Upcoming Workshops, Films & Events
at The Arlington Center

Preregistration is recommended for workshops!




November

Introduction To TAI CHI In The Wu Style** with Steven Cardoza
Saturday, November 1, 2:30-4:30pm
T'ai chi - today known as taiji - is a graceful internal Chinese martial art famous for improving balance, mood, and longevity. This two hour class focuses on Commencement, the opening movement of both the taiji short and long forms. You will learn most of the principles of the entire taiji form in this one movement, including proper body alignments, weight shifts, synchronous bending and stretching of the Six Harmonies, opening and closing of joint spaces and energy gates, the four main energetics of the taiji form, and associated breathing. In this way, you’ll understand most of what is involved in the practice of authentic taiji, and will be able to use Commencement as a simple, effective stand-alone qigong, immediately benefitting your health. While no sparring will be involved in this class, you will be shown some of the martial applications of Commencement as a memory aid to help you practice the movement optimally. Finally, the instructor will demonstrate the entire short form to show you what you may expect if you decide to learn it later. Preregistration required ~ $35 or class card x 2 + $5
Steven Cardoza has taught taiji and various styles of qigong since 1985. He is a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist with a Master of Science degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine, and the author of the book & DVD Chinese Healing Exercises, A Personalized Practice for Health and Longevity. (View video samples here)

Sunday Morning DHARMA TALK & MEDITATION with Lama Tsering
Sunday, November 2, 10-12n
You’re invited to receive Buddhist teachings (dharma), practice meditation, and experience the relevance and benefits of Buddhist philosophy and meditation in daily life. People of all ages, backgrounds, and beliefs are welcome to this freely offered biweekly event ~ donations gratefully accepted 
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

Special Extended Class! RESTORATIVE YOGA with David Schouela
Sunday, November 2, 4-6:30pm
Join yoga & meditation teacher David Schouela for a special extended restorative yoga class. Restorative yoga allows the nervous system to quiet and return to a balanced state, quieting the mind. At the same time the body gently stretches and opens, releasing chronic patterns of tension. As attention focuses on each breath, Restorative Yoga also cultivates the qualities of mindfulness and presence. Read more in David's recent article. $25 or class card + $10

AFRICAN HEALING DANCE: A Training with Wyoma
Sunday, November 2, 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, Sep-Nov, Jan-Mar, & May-Jul. 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

BUDDHIST PSYCHOLOGY LECTURE SERIES
Conversations At The Edge
Monday, November 3, 7:45-9:45pm
This monthly continuing education (CE) program presented by the Institute For Meditation & Psychotherapy is for psychotherapists interested in Buddhist psychology, meditation, or mindfulness. Each lecture will address theoretical and clinical issues at the interface of these rich healing traditions, with topics ranging from addictions to forgiveness to countertransference. These community evenings offer an opportunity to gather with colleagues in an informal setting to explore the intersection between Buddhist psychology and modern psychotherapy. 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: MINDFUL PRESENCE, POTENTIAL SPACE
with Elizabeth Spencer, LICSW
How can an appreciation of art and the creative enhance clinical practice development? This talk proposes a few models: Winnicott's concept of potential space in facilitating healing in psychotherapy, Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS), and mindful presence. VTS is a way to look at art and the world around us. Mindful presence is an important foundation for observing and understanding. Looking at art helps us to develop our observation skills; to see and be more open to new possibilities. This in turn helps us to cultivate potential space in which healing can occur. Potential space requires the therapist to be present and mindful, open to the unknown. Such a mindful stance is necessary to define and contain the therapeutic frame for clients to be open to explore and discover themselves. This talk will explore the ways therapists can open to their own creative impulses and facilitate potential space in psychotherapy. Clinical vignettes, along with theory, will illustrate the clinical and creative processes

Dharma Film Series presents THE PAST
Saturday, November 8, 7pm
A psychological thriller, set with broken relationships, secrets and lies, The Past is a masterpiece of compassion, lack of judgment, and curiosity about the complexity and messiness of human life. Ahmad, an Iranian man, leaves his wife Marie to return to his country. When he returns a few years later to sign divorce papers after Marie has started a new relationship, he faces the harsh reality that the life he knew has changed forever. The Past is the newest film by Asghar Farhadi, the award- winning director of A Separation, who has been called a “sculptor of emotion and space.” Emotionally gripping and visually stunning, The Past is a meditation on the ways we get caught between love and hate, past and present, marriage and divorce, life and death. Presented with the Institute For Meditation & Psychotherapy. $10 at the door, with free refreshments and post-film discussion; $35/3 CEUs for mental health professionals

