Upcoming Workshops, Films & Events
at The Arlington Center

Preregistration is recommended for workshops!




May

DHARMA TALK & MEDITATION with Lama Tsering Ngodup
Sunday, May 28, 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

New Morning Class! QIGONG with Maryellen Labelle
Wednesdays through June 7, 10-11am ~ Qigong is an amazing practice for health, healing and inspiration. Qi means life force energy and is the basis of everything in the universe, while gong means the work of cultivation. Qigong is a series of flowing and repeated movements, stretches and breathing exercises that are easy to learn and may be done anywhere without any special equipment. Qigong has many benefits: it loosens muscles ~ improves balance ~ helps prevent injury to joints, ligaments and bones ~ eases stress and balances emotions ~ improves breathing and heart rate ~ promotes deeper, more restorative sleep ~ increases overall energy level and metabolism...and much more! No prior experience is necessary - Qigong may be done by individuals of all ages and modified to each person's level. $30/3 classes, $12 or class card drop-in ~ please wear loose clothing
A teacher since 2006, Maryellen Labelle is a certified qigong instructor, an experienced yoga teacher, a Reiki Master, and a Full Spectrum Energy Medicine practitioner. She is dedicated to helping individuals with every day concerns find ways to balance and address responses to their life situations. She practices in New Hampshire, New York, Vermont and Massachusetts

New 8-Week Series!
MINDFULNESS-BASED STRESS REDUCTION** with Sunada Takagi
Wednesdays, May 31 - July 26, 7:15-9:30pm (no class 6/21),
plus one all-day class on Sunday, July 16, 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 – preregistration with Sunada 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 WORK' OF BYRON KATIE with Barbara Cherington
Mondays thru May 29, 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



June

Open House ~ All Welcome!
THE YOGA OF ENERGY FLOW 200 & 300hr Teacher Trainings
Sunday, June 4, 4:30-6pm - 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

AFRICAN HEALING DANCE: A Training with Wyoma
Sunday, June 4 & 18, 6:45-9:45pm
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 June 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, June-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

BUDDHIST PSYCHOLOGY LECTURE SERIES
Conversations At The Edge

Monday, June 5, 7:45-9:45pm
This monthly continuing education (CE) program presented by the Institute For Meditation & Psychotherapy is for psychotherapists interested in Buddhist psychology, meditation, or mindfulness. Each lecture will address theoretical and clinical issues at the interface of these rich healing traditions, with topics ranging from addictions to forgiveness to countertransference. These community evenings offer an opportunity to gather with colleagues in an informal setting to explore the intersection between Buddhist psychology and modern psychotherapy. This year’s presenters are long- term meditators with significant expertise in practice and in teaching. Each presentation will be followed by Q&A and discussion, moderated by Meghan Searl, PsyD. 2 CE’s are offered each evening to psychologists, social workers, nurses, LMFTs and LMHCs. $25/members of IMP, $30/non-members, $10/mental health students with ID ~ register here!
Tonight: IMPLICIT MINDFULNESS: Bringing Mindfulness Concepts to Pre-Contemplative Patients with Laura Warren, MD
This presentation will discuss techniques for bringing mindfulness concepts implicitly to encounters with patients who, for a variety of reasons (cultural, religious, etc), have a more difficult time engaging with mindfulness when it is explicitly discussed, for which the term "pre-contemplative" is applied. We will discuss ways to incorporate language and concepts clinically that implicitly reflect core mindfulness principles while also respecting patients' unique identity and values. We will also discuss using implicit mindfulness to frame shared goals with patients with regard to their overall physical and mental health Laura Warren, MD is an outpatient psychiatrist at Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA), and works in primary care as well as specialty mental health. She was first trained in MBSR in 2007, and completed the IMP Meditation and Psychotherapy Certificate Program in 2009, and since then has been incorporating mindfulness into her clinical practice. She has been involved with the Center For Mindfulness and Compassion at CHA since its inception. Currently she is teaching as part of the MINDFUL-PC program, which seeks to bringing mindfulness groups to primary care, and she has been involved in bringing mindfulness to psychiatry residency training. She recently joined the board of IMP, and is interested in using mindfulness to help patients and providers manage stress, and to reduce burnout among healthcare professionals

Special Series! IYENGAR YOGA: Yin and Yang
Light on Yoga & Chinese Medicine with Ruth Knill, LicAc
6 Wednesday, June 7 - July 12, 5:30-7pm
BKS Iyengar was famous for introducing props and alignment instructions to yoga. He was also noted for the subtle way he evoked different anatomical parts to integrate the whole body in asana - for example, aligning the 4 corners of the knee or bifurcating the armpit. In this series, we will explore alignment concepts using the tools of Traditional Chinese Medicine: yin yang in skillful proportions, balancing the 5 elements and 12 meridians. This complementary perspective of yin yang will deepen your experience of alignment and energy in yoga. Each class will emphasize a different yin yang pair of meridians, fostering a vital, intuitive, and grounded practice. $15 or class card at the door

Special Dance Event!
5 RHYTHMS: An Ecstatic Moving Meditation
with Margaux Skalecki
Friday, June 9, 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

Live Improv! An Evening With TRUE STORY THEATER
Saturday, June 10, 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 exploring sexuality What does sexuality mean to you? At different ages, how have you explored sexuality and what have you discovered? How well does sexuality contribute to your health and well-being? How do we form healthy relationships? What are the social forces at play?

DHARMA TALK & MEDITATION with Lama Tsering Ngodup
Sunday, June 11, 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, June 11, 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

Release Into RESTORATIVE YOGA*
with Karen Barbarisi and Keith Herndon
Saturday, June 17, 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 June 14th 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

Live Music! KIRTAN with Shubalananda plus special guests
Saturday, June 17, 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, KarunaJunei 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, June 18, 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, June 25, 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

PSYCHODRAMA: An Open Session with Maria Mellano
Friday, June 30, 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