Upcoming Workshops, Films & Events
at The Arlington Center

Preregistration is recommended for workshops!




March

BEING STILL: Cultivating Insight for Wise Action*
A Half-Day Meditation Retreat with Chris Crotty
Saturday, March 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. Preregistration recommended here. $35 Base, $45 Sustaining (actual cost of the program), $55 Contributing ~ 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
Chris Crotty is a Buddhist teacher, pastoral counselor, and adjunct professor in alternative medicine. Practicing meditation since 1998, he has taken retreat with Burmese monastics Sayadaw U Inndaka and Sayadaw U Tejaniya, scholar-practitioner Bhikkhu Analayo, western monastics of the Zen and Thai Forest tradition, and senior western Vipassana teachers. Chris was authorized to teach Buddhadharma in 2015, and in 2016 was encouraged to teach vipassana and metta by Sayadaw U Inndaka

Live Music! KIRTAN with Shubalananda & Friends
Saturday, March 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, 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

DHARMA TALK & MEDITATION with Lama Tsering Ngodup
Sunday, March 22, 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: A Day of Moving Inquiry* ~ Megan Bathory-Peeler
Sunday, March 29, 9:30am-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

WRITING STORIES FROM OUR LIVES: Focusing with Julian Miller
Sunday, March 29, 2-4pm ~ Focusing is very much an artistic process—moving us towards what is surprising and revelatory. In this workshop we will explore how memoir (freshly recollected history of one's life) and Focusing (a way of freshly revealing oneself to oneself) can work synergistically. We will be writing recollected stories from "prompts" for 8 minutes a piece, and sharing them (without critiques) in small groups. $25 at door: cash or check to TAC
Julian A. Miller is the author of Breaking Through, The Conquest of Aging, and I Should Praise. He is a poet and writer, and has taught tai chi for many years. Focusing and its relationship to writing has intrigued and engaged him for the past three decades



April

Free Info Session!
MINDFULNESS-BASED STRESS REDUCTION with Sunada Takagi
Wednesday, April 1, 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, April 3, 8-10pm ~ 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. $15 preregistered ~ sliding scale $20-30 at door ~ click on Paypal tab at MargauxSkalecki.com

Dharma Film Series presents ZEN FOR NOTHING
Saturday, April 4, 7pm ~ What is Zen good for? Nothing at all…or, if one comes to embody its iconoclastic teachings on the precious nature of the ordinary, everything! Zen For Nothing takes us along with Swiss actress, Sabine Timoteo, as she arrives with that end in mind at the steps of the venerable Antaiji, a monastery nestled among the rugged mountains of western Japan. Hoping to escape the confines of her modest European celebrity for a few months, Sabine (and we) fall into the contemplative rhythms and sublimity of the everyday—not just 'chopping wood and carrying water,’ but also poetry, music, lively conversation, and illuminating instructions passed down from Antaiji's most famous abbot, the late Kodo Sawaki. As the seasons change from fall to winter to spring, the shared pain and keen humor of this secluded community gradually emerge, along with the sheer humanity and profundity of its mission. As with 2007's Into Great Silence, just the cinematic experience alone of Zen For Nothing is a retreat—a nourishing meditative immersion in the dharma, awakening to life as it is. 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, April 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

DIVINE SLEEP™ YOGA NIDRA: A Workshop with Juin Cohen
Sunday, April 5, 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 is 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

CONTINUUM: Flow Motion Friday ~ Elisabeth Osgood-Campbell
Friday, April 10, 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

SHAMANIC JOURNEY CIRCLE with Comma Williams
Sunday, April 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 for this monthly crossing into non-ordinary reality to gain insight, information, and clarity about your path. $20 or class card

New 8-Week Series!
MINDFULNESS-BASED STRESS REDUCTION** with Sunada Takagi
Wednesdays, April 15 - June 3, 7-9:15pm
plus one daylong class on Sunday, May 31, 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

PSYCHODRAMA Open Session with Maria Mellano & Joel Thayer
Friday, April 17, 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 BostonPsychodrama.com. $20 or class card at the door

JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE HEART: ChakraDance & More*
with Christabeth Ingold, Lauren D'Andrea, & Leah Constantz
Saturday, April 18, 1-4pm ~ Join us in community for a full circle journey to your heart as we uplift, refresh, and rebirth into springtime. This unique circle will blend flower essences, Chakradance with mandala making, meditation, creative expression, mini-altar creation, and more. Weaving in moments of deep respite, everyone will have an opportunity to receive energy work and relax into bliss! This afternoon retreat will melt away the slumber of winter and help you nourish your mind-body-spirit as you reignite the fire within your heart. What do you feel is getting ready to shed? Where is your heart being called to? Whether you have these answers now or not, you are already being held tenderly in this sacred circle. All beings welcome! Please bring a water bottle, a few small articles that are meaningful for your very own mini-altar creation, and an open heart. Also, please wear comfortable clothing for movement. 
Sliding scale from $75, includes all materials ~ limited space ~ *preregistration recommended ~ please contact Christabeth at 413-204-8802 or via email
Your three guides- Lauren, Leah, & Christabeth- will be fusing your journey together and have much magic in store for you! They are each in the Holistic Healing field, are energy workers, and spirit speakers in their own ways. Lauren D’Andrea- Integrated Energy Therapist and Intuitive Medium seeks to plant light in stagnant, dark places with mindfulness and respect for all that is. Leah Constantz, Inner Wisdom Cultivator and Flower Essences Practitioner, loves to help people tap into the wells of their intuition and infinite wisdom with the assistance of plant allies and mind body techniques. Christabeth Ingold, birth doula for your Higher Self and holistic bodyworker, is a guide to your wisdom gems so you can live unapologetically YOU with a heart on fire

Monthly Class! YOGA For Continuing Students with Liz Owen
Saturday, April 18, 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

Live Music! KIRTAN with Shubalananda & Friends
Saturday, April 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

DHARMA TALK & MEDITATION with Lama Tsering Ngodup
Sunday, April 19, 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, Aprl 26, 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

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