Upcoming Workshops, Films & Events
at The Arlington Center

Preregistration is recommended for workshops!




March

Special 5-Week Series! FALL PREVENTION with Deborah Lotus
Overcoming The Primal 'Fear of Falling'
with Movement Intelligence

Wednesdays through April 5, 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! $60 for 3 remaining classes in the series ~ no drop-ins

New 8-Week Series!
MINDFULNESS-BASED STRESS REDUCTION** with Sunada Takagi
Wednesdays, March 22 - May 10, 7:15-9:30pm,
plus one all-day class on Sunday, April 30, 9-4
Mindfulness isn’t so much a tool or technique, but a different way of being. When we pay attention to our present moments, we start to see ourselves and our world more clearly. Instead of being driven by worry, anxiety, or feeling pressured, we begin to choose our responses more wisely. We find our way to a more balanced and centered life, guided by our inner strengths and values rather than old habits and reactions. This 8-week series is a thorough introduction to the art of mindfulness. It’s based on Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn's pioneering work in mind-body medicine originated at the UMass Medical Center. Sliding scale, $300-600 – preregistration with Sunada 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 Event! PSYCHODRAMA Open Session with Maria Mellano
Friday, March 24, 7:30pm
An Open Session is aimed at introducing people to Psychodrama. It is instructional, experiential and low key - a great way to experience the greatness of Psychodrama within a safe setting. Though therapeutic value is often felt from the experience, Open Sessions are not psychotherapy sessions and the director is not present in the role of psychotherapist. Open Sessions are for participants to experience the Psychodramatic method as an introduction, with time for questions, and all experience levels are welcome. Prior registration is requested but not required. All interested lay persons and professionals are welcome. Offered by Maria Mellano, LICSW. For more information and to register, please visit MariaMellanoTherapy.com $15 or class card at the door

Release Into RESTORATIVE YOGA*
with Karen Barbarisi and Keith Herndon
Saturday, March 25, 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 March 22 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

Welcome Spring! RETURN TO BALANCE
Sacred Drum, Chant, & Dance Circle with the Mother Drum
featuring Laney Goodman with Gregorio De La Selva, Kathleen Rouleau, Leah Emerson & TRIBE
Saturday, March 25, 7:30-11pm ~ doors- open at 7pm
We celebrate the Spring Equinox on Monday, March 20th at 6:29am with equal day and night. We are striving for balance in these challenging times and looking for "like hearted" people to create and honor all Beings in a commUnity. If ever there was a time to come together in UNITY...IT IS NOW! Mother Earth awakens! She stirs, sending forth shoots and leaves, whispering sweet desires, coaxing forth all who seek release from the bond's of Winter's night. Come drum, chant and dance with the Mother Drum and all of your sisters and brothers that are emerging from our caves into the Light. We will drum and chant in the sacred four directions of the Medicine Wheel. Native American traditions teach us that each of the four directions carry certain elements, qualities and totems: EAST- Air-Mental- Winged Ones SOUTH- Fire-Passion,- Snake & Lizard WEST- Water-Emotion - Fresh & Salt Water Beings NORTH -Earth-Physical Body- Four Leggeds. We will also, send prayers to the four corners of the Earth for Global Healing and healing For All Our Relations. Please bring all kinds of drums and rhythm instruments and join your tribe as we celebrate the sacred circle of life. And the MOTHER DRUM will help keep the One or the Heartbeat throughout our journey. If you choose to bring a healthy snack for us all to share...that would be most appreciated. We have our brother Gregorio De La Selva playing didge and drums, as well as our sisters Kathleen Rouleau leading our water blessing (you do not need to bring water) and Leah Emerson helping to hold down our rhythms all night long. Some of you will have the chance to play the Mother Drum if you so choose. The Mother drum is like a large pow- wow drum and is used as a healing drum for our community and re-membering our Mother Earth's heartbeat. that connects us all. This sacred ceremony teaches us the power of deep listening and helps take us deeper into community to find our commonUNITY... as we heal ourselves and our Mother Earth ... for All Our Relations-A-Ho! Our Mother Drum circles are infrequent, unique healing gatherings ~ all welcome. $20 adults, $5 children 10 & up - Alcohol & drug-free event ~ this is also a SCENT-FREE EVENT- please do not wear or use before you come... any scented oils (even natural), perfumes, moisture creams, soaps, hair care with scent and no dryer sheets or scented laundry soaps. To RSVP or if you have any questions or if you need a drum or rhythm instrument... please email Laney. You can find more information on Laney's work at sacredwavesofrhythm.com

