Upcoming Workshops, Films & Events
at The Arlington Center

Preregistration is recommended for workshops!




December

Live Music! KIRTAN with Shubalananda & Friends
Saturday, December 15, 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, December 16, 10am-12noon
You’re invited to receive Buddhist teachings (dharma), practice meditation, and experience the relevance and benefits of Buddhist philosophy and meditation in daily life. People of all ages, backgrounds, and beliefs are welcome to this freely offered biweekly event ~ donations gratefully accepted 
Tsering Ngodup is a lama, or spiritual teacher, authorized to teach by HH ShaMar Rinpoche. He has devoted over twenty years to sharing the religious and spiritual teachings of Tibetan Buddhism in the West. He has traveled across the world, translating and interpreting Buddhist teachings for highly accomplished Tibetan lamas and masters from all four schools of Tibetan Buddhism. He is currently a chaplain at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

CONTINUUM: Moving Inquiry* with Megan Bathory-Peeler
Sunday, December 16, 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

YOGA DANCE FOR CAREGIVERS with Addie Dublin 
Compassionate and Joyful Movement to Music
Sunday, December 16th, 6:45-8pm ~ For individuals who care for others in their professional or personal life, this is a chance to redirect that compassionate energy inward. Experience an energizing and joyful way to nurture your body, mind, heart and spirit! Let Your Yoga Dance® is a unique approach to movement that uses the body’s seven energy centers as a guide to gently and compassionately stretch, strengthen, and heal not only the physical body but the mind, heart and spirits as well! We all start as beginners, then stretch out our bodies and minds as we warm up, shake out the dust, and make space for fresh energy and new beginnings. Arrive with an open mind and you are likely to leave class feeling more connected, compassionate, creative, and courageous! Open to adults of all ages and abilities, no prior experience with yoga or dance required. Dress in comfortable layers. Dancing can be done barefoot, with non-skid socks, or soft soled shoes. $18 or class card at the door
Addie Dublin is a Board Certified Psychiatric and Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist and a certified instructor of Let Your Yoga Dance®. After more than fifteen years working in various healthcare settings, her passion for helping people to feel more content, compassionate and connected brought her to this inspirational and transformative movement practice

Special Weekend Retreat!
HOW THE BUDDHA TAUGHT 'MINDFULNESS'**
The Evolution of Sati & Satipatthana with Chip Hartranft
at the Barre Center For Buddhist Studies
Friday, December 21, 7:30pm - Sunday, December 23, 12 noon
Meditation was a central element in Siddhattha Gotama's own path to awakening—it was how he trained the mind to “know & see things as they’ve come to be,” and realize 'extinguishing', nibbana. Of all the meditation instructions attributed to the Buddha, probably none are more cherished or consulted than the Satipatthana Sutta, which provides formulas for an unusual assortment of mindfulness practices and represents satipatthana as the 'one way' to final knowledge. Important discoveries in recent years, however, have led to a growing scholarly recognition that this key text is an anthology constructed by later scholastics. There are also signs its compilers may not have remembered or personally recognized important early distinctions between different types of contemplation. In this weekend exploration of meditation practice we will identify and embody some of the fragmentary original satipatthana instructions that have survived and been integrated in sometimes contradictory ways into the Pali Canon, as well as Chinese, Tibetan, and Sanskrit sources, tracing a possible way they coalesced into the canonical teaching. As we do, a new picture may begin to emerge of how and when Gotama himself came to teach the four satipatthana 'windows', their relationship to each other, and what yogic states (dhamma) he regarded as prerequisite. The course will include illuminated presentation, dialogue, and meditation, plus optional yoga. For information and registration, click here
Chip Hartranft directs The Arlington Center, integrating yoga and dharma practice, and has taught mindful movement, breathwork, and meditation in the Boston area since 1978. He is the author of The Yoga-Sutra of Patañjali: A New Translation with Commentary and teaches Buddhist history at Lesley University

DIVINE SLEEP™ YOGA NIDRA: A Workshop with Juin Cohen
Sunday, December 23, 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

Special Event! CHRISTMAS DAY YOGA with Barbara Freedman
Tuesday, December 25, 10-11:30am ~ all welcome!
Join Barbara Freedman in a special Christmas Day vinyasa yoga flow with modifications for all levels. Celebrate the holiday season with new friends and old; start a family tradition; renew or create an intention to strive for optimum health in mind and body; and share the precious gift of health merely by taking part. Enjoy tea and light refreshments afterwards. $18 or class card at door (or pay what you can)

