Upcoming Workshops, Films & Events
at The Arlington Center

Preregistration is recommended for workshops!




September

EMOTIONAL WELL-BEING & KUNDALINI YOGA with Sahaj Kaur
Wednesdays thru September 27, 5:30-7pm
Kundalini Yoga is an effective tool in combating anxiety and depression. In this series, we will build a simple practice that can help manage our emotions and help to create a postive emotional well being. We will access breath pranayama, yoga, and meditations that are useful in producing uplifting states of being. Kundalini Yoga is a powerful tool for all types of people. Every class with have a profound restorative relaxation to integrate the yoga sequences and is open to beginners and more advanced practitioners, no experience is required. This 1.5-hour class will include breath, movement, meditation, and relaxation. $60/series, $18 or class card at the door
Sahaj Kaur is a Level 1 & 2 Kundalini Yoga teacher and Aquarian Teacher's Trainer with thousands of hours' teaching experience in New England and New York. She brings a subtlety, wisdom, and depth of understanding to her teaching, along with expertise in postures and teacher training. Patience and warmth come with her presence, bringing clarity and empowering her students to reach their full potential

AWAKENED HEART: Integrating Wisdom and Compassion**
A Half-Day Retreat with Chris Crotty
Saturday, September 23, 12:30-4pm ~ Wisdom, represented by clarity and understanding, is half of the Buddhist path. The other half is compassion, the ability to relate to our whole life with care. In this half-day retreat, we will explore how wisdom and compassion can be integrated and nurtured together, through periods of sitting and walking meditation, and silence. This retreat offers an opportunity to develop an understanding of how to bring our whole life into our meditation practice, and how we can bring our meditation out into the world. $35 plus dana for the teacher ~ please preregister here

Live Improv! An Evening With TRUE STORY THEATER
Saturday, September 23, 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 Body Wisdom When have we felt access to our 'body wisdom'? How has listening to - or not listening to - the wisdom in our body shaped our lives?

THE THIRD AGE: A Focusing Approach To Gathering Wisdom For The Journey Ahead with Joan Klagsbrun & Cathy Cornell
Sunday, September 24, 2-4pm ~ Aging has, as one of its benefits, the possibility of wisdom. This workshop, for those who consider themselves to be in mid life or beyond, will explore the intrinsic wisdom we carry within us. We will explore what aging means to us and will focus on the how we have gained wisdom from our lived experience. We will then turn our attention to the future, and how, through Focusing, we can find personal wisdom for the journey ahead. $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
Cathy Cornell, LICSW, is a social worker and a Focusing-oriented psychotherapist in a private practice in Wellesley, MA. She is a Certified Focusing Trainer and teaches Focusing to individuals and groups. She also practices and studies Buddhism

SOUND HEALING CIRCLE with Brad Brockmann & Comma Williams
Sunday, September 24, 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

Free Info Session!
YCBT: Yoga Enhanced Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
with Samarrah Clayman & Laura Stevens
Wednesdays, September 27, 7:30-9pm
YCBT blends the benefits of Yoga, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Group Therapy into one treatment. This evidence-based model has been shown to help reduce anxiety and depression as well as improve sleep issues. Each session includes a yoga warm up, a chair-based yoga set and meditation and a group discussion on a CBT concept. No previous yoga experience is needed and all exercises can be tailored to meet your needs. All are welcome to this free introductory session - preregistration required for the 6-week series beginning in October. Questions? Please email Samarrah Clayman and Laura Stevens
Samarah Clayman and Laura Stevens are both Licensed Independent Clinical Social Workers (LICSW) and certified Kundalini Yoga instructors

Special Event! WHAT'S YOUR TYPE?* with Herb Pearce
How To Identify & Relate Well To All 9 Personality Types
Friday, September 29, 7:30pm ~ Join author and therapist Herb Pearce for an exploration of the Enneagram, a revelatory model of personality whose identification of nine interconnected types sheds light on why we all perceive and act the way we do. Herb, who was recently profiled in The Boston Globe, will help you discover and make the most of your core type, as well as develop the strengths of all nine and learn how to recognize and relate well to each kind. Armed with humor and insight, along with a hat for every type, Herb will assume each persona to show how relationships can improve dynamically when you recognize where everyone's coming from...especially yourself. As he points out, "the Enneagram doesn't put you in a box - it takes you out of the box you're in." $28 or class card x 2 - preregistration recommended
Herb Pearce, MEd in Counseling, is an individual, couples and family therapist in Arlington, a life coach and authority on the Enneagram and Myers-Briggs personality systems. With almost 40 years of experience working with clients and organizations, and over 2000 workshops on relationship and communication skills, self-esteem, and personal development, he has helped thousands of people have better relationships by understanding personality differences. Herb is the author of Enneagram Basics, Enneagram Beyond the Basics, The Caregiver's Enneagram, Lessons from the River, Herb's Tips for Living, and his new book, Washington to Trump: 44 Presidential Personalities Using the Enneagram and Myers-Briggs. More at herbpearce.com, or contact Herb by email or at 781-648-3737

