Upcoming Workshops, Films & Events
at The Arlington Center

Preregistration is recommended for workshops!




April

Special Event! PSYCHODRAMA Open Session with Maria Mellano
Friday, April 24, 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

Sunday Morning DHARMA TALK with Lama Tsering Ngodup
Sunday, April 26, 10-12n
You’re invited to receive Buddhist teachings (dharma), practice meditation, and experience the relevance and benefits of Buddhist philosophy and meditation in daily life. People of all ages, backgrounds, and beliefs are welcome to this freely offered biweekly event ~ donations gratefully accepted 
Tsering Ngodup is a lama, or spiritual teacher, authorized to teach by HH ShaMar Rinpoche. He has devoted over twenty years to sharing the religious and spiritual teachings of Tibetan Buddhism in the West. He has traveled across the world, translating and interpreting Buddhist teachings for highly accomplished Tibetan lamas and masters from all four schools of Tibetan Buddhism. He is currently a chaplain at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Brookline, MA

Special Extended Class! RESTORATIVE YOGA with David Schouela
Sunday, April 26, 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, April 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 $10-20



May

Dharma Film Series presents
DYING TO KNOW: Ram Dass & Timothy Leary
Saturday, May 2, 7pm
Dying To Know explores the relationship of two of the most famous and controversial figures of a generation. In the early 1960s Harvard psychology professors Timothy Leary and Richard Alpert began experimenting with psychedelics to better understand human consciousness. Leary became an infamous LSD guru, turning on, tuning in and dropping out, and eventually landing in prison after Nixon called him "the most dangerous man in America". Alpert travelled to Asia and became Ram Dass, a spiritual teacher who inspired a generation with Be Here Now and is still with us teaching compassion. Narrated by Robert Redford and containing rare interviews spanning 50 years, this intimate portrait challenges us to ponder the deepest questions about life, death and human existence. 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 with Lama Tsering Ngodup
Sunday, May 3, 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, May 3 & 17, 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, May 4, 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: PROMOTING RESILIENCE AMONG HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS Using Mindfulness And Yoga ~ Nayla Khoury, MD
Resilience has been defined as the ability of individuals to manage and adapt to stress and life challenges. This talk will explore the evidence for programs and techniques to promote resilience among healthcare providers, using mindfulness and yoga. Nayla will describe a specific program used at the Cambridge Health Alliance to promote resilience among providers and share her experience using yogic principles. Using an interactive, experiential format, we will reflect on how yogic principles of niyamas may relate to patient care, provider wellness and resilience
Nayla Khoury, MD, MPH, is a psychiatry resident, IMP board member, and yoga instructor

Live Improv! An Evening With TRUE STORY THEATER
Saturday, May 9, 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 Friendship How have important people come into our lives? How have we built those relationships? What challenges have we had to face and what has helped us deepen friendships?

Open House ~ All Welcome!
THE YOGA OF ENERGY FLOW 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training
Sunday, May 10, 6-7:30pm - free!
Join us for an informal Q & A about the upcoming 200 hour Yoga Alliance-approved yoga teacher training programs starting in September at the Arlington Center. Meet teachers and graduates, join us for some yoga, and enjoy the refreshments to follow. The core study is vinyasa flow yoga in which breath, movement and asana are combined with correct alignment and sequence into a transformative practice. Students will leave this training fully prepared to teach vinyasa style yoga classes and will have a comprehensive understanding of yoga asana, pranayama, anatomy of yoga, hands-on assists, shiatsu/thai bodywork, yogic philosophy, and meditation techniques. The Yoga Of Energy Flow program is directed by Daniel Orlansky & Liz Owen with Carrie Tyler, and features guest faculty including Chip Hartranft. For more details, please click on the link above - you can also email Daniel or call him at 866-702-6197

SHAMANIC JOURNEY CIRCLE with Comma Williams
Sunday, May 10, 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 6-week course!
MINDFUL SELF-COMPASSION** with Brenda Rogers & Judi Stein
6 Mondays, 6:30-9pm, May 11 – June 29 (off May 25, June 16)
A moment of self-compassion can change your entire day.
A string of such moments can change the course of your life.

