weave and twist as they direct pilgrims to the center, the place of illumination. 


    Date:
    Friday, September 19

    Cost:
    While there is no fee, donations are kindly accepted.

    Location:
    The Chrysalis Outdoor Labyrinth

    Special Instructions:
    Come at any time during the walk, but allow 45-60 minutes for the experience, and wear comfortable clothing and shoes. This event will take place weather permitting. If the weather is questionable, please check the Home page on our website before heading out to the Labyrinth.

    For more information:

    Contact Mariah Gruner.

    • 26 Sep 2014
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Science Museum of Virginia
    • 39

    Keynote Address with Dr. Jim Gates, Theoretical Physicist


    “The power of science is an acceptance and openness to the notion that we are fallible and must therefore be corrected by nature herself. Many other human belief systems start off with the assumption that the answer is already known. In science, it's precisely the opposite; we start out admitting to not knowing the answer...”  – Dr. Jim Gates


    Internationally renowned theoretical physicist Dr. Jim Gates will present a riveting talk on Superstring/M-Theory, the "irrational process" of creating scientific theories, the parallel quests of science and religion for certainty in the face of mystery, and his faithful pursuit of a "less false" understanding of our universe. Superstring theory is still purely at a theoretical stage, but scientists like Gates hope, ultimately, it will unify our understanding of all matter and energy.


    The fall Chrysalis program theme, Science and Spirituality: Living with Uncertainty, has developed largely out of the work of Dr. Gates, who notes that humans are uncomfortable with uncertainty and long to answer questions about the nature of reality. It's important to realize that while science provides some answers, it is always a "tentative process." Its information is "the best we know at a given time." Gates quips, "Scientists will change their belief at the drop of a fact." Science seeks to build "an accurate picture of nature within a range of uncertainty." 


    Gates describes theoretical physicists as storytellers who use mathematical equations to tell stories like a novelist uses words. It is a creative process for which uncertainty is the starting point. 


    Presented in conjunction with the Science Museum of Virginia and with media sponsorship by Community Idea Stations.

    RELATED PROGRAMS


    PRESENTER

    Dr. S. James Gates Jr. is a physicist, teacher, and student of the world’s great faith traditions. He earned his PhD at MIT and is internationally recognized for his work in string and particle theory. Named to the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology in 2009, he subsequently received the National Medal of Science from President Obama in 2013. Often featured on NOVA as a “faith/science navigator of heaven and earth,” he is also a Mendel Medal recipient, which honors contemporary scientists who "have demonstrated that between true science and true religion there is no intrinsic conflict." He is currently the John S. Toll Professor of Physics at the University of Maryland.


    Location: Ms. Barbara Thalhimer Theater,  Science Museum of Virginia
    2500 West Broad Street

    Cost:
    Free. Registration required.
     
    For More Information: 
    Contact Mariah Gruner.

    Download a flyer for this event here.
    • 27 Sep 2014
    • 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Chrysalis Gathering Space
    Questions and Answers: Breakfast with Dr. Jim Gates

    Following Dr. Jim Gates’ keynote address on Friday, this Saturday morning breakfast and Chrysalis fundraiser is an opportunity to ask questions that his talk inspired. This informal affair will offer a chance for interaction and fellowship with both Dr. Gates and the Chrysalis community. 

    Support Chrysalis with your presence as you deepen your understanding of how new frontiers in scientific discovery can impact your spiritual life. 

    PRESENTER
    Dr. S. James Gates Jr. is a physicist, teacher, and student of the world’s great faith traditions. He earned his PhD at MIT and is internationally recognized for his work in string and particle theory. Named to the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology in 2009, he subsequently received the National Medal of Science from President Obama in 2013. Often featured on NOVA as a “faith/science navigator of heaven and earth,” he is also a Mendel Medal recipient, which honors contemporary scientists who "have demonstrated that between true science and true religion there is no intrinsic conflict." He is currently the John S. Toll Professor of Physics at the University of Maryland.

