Upcoming Workshops, Films & Events
at The Arlington Center

Preregistration is recommended for workshops!




October

Special Meditation Retreat! The Dharma of RESILIENCY
A Half-Day Workshop with Lama Rod Owens
Saturday, October 19, 1-4:30pm ~ Resiliency is such an important skill to develop right now. Resiliency is about how well we are able to meet the challenges of our lives with a sense of openness and curiosity that helps us to regain our balance. Balance means understanding how to return back to a sense of being grounded in order to meet challenges directly. Meditation is a critical method that helps us see and practice the strategies of deepening our resiliency. It helps us to experience what being in balance feels like and it helps us to understand how to make choices to return to that balance. In this program, join Lama Rod in exploring the path of resiliency in our dharma practice. $35 Base, $45 Sustaining (actual cost of the program), $55 Contributing ~ please preregister - paying at the highest level you can afford helps us make our programs available to as many people as possible. There is also an opportunity to offer additional dana (generosity) for the teacher at the end of the program. Please let us know if finances are an obstacle!
Lama Rod Owens is considered one of the emerging leaders of his generation of Buddhist teachers. An author, activist, and formally authorized Buddhist teacher in the Tibetan tradition of Buddhism, he is the co-founder of Bhumisparsha, a Buddhist tantric practice community as well as a visiting teacher with several Buddhist centers including the Natural Dharma Fellowship and the Brooklyn Zen Center. A graduate of Harvard Divinity School, Lama Rod has also been a guest faculty member at the Harvard School of Education's program Mindfulness for Educators. He has been a regular guest on SiriusXM's Urban View hosted by Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Karen Hunter. He is also a co-author of Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love, and Liberation and his next book project exploring transformative anger and rage is due out Fall 2019. Lama Rod can be reached at lamarod.com

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, 10am-12pm
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. $20 or class card at the door ~ prior registration is requested but not required at MariaMellanoTherapy.com

New Weekly Class! SLOW FLOW YOGA with Susan Desmarais
Saturdays, 7:45-9am, starting October 26 ~ Start your weekend in balance and ease with a skillfully crafted yoga flow! Slow Flow vinyasa yoga allows for time and space to mindfully engage with body and breath in yoga movement, or asana, naturally transitioning from one to the next. Throughout the flow, students will have time to experience each asana deeply and reflectively, discovering how it might be refined and individualized throughout the flow to move beyond mental and physical barriers. Going inward, all levels of yogis will find their own personal edges and awakenings. $18 or class card; $135 for 9 weeks

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 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



November

EMBODIED PRACTICE: YIN & YANG* with Ruth Knill, LicAc
Iyengar Yoga & Chinese Medicine
Saturday, November 2, 2:30-4:30pm ~ Explore alignment concepts with yoga teacher and acupuncturist Ruth Knill, 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 and other embodied practices. The workshop will emphasize yin yang pairs of meridians, fostering a vital, intuitive, and grounded practice. $28 or class card x 2 ~ preregistration recommended ~ please contact Ruth at 781-888-0101 or via email

Dharma Film Series presents EVERYBODY KNOWS
Saturday, November 2, 7pm ~ Laura (Penelope Cruz), travels to her home town in Spain for her sister's wedding, bringing her children along. During the festivities, her daughter is abducted. A fascinating jigsaw puzzle of a psychological thriller, this gripping, visually stunning film is a meditation on how the past and hidden secrets intrude upon the present. The newest film by Oscar-winning director Asgar Farhadi (A Separation, About Elly) Everybody Knows is also a contemplation of the power of unhealed, festering wounds
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, November 3, 10am-12pm
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

Therapeutic BALL ROLLING* with Charlotte Ott
Sunday, November 3, 2-3:15pm ~ Most of us have experienced the healing power of massage, but it's not always practical to get one. Ball work is a fantastic alternative, promoting increased circulation, muscle and fascia release, and deep relaxation. Join Charlotte Ott and enjoy the benefits of deep tissue massage using strategic ball placement and pressure, while grooving to the beat of classic rock, funk and blues, then finish with the tranquility of an extended yoga nidra relaxation. $20 or class card – preregistration suggested ~ open to ages 12 and up

THE 5 RHYTHMS with Margaux Skalecki
Ecstatic Dance Practice & Authentic Relating*
Friday, November 8, 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

New Monthly Class!
YOGA For Continuing Students with Liz Owen
Saturday, November 9, 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

DIVINE SLEEP™ YOGA NIDRA: A Workshop with Juin Cohen
Sunday, November 10, 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

