Upcoming Workshops, Films & Events
at The Arlington Center

Preregistration is recommended for workshops!




September

Live Music! KIRTAN with Shubalananda & Friends
Saturday, September 28, 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, KarunaSeptemberi 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

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



October

Special Event! GODDESS LOVES: A Women's Circle**
with Alisa Wright Tanny & Laney Goodman
Saturday, October 5, 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

Dharma Film Series returns! THE VENERABLE W.
Saturday, October 5, 7pm ~ Hatred will never put an end to hatred. Only love can do that. This is the eternal law. A celebrated observation, attributed to the Buddha, helps to account for the high regard in which the West has long held Buddhism as a religion of peace, tolerance, and generosity. That its large religious community or sangha in Myanmar has played a decisive role in the persecution and ethnic cleansing of the 4% Muslim population who call themselves Rohingya is almost unthinkable. Even more shocking: the most prolific, strident voice to be heard on Myanmar's national stage, energetically preaching racial hatred and fanning the flames of division, belongs to a preternaturally calm monk who calls himself Wirathu, or simply W. In the local premiere of this award-winning non-fiction film, acclaimed Swiss director Barbet Schroeder follows the influential 51-year-old monk as he campaigns tirelessly to rid Myanmar of non-Buddhists, spouting absurd racist tropes, fear-mongering conspiracy theories, and 'fake news' to incite violence in western Rakhine state as the government of the once-idealized Aung San Suu Kyi stands by, watching. It is a graphic, unflinching depiction of an unfolding genocide, captured by cellphone cameras and citizen observers. The Venerable W. is a riveting and extraordinarily compelling testament: an examination of dharmas both true and hideously false. It is also a timely, dire warning how a society and its peaceful religious traditions can be hijacked by nationalist extremism, racial bigotry, and supremacist ideology. Presented with the Institute For Meditaton & Psychotherapy. $10 at the door, with free refreshments and post-film discussion ~ $35 for mental health professionals earning CEs

DHARMA TALK & MEDITATION with Lama Tsering Ngodup
Sunday, October 6, 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

THE POWER OF INNER ALLIES with Robin Shaw & Emily Citrone
How to Build Your Internal Dream Team**
Sunday, October 6, 2-4:30pm ~ Are your doubts, fears and insecurities standing in the way of you living the life you want to lead?
We are often the ones blocking our own success and sense of fulfillment. Luckily, we can cultivate inner and outer resources that help silence our inner critics and support us in creating real change in our lives. These “inner allies” are an internal support team. They help to provide guidance along life’s path. During this fun workshop, you will get in tune with not only what is holding you back, but more importantly, tap in into your own resilience and strength ~ build, explore and embody your inner ally “dream team” ~ identify some limiting beliefs holding you back in life ~ learn specific techniques to view your current challenges from different perspectives so that you can move towards the best version of yourself. The workshop will include experiential exercises, journaling, and some group sharing. Please bring a journal, if you have one. $50 ~ preregistration recommended here

DIVINE SLEEP™ YOGA NIDRA: A Workshop with Juin Cohen
Sunday, October 6, 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. $20 or class card at door ~ suitable for all levels

THE 5 RHYTHMS with Margaux Skalecki
Ecstatic Dance Practice & Authentic Relating*
Friday, October 11, 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

THE MINDFUL ART OF BEING** with Matthew Daniell
A Half-Day Meditation Retreat
Saturday, October 12, 1-4:30pm ~ If we look at this question about our basic nature, “Are we human beings or human doings,” what do we find? When we identify with ourselves as human doings we may become disconnected from ourselves, our world, and we suffer. In this half-day meditation retreat, we will explore three mindful practices of being to heal this painful split. The first is to lightly anchor our attention on the breath and senses to become calm. The second is to expand our attention to include thoughts and emotions, see into things as they are, and become more aware of the changing nature of experience. This insight helps us to be more deeply accepting, let go of reactivity, and become wise. The third is to discover and live from clear compassionate openness, our Buddha nature within, and simply be. Ultimately we find that there is no conflict between human being and human doing when we live fully in the present moment. Come and explore for yourself how to cultivate this mindful art of being through simple silent practice forms of the Insight Meditation Tradition. $35-55 - please pre-register here
Matthew Daniell has been practicing Buddhist meditation for over 30 years. He studied Zen in Japan, Tibetan Buddhism in India, and Insight Meditation in India, Burma, Thailand, and the United States. His teachers include Munindra, Dipa Ma, Larry Rosenberg, Sharon Salzberg, Joseph Goldstein, and Jack Kornfield. Matthew is a founder of the Insight Meditation Center of Newburyport, as well as its primary and guiding teacher. He also teaches at various retreat centers, including the Omega Institute, Kripalu, and Cambridge Insight Meditation Center. He is a member of the Religious Services Department at Phillips Exeter Academy, where he leads meditation groups for students and faculty, and he teaches online through eMindful.org

