Upcoming Workshops, Films & Events
at The Arlington Center

Preregistration is recommended for workshops!




April

Release Into RESTORATIVE YOGA
with Karen Barbarisi and Keith Herndon
Saturday, April 19, 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 April 16 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

CULTIVATING HAPPINESS!
An Introduction to Positive Psychology with Kim Childs
Saturday, April 19, 2:30-4pm
Learn how the science of Positive Psychology, which developed as a formal field of study in the late '90s, can help you to make choices that support greater happiness and well-being in your life. Certified Positive Psychology coach Kim Childs will offer practices from the field that center on Appreciative Inquiry, or asking the 'right' questions, to direct our minds toward what is good, what is working, what we can learn and how we can benefit, no matter what happens in our lives. Participants will be invited to try on these practices, and have the option to follow up after the workshop. Bring a journal or notebook for the written exercises. $18 or class card

KIRTAN with Shubalananda & Ashley plus special guests
Saturday, April 19, 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!

PRACTICING THE PRESENCE OF GOD
From Daily Life to Silent Prayer,
From Silent Prayer to Daily Life
with Allen Bourque
Sunday, April 20, 2:30-4:30pm
Easter Sunday provides a magnificent occasion to build bridges between our experiences of God in prayer and and God in daily life. In this workshop we will review and reflect on the guidelines for Centering Prayer and pray together.  We will also become familiar with various prayer practices to nurture our relationship with God during our everyday activities. Those with established practices and those new to conscious practice are equally welcome. $10 donation requested
Allen Bourque is a Christian contemplative and long term practitioner of Tai Chi. He is an advanced student of Cynthia Bourgeault, who is reinvigorating the ancient Christian and other Wisdom traditions in our time. For further information, email Allen

SOUND HEALING CIRCLE with Brad Brockmann & Comma Williams
Sunday, April 27, 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



May

Dharma Film Series presents KUMARE
Saturday, May 3, 7pm
Having grown up in a devout Hindu family in NJ, filmmaker Vikram Gandhi is chagrined to encounter rampant hypocrisy among the gurus he encounters on a spiritual quest to Mother India. Hoping to document the sort of blind faith he found among their followers, he devises an outrageous experiment: he’ll transform himself into ‘Kumaré’—an Indian holy man espousing bogus philosophy and practices—and settle in the American southwest to develop a following. In part to soften the backlash he might eventually suffer from his disciples, his philosophy comes to revolve around the ideas that he is a ‘fake', that the guru is never who one might think he is, and that each of us must find the teacher within. As predicted, Gandhi soon develops a sizeable community of adoring devotees. Unexpectedly, however, they begin to convert his formulaic advice into meaningful personal change. To Gandhi’s surprise and growing embarrassment, he finds himself ensnared in the actual role of ‘Kumaré’ and yet somehow liberated from the spiritual malaise that had dogged him earlier in his twenties. By turns hilarious, thrilling, provocative, and deeply moving, this prize-winning film asks some of the most difficult questions that face the spiritual seeker: how much do we really need others to guide us toward our own truth? And, do the ends justify the means? 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, May 4, 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

AFRICAN HEALING DANCE: A Training with Wyoma
1st & 3rd Sundays, 6:45-9:45pm, May-July
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 a year on 1st & 3rd sundays of the month, Jan-Mar, May-July, Sep-Nov. The 7-day Intensive runs Sun.-Sat. 4 hrs/day - next intensive May 4-10. 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, May 5, 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 for missed sessions
Tonight: BUDDHISM, COMMUNITY, & DIVERSITY
The Color of Practice with Cheryl Giles, M.Div, PsyD

