Upcoming Workshops, Films & Events
at The Arlington Center

Preregistration is recommended for workshops!




September

New Class! PRENATAL YOGA with Mo Bruno Roy
Wednesdays, 7:30-8:30pm
Prenatal Yoga is beneficial for women at every stage of pregnancy. Yoga readies body and mind for the extraordinarily transformative events of pregnacy and birthing, as well as the first months with your baby. In particular, it enhances strength, flexibility, calm and presence, so helpful with the physical and emotional challenges of pregnancy. This class is designed for all levels of yoga experience - it offers both dynamic flow and restorative ease while addressing the changing states and needs of pregnancy, especially to relieve back pain and release tension. 8 wks/$112, $17 drop-in

Free Info Session!
MINDFULNESS-BASED STRESS REDUCTION with Sunada Takagi
Wednesday, September 9, 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

BREATHING INTO LIFE: A Sacred Circle with Lisa Jones
Friday, September 11, 7:30-9:30pm
Use the power of conscious, connected breathing to still the mind, clear emotions, and deeply relax & connect with yourself. Learn a proven and effective practice to gain freedom from the ‘monkey mind’, attain joy and clarify your intention. Take the opportunity to clear away what's been stressing you out. Find relief from pain, & understand why behaviors & situations are showing up in your life! Please wear comfortable clothing & do not eat heavily for a few hours prior to class. $35 or class card x 2 + $5
Lisa Jones has been an internationally accredited breathing therapist practitioner since 1998,who has taught thousands of individuals and supported their journeys into the body/mind realm through her workshops and private sessions. She is committed to building breathing in sacred circle communities and adding to the ones currently established in NH, MA and RI. Her belief is that when we breath consciously as a community the amount of healing that takes place is phenomenally amplified for individuals, their loved ones and the planet. Lisa invites you to share the insights and joy that come from incorporating body, mind, and spirit into your wellness

THE ARTIST'S WAY* with Kim Childs
Saturday, September 12, 2:30-4pm
Are there dreams and creative projects that you'd like to pursue or revisit? Are you asking, "What's next?" or "What do I really want?" in your life or simply wanting to live more fully expressed? If so join Kim Childs for an introduction to The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity by Julia Cameron. Kim uses exercises from this popular book to guide you to a life that reflects your true passions, talents, and desires. No artistic experience is required, and the class is for anyone who wants to live from a more creative and authentic place. You'll leave with ideas for eliminating unproductive habits and making time for what you truly love. Bring a favorite journal or notebook if you have one. $18 or class card at the door
Kim Childs is a Certified Positive Psychology Life and Career Coach, a writer and a Kripalu yoga teacher who leads workshops based on The Artist's Way. Kim's writing is featured in Chicken Soup for the Mother and Daughter Soul, Natural Awakenings magazine Kripalu's Thrive and her blog, A Pilgrim on the Path. Visit her at KimChilds.com

DHARMA TALK & MEDITATION with Lama Tsering Ngodup
Sunday, September 13, 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

SHAMANIC JOURNEY CIRCLE with Comma Williams
Sunday, September 13, 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

New 8-Week Series!
MINDFULNESS-BASED STRESS REDUCTION** with Sunada Takagi
Wednesdays, September 16 - November 4, 7:15-9:30pm,
plus one all-day class on Sunday, October 25, 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

KIRTAN with Shubalananda plus special guests
Saturday, September 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. 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, September 25, 7:30pm
Join us for an evening of community building, personal growth and healing while learning about Psychodrama! Open sessions are psychodrama demonstrations offered under the direction of a qualified Psychodramatist to the public. Participate as little or as much as you want! All are welcome - both lay and professional - who are either interested in being part of experiential work for personal growth, want to learn about action techniques that could be used in individual and group psychotherapy, professional coaching and counseling, and/or who are considering joining an ongoing therapy or training group. For details, email Maria Mellano or call 857 284 7237. Sponsored by the NE Chapter of the American Society for Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama. $10 at the door

Live Improv! An Evening With TRUE STORY THEATER
Saturday, September 26, 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 or class card at door ~ $10 for students/elders/low income ~ $20 for arts supporters
Tonight: Stories of Authenticity & Pretense

