Upcoming Workshops, Films & Events
at The Arlington Center

Preregistration is recommended for workshops!




February

Release Into RESTORATIVE YOGA*
with Karen Barbarisi and Keith Herndon
Saturday, February 25, 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 February 22 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

KIRTAN with Shubalananda plus special guests
Saturday, February 25, 7:30pm
Created by ancient Indian rishis from Vedic mantras, kirtan is a yoga of sound - an evening of beautiful music and heartfelt call-and-response singing. No previous experience is necessary to experience its emotional depth, yet powerful as it is, kirtan is effortless and incredibly enjoyable. Freely offered ~ please make a donation!
Shubalananda (Larry Kopp) has been leading kirtan for many years, having studied with Neem Karoli Baba, Sathya Sai Baba, Karunamayi and Shree Maa. His guitar & harmonium playing and voice of experience gives his kirtan a power and a heartfulness that is shared with all who join in. Find out more at www.shubalananda.com

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



March

Special Dance Event!
5 RHYTHMS: An Ecstatic Moving Meditation
with Margaux Skalecki
Friday, March 3, 7:30-9:30pm
The 5 Rhythms offer an invitation to come as you are ~ no dance experience needed, just your curiosity as a first step to awareness through movement and deeper conscious connection to ourselves and others. We dance as a welcoming back into our bodies by an expressive and connective body warm up, fine tuning our truth in the moment. How do I feel? How is my body doing? What a bringing to my dance? Where do I fit in when I connect with another? Can I give myself permission to honor my whole Being? Where are my feet? Can I witness another person? We follow our feet and breathe. Here, I am my ecstatic self. The 5 Rhythms is an ecstatic and meditative practice of WAVES of vibration and movement. The WAVES Flowing: Find your feet and the earth ~ Staccato: Find your hips, your heartbeat and your fire ~ Chaos: Find the letting go and releasing your head to uncover truths, spontaneous freedom ~ Lyrical: Find your playfulness repetitions, your soul, your wings, your lightness of being ~ Stillness: Find it all The 5 Rhythms honors the sacredness of the dance floor and the sacredness of all Beings. $15 at the door. Please wear comfortable clothes to dance in ~ layers are great for heating up and cooling down ~ wear soft soled shoes, socks or move in bare feet

Special Free Workout!
STRENGTH TRAINING with Cardio/Yoga Intervals
led by Barbara Freedman
Saturday, March 4, 12-1:30pm
A fun, sweaty workout based on a safe, carefully varied approach to strength training designed to increase your strength, flexibility, and bone density while maintaining your motivation and raising your endorphins. The workout is centered on strength training with hand & leg weights (provided), yet is unique in adding brief cooling intervals of qigong, meditation, pranayama, Pilates stretching, and yin yoga, as well as brief warming cardio intervals (your choice of vinyasa yoga, power walking/running, or freestyle dance). Absolutely everyone is welcome, and modifications (whether due to injuries or personal preference) will be discussed and modeled. Wear comfortable, loose workout/yoga attire; no shoes (unless medically required indoor only shoes with treads); bring weights if you have them. Some music (classical, jazz, Delta blues), based on student interest. Queries? Email Barbara Freedman, PhD, RYT & Strong Bones Certified Trainer. Free ~ donations gratefully accepted

Special Weekend Programs for Runners!
HOW TO RUN: One-to-One Feldenkrais Lessons*
with Jae Gruenke
Saturday, March 4: 8:30, 9:30, 10:30 am
Sunday, March 5: 3:00, 4:00, 5:00 pm
Discover what is working about how you run, what the underlying reasons for your problems are, and exactly what you need to do to improve. In your 60-minute individual lesson Jae will look at your running, help you understand what you're doing, guide you through a lesson that will set you on the path to improvement, and create a monthlong plan to help you keep improving. Includes one month of followup email coaching and support from Jae. $175 ($140 for practitioners and trainees, use discount code FELDY) Email jae@balancedrunner.com for more information or to schedule your appointment
Jae Gruenke, GCFP is a Feldenkrais practitioner & founder of The Balanced Runner. For the past 14 years she has helped runners from beginner to Olympian learn to run pain-free, efficiently, and fast. She specializes in helping those whose problems have not resolved with medical treatment

