Upcoming Workshops, Films & Events
at The Arlington Center

Preregistration is recommended for workshops!




November

New Weekly Class! SLOW FLOW YOGA with Susan Desmarais
Saturdays, 7:45-9am, now thru December 21 ~ Start your weekend in balance and ease with a skillfully crafted yoga flow! Slow Flow vinyasa yoga allows for time and space to mindfully engage with body and breath in yoga movement, or asana, naturally transitioning from one to the next. Throughout the flow, students will have time to experience each asana deeply and reflectively, discovering how it might be refined and individualized throughout the flow to move beyond mental and physical barriers. Going inward, all levels of yogis will find their own personal edges and awakenings. $18 or class card; $90 for 6 weeks

DHARMA TALK & MEDITATION with Lama Tsering Ngodup
Sunday, November 17, 10am-12pm
You’re invited to receive Buddhist teachings (dharma), practice meditation, and experience the relevance and benefits of Buddhist philosophy and meditation in daily life. People of all ages, backgrounds, and beliefs are welcome to this freely offered biweekly event ~ donations gratefully accepted
Tsering Ngodup is a lama, or spiritual teacher, authorized to teach by HH ShaMar Rinpoche. He has devoted over twenty years to sharing the religious and spiritual teachings of Tibetan Buddhism in the West. He has traveled across the world, translating and interpreting Buddhist teachings for highly accomplished Tibetan lamas and masters from all four schools of Tibetan Buddhism. He is currently a chaplain at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

CONTINUUM: Moving Inquiry* with Megan Bathory-Peeler
Sunday, November 17, 1:30-4:30pm
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 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

Focusing on POEMS TO CHANGE YOUR LIFE ~ Sharon Heermance
Sunday, November 17, 2-4pm ~ The act of reading poetry tunes the ears of the heart to the real way in which human beings most honestly and most deeply talk about their lives when they are speaking from the core of their experience. ~ John McDargh
Together, we will tune our ears of the heart with accessible and engaging poems.Through our spending time with a poem, 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 poems aloud 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. Poems chosen for clarity of expression and enhancement of meaning include the work of Mary Oliver, Wendell Berry, William Stafford, Derek Walcott, and Marie Howe. 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, cash or check to TAC
Sharon Heermance, PhD is a psychologist with a private practice in Arlington. She has studied Focusing with Joan Klagsbrun, PhD, and integrates it into her clinical practice. Higher education includes a doctorate in counseling psychology from Boston College and an MA in teaching from Brown University. She has led poetry workshops with Lexington Community Education, Focusing New England, and at Focusing Oriented Therapy workshops throughout New England

SHAMANIC JOURNEY CIRCLE with Comma Williams
Sunday, November 17, 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! Join Comma Williams along this monthly crossing into non-ordinary reality to gain insight, information, and clarity about your path. $18 or class card

CONTINUUM: Flow Motion Fridays with Elisabeth Osgood-Campbell
Friday, November 22, 7:15-9:30pm ~ Unwind from the week in an unhurried space where breath, sound, and gentle movement can replenish our nervous systems. Exploring floor-based sequences I design, you may un-digitalize your mind and rest in the fluid intelligence of your body. No previous experience is required; curiosity is the only prerequisite. $35 or class card x 2 at the door
Elisabeth Osgood-Campbell is an experienced movement educator and expressive arts therapist who cherishes the body as an on-going  creative process. A member of the Continuum Teachers Association and Tamalpa Institute's faculty, she facilitates embodied awareness practices for groups and individuals in Boston and New York, and presents internationally on somatic movement therapy and education. For more information click here and here

