Upcoming Workshops, Films & Events
at The Arlington Center

Preregistration is recommended for workshops!




September

Special Event! GODDESS LOVES: A Women's Circle**
with Alisa Wright Tanny & Laney Goodman
Wednesday, September 26, 2-5pm ~ Take an embodied journey into the wheels of light, nourishing the creative shakti that dances through each of our cells and activates our embodied presence and power. This feminine empowerment & chakra activation will be supported by toning, soundscapes, sacred drum & chant, yogaflow & BodyDance™. We’ll explore authentic embodied expression and reclaim our playful relationship to the presence, power & pleasure in the blossoms of our alignment: pelvis~belly~womb. Please bring a journal, colored pencils, and a scarf or wrap. $40 - preregistration required - save your space with Alisa@theEmbodimentSanctuary.com or call 413-695-6950. Find out more about Alisa at TheEmbodimentSanctuary.com, and about Laney at sacredwavesofrhythm.com

New 8-Week Series!
MINDFULNESS-BASED STRESS REDUCTION** with Sunada Takagi
Wednesdays, September 26 - November 14, 7-9:15pm
plus one daylong class on Sunday, November 4, 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

ULTIMATE COURAGE with David Spound & Daniel Ellenberg
Self-Compassion Training Workshop for Men
Saturday-Monday, September 29 - October 1 ~ Many men find that traditional roles no longer work or serve them well. Age-old male norms have become recipes for shame, anxiety, and feelings of alienation which can lead to stress, relationship problems, workplace difficulties, substance abuse, damaging behavior, anger, and depression. To meet the evolving needs of men in today's society, we have created Ultimate Courage —- a powerful, interactive, skill-building workshop that draws from ancient wisdom traditions, modern neuroscience, and psychological research. In this workshop, we encourage men to discover and embrace their real strengths, while also bringing kindness and understanding to their difficulties. A series of interactive, reflective, and meditative exercises develop practical skills for meeting the challenges of modern life with greater insight, resilience, and compassion. Participants will discover how: exploring practices of self-compassion involving mindfulness, common humanity, and self-kindness can bring wisdom, strength, and healing ~ being with a group of men in honest and courageous ways can help us overcome feelings of failure, isolation, fear, anger, shame, and not fitting in ~ finding a middle path between the extremes of harsh self-criticism and self-indulgence can result in greater happiness, life satisfaction, and achievement ~ engaging in practices of mindfulness and self-compassion can help us develop more productive and comfortable relationships with ourselves, family members, friends, and colleagues. For more information and to register, please click here: http://ultimatecourage.org. Read more about men's vulnerability and courage here, and at Daniel Ellenberg's blog
David Spound, MEd is a meditation teacher and trainer from Northampton, MA where he offers Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) courses through his company Valley Mindfulness. David also leads silent meditation retreats and online mindfulness training programs. David is a former staff member and at the UMass Center for Mindfulness, and he currently leads programs for the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion and the UCSD Center for Mindfulness
Daniel Ellenberg, PhD is a leadership coach, licensed therapist, seminar leader, and group facilitator. He is a principle in both Rewire Leadership Institute and Relationships That Work. He leads Strength with Heart men's groups and seminars, and is a founding member of the Men's Counseling Guild. He has been leading weekly men's groups for over 30 years. He is a board member of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom and co-author of Lovers for Life: Creating Lasting Passion, Trust, and True Partnership

AWARE: The Science and Practice of Presence
A special evening with Dr. Dan Siegel
to benefit the Cambridge Insight Meditation Center

Saturday, September 29, 7-9pm at
First Church, 11 Garden St, Cambridge

Join Dr. Dan Siegel for his only Boston-area presentation of his latest book, Aware: The Science and Practice of Presence. Just released, this book provides practical instruction for mastering the Wheel of Awareness, a life-changing tool for cultivating more focus, presence and peace in one’s day-to-day life. An in-depth look at the science that underlies meditation’s effectiveness, Aware will teach readers how to harness the power of the principle “Where attention goes, neural firing flows and neural connection grows.” Dan Siegel reveals how developing a Wheel of Awareness practice to focus attention, open awareness and cultivate kind intention can literally help you grow a healthier brain and reduce fear, anxiety and stress in your life. Whether you have no experience with a reflective practice, or you are an experienced meditator, Aware: The Science and Practice of Presence will help you to become more focused and present, as well as more energized and emotionally resilient in the face of stress and the everyday challenges life throws your way.
This program is made possible through the generosity of Dan Siegel. All proceeds benefit the Cambridge Insight Meditation Center. For more information, and to register, please click here. Your registration includes a hard-cover copy of Dan’s book. Thank you for your generous support. First Church is a short walk from the Harvard Square subway station on the MBTA Red Line