Special Weekend Programs for Runners!
THE OTHER GAIT: Running for Everybody*
Advanced Training for Feldenkrais Practitioners
with Jae Gruenke
Saturday, March 4, 12:30-6:30pm
Not just a sport, running is actually a fundamental human gait. But how can we reconcile this with the struggle the majority of runners face every time they go out for a run… and the reality that most adults who don't consider themselves "runners" rarely run or perhaps even can't? Through a combination of ATM and FI, this advanced training will look at the relationship between walking and running, what's needed to help a nonrunner reclaim the ability to run, and how this can also be used to help runners, even those at elite levels, fulfill their potential to run comfortably and enjoyably. Workshop enrollment includes a followup webinar in late April to discuss your experiences applying what you learned and answer your questions. $80 ($70 earlybird by Feb 13) ~ NE Regional Feldenkrais Guild members take an additional $5 off with discount code NORTHEAST. Attend Save Your Running on Sunday (see below) as well for just $25 (add this when you register) Register here!
Jae Gruenke, GCFP is a Feldenkrais practitioner & founder of The Balanced Runner. For the past 14 years she has helped runners from beginner to Olympian learn to run pain-free, efficiently, and fast. She specializes in helping those whose problems have not resolved with medical treatment

Dharma Film Series presents FIREWORKS WEDNESDAY
Saturday, March 4, 7pm
Asghar Farhadi's acclaimed Fireworks Wednesday unfolds over the course of a long day in the life of Rouhi, a young bride-to-be who works for a housekeeping agency. While attempting to perform her duties on a new assignment at a luxurious but chaotic Tehran apartment, she gets drawn into the volatile drama and deceptions of the affluent couple who live there, along with their neighbors. As day proceeds to night and fireworks for the Persian New Year, Rouhi's allegiance swings from one character to another, each shift edging her closer to the truth and challenging her romantic notions of married life. Indeed, by the film's gripping final revelation she may know more than any of the drama's central players. Like Farhadi's later films, including recent Dharma Film Series hits The Past, About Elly, and the Academy Award-winning A Separation, his masterful third feature is an utterly absorbing tale that turns on desire, dishonesty, and a clash of old and new. Presented with the Institute For Meditation & Psychotherapy. $10 at the door, with free refreshments and post-film discussion; $35/3 CEUs for mental health professionals

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

Special Weekend Programs for Runners!
THE BALANCED RUNNER*
A Feldenkrais Workshop For Amateur and Competitive Runners
with Jae Gruenke, Founder of The Balanced Runner
Sunday, March 5, 10-2
Save your running! You've tried everything but your problems keep coming back. You're almost ready to give up on running, or at least on your goals, but you can't quite bring yourself to let go. You still remember that perfect run you once had, when everything felt smooth and easy and it was a little like flying. You can feel that way again. In this workshop you'll discover how to turn things around. You'll learn why conventional stretching, strengthening, and technique advice haven't been working for you • How to use core action–not core stability–to take the stress off your back, IT bands, knees, and feet • What will bring back that flowing, flying feeling without overthinking it or paying for it later This workshop uses The Feldenkrais Method of Movement Education, so it's low-stress and safe for injured runners and beginners but powerful enough to impact runners performing at very high levels. $55; $45 Early bird registration here
Jae Gruenke, GCFP is a Feldenkrais practitioner & founder of The Balanced Runner. For the past 14 years she has helped runners from beginner to Olympian learn to run pain-free, efficiently, and fast. She specializes in helping those whose problems have not resolved with medical treatment

AFRICAN HEALING DANCE: A Training with Wyoma
Sunday, March 5 & 19, 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