Buddhist teachings have arrived in a heterogeneous land that was founded by a white majority, "on the unwholesome seeds of colonialism, genocide and slavery." As the sangha embraces a dharma that professes equal access to awakening, we wrestle with the oppression that persists. Prejudices held by the wider society influence our Buddhist communities, despite good intentions. This talk explores the impact of silence and passivity in white Buddhist communities on people of color seeking spiritual community and awakening. As American Buddhism takes root, issues of diversity, i.e. race, class, gender, and sexual orientation need to be in the forefront of conversations about how we embrace the Buddha, dharma, and sangha and extend limitless compassion to all sentient beings
Cheryl A. Giles, MDiv, PsyD is a licensed clinical psychologist and the Francis Greenwood Peabody Professor of the Practice in Pastoral Care and Counseling at Harvard Divinity School. She has extensive experience in the treatment of children, adolescents, and families with significant mental illness, high-risk behaviors, and traumatic stress. Professor Giles is a core faculty member of the Buddhist Ministry Program and co-editor of The Arts of Contemplative Care: Pioneering Voices in Buddhist Chaplaincy and Pastoral Work. She is a long time student of Tibetan Buddhist meditation

BREATHWORK with Samvedam Bettina Randles
Saturday, May 10, 2-4pm
Use the transformative power of the breath to still the mind, clear the emotions, and deeply relax your body. This will  help you create a more conscious connection to your spirit! Join us for an introductory class. $35 or class card x 2 + $5
Samvedam Randles, Dipl Psych, LMHC is a psychologist and nationally certified body worker with 25 years of experience teaching breath work. To learn more go to www.innerartsinstitute.com

Live Improv! An Evening With TRUE STORY THEATER
Saturday, May 10, 7:30pm
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
Tonight: Stories of Spirit Our community is rich with spiritual diversity. Whether we identify as Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, pagan, Wiccan, atheist, agnostic -- or something not on this list-- how we hold the inexplicable mysteries of life underlies many of our daily experiences and relationships. Tonight we’ll share stories of how we’re nourished by own spiritual practices, of ways we wrestle with our traditions, and moments of reaching across spiritual differences

Sunday Morning DHARMA TALK & MEDITATION with Lama Tsering
Sunday, May 11, 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

PRACTICING THE PRESENCE OF GOD
From Daily Life to Silent Prayer,
From Silent Prayer to Daily Life
with Allen Bourque
Sunday, May 11, 2:30-4:30pm
This Sunday afternoon gathering provides an occasion to build bridges between our experiences of God in prayer and and God in daily life. In this workshop we will review and reflect on the guidelines for Centering Prayer and pray together.  We will also become familiar with various prayer practices to nurture our relationship with God during our everyday activities. Those with established practices and those new to conscious practice are equally welcome. $10 donation
Allen Bourque is a Christian contemplative and long term practitioner of Tai Chi. He is an advanced student of Cynthia Bourgeault, who is reinvigorating the ancient Christian and other Wisdom traditions in our time. For further information, email Allen

SHAMANIC JOURNEY CIRCLE with Comma Williams
Sunday, May 11, 7-9pm
Shamanic journeying is a tool that has been traditionally used by indigenous shamans for the healing of individuals and communities. Most commonly, shamans use drums and rattles to shift their consciousness into non-ordinary reality, a trance-like state, to communicate with their helping guides and spirits. We know now that anyone can learn to journey, to connect with their own helping guides and spirits in non-ordinary reality in order to get answers to personal questions, solve problems, open creativity, see new ways of being in the world and obtain healing information for themselves and their community. Join Comma Williams for this journey circle where we will travel into non-ordinary reality and ask for information to help us get clarity about our path for this coming year. At the end of the journey you will have an opportunity to create a visual representation of your journey, to help ground it in ordinary reality, to make it visible in this world. $15 or class card