THE 5 RHYTHMS: Art of Light & Shadow with Margaux Skalecki
Saturday, September 29, 7:30-10:30pm ~ And 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. 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 practice of stepping into your Waves of movement and then constantly notice the Rhythms in all live. Preregistration required ~ $38 if received by September 26 ~ see PayPal link at margauxskalecki.com

DHARMA TALK & MEDITATION with Lama Tsering Ngodup
Sunday, September 30, 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

FOCUSING: A Mindful Practice for Insight & Stress Reduction
with Beilah Ross, LICSW
Saturday, September 30, 2-4pm ~ Focusing is a quiet, meditative and gentle way to get in touch with one’s whole sense of a problem or situation. It helps us go beyond intellectualized views and gain direct access to deeper and more authentic experience. This introspective six-step process uses a “felt sense” or body wisdom, to let personal life issues surface, become clearer and move in the direction of change. Developed by Eugene Gendlin, Ph.D., Focusing teaches a radical shift in attitude towards the self where one employs curiosity, kindness, friendliness and compassion as we listen attentively to what arises from within. The technique of Focusing is useful in reducing stress and in enhancing health. It also helps access creativity and deepen spirituality. Focusing is a tool to help renew one’s energy and sense of well-being, and to become more “in touch” with oneself. Through explanation, demonstration and experiential exercises, this workshop will introduce you to the Focusing process, give you an opportunity to practice and discover how you might carry this experience forward in your life. The workshop is for those new to Focusing as well as those who have some experience and want more practice. $25 payable by check or cash at the door
Beilah Ross, LICSW is in private practice, works with adults, couples and children. In addition to talk therapy, she uses mindfulness, relaxation, EMDR and Focusing to help people connect with their inner wisdom. She also teaches Focusing to individuals and groups

SOUND HEALING CIRCLE with Brad Brockmann & Comma Williams
Sunday, September 30, 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



October

Special Training!
YOGA FOR BACK CARE: Working With Pain & Scoliosis
with Deborah Wolk, founder of New York's
Samamkaya Yoga Back Care & Scoliosis Collective
Friday-Sunday, October 5-7 ~ Join celebrated NY back care yoga specialist Deborah Wolk for an in-depth practical training on yoga for the back - how to care for the spine, optimizing function and addressing common issues. Grounded in the essential anatomy of the back, you'll learn basic and advanced skills to work intelligently with scoliosis, disk herniations, excessive kyphosis & lordosis, lumbar or neck pain, spondylolisthesis, and other back conditions - both for yourself and others.
Friday: Anatomy of the Spine, 7:30-9:30pm  Explore the back's structure, and how it moves - information essential to the weekend’s material
Saturday: Yoga for Back Care: Yoga for acute back pain, 12-2:30pm ~ Yoga for Chronic Pain, 3:30-6pm
Deborah will teach a direct approach to relief  and awareness addressing all types of chronic back pain and alignment issues such as disc herniation, spondylolisthesis, swayback, whiplash and kyphosis. The Yoga poses practiced in this workshop with a specific focus can be the key to alleviating pain and creating more balance in the body. This workshop is for students of all levels who wish to work on any issues related to pain and discomfort in the back and for teachers wishing to learn more about how to work with these issues: physiology of such back issues as: disc herniation and other disc issues, kyphosis, lordosis, spondylolisthesis, sciatica, neck and shoulder issues ~ physiology of degenerative bone diseases: osteoporosis, arthritis ~ muscular issues ~ how to “see” and address postural problems and move towards the neutral curves of the spine ~ defining and describing pain ~ asana and modifications for acute & chronic back issues/pain
Sunday: Yoga for Scoliosis, 9-1
Deborah will introduce participants to the structure of the spine, the anatomy of scoliosis and how it affects one’s physiology and health. Yoga asanas and principles of sequencing will be practiced and modified for different curvatures and pain issues. Participants will learn how to develop a yoga practice which specifically addresses their own patterns and needs using awareness and alignment: defining scoliosis and asymmetry through spinal anatomy ~ understanding and “seeing” lateral asymmetry and rotation ~ how scoliosis affects spatial and balance issues ~ how scoliosis affects the nervous system and can create joint issues and pain ~ asana to realign and connect with the limbs ~ asana and breath techniques to create awareness, relieve pain, balance the nervous system and possibly stabilize the curves themselves.
Cost Early bird discount if payment received by 9/21: $165 full training, $45 Friday, $95 Saturday, $55 Sunday
Registrations if payment received after 9/21: $215 full training, $55 Friday, $115 Saturday, $65 Sunday