New Monthly Class!
YOGA For Continuing Students with Liz Owen
Saturday, October 12, 4:30-6pm ~This alignment-based practice will renew, refresh, and restart your body and mind at the end of your busy week. Each class includes centering your mind and warming up your body, a mix of vinyasa and sustained postures, pranayama, and deep relaxation - just what one needs to approach a new week with clarity and vitality! Open to students with 1+ year experience. $20 or class card at the door

New Series!
YOGA LAB: Healthy Back, Healthy YOU with Susan Desmarais
Sunday, October 13, 2-4:30pm ~ Modern society sits most of the day – at the computer, driving, watching TV, etc. This ongoing contracted, forward bending posture causes our hips to tighten, while our lower back/upper legs lose their muscular support, resulting in ongoing pain and stiffness. The more we are in a semi-forward fold, the more the patterns of stiffness and weakness is reinforced. Until we can understand the underlying causes of postural patterns and open up those tight places, the reinforcement of these patterns will continue. With focus on the lumbar region, we will work on functional movement patterns to create strong support in the glutes, hips and legs. In this workshop, students will have the opportunity to understand how tension is created in this area as we open, lengthen, and ultimately, strengthen. Susan will provide hands-on feedback and facilitation during the session. She will also be available after the workshop for any advice needed for particular injuries and problems. This is an informative and interactive workshop suitable for all levels, including beginners. $35 or class card x 2
The Yoga Lab Workshop Series encourages everyone to bring a camera in order to bring about a visual aspect to their postural habits. By seeing a photo of ones alignment beforehand, one can better connect between the sensation/feeling of an adjustment in postures, and actually see the visual appearance. Making this connection between visuals and feeling/sensation, aid in implementing these adjustments throughout the day. These workshops will leave you with some healthy, helpful practices that can be implemented throughout your daily life, in order to alleviate patterns of pain and stiffness

SHAMANIC JOURNEY CIRCLE with Comma Williams
Sunday, October 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! Join Comma Williams along this monthly crossing into non-ordinary reality to gain insight, information, and clarity about your path going forward. $18 or class card

Live Music! KIRTAN with Shubalananda & Friends
Saturday, October 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. Free ~ please make a donation!
Shubalananda Larry Kopp has been leading kirtan for many years, having studied with Neem Karoli Baba, Sathya Sai Baba, KarunaSeptemberi 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 20, 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 20, 1:30-4:30pm
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

CREATIVE WRITING INSIDE OUT: Focusing with David Smith
Sunday, October 20, 2-4pm ~ Are you a kitchen-table poet?  A novelist with professional aspirations? Does writing feel like flying… or like stacking heavy stones? Beginner or experienced, we all wish to write effectively, with words that carry forth our personal truth in an authentic voice. Guided by the leader's belief that art is the Felt Sense made public, this workshop will give participants an opportunity to experience how Focusing can clear a path that leads from the inside out, from our felt knowing to the page. Together we will practice tapping this wisdom by writing to unique prompts (some serious, some not-so-much) to create and share fresh pieces in a spirit of non-judgmental support. $25 at the door, cash or check
David Smith is certified as an instructor with the International Focusing Institute and as a coach with the Creativity Coaching Association.  He has been a writing teacher and coach for over 40 years, using Focusing himself and with clients.  His book/CD Writing the River: Self-discovery and Creativity through Experiential Journaling is available through the Focusing Institute

PSYCHODRAMA: An Open Session with Maria Mellano
Friday, October 25, 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
$20 or class card at the door

Release Into RESTORATIVE YOGA*
with Karen Barbarisi and Keith Herndon
Saturday, October 26, 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 October also feature gentle chanting and Reiki to sooth and relax. $35 or class card x 2 + $5 at the door; $28 if registered by 10/23 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

Samhain ~ Honor The Ancestors!
SACRED DRUM, CHANT & DANCE with the Mother Drum* led by
Laney Goodman & Tribe
Saturday, October 26, 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, $10 kids ages 10-16). For more information, email Laney or visit sacredwavesofrhythm.com

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