SHAMANIC JOURNEY CIRCLE with Comma Williams
Sunday, November 10, 7-9pm
Shamanic journeying is a tool that has been traditionally used by indigenous shamans for the healing of individuals and communities. Most commonly, shamans use drums and rattles to shift their consciousness into non-ordinary reality, a trance-like state, to communicate with their helping guides and spirits. We know now that anyone can learn to journey! 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, November 16, 7:30pm
Created by ancient Indian rishis from Vedic mantras, kirtan is a yoga of sound - an evening of beautiful music and heartfelt call-and-response singing. No previous experience is necessary to experience its emotional depth, yet powerful as it is, kirtan is effortless and incredibly enjoyable. 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, November 17, 10am-12pm
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, November 17, 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

Focusing on POEMS TO CHANGE YOUR LIFE ~ Sharon Heermance
Sunday, November 17, 2-4pm ~ The act of reading poetry tunes the ears of the heart to the real way in which human beings most honestly and most deeply talk about their lives when they are speaking from the core of their experience. ~ John McDargh
Together, we will tune our ears of the heart with accessible and engaging poems.Through our spending time with a poem, we will practice Focusing’s distinctive process that invites gentle awareness of what echoes inside. We will lean into poems to deepen resonance with our meaningful experiences. Since poetry is more powerful when heard, we will share poems aloud with intention to listen and respond with our body-self. Through turning toward the heart of a poem, we will offer recognition of our felt sense as a compass for our own unfolding life path. Poems chosen for clarity of expression and enhancement of meaning include the work of Mary Oliver, Wendell Berry, William Stafford, Derek Walcott, and Marie Howe. No prior reading of poetry is necessary – the instructor will provide the poems; we will provide each other with an afternoon of Focusing and rich sharing. $25 at the door, cash or check to TAC
Sharon Heermance, PhD is a psychologist with a private practice in Arlington. She has studied Focusing with Joan Klagsbrun, PhD, and integrates it into her clinical practice. Higher education includes a doctorate in counseling psychology from Boston College and an MA in teaching from Brown University. She has led poetry workshops with Lexington Community Education, Focusing New England, and at Focusing Oriented Therapy workshops throughout New England

MINDFULNESS, EMBODIMENT, AND DEEP LISTENING*
The Practice of Insight Dialogue with Jan Surrey
Saturday, November 23, 1-4:30pm ~ Insight Dialogue is a relationally engaged meditation practice in the Theravadan Insight tradition. The practice rests on the power of meditating together to cultivate wisdom and compassion and to release the tangled roots of our shared human suffering. In this workshop, we will introduce the six meditation guidelines of Insight Dialogue (pause, relax, open, attune to emergence, listen deeply, and speak the truth). These guidelines support the cultivation of mindfulness, compassion, calm concentration, and embodiment in relationship. Deep listening and authentic speaking become meditation practices in the service of awakening together. Deep listening involves attentive listening beyond just the content of words-to the sounds and qualities of the voice, the nonverbal language and subtle movements of the body, and to the silence beneath the words. This practice has direct application to developing our capacity to be fully present in our lives and to listen deeply in all our relations. This program will include periods of silent meditation and relational practice, dhamma teaching and contemplation. Suitable for anyone new to Insight Dialogue and for those with experience. $35 Base, $45 Sustaining (actual cost of the program), $55 Contributing ~ please preregister - paying at the highest level you can afford helps us make our programs available to as many people as possible. There is also an opportunity to offer additional dana (generosity) for the teacher at the end of the program. Please let us know if finances are an obstacle!
Janet Surrey, PhD, is an Insight Dialogue teacher with the organization Metta Programs. 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. Jan has studied with a number of Vipassana teachers for over twenty-five years and has worked with Gregory Kramer since 2007. Jan is a practicing clinical psychologist and founding scholar of the Jean Baker Miller Training Institute at the Wellesley Centers for Women. She is on the faculty and board of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy

Special Yoga Master Class! ASANA CLINIC with Liz Owen
Saturday, November 23, 4-6:30pm ~ In our time together you will deepen your understanding of asana practice and how you can benefit from it on many levels. We will practice a sequence leading up to a peak pose, including pranayama, vinyasa and sustained asana, then rest in deep relaxation. After a short break, we’ll explore physical and energetic alignments, props, and modifications for the peak pose to build teaching skills. Suitable for teachers, aspiring teachers, and students interested in delving into alignment-based asana practice. $38 or class card x 2 ~ Yoga Alliance CEUs are available for RYTs

New Series!
YOGA LAB: Healthy Neck & Shoulders with Susan Desmarais
Sunday, November 24, 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 neck and shoulders, 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

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

GRATITUDE: A Free Thanksgiving Vinyasa Yoga Class
with Barbara Freedman
Thursday, November 28, 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