SHAMANIC DANCE JOURNEY with Margaux Skalecki**
Saturday, September 30, 6:30-9:30pm ~ Shamans and lay people alike have used dance and journeying as a way of healing, insight, letting go, connection, grace, purpose and clarity. In this experiential workshop, one of our intentions is to seek deeper knowledge of the innate sacredness we are born with. An awakening and remembering that we indeed are leaders who stand strong for ourselves and others. The ways of a deep honoring to the ones who came before us and the wisdom they hold and teach us in realms unseen. We let go of the untrue teachings that were ingrained in us from infancy. We also carry the DNA and breath of our ancestors which may or may not have assisted us here on this earth plan. We will ask them to come to us with deep love and assist us to release the DNA that no longer serves us. As we dance and journey into maps of inner vision, we move closer to our heart and our truth. We will journey to also meet an ally who is one of our protectors and medicine guides who walk with us on this earth plane. Our Medicine Bag: Intention, Mindfulness, Journeying, Dancing, 5 Rhythms, yoga, and other treats. Bring a journal, a feather if you have one, a snack, a sacred object, your curiosity, willingness and a friend. This experiential workshop is open to all levels of experiences. Wear comfortable and layers of clothing to warm up, cool down and to move in. Wear soft soled shoes, socks or dance in bare feet. Please feel free to contact me with questions. $35 - preregistration required ~ see PayPal link at margauxskalecki.com ~ a few study spaces available
Margaux Skalecki BFA, Dance, MA, Healing & The Performing Arts studied shamanism extensively with John Perkins and The Dream Change Coalition and became a certified practitioner in the 1990s. She is also a certified healer and medium of the Spiritualist churches, an animal communicator, a Reiki Master, a certified 5 Rhythms teacher and a registered E Yoga teacher. Through the many teachings with John Perkins, Margaux had the amazing and profound opportunity to study deep teachings with many shamans from South America especially the Shaur and the Quechua. Margaux has also studied with Christina Pratt and Don Alberto and is humbled and grateful for the mysteries of knowledge and love that await us in each journey



October

DHARMA TALK & MEDITATION with Lama Tsering Ngodup
Sunday, October 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 in Brookline

AFRICAN HEALING DANCE: A Training with Wyoma
Sunday, October 1 & 15, 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 may attend individual 3-month modules or 7-day intensives. Three 3-month modules are offered each year on 1st & 3rd sundays of the month, Jan-Mar, May-Jul, & Sep-Nov. The 7-day Intensive runs Sun-Sat ~ next intensive September 3-9. 4 hrs/day. 3-month session/$595, 7-day Intensive/$595, 1 year/$1450, 2 years/$2450 - no prior dance experience needed. For registration please contact wyoma@wyomadance.com

FALL PREVENTION with Deborah Lotus
Overcoming The Primal 'Fear of Falling'
with Movement Intelligence

6 Wednesdays, October 4 - November 8, 5:30-7pm
The Feldenkrais Method of Somatic Learning® and Bones for Life® combine to help your 'life in movement' to become easier and more pleasurable. Today's stressful and over-sedentary life-styles work against FUNctional posture and movement agility. In this 5-part weekly workshop, you will incrementally learn to restore your own 'joy in movement' without pain and dysfunction. You can also expect to regain better response time in emergencies; such as falling, as well as recovering equipoise in difficult situations. You may overcome human's most primal 'fear of falling' by retraining your 'fight/ flee/ freeze' primal instinct through fun but perhaps challenging weekly practice. You will not be asked to do anything you are uncomfortable with. Cultivating your own 'movement intelligence' to cope with any threat, real or perceived, brings about self confidence. Above all, in this workshop, "Somatic learning is fun" ! Learning to fall well is not only fun, it could save you from broken bones at worst, bruised dignity at best. Learning goals: Week 1) Lengthen your hamstrings without stretching and 'falling' to sit up! 2) Practicing rolling to sitting, 'falling down' from safely sitting, and 'falling back up'. 3) Modified 'Judo roll' from kneeling on 4-points. 4) Getting to shoulder stand and back to floor. 5) Practicing strategically different ways to safely fall and get back up in a single movement! $115 for 6 week series; $20 or class card at the door on October 4 & 11 only ~ please note, this is a progressive workshop, no 'drop-ins' after 10/11

