Upcoming Workshops, Films & Events
at The Arlington Center

Preregistration is recommended for workshops!




August

Release Into RESTORATIVE YOGA*
with Karen Barbarisi and Keith Herndon
Saturday, August 11, 2-4pm ~ Join Karen Barbarisi and Keith Herndon for an 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 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. 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. The class may also feature gentle chanting and Reiki to sooth and relax. $35 or class card x 2 + $5 at the door; $28 if registered by August 18 via email with Karen or Keith
Karen Barbarisi and Keith Herndon have been practicing yoga for more than 15 years and are both certified at the 500 hour level from Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health. Karen is a Second Degree Reiki Practitioner in the Usui Tradition

Live Improv! An Evening With TRUE STORY THEATER
Saturday, August 11, 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: Create Your Own Theme

SHAMANIC JOURNEY CIRCLE with Comma Williams
Sunday, August 12, 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 - join Comma Williams for this monthly 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. $15 or class card

Live Music! KIRTAN with Shubalananda & Friends
Saturday, August 18, 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. Free ~ 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 shubalananda.com

Open House ~ All Welcome!
THE YOGA OF ENERGY FLOW 200hr Teacher Training
Sunday, August 19, 6:30pm - free!
Join us for an informal Q & A about the upcoming Yoga Alliance-approved yoga teacher training program 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

DHARMA TALK & MEDITATION with Lama Tsering Ngodup
Sunday, August 26, 10am-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

SOUND HEALING CIRCLE with Brad Brockmann & Comma Williams
Sunday, August 26, 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



September

AFRICAN HEALING DANCE: A Training with Wyoma
Sunday, September 2 & 16, 6:45-9:45pm featuring
SOLE 2 SOUL African Dance Class, 6:45-7:45pm
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 September 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, September-Jul, & Sep-Nov. The 7-day Training Intensive runs Sun-Sat, 4 hrs/day ~ next Intensive September 6-12 ~ contact Wyoma for details at 617-823-6053. Sole 2 Soul $15/18; 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

THE 5 RHYTHMS with Margaux Skalecki
Ecstatic Dance Practice & Authentic Relating
Friday, September 7, 7:30-9:30pm ~ The 5 Rhythms™ ~ Flowing, Staccato, Chaos, Lyrical, Stillness ~ create a wave of energetic states of being. Each rhythm has a gateway and a 'map to ecstasy' we each dance to find our own way. This is an evening of returning: to the love of who we are, and to our own wealth of bodily wholeness. All ages, levels of experience welcome, from adults to kids 10+. Wear soft soled shoes, or dance in socks or bare feet, and bring extra layers of clothing. Preregistration suggested ~ sliding scale $15-$25 ~ click on Paypal tab at MargauxSkalecki.com

ATTACHMENT & NONATTACHMENT: The Dharma of Relationship*
A Workshop with Chris Crotty & Julia Barry
Saturday, September 8, 12:30-4:30pm ~ One of the basic tenets of Buddhist practice is that attachment causes suffering. Western psychology promotes secure attachment in relationship as central to physical, emotional, and psychological health and well-being. How do we resolve this paradox? How do we resolve our need for deep connection in relationship alongside our wish for the deep happiness promoted by Buddhist teachings? How can meditation help us achieve greater ease, skill, and satisfaction in our relationships? In this program we will explore Buddhist teachings on impermanence and not-self, as well as attachment theory, which addresses how our early childhood relationships inform our adult views and behaviors. The format will include meditation instruction, Buddhist and Western teachings on attachment, and relational mindfulness practices. We are all in relationship, whether it be intimate partnership, family, friendship, or community – all are welcome and encouraged to attend this program! This program will serve as a foundation for future programs focusing on Buddhism, meditation, and relationship and is recommended for anyone who may want to further their practice and understanding in these disciplines. Sponsored by Against The Stream. Register here: $45 basic, $60 sustaining ~ paying at the highest level you can afford helps ATS make their programs available to as many people as possible ~ there is also an opportunity to offer additional dana (generosity) at the end of the program
Chris Crotty is the guiding teacher at ATS Boston. He is a Buddhist teacher and pastoral counselor, and adjunct professor in wellness and alternative medicine. Practicing meditation since 1998, Chris was authorized to teach Buddhadharma in 2015 by senior teachers in the western Insight (vipassana) tradition, and in 2016 was encouraged to teach vipassana and metta by Sayadaw U Inndaka of Burma. Read more about Chris here
Julia Barry is a licensed marriage and family therapist and certified Somatic Experiencing Practitioner® who provides psychotherapy to adult individuals, couples, families, and mother/infant pairs. She is committed to supporting clients in the greater Boston area toward their goals by utilizing psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, EMDR, Somatic Experiencing®, and mindfulness techniques. Read more about Julia here