Deborah Wolk, C-IAYT has been teaching and working with students with back issues, scoliosis, and other injuries for over 17 years. She has trained with Bobbie Fultz, Elise Browning Miller, Genny Kapuler, Kevin Gardiner, Donald Moyer, and the Iyengar family - her use of yoga to address her own scoliosis informs the work she does to help others. Deborah co-founded the Yoga Union Center for Backcare & Scoliosis in 2007, and founded Samamkaya Yoga Back Care & Scoliosis Collective in 2015. Deborah teaches workshops, retreats, and teacher trainings on Back Care & Scoliosis in New York City, across the US, and internationally, as well as a private practice

Release Into RESTORATIVE YOGA*
with Karen Barbarisi and Keith Herndon
Saturday, October 6, 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 October 3rd 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, October 6, 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

Special Class! BACK CARE FOR BEGINNERS with Deborah Wolk
Sunday, October 7, 2:30-4:30pm ~ Join celebrated NY back care yoga specialist Deborah Wolk for an introductory class teaching the basic skills you need to practice asana with back issues. You'll learn how to find your alignment and utilize props to work skillfully with scoliosis, disk herniations, kyphosis, lordosis, lumbar or neck pain, spondylolisthesis, or any other back issues. At the end of the class you may experience less pain, find more freedom and fluidity of movement, and experience a lightness of being. $30 or class card x 2 at the door ~ all are welcome!

AFRICAN HEALING DANCE: A Training with Wyoma
Sunday, October 7 & 21, 6:45-9:45pm featuring
SOLE 2 SOUL African Dance Class, 6:45-7:45pm
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 October 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, October-Jul, & Sep-Nov. The 7-day Training Intensive runs Sun-Sat, 4 hrs/day ~ next Intensive October 6-12 ~ contact Wyoma for details at 617-823-6053. Sole 2 Soul $15/18; 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

HOW TO BE MINDFUL WITH CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN
Using Focusing Principles to Enrich our Parenting Roles
with Julie Ramsey & Kelley Bothe
Wednesday, October 10, 7:30-9:30pm ~ In this workshop, we will explore how, as parents and grandparents, we can enhance our capacity to be more attuned to our children and ourselves in mindful, fresh, and creative ways. Using focusing principles we will discuss how reflective listening, curiosity and non-judgmental attitudes can nurture our relationships with our children. We will explore ways to help children connect with themselves and expand their ability to understand their feelings more deeply. Through case examples and experiential exercises, we will apply the principals of Focusing to our relationships with the children in our lives
$25 payable by check or cash at the door
Julie Ramsey, LICSW, Certified Focusing-Oriented Therapist, is a psychotherapist in private practice in Wellesley. She works with adolescents, families, and adults in individual and couples therapy
Kelley Bothe, LICSW is a psychotherapist in Wellesley and Concord. Kelley is a Certified Focusing Trainer and enjoys teaching classes for beginning and experienced Focusers

THE 5 RHYTHMS with Margaux Skalecki
Ecstatic Dance Practice & Authentic Relating
Friday, October 12, 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

AWAKENING TOGETHER: The Power of Spiritual Friendship
A Half-Day Retreat with Janet Surrey
Saturday, October 13, 1-4:30pm ~ This retreat will be an introduction to Insight Dialogue, a fully engaged relational meditation practice in the Theravadan tradition. Insight Dialogue brings together meditative awareness, the wisdom teachings of the Buddha, and the power of relationship to support insight into the nature, source, and release of human suffering. In this retreat we will introduce the six meditative guidelines of Insight Dialogue: Pause, Relax, Open, Attune to Emergence, Listen Deeply, and Speak the Truth. We will explore the importance of spiritual friendship on the Path, and how Insight Dialogue practice supports our capacity for nourishing spiritual friendship in our lives. The retreat will be held in Noble Silence as we explore the power of listening and speaking out of Silence. The retreat is appropriate for those new and experienced with Insight Dialogue. Prior meditation experience is suggested. Sponsored by Against The Stream. Register here: $35 basic, $50 sustaining ~ paying at the highest level you can afford helps ATS make their programs available to as many people as possible ~ there is also an opportunity to offer additional dana (generosity) at the end of the program
Janet Surrey, PhD is an Insight Dialogue teacher. 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. Read more about Jan here