BUDDHIST PSYCHOLOGY LECTURE SERIES
Conversations At The Edge

Monday, March 6, 7:45-9:45pm
This monthly continuing education (CE) program presented by the Institute For Meditation & Psychotherapy is for psychotherapists interested in Buddhist psychology, meditation, or mindfulness. Each lecture will address theoretical and clinical issues at the interface of these rich healing traditions, with topics ranging from addictions to forgiveness to countertransference. These community evenings offer an opportunity to gather with colleagues in an informal setting to explore the intersection between Buddhist psychology and modern psychotherapy. This year’s presenters are long- term meditators with significant expertise in practice and in teaching. Each presentation will be followed by Q&A and discussion, moderated by Meghan Searl, PsyD. 2 CE’s are offered each evening to psychologists, social workers, nurses, LMFTs and LMHCs. $25/members of IMP, $30/non-members, $10/mental health students with ID. 9-month series $175/members, $225/non-members ~ register here!
Tonight: CREATING THE INNER HOLDING ENVIRONMENT: An Experimental Workshop with Susan & Bill Morgan
Why do so many of us struggle to establish a regular meditation practice? Could it be that traditional instructions are not engaging enough for our high stimulus cultural milieu? In order to support a more enlivening atmosphere for meditation, there are several important building blocks which need to be established at the beginning of practice. If these are overlooked meditation is more likely to be colored by restlessness, boredom and cognitive drift. These foundational elements—a settled posture, an easy breath and affectively engaged attention- create a holding environment for practice. This workshop will focus on identifying and engaging core elements of this internal holding environment, with serving suggestions about how to cultivate them. Bill Morgan, PsyD is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Cambridge and Quincy MA. He is a founding board member of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy, and has participated in 8 years of intensive retreats in the Theravada, Zen, and Tibetan schools of Buddhism during his forty years of meditation practice. He has led mindfulness retreats for mental health professionals for the past 20 years. Bill is a contributing author to Mindfulness and Psychotherapy, 2nd Edition. His book, The Meditator’s Dilemma: An Innovative Approach to Overcoming Obstacles and Revitalizing Your Practice, was recently published by Shambhala. Susan T. Morgan, MSN, RN, CS is a psychotherapist who teaches mindfulness meditation to individuals and groups, and consults with psychotherapists interested in deepening their meditation practice and therapeutic presence. Susan has practiced Buddhist meditation for 25 years, primarily in the Theravada tradition, and recently completed a 4-year retreat with her partner Bill. She has co-led mindfulness retreats and workshops for psychotherapists with Bill for the past 15 years. Lovingkindness and mindfulness of the body are integral to her teaching. Susan is a contributing author to Mindfulness and Psychotherapy, 2nd Edition

Special 5-Week Series! FALL PREVENTION with Deborah Lotus
Overcoming The Primal 'Fear of Falling'
with Movement Intelligence

5 Wednesdays, March 8 - April 5, 5:30-7pm
The Feldenkrais Method of Somatic Learning® and Bones for Life® combine to help your 'life in movement' to become easier and more pleasurable. Today's stressful and over-sedentary life-styles work against FUNctional posture and movement agility. In this 5-part weekly workshop, you will incrementally learn to restore your own 'joy in movement' without pain and dysfunction. You can also expect to regain better response time in emergencies; such as falling, as well as recovering equipoise in difficult situations. You may overcome human's most primal 'fear of falling' by retraining your 'fight/ flee/ freeze' primal instinct through fun but perhaps challenging weekly practice. You will not be asked to do anything you are uncomfortable with. Cultivating your own 'movement intelligence' to cope with any threat, real or perceived, brings about self confidence. Above all, in this workshop, "Somatic learning is fun" ! Learning to fall well is not only fun, it could save you from broken bones at worst, bruised dignity at best. Learning goals: Week 1) Lengthen your hamstrings without stretching and 'falling' to sit up! 2) Practicing rolling to sitting, 'falling down' from safely sitting, and 'falling back up'. 3) Modified 'Judo roll' from kneeling on 4-points. 4) Getting to shoulder stand and back to floor. 5) Practicing strategically different ways to safely fall and get back up in a single movement! $95 for 5 week series; $20 or class card at the door on March 8 & 15 only ~ please note, this is a progressive workshop, no 'drop-ins' after March 15