Christopher Germer
Join us in learning Mindful Self-Compassion, meditative practices based on the work of Christopher Germer and Kristin Neff. Mindful self-compassion promotes greater self-awareness, compassion, healing, and resilience as we cope with the inevitable stresses and challenges of life. You will learn to calm yourself with kindness, quiet your inner critic, and transform difficult emotions with compassion. $325. Preregistration required - please email Brenda for more information & registration
Brenda Rogers has been trained as a teacher of Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) through the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion. She has been leading an MSC practice group at The Arlington Center for three years, and has been a Buddhist practitioner since 2006
Judi Stein, PhD is a certified Focusing-oriented psychotherapist in private practice in Lexington. She teaches Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindful Self-Compassion groups and has an active insight-oriented meditation practice

Release Into RESTORATIVE YOGA*
with Karen Barbarisi and Keith Herndon
Friday, May 15, 6:30-8:30pm
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 13th 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

OPENING THE DOOR TO SPIRITUALITY THROUGH FOCUSING
with Joan Klagsbrun, PhD
Saturday, May 16 2-4pm
In the busyness of life, we can easily get separated from our longing for a deeper connection to ourselves, and for that which is greater than ourselves. This workshop, geared for those new to Focusing as well as for experienced Focusers, will demonstrate how Focusing can open the door to our spiritual selves. In cultivating compassion for ourselves, Focusing helps us to listen to our innate wisdom about what is most meaningful in our lives, what brings us our deepest sense of peace, and what brings us most alive. Through experiential exercises, and the supportive presence of one another, we will discover and journey together to the sacred, spiritual places that we all have within. $25 or class card + $10 at the door

EXPLORING THE SEVEN SPIRITUAL LAWS OF YOGA*
Study and Practice with Claire Diab & Kate McHugh
Saturday, May 16, 2-5pm
Each one of us travels a unique journey to the heart, exploring options along the way that constrict or expand our potential, draw us closer to fear or to love, and contribute to feelings of separation or to an enhancement of our capacity for union . As the late David Simon, Chopra Center's co-creator of the Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga, wrote, "The same creative force that generated the universe created your body. It is vibrating with intelligence and spirit. It is ultimately sacred and worthy of your love, respect, and intention. Take good care of it, and it will take good care of you." The Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga Workshop offers explicit directions for the conscious exploration of this amazing journey to the self. During a three-hour workshop, participants will explore the seven signature elements of yogic philosophy: The Laws of Giving and Receiving, Karma (the past influencing the circumstances of the present), Least Effort, Intention and Desire, Detachment, Dharma (purpose) and Pure Potentiality. Embodying these seven principals via yoga asana, we will cultivate a sense of balance, flexibility and strength, while setting the intention to begin to manifest these same qualities spontaneously in all aspects of life. As we expand our awareness through the seven spiritual laws, we gain an increased capability to perceive the richness of life, recognizing our roles as co-creators, and consciously manifesting a world abundant in happiness, well being, love and purpose. $65 early bird , $75 at the door
Claire Diab is a Master Educator, Vedic Master and Chopra Center University Advisory Board Member, as well as an International Yoga Therapist, health & wellness expert, and inspirational speaker who has been teaching throughout the world for more than twenty-five years. She has co-developed the Chopra Center's Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga Teacher Training courses with co-founders, Drs. Deepak Chopra and David Simon
Kate McHugh, MBA, LMHC, LADCI, RYT500, CPS is a Prevention, Health & Wellness Educator in MA. She holds two licenses in counseling, and other relevant credentials. For over fifteen years, in variety of settings, Kate has provided professional psychotherapy, health, wellness & yoga workshops, corporate consults, fitness classes, and trainings in mind-body techniques throughout the East Coast

KIRTAN with Shubalananda plus special guests
Saturday, May 16, 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!

