Upcoming Workshops, Films & Events
at The Arlington Center

Preregistration is recommended for workshops!




July

Special Dance Events!
JOURNEY: 5 Rhythms Workshops with Aaron Lifshin
Friday Wave, July 28, 7:30-9:30pm
Saturday Journey, July 29, 4:30-9:30pm
We live in a world of change: outside and within. Every change is a journey. Every movement, at its outset, a mystery. In this two-part workshop we will explore how we travel and face changes in our lives through an embodied experience of dance. Each of the five rhythms is a stage of the journey, and a question: What do you have with you as you set out? Where do you want to go? Which pieces will need to be left behind, what needs to end? What new horizons open up beyond the next turn? How does it feel to find peace after a change? About the 5 Rhythms: 5 Rhythms is a dynamic movement practice developed by Gabrielle Roth. It is a practice of being in your body that ignites creativity, connection, and community. While a seemingly simple process, the 5Rhythms practice facilitates deep and unending explorations, moving the dancer beyond self-imposed limitations and isolation into new depths of creativity and connection. For more information, see 5rhythms.com. Attend either day or both! Friday Wave: $20 at door, $15 student-senior-low income, or TAC class card ~ Saturday Journey: $60 at door, $45 student-senior-low income, or class card x 3 ~ Friday & Saturday: $65/$55/class card x 4

Release Into RESTORATIVE YOGA*
with Karen Barbarisi and Keith Herndon
Saturday, July 29, 2-4PM
Join Karen Barbarisi and Keith Herndon for an in-depth experience of Restorative Yoga - a therapeutic system that uses the comfortable support of cushions & blankets to nurture the body in various gentle, long held resting postures. Restorative Yoga allows the nervous system to completely quiet and return to a balanced state, quieting the mind. At the same time the body gently stretches and opens, releasing even chronic patterns of tension. And, as attention focuses on each breath, Restorative Yoga also cultivates the qualities of mindfulness and presence. The afternoon will unfold with a brief sequence of flowing Kripalu yoga to warm up and prepare the body, then plunge into profound spheres of tranquility and ease. $35 or class card x 2 + $5 at the door; $28 if registered by July 26th via email with Karen or Keith
Karen Barbarisi and Keith Herndon have been practicing yoga for more than 10 years and are both certified at the 500 hour level by the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health

CHAKRA YOGA & CHAKRADANCE: A Day of Total Transformation
with Christabeth Ingold and Tyler St. Jean
Sunday, July 30, 9-5
This daylong workshop combines Chakra Yoga with Chakradance to create a seamless balance between form and structure, and flow and freedom. Starting at the foundation (feet and legs) we will work our way up the body to align and refine our connection to the earth, ourselves, and the universe so that we can channel more energy and direct it more precisely to creating the lives and world we want to live in. Each section will begin with basic information about the chakra, questions, and a brief discussion. Then we will move into gentle yoga poses and movements to access and bring awareness to that specific part of the body. We will talk about biomechanics and alignment for optimal energy flow through that area. From there, we'll move into the wide open space of Chakradance to journey further into your inner connection. Integrating the information we gathered through the yoga practice, we'll move intuitively allowing the body and the energy to guide us from the inside out. Each section will end with a short visualization/meditation and a brief moment of journaling and reflection. We will wrap up the day with a celebration. No prior experience with yoga or Chakradance needed! There will be an hour break for lunch. With a short walk or drive, you can enjoy nearby restaurants or Whole Foods. Early bird discount $75 if registered by July 24th; $95 after
Christabeth Ingold and Tyler St. Jean (all the way from New Orleans!) are dear friends from middle school who have combined their forces of passion for healing, alignment, and living from the heart to create this beautiful flow with mind, body, and spirit. Christabeth Ingold is a Transformational Life Coach, Reiki and Polarity Therapy Practitioner, Hawaiian Lomilomi Bodyworker, and Chakradance Facilitator. Tyler St. Jean trained with Swan River Yoga in New Orleans and has recently been inspired and immersed in Iyengar yoga. Tyler is a facilitator of The Bars, Access Consciousness, is a Thai Massage Therapeutics Practitioner and a Reiki Practitioner