    3527 Ellwood Avenue, Richmond, Virginia 23221

    Cost: Includes breakfast
    $50 

    For more information
    Contact Mariah Gruner.
    • 30 Sep 2014
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    • Chrysalis Gathering Space

    A Series with Kay Davidson, Meditation Teacher


    We hear it all the time: Meditation can improve our creative thinking, increase our energy, decrease stress levels and improve our general well being. Yale University neuroscientist, Dr. Hedy Kober says, “It did to my mind what going to the gym did to my body—it made it both stronger and more flexible.”   


    How does one get started?  Enroll for 6 sessions to establish an insight meditation practice and learn the principles that lead to living your life with greater ease, more presence and expanded awareness. The sessions will include instruction, guided meditations, and discussion. Participants are asked to commit to the full 6-session series and will be expected to begin a meditation practice at home.


    FACILITATOR

    Kay Davidson, PhD, is actively engaged with mindfulness practice for herself, as a coach, mentor, teacher and student. With her husband, Philip, she leads several Mindfulness Practice Groups in Richmond and has completed a two-year Meditation Teacher Training Institute offered by Tara Brach's Insight Meditation Community of Washington, DC. She also serves on the Faculty for The Chrysalis Group and is a past board member.


    Dates:
     

    Six Tuesdays: September 30, October 7, October 14, October 21, October 28, and November 4


    Location:
    Chrysalis Gathering Space


    Cost:
    $100 Chrysalis Members
    $120 Non-members


    For More Information:
    Contact Mariah Gruner.

    • 03 Oct 2014
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • TBD
    Please join us for lunch and a special program, The Heart of Compassion, as we celebrate the 20th anniversary of Chrysalis and the first year of the Chrysalis Institute. 

    The Heart of Compassion
    Supporting people in the art of living a life of compassion was a key part of the original vision founder Nancy Millner had for Chrysalis in 1994. Twenty years later, compassion is more relevant to our world than ever. You'll be intrigued to learn how the study of compassion has flourished over the last two decades and how new findings can help us increase compassion for ourselves, others, and for the Earth! Chrysalis faculty members Kay Davidson and Susan Wilkes are joined by photographer Margie Nea for a program designed to both inform and move you toward the realization of your own compassionate heart.

    Location: Willow Oaks Country Club
    6228 Forest Hill Ave. Richmond, VA 23225

    Cost: $20
    Non-members and members welcome! 

    Special Instructions:
    The luncheon is buffet style with vegetarian and gluten-free options available.

    For more information:
    Contact Mariah Gruner.


    • 09 Oct 2014
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Chrysalis Gathering Space
    A Conversation with Everett McLaren, Jungian Analyst

    “The real nature of matter was unknown to the alchemist: he knew it only in hints. In seeking to explore it he projected the unconscious into the darkness of matter in order to illuminate it. In order to explain the mystery of matter he projected another mystery – his own unknown psychic background – into what was to be explained.”  – Carl Jung


    Join us for an introduction to Carl Jung’s work on alchemy, which was far more than an early scientific effort to turn lead into gold. Everett McLaren will discuss the spiritual aspect of this field, exploring the mutual influence of science and spirituality and the processes of inner change.


    RELATED PROGRAM

    Alchemy and the Hero’s Journey: A User’s Guide for the Curious, Seeking, Lost or Befuddled, Thursday, October 30, 7-9:00 pm

    A conversation with Everett McLaren, Jungian analyst


    PRESENTER
    Everett G. McLaren, EdD, LPC, is a Jungian analyst who trained with the Inter Regional Society of Jungian Analysts. He is currently coordinator for the New Orleans Jungian Seminar and serves on the Training Committee of the IRSJA. Recently retired from clinical practice, he is enjoying the opportunity to teach and share his interest in the work of Carl Jung.

    3527 Ellwood Avenue, Richmond, Virginia 23221

    Cost:
    $10 Chrysalis Members
    $20 Non-members

    For More Information:
    Email Mariah Gruner.
    • 16 Oct 2014
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Chrysalis Gathering Space
    “A nonreligious faith allows us to live with uncertainty, change and mortality—to embrace life in all its sublime mystery.”
    —Roger Housden

    Join us as we discuss Roger Housden's "Keeping the Faith Without a Religion, which explores the personal practice of spirituality unbounded by any one specific religious faith tradition.

