Upcoming Workshops, Films & Events
at The Arlington Center

Preregistration is recommended for workshops!




December

Special Event! CHRISTMAS DAY YOGA with 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)



January

Special Event! FIRST MORNING YOGA with Barbara Freedman
Thursday, January 1, 10-11:30am ~ all welcome!
You're invited to start the year with an uplifting yogaflow or vinyasa led by Barbara Freedman. 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 and happy day! $18 or class card at the door

Dharma Film Series presents IDA
Saturday, January 3, 7pm
A moving and intimate drama, both historical and personal, Ida follows a young novitiate nun in 1960’s Poland who's been raised as an orphan in a convent. On the verge of taking her vows, she finds out that she has a living relative and a dark family secret from the Nazi occupation. The traumas of the past, the legacy of the holocaust, and the weight of history all converge on a film that is personal, emotionally gripping, and deeply human 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, January 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
Sunday, January 4, 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

Free Info Session!
MINDFULNESS-BASED STRESS REDUCTION with Sunada Takagi
Wednesday, January 7, 7:15-9pm
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

Live Improv! An Evening With TRUE STORY THEATER
Saturday, January 10, 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
A Fresh Start Stories of beginnings you hunger for and those you achieved in the past. What enables us to start again, and what gets in the way? For yourself, your family, your community, for humanity, for the planet

SHAMANIC JOURNEY CIRCLE with Comma Williams
Sunday, January 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

BUDDHIST PSYCHOLOGY LECTURE SERIES
Conversations At The Edge
Monday, January 12, 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: LEADERSHIP: What's Mindfulness Got To Do With It? with Jeff Goding Both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations increasingly recognize that mindful leaders are more effective leaders. This session will explore the ways mindfulness practices and principles have been integrated into leadership activities and development programs. We will cover the positive impacts of mindfulness in the workplace, as well as the broader implications and potential drawbacks. Through discussion, we will have a chance to explore together some of the specific ways in which mindfulness is being applied to the unique challenges of leadership
Jeff Goding is an executive educator, researcher, and advisor who has spent 20 years helping executives of leading global enterprises optimize the performance of both their organizations and their own minds. Jeff sits on the board of Cambridge Insight Meditation Center

New 8-Week Series!
MINDFULNESS-BASED STRESS REDUCTION** with Sunada Takagi
Wednesdays, January 14 - March 4, 7:15-9:30pm,
plus one all-day class on Sunday, March 1, 9-4
Mindfulness isn’t so much a tool or technique, but a different way of being. When we pay attention to our present moments, we start to see ourselves and our world more clearly. Instead of being driven by worry, anxiety, or feeling pressured, we begin to choose our responses more wisely. We find our way to a more balanced and centered life, guided by our inner strengths and values rather than old habits and reactions. This 8-week series is a thorough introduction to the art of mindfulness. It’s based on Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn's pioneering work in mind-body medicine originated at the UMass Medical Center. $450 – 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

FOCUSING On Poetry* with John McDargh, PhD
Saturday, January 17, 2-4pm
Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found its words. Robert Frost
If we take Frost’s definition of poetry and substituted the term “felt-sense” for the word “emotion”, we might say that the process of focusing is a way that each of us can make poetry of our most ordinary life experience. This workshop will be a seriously playful and playfully serious exercise in sharing poems that have been significant to us, learning to listen and respond to poetry with our body-self, and trying our hand at writing our own simple poetry by employing focusing’s distinctive practices. Please bring with you one or two poems to share that have been particularly important to you in your life, your earliest memories of poetry (including perhaps a poem you committed to memory in childhood), and a pad or notebook to write in
$25 if registered by January 15th; $30 at the door

KIRTAN with Shubalananda plus special guests
Saturday, January 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!

Sunday Morning DHARMA TALK & MEDITATION with Lama Tsering
Sunday, January 18, 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

HOW TO ACTIVATE YOUR FAT BURNING HORMONES**
The 5 Secrets For Lasting Weight Loss with Ruth Knill
Monday, January 19, 7:45-9:15pm ~ Free/preregistration required
Losing weight has five key elements that, when unified together, bring about lasting results that not only help you lose weight, but will have you looking and feeling younger as well. Learn why low calorie diets do not work, and what hormones are involved with metabolism, energy and weight loss. You will also find out how to detoxify your body, how to prevent and eliminate the pain that prevents exercise and much, much more. Find out how to turn your body into a fat burning machine by increasing your metabolism and removing the toxic chemicals that cause your body to hold onto fat. Learn how hormones will affect your ability to lose weight and why they go out of balance. If you have a hard time losing weight, then this workshop could change your life! Space is limited - preregistration required with Ruth at ruth@knill.com or 781-888-0101

