Upcoming Workshops, Films & Events
at The Arlington Center

Preregistration is recommended for workshops!




August

Sunday Morning DHARMA TALK & MEDITATION with Lama Tsering
Sunday, August 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, MA

SOUND HEALING CIRCLE with Brad Brockmann & Comma Williams
Sunday, August 28, 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



September

Special Event! SWAN KIRTAN
Saturday, September 3, 7-9:30pm
Join us for an evening of inspiring music and song with Swan Kirtan, an acclaimed devotional chanting group whose musicians include Ashok Nalamalapu, Kalidasa Joseph Getter, Todd Glacy, Gaura Prana, and Eva Caperon - see more on Facebook. $15 if received by August 31 ~ $20 from September 1st - register here

AFRICAN HEALING DANCE: A Training with Wyoma
Sunday, September 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 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. 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

Free Info Session!
MINDFULNESS-BASED STRESS REDUCTION with Sunada Takagi
Wednesday, September 7, 7:15-9pm
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 ~ summer course starting next week is nearly full - register today
Sunada Takagi is a mindfulness instructor and coach, as well as a member of the Triratna Buddhist Order. She is passionate about helping people transform their lives through mindfulness. Learn more about her at mindfulpurpose.com

Special Dance Event!
5 RHYTHMS: An Ecstatic Moving Meditation
with Margaux Skalecki
Friday, September 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 of clothing are great for heating up and cooling down Wear soft soled shoes, socks or move in bare feet

DHARMA TALK & MEDITATION with Lama Tsering
Sunday, September 11, 10-12 noon
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, MA

THE ARTIST'S WAY* with Kim Childs
Sunday, September 11, 2-4pm
Are there dreams and creative projects that you'd like to pursue or revisit? Are you asking, "What's next?" or "What do I really want?" in your life and wanting to live more fully expressed? If so join Kim Childs for an introduction to The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity by Julia Cameron. Kim uses exercises from this popular book to guide you to a life that reflects your true passions, preferences, and desires. No artistic experience is required, as the class is for anyone who wants to live from a more creative and authentic place. You'll leave with ideas for eliminating unproductive habits and making time for what you truly love. Bring a favorite journal or notebook if you have one. $18 or class card at the door
Kim Childs is a certified life and career coach specializing in Positive Psychology (aka the 'science of happiness'), creativity and spiritual development. She's also a former NPR reporter and a Kripalu yoga teacher who's been leading Boston-area workshops on Positive Psychology and The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity since 2002. Kim's writing is featured in Chicken Soup for the Soul, Natural Awakenings magazine, the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health resources, and her blog, A Pilgrim on the Path. Visit her at KimChilds.com

SHAMANIC JOURNEY CIRCLE with Comma Williams
Sunday, September 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

BUDDHIST PSYCHOLOGY LECTURE SERIES Returns!
Conversations At The Edge

Monday, September 12, 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 Christopher Willard, PsyD, and Meghan Searl, PhD. 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 ~ no refunds > missed session

New 8-Week Series!
MINDFULNESS-BASED STRESS REDUCTION** with Sunada Takagi
Wednesdays, September 14 - November 2, 7:15-9:30pm
plus one all-day class on Sunday, October 30, 9-4
Mindfulness isn’t so much a tool or technique, but a different way of being. When we pay attention to our present moments, we start to see ourselves and our world more clearly. Instead of being driven by worry, anxiety, or feeling pressured, we begin to choose our responses more wisely. We find our way to a more balanced and centered life, guided by our inner strengths and values rather than old habits and reactions. This 8-week series is a thorough introduction to the art of mindfulness. It’s based on Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn's pioneering work in mind-body medicine originated at the UMass Medical Center. Preregistration required - this course will fill - sign up today
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

KIRTAN with Shubalananda plus special guests
Saturday, September 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, 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

