Upcoming Workshops, Films & Events
at The Arlington Center

Preregistration is recommended for workshops!




April

'THE WORK' OF BYRON KATIE
An Introduction with Barbara Cherington
Mondays thru 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

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

5 Wednesdays, April 26 - May 24, 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! $95 for 5 week series; $20 or class card at the door on April 26 & May 3 only ~ please note, this is a progressive workshop, no 'drop-ins' after May 3

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

Open House ~ All Welcome!
THE YOGA OF ENERGY FLOW 200 & 300hr Teacher Trainings
Sunday, May 7, 6-7:30pm - free!
Join us for an informal Q & A about the upcoming Yoga Alliance-approved yoga teacher training programs starting in September at the Arlington Center. Meet teachers and graduates, join us for some yoga, and enjoy the refreshments to follow. The core study is vinyasa flow yoga in which breath, movement and asana are combined with correct alignment and sequence into a transformative practice. Students will leave this training fully prepared to teach vinyasa style yoga classes and will have a comprehensive understanding of yoga asana, pranayama, anatomy of yoga, hands-on assists, shiatsu/thai bodywork, yogic philosophy, and meditation techniques. The Yoga Of Energy Flow program is directed by Daniel Orlansky & Liz Owen with Carrie Tyler, and features guest faculty including Chip Hartranft. For more details, please click on the link above - you can also email Daniel or call him at 866-702-6197

AFRICAN HEALING DANCE: A Training with Wyoma
Sunday, May 7 & 21, 6:45-9:45pm
What are daily practices that sustain us? Wyoma created the African Healing Dance mastery program to answer that question. This bi-monthly program offers African dance and Improvisation. Included also are practices of meditation, imagery, yoga, massage, and nutrition arts, integrated. The curriculum focuses on Traditional African and Caribbean dance, Ashe Namaste (yoga dance), singing, meditation, and the mystery of the divine feminine. You will both write and dance the abundance of your story. Each 3-month period focuses on a different theme. Sessions feature live or recorded music. The Training offers both a 1-year program and a 2-year certificate track. Participants may attend individual 3-month modules or 7-day intensives. Three 3-month modules are offered each year on 1st & 3rd sundays of the month, Jan-Mar, May-Jul, & Sep-Nov. The 7-day Intensive runs Sun-Sat ~ next intensive September 3-9. 4 hrs/day. 3-month session/$595, 7-day Intensive/$595, 1 year/$1450, 2 years/$2450 - no prior dance experience needed. For registration please contact wyoma@wyomadance.com

'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 In honor of Mothers’ Day, what have we experienced and felt when giving significant care to others — as parents, teachers, health care professionals, adult children with elderly parents?  What is it like to receive care from others? 

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

Live Music! 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



June

AFRICAN HEALING DANCE: A Training with Wyoma
Sunday, June 4 & 18, 6:45-9:45pm
What are daily practices that sustain us? Wyoma created the African Healing Dance mastery program to answer that question. This bi-monthly program offers African dance and Improvisation. Included also are practices of meditation, imagery, yoga, massage, and nutrition arts, integrated. The curriculum focuses on Traditional African and Caribbean dance, Ashe Namaste (yoga dance), singing, meditation, and the mystery of the divine feminine. You will both write and dance the abundance of your story. Each 3-month period focuses on a different theme. Sessions feature live or recorded music. The Training offers both a 1-year program and a 2-year certificate track. Participants June attend individual 3-month modules or 7-day intensives. Three 3-month modules are offered each year on 1st & 3rd sundays of the month, Jan-Mar, June-Jul, & Sep-Nov. The 7-day Intensive runs Sun-Sat ~ next intensive September 3-9. 4 hrs/day. 3-month session/$595, 7-day Intensive/$595, 1 year/$1450, 2 years/$2450 - no prior dance experience needed. For registration please contact wyoma@wyomadance.com

BUDDHIST PSYCHOLOGY LECTURE SERIES
Conversations At The Edge

Monday, June 5, 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 ~ register here!
Tonight: IMPLICIT MINDFULNESS: Bringing Mindfulness Concepts to Pre-Contemplative Patients
This presentation will discuss techniques for bringing mindfulness concepts implicitly to encounters with patients who, for a variety of reasons (cultural, religious, etc), have a more difficult time engaging with mindfulness when it is explicitly discussed, for which the term "pre-contemplative" is applied. We will discuss ways to incorporate language and concepts clinically that implicitly reflect core mindfulness principles while also respecting patients' unique identity and values. We will also discuss using implicit mindfulness to frame shared goals with patients with regard to their overall physical and mental health Laura Warren, MD is an outpatient psychiatrist at Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA), and works in primary care as well as specialty mental health. She was first trained in MBSR in 2007, and completed the IMP Meditation and Psychotherapy Certificate Program in 2009, and since then has been incorporating mindfulness into her clinical practice. She has been involved with the Center For Mindfulness and Compassion at CHA since its inception. Currently she is teaching as part of the MINDFUL-PC program, which seeks to bringing mindfulness groups to primary care, and she has been involved in bringing mindfulness to psychiatry residency training. She recently joined the board of IMP, and is interested in using mindfulness to help patients and providers manage stress, and to reduce burnout among healthcare professionals

Special Dance Event!
5 RHYTHMS: An Ecstatic Moving Meditation
with Margaux Skalecki
Friday, June 9, 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

Live Improv! An Evening With TRUE STORY THEATER
Saturday, June 10, 7:30pm
True Story Theater, an Arlington-based improvisational theater company, wants to hear about your life. This troupe of skilled listeners will honor each story through the power of improvisatory drama, music, and movement. The stories you share will magically be brought to life as we explore this important common theme. Come celebrate our community, bring a friend, share a special story, or just watch, listen and enjoy! $15 if preregistered online, $20 or class card at door ~ need help? $5+ pay what you can
Tonight: Stories of exploring sexuality What does sexuality mean to you? At different ages, how have you explored sexuality and what have you discovered? How well does sexuality contribute to your health and well-being? How do we form healthy relationships? What are the social forces at play?

DHARMA TALK & MEDITATION with Lama Tsering Ngodup
Sunday, June 11, 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

SHAMANIC JOURNEY CIRCLE with Comma Williams
Sunday, June 11, 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, June 16, 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

Release Into RESTORATIVE YOGA*
with Karen Barbarisi and Keith Herndon
Saturday, June 17, 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 June 14th 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

Live Music! KIRTAN with Shubalananda plus special guests
Saturday, June 17, 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, KarunaJunei 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

DHARMA TALK & MEDITATION with Lama Tsering Ngodup
Sunday, June 18, 10-12n
You’re invited to receive Buddhist teachings (dharma), practice meditation, and experience the relevance and benefits of Buddhist philosophy and meditation in daily life. People of all ages, backgrounds, and beliefs are welcome to this freely offered biweekly event ~ donations gratefully accepted 
Tsering Ngodup is a lama, or spiritual teacher, authorized to teach by HH ShaMar Rinpoche. He has devoted over twenty years to sharing the religious and spiritual teachings of Tibetan Buddhism in the West. He has traveled across the world, translating and interpreting Buddhist teachings for highly accomplished Tibetan lamas and masters from all four schools of Tibetan Buddhism. He is currently a chaplain at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Brookline

SOUND HEALING CIRCLE with Brad Brockmann & Comma Williams
Sunday, June 25, 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