Upcoming Workshops, Films & Events
at The Arlington Center

Preregistration is recommended for workshops!




July

Release Into RESTORATIVE YOGA*
with Karen Barbarisi and Keith Herndon
Saturday, July 23, 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 July 20 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

SUN DRUM!
Sacred Drum, Chant, Dance With The Mother Drum
In celebration of the Living Gaia

with Laney Goodman, Dave Estes and Tribe
Saturday, July 23, 7-10:30pm
Join Laney Goodman, Dave Estes and Tribe as we celebrate the fullness of summer. We just welcomed the Summer Solstice and now it is time to celebrate the fullness of Summer with the Sun Drum that is high and taut as the wheel of life lifts to the peak of ascension. We will drum, chant and dance in the four directions of the Medicine Wheel. We will also, send prayers to the four corners of the Earth for Global Healing and healing For All Our Relations. We will learn how to best be in balance together in a tribal way - once again bringing forth the old wisdom into our present time, where it is needed for healing our hearts, minds, and the global community. Please, bring bells, shakers, rattles, and drums of all types. Dave will bring his didgeridoos and we will tone and chant with this ancient., primal instrument and feel the deep vibrations of the Mother Earth and our own deep roots. And he will bring other instruments that will help us go deeper into each "Elemental". And the MOTHER DRUM will help keep the One or the Heartbeat throughout our journey. Some of you will have the chance to play the Mother Drum if you so choose. This ceremony teaches us the power of deep listening and helps take us deeper into community to find our commonUNITY as we heal ourselves and our Mother Earth for All Our Relations-A-Ho!
$15-$20 or class card ~ $5 for children ages 10-15. Please email Laney to RSVP or ask a question ~ more on Laney's work at sacredwavesofrhythm.com

YOGA With PROPS
A New Early AM Class with Susan Desmarais & Ruth Knill
Wednesdays, 7:30-8:30am
This new early morning class offers modifications to students in order to encourage weak parts to strengthen and less flexible areas to lengthen. By creating space in the body, props offer a deeper release of tension, allowing one to comfortably hold poses longer, with proper alignment. Individual attention is given, with gentle hands-on adjustments. A lighthearted class with humor. $12 registered, $14 at the door

Special Summer Feldenkrais Series!
TIGHT HAMSTRINGS: Movement Intelligence 'Solutions'
How To Lengthen Your Hamstrings Without Stretching, Straining, Or Paining In Five Easy Lessons with Deborah Lotus
5 Wednesdays, 5:30-7pm, July 20 - August 24 (off August 10)
Shortened, over-taut, cramping hamstrings are an aggravation for many of us; not only in performing yoga asanas, but also hampering our daily lives! After a while, we don't know whether our tight hamstrings 'cause' our inflexibility, or inflexibility 'causes' tight hamstrings - a vicious cycle! In this progressive series, we'll learn how to summon our inborn movement intelligence to the rescue. Based on Bones for Life processes, carefully sequenced for safety, we can find our own 'solutions' for discomfort and limitations in the lower back, lumbar, and thoracic spine, or the dreaded 'pain in the neck'! Drop-ins welcome July 20 & 27, thereafter by permission of the teacher, Deborah Lotus, Movement Specialist. 857-205-5673
$15/class registered, $18 or class card at the door

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



August

Live Improv! An Evening With TRUE STORY THEATER
Saturday, August 13, 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 our dreams What are our deep hopes for our personal lives and for the world? Have these changed over the years? What dreams have manifested? What's in the way of other dreams getting realized?

Sunday Morning DHARMA TALK & MEDITATION with Lama Tsering
Sunday, August 14, 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

SHAMANIC JOURNEY CIRCLE with Comma Williams
Sunday, August 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

KIRTAN with Shubalananda plus special guests
Saturday, August 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

Special Event! PSYCHODRAMA Open Session with Maria Mellano
Friday, August 26, 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

Release Into RESTORATIVE YOGA*
with Karen Barbarisi and Keith Herndon
Saturday, August 27, 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 August 24 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

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