MINDFULNESS: A Path To Cultivating Joy And Compassion**
An introduction to concepts and meditation practices in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh with Margrit Romang
6 Mondays, 7:45-9:45pm: Sep 19, 26, Oct 3, 17, 31, Nov 14
Practicing and cultivating mindfulness has the capacity to awaken us more fully to our everyday life. By connecting our body and mind through a variety of practices we can learn to be more fully present to ourselves and our experience. We will learn how to transform old habitual patterns, deeply rooted in our unconscious. In the supportive environment of a small group we can safely touch and heal old wounds and grow our capacity for compassion for ourselves and others. This leads to a greater understanding of ourselves and others and develops a deep sense of peace, joy and inner freedom. Let mindfulness coach and meditation teacher Margrit Romang guide you through a series of mindfulness exercises based on essential teachings by Thich Nhat Hanh. Each class will consist of guided sitting and walking meditation and ancient teachings handed down by Margrit's teachers. $175, preregistration required. For information and registration, visit margritromang.com or call 781-643-2565
Margrit Romang, PhD, LMHC has been a student of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh for the past 15 years and received ordination by him into the Order of Interbeing in 2006. Margrit teaches meditation and works as a psychotherapist and mindfulness coach in private practice in Arlington

New Series!
Mindfulness-Based RELAPSE PREVENTION**
For People in Recovery from Addictions
with Deborah Sosin, LICSW
8 Wednesdays, 7:30-9:30pm, September 21 - November 9
Are you in recovery from alcohol or drug abuse? Prone to slips and relapses? Working toward long-term sobriety? Mindfulness can help. In eight structured sessions, you will learn ways to gain awareness of your inner experience and let go of habitual thoughts and behaviors that can trigger relapse. In a safe, nonjudgmental atmosphere, you will also learn simple relaxation and meditation techniques to calm the body and mind to support long-term success. This psycho-educational class is based on the Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention (MBRP) program developed by Sarah Bowen, Neha Chawla, and Alan Marlatt. Preregistration is required. Sliding scale based on income ($375-$575). Please read complete course description and registration info here
Deborah Sosin, LICSW has over 30 years' experience as a clinical social worker. Since 2004, she has been a staff clinician at Sameem Associates, specializing in individual and group work with people in all stages of recovery from addictions. She was a clinical supervisor at the North Charles Institute for the Addictions. Author of the award-winning picture book Charlotte and the Quiet Place, Deborah is a longtime meditator. In 2014, she earned an advanced certificate from the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy and incorporates mindfulness into all aspects of her work. Learn more here

Special Event! PSYCHODRAMA Open Session with Maria Mellano
Friday, September 23, 7:30pm
Psychodrama is a creative, enlightening use of drama and roleplaying to explore the issues in our lives. Open sessions are offered under the direction of a qualified Psychodramatist. An open session unfolds in an instructional and low key way, introducing you to the process within a safe setting with time for processing and questions. Though therapeutic value is often felt from the experience, open sessions are not psychotherapy and the director is not in the role of therapist. Please join, and invite anyone you like! You may participate as little or as much as you want, and all experience levels - lay and professional - are welcome. $10 at the door - no prior registration is necessary though it is appreciated. Contact Maria Mellano for more information. Application for MaMHCA/MMCEP and Social Work continuing education credits have been submitted for 2 Category 1 credits

RECONNECTING: An Experiential Workshop for Couples
with Laurel Earls
Saturday, September 24, 12:30-4:30pm
Join Laurel Earls, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Registered Yoga Teacher, for a workshop designed for couples looking to reconnect with their relationship. This 4-hour workshop will combine mindfulness, yoga, and tools to help couples center and ground themselves and their relationship. Gentle yoga practices will be integrated so no experience is necessary. All kinds of couples are welcome to come and experience this workshop. (This is not couples therapy.) If you are interested in attending as an individual, please reach out to Laurel directly prior to registration. $200/couple or $230 with new yoga mats. Preregistration required - email laurel@lmlecounseling.com or call Laurel at 857-228-8245 for more information. Space is limited so reserve your spot TODAY!
Laurel Earls is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Registered Yoga Teacher who integrates yoga, mindfulness and talk therapy in her work. Laurel brings over 9 years of experience in the mental health field working with individuals, couples and families as well as over 12 years in the fitness industry and 9 years of intense engagement with Narrative Therapy into her offerings. Laurel created Live More Life...Everyday!, a company focused on providing clients a holistic approach to health and wellness

