Upcoming Workshops, Films & Events
at The Arlington Center

Preregistration is recommended for workshops!




October

Live Music! KIRTAN with Shubalananda plus special guests
Saturday, October 21, 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 www.shubalananda.com

WRITING THE RIVER with David Smith
An Introduction to Experiential Journaling
Sunday October 22, 2-4pm ~ Experiential Journaling is a method of self-Focusing in which the page serves as witness.  Forwarding unfolds as the river of experience flows to the page with a clarity that workshop participants have found both profound and delightful.  After introducing the process of Experiential Journaling, this workshop will give participants ample opportunity to practice the process and for sharing.  As time permits, we will also experiment using this process as a springboard to creative writing. $25 at the door
David Smith is a Certified Focusing Professional and a certified coach with the Creativity Coaching Association.  Through his coaching practice at www.creativitysmith.com, he combines these backgrounds to support creatives of all kinds from professional to kitchen-table beginner.  David is a published playwright, has written for New York children’s television, and has won awards for his work for both stage and commercial video

KUNDALINI YOGA: A Morning Series with John J. Hunt
4 Thursdays, October 26 - November 16, 7:30-8:30am
Kundalini Yoga is a powerful energy technology which fortifies the nervous system, enhances the endocrine glands, and harnesses the mind to experience our own highest consciousness. Using pranayama, yoga, and meditation to optimize the body's energetic systems, Kundalini practice brings about mental clarity, relaxation, and emotional tranquility. Each week, we will focus on pranayam, a special series of breathing techniques that can be applied at any time to bring more mindfulness and joy to everyday life, along with an asana flow and meditation. $48 series, $14/class card per class

Free! MOVEMENT INTELLIGENCE ~ BONES FOR LIFE®
An Introductory Workshop with Deborah Elizabeth Lotus
Friday, October 27 7:15-9:45pm ~ Join Deborah for this free introduction to Bones for Life, prelude to the upcoming November 3-5 workshop in which 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'. 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

Intro To DRAGON AND TIGER QIGONG* with Steven Cardoza
Saturday, October 28, 1-5pm ~ This powerful medical qigong set is over 1,500 years old, similar to taiji but easier to do. In this introduction you'll learn the first movement, including associated breathing and qi sensing. You’ll also learn exactly how the first movement will improve brain function and intelligence, strengthen the immune system, and increase healthy longevity. The other six movements will be demonstrated and explained. Dragon & Tiger can both target specific health challenges (in China it's used to treat cancer, among other serious conditions) and to generally improve health, increase energy, reduce stress, promote mental calm and clarity, and enhance wellbeing. You will come away from this workshop both calm and energized, with a practice you can use daily to improve your health, anywhere and any time! $120; $100 if received by October 25
Steven Cardoza, MSc, LAc, has taught qigong, taiji, and related practices for 30 years. Currently on the faculty of Brookline Tai Chi where he teaches weekly, he has a masters in Traditional Chinese Medicine and is a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist. He is the author of the books Chinese Healing Exercises and Chinese Holistic Medicine in Your Daily Life - see more at his YouTube channel

Release Into RESTORATIVE YOGA*
with Karen Barbarisi and Keith Herndon
Saturday, October 28, 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 October 25 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

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 28, 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

DHARMA TALK & MEDITATION with Lama Tsering Ngodup
Sunday, October 29, 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, October 29, 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



November

KUNDALINI YOGA: A Morning Series with John J. Hunt
Thursdays, November 2-16, 7:30-8:30am
Kundalini Yoga is a powerful energy technology which fortifies the nervous system, enhances the endocrine glands, and harnesses the mind to experience our own highest consciousness. Using pranayama, yoga, and meditation to optimize the body's energetic systems, Kundalini practice brings about mental clarity, relaxation, and emotional tranquility. Each week, we will focus on pranayam, a special series of breathing techniques that can be applied at any time to bring more mindfulness and joy to everyday life, along with an asana flow and meditation. $14/class card at door

