Upcoming Workshops, Films & Events
at The Arlington Center

Preregistration is recommended for workshops!




November

GRATITUDE: A Free Thanksgiving Vinyasa Yoga Class
with Barbara Freedman

Thursday, November 27, 9:30-11am
Imbibe the spirit of Thanksgiving with an uplifting yoga vinyasa offered freely by Barbara Freedman. Join us before the party starts, or 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, happy day! Free & open to all on a first come basis

Special Extended Class! RESTORATIVE YOGA with David Schouela
Sunday, November 30, 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



December

BUDDHIST PSYCHOLOGY LECTURE SERIES
Conversations At The Edge
Monday, December 1, 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: FOCUSING: Uncovering The “Felt Sense” in Psychotherapy with Joan Klagsbrun
Focusing is the process of inner attention to our own “felt sense” that leads to therapeutic change. It is an evidenced-based method that attends to inner experience such that meanings can be discovered and carried forward. This evening will introduce the Focusing approach experientially and will address applications for the practice of psychotherapy and for the self-care of therapists. Similarities and differences with a Mindfulness approach will be discussed
Joan Klagsbrun, PhD is a psychologist in private practice and a long time adjunct professor at Lesley University. She has taught Focusing internationally to therapists and health care professionals for over three decades. Joan and her colleagues have written and researched extensively on Focusing and were awarded the Alice Ladas Research Award from the US Association of Body Psychotherapy

FOCUSING: Accessing Your Wisdom Body with Roberta Whitney
Wednesdays: December 3, 10, 7:15-9:15pm
Founded on a sophisticated yet simple philosophy by Eugene Gendlin, Focusing is a 40- year-old practice that highlights inner resources available to you in every moment of a day. The process teaches you to listen within for insights and clear thinking as well as novel, creative inspiration. Focusing supports you in connecting to inner wisdom through the doorway of the body. During the four week series, you can expect to: experience the body as source to truths and choices that are congruent with the whole of yourself ~ explore through concrete steps a supportive personal practice you can use every day~ access wisdom unfolding beneath daily operative levels, a knowing that can lead you to peace of mind, clear & centered decisions and a fuller sense of yourself. $30 each evening
Roberta Whitney is a spiritual guide and teacher. She offers unique wholebody approaches to health and well-being through individual consultations and classes. Higher education includes an MA from the University of Denver, a BA from Smith College and integrated knowledge gained through certifications as a focusing professional, spiritual director, Enneagram professional, yoga instructor, RYT 500, and Authentic Movement facilitator

Dharma Film Series presents
THE AMERICAN RIMPOCHE & THE BUDDHA'S FORGOTTEN NUNS
Saturday, December 6, 7pm
The American Rimpoche
Is there such a one as an ‘American rimpoche’? No US subject is more entitled to that honorific (‘precious one’) than Kyabje Gelek. Born in 1939 to the aristocracy in Lhasa, Tibet, and soon recognized as a tulku, or incarnate lama, Gelek was tutored by many of the Dalai Lama’s teachers and attained the highest degree, geshe, while still a teen. When the Chinese invaded Tibet in 1959, however, he fled along with the Dalai Lama to India, where he eventually disrobed, migrating across the continents toward his eventual home in Ann Arbor with the Jewel Heart Foundation. The American Rimpoche documents Gelek’s extraordinary journey from the Tibet of his youth, a fabled land sheltered from modernity, to contemporary life in the West, with a visual feast of never-before-seen family photographs that evoke both a time forever lost and a hardy, flexible spiritual tradition.
The Buddha's Forgotten Nuns
Is Buddhism a religious movement based on equality? Or is it rooted in a male dominated culture found in most other world religions? The Buddha himself invited women to join his group of disciples as female monks – bhikkhunis – and allowed them to be ordained alongside men some 2500 years ago. What happened? The Buddha’s Forgotten Nuns reveals a little-known truth about the ancient Theravada order: women cannot be fully ordained like men. As with many women, director Wiriya Sati was raised a Buddhist but encountered walls of sexism within Theravada when she tried to advance in her practice. Wiriya spent the next 5 years traveling to monasteries in Thailand, the UK, the US and Australia to ask why women can’t ordain as bhikkunis in the Theravada tradition. She discovered new paths being forged for women in Australia, the US, and pockets around the world, and also met the men and women who are pulling down barriers and pushing for change in the monastic world. The Buddha’s Forgotten Nuns is an absorbing and deeply inspiring short film, alert to a growing consensus in the West but leaving us with the big question: will the bhikkhuni movement expand beyond a few independent-minded communities and gain momentum in still traditional male-oriented cultures? 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, December 7, 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

ECSTATIC HOLIDAY CHANT with Tom Lena & Shakti Rowan
Friday, December 12, 7:30-9:30pm
Please join us for this special evening of mantra and music as we come together to celebrate the holiday spirit in community. Kirtan, call-and-response chanting in Sanskrit, the ancient language of Yoga, gives us the opportunity both to detach from the thoughts and worries we carry around and to allow the joy of the heart to dance out loud. Donation only ~ $10-20 suggested
A musician and Bhakti poet, Tom Lena (Tamal Krishna das) creates and offers devotional songs that nourish us integrally with moods ranging from prayerful to celebratory. Having accompanied many names in the Yoga music genre, including American chant masters such as Shubalananda, Gaura Vani, Girish, Temple Bhajan Band, and Jaya Lakshmi, Tom's ground-breaking CD, OM @ Club Passim expresses his grass-roots journey and belief that there are no hard and fast rules about chanting
Shakti Rowan has been dancing and singing around the fires of devotion most of her life. Raised in an earth-based spiritual tradition, Shakti was steeped in the joys of living in a community that celebrated and worshipped through playing live music, dancing together and singing the names of the divine in devotion. In recent years Shakti has studied with Sufi’s and learned the art of sacred circle dancing and a meditative practice called Zikir. Shakti now practices singing Mantras and sharing Kirtan in the Yoga community with her beloved partner Tom Lena