Dance! 5 RHYTHMS with Margaux Skalecki
An Ecstatic Moving Meditation
Friday, October 6, 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 to dance in ~ layers are great for heating up and cooling down ~ wear soft soled shoes, socks or move in bare feet

Release Into RESTORATIVE YOGA*
with Karen Barbarisi and Keith Herndon
Saturday, October 7, 2-4pm ~ Join Karen Barbarisi and Keith Herndon for an in-depth experience of Restorative Yoga - a therapeutic system that uses the comfortable support of cushions & blankets to nurture the body in various gentle, long held resting postures. Restorative Yoga allows the nervous system to completely quiet and return to a balanced state, quieting the mind. At the same time the body gently stretches and opens, releasing even chronic patterns of tension. And, as attention focuses on each breath, Restorative Yoga also cultivates the qualities of mindfulness and presence. The afternoon will unfold with a brief sequence of flowing Kripalu yoga to warm up and prepare the body, then plunge into profound spheres of tranquility and ease. $35 or class card x 2 + $5 at the door; $28 if registered by 10/4 via email with Karen or Keith
Karen Barbarisi and Keith Herndon have been practicing yoga for more than 10 years and are both certified at the 500 hour level by the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health

Dharma Film Series Returns! GOLDEN KINGDOM
Saturday, October 7, 7pm ~ Four young monks are left to manage on their own when the abbot of a remote Myanmar monastery (U Zaw Ti Ka, himself a real-life Buddhist sayadaw) is abruptly summoned to a distant city. Their daily routines disrupted, they soon encounter challenges that test their monastic aspiration - to ‘live blameslessly and at ease’ - and require the most enterprising of the four neophytes to go forth on a perilous quest. Both meditative and suspenseful, Golden Kingdom unfolds with an enthralling, near-documentary realism, even as it ventures into mystical realms of the dharma and Burmese folk culture. 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, October 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, to make it visible in this world. $15 or class card

YCBT: Yoga Enhanced Cognitive Behavioral Therapy**
A New Group with Samarrah Clayman & Laura Stevens
6 Wednesdays, October 11 - November 15, 7:30-9pm
Free Info Session, Wednesday, September 27, 7:30-9pm
YCBT blends the benefits of Yoga, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Group Therapy into one treatment. This evidence-based model has been shown to help reduce anxiety and depression as well as improve sleep issues. Each session includes a yoga warm up, a chair-based yoga set and meditation and a group discussion on a CBT concept. No previous yoga experience is needed and all exercises can be tailored to meet your needs. $295 for series - preregistration required ~ no drop-ins. Questions? Please email Samarrah Clayman and Laura Stevens
Samarah Clayman and Laura Stevens are both Licensed Independent Clinical Social Workers (LICSW) and certified Kundalini Yoga instructors

Live Improv! An Evening With TRUE STORY THEATER
Saturday, October 14, 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 Reaching Across Class Differences
Where have we encountered class differences (in our families, at work or school, in public)?  What have been our challenges and successes in building real relationships?

ANSWERING THE CALL: Discover and Engage Your Inner Activist
with Corky Becker, Beth Davenport, and Paul Neustadt
Sunday, October 15, 1:30-4:30pm ~ Come to an innovative experiential workshop where you will explore the parts of you that feel drawn to being an activist as well as the parts of you that have concerns, fears, or resistance to fully engaging your activism. This workshop includes listening deeply to yourself and others and discovering creative ways to address the fears and concerns. You will learn a framework that is empowering and can help overcome isolation and despair and prevent burnout. The workshop will be led by Corky Becker, Beth Davenport, and Paul Neustadt, three psychotherapists who have led workshops about climate change and racism based on an integration of Public Conversations Project dialogue and Internal Family Systems therapy. $15 suggested donation ~ please RSVP to Paul ~ drop-ins also welcome

