Upcoming Workshops, Films & Events
at The Arlington Center

Preregistration is recommended for workshops!




March

WOMEN AND THE SACRED FEMININE IN THE BUDDHA’S LIFE: Forgotten Stories ~ A Half-Day Workshop with Wendy Garling
Saturday, March 23, 1-4:30pm ~ Drawing from the earliest Pali and Sanskrit biographies of the Buddha, Wendy Garling will share little-known stories of women and the sacred feminine that arose during the Buddha’s era but over time were “forgotten” or suppressed by patriarchy. A far cry from the minimally represented, passive, and stock female characters we find in his conventional biography, these stories tell us that women were influential figures in the Buddha’s life and in the emergence of early Buddhism, participating with agency, voice, and their own spiritual aspirations. Now more than ever these stories—of mothers, wives, daughters, solitary seekers, and upholders of the Dharma—offer today’s Buddhist women and men a deeper connection, not just to a more gender-balanced past, but to each other, and to women’s voices rising across a world calling for renewed wisdom, compassion, and nurturance. In this afternoon retreat we’ll explore several women’s stories in depth, learning more about the Buddha’s mother Maya, his stepmother Gautami, his wife Yasodhara, his harem wives, and others who helped shape the Buddha’s journey to awakening. Together we will read and discuss the stories, followed by periods of silent reflection. How do the stories reshape the roots of Buddhism? How are these first Buddhist women relatable in today’s world? Questions like these are bound to arise. Women and men of any practice level are welcome. $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 BMC know if finances are an obstacle. Preregistration recommended here
Wendy Garling is a writer, mother, independent scholar, and authorized dharma teacher with a BA from Wellesley College and MA in Sanskrit language and literature from the University of California, Berkeley. She is the author of Stars at Dawn: Forgotten Stories of Women in the Buddha’s Life (2016, Shambhala Publications), a groundbreaking new biography of the Buddha that relates his journey to awakening through the stories of Buddhism’s first women

Release Into RESTORATIVE YOGA*
with Karen Barbarisi and Keith Herndon
Saturday, March 23, 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 may also feature gentle chanting and Reiki to sooth and relax. $35 or class card x 2 + $5 at the door
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

CONTINUUM: Moving Inquiry* with Megan Bathory-Peeler
Sunday, March 24, 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

New 8-Week Series!
MINDFULNESS-BASED STRESS REDUCTION** with Sunada Takagi
Wednesdays, March 27 - May 15, 7-9:30pm
plus one daylong class on Sunday, May 12, 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: An Open Session with Maria Mellano
Friday, March 29, 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
$15 cash or check, or class card at the door

New Monthly Class!
COMMUNITY KUNDALINI YOGA with Laura Stevens
Saturday, March 30, 2:15-3:30pm ~ Kundalini Yoga combines asanas or physical postures with breath work and mantra. All are welcome to this new monthly offering, which strives to create an inclusive community that is a safe space for LGBTQ folks and people of all diverse backgrounds. Beginners and experienced yoga practitioners welcome. 22% of proceeds will go to an organization that supports social and environmental justice. $10 suggested donation at door
Laura Stevens, LICSW is a certified Kundalini Yoga and Meditation Teacher as well as a licensed independent social worker and a psychotherapist. She completed an art and yoga teacher certification from Kripalu Yoga Center and is trained in Yoga Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Laura is an adjunt instructor at Simmons College

Celebrate Spring! WINDS OF CHANGE
Sacred Drum, Chant & Dance With The Mother Drum
led by Laney Goodman, Gregorio De La Selva, Gypsy aka Amy Ravish, Jim Flavin and more
Saturday, March 30, 7:30-10:30pm ~ doors open at 7pm
Now is the Brightening.  It seems as if the sky is hanging equal to the land for this one moment before night gives way to longer days.  Wild winds sweep through old dreams to clear the way for the new rising energies of light and it enters our waking senses and hearts as we watch the primroses and daffodils rise up from the Mother Earth. ~ from We'Moon Almanac ~
Come celebrate the first warm winds of Spring with Tribe as we gather in Sacred Drum, Chant and Dance with the MOTHER DRUM ~ her first time out of hibernation - another reason to come and celebrate. We'll be calling in the four directions using Native American and Celtic pagan teachings with chants and instruments and of course all kinds of drums. So join the Tribe and the Mother Drum in this sacred circle as we feel and see the winds of change all around us. The Mother Earth is beginning to thaw and come back to life....we are all changing how we look at this life and see the wonder everywhere and we are becoming more in love with life. Please bring drums and rhythm instruments ~ bells, ocean drums, shakers, singing bowls and join the circle as we celebrate the sacred wheel of life and Spring ~ and a snack to share with your sisters and brothers. All Welcome! $20 per person/ *Kids ages 7-14 free/ *ages 15 and up $20 ~ ages 7 and up, due to the ceremonial nature of our circle ~ this is a drug, alcohol, smoke and SCENT free event. Please RSVP to Laney and visit sacredwavesofrhythm.com