SHAMANIC JOURNEY CIRCLE with Comma Williams
Sunday, September 9, 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, visible in this world. $15 or class card

Release Into RESTORATIVE YOGA*
with Karen Barbarisi and Keith Herndon
Saturday, September 15, 2-4pm ~ Join Karen Barbarisi and Keith Herndon for an 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 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. 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. The class may also feature gentle chanting and Reiki to sooth and relax. $35 or class card x 2 + $5 at the door; $28 if registered by September 12 via email with Karen or Keith
Karen Barbarisi and Keith Herndon have been practicing yoga for more than 15 years and are both certified at the 500 hour level from Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health. Karen is a Second Degree Reiki Practitioner in the Usui Tradition

ART & YOGA for Emotional Healing with Laura Stevens, LICSW
Saturday, September 15, 2-4pm ~ Join us for a two-hour workshop that will combine elements of Art, Yoga and Mindfulness. We will practice Kundalini Yoga, pranayama (breathwork), as well as explore our innate creativity through various arts-based exercises in order to facilitate emotional healing. This workshop is open to all levels of yogis and artists. $35 ~ please register by email
Laura Stevens is a certified Kundalini Yoga and Meditation Instructor. She completed an Art and Yoga certificate program through Kripalu Yoga Center in 2016. She completed her Kundalini Yoga and Teacher Certification in 2012. She is also a psychotherapist specializing in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and she teaches Cognitive Behavioral Therapy at Simmons College

DHARMA TALK & MEDITATION with Lama Tsering Ngodup
Sunday, September 16, 10-12 noon
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

DIVINE SLEEP™ YOGA NIDRA: A Workshop with Juin Cohen
Sunday, September 16, 2:30-3:45pm  ~   Join Juin to experience and learn about Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra. You'll be guided in a deep and restful Divine Sleep meditation practice, during which nothing required of you except to lie down, listen and give yourself permission to rest and restore. Through Dive Sleep Yoga Nidra you will experience deeper levels of inner relaxation than you imagined possible, finding new sources of balance and energy. $18 or class card ~ suitable for all levels

Free Info Session!
MINDFULNESS-BASED STRESS REDUCTION with Sunada Takagi
Wednesday, September 19, 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

IT'S NEVER TOO LATE TO BEGIN AGAIN with Kim Childs
Saturday, September 22, 2-4pm ~ This workshop is for men and women over 55, empty nesters and those facing retirement who are wondering "What's next?". Based on the book by Julia Cameron, author of The Artist’s Way, It’s Never Too Late to Begin Again helps those embarking on new chapters in later life find new and creative pursuits and passions that make good use of time, expand possibilities and nourish the soul. Life and career coach Kim Childs will introduce such tools as memoir writing, journaling, regular walks and creative excursions (know as Artist Dates) that put you in touch with who you really are and what you really love. This can be one of the richest stages of life when approached with curiosity, playfulness, willingness, and a desire to know yourself better. Bring a notebook or journal for written exercises. $28 or class card x 2 at the door
Kim Childs is a certified life and career coach specializing in Positive Psychology, creativity, and spiritual living. She’s also a former NPR reporter and 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 books, Natural Awakenings magazine, the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, Wholebeing Institute, Grub Street, and her blog, A Pilgrim on the Path. More at KimChilds.com

Live Music! KIRTAN with Shubalananda & Friends
Saturday, September 22, 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. Free ~ 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 shubalananda.com

CONTINUUM: Moving Inquiry with Megan Bathory-Peeler
Sunday, September 23, 1:45-4:45pm
Awareness changes how we physically move. As we become more fluid and resilient so do the mental, emotional and spiritual movements of our lives. Emilie Conrad Da'Oud, Continuum founder
Continuum is an awareness practice sourced by movement and sound that facilitates explorations into embodiment, health, creativity and universal connections. Unfolding as moving mindfulness, Continuum consistently brings one into the present moment through simple awareness of audible breath and wave motion. By being present to what is in the moment, one can make more informed choices for action that are more symbiotic, less effortful, and also maintain a focus on connection rather than fear or isolation. For more info & registration, please email Megan
Megan Bathory-Peeler is a passionate somanaut. For 25 years, Megan has been exploring the frontiers of embodiment and human relationships - insatiably curious about what it means to live fully in a human body and within the human experience. Based in Western Massachusetts, she guides her students and clients to make their own innovative discoveries, drawing on her skills as a Continuum teacher, somatic therapist/educator, performance artist, activist, and mother. She also teaches classes weekly in Greenfield, MA and will start teaching in Europe in 2019. Please visit somanautiko.com