RESTORATIVE YOGA: A Mini-Training with Billie Jo Joy
Friday, May 16, 6-9:30pm & Saturday, May 17, 12-7pm
Restorative yoga is pure relaxation for the body and the mind. Through the use of props such as blankets, blocks, and bolsters, the body is completely supported to promote the relaxation response, and reduce stress. Relaxation is a skill one can learn. The Friday night session will allow you to have the experience of a restorative yoga session for yourself. On Saturday, we will study the spirit of restorative yoga, why it is an important aspect of a well rounded yoga practice, and how to teach it. We will study sequencing and each pose in depth, focusing on benefits and precautions. When doing asana for restoration we look for a quality of non-action, or rest, in the poses so the proper use of props is an integral part of this teaching. Teaching others to relax is a great skill and an essential aspect of teaching restorative yoga. $150. Preregistration required - click here
Billie Jo Joy, EdM, RYT is co-founder and co-manager of Art & Soul Yoga in Cambridge, MA. She has studied Iyengar yoga for over 20 years and is Kripalu certified. She is a well-loved teacher, creating classes that aim to address embodiment, the mind-body connection, and expressivity, and offers public and private classes, and retreats in Mexico and Italy. Her teaching is ornamented with yogic philosophy, experiential anatomy, and poetry. Billie Jo has taught at Salem State College and The Boston Conservatory, and is currently on the faculty at Emerson College

LONGING: What Gets in the Way with Roberta Whitney
Saturday, May 17 2-4:30 pm
Within the folds of winter our deepest longings have nested. Now in spring, we find sprouts of these dreams pushing up into our conversations, thoughts and decisions. This is a beautiful time to bring these desires into clear view while revealing to us anything that stands in the way of our moving with the Life inherent in the longing. We'll begin the afternoon exploring our deepest longings and then savor the sensations in optional movement, journaling or art. From there, we will give attention to anything that stands in our way. You can discover how the Focusing process offers incredible tools for tapping into our deepest desires and dealing with 'roadblocks' in a life-supporting way. Take time to energize and engage the heart-body through self-connection via Focusing. Focus your energy on what you truly want to bring into your life. $25 in advance, $30 at the door
Roberta Whitney is a spiritual director, teacher and healer in Andover and Arlington, MA. Her education includes a masters of arts from the University of Denver and a bachelor of arts from Smith College. Integrating knowledge gained in the past decade through certification as a focusing professional, spiritual director, enneagram professional, yoga Instructor, RYT 500 hr., and Authentic Movement facilitator, and study of Non-Violent Communication, she offers unique wholebody approaches to health and well-being

KIRTAN with Shubalananda & Ashley plus special guests
Saturday, May 17, 7:30pm
Created by ancient Indian rishis from Vedic mantras, kirtan is a yoga of sound - an evening of beautiful music and heartfelt call-and-response singing. No previous experience is necessary to experience its emotional depth, yet powerful as it is, kirtan is effortless and incredibly enjoyable. 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!

FOCUSING WITH FRIENDS: Monthly Practice ~ Roberta Whitney
Monday, May 19, 7:45-9:15pm
Take time one evening a month to connect with yourself – start your weekend with space, clarity and focus gained from your practice. Meet others who are developing skill with this practice while deepening your own. Please note: while these sessions intend to support those who have completed an introductory Focusing session/class, beginners may contact Roberta to meet this requirement. $10 or class card at the door
Roberta Whitney is a teacher, Spiritual Director and healer in Andover and Arlington, MA. Her education includes a Masters of Arts degree from the University of Denver and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Smith College. Integrating knowledge gained in the past decade through myriad studies and certification as a Focusing Professional, she offers unique wholebody approaches to health and well-being

Release Into RESTORATIVE YOGA
with Karen Barbarisi and Keith Herndon
Saturday, May 24, 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 May 21 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, May 25, 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, May 25, 7-9pm ~ doors open 6:45, close 7:20
Join us on the last Sunday of the month to explore the transformative healing powers of sound. You will both co-create and receive sound healing, and learn how to improvise music with a healing intention. Bring your favorite instruments or just yourself, your voice and your love. Prior musical or healing experience is welcome but not required. We look forward to seeing you! Suggested donation $10-20