Upcoming Workshops, Films & Events
at The Arlington Center

Preregistration is recommended for workshops!




February

New! BONES FOR LIFE® 'Chairs'
Embodied Sitting with Deborah Lotus
Wednesdays thru March 14, 5:30-6:45pm
Since we all have to sit, why not learn to do it with awareness? You can learn to find your sitzbones even in bucket seats and plush lounge chairs and driving your car. Knowing where your sitzbones are and what they are doing is key to making any kind of chair into your own personal workout station. Learning goals: sitting down and rising up easily without effort • tune into 'personal ergonomics—yours, not the chairs! • finding your sitzbones on any surface • moving around your central axis • tailored movement solutions for yourself. Any movement ability, age, gender, welcome, especially welcoming to people in wheelchairs. Series $75, drop-in $18 or class card ~ maximum enrollment of 12

Free! MOVEMENT INTELLIGENCE ~ Bones For Life® 'Solutions
An Experiential Evening with Deborah Elizabeth Lotus
Friday,  February 23, 7:30-9:30pm ~ In this free introduction to next week's Bones for Life workshop/training, an assortment of 'Basic Bones' exercises will be offered to give a sense of how to promote strong bones, better alignment, and biological optimism. This evening workshop is free and open to all, and will be suitable for beginners as well as continuing BFL practitioners
Deborah Elizabeth Lotus, GCFP, is a Bones for Life Teacher-Trainer and Movement Specialist. She was personally trained and Certified by Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais in the '70's, and subsequently mentored by Senior Trainer and creator of Movement Intelligence, Dr. Ruthy Alon, from the mid-'70s to present. She has taught both Feldenkrais and Bones for Life in such diverse settings as Harvard and Lesley Universities, Longy and Berklee Schools of Music, the Cambridge Center for Adult Education, and Lexington Community Education

Release Into RESTORATIVE YOGA*
with Karen Barbarisi and Keith Herndon
Saturday, February 24, 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. 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. 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 February 21 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, February 25, 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

CONTINUUM: Moving Inquiry with Megan Bathory-Peeler
Sunday, February 25, 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, with different facets that allow the work to be approached from multiple angles. 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. This can bring about a significant shift in one's life, allowing a fuller sense of one's body, along with a greater trust in it. Continuum is relevant to anyone invested in healing and personal development, curious about the science of the body, engaged in the arts, or actively exploring the spiritual or the unknown. Continuum is both living practice and art form: it reflects and enfolds its continuous evolving nature. 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, February 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



March

MOVEMENT INTELLIGENCE ~ BONES FOR LIFE® 'SOLUTIONS' 
A Training Workshop with Deborah Elizabeth Lotus
March 2-4: Friday, 5:30-7:30pm ~ Saturday, 12-6pm
Sunday, 12:30-4:30pm ~
In this Bones for Life workshop-training  10 "Basic Bones" exercises will be offered to help you build a home practice to promote your "Strong Bones, Better Alignment, and Biological Optimism".  In addition, there will also be offered individual 'advanced'  "Solutions for Optimal Movement" for each participant. This workshop is for personal enhancement of one's own bone strength, skeletal alignment, and 'biological optimism'  and/or this effective movement practice may also be taken as your first step towards becoming a Bones for Life Teacher, Certified by the Foundation for Movement Intelligence. For information on the Bones for Life Program, requirements to become a BFL Teacher, and where to get your questions answered about the complete program, please visit the above link. After this 10-hour weekend training, the program will continue throughout 2018, with the goal of completing all 60 hours/90 'processes'. $190 for personal enhancement; $230 for enrolled teacher trainees, including a separate 1-hour mentoring session. For teachers-in-training, there will be additional fees for teaching manuals, 'bones wrap', weights, and certification fees. Attendance is limited to 12 participants. For more information, email Deborah or call 857-205-5673
Deborah Elizabeth Lotus, GCFP is a Bones for Life Teacher-Trainer and Movement Specialist. She was personally trained and Certified by Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais in the '70's (see Feldenkrais.com); subsequently mentored by Senior Trainer and creator of Movement Intelligence, Dr. Ruthy Alon, from the mid-'70s to present.  She has taught both Feldenkrais and Bones for Life in such diverse settings as Harvard and Lesley Universities, Longy and Berklee Schools of Music, the Cambridge Center for Adult Education, and Lexington Community Education. Please don't hesitate to contact Deborah with any questions; this workshop/training is meant to be an organically developing training; times and format will be jointly decided with on-going students/trainees. with the goal of completing the 60-hour requirement for Certification as a 'Teacher-in-Training' which entitles you to teach your own classes with on-going supervision