SHAMANIC JOURNEY CIRCLE with Comma Williams
Sunday, November 9, 7-9pm
Shamanic journeying is a tool that has been traditionally used by indigenous shamans for the healing of individuals and communities. 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

FOCUSING: Accessing Your Wisdom Body with Roberta Whitney
4 Wednesdays, November 12, 19, December 3, 10, 7:15-9:15pm
Founded on a sophisticated yet simple philosophy by Eugene Gendlin, Focusing is a 40- year-old practice that highlights inner resources available to you in every moment of a day. The process teaches you to listen within for insights and clear thinking as well as novel, creative inspiration. Focusing supports you in connecting to inner wisdom through the doorway of the body. During the four week series, you can expect to: experience the body as source to truths and choices that are congruent with the whole of yourself ~ explore through concrete steps a supportive personal practice you can use every day~ access wisdom unfolding beneath daily operative levels, a knowing that can lead you to peace of mind, clear & centered decisions and a fuller sense of yourself. $95 series, $30 per meeting
Roberta Whitney is a spiritual guide and teacher. She offers unique wholebody approaches to health and well-being through individual consultations and classes. Higher education includes an MA from the University of Denver, a BA from Smith College and integrated knowledge gained through certifications as a focusing professional, spiritual director, Enneagram professional, yoga instructor, RYT 500, and Authentic Movement facilitator

KIRTAN with Shubalananda plus special guests
Saturday, November 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. 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. Freely offered ~ please make a donation!

Sunday Morning DHARMA TALK & MEDITATION with Lama Tsering
Sunday, November 16, 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

FORMING FRESH MEANINGS: Focusing on Aging*
with Kelley Bothe, LICSW & Hadley Fisk, LICSW
Saturday, November 22, 2-4pm
Moving into aging is rarely a chosen or graceful moment. In addition to our own fears and concerns, we are often confronted with the aging of our loved ones, challenging our relationships and need for continuity and predictability. In this workshop we will explore this theme through focusing exercises and group discussions. Opportunities to share our stories and family legacies will allow for deeper meanings to emerge. Whatever your age, we invite you to expand your relationship to aging. As Eugene Gendlin describes, living is always a fresh process/formation, it is forming itself freshly, nothing is fixed. Cost: $25 preregistered, $30 at the door

GRATITUDE: A Free Thanksgiving Vinyasa Yoga Class
with Barbara Freedman

Thursday, November 27, 9:30-11am
Imbibe the spirit of Thanksgiving with an uplifting yoga vinyasa offered freely by Barbara Freedman. Join us before the party starts, or come with family and friends to share a stretch, let go of tension, and cultivate the ease and joy of well-being. All are welcome to take part in this gentle yet energizing slow yoga flow, culminating in the tranquility of meditation, breath awareness, and lovingkindness. Share a healthy, happy day! Free & open to all on a first come basis

Sunday Morning DHARMA TALK & MEDITATION with Lama Tsering
Sunday, November 30, 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

Special Extended Class! RESTORATIVE YOGA with David Schouela
Sunday, November 30, 4-6:30pm
Join yoga & meditation teacher David Schouela for a special extended restorative yoga class. Restorative yoga allows the nervous system to quiet and return to a balanced state, quieting the mind. At the same time the body gently stretches and opens, releasing chronic patterns of tension. As attention focuses on each breath, Restorative Yoga also cultivates the qualities of mindfulness and presence. Read more in David's recent article. $25 or class card + $10

SOUND HEALING CIRCLE with Brad Brockmann & Comma Williams
Sunday, November 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 $10-20



December

BUDDHIST PSYCHOLOGY LECTURE SERIES
Conversations At The Edge
Monday, December 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 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: FOCUSING: Uncovering The “Felt Sense” in Psychotherapy with Joan Klagsbrun
Focusing is the process of inner attention to our own “felt sense” that leads to therapeutic change. It is an evidenced-based method that attends to inner experience such that meanings can be discovered and carried forward. This evening will introduce the Focusing approach experientially and will address applications for the practice of psychotherapy and for the self-care of therapists. Similarities and differences with a Mindfulness approach will be discussed
Joan Klagsbrun, PhD is a psychologist in private practice and a long time adjunct professor at Lesley University. She has taught Focusing internationally to therapists and health care professionals for over three decades. Joan and her colleagues have written and researched extensively on Focusing and were awarded the Alice Ladas Research Award from the US Association of Body Psychotherapy

