Upcoming Workshops, Films & Events
at The Arlington Center

Preregistration is recommended for workshops!




January

YOGA FOR HORMONE BALANCE
A 6-Week Series with Susan Desmarais
6 Wednesdays, January 18 - February 22, 5:30-7pm
This series of 6 weekly classes will illuminate the chakras, the endocrine system, and the many ways yoga can balance and enhance them. Through both lecture and practice we will explore how various asanas can fine-tune each organ in the endocrine network, to better play its part in an ongoing hormonal symphony - whose optimal function is essential to good health.  We will also discuss what stress and high/low cortisol levels can do to your other hormones; learn to recognize how sub-optimal endocrine function shows up in our bodies; and, examine the effects of lifestyle, sleep, and nutrition. This workshop may be of benefit to those experiencing any of the following conditions: fatigue/insomnia ~ depression/anxiety/brain fog~ weight loss/weight gain ~ PMS, perimenopause, menopause ~ chronic joint/muscular pain/osteoperosis ~ fibroids/endometriosis/PCOS ~ autoimmune conditions/hypo or hyperthyroid ~ digestive problems ~ loss of stamina. Learn how you can empower yourself, using the wisdom of yoga practice to bring your inner symphony into harmony!
$95 preregistered or $18/class card for single classes

'THE WORK' OF BYRON KATIE
A 6-Week Introduction with Barbara Cherington
Wednesdays through Feb 22, 7:30-9:30pm ~ no meeting 2/8
I need more money." "I'm too fat." "The world’s not safe.”"I don't want to be alone." Thoughts like these may run through our minds repetitively, fostering fear, anger, stress, loneliness and depression. How different would your life be if these thoughts never bothered you again? The Work is a simple but powerful method of self-inquiry developed by renowned teacher and author Byron Katie. While undergoing a recovery process herself in 1986, Katie discovered that any kind of stressful thought can be identified, investigated, and inverted or 'turned around', altering the thought's power to shape perception, behavior, or one's sense of self. Join Katie trainee Barbara Cherington to explore this direct way to gain insight into your thinking and move beyond its limitations. The Work is immediate and honest - it can cut through negative thoughts and beliefs like a Zen sword. No longer do we need to argue with life or ourselves—we can experience true freedom instead. 6 week series $85 or class card x 6; drop-in $18 or class card
Barbara Cherington is a longtime student and trainee of Byron Katie, now nearing completion of an intensive years-long certification. In addition to The Work, Barbara has taught elementary school and spent the last 2 decades as a technical writer in the field of high tech

Special Event! PSYCHODRAMA Open Session with Maria Mellano
Friday, January 20, 7:30pm
An Open Session is aimed at introducing people to Psychodrama. It is instructional, experiential and low key - a great way to experience the greatness of Psychodrama within a safe setting. Though therapeutic value is often felt from the experience, Open Sessions are not psychotherapy sessions and the director is not present in the role of psychotherapist. Open Sessions are for participants to experience the Psychodramatic method as an introduction, with time for questions, and all experience levels are welcome. Prior registration is requested but not required. All interested lay persons and professionals are welcome. Offered by Maria Mellano, LICSW. For more information and to register, please visit MariaMellanoTherapy.com $10 at the door

Release Into RESTORATIVE YOGA*
with Karen Barbarisi and Keith Herndon
Saturday, January 21, 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 January 18 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

KIRTAN with Shubalananda plus special guests
Saturday, January 21, 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

DHARMA TALK & MEDITATION with Lama Tsering Ngodup
Sunday, January 22, 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, January 22, 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

Introduction To DRAGON & TIGER QIGONG with Steven Cardoza
Saturday, January 28, 1:30-5:30pm
Dragon & Tiger is a 1,500 year old, 7-movement medical qigong form with many applications. Widely practiced for health maintenance and longevity, in China it is commonly used to treat cancer and numerous degenerative diseases. In this 4-hour introduction, you'll learn the first movement in detail, including the related breathing and energetics intrinsic to Dragon & Tiger. This can be beneficially practiced by itself as a stand-alone qigong, so you'll come away with a simple yet powerful tool for your self care, helping to reduce stress, increase energy, strengthen your immune system and promote overall health. Additionally, the other six movements will be demonstrated, and you'll acquire deeper insight into the nature of qigong in general. $100 if payment received by January 21st, $120 thereafter
Steven Cardoza, MSc, LAc, has taught Dragon and Tiger qigong for over 20 years. Currently on the faculty of Brookline Tai Chi where he teaches weekly, he has a Master of Science degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine and is a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist. He is the author of Chinese Healing Exercises (Llewellyn Publications, 2013), and his next book, Chinese Holistic Medicine in Your Daily Life, comes out in February