SOUND HEALING CIRCLE with Brad Brockmann & Comma Williams
Sunday, July 30, 7-9pm ~ doors open 6:45, close 7:20
Join us on the last Sunday of the month to explore the transformative healing powers of sound. You will both co-create and receive sound healing, and learn how to improvise music with a healing intention. Bring your favorite instruments or just yourself, your voice and your love. Prior musical or healing experience is welcome but not required. We look forward to seeing you! Suggested donation $15-25

'THE WORK' OF BYRON KATIE with Barbara Cherington
Mondays, July 31-August 21, 7:45-9:45pm
I need more money." "I'm too fat." "The world’s not safe.”"I don't want to be alone." Thoughts like these may run through our minds repetitively, fostering fear, anger, stress, loneliness and depression. How different would your life be if these thoughts never bothered you again? The Work is a simple but powerful method of self-inquiry developed by renowned teacher and author Byron Katie. While undergoing a recovery process herself in 1986, Katie discovered that any kind of stressful thought can be identified, investigated, and inverted or 'turned around', altering the thought's power to shape perception, behavior, or one's sense of self. Join Katie trainee Barbara Cherington to explore this direct way to gain insight into your thinking and move beyond its limitations. The Work is immediate and honest - it can cut through negative thoughts and beliefs like a Zen sword. No longer do we need to argue with life or ourselves—we can experience true freedom instead. $18 or class card at the door
Barbara Cherington is a longtime student and trainee of Byron Katie, now nearing completion of an intensive years-long certification. In addition to The Work, Barbara has taught elementary school and spent the last 2 decades as a technical writer in the field of high tech



August

Special Dance Event!
5 RHYTHMS: An Ecstatic Moving Meditation
with Margaux Skalecki
Friday, August 4, 7:30-9:30pm
The 5 Rhythms offer an invitation to come as you are ~ no dance experience needed, just your curiosity as a first step to awareness through movement and deeper conscious connection to ourselves and others. We dance as a welcoming back into our bodies by an expressive and connective body warm up, fine tuning our truth in the moment. How do I feel? How is my body doing? What a bringing to my dance? Where do I fit in when I connect with another? Can I give myself permission to honor my whole Being? Where are my feet? Can I witness another person? We follow our feet and breathe. Here, I am my ecstatic self. The 5 Rhythms is an ecstatic and meditative practice of WAVES of vibration and movement. The WAVES Flowing: Find your feet and the earth ~ Staccato: Find your hips, your heartbeat and your fire ~ Chaos: Find the letting go and releasing your head to uncover truths, spontaneous freedom ~ Lyrical: Find your playfulness repetitions, your soul, your wings, your lightness of being ~ Stillness: Find it all The 5 Rhythms honors the sacredness of the dance floor and the sacredness of all Beings. $15 at the door. Please wear comfortable clothes to dance in ~ layers are great for heating up and cooling down ~ wear soft soled shoes, socks or move in bare feet

DHARMA TALK & MEDITATION with Lama Tsering Ngodup
Sunday, August 6, 10-12n
You’re invited to receive Buddhist teachings (dharma), practice meditation, and experience the relevance and benefits of Buddhist philosophy and meditation in daily life. People of all ages, backgrounds, and beliefs are welcome to this freely offered biweekly event ~ donations gratefully accepted 
Tsering Ngodup is a lama, or spiritual teacher, authorized to teach by HH ShaMar Rinpoche. He has devoted over twenty years to sharing the religious and spiritual teachings of Tibetan Buddhism in the West. He has traveled across the world, translating and interpreting Buddhist teachings for highly accomplished Tibetan lamas and masters from all four schools of Tibetan Buddhism. He is currently a chaplain at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Brookline

