Chrysalis (pronounced kriss’-uh-liss) is the life stage of a caterpillar transforming into a butterfly. For humans, chrysalis time is a transformational period when we reflect on the sacred connections between all beings and the universe. Chrysalis Institute is committed to providing inspiration and support to people pursuing paths of personal transformation and spiritual growth. We invite you to begin your journey with us.


About

Chrysalis Institute, a 501c3, 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.

Begun in 1994, the Chrysalis Group provided the Richmond, Virginia, community with opportunities for psychological and spiritual growth informed by, but not necessarily bound to, mainstream religion. Over nearly two decades, thousands have attended Chrysalis’ innovative symposiums, retreats and spiritual practice group. Founder Nancy Millner envisioned 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.” In 2013, Chrysalis Institute was launched, with the mission of encouraging spiritual growth and exploration beyond the conventional boundaries of any one faith.

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. 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.

Our Institute faculty of experts in spiritual development share their knowledge and recommend further sources through our online Chrysalis Learning Space, a topically themed library of articles, links, and learning experiences. Chrysalis offers leading-edge resources to open diverse paths for spiritual growth. Join us!

Chrysalis is a vibrant resource and learning center for exploring insights and practices drawn from the world’s spiritual traditions, philosophies and contemporary scientific discoveries.
Chrysalis encourages spiritual growth and exploration beyond the conventional boundaries of any one faith.
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“It is refreshing to be with a group of like minded people who share similar views of life! Being true to yourself and open to new perspectives!”

“Brilliant, mind, body, heart and soul nourishing teachings.”

“Life shifting each time and such a joyful experience.”

Staff


Coco Provance

Coco Provance brings decades of non-profit and university…

Rachel Douglas, MSW

Rachel comes to Chrysalis Institute from Nonprofit Learning Point…

Elisa Bennett

Zavi Harman

Zavi is a native Richmonder and a recent graduate…

Faculty


Susan Brock Wilkes, Ph.D., is a psychologist,…

Alex Peavey, M.Ed., is an Upper School Counselor and assistant…

Jesse Rabinowitz, Ph.D.,  received his M.S. and Ph.D. in clinical…

Christopher Reina, Ph.D.,  is an Assistant Professor in the Department…

Lisa Halberstadt, M.S. in clinical psychology, began her career as…

Kay Davidson, Ph.D., is actively engaged with…

Philip Davidson, Ph.D., is actively engaged with…

Carol A. Jacobs, LCSW, a Licensed Clinical…

Elaine Kiziah, Ph.D., is an award-winning trainer…

Victoria B. Saunders, Ph.D., has worked for…

Board of Directors


Business Sponsors

The following organizations contribute to the vitality of Chrysalis Institute. We highly recommend patronizing these local, independent, and philanthropic businesses.

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