Dance! 5 RHYTHMS with Margaux Skalecki
An Ecstatic Moving Meditation
Friday, March 2, 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 warm up, fine tuning our truth in the moment. $15 at the door. Please wear comfortable clothes, soft soled shoes, socks or bare feet

MINDFULNESS & TRAUMA: A Workshop for Women*
A Half-Day Exploration with Julia Barry
Saturday, March 3, 1-4:30pm ~ For many people, mindfulness practice provides refuge from the daily experience of suffering, but for others who have experienced overwhelming life events, mindfulness practice can at times prove overwhelming. “Trauma” is not in the event itself but in how the nervous system responds to the event. Utilizing Somatic Experiencing® principles (mindfulness of body), we will work to develop skills to unwind these nervous system patterns and cultivate various ways to adapt mindfulness practices to better suit our needs. Individual and dyadic practices will be explored. Women’s experiences have been brought to the forefront of collective consciousness recently. While this workshop is not intended to provide a group therapy environment, it is intended to provide a well-held space for women to explore some of their own experiences on a nervous system level and to develop skills and practices to navigate their own nervous system responses in the current climate. $35 basic, $50 sustaining ~ please register here
*All female-identified people welcome

Live Improv! An Evening With TRUE STORY THEATER
Saturday, March 3, 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...hair

DHARMA TALK & MEDITATION with Lama Tsering Ngodup
Sunday, March 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

UNLEASH YOUR CREATIVE SPIRIT With Focusing
Led by Judi Stein and Sophie Glikson
Sunday March 4, 2-4:30pm
As human beings, we all have the unique capacity to be creative in whatever form we choose. When accessing our creative potential, we reawaken a sense of playfulness and purpose, which frequently brings more vitality to our life.  And sometimes the immense joy and sense of satisfaction that is experienced when creating are among the precious gems of life.  At times, however, many of us find it difficult to tap into our innate creative abilities because of our fears, our inner critics, or our lack of confidence. In this workshop, participants will be guided through Focusing and a series of creative experiences to find a pathway into their inner creativity.  Focusing is a mindfulness practice that helps to reveal our internal experience of the events in our lives.  By using a Focusing approach, we can tap into our inner resources and get a sense of what we are experiencing and how we might want to express it. No experience or artistic abilities are necessary. $25 at the door

New! BONES FOR LIFE® 'Chairs'
Embodied Sitting with Deborah Lotus
Wednesdays, March 7 & 14, 5:30-6:45pm
Since we all have to sit, why not learn to do it with awareness? You can learn to find your sitzbones even in bucket seats and plush lounge chairs and driving your car. Knowing where your sitzbones are and what they are doing is key to making any kind of chair into your own personal workout station. Learning goals: sitting down and rising up easily without effort • tune into 'personal ergonomics—yours, not the chairs! • finding your sitzbones on any surface • moving around your central axis • tailored movement solutions for yourself. Any movement ability, age, gender, welcome, especially welcoming to people in wheelchairs. $18 or class card

Free Info Session!
MINDFULNESS-BASED STRESS REDUCTION with Sunada Takagi
Wednesday, March 7, 7:15-8:45pm
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

Dharma Film Series presents PATHS OF THE SOUL
Saturday, March 10, 7pm ~ Paths of the Soul follows a hardy group of Buddhist villagers journeying in all kinds of weather for 750 miles across the Tibetan plateau for seven months on a pilgrimage to Lhasa - a good definition of demanding. Their mode of travel? Doing full prostrations—literally diving onto the ground while sliding forward on thick wooden blocks that protect the hands and full aprons of animal skin that protect the torso—underscores the definition. Each prostration entails three preliminary claps of the hands—signs of taking refuge in the 'Three Jewels' of the Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha while one simultaneously and silently speaks words of refuge to oneself. The entire journey, therefore, is made largely without talking during the actual periods of travel. And yet, this film depicts a journey that is unparalleled in its ordinariness. These are ordinary Tibetans doing what their forebears have ordinarily done for generations. And for what? The explicit goal of such pilgrimages in the Tibetan Buddhist canon is to pray for the well-being and happiness of others. There is a destination (or destinations) for the journey, but the real destination is the inner sanctum in which one gives oneself over to the practice of journeying itself. Paths of the Soul is a different and absorbing kind of road movie: an extraordinary glimpse into a way of being in the world at once unfamiliar and deeply inspiring. Presented with the Institute For Meditation & Psychotherapy. $10 at the door, with free refreshments and post-film discussion; $35/3 CEUs for mental health professionals

SHAMANIC JOURNEY CIRCLE with Comma Williams
Sunday, March 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