Special Event! GODDESS LOVES: A Women's Circle**
with Alisa Wright Tanny & Laney Goodman
Wednesday, September 26, 2-5pm ~ Take an embodied journey into the wheels of light, nourishing the creative shakti that dances through each of our cells and activates our embodied presence and power. This feminine empowerment & chakra activation will be supported by toning, soundscapes, sacred drum & chant, yogaflow & BodyDance™. We’ll explore authentic embodied expression and reclaim our playful relationship to the presence, power & pleasure in the blossoms of our alignment: pelvis~belly~womb. Please bring a journal, colored pencils, and a scarf or wrap. $40 - preregistration required - save your space with Alisa@theEmbodimentSanctuary.com or call 413-695-6950. Find out more about Alisa at TheEmbodimentSanctuary.com, and about Laney at sacredwavesofrhythm.com

New 8-Week Series!
MINDFULNESS-BASED STRESS REDUCTION** with Sunada Takagi
Wednesdays, September 26 - November 14, 7-9:15pm
plus one daylong class on Sunday, November 4, 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

THE 5 RHYTHMS: Art of Light & Shadow with Margaux Skalecki
Saturday, September 29, 7:30-10:30pm ~ And now that you have danced the WAVE many a time and you know the maps and the gateways into your 5 Rhythm's ecstatic dance of Flowing, Staccato, Chaos, Lyrical and Still, there is a welcoming to explore the shadow side of each Rhythm, the shadow side of how we also operated on a daily level. So many of you ask, " What Rhythm do you think I am?" The Shadow side of our base Rhythm usually tells it like it is and we totally know which base Rhythm we. It is a fun and full experience when we can say..." Of course that is what I do!" The 5 Rhythms experience is a practice, it is a daily and conscious practice of stepping into your Waves of movement and then constantly notice the Rhythms in all live. Preregistration required ~ $38 if received by September 26 ~ see PayPal link at margauxskalecki.com

DHARMA TALK & MEDITATION with Lama Tsering Ngodup
Sunday, September 30, 10am-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

SOUND HEALING CIRCLE with Brad Brockmann & Comma Williams
Sunday, September 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



October

Special Training!
YOGA FOR BACK CARE: Working With Pain & Scoliosis
with Deborah Wolk, founder of New York's
Samamkaya Yoga Back Care & Scoliosis Collective
Friday-Sunday, October 5-7 ~ Join celebrated NY back care yoga specialist Deborah Wolk for an in-depth practical training on yoga for the back - how to care for the spine, optimizing function and addressing common issues. Grounded in the essential anatomy of the back, you'll learn basic and advanced skills to work intelligently with scoliosis, disk herniations, excessive kyphosis & lordosis, lumbar or neck pain, spondylolisthesis, and other back conditions - both for yourself and others.
Friday: Anatomy of the Spine, 7:30-9:30pm  Explore the back's structure, and how it moves - information essential to the weekend’s material
Saturday: Yoga for Back Care: Yoga for acute back pain, 12-2:30pm ~ Yoga for Chronic Pain, 3:30-6pm
Deborah will teach a direct approach to relief  and awareness addressing all types of chronic back pain and alignment issues such as disc herniation, spondylolisthesis, swayback, whiplash and kyphosis. The Yoga poses practiced in this workshop with a specific focus can be the key to alleviating pain and creating more balance in the body. This workshop is for students of all levels who wish to work on any issues related to pain and discomfort in the back and for teachers wishing to learn more about how to work with these issues: physiology of such back issues as: disc herniation and other disc issues, kyphosis, lordosis, spondylolisthesis, sciatica, neck and shoulder issues ~ physiology of degenerative bone diseases: osteoporosis, arthritis ~ muscular issues ~ how to “see” and address postural problems and move towards the neutral curves of the spine ~ defining and describing pain ~ asana and modifications for acute & chronic back issues/pain
Sunday: Yoga for Scoliosis, 9-1
Deborah will introduce participants to the structure of the spine, the anatomy of scoliosis and how it affects one’s physiology and health. Yoga asanas and principles of sequencing will be practiced and modified for different curvatures and pain issues. Participants will learn how to develop a yoga practice which specifically addresses their own patterns and needs using awareness and alignment: defining scoliosis and asymmetry through spinal anatomy ~ understanding and “seeing” lateral asymmetry and rotation ~ how scoliosis affects spatial and balance issues ~ how scoliosis affects the nervous system and can create joint issues and pain ~ asana to realign and connect with the limbs ~ asana and breath techniques to create awareness, relieve pain, balance the nervous system and possibly stabilize the curves themselves.
Cost Early bird discount if payment received by 9/21: $165 full training, $45 Friday, $95 Saturday, $55 Sunday
Registrations if payment received after 9/21: $215 full training, $55 Friday, $115 Saturday, $65 Sunday