    FACILITATOR

    Victoria Saunders, PhD, has worked for the last 25 years as a professional facilitator, specializing in female identity development, strategic planning and executive coaching. Vicki has her PhD from Saybrook University in Organization Systems and a Masters Degree in Human Resources Development from George Washington University. She is currently completing a Masters Degree in Jungian Studies with the Jung Institute in Houston and Saybrook University. She is currently the President of Chrysalis Institute and chairs the Program Committee.


    Cost:

    Free to Members

    $10 for Non-Members


    Special Instructions:

    Please read Keeping the Faith Without Religion by Roger Housden prior to the session.

    • 25 Oct 2014
    • 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Chrysalis Gathering Space

    A Workshop with Vicki Saunders and Yvonne Charter


    Get empowered to make a difference in your community through this all-day workshop with Chrysalis Faculty member Vicki Saunders, PhD, and Yvonne Charter, MSW, who has devoted years to engaging with the elderly on a spiritual level. Explore and discern what it is that most tugs at our heartstrings, whether it be poverty, racism, violence, human rights, etc. 

    Are you ready to truly engage with others, developing ongoing, sustained relationships with marginalized persons as you invite them to share their spiritual journey? We will consider where to find those we want to reach, and determine what we want to offer – sharing information, experiences, spiritual practices. We will also consider how to enhance our cultural awareness as we enter the world of another, offering “deep service.” We will learn how to provide and receive ongoing inspiration and support from each other as we pursue “sharing the spiritual” together. 

    FACILITATORS
    Yvonne Charter, MSW, brings from her own life journey years of spiritual discernment, professional and volunteer experience, a yearning to reach out to marginalized persons in our community, and innovation, having created the term and concept of “deep service” after reading Same Kind of Different As Me, by Ron Hall & Denver Moore with Lynn Vincent.

    Victoria B. Saunders, PhD, has worked for the last 25 years as a professional facilitator, specializing in female identity development, strategic planning, and executive coaching. Vicki earned a PhD from Saybrook University in Organization Systems and a Masters Degree in Human Resources Development from George Washington University. She is currently completing a Masters Degree in Jungian Studies with the Jung Institute in Houston and Saybrook University. She is President of the Chrysalis Institute President, co-chairs of the Program Committee, and a faculty member.
    • 30 Oct 2014
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Chrysalis Gathering Space
    A Conversation with Everett McLaren, Jungian Analyst

    We are all on a journey, looking for our life’s purpose. Both Carl Jung and Joseph Campbell saw the hero’s journey, an archetypal story found in ancient myths and contemporary films, as a way to understand our own path toward wholeness. 


    Join us for an evening with Everett McLaren to explore how the metaphorical language of alchemy and Jung’s understanding of the hero’s journey can help us understand our own personal transformations along the path to greater consciousness. 


    RELATED PROGRAM

    Jung and Alchemists: Our First Scientists? Thursday, October 9, 7-9:00 pm

    A conversation with Everett McLaren, Jungian analyst


    PRESENTER
    Everett McLaren, EdD, LPC, is a Jungian analyst who trained with the Inter Regional Society of Jungian Analysts. He is currently coordinator for the New Orleans Jungian Seminar and serves on the Training Committee of the IRSJA. Recently retired from clinical practice, he is enjoying the opportunity to teach and share his interest in the work of Carl Jung.

    3527 Ellwood Avenue, Richmond, Virginia 23221

    Cost:
    $10 Chrysalis Members
    $20 Non-members

    For More Information:
    Contact Mariah Gruner.
    • 08 Nov 2014
    • 9:30 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Chrysalis Gathering Space
    Experiential Workshop with Slash Coleman,
    Author, Comedian, and Storyteller


    We all have a story to tell. Join us for a workshop and interactive storytelling session with acclaimed author and professional storyteller, Slash Coleman. We will explore how to intentionally shape and attune to the stories of our lives, as our stories are the essence of our lives. Some are personal and others universal, but they are all true. And what makes a story true is not just the facts, but the way it is told and retold. Often we don't know where to start when trying to tell our story. And yet the stories of our lives consciously and unconsciously shape the way we understand ourselves and the ways in which we connect with others. Learn a framework for communicating the truth of who you are through your story.

