Upcoming Workshops, Films & Events
at The Arlington Center

Preregistration is recommended for workshops!




July

YOGA With PROPS
A New Early AM Class with Susan Desmarais & Ruth Knill
Wednesdays, 7:30-8:30am
This new early morning class offers modifications to students in order to encourage weak parts to strengthen and less flexible areas to lengthen. By creating space in the body, props offer a deeper release of tension, allowing one to comfortably hold poses longer, with proper alignment. Individual attention is given, with gentle hands-on adjustments. A lighthearted class with humor. $12 registered, $14 at the door

Special Summer Feldenkrais Series!
TIGHT HAMSTRINGS: Movement Intelligence 'Solutions'
How To Lengthen Your Hamstrings Without Stretching, Straining, Or Paining In Five Easy Lessons with Deborah Lotus
5 Wednesdays, 5:30-7pm, July 20 - August 24 (off August 10)
Shortened, over-taut, cramping hamstrings are an aggravation for many of us; not only in performing yoga asanas, but also hampering our daily lives! After a while, we don't know whether our tight hamstrings 'cause' our inflexibility, or inflexibility 'causes' tight hamstrings - a vicious cycle! In this progressive series, we'll learn how to summon our inborn movement intelligence to the rescue. Based on Bones for Life processes, carefully sequenced for safety, we can find our own 'solutions' for discomfort and limitations in the lower back, lumbar, and thoracic spine, or the dreaded 'pain in the neck'! Drop-ins welcome July 20 & 27, thereafter by permission of the teacher, Deborah Lotus, Movement Specialist. 857-205-5673
$15/class registered, $18 or class card at the door

SOUND HEALING CIRCLE with Brad Brockmann & Comma Williams
Sunday, July 31, 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

Live Improv! An Evening With TRUE STORY THEATER
Saturday, August 13, 7:30-9:30pm
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 our dreams What are our deep hopes for our personal lives and for the world? Have these changed over the years? What dreams have manifested? What's in the way of other dreams getting realized?

Sunday Morning DHARMA TALK & MEDITATION with Lama Tsering
Sunday, August 14, 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, MA

SHAMANIC JOURNEY CIRCLE with Comma Williams
Sunday, August 14, 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

KIRTAN with Shubalananda plus special guests
Saturday, August 20, 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, Karunamayi 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

Special Event! PSYCHODRAMA Open Session with Maria Mellano
Friday, August 26, 7:30pm
Psychodrama is a creative, enlightening use of drama and roleplaying to explore the issues in our lives. Open sessions are offered under the direction of a qualified Psychodramatist. An open session unfolds in an instructional and low key way, introducing you to the process within a safe setting with time for processing and questions. Though therapeutic value is often felt from the experience, open sessions are not psychotherapy and the director is not in the role of therapist. Please join, and invite anyone you like! You may participate as little or as much as you want, and all experience levels - lay and professional - are welcome. $10 at the door - no prior registration is necessary though it is appreciated. Contact Maria Mellano for more information. Application for MaMHCA/MMCEP and Social Work continuing education credits have been submitted for 2 Category 1 credits

Release Into RESTORATIVE YOGA*
with Karen Barbarisi and Keith Herndon
Saturday, August 27, 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 August 24 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

Sunday Morning DHARMA TALK & MEDITATION with Lama Tsering
Sunday, August 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, MA

SOUND HEALING CIRCLE with Brad Brockmann & Comma Williams
Sunday, August 28, 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



September

Special Event! SWAN KIRTAN
Saturday, September 3, 7-9:30pm
Join us for an evening of inspiring music and song with Swan Kirtan, an acclaimed devotional chanting group whose musicians include Ashok Nalamalapu, Kalidasa Joseph Getter, Todd Glacy, Gaura Prana, and Eva Caperon. $15 if received by August 31 ~ $20 from September 1st - register here

DHARMA TALK & MEDITATION with Lama Tsering
Sunday, September 4, 10-12 noon
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, MA

AFRICAN HEALING DANCE: A Training with Wyoma
Sunday, September 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 may 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, May-Jul, & Sep-Nov. The 7-day Intensive runs Sun-Sat. 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

Free Info Session!
MINDFULNESS-BASED STRESS REDUCTION with Sunada Takagi
Wednesday, September 7, 7:15-9pm
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 ~ summer course starting next week is nearly full - register today
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