PSYCHODRAMA: An Open Session with Maria Mellano
Friday, October 20, 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

Live Music! KIRTAN with Shubalananda plus special guests
Saturday, October 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 www.shubalananda.com

WRITING THE RIVER with David Smith
An Introduction to Experiential Journaling
Sunday October 22, 2-4pm ~ Experiential Journaling is a method of self-Focusing in which the page serves as witness.  Forwarding unfolds as the river of experience flows to the page with a clarity that workshop participants have found both profound and delightful.  After introducing the process of Experiential Journaling, this workshop will give participants ample opportunity to practice the process and for sharing.  As time permits, we will also experiment using this process as a springboard to creative writing. $25 at the door
David Smith is a Certified Focusing Professional and a certified coach with the Creativity Coaching Association.  Through his coaching practice at www.creativitysmith.com, he combines these backgrounds to support creatives of all kinds from professional to kitchen-table beginner.  David is a published playwright, has written for New York children’s television, and has won awards for his work for both stage and commercial video

Free! MOVEMENT INTELLIGENCE ~ BONES FOR LIFE®
An Introductory Workshop with Deborah Elizabeth Lotus
Friday, October 27 7:15-9:45pm ~ Join Deborah for this free introduction to Bones for Life, prelude to the upcoming November 3-5 workshop in which the first 15 'Basic Bones' processes will be offered over 10 hours as personal enhancement of one's own bone strength, skeletal alignment, and 'biological optimism' OR the workshop may also be taken as your first step towards becoming a BFL Teacher, certified by the Foundation for Movement Intelligence, Ruthy Alon, PhD, President. 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 MovementIntelligence.org. After this 10-hour weekend training, the program will continue throughout 2017, completing all 60 hours/90 'processes'. For more information, contact Deborah via email or call 875-205-5673
Deborah Elizabeth Lotus, GCFP/T is a Bones for Life Trainer. Deborah was trained personally by Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais and mentored by Senior Trainer 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

Intro To DRAGON AND TIGER QIGONG* with Steven Cardoza
Saturday, October 28, 1-5pm ~ This powerful medical qigong set is over 1,500 years old, similar to taiji but easier to do. In this introduction you'll learn the first movement, including associated breathing and qi sensing. You’ll also learn exactly how the first movement will improve brain function and intelligence, strengthen the immune system, and increase healthy longevity. The other six movements will be demonstrated and explained. Dragon & Tiger can both target specific health challenges (in China it's used to treat cancer, among other serious conditions) and to generally improve health, increase energy, reduce stress, promote mental calm and clarity, and enhance wellbeing. You will come away from this workshop both calm and energized, with a practice you can use daily to improve your health, anywhere and any time! $120; $100 if received by October 25
Steven Cardoza, MSc, LAc, has taught qigong, taiji, and related practices for 30 years. Currently on the faculty of Brookline Tai Chi where he teaches weekly, he has a masters in Traditional Chinese Medicine and is a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist. He is the author of the books Chinese Healing Exercises and Chinese Holistic Medicine in Your Daily Life - see more at his YouTube channel

Release Into RESTORATIVE YOGA*
with Karen Barbarisi and Keith Herndon
Saturday, October 28, 2-4pm ~ Join Karen Barbarisi and Keith Herndon for an in-depth experience of Restorative Yoga - a therapeutic system that uses the comfortable support of cushions & blankets to nurture the body in various gentle, long held resting postures. Restorative Yoga allows the nervous system to completely quiet and return to a balanced state, quieting the mind. At the same time the body gently stretches and opens, releasing even chronic patterns of tension. And, as attention focuses on each breath, Restorative Yoga also cultivates the qualities of mindfulness and presence. The afternoon will unfold with a brief sequence of flowing Kripalu yoga to warm up and prepare the body, then plunge into profound spheres of tranquility and ease. $35 or class card x 2 + $5 at the door; $28 if registered by October 25 via email with Karen or Keith
Karen Barbarisi and Keith Herndon have been practicing yoga for more than 10 years and are both certified at the 500 hour level by the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health

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 28, 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, $5 per child (ages 10+). For more information, email Laney or visit sacredwavesofrhythm.com

DHARMA TALK & MEDITATION with Lama Tsering Ngodup
Sunday, October 29, 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

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