    PRESENTER
    NPR calls award-winning storyteller Slash Coleman "extremely provocative and entertaining," and WGBH says the NYC-based author, "has the power to change the way people think." The author of "The Bohemian Love Diaries," the personal perspectives blogger for Psychology Today, and an advice columnist on howdoidate.com (Ask Uncle Slash), Slash is best known for his PBS special The Neon Man and Me. He is currently creating The New American Storyteller for PBS. Slash's performances have been featured in American Theatre Magazine, Backstage Magazine, The Washington Post, and most recently on the NPR series, How Artists Make Money

    3527 Ellwood Avenue, Richmond, Virginia 23221

    Cost: Includes lunch
    $75 Chrysalis members
    $95 Non-members

    For more information
    Contact Mariah Gruner.
    • 13 Nov 2014
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Chrysalis Gathering Space
    A Conversation with Bob Blake and Bill Sachs

    “In my view, there is no conflict in being a rigorous scientist and a person who believes in a God who takes a personal interest in each one of us. Science's domain is to explore nature. God's domain is in the spiritual world, a realm not possible to explore with the tools and language of science. It must be examined with the heart, the mind, and the soul – and the mind must find a way to embrace both realms.

    – Dr. Francis Collins


    Humans have always longed for answers to profound questions: How did the universe come into being? Why are we here? Historically, both religion and science have been used as ways to seek answers to these questions, but have been viewed as “non-overlapping magisteria.” Can they support one another? Can they be united?


    Join us for a lively evening of conversation on these eternal questions. Bob Blake and the Rev. William Sachs, Ph.D., will lead a dialogue based on The Language of God, by Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Health Institute, and Finding God in the Questions, by Dr. Timothy Johnson, Senior Medical Contributor for ABC News.


    RELATED PROGRAMS

    An Introduction to the Quantum World and The Uncertainty of Disbelief. Register for our Science & Spirituality series here


    FACILITATORS
    Robert Blake, a retired Bank of America Senior Vice President and former Director of Leadership Metro Richmond's "Leadership Quest" program, has been a long-standing member of Chrysalis Institute. During his forty-year tenure with Bank of America, Blake developed and presented numerous special-purpose training and development programs and was a senior coach and internal management consultant. Blake has been active in community volunteer work, particularly with United Way, Stop Child Abuse Now, and Children's Health Involving Parents.

    The Rev. William L. Sachs, Ph.D. is Executive Director of the Center for Interfaith Reconciliation in Richmond, Virginia. Sachs holds degrees from Baylor, Vanderbilt, and Yale, and the Ph.D (History of Christianity) from the University of Chicago. He is the author of four books and more than 200 articles, chapters, reports, and reviews. As an Episcopal priest, he has served five parishes in Virginia, Connecticut, and Chicago. A consultant with foundations and non-profit organizations, he is frequently interviewed by major media outlets including the New York Times.

    3527 Ellwood Avenue, Richmond, Virginia 23221

    Cost:
    $10 Chrysalis Members
    $20 Non-members

    For More Information: 
    Contact Mariah Gruner.
    • 20 Nov 2014
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Chrysalis Gathering Space

    Switch off the chatter of the mind and enjoy being fully present in the body and in the community of the sacred circle in this evening workshop with instructor Maggie Moon. Drawn from ancient and modern traditions from all over the world, Sacred Circle Dances allow a deep embodied experience of stillness and movement, of sound and silence, of individuality and community. The dances can be soothing and meditative, festive and joyful, and they are simple and easy to learn. Many participants experience deep relaxation and peace as a result.