RESEARCH LITERACY* with Pamela Jeter, PhD
Translating Science and Data into Practical Information
Saturday, March 11, 12:30-6:30pm
Sunday, March 12 9:30-4:30
When it comes to health and well-being, scientific evidence matters. We want to know whether the yoga, mindfulness, tai chi, or meditation we practice actually works--and how it does so. In today's digital climate, scientific information is accumulates at an unprecedented rate, and countless popular blogs and social media outlets disseminate results to the public. In addition, science has recently come under scrutiny for alleged inaccuracy and insignificance. In today's fast-paced digital world, how can we develop greater discernment as "research consumers?" How can we determine whether the Huffington Post article we read and shared on Facebook factually represents the original study it reported? And how do we determine the accuracy of information on which we base our professional, therapeutic, and personal healthcare decisions? Now more than ever, our ability to understand, interpret, and critique scientific information is an essential skill. This workshop will empower yoga teachers, bodyworkers, healthcare professionals, and science nerds to develop a strong foundation in research literacy. In this workshop, you will learn the Five Pillars of Research Literacy, including: the art of formulating a research question ~ the ABC's of exploration (how to do an effective literature search and learn effective ways to vet peer-review databases) ~evaluation: what reliability, validity, and bias are and why they matter, plus study design and more ~ extrapolation: what are the implications of a study beyond those that its authors highlight, and what might we look for in future studies? During this workshop, we'll have multiple opportunities to break into small groups, apply insight into practice, and present our findings to the larger group. $250 payable to Bo Forbes Yoga
Pamela Jeter, PhD is a co-creator, big picture thinker, and thought leader with a passion for exploring the connection between scientific research and integrative health practices, such as yoga therapy. She believes that employing the latest scientific information can open the door to a more impactful connection between our integrative health practice and the individual clients' needs, to achieve better health outcomes. To discover the truth in science, as well as satya in yoga, Pam promotes scientific literacy in the integrative health community by enabling yoga therapists and practitioners to co-create an evidence-informed practice. Pam received her PhD in cognitive sciences from the University of California, Irvine. During her 15 years in academia, Pam published several peer-reviewed articles, presented at professional conferences and community-based groups and received recognition for her work in mind-body medicine. Additionally, Pam served as Adjunct Faculty at the Maryland University of Integrative Health for 3 years, where she taught scientific literacy and academic publishing practices for Integrative Health graduate students. Pam also works as a consultant and writes about evidence-informed yoga practices for Yoga Therapy Today and the International Association of Yoga Therapists. Her current focus as founder of The Science Sutras is concerned with actualizing better integrative health outcomes through scientific literacy and information. For more information, visit yogatherapyfortheblind.com and thesciencesutras.com

Live Improv! An Evening With TRUE STORY THEATER
Saturday, March 11, 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

SHAMANIC JOURNEY CIRCLE with Comma Williams
Sunday, March 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, 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

Free Info Session!
MINDFULNESS-BASED STRESS REDUCTION with Sunada Takagi
Wednesday, March 15, 7:15-8:45pm
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
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 Focusing Event!
POEMS TO CHANGE YOUR LIFE with Sharon Heermance
Saturday, March 18, 2-4pm
The act of reading poetry tunes the ears of the heart to the
real way in which human beings most honestly and most deeply
talk about their lives when they are speaking from the core of their experience.
 John McDargh
Together, we will tune our ears of the heart with accessible and engaging poems. Through our spending time with a poem, we will practice Focusing's distinctive process that invites gentle awareness of what echoes inside. We will lean into poems to deepen resonance with our meaningful experiences. Since poetry is most powerful when heard, we will share poems aloud with intention to listen and respond with our body-self.  Through turning toward the heart of a poem, we will offer recognition of our felt sense as a compass for our own unfolding life path. Poems chosen for clarity of expression and enhancement of meaning include the work of Mary Oliver, Wendell Berry, Marie Howe, William Stafford, Derek Walcott, and Rumi. No prior reading of poetry is necessary – the instructor will provide the poems; we will provide each other with an afternoon of Focusing and rich sharing. $25 at the door
Sharon Heermance, PhD is a psychologist with a private practice in Arlington.  She has studied Focusing with Joan Klagsbrun, PhD, and integrates it into her clinical practice. Sharon holds a doctorate in counseling psychology from Boston College and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Brown University.  She has led workshops with Lexington and Arlington Community Education that integrate poetry with mindfulness

KIRTAN with Shubalananda plus special guests
Saturday, March 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. 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

DHARMA TALK & MEDITATION with Lama Tsering Ngodup
Sunday, March 19, 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

New 8-Week Series!
MINDFULNESS-BASED STRESS REDUCTION** with Sunada Takagi
Wednesdays, March 22 - May 10, 7:15-9:30pm,
plus one all-day class on Sunday, April 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. Sliding scale, $300-600 – preregistration with Sunada 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

Special Event! PSYCHODRAMA Open Session with Maria Mellano
Friday, March 24, 7:30pm
An Open Session is aimed at introducing people to Psychodrama. It is instructional, experiential and low key - a great way to experience the greatness of Psychodrama within a safe setting. Though therapeutic value is often felt from the experience, Open Sessions are not psychotherapy sessions and the director is not present in the role of psychotherapist. Open Sessions are for participants to experience the Psychodramatic method as an introduction, with time for questions, and all experience levels are welcome. Prior registration is requested but not required. All interested lay persons and professionals are welcome. Offered by Maria Mellano, LICSW. For more information and to register, please visit MariaMellanoTherapy.com $18 or class card at the door

Release Into RESTORATIVE YOGA*
with Karen Barbarisi and Keith Herndon
Saturday, March 25, 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 March 22 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