GRACENOTES... with yoga teacher and author Susan Currie*
Sunday, January 29, 2-4pm
Retreat into you in this all-levels practice led by Susan Currie, Boston-based poet, photographer, yogini, and author of the new book once divided. In the course of two hours we'll transform our yoga mats into a space of serenity and silence, listening for the grace notes in us all. This extraordinary afternoon features a fluid practice woven together with poetry, dharma and open space for following your own artistic threads. The workshop also includes a signed copy of Susan's book. Commune with your breath, with kindred spirits - connect with your authentic voice and leave empowered to pursue your creative calling. A perfect step away! $45 or class card x 3 - preregistration recommended. Learn more about Susan at susancurriecreative.com
The images are gorgeous, the verse inspiring. Once Divided is the kind of book to slip in a bag and read again and again. Read it aloud, let it be a springboard for meditation or journaling. Share it with your friends. Take it on retreat. Read it in class or give it to your yoga teacher. This deceptively simple yet profound book is a gem. Felicia Tomasko - Editor in Chief, LA Yoga Magazine

SOUND HEALING CIRCLE with Brad Brockmann & Comma Williams
Sunday, January 29, 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 $15-25



February

Special Dance Event!
5 RHYTHMS: An Ecstatic Moving Meditation
with Margaux Skalecki
Friday, February 3, 7:30-9:30pm
The 5 Rhythms offer an invitation to come as you are ~ no dance experience needed, just your curiosity as a first step to awareness through movement and deeper conscious connection to ourselves and others. We dance as a welcoming back into our bodies by an expressive and connective body warm up, fine tuning our truth in the moment. How do I feel? How is my body doing? What a bringing to my dance? Where do I fit in when I connect with another? Can I give myself permission to honor my whole Being? Where are my feet? Can I witness another person? We follow our feet and breathe. Here, I am my ecstatic self. The 5 Rhythms is an ecstatic and meditative practice of WAVES of vibration and movement. The WAVES Flowing: Find your feet and the earth ~ Staccato: Find your hips, your heartbeat and your fire ~ Chaos: Find the letting go and releasing your head to uncover truths, spontaneous freedom ~ Lyrical: Find your playfulness repetitions, your soul, your wings, your lightness of being ~ Stillness: Find it all The 5 Rhythms honors the sacredness of the dance floor and the sacredness of all Beings. $15 at the door. Please wear comfortable clothes to dance in ~ layers are great for heating up and cooling down ~ wear soft soled shoes, socks or move in bare feet

Dharma Film Series presents THE LADY IN THE VAN
Saturday, February 4, 7pm
Once successful playwright and actor Alan Bennett (Alex Jennings) moves into a trendy London neighborhood in the 1970s, it won't be long before he encounters Mary Shepherd (Maggie Smith), a malodorous and irascible homeless woman with a fascinating backstory. Mary has managed to survive in the tony neighborhood, moving her van from curb to curb, by exploiting the residents' guilt as well as their generosity - but only up to a point. Before long, though, Mary will be parked in Bennett's driveway, a supposedly short stint that stretches to 15 years. During his eccentric tenant's stay, Bennett and we have ample chance to reflect on friendship and mortality as both Shepherd and the author's widowed mother confront illness, aging and death. Mary's extended tenure will also provide the real-life Bennett with almost daily lessons in compassion and become the grist for two plays, a book, and this terrifically engaging film. 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, February 5, 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, February 5 & 19, 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, February 6, 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 Meghan Searl, 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 ~ register here!
Tonight: METAPHOR: Rational Mind, Animal Body ~ The Psychology of Conflict in Kripalu Yoga with Doug Baker, LICSW
Hugely trendy as a workout, Yoga is less well-known as a contemplative tradition rooted in the quest for freedom from psychological suffering. This presentation will briefly explore the history of yoga as a contemplative tradition, putting today's posture-based practice in perspective. This experiential and didactic presentation then dives into Kripalu yoga as psychology from the perspective of inner conflict, and as compliment to Buddhist psychology. Participants will explore experiential learning with simple, non-athletic yogic breath and body practices. As time allows, we will touch on how yoga interventions can be applied in psychotherapy.
Douglas Baker, LICSW, is a former clinician of the Psychiatric Emergency Service at Cambridge Hospital, and founder of Cambridge Mind Body, a holistic counseling practice in Cambridge. A Kripalu Yoga teacher, he leads workshops on the self-liberation potential of yoga and meditation and its application in psychotherapy. He is currently writing a small, portable book on walking meditation