    PRESENTER

    Maggie Moon (Peggy O'Neill, MSW) is a skilled dance instructor and group facilitator who relies on the power of silence and the higher wisdom of the group to create a powerful and healing atmosphere. On the faculty of the Schools of Social Work and Education at Virginia Commonwealth University for more than 25 years, Maggie Moon has led Sacred Circle Dance for local, regional, and national gatherings since the late 1990s. She considers offering these dances a ministry, a way to invite participants to have their own direct experience of the Sacred Feminine.


    3527 Ellwood Avenue, Richmond, Virginia 23221

    Cost: 
    $10 Chrysalis members
    $15 Non-members

    Maggie donates a portion of the proceeds to Midwives for Haiti and Right Sharing of World Resources, two organizations that work to empower women in developing countries. 

    Special Instructions:

    Please wear comfortable shoes. Some people find it delightful to dance in a swirly skirt, if you wish to wear one.


    For more information
    Contact Mariah Gruner.



    • 06 Dec 2014
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Chrysalis Gathering Space
    Burton Card

    A Workshop with Beith Burton, Local Artist


    Can't find the right card? Make your own! Card-making is the practice of spontaneous spirituality. Participate in a chaotic, disorganized practice that produces absolutely beautiful results. Then give your creation away as an expression of your love and good wishes. You'll learn how to cut, fold, emboss, embellish, glitter, ink, stamp, and free-hand your own special messages. Talent is not required. You will be amazed by your creations and you will send beauty, greetings, and love to the world. 


    Supplies will be provided, but feel free to bring more if you'd like. Also consider bringing in some cherished quotes or messages. 


    PRESENTER
    Beith Burton (pronounced Beth), is a former member of the Chrysalis Advisory Council and writes for Words for the Journey. Seven years ago, she left the management world to dive head-first into a professional trade. 

    Beith has a certificate in precision machining from John Tyler Community college and works as a quality administrator at Kennley Corporation. Beith also teaches classes in scrapbooking, card-making, inks, and stamping at a local crafts store.

    3527 Ellwood Avenue, Richmond, Virginia 23221

    Cost: Includes Supplies
    $20, Chrysalis Members
    $25, Non-Members

    For More Information: 
    Contact Mariah Gruner.
    • 17 Dec 2014
    • 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
    • The Clearing

    Share an Ember Day of silence and reflection at the Clearing in Amelia County on Wednesday, December 17. 


    Before moving into silence, the day begins with a brief opening circle. This is a time to introduce ourselves and share expectations. The day concludes with a closing circle when we are invited to share the day’s gifts and insights.

    Forest paths are open, as always, and tables and chairs are available for rest, reading, art work, and writing projects. The Lodge will be open. Hot water for coffee and tea will be available.

    Maggi Tinsley on Ember Day retreats from Chrysalis Institute on Vimeo.


    FACILITATORS
    Chrysalis is delighted to co-sponsor this retreat with hosts, Friends Marjorie Bertolino and Elizabeth Smith.


    Location:
    The Clearing

    Cost:
    While not necessary, donations ($10 suggested) will help defray the cost of utilities and maintenance.


    Registration:
    Pre-registration is not required, but it is helpful for planning purposes.

    Special Instructions: Please bring your own brown bag lunch. You may also choose to bring simple snacks (fruit, nuts, veggies) to share.

    • 19 Dec 2014
    • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • The Outdoor Labyrinth

    An ancient mystical tool, the labyrinth is used by many cultures and religious traditions. Unlike a maze, the labyrinth has a single pathway in and out.


    There are no tricks or wrong turns, and you cannot get lost finding your way in and out again. A walk through the labyrinth has come to symbolize our spiritual journey. Concentric circles weave and twist as they direct pilgrims to the center, the place of illumination.
    Date:
    Friday, December 19
    Cost:
    While there is no fee, donations are kindly accepted.
    Location:
    The Chrysalis Outdoor Labyrinth

    Special Instructions: Come at any time during the walk, but allow 45-60 minutes for the experience, and wear comfortable clothing and shoes. This event will take place weather permitting. If the weather is questionable, please check the Home page on our website before heading out to the Labyrinth.

    For more information:
    Contact Mariah Gruner.

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