POSITIVE AGING: Recollecting Highlights and Gathering Wisdom for the Journey Ahead ~ Focusing with Joan Klagsbrun
Sunday, March 31, 2-4pm ~ Aging has, as one of its benefits, the possibility of perspective and looking back. It also has the promise of greater wisdom for future living. This workshop, for those who consider themselves to be in mid-life or beyond, will explore highlights from our lived years, and will open us to the intrinsic wisdom we carry within. We will explore what aging means to each of us, and will reflect on how we have gained wisdom from past experiences. We will then turn to the future, and explore how, through Focusing, we can find personal wisdom for our journey ahead. $25 payable at the door by check or cash
Joan Klagsbrun, PhD, a psychologist in private practice, has been teaching Focusing internationally to psychotherapists, educators, healthcare providers and the public for over three decades on seven continents. Her current passion is crossing Focusing with creative expression and positive aging

SOUND HEALING CIRCLE with Brad Brockmann & Comma Williams
Sunday, March 31, 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



April

DHARMA TALK & MEDITATION with Lama Tsering Ngodup
Sunday, April 7, 10:15a-12:15p
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

THE 5 RHYTHMS with Margaux Skalecki
Ecstatic Dance Practice & Authentic Relating
Friday, April 12, 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

EMBODIED: Mindfulness Yoga & Meditation*
A Half-Day Retreat with Chris Crotty
Saturday, April 13, 1-4:30pm ~ Yoga and Buddhism share the same aim: the liberation of body, mind, and heart. Postures and breath practice support the body and mind for meditation, and mindfulness enables a more intentional, awareness-based yoga. This program is open to anyone interested in exploring the relationship between yoga asana (postures) and insight meditation. Together these mutually supportive practices foster self-awareness and insight into the conditions that underlie greater well-being and personal freedom. This half-day retreat includes alternating periods of yoga postures and guided meditation based on the Four Foundations of mindfulness, and is aimed at helping students deepen concentration and investigate the true nature of mind and body. Yoga sessions will draw from yin, Kripalu, and viniyoga, and will be accessible to all levels of practitioners (of both yoga and meditation), including beginners. Preregistration recommended 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 Indaka 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

Dharma Film Series presents WALK WITH ME: Thich Nhat Hanh
Saturday, April 13, 7pm ~ The teachings of Zen monk Thich Nhat Hanh, celebrated since his famous resistance during the Vietnam War, have brought together a vibrant community of monks and nuns in France and America who’ve dedicated their lives to the practices of mindfulness meditation and compassion. Walk With Me, both meditative and quietly stirring, journeys into the heart of their world as they confront and transform the suffering in themselves and others. At the center is the uplifting presence of Thich Nhat Hanh, whose example inspires others to inquire fearlessly into the nature of being itself and awaken to things as they are. Presented with the Institute For Meditation & Psychotherapy. $10 at the door, with free refreshments and post-film discussion; $35/2 CEUs for mental health professionals

CONTINUUM: Moving Inquiry* with Megan Bathory-Peeler
Sunday, April 14, 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

DIVINE SLEEP™ YOGA NIDRA: A Workshop with Juin Cohen
Sunday, April 14, 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 ~ suitable for all levels

SHAMANIC JOURNEY CIRCLE with Comma Williams
Sunday, April 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! Join Comma Williams along this monthly crossing into non-ordinary reality to gain insight, information, and clarity about your path going forward. $15 or class card

PSYCHODRAMA: An Open Session with Maria Mellano
Friday, April 19, 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
$15 cash or check, or class card at the door

New Monthly Class!
COMMUNITY KUNDALINI YOGA with Laura Stevens
Saturday, April 20, 2:15-3:30pm ~ Kundalini Yoga combines asanas or physical postures with breath work and mantra. All are welcome to this new monthly offering, which strives to create an inclusive community that is a safe space for LGBTQ folks and people of all diverse backgrounds. Beginners and experienced yoga practitioners welcome. 22% of proceeds will go to an organization that supports social and environmental justice. $10 suggested donation at door
Laura Stevens, LICSW is a certified Kundalini Yoga and Meditation Teacher as well as a licensed independent social worker and a psychotherapist. She completed an art and yoga teacher certification from Kripalu Yoga Center and is trained in Yoga Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Laura is an adjunt instructor at Simmons College