Open House ~ All Welcome!
THE YOGA OF ENERGY FLOW 200 & 300hr Teacher Trainings
Sunday, August 6, 6:30pm - free!
Join us for an informal Q & A about the upcoming Yoga Alliance-approved yoga teacher training programs starting in September at the Arlington Center. Meet teachers and graduates, join us for some yoga, and enjoy the refreshments to follow. The core study is vinyasa flow yoga in which breath, movement and asana are combined with correct alignment and sequence into a transformative practice. Students will leave this training fully prepared to teach vinyasa style yoga classes and will have a comprehensive understanding of yoga asana, pranayama, anatomy of yoga, hands-on assists, shiatsu/thai bodywork, yogic philosophy, and meditation techniques. The Yoga Of Energy Flow program is directed by Daniel Orlansky & Liz Owen with Carrie Tyler, and features guest faculty including Chip Hartranft. For more details, please click on the link above - you can also email Daniel or call him at 866-702-6197

'THE WORK' OF BYRON KATIE with Barbara Cherington
Mondays, August 7-21, 7:45-9:45pm
I need more money." "I'm too fat." "The world’s not safe.”"I don't want to be alone." Thoughts like these may run through our minds repetitively, fostering fear, anger, stress, loneliness and depression. How different would your life be if these thoughts never bothered you again? The Work is a simple but powerful method of self-inquiry developed by renowned teacher and author Byron Katie. While undergoing a recovery process herself in 1986, Katie discovered that any kind of stressful thought can be identified, investigated, and inverted or 'turned around', altering the thought's power to shape perception, behavior, or one's sense of self. Join Katie trainee Barbara Cherington to explore this direct way to gain insight into your thinking and move beyond its limitations. The Work is immediate and honest - it can cut through negative thoughts and beliefs like a Zen sword. No longer do we need to argue with life or ourselves—we can experience true freedom instead. $18 or class card at the door
Barbara Cherington is a longtime student and trainee of Byron Katie, now nearing completion of an intensive years-long certification. In addition to The Work, Barbara has taught elementary school and spent the last 2 decades as a technical writer in the field of high tech

MOVEMENT INTELLIGENCE ~ BONES FOR LIFE®
A Training Workshop with Deborah Elizabeth Lotus
Friday, August 11, 7-9pm
Saturday, August 12, 2-6pm
Sunday, August 13, 10:30-3
In this Bones for Life workshop, the first 15 'Basic Bones' processes will be offered over 10 hours as personal enhancement of one's own bone strength, skeletal alignment, and 'biological optimism' OR the workshop may also be taken as your first step towards becoming a BFL Teacher, certified by the Foundation for Movement Intelligence, Ruthy Alon, PhD, President. For information on the Bones for Life Program, requirements to become a BFL Teacher, and where to get your questions answered about the complete program, please visit MovementIntelligence.org. After this 10-hour weekend training, the program will continue throughout 2017, completing all 60 hours/90 'processes'. $180 for personal use; $220 for teacher trainees, including a separate 1-hour mentoring session. For teachers-in-training, there will be additional fees for teaching manuals, 'bones wraps', weights, and certification fees. Attendance is limited to 12 participants. For more information, contact Deborah via email or call 875-205-5673
Deborah Elizabeth Lotus, GCFP/T is a Bones for Life Trainer. Deborah was trained personally by Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais and mentored by Senior Trainer Dr. Ruthy Alon from the mid-'70s to present. She has taught both Feldenkrais and Bones for Life in such diverse settings as Harvard and Lesley Universities, Longy and Berklee Schools of Music, the Cambridge Center for Adult Education, and Lexington Community Education

Live Improv! An Evening With TRUE STORY THEATER
Saturday, August 12, 7:30pm
True Story Theater, an Arlington-based improvisational theater company, wants to hear about your life. This troupe of skilled listeners will honor each story through the power of improvisatory drama, music, and movement. The stories you share will magically be brought to life as we explore this important common theme. Come celebrate our community, bring a friend, share a special story, or just watch, listen and enjoy! $15 if preregistered online, $20 or class card at door ~ need help? $5+ pay what you can
Tonight: Facing our mortality Stories of preparing for death...at any age

