Q. Where is Chrysalis
A. Chrysalis Community
is located in Arlington, VA.
Q. Are you part of or
affiliated with any other organization?
A. We are not affiliated
with any other organization. We have been inspired by the insights of the New
Culture movement (www.new-culture.org); three of the residents are the
main organizers for the East Coast branch (www.cfnc.us).
Q. Do you grow your own
A. We do not have much
land, and we have a lot of mature trees. Only a few small patches of
ground get even a half-day’s sunlight. While this makes for a prettier
view, cleaner air, and cooler summers than most of the DC area, it is not
an ideal location for growing food. We do have a small organic garden in
the front yards of our houses.
Q. Are you open to
people with children?
A. Zoning laws restrict
the number of people in each house, so while we appreciate and honor
children (in fact, most of *us* were children at one time!), each child
would have to contribute financially at the same rate as an adult—which is
not feasible for most parents.
Q. Do you have any group
A. We have no “official”
group projects; we are very oriented to individual initiatives. However,
several of us have varying involvements in New Culture; This link (http://cfnc.us/newculture.html) describes some of the core
Q. I write romance
novels for a living, and keep to myself. Am I a good match for Chrysalis?
A. We are looking for
folks who are actively involved in progressive social change as a major
part of their lives. While many folks may share our values, and we would enjoy
meeting them and having them as part of our extended family, the
residential part of Chrysalis is a home for progressive activists that is
supportive for both their work and their personal lives.
However, we don’t have a
narrow definition of what social change entails. It could be working for
environmental causes, social justice, international understanding, peace,
or LGBTxx rights. Or it could be some kind of social enterprise, a
business that has social benefit as part of its goals. We are looking for
people who have translated their values into *action*, rather than those
who simply share some of our beliefs.
Please don’t be concerned
that we would not see your passionate involvement as “worthy”; we’re not
here to judge anyone or their choices. What intrigues us is that you are
passionate about *something* that has a progressive social benefit. So if
our description excites you, please contact us!
Q. Do you have a visitor
program for prospective members?
A. We are a small
community, and prefer a more informal style of getting to know people. If
you have an interest in Chrysalis, contact us and we will figure ways to
connect with each other. A good way to start is by reading this website
and our listing at http://directory.ic.org/20351/Chrysalis_Community, as well as following the links
above. Then write us a detailed letter on why you are interested in
Chrysalis, what your passions are, and what your path in life has been like