Dharma Film Series presents THE LAST DALAI LAMA?
Saturday, October 13, 7pm ~ So long space remains…so long sentient being remain…so long suffering remain…I will remain…in order to serve. That is the real purpose of our life. These are the words that begin this inspiring documentary of The 14th Dalai Lama, who may well be the last of his lineage. Excerpts from many talks and interviews illuminate his meaning here as well as its implications. With disarming simplicity, the Dalai Lama explains the central purpose of the Buddhist Path along with the motivation for traveling it. A great wave of compassion seems to emanate from him throughout The Last Dalai Lama?, engendering the understanding that it is both a cause and a result that stem from a true and deep understanding of the nature of mind. Presented with the Institute For Meditation & Psychotherapy. $10 at the door, with free refreshments and post-film discussion; $35/2 CEUs for mental health professionals

DIVINE SLEEP™ YOGA NIDRA: A Workshop with Juin Cohen
Sunday, October 14, 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. $18 or class card ~ suitable for all levels

SHAMANIC JOURNEY CIRCLE with Comma Williams
Sunday, October 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, visible in this world. $15 or class card

Free Info Session!
GRIEF in the Light of Mindfulness and Compassion
with Yasemin Isler
Tuesday, October 16, 8-9:30pm
Come explore the possiblity of community, transformation, hope and being with our grief. Whether you have the opportunities to share the depths of your loss and grief in the company of others, or not, this forum offers the undivided attention to be fully present to grief, as part of the normal human condition. In this free info session about the 8-week program beginning October 30th, we’ll look at ways mindfulness and compassion can help us hold grief, being present and moving through it. Let’s honor ourselves, our loved ones, our grief, death and life. Free - all are welcome - no preregistration required - more at www.griefcircles.com
Yasemin Isler, MA, Mindfulness Studies, is a meditation teacher, transformational life coach and hospice volunteer. She focuses on grief, death, transformation and living fully. Her desire and goal continues to be present for others who walk the journey of grief, loss, hope and transformation. Find out more about her at www.griefcircles.com

Live Music! KIRTAN with Shubalananda & Friends
Saturday, October 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. 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, October 21, 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

CONTINUUM: Moving Inquiry with Megan Bathory-Peeler
Sunday, October 21, 1:45-4:45pm
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

Special! THE 20 GUNAS OF AYURVEDA
A Lens For Understanding Ourselves And The World
A Workshop with Emmie Stamell
October 27, 2-4pm ~ The gunas, or qualities, of Ayurveda offer a way of understanding all substances and actions including food, medicine, emotions, thoughts -- all that exists! -- that is profoundly beneficial to our well being. We will come to appreciate how the gunas relate to the 3 doshas (vata, pitta, kapha), and practice some yoga. Dress comfortably! $28 or class card x 2
Emmie Roe Stamell is honored to take you on this journey into Ayurveda, a sister science to yoga and India's traditional medicine. She is a yoga teacher and Ayurvedic practitioner, among other things - more at sukhayoga.org

How to Launch (or Grow) YOUR SPEAKING BUSINESS**
A Workshop Series with Susie Arnett, Kripalu's Program Director
Saturday, October 27, 2:30-4:30pm ~ Now that you’ve developed your expertise, maybe even written a book, are you interested in sharing your knowledge with a larger audience? Or have you started doing some speaking but want to get into larger venues and speak to larger crowds? Whether you already have a workshop or talk idea or if you’re just curious about what it takes to build a speaking business, this workshop will give you concrete and practical information you can use right away. You’ll discover: an overview of the range of different kinds of speaking opportunities and where you fit in ~ Current marketing strategies that can be done on a budget including how to use video, social media, content and grass-roots marketing to find your unique audience and communicate your message ~ a blueprint for how to reach out to the best venues for your work, along with ways of titling and describing it that express your distinctiveness and appeal to a variety of venues. $26 - preregistration required here ~ series continues on Dec 1, Jan 20, Feb 23

Samhain ~ Honor The Ancestors!
SACRED DRUM, CHANT & DANCE with the Mother Drum* led by
Laney Goodman, Dave Estes, Kathleen Rouleau,
Leah Emerson & Tribe
Saturday, October 27, 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

Live! USTAD KAMAL SABRI & PREMIK RUSSELL TUBBS
Indian Classical Music & Fusion
Sunday, October 28, 2-4pm ~ Join acclaimed Indian virtuoso Ustad Kamal Sabri and a host of international artists for a thrilling performance of classical Indian ragas on sarangi (like a sitar) and East-West fusions with Premik, celebrated flute and sax accompanist for Sting, Ravi Shankar, Mahavishnu John McLaughlin, James Taylor, Carlos Santana, Krishna Das and many more. $20 suggested donation ~ limited space ~ please preregister here or call 617-299-0970. Sample the sarangi music here, and Premik’s joyful heart-opening music here