SHAMANIC JOURNEY CIRCLE with Comma Williams
Sunday, August 13, 7-9pm
Shamanic journeying is a tool that has been traditionally used by indigenous shamans for the healing of individuals and communities. Most commonly, shamans use drums and rattles to shift their consciousness into non-ordinary reality, a trance-like state, to communicate with their helping guides and spirits. We know now that anyone can learn to journey, to connect with their own helping guides and spirits in non-ordinary reality in order to get answers to personal questions, solve problems, open creativity, see new ways of being in the world and obtain healing information for themselves and their community. Join Comma Williams for this journey circle where we will travel into non-ordinary reality and ask for information to help us get clarity about our path for this coming year. At the end of the journey you will have an opportunity to create a visual representation of your journey, to help ground it in ordinary reality, to make it visible in this world. $15 or class card

PSYCHODRAMA: An Open Session with Maria Mellano
Friday, August 18, 7:30pm ~ all welcome!
An Open Session is aimed at introducing people to Psychodrama. It is instructional, experiential and low key - a great way to experience the greatness of Psychodrama within a safe setting. Though therapeutic value is often felt from the experience, Open Sessions are not psychotherapy sessions and the director is not present in the role of psychotherapist. Open Sessions are for participants to experience the Psychodramatic method as an introduction, with time for questions, and all experience levels are welcome. Prior registration is requested but not required. All interested lay persons and professionals are welcome. Offered by Maria Mellano, LICSW. For more information and to register, please visit MariaMellanoTherapy.com. $15 or class card at the door

Live Music! KIRTAN with Shubalananda plus special guests
Saturday, August 19, 7:30pm
Created by ancient Indian rishis from Vedic mantras, kirtan is a yoga of sound - an evening of beautiful music and heartfelt call-and-response singing. No previous experience is necessary to experience its emotional depth, yet powerful as it is, kirtan is effortless and incredibly enjoyable. Freely offered ~ please make a donation!
Shubalananda (Larry Kopp) has been leading kirtan for many years, having studied with Neem Karoli Baba, Sathya Sai Baba, KarunaAugusti and Shree Maa. His guitar & harmonium playing and voice of experience gives his kirtan a power and a heartfulness that is shared with all who join in. Find out more at www.shubalananda.com

DHARMA TALK & MEDITATION with Lama Tsering Ngodup
Sunday, August 20, 10-12n
You’re invited to receive Buddhist teachings (dharma), practice meditation, and experience the relevance and benefits of Buddhist philosophy and meditation in daily life. People of all ages, backgrounds, and beliefs are welcome to this freely offered biweekly event ~ donations gratefully accepted 
Tsering Ngodup is a lama, or spiritual teacher, authorized to teach by HH ShaMar Rinpoche. He has devoted over twenty years to sharing the religious and spiritual teachings of Tibetan Buddhism in the West. He has traveled across the world, translating and interpreting Buddhist teachings for highly accomplished Tibetan lamas and masters from all four schools of Tibetan Buddhism. He is currently a chaplain at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Brookline

Release Into RESTORATIVE YOGA*
with Karen Barbarisi and Keith Herndon
Saturday, August 26, 2-4PM
Join Karen Barbarisi and Keith Herndon for an in-depth experience of Restorative Yoga - a therapeutic system that uses the comfortable support of cushions & blankets to nurture the body in various gentle, long held resting postures. Restorative Yoga allows the nervous system to completely quiet and return to a balanced state, quieting the mind. At the same time the body gently stretches and opens, releasing even chronic patterns of tension. And, as attention focuses on each breath, Restorative Yoga also cultivates the qualities of mindfulness and presence. The afternoon will unfold with a brief sequence of flowing Kripalu yoga to warm up and prepare the body, then plunge into profound spheres of tranquility and ease. $35 or class card x 2 + $5 at the door; $28 if registered by August 23rd via email with Karen or Keith
Karen Barbarisi and Keith Herndon have been practicing yoga for more than 10 years and are both certified at the 500 hour level by the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health

SOUND HEALING CIRCLE with Brad Brockmann & Comma Williams
Sunday, August 27, 7-9pm ~ doors open 6:45, close 7:20
Join us on the last Sunday of the month to explore the transformative healing powers of sound. You will both co-create and receive sound healing, and learn how to improvise music with a healing intention. Bring your favorite instruments or just yourself, your voice and your love. Prior musical or healing experience is welcome but not required. We look forward to seeing you! Suggested donation $15-25