Introduction to FOCUSING with Kelley Bothe & Cathy Cornell
A Mindfulness Practice for Enhancing Self Awareness & Self Care
Saturday, September 24, 2-4pm
Focusing is a mind-body awareness method that helps you find greater clarity and freedom from old emotional patterns. It teaches us a mindful way to enter a special kind of awareness different from our everyday awareness – one that is in-the-moment, centered in the body's sensations and open to its rich meanings. This class will introduce you to some of the basic tenets of Focusing and give you an opportunity to practice important focusing skills. We will teach you how might use this gentle yet powerful process to find what is truly alive for you, relieve stress, develop more empathy for yourself and others, or touch into the spiritual dimension of your life. This class is open to those new to Focusing and those with some experience.
$25 at the door
Kelley Bothe LICSW, CGP is a Certified Focusing Trainer and a psychotherapist in private practice in Concord and Wellesley MA working with adults in individual therapy. Kelley also leads divorce support groups and teaches Focusing to small groups
Cathy Cornell, LICSW is a social worker and a Focusing-oriented psychotherapist in a private practice in Wellesley. She is a Certified Focusing Trainer and has taught Focusing to individuals and groups. She also practices and studies Buddhism

Live Improv! An Evening With TRUE STORY THEATER
Saturday, September 24, 7:30-9:30pm
True Story Theater, an Arlington-based improvisational theater company, wants to hear about your life. This troupe of skilled listeners will honor each story through the power of improvisatory drama, music, and movement. The stories you share will magically be brought to life as we explore this important common theme. Come celebrate our community, bring a friend, share a special story, or just watch, listen and enjoy! $15 if preregistered online, $20 or class card at door ~ need help? $5+ pay what you can
Tonight: Stories of the trees & other living things Do you feel an important connection to a particular tree, or to a species of (non-pet) animal, or to a special spot in nature? As city and suburb dwellers, how do we feel most connected to the natural world --and why is that important?

DHARMA TALK & MEDITATION with Lama Tsering
Sunday, September 25, 10-12 noon
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, MA

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



October

Dharma Film Series presents MANAKAMANA
Saturday, October 1, 7pm
What would it be like to see the world as if through a divine, equanimous eye - in this case, perhaps an avatar of the goddess Parvati? Manakamana is shot entirely inside a small Nepalese cable car that transports tourists and locals - not all of them human - over sparsely populated Himalayan foothills to an ancient, lofty Hindu temple. We go along for 11 trips, each a single unedited take, observing the unself-conscious passengers continually transform in ways both subtle and striking. Even though little seems to happen - we are certainly not being 'entertained' - each transit is a fresh opportunity to quietly abide, acquiring something of the camera's unblinking tranquility as the magic of the everyday reveals itself. Confined though the film's setting may seem at first, Manakamana's rigor and simplicity convey us directly into the heart of a world whose pace and outlook are vastly different than our own, and open out onto a universe of interdependence. 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

AFRICAN HEALING DANCE: A Training with Wyoma
Sunday, October 2 & 16, 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. 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

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

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

BUDDHIST PSYCHOLOGY LECTURE SERIES Resumes!
Conversations At The Edge

Monday, October 10, 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 Christopher Willard, 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 ~ no refunds > missed sessions
Tonight: The Five Hindrances in Daily Life and How Clients and Clinicians Can Overcome Them with Mitch Abblett, PhD
Boxing great Muhammad Ali once observed, Often it isn't the mountains ahead that wear you out, it's the little pebble in your shoe.' Clients and clinicians might ask: What is wrong with us if we've been meditating for years and we're still generally making ourselves crazy with doubt and insecurity? How can we make our lives more effective, worthwhile and meaningful ? How do I minimize pain and suffering? How do I get what I really want? And will I really even want it once I get it? Behind our office doors we see clients who enact these questions through the symptoms and behaviors that brought them to our door-– the various forms of taking, leaving, shoving and hiding aspects of their inner lives. Beneath all of these questions lies one... In this moment, will I open or will I close? Join us as Dr. Abblett explores the Buddhist conception of the 'five hindrances' (desire, hostility, sluggishness, worry and doubt). He will investigate the five hindrances in meditation and consider them in the process of engaging clients, to move toward authentic experience rather than merely repeating karmic conditioning. The workshop draws on Dr. Abblett's professional experience as a psychologist working in a variety of acute settings and client populations, the sciences of the brain, mindfulness, and positive psychology. His presentation underscores how clinicians can help clients identify and skillfully understand the nature, application and daily life relevance of the moment-to-moment choice to open or close when the universal hindrances to clarity and compassion arise