MINDFULNESS, EMBODIMENT, AND DEEP LISTENING*
The Practice of Insight Dialogue with Jan Surrey
Saturday, November 23, 1-4:30pm ~ Insight Dialogue is a relationally engaged meditation practice in the Theravadan Insight tradition. The practice rests on the power of meditating together to cultivate wisdom and compassion and to release the tangled roots of our shared human suffering. In this workshop, we will introduce the six meditation guidelines of Insight Dialogue (pause, relax, open, attune to emergence, listen deeply, and speak the truth). These guidelines support the cultivation of mindfulness, compassion, calm concentration, and embodiment in relationship. Deep listening and authentic speaking become meditation practices in the service of awakening together. Deep listening involves attentive listening beyond just the content of words-to the sounds and qualities of the voice, the nonverbal language and subtle movements of the body, and to the silence beneath the words. This practice has direct application to developing our capacity to be fully present in our lives and to listen deeply in all our relations. The program will include periods of silent meditation and relational practice, dhamma teaching and contemplation. Suitable for anyone new to Insight Dialogue and for those with experience. $35 Base, $45 Sustaining (actual cost of the program), $55 Contributing ~ please preregister - paying at the highest level you can afford helps us make our programs available to as many people as possible. There is also an opportunity to offer additional dana (generosity) for the teacher at the end of the program. Please let us know if finances are an obstacle!
Janet Surrey, PhD, is an Insight Dialogue teacher with the organization Metta Programs. She teaches Insight Dialogue retreats worldwide and leads a monthly practice group in the Boston area. Jan has been a faculty member of Metta's Relational Insight Meditation Program and serves on Metta Programs' Teachers Council. Jan has studied with a number of Vipassana teachers for over twenty-five years and has worked with Gregory Kramer since 2007. Jan is a practicing clinical psychologist and founding scholar of the Jean Baker Miller Training Institute at the Wellesley Centers for Women. She is on the faculty and board of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy

Live Music! KIRTAN with Shubalananda & Friends
Saturday, November 23, 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, KarunaSeptemberi 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

New Series!
YOGA LAB: Save Your Neck & Shoulders with Susan Desmarais
Sunday, November 24, 2-4:30pm ~ From working on a computer, spending time on a phone, driving a car, or having a daily task of leaning forward from the upper body,  we are vulnerable to 'upper crossed syndrome' and/or 'forward head syndrome'. By habitually tilting the head and shoulders forward, rounding in the upper back increases over time.  This posture gradually collapses the upper front body, creating a rounding in the upper back body.  Strain and tension of this misalignment eventually leads to chronic pain, with complications such as kyphosis and herniated discs - not to mention compression in the internal organs, impaired respiration, and imbalanced/overworked muscles as they compensate for the deterioration of healthy alignment. This workshop focuses on strength and mobility in the upper back, neck and shoulders through functional movement, postural sequences, undulation of the cervical and thoracic spine, and deep tissue release.  Susan will share ideas to keep one’s neck and shoulders supple during the cold winter months. Handouts will be provided so that students can practice at home and develop postural habits to open the front body.  Hands-on feedback and facilitation will be provided during the session.  Susan will be available after the workshop for any advice needed for particular injuries and/or questions. This is an informative and interactive workshop suitable for all levels, including beginners. This workshop can be used as continuing education credits with Yoga Alliance.  Susan is a designated YACEP®, Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider, with course credit hours honored by Yoga Alliance. $35 or class card x 2
The Yoga Lab Workshop Series encourages everyone to bring a camera in order to bring about a visual aspect to their postural habits. By seeing a photo of ones alignment beforehand, one can better connect between the sensation/feeling of an adjustment in postures, and actually see the visual appearance. Making this connection between visuals and feeling/sensation, aid in implementing these adjustments throughout the day. These workshops will leave you with some healthy, helpful practices that can be implemented throughout your daily life, in order to alleviate patterns of pain and stiffness

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

GRATITUDE: A Free Thanksgiving Vinyasa Yoga Class
with Barbara Freedman
Thursday, November 28, 9:30-11am ~ Imbibe the spirit of Thanksgiving with an uplifting yoga vinyasa offered freely by Barbara Freedman. Join us before the party starts, or 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, happy day! Free & open to all on a first come basis

ART & YOGA: A Workshop with Samarrah Clayman & Laura Stevens
Saturday, November 30, 2-4pm ~ Come express yourself though movement and art. This class will teach Kundalini Yoga (the yoga of awareness) exercises to help release your creativity and allow  you to connect deeper to your inner self. Following the yoga, we will create art based on the themes explored in the yoga. We will have fun and play in a relaxed and encouraging environment. No previous art or yoga experience is required. $35 preregistered, $40 at the door ~ preregister via email
Samarrah Clayman is a yoga and meditation teacher, a social worker and a writer based in Lexington, Massachusetts
Laura Stevens is a certified Kundalini Yoga and Meditation Instructor. She completed an Art and Yoga certificate program through Kripalu Yoga Center in 2016. She completed her Kundalini Yoga and Teacher Certification in 2012. She is also a psychotherapist, and she teaches social work at Simmons College



December

DHARMA TALK & MEDITATION with Lama Tsering Ngodup
Sunday, December 1, 10am-12pm
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

DIVINE SLEEP™ YOGA NIDRA: A Workshop with Juin Cohen
Sunday, December 1, 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. $20 or class card at door ~ suitable for all levels