Special Summer Yoga Immersions!**
ADVANCED TEACHING SKILLS: Yoga Training with Jennifer Yarro
Sunday, August 27th, 8am-5:30 pm
This day long workshop is designed to help yoga teachers and interested students gain teaching skills with in-depth focus on structural alignment, intelligent sequencing, and advanced cueing for your Hatha and/or Vinyasa Flow Yoga classes. Explore the how's and why's to creatively and safely guide the individual student within a multi-leveled room. With precision, intricacy, and articulation of yoga asana, you can empower each student for a practice of longevity.
$108 ~ please register here
Jennifer Yarro directs 200 and 500 hour yoga teacher trainings in the US and internationally. Visit Jennifer at jenniferyarro.com  

VINYASA YOGA AND QIGONG** with Daniel Orlansky
Monday, August 28th, 8am-12pm 
While yoga has its roots in Indian Vedic scriptures, Qi Gong grew out of the Chinese Taoist pursuit of longevity. In this workshop we will explore the Taoist concept of “effortless flow” through Qi Gong exercises, and then bring the same ease of motion into sequences from Yoga of Energy Flow. While the movements in both forms are graceful and gentle, the effects are powerful, detoxifying the body while increasing strength, flexibility, and peace of mind. You will learn: Breathing exercises to enhance life energy; Qi Gong exercises to open the meridians; Meditative flow in yoga sequences; Concentration techniques for mental clarity. $54 ~ register here
Daniel Orlansky, MA, ERYT-500, a yoga teacher since 1992, is certified in Jnana Yoga, Kali Ray TriYoga and Kundalini Yoga, and is the originator of Meridian Yoga. Visit Daniel at yogaofenergyflow.com.

YOGA FOR DEPRESSION AND ANXIETY** with Liz Owen
Monday, August 28th, 1:30-5:30pm 
In this 4 hour teacher training immersion we delve into both eastern and western aspects of depression and anxiety, and how their interface can create mental and emotional well-being. This workshop is suitable for yoga teachers, teachers in training, and other professionals seeking to deepen their knowledge of easing depression and anxiety. An electronic booklet about how to practice yoga to help manage moods is included. 2 Yoga Alliance CE credits are available for RYTs. From 4-5:30pm, a practical application of the materials will be presented in an hour and a half class open to the public. The practice includes a centering meditation, pranayama, active and restorative asanas, therapeutic deep relaxation, and coherent breathing (breathing at a rate of five breaths per minute).
$54 ~ please register here
Liz Owen, E-RYT500, C-IAYT is an inspiring and passionate yoga teacher and therapist. She combines physical and energetic alignments with meditative action to create an innovative and transformative yoga experience. Visit Liz at lizowenyoga.com  

YOGA FOR DEPRESSION AND ANXIETY: A Class with Liz Owen
Monday, August 28th, 4-5:30pm 
This experiential 1.5 hour workshop is open to anyone, especially beginners and those living with depression or anxiety. Based on NIH-funded research co-authored by Owen and conducted at Boston University School of Medicine, published by the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine the practice includes a centering meditation, pranayama, active and restorative asanas, therapeutic deep relaxation, and coherent breathing (breathing at a rate of five breaths per minute). An electronic booklet for home practice will be given to all participants. $20 ~ please register here 

THE POWER OF THE BREATH**
Inner Fire, Outer Radiance with Daniel Orlansky
Tuesday, August 29th, 8am-12pm 
Stoke the fire of the energy body through movement, asana, and breathing exercises. Drawing from Kundalini Yoga as well as classical pranayama sequences, these practices bathe your cells and brain with fresh oxygen and open the energetic circuits of the body. Learn to channel this heightened energy using bandhas (inner locks) and mudras (gestures that enhance mental focus) to strengthen physical rejuvenation, mental clarity, and connection with the creative infinite. When the inner fire of the soul is ignited, self-healing and self-realization are the result. Yogi Bhajan said, “Breath is life and life is breath. When breath flows, so does life.” Deepen your relationship with breath and your “radiant body,” and come home to your true nature—pure presence in the here and now.
$54 ~ please register here
Daniel Orlansky, MA, ERYT-500, a yoga teacher since 1992, is certified in Jnana Yoga, Kali Ray TriYoga and Kundalini Yoga, and is the originator of Meridian Yoga. Visit him at yogaofenergyflow.com