SOUND HEALING CIRCLE with Brad Brockmann & Comma Williams
Sunday, March 26, 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 Event! WHAT'S YOUR TYPE?*
How To Identify & Relate Well To All 9 Personality Types
with Herb Pearce
Friday, March 31, 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 over 35 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, US Presidents and Personality Type. More at herbpearce.com, or contact Herb by email or at 781-648-3737



April

Dharma Film Series presents HEART OF A DOG
Saturday, April 1, 7pm
A reflection on love, loss, and death, performance artist Laurie Anderson's Heart Of A Dog is as much a guided meditation as a movie. With her eccentric multimedia montage of original music, animation, home movies, stories, and thoughts about life after 9/11, Anderson is a wise guide through the difficult terrain of life, capped by the deaths of her husband Lou Reed as well as her beloved dog and frequent subject Lolabelle. Anderson offers solace and inspiration from art, music, and literature as well as lessons from her Buddhist teachers in this true dharma film. 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 2, 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

BUDDHIST PSYCHOLOGY LECTURE SERIES
Conversations At The Edge

Monday, April 3, 7:45-9:45pm
This monthly continuing education (CE) program presented by the Institute For Meditation & Psychotherapy is for psychotherapists interested in Buddhist psychology, meditation, or mindfulness. Each lecture will address theoretical and clinical issues at the interface of these rich healing traditions, with topics ranging from addictions to forgiveness to countertransference. These community evenings offer an opportunity to gather with colleagues in an informal setting to explore the intersection between Buddhist psychology and modern psychotherapy. This year’s presenters are long- term meditators with significant expertise in practice and in teaching. Each presentation will be followed by Q&A and discussion, moderated by Meghan Searl, PsyD. 2 CE’s are offered each evening to psychologists, social workers, nurses, LMFTs and LMHCs. $25/members of IMP, $30/non-members, $10/mental health students with ID. 9-month series $175/members, $225/non-members ~ register here!
Tonight: TEACHING MEDITATION TO ADOLESCENTS: Approaches and Therapeutic Benefits with Jessica Morey, MA In her work sharing meditation with teens, Jessica and others have integrated mindfulness and compassion meditation, relational mindfulness practices, mindful movement, creative expression, and nature awareness practices. These modalities will be presented and demonstrated. Jessica will emphasize the core qualities of a "mindful mentor" - authentic relationship building, attuned compassion and respect - which are the critical foundations for teaching mindfulness to youth. She will also present an overview of the research on the benefits of meditation and mindfulness for youth and present research on teen retreats. This presentation will include lecture, guided practices and relational mindfulness activities
Jessica Morey, MA is the Executive Director of Inward Bound Mindfulness Education (iBme), an international non-profit that leads secular meditation retreats for teenagers and young adults. She began practicing meditation at age 14 on teen retreats offered by the Insight Meditation Society (IMS). She has attended longer retreats (1-3 months) in Asia and the U.S, participated for 10 years in the IMS young adult mentoring group and trained as a Buddhist meditation teacher with Noah Levine and Against the Stream. Jessica is a founding board member and lead teacher for iBme teen retreats. Before joining iBme, Jessica worked in clean energy and climate policy and finance. She holds a BA in Environmental Engineering from Dartmouth and Masters degrees in Sustainable Development and International Affairs. Her article in Mindful Magazine, "Finding My Way," describes her experience learning and benefiting from mindfulness throughout her young adult years

