Upcoming Workshops, Films & Events
at The Arlington Center

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December

BEING STILL: Cultivating Insight for Wise Action*
A Half-Day Meditation Retreat with Chris Crotty
Saturday, December 14, 1-4:30pm ~ Stillness does not mean inaction. Rather the stability of mind cultivated through meditation is a foundation for discernment. In this half-day retreat we will practice insight meditation through periods of sitting and walking meditation, first to reduce reactivity, then to investigate our own mind. With a clear mind we can see our own habits, patterns, and tendencies, and this allows insight to mature naturally. As our capacity to "see clearly" develops, wisdom grows and is evidenced in our wise response to all of life. Beginners and ongoing students welcome and encouraged to attend. Please preregister - information & registration here
Chris Crotty, a Buddhist teacher, pastoral counselor, and adjunct professor in alternative medicine, is the guiding teacher of Boston Meditation Center. He has practiced meditation since 1998 with Burmese monastics Sayadaw U Inndaka and Sayadaw U Tejaniya, as well as Bhikkhu Analayo; Western monastics of the Zen and Thai Forest tradition; and senior western Vipassana teachers. Chris is an active member of the Center for Spiritual Care and Pastoral Formation. Learn more about Chris here

Release Into RESTORATIVE YOGA*
with Karen Barbarisi & Keith Herndon
Saturday, December 14, 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 also feature gentle chanting and Reiki to sooth and relax. $35 or class card x 2 at the door; $28 if registered by 12/11 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

New Monthly Class!
YOGA For Continuing Students with Liz Owen
Saturday, December 14, 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

Live Music! KIRTAN with Shubalananda & Friends
Saturday, December 14, 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, December 15, 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, December 15, 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 - more at somanautiko.com

AN INNER JOURNEY THROUGH MOVEMENT
Focusing with Shira Karman
Sunday, December 15, 2-4pm ~ Dance/movement therapy and Focusing both provide avenues for accessing and expressing our internal wisdom and knowing. Focusing is an internal process for attending to and accessing our bodily knowing and illuminating new knowing about a situation or issue. Because we take ourselves, and thus our bodies, with us wherever we go, our bodies experience our reality on every level, making it a wisdom-filled vehicle of our being. We will use movement as a way to become more present to our whole body being. We will use movement as a way to access a more enlivened sense of our selves. This can enhance the practice of Focusing And we will use movement as a way to explore the felt sense that arises from Focusing and to share that through the nonverbal language of movement. In these ways our knowing ourselves will be deepened by the experience of moving with Focusing. $25 at the door
Shira Karman, MEd, LMHC, BC-DMT, is a body-centered psychotherapist who has a private practice in Jamaica Plain. She also teaches at Lesley University, at Cambridge College and abroad. She studied dance-movement therapy at Lesley and with teachers across the country. She is certified in Core Energetics and has studied Bioenergetics. She has been integrating Focusing into her work given her studies with Joan Klagsbrun

CONTINUUM: Flow Motion Fridays with Elisabeth Osgood-Campbell
Friday, December 20, 7:15-9:30pm ~ Unwind from the week in an unhurried space where breath, sound, and gentle movement can replenish our nervous systems. Exploring floor-based sequences I design, you may un-digitalize your mind and rest in the fluid intelligence of your body. No previous experience is required; curiosity is the only prerequisite. $35 or class card x 2 at the door
Elisabeth Osgood-Campbell is an experienced movement educator and expressive arts therapist who cherishes the body as an on-going  creative process. A member of the Continuum Teachers Association and Tamalpa Institute's faculty, she facilitates embodied awareness practices for groups and individuals in Boston and New York, and presents internationally on somatic movement therapy and education. For more information click here and here

Special Event! CHRISTMAS DAY YOGA with Barbara Freedman
Wednesday, December 25, 9:30-11am ~ all welcome!
Join in a special Christmas Day yoga flow with modifications for all. Celebrate the holiday season with new friends and old; start a family tradition; renew or create an intention to strive for optimum health in mind and body; and share the precious gift of health. All proceeds and donations will be used for free props and classes for Arlington area seniors in need. $20 or class card at the door (or pay what you can)

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



January

Special Event! FIRST MORNING YOGA with Barbara Freedman
Wednesday, January 1, 10-11:30am ~ all welcome!
You're invited to start the year with an uplifting yogaflow led by Barbara Freedman. 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 and happy day! $20 or class card at the door or sliding scale if needed