New Monthly Class!
COMMUNITY KUNDALINI YOGA with Laura Stevens
Saturday, December 29, 2-3:15pm ~ Kundalini Yoga combines asanas or physical postures with breath work and mantra. All are welcome to this new monthly offering, which strives to create an inclusive community that is a safe space for LGBTQ folks and people of all diverse backgrounds. Beginners and experienced yoga practitioners welcome. 22% of proceeds will go to an organization that supports social and environmental justice - this month to Project Bread. $10 suggested donation at door
Laura Stevens, LICSW is a certified Kundalini Yoga and Meditation Teacher as well as a licensed independent social worker and a psychotherapist. She completed an art and yoga teacher certification from Kripalu Yoga Center and is trained in Yoga Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Laura is an adjunt instructor at Simmons College

Special Benefit Class!
YOGA Against Violence with Nicole Kelley
December 29, 5-6:30pm ~
Join Arlington teacher Nicole Kelley, a friend of Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP MA), for a free Vinyasa Flow class, with discretionary donations going to AVP. Vinyasa Flow is a rich tradition that uses breath to link postures in ways that invite grace, strength, and flexibility to the body as a way of calming the mind - suitable for students new to yoga and for those who wish to expand their regular practice to include longer holds and fresh variations. You will leave sweaty, sweetened, and steadied, ready for deeper engagement throughout the rest of your day. Appropriate for ages 16 and up if accompanied by an adult who can sign a waiver and can supervise their participation. The instructor hopes this time can be used to build bridges among like-minded people interested in yoga, in the principle of non-violence (ahimsa), and in taking action to promote better choices in how we are living (karma). A $10 donation is suggested but not required. Please publicize to your community, bring a friend, and donate what you can
Nicole Kelley is a classically trained vinyasa yoga teacher certified at the 200-hr level. She is an Arlington parent devoted to the study of yoga as a way to live one's life. She has worked primarily with Hands to Heart Center, teaching without financial compensation in historically underserved communities of urban Boston since 2017

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

Special New Years Celebration!
NEW YEAR'S EVE Vision Quest
Journey to Our Hearts with Margaux Skalecki
Monday, December 31, 8-12:30 ~ 2019 is almost here - can you believe it? Let us spend this night together creating new pathways and tools to sustain us and all beings on this earth journey. Some of our inspirations will be a breath & body awakening centering yoga journey on the mat; The 5 Rhythms™ Sweat Your Prayers to journey us off the mat; a rich shamanic journey will guide us to the lands of meeting a medicine animal who will assist us in bringing home lost parts of ourselves; and then fulfilling energy, focus and deep self love that abounds. This night is usually filled with like minded people & curious folks who seek a higher ground which welcomes in deep connection to self and others, authentically communicating with the known and unknown. As we respectfully release 2018, new possibilities of gratitude, life and rejuvenation return to each of us as we pass through the veils of the new year 2019 together. We will provide healthy & tasty food and share a non-alcoholic New Year's gratitude toast. Bring water, a journal, your curious & willing heart. Dance/move in soft soled shoes, socks or bare feet. Wear layers of clothing to move in for warm up and cool down. All levels of experience welcome. Please share with people who would love to be inspired with themselves and others. May we meet there in the sacred spaces - many rich and abundant blessings from your spirited guide! Early bird prices: $37 until Dec 13, $40 until Dec 25, $45 after ~ pre-registration is required ~ please - click PayPal link here ~ a few more spaces available for workstudy. Please contact Margaux online if you have any questions about anything



January

Special Event! FIRST MORNING YOGA with Barbara Freedman
Tuesday, January 1, 10-11:30am ~ all welcome!
You're invited to start the year with an uplifting yogaflow or vinyasa led by Barbara Freedman. Come with family and friends to share a stretch, let go of tension, and cultivate the ease and joy of well-being. All are welcome to take part in this gentle yet energizing slow yoga flow, culminating in the tranquility of meditation, breath awareness, and lovingkindness. Share a healthy and happy day! $18 or class card at the door or sliding scale if needed