Deborah Wolk, C-IAYT has been teaching and working with students with back issues, scoliosis, and other injuries for over 17 years. She has trained with Bobbie Fultz, Elise Browning Miller, Genny Kapuler, Kevin Gardiner, Donald Moyer, and the Iyengar family - her use of yoga to address her own scoliosis informs the work she does to help others. Deborah co-founded the Yoga Union Center for Backcare & Scoliosis in 2007, and founded Samamkaya Yoga Back Care & Scoliosis Collective in 2015. Deborah teaches workshops, retreats, and teacher trainings on Back Care & Scoliosis in New York City, across the US, and internationally, as well as a private practice

Special Class! BACK CARE FOR BEGINNERS with Deborah Wolk
Sunday, October 7, 2:30-4:30pm ~ Join celebrated NY back care yoga specialist Deborah Wolk for an introductory class teaching the basic skills you need to practice asana with back issues. You'll learn how to find your alignment and utilize props to work skillfully with scoliosis, disk herniations, kyphosis, lordosis, lumbar or neck pain, spondylolisthesis, or any other back issues. At the end of the class you may experience less pain, find more freedom and fluidity of movement, and experience a lightness of being. $30 or class card x 2 at the door ~ all are welcome!

AFRICAN HEALING DANCE: A Training with Wyoma
Sunday, October 7 & 21, 6:45-9:45pm featuring
SOLE 2 SOUL African Dance Class, 6:45-7:45pm
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 October 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, October-Jul, & Sep-Nov. The 7-day Training Intensive runs Sun-Sat, 4 hrs/day ~ next Intensive October 6-12 ~ contact Wyoma for details at 617-823-6053. Sole 2 Soul $15/18; 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

HOW TO BE MINDFUL WITH CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN
Using Focusing Principles to Enrich our Parenting Roles
with Julie Ramsey & Kelley Bothe
Wednesday, October 10, 7:30-9:30pm ~ In this workshop, we will explore how, as parents and grandparents, we can enhance our capacity to be more attuned to our children and ourselves in mindful, fresh, and creative ways. Using focusing principles we will discuss how reflective listening, curiosity and non-judgmental attitudes can nurture our relationships with our children. We will explore ways to help children connect with themselves and expand their ability to understand their feelings more deeply. Through case examples and experiential exercises, we will apply the principals of Focusing to our relationships with the children in our lives. $25 at the door
Julie Ramsey, LICSW, Certified Focusing-Oriented Therapist, is a psychotherapist in private practice in Wellesley. She works with adolescents, families, and adults in individual and couples therapy
Kelley Bothe, LICSW is a psychotherapist in Wellesley and Concord. Kelley is a Certified Focusing Trainer and enjoys teaching classes for beginning and experienced Focusers

THE 5 RHYTHMS with Margaux Skalecki
Ecstatic Dance Practice & Authentic Relating
Friday, October 12, 7:30-9:30pm ~ The 5 Rhythms™ ~ Flowing, Staccato, Chaos, Lyrical, Stillness ~ create a wave of energetic states of being. Each rhythm has a gateway and a 'map to ecstasy' we each dance to find our own way. This is an evening of returning: to the love of who we are, and to our own wealth of bodily wholeness. All ages, levels of experience welcome, from adults to kids 10+. Wear soft soled shoes, or dance in socks or bare feet, and bring extra layers of clothing. Preregistration suggested ~ sliding scale $15-$25 ~ click on Paypal tab at MargauxSkalecki.com