New Monthly Class!
YOGA For Continuing Students with Liz Owen
Saturday, April 20, 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 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. Free ~ please make a donation!
Shubalananda (Larry Kopp) has been leading kirtan for many years, having studied with Neem Karoli Baba, Sathya Sai Baba, KarunaAugusti 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

Special Event! GODDESS LOVES: A Women's Circle**
with Alisa Wright Tanny & Laney Goodman
Saturday, April 27, 2-5pm ~ Take an embodied journey into the wheels of light, nourishing the creative shakti that dances through each of our cells and activates our embodied presence and power. This feminine empowerment & chakra activation will be supported by toning, soundscapes, sacred drum & chant, yogaflow & BodyDance™. We’ll explore authentic embodied expression and reclaim our playful relationship to the presence, power & pleasure in the blossoms of our alignment: pelvis~belly~womb. Please bring a journal, colored pencils, and a scarf or wrap. $40 - preregistration required - save your space with Alisa@theEmbodimentSanctuary.com or call 413-695-6950. Find out more about Alisa at TheEmbodimentSanctuary.com, and about Laney at sacredwavesofrhythm.com

DHARMA TALK & MEDITATION with Lama Tsering Ngodup
Sunday, April 28, 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

FOCUSING AND POETRY: One Poem—Many Stories
Focusing with Sharon Heermance
Sunday, April 28, 2-4pm ~ I am scorched to realize how many small, available things are in the world that aren't pieces of gold or power - that nobody owns or could buy even for a hillside of money - that just float about the world, or drift over the fields, or into the gardens...."  from Summer Story by Mary Oliver
In her powerful poem, Summer Story, Pulitzer Prize poet Mary Oliver shows how close attention to a cherished moment and her ongoing life story intersect. Through time together with this poem, we will practice Focusing's distinctive process that invites gentle awareness of what echoes inside. We will lean into this poem to deepen resonance with our own meaningful experiences. Memory is the diary that we all carry about with us, wrote Oscar Wilde. Indeed, each of us is a collection of stories. With simple prompts, we will gather vivid details from our lives. What emerges may include nuances of experience to a special memory. No prior reading of poetry is necessary - the instructor will provide the poem (and others if time allows); we will provide each other with an afternoon of rich reflection, stories, and conversation.  $25 payable at the door by check or cash
Sharon Heermance, PhD is a psychologist with a private practice in Arlington. She has studied Focusing with Joan Klagsbrun, PhD, and integrates this into her clinical practice. Higher education includes a doctorate in counseling psychology from Boston College and an MA in Teaching from Brown. She has led workshops with Lexington and Arlington Community Education that integrate poetry with mindfulness. In 2017, she led workshops blending Focusing with poetry at the Focusing Oriented Therapy conference and with Focusing New England

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



May

DHARMA TALK & MEDITATION with Lama Tsering Ngodup
Sunday, May 5, 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

AFRICAN HEALING DANCE: A Training with Wyoma
Sunday, May 5 & 19, 6:45-9:45pm featuring
SOLE 2 SOUL African Dance Class, 6:45-7:45pm
African Dance Intensive Sunday-Saturday, May 5-11
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 May 5-11, 4 hrs/day. Sole 2 Soul $16/19 ~ Training: 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 5 RHYTHMS with Margaux Skalecki
Ecstatic Dance Practice & Authentic Relating
Friday, May 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

CULTIVATING FRIENDSHIP ON THE PATH
An Insight Dialogue Half-Day Retreat with Janet Surrey
Saturday, May 11, 1-4:30pm ~ This afternoon retreat will offer Insight Dialogue meditation practice to contemplate the power of spiritual friendship on the Buddha's eightfold path. We will look at classical teachings and contemporary challenges and opportunities for the cultivation and nourishment of such friendship in our lives. This important aspect of the path has not yet been fully appreciated and supported in many contemporary Buddhist communities, and there is currently increasing attention to this factor of meditative practice and strengthening community. Insight Dialogue is a relational meditation practice that brings together meditative awareness, the wisdom teachings of the Buddha, and our human sensitivity and power in relationships. It has the same purpose and roots of silent meditation: developing mindfulness, compassion and liberating insight while investigating the truth of the present moment together. In this retreat the six guidelines of Insight Dialogue will be introduced: Pause, Relax, Open, Attune to Emergence, Listen Deeply, and Speak the Truth. The retreat is open to new as well as experienced practitioners of Insight Dialogue. Preregistration recommended here
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 studied with Metta Programs founder Gregory Kramer since 2007. Her original teacher was Vimala Thakar, but Jan has also done many retreats with Thich Nhat Hanh and Joanna Macy. 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 & Psychotherapy

Release Into RESTORATIVE YOGA*
with Karen Barbarisi and Keith Herndon
Saturday, May 11, 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 may also feature gentle chanting and Reiki to sooth and relax. $35 or class card x 2 + $5 at the door; $28 if registered by May 8th 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