MOVEMENT INTELLIGENCE ~ BONES FOR LIFE®
A Training Workshop with Deborah Elizabeth Lotus
Friday, November 3, 7:30-9:30pm
Saturday, November 4, 1:45-6:15pm
Sunday, November 5, 1:45-4:15pm
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

Dharma Film Series presents BEATRIZ AT DINNER
Saturday, November 4, 7pm ~ This provocative film has been dubbed both a Trump-era comedy and a drama, and it certainly has elements of each. Beatriz (Salma Hayek) is an immigrant from a poor town in Mexico and has a career as a compassionate, multifaceted, new age health practitioner in Los Angeles. Doug Strutt (John Lithgow) is a self-satisfied real estate developer and a billionaire. When these two end up at a dinner party together through a coincidence, sparks are kindled slowly and eventually fly. A genuine collision of their two worlds ensues while the remaining five dinner guests observe without a clue how to intervene constructively. It is as though a large crevasse opens up beneath their feet, and they are loathe to acknowledge it while simultaneously fearing they may fall into it. The crevasse is the divide between world views, vastly different languages, and divergent ethical perspectives. Presented with the Institute For Meditation & Psychotherapy. $10 at the door, with free refreshments and post-film discussion; $35/3 CEUs for mental health professionals

AFRICAN HEALING DANCE: A Training with Wyoma
Sunday, November 5 & 19, 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 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

Dance! 5 RHYTHMS with Margaux Skalecki
An Ecstatic Moving Meditation
Friday, November 10, 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 warm up, fine tuning our truth in the moment. $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

THE BODY’S WAY TO WISDOM
Mindfulness Yoga & Meditation Retreat with Chris Crotty
Saturday, November 11, 9:30-1 ~ Yoga and Buddhism share the same aim – the liberation of body, mind, and heart.  Postures and breath practice support the body for meditation, and mindfulness enables a more intentional, awareness-based yoga. When integrated, asana and meditation foster self-awareness and insight into the conditions that support greater well-being and personal freedom. This half-day retreat includes alternating periods of yoga postures and guided meditation, and is aimed at helping students expand their understanding of the deepest potential of Buddhist practice and Hatha yoga. Yoga sessions will be accessible to all-levels of experience and will combine yin, Kripalu, and viniyoga.  Meditation instructions based on the Satipatthana Sutta will guide both beginners and experienced practitioners through the Four Foundations of Mindfulness. This program is open to anyone who wants to integrate Hatha yoga and Buddhist practice, yoga students who want to begin or develop their meditation practice, and yoga teachers from all traditions who want to experience effective strategies for practicing and teaching with greater presence and ease. $35 plus teacher dana - please register here
Chris Crotty is a Buddhist teacher and pastoral counselor, and adjunct professor in alternative medicine. Practicing meditation since 1998, Chris has trained with Burmese monastics Sayadaw U Indaka, Sayadaw U Tejaniya and Bhikkhu Analayo, western monastics of the Zen and Thai Forest tradition, and senior western Vipassana teachers.  Chris was authorized to teach Dharma in the US in 2015 and in 2016 was encouraged to teach vipassana and metta by Sayadaw U Indaka.  Chris is the guiding-teacher at Against the Stream Boston, and an active member of the Center for Spiritual Care & Pastoral Formation where he studies the integration of Buddhist practice with clinical pastoral education. Learn more about Chris at chriscrottydharma.org

DHARMA TALK & MEDITATION with Lama Tsering Ngodup
Sunday, November 12, 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

SHAMANIC JOURNEY CIRCLE with Comma Williams
Sunday, November 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 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, November 17, 7:30pm ~ all welcome! ~ Psychodrama uses the power of theater to explore and understand issues in our lives. An Open Session is instructional, experiential and low key - a great introduction to the process within a safe setting, with time for questions, and all experience levels are welcome. Prior registration is requested but not required. More at MariaMellanoTherapy.com
$15 or class card at the door