MERIDIAN YOGA**
Opening the Energetic Pathways with Daniel Orlansky
Tuesday, August 29th, 1:30-5:30 pm 
Using gentle pressure, body weight, and skillful touch to open the body’s energy pathways, we will work with a partner to increase our range of motion and perfect our alignment in yoga asanas associated with the fourteen meridians of Chinese medicine. A modern stretching method called resistance/PNF stretching will be taught, along with shiatsu and Thai Yoga massage. When we release the tensions that we store in our bodies, we experience a profound alignment of body, mind and soul. As nature's energy streams through us, the heart begins to sing and we become connected to the universal life force that bridges heaven and earth, sun and moon, and all of nature. Feel free to attend by yourself, or with a friend.
$54 ~ please register here
Daniel Orlansky, MA, ERYT-500, a yoga teacher since 1992, is certified in Jnana Yoga, Kali Ray TriYoga and Kundalini Yoga, and is the originator of Meridian Yoga. Visit him at yogaofenergyflow.com    

INSPIRATION: Weaving Effective Themes into Yoga Classes**
with Sara Davidson Flanders
Wednesday, August 30th, 8am-12pm 
The moment we have our first heart-opening experience in yoga is often the moment we step into a deeper understanding of what yoga truly is: a method of remembering our unity with all things. As a teacher, have you wanted to help your students have this experience, this sense of intimate connection to themselves and to the world around them? This workshop for teachers will help you learn practical tools to bring effective and transformative heart-based themes into your classes and workshops. Learn strategies and templates that will help integrate your class inspiration with the physical asana flow, so that your message inspires throughout the class rather than just at the beginning and the end. Refine your presentation to help your students embody and live the heart-themes rather than simply hear them. $54 ~ register here. Visit Sara at fullradiance.com   



September

Special Dance Event!
5 RHYTHMS: An Ecstatic Moving Meditation
with Margaux Skalecki
Friday, September 1, 7:30-9:30pm
The 5 Rhythms offer an invitation to come as you are ~ no dance experience needed, just your curiosity as a first step to awareness through movement and deeper conscious connection to ourselves and others. We dance as a welcoming back into our bodies by an expressive and connective body warm up, fine tuning our truth in the moment. How do I feel? How is my body doing? What a bringing to my dance? Where do I fit in when I connect with another? Can I give myself permission to honor my whole Being? Where are my feet? Can I witness another person? We follow our feet and breathe. Here, I am my ecstatic self. The 5 Rhythms is an ecstatic and meditative practice of WAVES of vibration and movement. The WAVES Flowing: Find your feet and the earth ~ Staccato: Find your hips, your heartbeat and your fire ~ Chaos: Find the letting go and releasing your head to uncover truths, spontaneous freedom ~ Lyrical: Find your playfulness repetitions, your soul, your wings, your lightness of being ~ Stillness: Find it all The 5 Rhythms honors the sacredness of the dance floor and the sacredness of all Beings. $15 at the door. Please wear comfortable clothes to dance in ~ layers are great for heating up and cooling down ~ wear soft soled shoes, socks or move in bare feet

AFRICAN HEALING DANCE: A Training with Wyoma
Sunday, September 3 & 17, 6:45-9:45pm
African Dance Intensive Sunday-Saturday, September 3-9
What are daily practices that sustain us? Wyoma created the African Healing Dance mastery program to answer that question. This bi-monthly program offers African dance and Improvisation. Included also are practices of meditation, imagery, yoga, massage, and nutrition arts, integrated. The curriculum focuses on Traditional African and Caribbean dance, Ashe Namaste (yoga dance), singing, meditation, and the mystery of the divine feminine. You will both write and dance the abundance of your story. Each 3-month period focuses on a different theme. Sessions feature live or recorded music. The Training offers both a 1-year program and a 2-year certificate track. Participants may attend individual 3-month modules or 7-day intensives. Three 3-month modules are offered each year on 1st & 3rd sundays of the month, Jan-Mar, May-Jul, & Sep-Nov. The 7-day Intensive runs Sun-Sat ~ next intensive September 3-9. 4 hrs/day. 3-month session/$595, 7-day Intensive/$595, 1 year/$1450, 2 years/$2450 - no prior dance experience needed. For registration please contact wyoma@wyomadance.com

