Upcoming Workshops, Films & Events
at The Arlington Center

Preregistration is recommended for workshops!




June

MODES OF MINDFULNESS*
A Half-Day Retreat with Adhimutti Bhikkhuni
Saturday, June 30, 1-4:30pm ~ In the gradual training, there are different modes of mindfulness described.  It is helpful to be clear about these different modes, as different modes are suitable for the different contexts that we find ourselves in: from the quietness and simplicity of retreats, to daily life where there are many more demands on our attention.  Being able to shift between these modes is a big help in understanding how to integrate our Dhamma practice into these different contexts in which we find ourselves.  In this half-day program, we will clarify what these different modes of mindfulness are and also discuss how care with our conduct helps and supports the rest of the path. $20 plus teacher dana ~ register here! Questions? Email Against The Stream
Ayya Adhimutti first ordained in Thailand as a mae chee in 2005 at Wat Ram Poeng with Ajahn Suphan, subsequently going forth as a samaneri at Santi Forest Monastery in 2008 and then as a bhikkhuni at Aranya Bodhi in 2010 with Ayya Tathaaloka Theri as preceptor. She is currently based in New Zealand, further developing her meditation and studies

THE 5 RHYTHMS: Art of Light & Shadow with Margaux Skalecki
Saturday, June 30, 7-10pm ~ 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 are. 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 stepping into your Waves of movement and then constantly notice the Rhythms in all life. Preregistration required ~ $38 if received by May 31 ~ see PayPal link at margauxskalecki.com



July

CHAKRADANCE: Journey Within! led by Christabeth Ingold
Sunday, July 1, 1:45-4:45pm ~ Join this fun, insightful 3-hr movement workshop as you are led through an inner journey of your wisdom filled chakra system. Chakradance is like a moving meditation, where you simply allow your body to move your spirit, and your spirit to move your body. Dance down your bones to the delicious vibrations Chakradance offers, release and heal, and receive messages from your own heart. We will also experience meditation and create a mandala as part of your process. Please wear comfortable clothing to move in, and bring water and a journal. No experience necessary with movement or the chakras! All welcome on this beautiful journey! $45 Please RSVP via email or call 413.204.8802 ~ check out soulfullynourishing.com to learn more

DHARMA TALK & MEDITATION with Lama Tsering Ngodup
Sunday, July 1, 10-12 ~ 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

LIVING DANGEROUSLY: Finding Safety Through Discomfort*
A Half-Day Workshop with Chris Crotty and Rod Owens
Saturday, July 7, 2-5:30pm ~ Pursuing a spiritual practice confronts us with a paradox. For instance, in order to feel more safe and empowered in the world, we must become familiar with discomfort. In fact, we must become skilled in navigating and understanding the truth about discomfort. Spiritual practice can call attention to the reality that being uncomfortable doesn’t mean we are unsafe. The same can be said of our relationships, as well as our involvement with community. The forms of our life (dharma practice, relationship, community) that can help free us can also be challenging places to practice. This program with Chris and Rod explores questions that arise as we surrender to relationship with others while simultaneously utilizing those relationships to strengthen our own sense of safety and agency. Through meditation and mindful dialogue we will explore core Buddhist principles such as appropriate speech, kindness, honesty, and non-harm alongside themes that are relevant to the lives of program participants. Our intention for this program is to identify within the vulnerability that we share as human beings ways that we can care for each other through a better understanding of our own habits, fears, and desires. $35 basic, $50 sustaining ~ 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) at the end of the program. Register here, selecting your preferred pricing option from the drop-down menu and then click the button to submit payment via PayPal; in a day or two you will receive a confirmation email. Questions? Email Against The Stream

THE RASAMAYA METHOD: Yoga** with Carrie Tyler
A 30hr Teacher Training
July 7-8: Saturday, 12-7 - Sunday, 9-5
This course was created for movement teachers and dedicated students looking to deepen their practice. Each elemental module in this course contains education on asana, anatomy, philosophy, mudras and pranayama and is structured to be a sensory experience that has the feeling of a retreat instead of a workshop. Morning sessions will start with soulful meditation and vinyasa yoga flow before diving into the external practices of asana, sequencing and somatic explorations. Our afternoons will be devoted to developing the internal practices of soul-digging philosophy, pranayama, meditation and mudras. Carrie Tyler is known for her creative sequencing, and a key focus of the course is learning Rasamaya elementally based sun salutes and gaining skills to create your own innovative, authentic yoga sequences that are guaranteed to enrich your practice and your life. You will leave these days exhausted, but deeply satisfied. Rasamaya translates from Sanskrit as “fluid.” At its simplest; Rasamaya is a lifestyle that empowers you to seek out the beauty in your life every single day. It’s about finding a fluid life both on and off the mat. As a methodology, Rasamaya intelligently merges integrative medicine, neuroscience, and exercise science with the wisdom of yoga philosophy as it applies to modern life. It utilizes the ancient theory of the nine major rasas (or core emotions) as a base to create inspiration in yoga classes. These nine core emotions are wonder (adbhuta rasa), fear (bhayanaka rasa), joy (hasya rasa), disgust (vibhatsa rasa), anger (raudra rasa), courage (veera rasa), compassion (karuna rasa), love (sringara rasa) and peace (shanta rasa). These nine are everything. To intimately know them is to deeply know yourself and your life. Be a spiritual badass. #RasamayaLife #LiveInspired. Preregistration required here
Carrie Tyler, E-RYT 500, RN, C-IAYT, CPT
(E-RYT 500 = Yoga Alliance 500hr Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher & Teacher Trainer, RN= Registered Nurse, C-IAYT = Certified International Yoga Therapist, CPT = National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer)
is a twenty plus year veteran of teaching movement, known for her playful style of teaching and her strong knowledge of anatomy and alignment. She is the creator of the Rasamaya Method, an internationally recognized and trademarked system of movement and holistic chronic pain management that merges integrative medicine and exercise science with the wisdom of yoga philosophy. She is a writer and business consultant for both the fitness and medical industries. Her work has been featured in numerous national magazines such as Pilates Style and Mantra magazines, and conferences including Wanderlust Festival and Yoga Journal Conference. When she isn’t presenting, seeing clients, or teaching, she works as a hospice and palliative nurse, helping people transition from life to death. In her spare time, she walks the beach and watches the world fly past while riding pillion on her husband’s motorcycle. Visit Carrie at rasamaya.com