Dance! GRAVITY GRIT AND GRACE with Cassandra Brizzi
Saturday, January 4, 12-6pm ~ How does the weight gravity influence the way we move in our bodies and our lives? These questions may come as a surprise to take to the dance floor, yet it is a place of great potential and potency. Life often asks us to move in unexpected and perhaps uncomfortable ways. It requires us remain strong yet flexible. We are learning to embody both fluidity and form, exploring the edge of friction that ignites our spirits but does not set us ablaze. The grit of life, It's raw and real. It's an adventure and we are all on this path together. The stories may vary but the grain of our emotions bind us in being human. This is a shared journey of going to ground and breathing deep as we move toward the medicine of simply coming home to our bodies. This is a revolution and we are the growing body of Love's revolutionaries. The dance floor is sacred space when we can move our experience from the inside out. Here we allow ourselves to be fully expressed following our course with both wild and tender hearts. This shared space holds us in sanctuary and it's here where grace is found. Sliding scale $88-108 ~ for registration questions, contact Cassie at 828-545-3955 or via email
Cassandra Brizzi began her embodiment journey in 1992 beginning with Iyengar Yoga and completed her 500 Hour teacher and was later certified as a massage therapist. In 2005her move to Asheville, NC introduced her to the first 5Rhythms workshop and a whole new passage of body exploration began that changed her deeply from the inside out. Traveling to Europe and all over the US Cassandra has trained with a multitude of teachers including Dance Meditation, Open Floor, BDanced, 5Rhythms and SoulMotion. These practices revealed a passion, creativity and compassion that overflowed into her offerings of free form conscious movement. Cassandra began sharing her musical kaleidoscopes with the ecstatic dance community and later held weekly classes and workshops in various areas around the South East. Cassandra now lives in Western Massachusetts and has begun her movement meditation of Body Oracle in the Northeast

Dharma Film Series presents IN A BETTER WORLD
Saturday, January 4, 7pm ~ As altruistic Danish physician Anton works in a Kenyan field hospital, struggling to repair the harms inflicted by a local warlord, his lonely young son Elias comes to rely on an intense new classmate, Christian, to deal with the school bully back home. Though their parents strive to act virtuously in response to both the world's malevolence and their own marital afflictions, the volatile Christian ushers Elias down a different path—one with explosive repercussions that will extend far beyond their own community. Winner of the 2010 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language film, In A Better World is a gripping, emotional masterpiece from director Susanne Bier (After The Wedding)—an indelible portrait of people trying to do the right thing in the face of inhumanity and loss. Presented with the Institute For Meditaton & Psychotherapy. $10 at the door, with free refreshments and post-film discussion ~ $35 for mental health professionals/CEs

DHARMA TALK & MEDITATION with Lama Tsering Ngodup
Sunday, January 5, 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

Free Info Session!
MINDFULNESS-BASED STRESS REDUCTION with Sunada Takagi
Wednesday, January 8, 7:30-9pm
There’s an increasing body of research showing that mindfulness meditation is good for us – for the body, the mind, and overall well-being. Come learn about the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program, an intensive 8-week course that gets you well on your way to reaping the benefits ~ the full program begins the following week.
Free! All are welcome - no preregistration 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

Release Into RESTORATIVE YOGA*
with Karen Barbarisi and Keith Herndon
Saturday, January 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 October also feature gentle chanting and Reiki to sooth and relax. $35 or class card x 2 at the door; $28 if registered by 1/2 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

DHARMA TALK & MEDITATION with Lama Tsering Ngodup
Sunday, January 12, 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, January 12, 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 - more at somanautiko.com

SHAMANIC JOURNEY CIRCLE with Comma Williams
Sunday, January 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! Join Comma Williams along this monthly crossing into non-ordinary reality to gain insight, information, and clarity about your path going forward. $20 or class card

New 8-Week Series!
MINDFULNESS-BASED STRESS REDUCTION** with Sunada Takagi
Wednesdays, January 15 - March 11, 7-9:15pm (Off Feb 26)
plus one daylong class on Sunday, February 23, 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/sliding scale – preregistration 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

Live Music! KIRTAN with Shubalananda & Friends
Saturday, January 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, 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

PSYCHODRAMA Open Session with Maria Mellano & Joel Thayer
Friday, January 24, 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 BostonPsychodram.com. $20 or class card at the door

New Monthly Class!
YOGA For Continuing Students with Liz Owen
Saturday, January 25, 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

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

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

YOGA THERAPY For Bone & Joint Health with Susan Desmarais
6 Wednesday, 5:15-6:45pm, January 29 - March 4 ~ As we age, our bones and joints begin to deteriorate with wear & tear. Whether one has osteoporosis or arthritis, yoga presents positive 'side effects' for these conditions, including: improved posture, directly addressing spinal fractures; balance, and gait. Yoga practice not only enhances circulation, coordination, range of motion, and strength, but also reduces pain, improves function, and brings about positive mental states. Yoga has been documented to reduce the risk of falling, as well - the main cause of osteoporotic fractures. Join Susan in this 6-week series of explorations in joint and bone strength, stability and mobility. Each session will build upon the others, as skills are developed and expanded upon. There will be a short lecture with an accompanying handout at each session, containing an outline of each class. Susan will include holistic nutritional tips on how to support bone and joint function, with simple methods of tracking improvement, and dietary adjustments. $165 cash or check payable to TAC - preregistration is required by January 22nd for this progressive series - to register, contact Susan at 671-913-0531 or via email
Susan Desmarais is a Yoga Therapy teacher currently under the supervised practicum of Dr. Jaime Stover-Schmidt and Carrie Demers, MD of Spanda Yoga Therapy & Movement, and is also certified in various nutritional/digestive modalities