DHARMA TALK & MEDITATION with Lama Tsering Ngodup
Sunday, September 27, 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

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



October

LISTENING TO OUR INNER WISDOM: An Introduction to Focusing
with Cathy Cornell & Kelley Bothe
Saturday, October 3, 2-4:30pm
Focusing is a gentle, compassionate and non-judgmental way of giving attention to our inner experience. Focusing teaches us to listen to our inner knowing, to an awareness different from our everyday awareness, one that is in the moment, centered in the body's sensations and open to its rich meanings. When we focus, we gain fresh perspectives on our life issues, whether big or small, joyful or sad. We slow down and attend to a subtle wisdom we discover inside, making room for change and growth, and often a sense of improved well-being. This 3-hour workshop will teach you the basics of Focusing and give you opportunities to practice the Focusing process. You will learn to replace judgment with curiosity and instead invite compassion. There will be time for discussion and sharing. The workshop is for those new to Focusing as well as those who have had some experience. $25 at the door
Cathy Cornell, LICSW Certified Focusing Trainer, is a social worker and a Focusing-oriented psychotherapist in a private practice in Wellesley, MA. She is a Certified Focusing Trainer and has taught Focusing to individuals and groups. She also practices and studies Buddhism
Kelley Bothe LICSW, CGP, Certified Focusing Trainer, is a psychotherapist in private practice in Concord and Wellesley MA working with adults in individual therapy. Kelley also leads divorce support groups and teaches Focusing to small groups

Dharma Film Series presents MONK WITH A CAMERA
Saturday, October 3, 7pm
In 2012, the Dalai Lama chose Geshe Thupten Lhundup to become the abbot of Rato Dratsang, a Tibetan Buddhist monastery in India. What made this appointment historic was the fact that the new abbot was the first Westerner in Tibetan Buddhist history to attain such a lofty, highly regarded position. Even more remarkable, he had been born Nicholas Vreeland, and he was the son of a US Ambassador, grandson of the legendary Vogue editor Diana Vreeland, and himself a photographer trained by Irving Penn and Richard Avedon. Indeed, if the events in this film hadn’t actually happened, they’d be deemed too fantastic and implausible for fiction. Following a youthful meeting with the exiled Khyongla Rato Rinpoche, Nicky abandoned his hedonistic life and budding career in photography and headed to India for 13 long years of arduous study and austerity. Then in one of life’s beautiful twists, Nicky went back to the worldly pursuit of photography in order to raise money to help his fellow monks rebuild their monastery. Monk With A Camera is an exhilarating, one-of-a-kind film about a modern-day prince whose unique path from privilege to renunciation to artistic success charts a new course for the dharma. 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, October 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

AFRICAN HEALING DANCE: A Training with Wyoma
Sunday, October 4 & 18, 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

SHAMANIC JOURNEY CIRCLE with Comma Williams
Sunday, October 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 Resumes!
Conversations At The Edge

Monday, October 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: Exploring Mindful Self-Compassion with Kristy Arbon
Self-compassion is the emotional attitude of mindfulness when it contacts suffering. While mindful awareness is typically directed toward moment-to-moment experience, self-compassion focuses on the experiencer. Mindfulness says, “Open to your suffering with spacious awareness and it will change.” Self-compassion adds, “Be kind to yourself in the midst of suffering and it will change.” Mindfulness asks “What do I know?” and self-compassion asks, “What do I need?” Self-compassion can be learned by anyone, even those who didn’t receive enough affection in childhood or struggling with feeling deserving.
Kristy Arbon is the Administrative Director for IMP and also the Administrative Director for the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion. She teaches the Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) program developed by Chris Germer and Kristin Neff, in the US, New Zealand and Australia. She teaches so that she can learn and she learns so that she can teach. She offers a regular MSC with Susan Pollak, President of the Board of IMP, at The Arlington Center