KIRTAN with Shubalananda plus special guests
Saturday, October 15, 7:30pm
Created by ancient Indian rishis from Vedic mantras, kirtan is a yoga of sound - an evening of beautiful music and heartfelt call-and-response singing. No previous experience is necessary to experience its emotional depth, yet powerful as it is, kirtan is effortless and incredibly enjoyable. Freely offered ~ please make a donation!
Shubalananda (Larry Kopp) has been leading kirtan for many years, having studied with Neem Karoli Baba, Sathya Sai Baba, Karunamayi and Shree Maa. His guitar & harmonium playing and voice of experience gives his kirtan a power and a heartfulness that is shared with all who join in. Find out more at www.shubalananda.com

Honor The Ancestors For Samhain with
SACRED DRUM, CHANT & DANCE with the Mother Drum*
Led by Laney Goodman & friends
Saturday, October 22, 7:30-10:30pm
7pm doors open ~ 7:30pm Circle begins
Drum your heat, Dance your light! Come celebrate the Samhain harvest and honor our Ancestors with Sacred Drum, Chant and Dance with the MOTHER DRUM in the four directions of the Medicine Wheel. Do something a little different this Halloween and celebrate the true meaning of the season as we rejoice in the Harvest and gather to remember and honor our Ancestors, who came before us and paved our way. Bring drums and rhythm instruments and join your tribe as we celebrate the sacred circle of life during the time leading up to this powerful cross quarter gateway. If you wish, come and remember your ancestors with a photo or an article of clothing to put on our Remembrance Altar (be sure and take this personal article home with you at the conclusion). $20 or class card ~ bring a canned or dry good for a local food pantry and pay only $15 - feed those in need while we feed our spirits with gratitude and joy as we gather to Re-Member. This is a drug, alcohol and smoke free event. All welcome! (Children age 10 or over welcome if accompanied by an adult). Email Laney for more information or visit sacredwavesofrhythm.com

DHARMA TALK & MEDITATION with Lama Tsering Ngodup
Sunday, October 23, 10-12n
You’re invited to receive Buddhist teachings (dharma), practice meditation, and experience the relevance and benefits of Buddhist philosophy and meditation in daily life. People of all ages, backgrounds, and beliefs are welcome to this freely offered biweekly event ~ donations gratefully accepted 
Tsering Ngodup is a lama, or spiritual teacher, authorized to teach by HH ShaMar Rinpoche. He has devoted over twenty years to sharing the religious and spiritual teachings of Tibetan Buddhism in the West. He has traveled across the world, translating and interpreting Buddhist teachings for highly accomplished Tibetan lamas and masters from all four schools of Tibetan Buddhism. He is currently a chaplain at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Brookline

FOCUSING ON WHAT MATTERS
Happiness as a Mindful Practice with Joan Klagsbrun
Sunday, October 23, 10-4:30
We are a problem-oriented culture, one that pays a great deal of attention to what is wrong in our lives.  We spend far less time paying attention to all the positives– the experiences in which we feel most alive, the places where we have been resilient in the face of adversity, the times when we feel joy. And we pay a price for gravitating towards the negative. Positive Psychology is not about putting a happy face that covers over our important life struggles. It is about amplifying our authentic well-being.   It is an evidenced-based approach for increasing our capacity for flourishing, and for fully appreciating our lives. By placing attention on positive experiences and feelings (such as gratitude and enjoyment), we can actually think more effectively and expansively. And people who have a higher ratio of “positivity” to “negativity” have more energy and better health. In this workshop, we will explore how Focusing (a process which you will be taught) can be used to enhance and deepen your “positivity.” In the workshop, we will personally reflect on five different pathways to wellbeing, and  we will conclude by discovering and working with our signature strength. $75 at the door
Joan Klagsbrun, PhD, a longtime Focusing Coordinator and psychologist in private practice, has been teaching Focusing internationally for 3 decades. She is also an adjunct professor at Lesley University and trains therapists in Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapy. She writes and teaches on the convergence of spirituality, health, positive psychology and Focusing

Special Event! PSYCHODRAMA Open Session with Maria Mellano
Friday, October 28, 7:30pm
Join us for an evening of community building, personal growth and healing while learning about Psychodrama! Open sessions are psychodrama demonstrations offered under the direction of a qualified Psychodramatist to the public. Participate as little or as much as you want! All are welcome - both lay and professional - who are either interested in being part of experiential work for personal growth, want to learn about action techniques that could be used in individual and group psychotherapy, professional coaching and counseling, and/or who are considering joining an ongoing therapy or training group. For details, email Maria Mellano or call 857 284 7237. Sponsored by the NE Chapter of the American Society for Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama. $10 at the door

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