OUR STORY

What is The Innerwork Center?

 
 
 

Who am I? Why am I here? Is there more to life than this? How do I find meaning and purpose? How can I become more mindful? More present? More compassionate to myself and others? What can I learn from wise people and world traditions? Where can I go to explore this vast ocean of questions?

Founded in 1994 as Chrysalis, The Innerwork Center is a welcoming place for Richmonders to address these questions. We’re a 501c3 nonprofit organization in Richmond’s Museum District offering award-winning keynotes, single and multi-session programs, retreats, donation-based drop-ins, and other unique opportunities to do inner work individually and collectively. Our program categories include Mindfulness, Creative Expression and Movement, Psychology and Consciousness, and Wisdom Traditions and Spirituality.

We may be small and humble, but we're not afraid to ask the big questions!

Labyrinth

Our labyrinth on the Northside is open and available to all seeking a contemplative place to walk mindfully and quiet the noise. An ancient mystical tool, the labyrinth is a walking meditation used by many cultures and traditions around the world. Unlike a maze, there is only a single, clear path in and out. Walking through a labyrinth has come to symbolize the spiritual journey.

Our labyrinth on the  Northside . Join us for a candlelit walk on the evening of the winter solstice, and again - in the broad daylight of the evening - on the summer solstice!

Our labyrinth on the Northside. Join us for a candlelit walk on the evening of the winter solstice, and again - in the broad daylight of the evening - on the summer solstice!


Mission

We are a catalyst for well-being through programs that inspire curiosity, cultivate mindfulness, and awaken the spirit.

Vision

We envision an individual and collective human experience rich with compassion, authenticity, and meaning.


History

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.”

Nancy 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 became Chrysalis Institute to reflect its serious commitment to encouraging spiritual growth and exploration beyond the conventional boundaries of any one faith.

In 2019, Chrysalis Institute continued its own transformation, adopting the name The Innerwork Center.

Our evolution continues!


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What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly.

- Richard Bach