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

Special Event! WHAT'S YOUR TYPE?*
How To Identify & Relate Well To All 9 Personality Types
with Herb Pearce
Friday, March 31, 7:30pm
Join author and therapist Herb Pearce for an exploration of the Enneagram, a revelatory model of personality whose identification of nine interconnected types sheds light on why we all perceive and act the way we do. Herb, who was recently profiled in The Boston Globe, will help you discover and make the most of your core type, as well as develop the strengths of all nine and learn how to recognize and relate well to each kind. Armed with humor and insight, along with a hat for every type, Herb will assume each persona to show how relationships can improve dynamically when you recognize where everyone's coming from...especially yourself. As he points out, "the Enneagram doesn't put you in a box - it takes you out of the box you're in." $28 or class card x 2 - preregistration recommended
Herb Pearce, MEd in Counseling, is an individual, couples and family therapist in Arlington, a life coach and authority on the Enneagram and Myers-Briggs personality systems. With over 35 years of experience working with clients and organizations, and over 2000 workshops on relationship and communication skills, self-esteem, and personal development, he has helped thousands of people have better relationships by understanding personality differences. Herb is the author of Enneagram Basics, Enneagram Beyond the Basics, The Caregiver's Enneagram, Lessons from the River, Herb's Tips for Living, and his new book, US Presidents and Personality Type. More at herbpearce.com, or contact Herb by email or at 781-648-3737



April

Dharma Film Series presents HEART OF A DOG
Saturday, April 1, 7pm
A reflection on love, loss, and death, performance artist Laurie Anderson's Heart Of A Dog is as much a guided meditation as a movie. With her eccentric multimedia montage of original music, animation, home movies, stories, and thoughts about life after 9/11, Anderson is a wise guide through the difficult terrain of life, capped by the deaths of her husband Lou Reed as well as her beloved dog and frequent subject Lolabelle. Anderson offers solace and inspiration from art, music, and literature as well as lessons from her Buddhist teachers in this true dharma film. Presented with the Institute For Meditation & Psychotherapy. $10 at the door, with free refreshments and post-film discussion; $35/3 CEUs for mental health professionals

DHARMA TALK & MEDITATION with Lama Tsering Ngodup
Sunday, April 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

BUDDHIST PSYCHOLOGY LECTURE SERIES
Conversations At The Edge

Monday, April 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 Meghan Searl, PsyD. 2 CE’s are offered each evening to psychologists, social workers, nurses, LMFTs and LMHCs. $25/members of IMP, $30/non-members, $10/mental health students with ID. 9-month series $175/members, $225/non-members ~ register here!
Tonight: TEACHING MEDITATION TO ADOLESCENTS: Approaches and Therapeutic Benefits with Jessica Morey, MA In her work sharing meditation with teens, Jessica and others have integrated mindfulness and compassion meditation, relational mindfulness practices, mindful movement, creative expression, and nature awareness practices. These modalities will be presented and demonstrated. Jessica will emphasize the core qualities of a "mindful mentor" - authentic relationship building, attuned compassion and respect - which are the critical foundations for teaching mindfulness to youth. She will also present an overview of the research on the benefits of meditation and mindfulness for youth and present research on teen retreats. This presentation will include lecture, guided practices and relational mindfulness activities
Jessica Morey, MA is the Executive Director of Inward Bound Mindfulness Education (iBme), an international non-profit that leads secular meditation retreats for teenagers and young adults. She began practicing meditation at age 14 on teen retreats offered by the Insight Meditation Society (IMS). She has attended longer retreats (1-3 months) in Asia and the U.S, participated for 10 years in the IMS young adult mentoring group and trained as a Buddhist meditation teacher with Noah Levine and Against the Stream. Jessica is a founding board member and lead teacher for iBme teen retreats. Before joining iBme, Jessica worked in clean energy and climate policy and finance. She holds a BA in Environmental Engineering from Dartmouth and Masters degrees in Sustainable Development and International Affairs. Her article in Mindful Magazine, "Finding My Way," describes her experience learning and benefiting from mindfulness throughout her young adult years

Live Improv! An Evening With TRUE STORY THEATER
Saturday, April 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
Tonight: What does it mean to be a patriot? Stories of acting on our love for our country

SHAMANIC JOURNEY CIRCLE with Comma Williams
Sunday, April 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