New 8-Week Series!
MINDFULNESS-BASED STRESS REDUCTION** with Sunada Takagi
Wednesdays, March 14 - May 9, 7:15-9:30pm (Off April 4),
plus one all-day class on Sunday, April 22, 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

Special Evening with Laney Goodman & The Mother Drum!
WINDS OF CHANGE: Sacred Drum, Chant, & Dance Circle
Saturday, March 17, 7:30-10:30pm ~ doors- open at 7pm
Go ahead, breathe a deep sigh, a long letting go of winter.  Life is singing again in color. With the coming Vernal Equinox on March 20th, we will gather to celebrate life, and to drum and chant in the four cardinal directions....East/Air, South/Fire, West/Water, North/Earth. Bring all kinds of drums and rhythm instruments and a snack to share- thank you! $20 or class card ~ all welcome, including kids ages 9+(no younger children, please, due to ceremonial focus) - scent free space. For more information, any questions, or if you need to borrow a drum, please email Laney and visit sacredwavesofrhythm.com

DHARMA TALK & MEDITATION with Lama Tsering Ngodup
Sunday, March 18, 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

CONTINUUM: Moving Inquiry with Megan Bathory-Peeler
Sunday, March 18, 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, with different facets that allow the work to be approached from multiple angles. 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. This can bring about a significant shift in one's life, allowing a fuller sense of one's body, along with a greater trust in it. Continuum is relevant to anyone invested in healing and personal development, curious about the science of the body, engaged in the arts, or actively exploring the spiritual or the unknown. Continuum is both living practice and art form: it reflects and enfolds its continuous evolving nature. 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

POEMS TO CHANGE YOUR LIFE: Focusing on Mary Oliver
with Sharon Heermance
Sunday March 18, 2-4:30
Around me the trees stir in their leaves and call out, “Stay awhile,” The light flows from their branches. And they call again, “It's simple, they say, ‘ “ and you too have come into the world to do this, to go easy, to be filled with light, and to shine.   
From When I am Among the Trees
Mary Oliver’s poetry offers an eloquent bridge between our internal, human experience and the external natural world. With an accessible style, Oliver invites accepting attention and listening deeply, the essence of a focusing presence. Through time together with Mary Oliver's poems, we will practice Focusing's distinctive process that invites gentle awareness of what echoes inside. We will lean into poems to deepen resonance with our meaningful experiences. Since poetry is more powerful when heard, we will share aloud selected poems of this Pulitzer Prize poet with intention to listen and respond with our body-self. Through turning toward the heart of a poem, we will offer recognition of our felt sense as a compass for our own unfolding life path. No prior reading of poetry is necessary -- the instructor will provide the poems; we will provide each other with an afternoon of focusing and rich sharing. $25 at the door
Sharon Heermance, PhD is a psychologist with a private practice in Arlington, MA. She has studied Focusing with Joan Klagsbrun, Ph.D., and integrates this into her clinical practice. Higher education includes a doctorate in counseling psychology from Boston College and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Brown University. She has led workshops with Lexington and Arlington Community Education that integrate poetry with mindfulness. In 2017, she led workshops blending Focusing with poetry at the Focusing Oriented Therapy conference and with Focusing New England

PSYCHODRAMA: An Open Session with Maria Mellano
Friday, March 23, 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 MariaMellanoTherapy.com
$15 or class card at the door

Release Into RESTORATIVE YOGA*
with Karen Barbarisi and Keith Herndon
Saturday, March 24, 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 March 21 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

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

US PRESIDENTS & YOU with author Herb Pearce
Exemplars of The Enneagram Personality Types
Friday, March 30, 7:30-9:30pm ~ Learn the Enneagram 9 Personality Types by looking at US Presidents who've been exemplars of each type. Discover the real life personalities of your favorite presidents, along with others not so beloved. Herb's new book, Presidential Profiles: Washington to Trump - Enneagram and Myers-Briggs Perspectives, explores the personality types of each of the 45 President. Herb has interesting stories to tell: find out what the Presidents were really like, as well as the times in which they served. You'll learn about your core type and what you have in common with a special President of the same type
$25 or class card + $10 at the door ~ his new book will be available
Herb Pearce is an Arlington-based psychotherapist and personal life coach as well as an authority on the Enneagram. Herb is also the author of Enneagram Basics, Enneagram Beyond the Basics, The Caregiver's Enneagram, Lessons from the River, about the Zen of canoeing, and Herb's Tips for Living. More at herbpearce.com

Live Music! KIRTAN with Shubalananda plus special guests
Saturday, March 31, 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



April

DHARMA TALK & MEDITATION with Lama Tsering Ngodup
Sunday, April 1, 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