Live Music! KIRTAN with Shubalananda plus special guests
Saturday, November 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

ACCESSING ANCESTRAL WISDOM IN DIFFICULT TIMES
Focusing with Beilah Ross
Sunday, November 19, 2-4pm ~ During difficult times when we may feel helpless, anxious, alone, or afraid, we tend to seek out the support of those who have more emotional distance from our situation. Having passed into the realm of the spiritual, our ancestors and/or benefactors can possess an equanimity, egolessness and affective distance that we wouldn’t be able to access on our own, especially when flooded with difficult thoughts and emotions. They can offer a wider perspective that comes from having watched human history evolve and devolve over time as well as the wisdom they’ve gotten from their own lived experience.  Focusing can facilitate embodied connection with our ancestors and/or benefactors, helping us to feel unconditionally loved, cared for, comforted, and guided by them. In this experiential workshop, participants will learn and practice Focusing questions and techniques with people from their family lineage and/or from their “chosen family”, so that these beings can become a refuge they go to for strength, inspiration, wisdom and solace in times of adversity. $25 at the door
Beilah Ross, LICSW is in private practice, works with adults, couples and children. In addition to talk therapy, she uses mindfulness, relaxation, EMDR and Focusing to help people connect with their inner wisdom. She also teaches Focusing to individuals and groups

GRATITUDE: A Free Thanksgiving Vinyasa Yoga Class
with Barbara Freedman
Thursday, November 23, 9:30-11am ~ Imbibe the spirit of Thanksgiving with an uplifting yoga vinyasa offered freely by Barbara Freedman. Join us before the party starts, or come with family and friends to share a stretch, let go of tension, and cultivate the ease and joy of well-being. All are welcome to take part in this gentle yet energizing slow yoga flow, culminating in the tranquility of meditation, breath awareness, and lovingkindness. Share a healthy, happy day! Free & open to all on a first come basis

SAMADHI-VIPASSANA: The Umbilical Braid Of Yoga & Dhamma**
A Weekend Study Retreat at Barre Center For Buddhist Studies
November 24-26: Friday, 7:30pm - Sunday, 12 noon
Few among today's practitioners of yoga or Buddhist meditation may know that the earliest, most essential teachings of each evolved from and with each other, sharing common roots and goals. Like twins separated at birth and raised by different families, both were born of the same intention – to locate the end of suffering – and began their search along the same fundamental path. Though yoga and Buddhism eventually complexified into elaborate and distinct systems of thought, branching apart to the point where their kinship is hardly recognized today, each is the poorer for it. As with other kinds of familial relationships, their ties are not only historical or theoretical but practical: each regards itself as a 'direct' path, thus involving the same energies, dispositions and attachments of body, heart, and mind. Each tradition offers resonant instructions for the cultivation of both samadhi and insight, with much to enrich or remind the other. In particular, the early, purely meditative yoga takes the body and its energies to be the primary ground of contemplation, and is particularly helpful in showing the way karmic formations give rise to physical and mental actions that perpetuate suffering. This course explores the deep kinship, as well as striking differences, between the yogas of Patañjali and the Buddha in origin, theory and practice, as well as their relationship to modern hatha yoga: through a dynamic illuminated exploration of the key insights of the Yoga-Sutra – a text that includes essential pre- as well as post-Buddhist teachings – alongside selected Pali & Sanskrit sutras, and as embodied in yogic movement and stillness. Suggested reading: The Yoga-Sutra of Patañjali: A New Translation With Commentary by Chip Hartranft. Yoga mats will be provided. Preregistration required - click here!
Chip Hartranft
is the founding director of The Arlington Center, integrating yoga and dharma practice, and has taught mindful movement, breath, and meditation in the Boston area since 1978. He is the author of The Yoga-Sutra of Patañjali: A New Translation with Commentary and teaches Buddhist history at Lesley University

DHARMA TALK & MEDITATION with Lama Tsering Ngodup
Sunday, November 26, 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, November 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