Live Improv! An Evening With TRUE STORY THEATER
Saturday, February 11, 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 if preregistered online, $20 or class card at door ~ need help? $5+ pay what you can
Tonight: Stories of Being Single (an unexpected performance for Valentine’s) Whether you’re single…or in a couple…or not sure…this show may be for you! We’ve all been single at some point in our lives. Share a story about what you most enjoy(or find most difficult!) about being single, and watch others’ stories dramatized. Discover important clues about what love is all about - including love for ourselves

SHAMANIC JOURNEY CIRCLE with Comma Williams
Sunday, February 12, 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

Special Event! PSYCHODRAMA Open Session with Maria Mellano
Friday, February 17, 7:30pm
An Open Session is aimed at introducing people to Psychodrama. It is instructional, experiential and low key - a great way to experience the greatness of Psychodrama within a safe setting. Though therapeutic value is often felt from the experience, Open Sessions are not psychotherapy sessions and the director is not present in the role of psychotherapist. Open Sessions are for participants to experience the Psychodramatic method as an introduction, with time for questions, and all experience levels are welcome. Prior registration is requested but not required. All interested lay persons and professionals are welcome. Offered by Maria Mellano, LICSW. For more information and to register, please visit MariaMellanoTherapy.com $10 at the door

THE ARTIST'S WAY* with Kim Childs
Saturday, February 18, 2-4pm
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 and 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, preferences, and desires. No artistic experience is required, as 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 life and career coach specializing in Positive Psychology (aka the 'science of happiness'), creativity and spiritual development. She's also a former NPR reporter and a Kripalu yoga teacher who's been leading Boston-area workshops on Positive Psychology and The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity since 2002. Kim's writing is featured in Chicken Soup for the Soul, Natural Awakenings magazine, the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health resources, and her blog, A Pilgrim on the Path. Visit her at KimChilds.com

Release Into RESTORATIVE YOGA*
with Karen Barbarisi and Keith Herndon
Saturday, February 25, 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 February 22 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

KIRTAN with Shubalananda plus special guests
Saturday, February 25, 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

DHARMA TALK & MEDITATION with Lama Tsering Ngodup
Sunday, February 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

SOUND HEALING CIRCLE with Brad Brockmann & Comma Williams
Sunday, February 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 $15-25



March

Special Dance Event!
5 RHYTHMS: An Ecstatic Moving Meditation
with Margaux Skalecki
Friday, March 3, 7:30-9:30pm
The 5 Rhythms offer an invitation to come as you are ~ no dance experience needed, just your curiosity as a first step to awareness through movement and deeper conscious connection to ourselves and others. We dance as a welcoming back into our bodies by an expressive and connective body warm up, fine tuning our truth in the moment. How do I feel? How is my body doing? What a bringing to my dance? Where do I fit in when I connect with another? Can I give myself permission to honor my whole Being? Where are my feet? Can I witness another person? We follow our feet and breathe. Here, I am my ecstatic self. The 5 Rhythms is an ecstatic and meditative practice of WAVES of vibration and movement. The WAVES Flowing: Find your feet and the earth ~ Staccato: Find your hips, your heartbeat and your fire ~ Chaos: Find the letting go and releasing your head to uncover truths, spontaneous freedom ~ Lyrical: Find your playfulness repetitions, your soul, your wings, your lightness of being ~ Stillness: Find it all The 5 Rhythms honors the sacredness of the dance floor and the sacredness of all Beings. $15 at the door. Please wear comfortable clothes to dance in ~ layers are great for heating up and cooling down ~ wear soft soled shoes, socks or move in bare feet