New Monthly Class!
YOGA For Continuing Students with Liz Owen
Saturday, May 11, 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 Film Series presents WON'T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR?
Saturday, May 11, 7pm ~ This enchanting and inspiring documentary takes us beyond zip-up cardigans and the world of make believe into the heart and soul of Fred Rogers’ creative genius. Mister Rogers inspired generations of children with his compassion, creativity, and imagination. He was also a master of emotional literacy, and beyond his commitment to kindness, he taught children how to speak honestly about difficult feelings and experiences. You may emerge from Won't You Be My Neighbor? inspired to be a better human being, and to make the most of “this beautiful day,” everyday. Presented with the Institute For Meditation & Psychotherapy. $10 at the door, with free refreshments and post-film discussion; $35/2 CEUs for mental health professionals

DIVINE SLEEP™ YOGA NIDRA: A Workshop with Juin Cohen
Sunday, May 12, 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 ~ suitable for all levels

SHAMANIC JOURNEY CIRCLE with Comma Williams
Sunday, May 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. $15 or class card

YOGA DANCE FOR CAREGIVERS with Addie Dublin 
Compassionate and Joyful Movement to Music
Friday, May 17, 7:30-8:45pm ~ For individuals who care for others in their professional or personal life, this is a chance to redirect that compassionate energy inward. Experience an energizing and joyful way to nurture your body, mind, heart and spirit! Let Your Yoga Dance® is a unique approach to movement that uses the body’s seven energy centers as a guide to gently and compassionately stretch, strengthen, and heal not only the physical body but the mind, heart and spirits as well! We all start as beginners, then stretch out our bodies and minds as we warm up, shake out the dust, and make space for fresh energy and new beginnings. Arrive with an open mind and you are likely to leave class feeling more connected, compassionate, creative, and courageous! Open to adults of all ages and abilities, no prior experience with yoga or dance required. Dress in comfortable layers. Dancing can be done barefoot, with non-skid socks, or soft soled shoes. $19 or class card at the door
Addie Dublin is a Board Certified Psychiatric and Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist and a certified instructor of Let Your Yoga Dance®. After more than fifteen years working in various healthcare settings, her passion for helping people to feel more content, compassionate and connected brought her to this inspirational and transformative movement practice

Live Music! KIRTAN with Shubalananda & Friends
Saturday, May 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, KarunaAugusti 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, May 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, May 19, 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

Special Preview Evening!
TANTRA: The Art of Conscious Loving
with Tantra Pioneer Charles Muir
Wednesday, May 22, 8pm ~ Would you like to become a more masterful lover? Are you interested in expanding your abilities to be emotionally, sexually and spiritually intimate? Do you feel that there must be something more to sexual love? Tantra: The Art Of Conscious Loving is the world's foremost Tantra Yoga course. It will help you address these and many other questions relating to your sexual, emotional, and relationship practices. Join Charles Muir, the internationally acclaimed teacher and interpreter of Tantra in a preview of the upcoming Boston area workshop, Tantra: The Art Of Conscious Loving Beginner Weekend Seminar, May 24-26 ~ registration is limited. These seminars provide the education we never had and always needed in order to have wonderful, real and lasting love, and to rediscover our full potential. In the weekend seminar, you will learn 22 Tantra techniques to increase intimacy, spiritual connection, healing, pleasure, harmony and freedom. It is truly remarkable to participate in the breakthroughs people have taking this seminar. Couples who have been together for years often experience opening to a new level of intimacy, passion and connectedness. Singles often report being amazed at how safe they felt, how powerfully healing and transformational it was, and having made meaningful connections. Charles is quoted in over 140 books on Tantra, relationship, Yoga and sex. In this comprehensive preview evening, Charles will demonstrate some basic principles that you can implement right away and teach you key Tantric techniques to increase your confidence and become a more masterful and pleasured lover. He will share some fascinating stories and answer your questions. Charles' lectures, experiential Tantric meditations, and Pujas are designed to heal, awaken, and open your entire energy system, especially the heart center of your body. Singles, meet in a safe and conscious setting. Couples, deepen trust, reignite romance, and enhance your intimacy. A Connection Ritual will conclude the evening, sending you off uplifted and more connected. Charles will also be available to sign his bestselling book Tantra: The Art of Conscious Loving and 12 of his other works, five of which will be given away during the door prize raffle. Come alone, or bring a friend for this entertaining and enlightening evening! $40 ~ register here! For over $150 of free educational materials please visit www.sourcetantra.com. For more information about the Boston Weekend Seminar, visit Boston's FAQ page or contact Wanda at 1-888-682-6872 x106 or boston@sourcetantra.com

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