Live Improv! An Evening With TRUE STORY THEATER
Saturday, April 8, 7:30-9:30pm
True Story Theater, an Arlington-based improvisational theater company, wants to hear about your life. This troupe of skilled listeners will honor each story through the power of improvisatory drama, music, and movement. The stories you share will magically be brought to life as we explore this important common theme. Come celebrate our community, bring a friend, share a special story, or just watch, listen and enjoy! $15 if preregistered online, $20 or class card at door ~ need help? $5+ pay what you can
Tonight: What does it mean to be a patriot? Stories of acting on our love for our country

SHAMANIC JOURNEY CIRCLE with Comma Williams
Sunday, April 9, 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

Dance! 5 RHYTHMS: An Ecstatic Moving Meditation
with Margaux Skalecki
Friday, April 14, 7:30-9:30pm
The 5 Rhythms offer an invitation to come as you are ~ no dance experience needed, just your curiosity as a first step to awareness through movement and deeper conscious connection to ourselves and others. We dance as a welcoming back into our bodies by an expressive and connective body warm up, fine tuning our truth in the moment. How do I feel? How is my body doing? What a bringing to my dance? Where do I fit in when I connect with another? Can I give myself permission to honor my whole Being? Where are my feet? Can I witness another person? We follow our feet and breathe. Here, I am my ecstatic self. The 5 Rhythms is an ecstatic and meditative practice of WAVES of vibration and movement. The WAVES Flowing: Find your feet and the earth ~ Staccato: Find your hips, your heartbeat and your fire ~ Chaos: Find the letting go and releasing your head to uncover truths, spontaneous freedom ~ Lyrical: Find your playfulness repetitions, your soul, your wings, your lightness of being ~ Stillness: Find it all The 5 Rhythms honors the sacredness of the dance floor and the sacredness of all Beings. $15 at the door. Please wear comfortable clothes to dance in ~ layers are great for heating up and cooling down ~ wear soft soled shoes, socks or move in bare feet

KIRTAN with Shubalananda plus special guests
Saturday, April 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. Freely offered ~ please make a donation!
Shubalananda (Larry Kopp) has been leading kirtan for many years, having studied with Neem Karoli Baba, Sathya Sai Baba, Karunamayi and Shree Maa. His guitar & harmonium playing and voice of experience gives his kirtan a power and a heartfulness that is shared with all who join in. Find out more at www.shubalananda.com

'THE WORK' OF BYRON KATIE
A 6-Week Introduction with Barbara Cherington
6 Mondays, April 17 - May 29, 7:45-9:45pm ~ no meeting 5/1
I need more money." "I'm too fat." "The world’s not safe.”"I don't want to be alone." Thoughts like these may run through our minds repetitively, fostering fear, anger, stress, loneliness and depression. How different would your life be if these thoughts never bothered you again? The Work is a simple but powerful method of self-inquiry developed by renowned teacher and author Byron Katie. While undergoing a recovery process herself in 1986, Katie discovered that any kind of stressful thought can be identified, investigated, and inverted or 'turned around', altering the thought's power to shape perception, behavior, or one's sense of self. Join Katie trainee Barbara Cherington to explore this direct way to gain insight into your thinking and move beyond its limitations. The Work is immediate and honest - it can cut through negative thoughts and beliefs like a Zen sword. No longer do we need to argue with life or ourselves—we can experience true freedom instead. 6 week series $85 or class card x 6; drop-in $18 or class card
Barbara Cherington is a longtime student and trainee of Byron Katie, now nearing completion of an intensive years-long certification. In addition to The Work, Barbara has taught elementary school and spent the last 2 decades as a technical writer in the field of high tech

