THE FALL '14 SEASON CONTINUES...
...with an exciting lineup of transformative classes, workshops, and other events! Come to a class whenever you like - just check out the calendars for October 27 - November 2 and November 3-9. Then, drop in anytime! Preregistration recommended for workshops...
This Week - preregistration recommended* or required** for starred workshops
Introduction To TAI CHI In The Wu Style** with Steven Cardoza
Saturday, November 1, 2:30-4:30pm ~ T'ai chi - today known as taiji - is a graceful internal Chinese martial art famous for improving balance, mood, and longevity. This two hour class focuses on Commencement, the opening movement of both the taiji short and long forms. You will learn most of the principles of the entire taiji form in this one movement, including proper body alignments, weight shifts, synchronous bending and stretching of the Six Harmonies, opening and closing of joint spaces and energy gates, the four main energetics of the taiji form, and associated breathing. You’ll understand most of what is involved in the practice of authentic taiji, and will be able to use Commencement as a simple, effective stand-alone qigong, immediately benefiting your health. Preregistration required ~ $35 or class card x 2 + $5
Sunday Morning DHARMA TALK & MEDITATION with Lama Tsering
Sunday, November 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
Special Extended Class! RESTORATIVE YOGA with David Schouela
Sunday, November 2, 4-6:30pm ~ Join yoga & meditation teacher David Schouela for a special extended restorative yoga class. 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 chronic patterns of tension. As attention focuses on each breath, Restorative Yoga also cultivates the qualities of mindfulness and presence. Read more in David's recent article. $25 or class card + $10
BUDDHIST PSYCHOLOGY LECTURE SERIES: Conversations At The Edge
Monday, November 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. 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
Tonight: Mindful Presence, Potential Space ~ Elizabeth Spencer
Dharma Film Series presents THE PAST
Saturday, November 8, 7pm ~ A psychological thriller, set with broken relationships, secrets and lies, The Past is a masterpiece of compassion, lack of judgment, and curiosity about the complexity and messiness of human life. Ahmad, an Iranian man, leaves his wife Marie to return to his country. When he returns a few years later to sign divorce papers after Marie has started a new relationship, he faces the harsh reality that the life he knew has changed forever. The Past is the newest film by Asghar Farhadi, the award- winning director of A Separation, who has been called a “sculptor of emotion and space.” Emotionally gripping and visually stunning, The Past is a meditation on the ways we get caught between love and hate, past and present, marriage and divorce, life and death. Presented with the Institute For Meditation & Psychotherapy. $10 at the door, with free refreshments and post-film discussion; $35/3 CEUs for mental health professionals
SHAMANIC JOURNEY CIRCLE with Comma Williams
Sunday, November 9, 7-9pm ~ Shamanic journeying is a tool that has been traditionally used by indigenous shamans for the healing of individuals and communities. 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. $15 or class card