THE 5 RHYTHMS with Margaux Skalecki
Ecstatic Dance Practice & Authentic Relating
Friday, January 4, 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 TALK & MEDITATION with Lama Tsering Ngodup
Sunday, January 6, 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

Free Info Session!
MINDFULNESS-BASED STRESS REDUCTION with Sunada Takagi
Wednesday, January 9, 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 FLORIDA PROJECT
Saturday, January 12, 7pm ~ A summer of unsupervised freedom looms like a dream before 6-yearold Moonee and her friends, running wild around the Magic Castle, a welfare motel nestled in the candy color shadow of Disney World. With Moonee’s irresponsible young mother Halle too distracted to attend to the kids’ increasingly risky and destructive behavior, it’s left to the quiet but vigilant motel manager Bobby to gradually assume the role of friend and guardian as they teeter on the brink of homelessness and harm. Acclaimed and honored upon its release, The Florida Project is a stunning, unforgettable immersion in the lives of the young and their struggling parents, looking steadily on, unflinching but with deep compassion – just like Bobby 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

CONTINUUM: Moving Inquiry with Megan Bathory-Peeler
Sunday, January 13, 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

SHAMANIC JOURNEY CIRCLE with Comma Williams
Sunday, January 13, 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

New 8-Week Series!
MINDFULNESS-BASED STRESS REDUCTION** with Sunada Takagi
Wednesdays, January 16 - March 6, 7-9:15pm
plus one daylong class on Sunday, February 24, 9-4
Mindfulness isn’t so much a tool or technique, but a different way of being. When we pay attention to our present moments, we start to see ourselves and our world more clearly. Instead of being driven by worry, anxiety, or feeling pressured, we begin to choose our responses more wisely. We find our way to a more balanced and centered life, guided by our inner strengths and values rather than old habits and reactions. This 8-week series is a thorough introduction to the art of mindfulness. It’s based on Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn's pioneering work in mind-body medicine originated at the UMass Medical Center. $450/sliding scale – preregistration required
Sunada Takagi is a mindfulness instructor and coach, as well as a member of the Triratna Buddhist Order. She is passionate about helping people transform their lives through mindfulness. Learn more about her at mindfulpurpose.com

Live Music! KIRTAN with Shubalananda & Friends
Saturday, January 19, 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

How to Launch (or Grow) YOUR SPEAKING BUSINESS**
A Workshop Series with Susie Arnett, Kripalu's Program Director
Saturday, January 20, 1-3pm ~ 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 Feb 23

Release Into RESTORATIVE YOGA*
with Karen Barbarisi and Keith Herndon
Saturday, January 26, 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 January 23rd via email with Karen or Keith
Karen Barbarisi and Keith Herndon have been practicing yoga for more than 15 years and are both certified at the 500 hour level from Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health. Karen is a Second Degree Reiki Practitioner in the Usui Tradition

New Monthly Class!
COMMUNITY KUNDALINI YOGA with Laura Stevens
Saturday, January 26, 2-3:15pm ~ Kundalini Yoga combines asanas or physical postures with breath work and mantra. All are welcome to this new monthly offering, which strives to create an inclusive community that is a safe space for LGBTQ folks and people of all diverse backgrounds. Beginners and experienced yoga practitioners welcome. 22% of proceeds will go to an organization that supports social and environmental justice. $10 suggested donation at door
Laura Stevens, LICSW is a certified Kundalini Yoga and Meditation Teacher as well as a licensed independent social worker and a psychotherapist. She completed an art and yoga teacher certification from Kripalu Yoga Center and is trained in Yoga Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Laura is an adjunt instructor at Simmons College

DHARMA TALK & MEDITATION with Lama Tsering Ngodup
Sunday, January 27, 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

MEETING THE CHALLENGES OF PARENTING Using Mindfulness
with Julie Ramsey & Kelley Bothe
Wednesday, January 27, 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. We will discuss how reflective listening, curiosity and non-judgmental attitudes can nurture our relationships with our children. Through case examples and experiential exercises, we will apply the principals of Focusing (a mindful practice) to our relationships with ourselves as parents as a way to enrich our capacity to be present to 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

DIVINE SLEEP™ YOGA NIDRA: A Workshop with Juin Cohen
Sunday, January 27, 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

SOUND HEALING CIRCLE with Brad Brockmann & Comma Williams
Sunday, January 27, 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