DIVINE SLEEP: Yoga Nidra Training** with Jennifer Reis
Saturday, December 13, 12-7pm
Sunday, December 14, 9-6:30
Monday–Wednesday, December 15-17, 8:30-5
Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra® is committed to offering the most comprehensive and accessible Yoga Nidra teacher certification program available, that upholds an emphasis on education, knowledge, experiential practice and integrity. We seek to impart the ageless virtues and principles of yoga nidra through our teacher training, retreats, CD’s and private sessions, enabling graduates to teach with care, aptitude and creativity. This training is for yoga teachers, therapists, counselors, health professionals, parents, and everyone interested in guiding others to relax and heal. You will leave this training feeling confident, enthused and delighted to give this gift. Learn how to lead your students and clients into deeper levels of freedom and health than they ever imagined possible. Offer the gift of giving others permission to rest, balance, restore, tapping into new sources of energy. In this meditative practice, there is nothing required but to lie down and listen. Become skilled at leading this inspired practice that revitalizes the senses, allowing life to be fully lived and enjoyed. Learn how to lead nourishing experiences that help your students discover profound peace and vibrant health. The result is feeling radiant, joyful, and light. An inspired and inclusive practice, Yoga Nidra is one of the most accessible forms of yoga and will become a favorite for your students and clients. During this training you will: relax into openness, freedom and bliss ~ learn how to nourish yourself and others ~ explore yoga nidra within the depth of yogic tradition and western science ~ awaken a sense of wonder and creative energy ~ discover how to craft effective classes ~ cultivate voice quality, pace, and explore music, postures and props ~ develop skills by practice and leading others. Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra® Teacher Training is taught using an all-senses approach which speaks to every learning preference. Lecture with power point, discussion, receiving and delivering yoga nidra sessions, as well as guided yoga practice to embody key concepts. Practice includes chanting, asana posture, pranayama breathing, mudra hand gesture meditation, Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra, integration experiences such as mandala creation, practice leading in partners and small groups, reflection and feedback. 40-hour training $685, including 180-page manual - preregistration strongly recommended
Jennifer Reis, E-RYT-500 is a Senior Kripalu Yoga Teacher, Professional Integrative Yoga Therapist, Master Yoga Nidra Teacher, LMT, and Shiatsu and Ayurvedic therapist. Jennifer has developed both Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra and Five Element Yoga. She has been leading yoga, meditation retreats and professional trainings since 1996. Her Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra CDs are the two top-selling CDs at Kripalu Center where she has been on faculty for over eleven years.
Jennifer has a gift for creating sacred space to journey into realms of deep peace and renewal; with her creative and inspired guidance, your whole being becomes nourished and alive. More at jenniferreisyoga.com

Live Improv! An Evening With TRUE STORY THEATER
Saturday, December 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! General admission $15 or class card at door ~ $10 for students/elders/low income ~ $20 for supporters of the arts ~ all are welcome
Stories of enough How do we know when we have too much and what do we do about it? Too much stuff...too many projects...too many preoccupations. It’s almost expected now as a way of life. Let’s hear stories of creating sufficiency, for ourselves and for others

YOGA NIDRA Experience* with Jennifer Reis
Sunday, December 14, 2:00-3:30pm
Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra is one of the most accessible and nourishing forms of healing and restoration. An inspired and inclusive practice, this guided meditation allows you to experience deeper levels of inner freedom than you ever imagined possible. You are guided systematically through the koshas — all levels of being — including physical, energetic, mental, emotional and spiritual, to bring awareness and healing to all levels. Transforming stress and anxiety, improving connection to your deepest self, and increasing health and wellness, are characteristic outcomes of Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra. There is nothing required of you but to lie down and listen, giving yourself permission to rest, balance and restore. In this workshop, you will be guided in deep and restful Divine Sleep practice. Jennifer’s guided journeys are clear, vibrant, and tangible. Your heart’s deepest longing and personal images and symbols are invited to arise and incorporate into the practice, making each journey unique and authentic for you. Be supported, held and nourished as you discover profound peace and vibrant health. $30 preregistration recommended
Jennifer Reis, E-RYT-500 is a Senior Kripalu Yoga Teacher, Professional Integrative Yoga Therapist, Master Yoga Nidra Teacher, LMT, and Shiatsu and Ayurvedic therapist. Jennifer has developed both Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra and Five Element Yoga. She has been leading yoga, meditation retreats and professional trainings since 1996. Her Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra CDs are the two top-selling CDs at Kripalu Center where she has been on faculty for over eleven years.
Jennifer has a gift for creating sacred space to journey into realms of deep peace and renewal; with her creative and inspired guidance, your whole being becomes nourished and alive. Visit Jennifer at jenniferreisyoga.com

SHAMANIC JOURNEY CIRCLE with Comma Williams
Sunday, December 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

KIRTAN with Shubalananda plus special guests
Saturday, December 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!

Sunday Morning DHARMA TALK & MEDITATION with Lama Tsering
Sunday, December 21, 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, December 21, 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

Special Event! CHRISTMAS DAY YOGA ~ 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)

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