Special Event! PSYCHODRAMA Open Session with Maria Mellano
Friday, April 21, 7:30pm
An Open Session is aimed at introducing people to Psychodrama. It is instructional, experiential and low key - a great way to experience the greatness of Psychodrama within a safe setting. Though therapeutic value is often felt from the experience, Open Sessions are not psychotherapy sessions and the director is not present in the role of psychotherapist. Open Sessions are for participants to experience the Psychodramatic method as an introduction, with time for questions, and all experience levels are welcome. Prior registration is requested but not required. All interested lay persons and professionals are welcome. Offered by Maria Mellano, LICSW. For more information and to register, please visit MariaMellanoTherapy.com. $15 or class card at the door

DANCE/POLITICAL MEETUP: Arlington Gets Moving!
with Stanley & The Undercovers
Saturday, April 22, 7:30-11pm
Dance, when you're broken open.
Dance, if you've torn the bandage off.
Dance in the middle of the fighting.
Dance in your blood.
Dance, when you're perfectly free.
Rumi
Come dance to a great live band and blow off some steam! Connect to local activists and community action groups. Bring sign-up sheets for peace/justice activities, fundraisers, or share information from sites such as indivisibleguide.com. Help brainstorm our next dance. Favorite local band Stanley & The Undercovers will get you moving with high energy, highly danceable classic rock from the 60s and 70s. Partner-free most welcome! It's time to come together as a community, so please spread the word and help make this a night that unites and strengthens us for the challenges that lie ahead. Dance barefoot or bring indoors-only sneakers. $10 at the door - refreshments table contributions welcome

DHARMA TALK & MEDITATION with Lama Tsering Ngodup
Sunday, April 23, 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

Special Event! Trauma Center TRAUMA SENSITIVE YOGA*
An Informational Seminar with David Schouela
Saturday, April 29, 2-4:30pm
Trauma Center - Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TC-TSY) is an adjunctive treatment for complex trauma that focuses on giving clients an opportunity to practice noticing body sensations (interoception) in the context of a safe relationship based on an invitational approach to yoga forms with no physical assists. TSY has been studied in a randomized control trial and has shown encouraging results. This workshop will be delivered in a lecture format with some optional chair based yoga. $15 if registered by Thursday, April 26; $18 or class card at the door
David Schouela, RYT-500, TCTSY-F is a Kripalu Yoga teacher whose current primary focus is teaching yoga to teens and adults with complex trauma and chronic treatment resistant PTSD. David is on the teaching faculty for the trauma sensitive yoga certificate program offered through the Trauma Center at JRI in Brookline, MA. He is also a co-founder and board member of True North Insight Meditation Center in Quebec. David provides training in yoga and meditation as scientifically validated healing modalities for stress-related conditions and as a means of liberating body, mind and heart

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



May

BUDDHIST PSYCHOLOGY LECTURE SERIES
Conversations At The Edge

Monday, May 1, 7:45-9:45pm
This monthly continuing education (CE) program presented by the Institute For Meditation & Psychotherapy is for psychotherapists interested in Buddhist psychology, meditation, or mindfulness. Each lecture will address theoretical and clinical issues at the interface of these rich healing traditions, with topics ranging from addictions to forgiveness to countertransference. These community evenings offer an opportunity to gather with colleagues in an informal setting to explore the intersection between Buddhist psychology and modern psychotherapy. This year’s presenters are long- term meditators with significant expertise in practice and in teaching. Each presentation will be followed by Q&A and discussion, moderated by Meghan Searl, PsyD. 2 CE’s are offered each evening to psychologists, social workers, nurses, LMFTs and LMHCs. $25/members of IMP, $30/non-members, $10/mental health students with ID. 9-month series $175/members, $225/non-members ~ register here!
Tonight: The Buddha's Wife with Janet Surrey, PhD
The power of relational mindfulness in clinical practiceInsight Dialogue is a co-meditative practice specifically bringing mindfulness into relationship, including speaking  and listening. Clinical applications for the therapy relationship will be discussed and demonstrated
Janet Surrey, PhD is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Newton.  She is a Founding Scholar of the Jean Baker Miller Training Institute at the Stone Center, Wellesley College and a Board member of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy. She is trained as an Insight Dialogue teacher in the Buddhist Theravadan tradition and co-author of The Buddha's Wife: The Path Of Awakening Together