THE 5 RHYTHMS with Margaux Skalecki
Ecstatic Dance Practice & Authentic Relating*
Friday, December 6, 7:30-9:30pm ~ The 5 Rhythms™ ~ Flowing, Staccato, Chaos, Lyrical, Stillness ~ create a wave of energetic states of being. Each rhythm has a gateway and a 'map to ecstasy' we each dance to find our own way. This is an evening of returning: to the love of who we are, and to our own wealth of bodily wholeness. All ages, levels of experience welcome, from adults to kids 10+. Wear soft soled shoes, or dance in socks or bare feet, and bring extra layers of clothing. Preregistration suggested ~ sliding scale $15-$25 ~ click on Paypal tab at MargauxSkalecki.com

Dharma Film Series presents THE WORLD BEFORE YOUR FEET
Saturday, December 7, 7pm ~ Is it possible to walk over 8,000 miles and yet never leave home? Every day for the past 6 years, the unique, ever-surprising streets of New York City have been revealing their secrets to the open mind and indefatigable feet of Matt Green. Proceeding along meticulously designed routes, Green has aimed not only to 'go forth', traversing every foot of the Big Apple, but to uncover some of the fabulous history lurking beneath contemporary surfaces. Green takes us along on this enlightening pilgrimage, his disarming friendliness and curiosity softening any distrust encountered and gradually becoming ours as well. The World Before Your Feet is an exhilarating journey into the present, where a deeply engaged life is being taken one mindful step at a time. Presented with the Institute For Meditaton & Psychotherapy. $10 at the door, with free refreshments and post-film discussion ~ $35 for mental health professionals/CEs

SHAMANIC JOURNEY CIRCLE with Comma Williams
Sunday, December 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! Join Comma Williams along this monthly crossing into non-ordinary reality to gain insight, information, and clarity about your path going forward. $18 or class card

Release Into RESTORATIVE YOGA*
with Karen Barbarisi and Keith Herndon
Saturday, December 14, 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 October also feature gentle chanting and Reiki to sooth and relax. $35 or class card x 2 at the door; $28 if registered by 12/11 via email with Karen or Keith
Karen Barbarisi and Keith Herndon have been practicing yoga for more than 15 years and are both certified at the 500 hour level from Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health. Karen is a Second Degree Reiki Practitioner in the Usui Tradition

Live Music! KIRTAN with Shubalananda & Friends
Saturday, December 14, 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, KarunaSeptemberi 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

BEING STILL: Cultivating Insight for Wise Action*
A Half-Day Meditation Retreat with Chris Crotty
Saturday, December 14, 1-4:30pm ~ Stillness does not mean inaction. Rather the stability of mind cultivated through meditation is a foundation for discernment. In this half-day retreat we will practice insight meditation through periods of sitting and walking meditation, first to reduce reactivity, then to investigate our own mind. With a clear mind we can see our own habits, patterns, and tendencies, and this allows insight to mature naturally. As our capacity to "see clearly" develops, wisdom grows and is evidenced in our wise response to all of life. Beginners and ongoing students welcome and encouraged to attend. Please preregister - information & registration here
Chris Crotty, a Buddhist teacher, pastoral counselor, and adjunct professor in alternative medicine, is the guiding teacher of Boston Meditation Center. He has practiced meditation since 1998 with Burmese monastics Sayadaw U Inndaka and Sayadaw U Tejaniya, as well as Bhikkhu Analayo; Western monastics of the Zen and Thai Forest tradition; and senior western Vipassana teachers. Chris is an active member of the Center for Spiritual Care and Pastoral Formation. Learn more about Chris here

New Monthly Class!
YOGA For Continuing Students with Liz Owen
Saturday, December 14, 4:30-6pm ~This alignment-based practice will renew, refresh, and restart your body and mind at the end of your busy week. Each class includes centering your mind and warming up your body, a mix of vinyasa and sustained postures, pranayama, and deep relaxation - just what one needs to approach a new week with clarity and vitality! Open to students with 1+ year experience. $20 or class card at the door