AWAKENING TOGETHER: The Power of Spiritual Friendship
A Half-Day Retreat with Janet Surrey
Saturday, October 13, 1-4:30pm ~ This retreat will be an introduction to Insight Dialogue, a fully engaged relational meditation practice in the Theravadan tradition. Insight Dialogue brings together meditative awareness, the wisdom teachings of the Buddha, and the power of relationship to support insight into the nature, source, and release of human suffering. In this retreat we will introduce the six meditative guidelines of Insight Dialogue: Pause, Relax, Open, Attune to Emergence, Listen Deeply, and Speak the Truth. We will explore the importance of spiritual friendship on the Path, and how Insight Dialogue practice supports our capacity for nourishing spiritual friendship in our lives. The retreat will be held in Noble Silence as we explore the power of listening and speaking out of Silence. The retreat is appropriate for those new and experienced with Insight Dialogue. Prior meditation experience is suggested. Sponsored by Against The Stream. Register here: $35 basic, $50 sustaining ~ paying at the highest level you can afford helps ATS make their programs available to as many people as possible ~ there is also an opportunity to offer additional dana (generosity) at the end of the program
Janet Surrey, PhD is an Insight Dialogue teacher. She teaches Insight Dialogue retreats worldwide and leads a monthly practice group in the Boston area. Jan has been a faculty member of Metta’s Relational Insight Meditation Program and serves on Metta Programs’ Teachers Council. Read more about Jan here

DIVINE SLEEP™ YOGA NIDRA: A Workshop with Juin Cohen
Sunday, October 14, 2:30-3:45pm  ~   Join Juin to experience and learn about Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra. You'll be guided in a deep and restful Divine Sleep meditation practice, during which nothing required of you except to lie down, listen and give yourself permission to rest and restore. Through Dive Sleep Yoga Nidra you will experience deeper levels of inner relaxation than you imagined possible, finding new sources of balance and energy. $18 or class card ~ suitable for all levels

SHAMANIC JOURNEY CIRCLE with Comma Williams
Sunday, October 14, 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, visible in this world. $15 or class card

Live Music! KIRTAN with Shubalananda & Friends
Saturday, October 20, 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. Free ~ 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 shubalananda.com

DHARMA TALK & MEDITATION with Lama Tsering Ngodup
Sunday, October 21, 10:15am-12:15pm
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

CONTINUUM: Moving Inquiry with Megan Bathory-Peeler
Sunday, October 21, 1:45-4:45pm
Awareness changes how we physically move. As we become more fluid and resilient so do the mental, emotional and spiritual movements of our lives. Emilie Conrad Da'Oud, Continuum founder
Continuum is an awareness practice sourced by movement and sound that facilitates explorations into embodiment, health, creativity and universal connections. Unfolding as moving mindfulness, Continuum consistently brings one into the present moment through simple awareness of audible breath and wave motion. By being present to what is in the moment, one can make more informed choices for action that are more symbiotic, less effortful, and also maintain a focus on connection rather than fear or isolation. For more info & registration, please email Megan
Megan Bathory-Peeler is a passionate somanaut. For 25 years, Megan has been exploring the frontiers of embodiment and human relationships - insatiably curious about what it means to live fully in a human body and within the human experience. Based in Western Massachusetts, she guides her students and clients to make their own innovative discoveries, drawing on her skills as a Continuum teacher, somatic therapist/educator, performance artist, activist, and mother. She also teaches classes weekly in Greenfield, MA and will start teaching in Europe in 2019. Please visit somanautiko.com

Samhain ~ Honor The Ancestors!
SACRED DRUM, CHANT & DANCE with the Mother Drum* led by
Laney Goodman, Dave Estes, Kathleen Rouleau,
Leah Emerson & Tribe
Saturday, October 27, 7:30-10:30pm ~ doors open 7pm
Come celebrate the Samhain harvest and honor our Ancestors with Sacred Drum, Chant and Dance with the Mother Drum in the four directions using Native American, Goddess and Celtic teachings. Do something a little different this Halloween and celebrate the true meaning of the season as we rejoice in the Harvest and gather to remember and honor our Ancestors, who came before us and paved our way. Please bring all kinds of drums and rhythm instruments and join your tribe as we celebrate the sacred circle of life during the time leading up to this powerful cross quarter gateway. Please bring a snack to share with the Tribe ~ thank you. If you wish, come and remember your ancestors with a photo to put on our Remembrance Altar (be sure and take this personal article home with you at the end of the night). $20 or class card for adults, $5 per child (ages 10+). For more information, email Laney or visit sacredwavesofrhythm.com

SOUND HEALING CIRCLE with Brad Brockmann & Comma Williams
Sunday, October 28, 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