Dharma Film Series presents ANOMALISA
Saturday, May 6, 7pm
How May I Help You Help Them? is the title of customer service industry guru Michael Stone's book, and the topic of his forthcoming keynote at a CS convention in Cincinnati. It is Michael, though, who seems to need help the most. Bored, barely capable of interpersonal connection, and beginning to perceive everyone around him as the same - even an old girlfriend the family man haltingly invites to the hotel bar for a drink - Stone's arrival becomes a stumble through the synthetic world he's helping to create. Isolated amidst his encounters with a parade of fitfully sincere service workers and monotone settings, he will truly connect with only one person and hear one authentic voice: that of the wounded but distinctively alive Lisa. Anomalisa is an increasingly surreal love story for adults, rendered in a unique style of stop-action puppet photography where the seams and joints are not only visible but somehow part of the point. Artificial though they appear, Michael and Lisa move each other deeply, and us as well - particularly when things become awkwardly, touchingly sexual. Winner of every major animated film award including an Oscar and Golden Globe, Anomalisa is a one-of-a-kind work of art - antic, entertaining, uncomfortable, and ultimately revelatory in its no-strings account of our human need to connect. 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, May 7, 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

'THE WORK' OF BYRON KATIE
A 6-Week Introduction with Barbara Cherington
Mondays, May 8-29, 7:45-9:45pm ~ no meeting 5/1
I need more money." "I'm too fat." "The world’s not safe.”"I don't want to be alone." Thoughts like these may run through our minds repetitively, fostering fear, anger, stress, loneliness and depression. How different would your life be if these thoughts never bothered you again? The Work is a simple but powerful method of self-inquiry developed by renowned teacher and author Byron Katie. While undergoing a recovery process herself in 1986, Katie discovered that any kind of stressful thought can be identified, investigated, and inverted or 'turned around', altering the thought's power to shape perception, behavior, or one's sense of self. Join Katie trainee Barbara Cherington to explore this direct way to gain insight into your thinking and move beyond its limitations. The Work is immediate and honest - it can cut through negative thoughts and beliefs like a Zen sword. No longer do we need to argue with life or ourselves—we can experience true freedom instead. $18 or class card at the door
Barbara Cherington is a longtime student and trainee of Byron Katie, now nearing completion of an intensive years-long certification. In addition to The Work, Barbara has taught elementary school and spent the last 2 decades as a technical writer in the field of high tech

Special Trainings!
DOUG KELLER: The Therapeutic Wisdom Of Yoga**
Friday-Sunday, May 12-14
Details & registration
here!
These workshops are both for teachers who want more effectiveness and clarity in their instructions, and for practitioners who want to more deeply understand and address pain problems they are encountering, or simply want to become stronger and better aligned through insightful practice. We begin with the positioning of the head, and it’s impact on the alignment of the entire body. From there, we will look at pranayama, and therapeutic approaches to the shoulders and sacrum. On Sunday morning we will have a 3 hour session devoted to a therapeutic asana practic, and rounding out our weekend will be an exploration of Yoga Nidra which will take us into deeper aspects of breath, relaxation, and meditation. An extensively illustrated workbook, designed specifically for the training, will be provided in PDF form, which also gives students access to the slides used during the presentations. This reduces the burden of note-taking, and allows greater participation in the experience. Each session will start with an asana practice that will introduce experientially the points and principles being introduced that day. High quality recordings of each practice will be available after the training, to help with review of the materials presented
Friday, May 12
2-5pm The Head Is The Foundation: As Above, So Below
How the actions involved in Jalandhara Bandha can be used to create greater balance and openness in the upper body
6:30-9:30pm Practical Breathing, Deep Relaxation and Meditation Pranayama, Vayus as the Power Behind the Breath
Saturday, May 13
12-3pm Healthy Healthy Shoulders Working with the Big Muscles of the Upper Back, Neck and Shoulders as well as the ‘Rotational’ Muscles Impacting the Wrists and Elbows
4-7pm Holding Firm in the Sacred — and the Sacrum Sacral Stability, Low Back and Hip Pain Practical Work with Bandha, Vayu and Breath in Asana
Sunday, May 14
9am-12n Asana Practice for Freedom and Stability Considering Both Stiffness and Hypermobility in Yoga Principles and sequencing approaches to building greater sacral stability as we mature in our practice
1:30-4:30pm Exploring Yoga Nidra The Ocean of Consciousness and the Power of Sound Cultivating Spaciousness: a relaxing and refreshing afternoon