AN INNER JOURNEY THROUGH MOVEMENT
Focusing with Shira Karman
Sunday, December 15, 2-4pm ~ Dance/movement therapy and Focusing both provide avenues for accessing and expressing our internal wisdom and knowing. Focusing is an internal process for attending to and accessing our bodily knowing and illuminating new knowing about a situation or issue. Because we take ourselves, and thus our bodies, with us wherever we go, our bodies experience our reality on every level, making it a wisdom-filled vehicle of our being. We will use movement as a way to become more present to our whole body being. We will use movement as a way to access a more enlivened sense of our selves. This can enhance the practice of Focusing And we will use movement as a way to explore the felt sense that arises from Focusing and to share that through the nonverbal language of movement. In these ways our knowing ourselves will be deepened by the experience of moving with Focusing. $25 at the door
Shira Karman, MEd, LMHC, BC-DMT, is a body-centered psychotherapist who has a private practice in Jamaica Plain. She also teaches at Lesley University, at Cambridge College and abroad. She studied dance-movement therapy at Lesley and with teachers across the country. She is certified in Core Energetics and has studied Bioenergetics. She has been integrating Focusing into her work given her studies with Joan Klagsbrun

DHARMA TALK & MEDITATION with Lama Tsering Ngodup
Sunday, December 15, 10am-12pm
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 15, 1:30-4:30pm
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 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

CONTINUUM: Flow Motion Fridays with Elisabeth Osgood-Campbell
Friday, December 20, 7:15-9:30pm ~ Unwind from the week in an unhurried space where breath, sound, and gentle movement can replenish our nervous systems. Exploring floor-based sequences I design, you may un-digitalize your mind and rest in the fluid intelligence of your body. No previous experience is required; curiosity is the only prerequisite. $35 or class card x 2 at the door
Elisabeth Osgood-Campbell is an experienced movement educator and expressive arts therapist who cherishes the body as an on-going  creative process. A member of the Continuum Teachers Association and Tamalpa Institute's faculty, she facilitates embodied awareness practices for groups and individuals in Boston and New York, and presents internationally on somatic movement therapy and education. For more information click here and here

Special Event! CHRISTMAS DAY YOGA with Barbara Freedman
Wednesday, December 25, 9:30-11am ~ 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. Proceeds and donations will be used to purchase fitness equipment for classes sponsored by the nonprofit Arlington Seniors Association. Enjoy tea and light refreshments afterwards. $20 or class card at the door (or pay what you can)

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



January

Special Event! FIRST MORNING YOGA with Barbara Freedman
Wednesday, 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! $20 or class card at the door or sliding scale if needed

Release Into RESTORATIVE YOGA*
with Karen Barbarisi and Keith Herndon
Saturday, January 4, 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 October also feature gentle chanting and Reiki to sooth and relax. $35 or class card x 2 at the door; $28 if registered by 1/2 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 Film Series presents IN A BETTER WORLD
Saturday, January 4, 7pm ~ As altruistic Danish physician Anton works in a Kenyan field hospital, struggling to repair the harms inflicted by a local warlord, his lonely young son Elias comes to rely on an intense new classmate, Christian, to deal with the school bully back home. Though their parents strive to act virtuously in response to both the world's malevolence and their own marital afflictions, the volatile Christian ushers Elias down a different path—one with explosive repercussions that will extend far beyond their own community. Winner of the 2010 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language film, In A Better World is a gripping, emotional masterpiece from director Susanne Bier (After The Wedding)—an indelible portrait of people trying to do the right thing in the face of inhumanity and loss. Presented with the Institute For Meditaton & Psychotherapy. $10 at the door, with free refreshments and post-film discussion ~ $35 for mental health professionals/CEs

DHARMA TALK & MEDITATION with Lama Tsering Ngodup
Sunday, January 5, 10am-12pm
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 8, 7:30-9pm
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

THE 5 RHYTHMS with Margaux Skalecki
Ecstatic Dance Practice & Authentic Relating*
Friday, January 10, 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 12, 10am-12pm
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, January 12, 1:30-4:30pm
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 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 12, 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! Join Comma Williams along this monthly crossing into non-ordinary reality to gain insight, information, and clarity about your path going forward. $18 or class card

New 8-Week Series!
MINDFULNESS-BASED STRESS REDUCTION** with Sunada Takagi
Wednesdays, January 15 - March 11, 7-9:15pm (Off Feb 26)
plus one daylong class on Sunday, February 23, 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 18, 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, KarunaSeptemberi 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, January 24, 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. $20 or class card at the door

New Monthly Class!
YOGA For Continuing Students with Liz Owen
Saturday, January 25, 4:30-6pm ~This alignment-based practice will renew, refresh, and restart your body and mind at the end of your busy week. Each class includes centering your mind and warming up your body, a mix of vinyasa and sustained postures, pranayama, and deep relaxation - just what one needs to approach a new week with clarity and vitality! Open to students with 1+ year experience. $20 or class card at the door

DHARMA TALK & MEDITATION with Lama Tsering Ngodup
Sunday, January 26, 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

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