Open House ~ All Welcome!
THE YOGA OF ENERGY FLOW 200hr Teacher Training
Sunday, July 8, 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

SHAMANIC JOURNEY CIRCLE with Comma Williams
Sunday, July 8, 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

THE 5 RHYTHMS with Margaux Skalecki
Ecstatic Dance Practice & Authentic Relating
Friday, July 13, 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

Live Improv! An Evening With TRUE STORY THEATER
Saturday, July 14, 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 human magnetism When have you been strongly attracted to or repelled by another person? What qualities tend tp attract you or push you away? How do these forces play out regarding people in the limelight, such as political and media celebrities? Let's learn from an exchange of stories about ways to constructively manage these basic feelings

DHARMA TALK & MEDITATION with Lama Tsering Ngodup
Sunday, July 15, 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

YOGA SUMMER CAMP: Weeklong Morning Yoga For Adults
with Annie Hoffman
Monday-Friday, July 16-20 & 23-27, 7-9am
Join Iyengar yoga teacher Annie Hoffman for a two-week yoga retreat in your home town - sometimes a stay-cation can do more to add a spacious and new outlook to your life than the work to get away from it all.  Each morning a new sequence will align your body, inspire your mind and open the heart of being human. Come to one or both weeks and jump start your summer intention to cultivate liberation and strength. $150/week, $35/session ~ attend any day or week ~ all levels welcome

Release Into RESTORATIVE YOGA*
with Karen Barbarisi and Keith Herndon
Saturday, July 21, 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 July 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 Music! KIRTAN with Shubalananda & Friends
Saturday, July 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 shubalananda.com

Special Event!
FEARLESS INTUITION: A Training* with Betsy Smith
Friday, July 27, 6:30-9:30pm
Ever feel scared and unsure? Wonder what you need to gain the courage to step into a bigger, truer life? Your higher self will always say “Be fearless.” In this workshop, Betsy will teach meditation and reiki energy practices that will help you listen and actually hear your higher self, contact your spirit guides, and begin to cultivate your bravery so you can press go and never look back. $59 - information and registration here and at fearlessintuition.com

SHAMANIC DANCE JOURNEY with Margaux Skalecki**
Saturday, July 28, 7-10pm ~ Shamans and lay people alike have used dance and journeying as a way of healing, insight, letting go, connection, grace, purpose and clarity. In this experiential workshop, one of our intentions is to seek deeper knowledge of the innate sacredness we are born with. An awakening and remembering that we indeed are leaders who stand strong for ourselves and others. The ways of a deep honoring to the ones who came before us and the wisdom they hold and teach us in realms unseen. We let go of the untrue teachings that were ingrained in us from infancy. We also carry the DNA and breath of our ancestors which may or may not have assisted us here on this earth plan. We will ask them to come to us with deep love and assist us to release the DNA that no longer serves us. As we dance and journey into maps of inner vision, we move closer to our heart and our truth. We will journey to also meet an ally who is one of our protectors and medicine guides who walk with us on this earth plane. Our Medicine Bag: Intention, Mindfulness, Journeying, Dancing, 5 Rhythms, yoga, and other treats. Bring a journal, a feather if you have one, a snack, a sacred object, your curiosity, willingness and a friend. This experiential workshop is open to all levels of experiences. Wear comfortable and layers of clothing to warm up, cool down and to move in. Wear soft soled shoes, socks or dance in bare feet. Please feel free to contact me with questions. $35 - preregistration required ~ see PayPal link at margauxskalecki.com ~ a few study spaces available
Margaux Skalecki BFA, MA studied shamanism extensively with John Perkins and The Dream Change Coalition and became a certified practitioner in the 1990s. She is also a certified healer and medium of the Spiritualist churches, an animal communicator, a Reiki Master, a certified 5 Rhythms teacher and a registered E Yoga teacher. Through the many teachings with John Perkins, Margaux had the amazing and profound opportunity to study deep teachings with many shamans from South America especially the Shaur and the Quechua. Margaux has also studied with Christina Pratt and Don Alberto and is humbled and grateful for the mysteries of knowledge and love that await us in each journey

CONTINUUM: Moving Inquiry with Megan Bathory-Peeler
Sunday, July 29, 12:30-4:30pm
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 a gemlike movement and sound-based practice of awareness. Unfolding as moving mindfulness, Continuum consistently brings one into the present moment through simple awareness of 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 on 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 weekly in Greenfield, MA and will start teaching in Europe in 2018

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



August

DHARMA TALK & MEDITATION with Lama Tsering Ngodup
Sunday, August 5, 10-12
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 5 RHYTHMS with Margaux Skalecki
Ecstatic Dance Practice & Authentic Relating
Friday, August 10, 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

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 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, 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

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

CONTINUUM: Moving Inquiry with Megan Bathory-Peeler
Sunday, August 26, 12:30-4:30pm
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 a gemlike movement and sound-based practice of awareness. Unfolding as moving mindfulness, Continuum consistently brings one into the present moment through simple awareness of 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 on 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 weekly in Greenfield, MA and will start teaching in Europe in 2018

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