Special Dance Event!
5 RHYTHMS: An Ecstatic Moving Meditation
with Margaux Skalecki
Friday, September 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 of clothing are great for heating up and cooling down Wear soft soled shoes, socks or move in bare feet

THE ARTIST'S WAY* with Kim Childs
Sunday, September 11, 2-4pm
Are there dreams and creative projects that you'd like to pursue or revisit? Are you asking, "What's next?" or "What do I really want?" in your life and wanting to live more fully expressed? If so join Kim Childs for an introduction to The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity by Julia Cameron. Kim uses exercises from this popular book to guide you to a life that reflects your true passions, preferences, and desires. No artistic experience is required, as the class is for anyone who wants to live from a more creative and authentic place. You'll leave with ideas for eliminating unproductive habits and making time for what you truly love. Bring a favorite journal or notebook if you have one. $18 or class card at the door
Kim Childs is a certified life and career coach specializing in Positive Psychology (aka the 'science of happiness'), creativity and spiritual development. She's also a former NPR reporter and a Kripalu yoga teacher who's been leading Boston-area workshops on Positive Psychology and The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity since 2002. Kim's writing is featured in Chicken Soup for the Soul, Natural Awakenings magazine, the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health resources, and her blog, A Pilgrim on the Path. Visit her at KimChilds.com

SHAMANIC JOURNEY CIRCLE with Comma Williams
Sunday, September 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

BUDDHIST PSYCHOLOGY LECTURE SERIES Returns!
Conversations At The Edge

Monday, September 12, 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 Christopher Willard, PsyD, and Meghan Searl, PhD. 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. 9-month series $175/members, $225/non-members ~ no refunds > missed session

New 8-Week Series!
MINDFULNESS-BASED STRESS REDUCTION** with Sunada Takagi
Wednesdays, September 14 - November 2, 7:15-9:30pm
plus one all-day class on Sunday, October 30, 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. Preregistration required - this course will fill - sign up today
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

KIRTAN with Shubalananda plus special guests
Saturday, September 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, Karunamayi 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
Sunday, September 18, 10-12 noon
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, MA

MINDFULNESS: A Path To Cultivating Joy And Compassion**
An introduction to concepts and meditation practices in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh with Margrit Romang
6 Mondays, 7:45-9:45pm: Sep 19, 26, Oct 3, 17, 31, Nov 14
Practicing and cultivating mindfulness has the capacity to awaken us more fully to our everyday life. By connecting our body and mind through a variety of practices we can learn to be more fully present to ourselves and our experience. We will learn how to transform old habitual patterns, deeply rooted in our unconscious. In the supportive environment of a small group we can safely touch and heal old wounds and grow our capacity for compassion for ourselves and others. This leads to a greater understanding of ourselves and others and develops a deep sense of peace, joy and inner freedom. Let mindfulness coach and meditation teacher Margrit Romang guide you through a series of mindfulness exercises based on essential teachings by Thich Nhat Hanh. Each class will consist of guided sitting and walking meditation and ancient teachings handed down by Margrit's teachers. $175, preregistration required. For information and registration, visit margritromang.com or call 781-643-2565
Margrit Romang, PhD, LMHC has been a student of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh for the past 15 years and received ordination by him into the Order of Interbeing in 2006. Margrit teaches meditation and works as a psychotherapist and mindfulness coach in private practice in Arlington

Special Event! PSYCHODRAMA Open Session with Maria Mellano
Friday, September 23, 7:30pm
Psychodrama is a creative, enlightening use of drama and roleplaying to explore the issues in our lives. Open sessions are offered under the direction of a qualified Psychodramatist. An open session unfolds in an instructional and low key way, introducing you to the process within a safe setting with time for processing and questions. Though therapeutic value is often felt from the experience, open sessions are not psychotherapy and the director is not in the role of therapist. Please join, and invite anyone you like! You may participate as little or as much as you want, and all experience levels - lay and professional - are welcome. $10 at the door - no prior registration is necessary though it is appreciated. Contact Maria Mellano for more information. Application for MaMHCA/MMCEP and Social Work continuing education credits have been submitted for 2 Category 1 credits

Live Improv! An Evening With TRUE STORY THEATER
Saturday, September 24, 7:30-9:30pm
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 the trees & other living things Do you feel an important connection to a particular tree, or to a species of (non-pet) animal, or to a special spot in nature? As city and suburb dwellers, how do we feel most connected to the natural world --and why is that important?

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