FOCUSING: Accessing Your Wisdom Body with Roberta Whitney
2 Wednesdays: December 3, 10, 7:15-9:15pm
Founded on a sophisticated yet simple philosophy by Eugene Gendlin, Focusing is a 40- year-old practice that highlights inner resources available to you in every moment of a day. The process teaches you to listen within for insights and clear thinking as well as novel, creative inspiration. Focusing supports you in connecting to inner wisdom through the doorway of the body. During the four week series, you can expect to: experience the body as source to truths and choices that are congruent with the whole of yourself ~ explore through concrete steps a supportive personal practice you can use every day~ access wisdom unfolding beneath daily operative levels, a knowing that can lead you to peace of mind, clear & centered decisions and a fuller sense of yourself. $30 each evening
Roberta Whitney is a spiritual guide and teacher. She offers unique wholebody approaches to health and well-being through individual consultations and classes. Higher education includes an MA from the University of Denver, a BA from Smith College and integrated knowledge gained through certifications as a focusing professional, spiritual director, Enneagram professional, yoga instructor, RYT 500, and Authentic Movement facilitator

Dharma Film Series presents
THE AMERICAN RIMPOCHE & THE BUDDHA'S FORGOTTEN NUNS
Saturday, December 5, 7pm
The American Rimpoche
Is there such a one as an ‘American rimpoche’? No US subject is more entitled to that honorific (‘precious one’) than Kyabje Gelek. Born in 1939 to the aristocracy in Lhasa, Tibet, and soon recognized as a tulku, or incarnate lama, Gelek was tutored by many of the Dalai Lama’s teachers and attained the highest degree, geshe, while still a teen. When the Chinese invaded Tibet in 1959, however, he fled along with the Dalai Lama to India, where he eventually disrobed, migrating across the continents toward his eventual home in Ann Arbor with the Jewel Heart Foundation. The American Rimpoche documents Gelek’s extraordinary journey from the Tibet of his youth, a fabled land sheltered from modernity, to contemporary life in the West, with a visual feast of never-before-seen family photographs that evoke both a time forever lost and a hardy, flexible spiritual tradition.
The Buddha's Forgotten Nuns
Is Buddhism a religious movement based on equality? Or is it rooted in a male dominated culture found in most other world religions? The Buddha himself invited women to join his group of disciples as female monks – bhikkhunis – and allowed them to be ordained alongside men some 2500 years ago. What happened? The Buddha’s Forgotten Nuns reveals a little-known truth about the ancient Theravada order: women cannot be fully ordained like men. As with many women, director Wiriya Sati was raised a Buddhist but encountered walls of sexism within Theravada when she tried to advance in her practice. Wiriya spent the next 5 years traveling to monasteries in Thailand, the UK, the US and Australia to ask why women can’t ordain as bhikkunis in the Theravada tradition. She discovered new paths being forged for women in Australia, the US, and pockets around the world, and also met the men and women who are pulling down barriers and pushing for change in the monastic world. The Buddha’s Forgotten Nuns is an absorbing and deeply inspiring short film, alert to a growing consensus in the West but leaving us with the big question: will the bhikkhuni movement expand beyond a few independent-minded communities and gain momentum in still traditional male-oriented cultures? 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

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

Live Improv! An Evening With TRUE STORY THEATER
Saturday, December 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! General admission $15 or class card at door ~ $10 for students/elders/low income ~ $20 for supporters of the arts ~ all are welcome
Stories of enough How do we know when we have too much and what do we do about it? Too much stuff...too many projects...too many preoccupations. It’s almost expected now as a way of life. Let’s hear stories of creating sufficiency, for ourselves and for others

SHAMANIC JOURNEY CIRCLE with Comma Williams
Sunday, December 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, December 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. 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. Freely offered ~ please make a donation!

Sunday Morning DHARMA TALK & MEDITATION with Lama Tsering
Sunday, December 21, 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

Special Extended Class! RESTORATIVE YOGA with David Schouela
Sunday, December 21, 4-6:30pm
Join yoga & meditation teacher David Schouela for a special extended restorative yoga class. Restorative yoga allows the nervous system to quiet and return to a balanced state, quieting the mind. At the same time the body gently stretches and opens, releasing chronic patterns of tension. As attention focuses on each breath, Restorative Yoga also cultivates the qualities of mindfulness and presence. Read more in David's recent article. $25 or class card + $10

Special Event! CHRISTMAS DAY YOGA ~ Barbara Freedman
Thursday, December 25, 9:30-11am ~ all welcome!
Join Barbara Freedman in a special Christmas Day vinyasa yoga flow with modifications for all levels. Celebrate the holiday season with new friends and old; start a family tradition; renew or create an intention to strive for optimum health in mind and body; and share the precious gift of health merely by taking part - a portion of the proceeds will go toward fitness equipment for the nonprofit Arlington Seniors Association, for which donations are gratefully accepted. Enjoy tea and light refreshments afterwards. $18 or class card at the door (or pay what you can)

SOUND HEALING CIRCLE with Brad Brockmann & Comma Williams
Sunday, December 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 $10-20