SPRING YOGA AND AYURVEDA: A Workshop with Veronica Wolff
Sunday, May 17, 2-4pm
Spring has sprung! Shake off the doldrums of this past winter and come learn how the ancient sciences of yoga and Ayurveda can help you navigate the transition of the seasons with ease. We will cover the basic principles of Ayurveda and then learn how to apply them to our diet, lifestyle, and yoga practice. This workshop will be part lecture and part practice, so please wear appropriate yoga attire. All levels welcome! $28 or class card + $10 at the door

Special Preview Evening For Couples & Singles!
TANTRA: The Art of Conscious Loving
with bestselling author Charles Muir
Wednesday, May 20, 7:45-9:45pm
Would you like to enhance your sensual and emotional life? ~ Are you interested in expanding your ability to be spiritually and sexually intimate? ~ Would you like to experience the joys of being a more selfless, generous, and pleasured lover? ~ Do you feel you have more to learn about sensual and sexual communication and emotional partnership? Tantra is a 4,000-year-old Indian tradition that will help you address these and many other questions relating to your sensual, sexual, emotional, and spiritual lives - and also to your intimate relationships. Join Charles Muir, the internationally acclaimed teacher and interpreter of Tantra who is quoted in over 130 books about sex, relationship, yoga and Tantra in a preview of the upcoming Boston area workshop, The Art of Conscious Loving/Beginner Weekend, May 22th-May 24th. For info please contact Brynn Bishop at 415-244-1652 or via email. Charles will demonstrate some basic principles of tantra that you can use at home, teach you the secret Tantric technique to quadruple the length of your orgasms, share some fascinating stories, and talk about the upcoming weekend seminar. A short healing and awakening ritual puja will conclude the evening, sending you off uplifted and more conscious. He will also be available to sign his bestselling book Tantra, The Art of Conscious Loving and 12 of his other works, five of which will be given away during the door prize raffle.
$20 per person in advance, $30 at the door ~ register here!

Special Event! PSYCHODRAMA Open Session with Maria Mellano
Friday, May 22, 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

Sunday Morning DHARMA TALK with Lama Tsering Ngodup
Sunday, May 24, 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

BREATHWORK: A Sacred Circle with Lisa Jones
Friday, May 29, 7:30-9:30pm
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! This sacred circle includes full hour breathing session. $35 or class card x 2 + $5
Lisa Jones has been sharing breathwork with thousands of students in breath awareness classes and private practice since 1997, supporting their journeys into the bodymind realm. Learn more at NiaNHandYoga.com

SOUND HEALING CIRCLE with Brad Brockmann & Comma Williams
Sunday, May 31, 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



June

WHO’S THE JUDGE? Transforming Your Inner Critic*
with Stephanie Legatos
Wednesday, June 3, 7:30-10pm
We all have an inner critic – several in fact. Those voices that set high standards of performance that are next to impossible to attain, compare us to others and conclude we don’t measure up, keep and detailed records of failures and diminish our successes. Over time, listening to our inner critics creates feelings of guilt and shame. Use a five step collage, journaling and dialogue process to cut through the inner chatter and beliefs that derail you and keep you stuck. As you journey through this illuminating and inspiring process you will create a new empowering inner voice to support self-empowerment, self-confidence and expanded success. $28 or class card x 2 ~ Early bird discount $25 if payment received by May 27th
Stephanie Legatos, MS is a holistic career/life coach and workshop facilitator who specializes in building resilience. Learn more about Stephanie and her work at visibleyou.biz

Open House ~ All Welcome!
THE YOGA OF ENERGY FLOW 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training
Sunday, June 7, 4-5:30pm - free!
Join us for an informal Q & A about the upcoming 200 hour Yoga Alliance-approved yoga teacher training programs starting in September at the Arlington Center. Meet teachers and graduates, join us for some yoga, and enjoy the refreshments to follow. The core study is vinyasa flow yoga in which breath, movement and asana are combined with correct alignment and sequence into a transformative practice. Students will leave this training fully prepared to teach vinyasa style yoga classes and will have a comprehensive understanding of yoga asana, pranayama, anatomy of yoga, hands-on assists, shiatsu/thai bodywork, yogic philosophy, and meditation techniques. The Yoga Of Energy Flow program is directed by Daniel Orlansky & Liz Owen with Carrie Tyler, and features guest faculty including Chip Hartranft. For more details, please click on the link above - you can also email Daniel or call him at 866-702-6197