DHARMA TALK & MEDITATION with Lama Tsering Ngodup
Sunday, September 3, 10-12n
You’re invited to receive Buddhist teachings (dharma), practice meditation, and experience the relevance and benefits of Buddhist philosophy and meditation in daily life. People of all ages, backgrounds, and beliefs are welcome to this freely offered biweekly event ~ donations gratefully accepted 
Tsering Ngodup is a lama, or spiritual teacher, authorized to teach by HH ShaMar Rinpoche. He has devoted over twenty years to sharing the religious and spiritual teachings of Tibetan Buddhism in the West. He has traveled across the world, translating and interpreting Buddhist teachings for highly accomplished Tibetan lamas and masters from all four schools of Tibetan Buddhism. He is currently a chaplain at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Brookline

KUNDALINI YOGA For Emotional Wellbeing with Sahaj Kaur
4 Wednesdays, September 6-27, 5:30-7pm
Details TBA

Free Info Session!
MINDFULNESS-BASED STRESS REDUCTION with Sunada Takagi
Wednesday, September 6, 7:15-8:45pm
There’s an increasing body of research showing that mindfulness meditation is good for us – for the body, the mind, and overall well-being. Come learn about the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program, an intensive 8-week course that gets you well on your way to reaping the benefits ~ the full program begins the following week.
Free! All are welcome - no preregistration required
Sunada Takagi is a mindfulness instructor and coach, as well as a member of the Triratna Buddhist Order. She is passionate about helping people transform their lives through mindfulness. Learn more about her at mindfulpurpose.com

Live Improv! An Evening With TRUE STORY THEATER
Saturday, September 9, 7:30pm
True Story Theater, an Arlington-based improvisational theater company, wants to hear about your life. This troupe of skilled listeners will honor each story through the power of improvisatory drama, music, and movement. The stories you share will magically be brought to life as we explore this important common theme. Come celebrate our community, bring a friend, share a special story, or just watch, listen and enjoy! $15 if preregistered online, $20 or class card at door ~ need help? $5+ pay what you can
Tonight: Stories of Body Wisdom When have we felt access to our 'body wisdom'? How has listening to - or not listening to - the wisdom in our body shaped our lives?

SHAMANIC JOURNEY CIRCLE with Comma Williams
Sunday, September 10, 7-9pm
Shamanic journeying is a tool that has been traditionally used by indigenous shamans for the healing of individuals and communities. Most commonly, shamans use drums and rattles to shift their consciousness into non-ordinary reality, a trance-like state, to communicate with their helping guides and spirits. We know now that anyone can learn to journey, to connect with their own helping guides and spirits in non-ordinary reality in order to get answers to personal questions, solve problems, open creativity, see new ways of being in the world and obtain healing information for themselves and their community. Join Comma Williams for this journey circle where we will travel into non-ordinary reality and ask for information to help us get clarity about our path for this coming year. At the end of the journey you will have an opportunity to create a visual representation of your journey, to help ground it in ordinary reality, to make it visible in this world. $15 or class card

New 8-Week Series!
MINDFULNESS-BASED STRESS REDUCTION** with Sunada Takagi
Wednesdays, September 13 - November 1, 7:15-9:30pm,
plus one all-day class on Sunday, October 29, 9-4
Mindfulness isn’t so much a tool or technique, but a different way of being. When we pay attention to our present moments, we start to see ourselves and our world more clearly. Instead of being driven by worry, anxiety, or feeling pressured, we begin to choose our responses more wisely. We find our way to a more balanced and centered life, guided by our inner strengths and values rather than old habits and reactions. This 8-week series is a thorough introduction to the art of mindfulness. It’s based on Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn's pioneering work in mind-body medicine originated at the UMass Medical Center. $450/sliding scale – preregistration required
Sunada Takagi is a mindfulness instructor and coach, as well as a member of the Triratna Buddhist Order. She is passionate about helping people transform their lives through mindfulness. Learn more about her at mindfulpurpose.com