TAI CHI: The Wu Style Short Form** ~ A Series with Steven Cardoza
5 Saturdays, 2:30-6:30pm:
January 24, February 28, March 28, April 25, May 23
The Wu Style Short Form is an excellent way to begin a tai chi/taiji practice and enjoy its superb health benefits. The movements of taiji stimulate qi, the energy of life, to flow through pathways within the body, promoting physical openness, balance, flexibility, coordination, and stamina, emotional calm and centeredness, and mental focus and clarity. The Wu style is considered by many to be the best taiji form to improve overall health, and is especially good for healing back problems. Once learned, the short form takes just a few minutes to perform. Taiji was originally developed as a martial art over 700 years ago. While we will focus on its health benefits and no sparring will be involved, some of the martial aspects may be introduced as a memory aid to help you practice the movements optimally. This class is taught in five four-hour workshops, one Saturday each month beginning January 24. By the end of May, you will learn the entire form and begin a lifetime of better health and vital longevity. As this is a cumulative course, preregistration for the series is required, with these exceptions: students new to taiji can attend the first workshop before deciding if they want to learn the form and enroll for the series; and returning students who already know the Wu style can attend any workshop without preregistration, as review or to receive deeper training. $475 ~ early bird discount $425 if paid by January 21
New students may attend the January 24 workshop for $95 - if you decide to enroll for the series, the balance of $330 may be paid by Jan 31, after which the cost is $95 for each successive workshop
Returning students may enroll for the series, or pay $95 for select workshops

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 Chinese Healing Exercises, A Personalized Practice for Health and Longevity. View video samples of his Chinese Healing Exercises DVD here

Special Extended Class! RESTORATIVE YOGA with David Schouela
Sunday, January 25, 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, January 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

MINDFUL SELF-COMPASSION: Core Skills Training**
with Christopher Germer & Susan Pollak
A Benefit Event for The Center for Mindfulness and Compassion
at Cambridge Health Alliance
Saturday & Sunday, January 31 & February 1, 10-5
For someone to develop genuine compassion towards others, first he or she must have a basis upon which to cultivate compassion, and that basis is the ability to connect to one's own feelings and to care for one's own welfare...Caring for others requires caring for oneself. Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama
This workshop is an introduction to Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC), an empirically-supported training program based on the pioneering research of Kristin Neff and the clinical perspective of Christopher Germer. MSC teaches core principles and practices that enable participants to respond to difficult moments in their lives with kindness, care and understanding. The three key components of self-compassion are self-kindness, a sense of common humanity, and balanced, mindful awareness. Kindness opens our hearts to suffering, so we can give ourselves what we need. Common humanity opens us to our essential interrelatedness, so that we know we aren't alone. Mindfulness opens us to the present moment, so we can accept our experience with greater ease. Together they comprise a state of warm-hearted, connected presence. Self-compassion can be learned by anyone, even those who didn't receive enough affection in childhood or who feel uncomfortable when they are good to themselves. It's a courageous attitude that stands up to harm, including the harm that we unwittingly inflict on ourselves through self-criticism, self-isolation, or self-absorption. Self-compassion provides emotional strength and resilience, allowing us to admit our shortcomings, motivate ourselves with kindness, forgive ourselves when needed, relate wholeheartedly to others, and be more authentically ourselves.This workshop is an introduction to Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC), teaching core principles and practices that enable participants to respond to difficult moments in their lives with kindness, care and understanding. Click here for more information - online preregistration required.
Christopher K. Germer, PhD is a clinical psychologist in private practice, a clinical instructor in psychology at Harvard Medical School, and a founding faculty member of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy. He leads workshops internationally on mindfulness and self-compassion. Dr. Germer is author of The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion, and co-editor of Mindfulness and Psychotherapy and Wisdom and Compassion in Psychotherapy. More at www.MindfulSelfCompassion.org
Susan M. Pollak, MTS, EdD is a clinical instructor in psychology at Harvard Medical School, Cambridge Health Alliance, where she has taught and supervised since the mid 1990s. She is the president of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy and a psychologist in private clinical practice in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Dr. Pollak co-taught Mindful Self-Compassion during its early development and she is co-author of Sitting Together: Essential Skills for Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapy. More info here