AFRICAN HEALING DANCE: A Training with Wyoma
Sunday, June 7 & 21, 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, June 10, 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

Special Event! HEALING TAO with MASTER MANTAK CHIA
Friday-Thursday, June 12-18
Join the legendary master of Healing Tao for all or any part of this weeklong intensive workshop. For details & registration please visit bostonhealingtao.com or email Marie Favorito at mcftao@verizon.net
Schedule
Friday, 6:30-9:30pm
Saturday, 12-7pm
Sunday-Thursday, 9:30-5

Live Improv! An Evening With TRUE STORY THEATER
Saturday, June 13, 7:30-9:30pm
True Story Theater, an Arlington-based improvisational theater company, wants to hear about your life. This troupe of skilled listeners will honor each story through the power of improvisatory drama, music, and movement. The stories you share will magically be brought to life as we explore this important common theme.  Come celebrate our community, bring a friend, share a special story, or just watch, listen and enjoy! $15 or class card at door ~ $10 for students/elders/low income ~ $20 for arts supporters
Tonight: Courageous Intervention: Stories of Active Bystanders

Sunday Morning DHARMA TALK with Lama Tsering Ngodup
Sunday, June 14, 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, June 14, 7-9pm
Shamanic journeying is a tool that has been traditionally used by indigenous shamans for the healing of individuals and communities. Most commonly, shamans use drums and rattles to shift their consciousness into non-ordinary reality, a trance-like state, to communicate with their helping guides and spirits. We know now that anyone can learn to journey, to connect with their own helping guides and spirits in non-ordinary reality in order to get answers to personal questions, solve problems, open creativity, see new ways of being in the world and obtain healing information for themselves and their community. Join Comma Williams for this journey circle where we will travel into non-ordinary reality and ask for information to help us get clarity about our path for this coming year. At the end of the journey you will have an opportunity to create a visual representation of your journey, to help ground it in ordinary reality, to make it visible in this world. $15 or class card

New 8-Week Series!
MINDFULNESS-BASED STRESS REDUCTION** with Sunada Takagi
Wednesdays, June 17 - August 5, 7:15-9:30pm,
plus one all-day class on Sunday, July 26, 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, June 20, 7:30pm
Created by ancient Indian rishis from Vedic mantras, kirtan is a yoga of sound - an evening of beautiful music and heartfelt call-and-response singing. No previous experience is necessary to experience its emotional depth, yet powerful as it is, kirtan is effortless and incredibly enjoyable. Shubalananda (Larry Kopp) has been leading kirtan for many years, having studied with Neem Karoli Baba, Sathya Sai Baba, Karunamayi and Shree Maa. His guitar & harmonium playing and voice of experience gives his kirtan a power and a heartfulness that is shared with all who join in. Find out more at www.shubalananda.com. Freely offered ~ please make a donation!

Release Into RESTORATIVE YOGA*
with Karen Barbarisi and Keith Herndon
Saturday, June 27, 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 June 24th 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

SACRED DRUM, CHANT & DANCE with the Mother Drum
Led by Laney Goodman, Dave Estes & Tribe
Saturday, June 27, 7:30-10:30pm
7pm doors open ~ 7:30pm Circle begins
Drum your heat, Dance your light! Come honor our Ancestors with Sacred Drum, Chant and Dance with the MOTHER DRUM in the four directions of the Medicine Wheel. Bring drums and rhythm instruments and join your tribe as we celebrate the sacred circle of life. 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

Sunday Morning DHARMA TALK with Lama Tsering Ngodup
Sunday, June 28, 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, June 28, 7-9pm ~ doors open 6:45, close 7:20
Join us on the last Sunday of the month to explore the transformative healing powers of sound. You will both co-create and receive sound healing, and learn how to improvise music with a healing intention. Bring your favorite instruments or just yourself, your voice and your love. Prior musical or healing experience is welcome but not required. We look forward to seeing you! Suggested donation $10-20