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

Special Program!
GRIEF in the Light of Mindfulness and Compassion**
with Yasemin Isler
8 Tuesdays, October 30 – December 18, 8-10pm
plus one daylong class on Saturday, Dec 15, 12-6pm
Welcome to a community of transformation, hope and being with our grief. Whether you have the opportunities to share the depths of your loss and grief in the company of others, or not, this forum offers the undivided attention to be fully present to grief, as part of the normal human condition. In this 8-week program including a daylong class, learn and practice strategies for holding, being present to, and moving through, your grief. We will participate in a healing circle that introduces mindfulness and compassion based techniques. The practices you will learn may be supportive during times of both coping with grief and adjusting to the new life situations. The guided sessions are specifically designed for those who are grieving. They are held with sensitivity to the needs of the bereaved. Program content is created with the foundations of bereavement research, wisdom of contemplative traditions and personal experiences. Let’s honor ourselves, our loved ones, our grief, death and life
$195-495 on sliding scale – preregistration required here
Yasemin Isler, MA, Mindfulness Studies, is a meditation teacher, transformational life coach and hospice volunteer. She focuses on grief, death, transformation and living fully. Her desire and goal continues to be present for others who walk the journey of grief, loss, hope and transformation. Find out more about her at www.griefcircles.com



November

THE 5 RHYTHMS with Margaux Skalecki
Ecstatic Dance Practice & Authentic Relating
Friday, November 2, 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

Dharma Film Series presents LUCKY
Saturday, November 3, 7pm ~ A fiercely independent 90-year-old living a gritty solitary existence on the outskirts of a small Western desert town, Lucky is a survivor—a man whose oddly comical daily habits are as deeply ingrained as the lines of care in his craggy face. When Lucky’s routine is disrupted by an unexpected but inevitable turn of events, he finds himself standing at the precipice, gazing into the unknown. Nearing the end of a long life unencumbered by religious belief, he finds himself suddenly in motion, embarked on a spiritual journey that might include reflection, recrimination, and even blazing realization. In the last and perhaps greatest role of his career, Harry Dean Stanton’s Lucky is a presence as elemental as the red rocks and cacti looking on, alive in this sublime cinematic meditation on karma and connection. Presented with the Institute For Meditation & Psychotherapy. $10 at the door, with free refreshments and post-film discussion; $35/2 CEUs for mental health professionals

DHARMA TALK & MEDITATION with Lama Tsering Ngodup
Sunday, November 4, 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

WRITING STORIES FROM OUR LIVES
Focusing and Memoir with Joan Klagsbrun & Julian Miller
Sunday, November 4, 2-4pm ~ Focusing is very much an artistic process--moving us towards what is surprising and revelatory. In this workshop we will explore how memoir (freshly recollected history of one's life) and Focusing (a way of freshly revealing oneself to oneself) can work synergistically
$25 payable by check or cash at the door
Joan Klagsbrun, PhD, a psychotherapist in private practice,  has been teaching Focusing internationally to psychotherapists, educators, healthcare providers and the public for over three decades on seven continents. Her current passion is crossing Focusing with creative expression and positive psychology
Julian Miller has been a writer for 40 years and Focuser for 20 years. He celebrates the synergy of these two practices. His current passion is poetry and memoir writing. He is the author of two books, Breaking Through and Symptoms

PSYCHODRAMA: An Open Session with Maria Mellano
Friday, November 9, 7:30pm ~ all welcome!
An Open Session is aimed at introducing people to Psychodrama. It is instructional, experiential and low key - a great way to experience the greatness of Psychodrama within a safe setting. Though therapeutic value is often felt from the experience, Open Sessions are not psychotherapy sessions and the director is not present in the role of psychotherapist. Open Sessions are for participants to experience the Psychodramatic method as an introduction, with time for questions, and all experience levels are welcome. Prior registration is requested but not required. All interested lay persons and professionals are welcome. Offered by Maria Mellano, LICSW. For more information and to register, please visit MariaMellanoTherapy.com. $15 or class card at the door

SHAMANIC JOURNEY CIRCLE with Comma Williams
Sunday, November 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, visible in this world. $15 or class card

Release Into RESTORATIVE YOGA*
with Karen Barbarisi and Keith Herndon
Saturday, November 17, 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 November 14th 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, November 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. 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, November 18, 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

CONTINUUM: Moving Inquiry with Megan Bathory-Peeler
Sunday, November 18, 1:45-4:45pm
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

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