BREATHING INTO LIFE: A Sacred Circle with Lisa Jones
Friday, October 16, 7:30-9:30pm
Use the power of conscious, connected breathing to still the mind, clear emotions, and deeply relax & connect with yourself. Learn a proven and effective practice to gain freedom from the ‘monkey mind’, attain joy and clarify your intention. Take the opportunity to clear away what's been stressing you out. Find relief from pain, & understand why behaviors & situations are showing up in your life! Please wear comfortable clothing & do not eat heavily for a few hours prior to class. $35 or class card x 2 + $5
Lisa Jones has been an internationally accredited breathing therapist practitioner since 1998,who has taught thousands of individuals and supported their journeys into the body/mind realm through her workshops and private sessions. She is committed to building breathing in sacred circle communities and adding to the ones currently established in NH, MA and RI. Her belief is that when we breath consciously as a community the amount of healing that takes place is phenomenally amplified for individuals, their loved ones and the planet. Lisa invites you to share the insights and joy that come from incorporating body, mind, and spirit into your wellness

DISCOVER YOUR TRUE SELF: A Day Of Silent Retreat* with Mukti
Sunday, October 18, 11-6
What is the most essential you that is present regardless of thought or emotion? Who or what has been present for all of your life experience? How does this spirit of constancy touch your life? Mukti will speak on these compelling topics and explore them with the audience through questions and answers pointing directly to the true nature of self. This silent retreat day will offer a potent blend of stillness and dynamic inquiry. With three short satsangs, interspersed with periods of silent meditation, attendees will have an opportunity to tend to inner and outer silence and to nourish the brightness that shines through delusion. $75 in advance, $85 at the door - please register here
Mukti founded the Open Gate Sangha with her husband Adyashanti, with whom she has studied since 1996. In her own teachings, Mukti points audiences back to their natural state of wholeness or undivided consciousness. Licensed in acupuncture and certified to teach hatha yoga, Mukti has a love of the whole of experience in form, as well as the formless

Special Event! PSYCHODRAMA Open Session with Maria Mellano
Friday, October 23, 7:30pm
Join us for an evening of community building, personal growth and healing while learning about Psychodrama! Open sessions are psychodrama demonstrations offered under the direction of a qualified Psychodramatist to the public. Participate as little or as much as you want! All are welcome - both lay and professional - who are either interested in being part of experiential work for personal growth, want to learn about action techniques that could be used in individual and group psychotherapy, professional coaching and counseling, and/or who are considering joining an ongoing therapy or training group. For details, email Maria Mellano or call 857 284 7237. Sponsored by the NE Chapter of the American Society for Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama. $10 at the door

Release Into RESTORATIVE YOGA*
with Karen Barbarisi and Keith Herndon
Saturday, October 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 October 21st 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

Honor The Ancestors For Samhain with
SACRED DRUM, CHANT & DANCE with the Mother Drum*
Led by Laney Goodman & friends
Saturday, October 24, 7:30-10:30pm
7pm doors open ~ 7:30pm Circle begins
Drum your heat, Dance your light! Come celebrate the Samhain harvest and honor our Ancestors with Sacred Drum, Chant and Dance with the MOTHER DRUM in the four directions of the Medicine Wheel. Do something a little different this Halloween and celebrate the true meaning of the season as we rejoice in the Harvest and gather to remember and honor our Ancestors, who came before us and paved our way. Bring drums and rhythm instruments and join your tribe as we celebrate the sacred circle of life during the time leading up to this powerful cross quarter gateway. If you wish, come and remember your ancestors with a photo or an article of clothing to put on our Remembrance Altar (be sure and take this personal article home with you at the conclusion). $20 or class card ~ bring a canned or dry good for a local food pantry and pay only $15 - feed those in need while we feed our spirits with gratitude and joy as we gather to Re-Member. This is a drug, alcohol and smoke free event. All welcome! (Children age 10 or over welcome if accompanied by an adult). Email Laney for more information or visit sacredwavesofrhythm.com

DHARMA TALK & MEDITATION with Lama Tsering Ngodup
Sunday, October 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

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

Live Improv! An Evening With TRUE STORY THEATER
Friday, October 30, 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 or class card at door ~ $10 for students/elders/low income ~ $20 for arts supporters