Dance! 5 RHYTHMS: An Ecstatic Moving Meditation
with Margaux Skalecki
Friday, April 14, 7:30-9:30pm
The 5 Rhythms offer an invitation to come as you are ~ no dance experience needed, just your curiosity as a first step to awareness through movement and deeper conscious connection to ourselves and others. We dance as a welcoming back into our bodies by an expressive and connective body warm up, fine tuning our truth in the moment. How do I feel? How is my body doing? What a bringing to my dance? Where do I fit in when I connect with another? Can I give myself permission to honor my whole Being? Where are my feet? Can I witness another person? We follow our feet and breathe. Here, I am my ecstatic self. The 5 Rhythms is an ecstatic and meditative practice of WAVES of vibration and movement. The WAVES Flowing: Find your feet and the earth ~ Staccato: Find your hips, your heartbeat and your fire ~ Chaos: Find the letting go and releasing your head to uncover truths, spontaneous freedom ~ Lyrical: Find your playfulness repetitions, your soul, your wings, your lightness of being ~ Stillness: Find it all The 5 Rhythms honors the sacredness of the dance floor and the sacredness of all Beings. $15 at the door. Please wear comfortable clothes to dance in ~ layers are great for heating up and cooling down ~ wear soft soled shoes, socks or move in bare feet

KIRTAN with Shubalananda plus special guests
Saturday, April 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

Special Event! PSYCHODRAMA Open Session with Maria Mellano
Friday, April 21, 7:30pm
An Open Session is aimed at introducing people to Psychodrama. It is instructional, experiential and low key - a great way to experience the greatness of Psychodrama within a safe setting. Though therapeutic value is often felt from the experience, Open Sessions are not psychotherapy sessions and the director is not present in the role of psychotherapist. Open Sessions are for participants to experience the Psychodramatic method as an introduction, with time for questions, and all experience levels are welcome. Prior registration is requested but not required. All interested lay persons and professionals are welcome. Offered by Maria Mellano, LICSW. For more information and to register, please visit MariaMellanoTherapy.com $18 or class card at the door

DANCE/POLITICAL MEETUP: Arlington Gets Moving!
with Stanley & The Undercovers
Saturday, April 22, 7:30-11pm
Dance, when you're broken open.
Dance, if you've torn the bandage off.
Dance in the middle of the fighting.
Dance in your blood.
Dance, when you're perfectly free.
Rumi
Come dance to a great live band and blow off some steam! Connect to local activists and community action groups. Bring sign-up sheets for peace/justice activities, fundraisers, or share information from sites such as indivisibleguide.com. Help brainstorm our next dance. Favorite local band Stanley & The Undercovers will get you moving with high energy, highly danceable classic rock from the 60s and 70s. Partner-free most welcome! It's time to come together as a community, so please spread the word and help make this a night that unites and strengthens us for the challenges that lie ahead. Dance barefoot or bring indoors-only sneakers. $10 at the door - refreshments table contributions welcome

DHARMA TALK & MEDITATION with Lama Tsering Ngodup
Sunday, April 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

Special Event! Trauma Center TRAUMA SENSITIVE YOGA*
An Informational Seminar with David Schouela
Saturday, April 29, 2-4:30pm
Trauma Center - Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TC-TSY) is an adjunctive treatment for complex trauma that focuses on giving clients an opportunity to practice noticing body sensations (interoception) in the context of a safe relationship based on an invitational approach to yoga forms with no physical assists. TSY has been studied in a randomized control trial and has shown encouraging results. This workshop will be delivered in a lecture format with some optional chair based yoga. $15 if registered by Thursday, April 26; $18 or class card at the door
David Schouela, RYT-500, TCTSY-F is a Kripalu Yoga teacher whose current primary focus is teaching yoga to teens and adults with complex trauma and chronic treatment resistant PTSD. David is on the teaching faculty for the trauma sensitive yoga certificate program offered through the Trauma Center at JRI in Brookline, MA. He is also a co-founder and board member of True North Insight Meditation Center in Quebec. David provides training in yoga and meditation as scientifically validated healing modalities for stress-related conditions and as a means of liberating body, mind and heart

SOUND HEALING CIRCLE with Brad Brockmann & Comma Williams
Sunday, April 30, 7-9pm ~ doors open 6:45, close 7:20
Join us on the last Sunday of the month to explore the transformative healing powers of sound. You will both co-create and receive sound healing, and learn how to improvise music with a healing intention. Bring your favorite instruments or just yourself, your voice and your love. Prior musical or healing experience is welcome but not required. We look forward to seeing you! Suggested donation $15-25