Live Improv! An Evening With TRUE STORY THEATER
Saturday, May 13, 8pm ~ please note special time!
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 caregivers

SHAMANIC JOURNEY CIRCLE with Comma Williams
Sunday, May 14, 7-9pm
Shamanic journeying is a tool that has been traditionally used by indigenous shamans for the healing of individuals and communities. Most commonly, shamans use drums and rattles to shift their consciousness into non-ordinary reality, a trance-like state, to communicate with their helping guides and spirits. We know now that anyone can learn to journey, to connect with their own helping guides and spirits in non-ordinary reality in order to get answers to personal questions, solve problems, open creativity, see new ways of being in the world and obtain healing information for themselves and their community. Join Comma Williams for this journey circle where we will travel into non-ordinary reality and ask for information to help us get clarity about our path for this coming year. At the end of the journey you will have an opportunity to create a visual representation of your journey, to help ground it in ordinary reality, to make it visible in this world. $15 or class card

PSYCHODRAMA: An Open Session with Maria Mellano
Friday, May 19, 7:30pm ~ all welcome!
An Open Session is aimed at introducing people to Psychodrama. It is instructional, experiential and low key - a great way to experience the greatness of Psychodrama within a safe setting. Though therapeutic value is often felt from the experience, Open Sessions are not psychotherapy sessions and the director is not present in the role of psychotherapist. Open Sessions are for participants to experience the Psychodramatic method as an introduction, with time for questions, and all experience levels are welcome. Prior registration is requested but not required. All interested lay persons and professionals are welcome. Offered by Maria Mellano, LICSW. For more information and to register, please visit MariaMellanoTherapy.com. $15 or class card at the door

KIRTAN with Shubalananda plus special guests
Saturday, May 20, 7:30pm
Created by ancient Indian rishis from Vedic mantras, kirtan is a yoga of sound - an evening of beautiful music and heartfelt call-and-response singing. No previous experience is necessary to experience its emotional depth, yet powerful as it is, kirtan is effortless and incredibly enjoyable. Freely offered ~ please make a donation!
Shubalananda (Larry Kopp) has been leading kirtan for many years, having studied with Neem Karoli Baba, Sathya Sai Baba, Karunamayi and Shree Maa. His guitar & harmonium playing and voice of experience gives his kirtan a power and a heartfulness that is shared with all who join in. Find out more at www.shubalananda.com

SOUND HEALING CIRCLE with Brad Brockmann & Comma Williams
Sunday, May 21, 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

DHARMA TALK & MEDITATION with Lama Tsering Ngodup
Sunday, May 28, 10-12n
You’re invited to receive Buddhist teachings (dharma), practice meditation, and experience the relevance and benefits of Buddhist philosophy and meditation in daily life. People of all ages, backgrounds, and beliefs are welcome to this freely offered biweekly event ~ donations gratefully accepted 
Tsering Ngodup is a lama, or spiritual teacher, authorized to teach by HH ShaMar Rinpoche. He has devoted over twenty years to sharing the religious and spiritual teachings of Tibetan Buddhism in the West. He has traveled across the world, translating and interpreting Buddhist teachings for highly accomplished Tibetan lamas and masters from all four schools of Tibetan Buddhism. He is currently a chaplain at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Brookline