PSYCHODRAMA: An Open Session with Maria Mellano
Friday, September 15, 7:30pm ~ all welcome!
An Open Session is aimed at introducing people to Psychodrama. It is instructional, experiential and low key - a great way to experience the greatness of Psychodrama within a safe setting. Though therapeutic value is often felt from the experience, Open Sessions are not psychotherapy sessions and the director is not present in the role of psychotherapist. Open Sessions are for participants to experience the Psychodramatic method as an introduction, with time for questions, and all experience levels are welcome. Prior registration is requested but not required. All interested lay persons and professionals are welcome. Offered by Maria Mellano, LICSW. For more information and to register, please visit MariaMellanoTherapy.com. $15 or class card at the door

THE ARTIST'S WAY* with Kim Childs
Saturday, September 16, 2-4pm
Are there dreams and creative projects that you'd like to pursue or revisit? Are you asking, "What's next?" or "What do I really want?" in your life and wanting to live more fully expressed? If so join Kim Childs for an introduction to The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity by Julia Cameron. Kim uses exercises from this popular book to guide you to a life that reflects your true passions, preferences, and desires. No artistic experience is required, as the class is for anyone who wants to live from a more creative and authentic place. You'll leave with ideas for eliminating unproductive habits and making time for what you truly love. Bring a favorite journal or notebook if you have one. $18 or class card at the door
Kim Childs is a certified life and career coach specializing in Positive Psychology (aka the 'science of happiness'), creativity and spiritual development. She's also a former NPR reporter and a Kripalu yoga teacher who's been leading Boston-area workshops on Positive Psychology and The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity since 2002. Kim's writing is featured in Chicken Soup for the Soul, Natural Awakenings magazine, the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health resources, and her blog, A Pilgrim on the Path. Visit her at KimChilds.com

Live Music! KIRTAN with Shubalananda plus special guests
Saturday, September 16, 7:30pm
Created by ancient Indian rishis from Vedic mantras, kirtan is a yoga of sound - an evening of beautiful music and heartfelt call-and-response singing. No previous experience is necessary to experience its emotional depth, yet powerful as it is, kirtan is effortless and incredibly enjoyable. Freely offered ~ please make a donation!
Shubalananda (Larry Kopp) has been leading kirtan for many years, having studied with Neem Karoli Baba, Sathya Sai Baba, KarunaAugusti and Shree Maa. His guitar & harmonium playing and voice of experience gives his kirtan a power and a heartfulness that is shared with all who join in. Find out more at www.shubalananda.com

DHARMA TALK & MEDITATION with Lama Tsering Ngodup
Sunday, September 17, 10-12n
You’re invited to receive Buddhist teachings (dharma), practice meditation, and experience the relevance and benefits of Buddhist philosophy and meditation in daily life. People of all ages, backgrounds, and beliefs are welcome to this freely offered biweekly event ~ donations gratefully accepted 
Tsering Ngodup is a lama, or spiritual teacher, authorized to teach by HH ShaMar Rinpoche. He has devoted over twenty years to sharing the religious and spiritual teachings of Tibetan Buddhism in the West. He has traveled across the world, translating and interpreting Buddhist teachings for highly accomplished Tibetan lamas and masters from all four schools of Tibetan Buddhism. He is currently a chaplain at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Brookline

SOUND HEALING CIRCLE with Brad Brockmann & Comma Williams
Sunday, September 24, 7-9pm ~ doors open 6:45, close 7:20
Join us on the last Sunday of the month to explore the transformative healing powers of sound. You will both co-create and receive sound healing, and learn how to improvise music with a healing intention. Bring your favorite instruments or just yourself, your voice and your love. Prior musical or healing experience is welcome but not required. We look forward to seeing you! Suggested donation $15-25