Live Improv! An Evening With TRUE STORY THEATER
Saturday, April 7, 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

SHAMANIC JOURNEY CIRCLE with Comma Williams
Sunday, April 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

Free Info Session!
MINDFULNESS-BASED STRESS REDUCTION with Sunada Takagi
Wednesday, April 7, 7:15-8:45pm
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

Dharma Film Series presents THE SALESMAN
Saturday, April 14, 7pm ~ Winner of an Oscar for best foreign film in 2017, Asgar Farhadi’s The Salesman is part thriller and part psychological drama. Returning to the theme of the complexities of marriage, this film has echoes of both Alfred Hitchcock and Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman. The protagonists Emad and Rana are amateur actors playing Willy and Linda Loman in a production of Miller’s signature play. In this play within a film, Farhadi examines how anger and damaged self-esteem can threaten to destroy what we most want to protect. Set in Tehran, The Salesman is a compassionate exposition of the common ground of shared human experience, transcending cultural and geographic boundaries. Presented with the Institute For Meditation & Psychotherapy. $10 at the door, with free refreshments and post-film discussion; $35/3 CEUs for mental health professionals

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

HOW TO BE MINDFUL WITH CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN
Using Focusing Principles to Enrich our Parenting Roles
with Julie Ramsey & Kelley Bothe
Sunday, April 15, 2-4pm ~ 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 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

CONTINUUM: Moving Inquiry with Megan Bathory-Peeler
Sunday, April 15, 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, with different facets that allow the work to be approached from multiple angles. 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. This can bring about a significant shift in one's life, allowing a fuller sense of one's body, along with a greater trust in it. Continuum is relevant to anyone invested in healing and personal development, curious about the science of the body, engaged in the arts, or actively exploring the spiritual or the unknown. Continuum is both living practice and art form: it reflects and enfolds its continuous evolving nature. 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

Special Event! GODDESS LOVES: A Women's Circle**
with Alisa Wright Tanny & Laney Goodman
Wednesday, April 18, 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. Preregistration required - please email Laney and visit sacredwavesofrhythm.com

Yoga Teacher Training! PRISON YOGA PROJECT
Friday-Sunday, April 20-22: Friday, 6:30-10pm
Saturday, 12-7:30pm • Sunday, 10-5:30 ~
Prison Yoga Project, in collaboration with The Arlington Center and Give Back Yoga Foundation, is offering a special training for yoga teachers and committed yoga practitioners interested in working with at-risk populations, including the incarcerated. James Fox, Founder, and Director of Prison Yoga Project will lead the training drawing on his experience of improving mental and behavioral health and teaching life skills through yoga and mindfulness meditation - based on fifteen years of experience teaching at San Quentin and other jails and prisons. The weekend training is intended for anyone interested in bringing yoga to underserved or traumatized populations and will include: PYP's evidence-based, mindfulness infused approach to adapting yoga for those impacted by trauma, including the incarcerated • an in-depth orientation for teaching yoga in the unique socio-cultural environment of prisons • a thorough investigation of the practical application of yoga for emotional and psychological issues • strategies for establishing yoga programs in detention centers and rehabilitation facilities • instruction in specific asana, pranayama and meditation practices that have been proven effective with prisoners • the role yoga and mindfulness play in support of restorative justice principles and practices. Preregistration required - register here!

Live Music! KIRTAN with Shubalananda plus special guests
Saturday, April 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

PSYCHODRAMA: An Open Session with Maria Mellano
Friday, April 27, 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 MariaMellanoTherapy.com
$15 or class card at the door

PATHWAYS TO JOY with Joan Klagsbrun
Bringing Positive Psychology Into your Daily Life
Sunday April 29, 2-4pm ~ Positive Psychology is not about putting a happy face that covers over our important life struggles. It is about balancing suffering by amplifying our authentic well-being.  It is an evidenced-based approach for increasing our capacity (or our clients' capacity) for flourishing, and for fully appreciating our lives. People who have a higher ratio of “positivity” to “negativity” have more energy and better health. In the workshop, we will use Focusing to review several forms of positivity, such as joy, gratitude, serenity, hope, awe and love and to personally explore a few different pillars of Joy, as defined by the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu. Then we will reflect on positive defining moments in our lives that have elevated us or brought us greater connection. We will end by exploring how to have more of these transformative moments. This will be a new workshop covering different material than the previous one. $25 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

Open House ~ All Welcome!
THE YOGA OF ENERGY FLOW 200 & 300hr Teacher Trainings
Sunday, April 29, 6:30pm - free!
Join us for an informal Q & A about the upcoming Yoga Alliance-approved yoga teacher training programs 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

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