Dharma Film Series presents FIREWORKS WEDNESDAY
Saturday, March 4, 7pm
Asghar Farhadi's acclaimed Fireworks Wednesday unfolds over the course of a long day in the life of Rouhi, a young bride-to-be who works for a housekeeping agency. While attempting to perform her duties on a new assignment at a luxurious but chaotic Tehran apartment, she gets drawn into the volatile drama and deceptions of the affluent couple who live there, along with their neighbors. As day proceeds to night and fireworks for the Persian New Year, Rouhi's allegiance swings from one character to another, each shift edging her closer to the truth and challenging her romantic notions of married life. Indeed, by the film's gripping final revelation she may know more than any of the drama's central players. Like Farhadi's later films, including recent Dharma Film Series hits The Past, About Elly, and the Academy Award-winning A Separation, his masterful third feature is an utterly absorbing tale that turns on desire, dishonesty, and a clash of old and new. 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, March 5, 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, March 5 & 19, 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, March 6, 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 Meghan Searl, 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 ~ register here!
Tonight: CREATING THE INNER HOLDING ENVIRONMENT: An Experimental Workshop with Susan & Bill Morgan
Why do so many of us struggle to establish a regular meditation practice? Could it be that traditional instructions are not engaging enough for our high stimulus cultural milieu? In order to support a more enlivening atmosphere for meditation, there are several important building blocks which need to be established at the beginning of practice. If these are overlooked meditation is more likely to be colored by restlessness, boredom and cognitive drift. These foundational elements—a settled posture, an easy breath and affectively engaged attention- create a holding environment for practice. This workshop will focus on identifying and engaging core elements of this internal holding environment, with serving suggestions about how to cultivate them. Bill Morgan, PsyD is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Cambridge and Quincy MA. He is a founding board member of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy, and has participated in 8 years of intensive retreats in the Theravada, Zen, and Tibetan schools of Buddhism during his forty years of meditation practice. He has led mindfulness retreats for mental health professionals for the past 20 years. Bill is a contributing author to Mindfulness and Psychotherapy, 2nd Edition. His book, The Meditator’s Dilemma: An Innovative Approach to Overcoming Obstacles and Revitalizing Your Practice, was recently published by Shambhala. Susan T. Morgan, MSN, RN, CS is a psychotherapist who teaches mindfulness meditation to individuals and groups, and consults with psychotherapists interested in deepening their meditation practice and therapeutic presence. Susan has practiced Buddhist meditation for 25 years, primarily in the Theravada tradition, and recently completed a 4-year retreat with her partner Bill. She has co-led mindfulness retreats and workshops for psychotherapists with Bill for the past 15 years. Lovingkindness and mindfulness of the body are integral to her teaching. Susan is a contributing author to Mindfulness and Psychotherapy, 2nd Edition

Live Improv! An Evening With TRUE STORY THEATER
Saturday, March 11, 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 if preregistered online, $20 or class card at door ~ need help? $5+ pay what you can

SHAMANIC JOURNEY CIRCLE with Comma Williams
Sunday, March 12, 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

Free Info Session!
MINDFULNESS-BASED STRESS REDUCTION with Sunada Takagi
Wednesday, March 15, 7:15-8:45pm
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 Focusing Event!
POEMS TO CHANGE YOUR LIFE with Sharon Heermance
Saturday, March 18, 2-4pm
The act of reading poetry tunes the ears of the heart to the
real way in which human beings most honestly and most deeply
talk about their lives when they are speaking from the core of their experience.
 John McDargh
Together, we will tune our ears of the heart with accessible and engaging poems. Through our spending time with a poem, we will practice Focusing's distinctive process that invites gentle awareness of what echoes inside. We will lean into poems to deepen resonance with our meaningful experiences. Since poetry is most powerful when heard, we will share poems aloud with intention to listen and respond with our body-self.  Through turning toward the heart of a poem, we will offer recognition of our felt sense as a compass for our own unfolding life path. Poems chosen for clarity of expression and enhancement of meaning include the work of Mary Oliver, Wendell Berry, Marie Howe, William Stafford, Derek Walcott, and Rumi. No prior reading of poetry is necessary – the instructor will provide the poems; we will provide each other with an afternoon of Focusing and rich sharing. $25 at the door
Sharon Heermance, PhD is a psychologist with a private practice in Arlington.  She has studied Focusing with Joan Klagsbrun, PhD, and integrates it into her clinical practice. Sharon holds a doctorate in counseling psychology from Boston College and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Brown University.  She has led workshops with Lexington and Arlington Community Education that integrate poetry with mindfulness

KIRTAN with Shubalananda plus special guests
Saturday, March 18, 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

DHARMA TALK & MEDITATION with Lama Tsering Ngodup
Sunday, March 19, 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

New 8-Week Series!
MINDFULNESS-BASED STRESS REDUCTION** with Sunada Takagi
Wednesdays, March 22 - May 10, 7:15-9:30pm,
plus one all-day class on Sunday, April 30, 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. Sliding scale, $300-600 – 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

Special Event! PSYCHODRAMA Open Session with Maria Mellano
Friday, March 24, 7:30pm
An Open Session is aimed at introducing people to Psychodrama. It is instructional, experiential and low key - a great way to experience the greatness of Psychodrama within a safe setting. Though therapeutic value is often felt from the experience, Open Sessions are not psychotherapy sessions and the director is not present in the role of psychotherapist. Open Sessions are for participants to experience the Psychodramatic method as an introduction, with time for questions, and all experience levels are welcome. Prior registration is requested but not required. All interested lay persons and professionals are welcome. Offered by Maria Mellano, LICSW. For more information and to register, please visit MariaMellanoTherapy.com $10 at the door

Release Into RESTORATIVE YOGA*
with Karen Barbarisi and Keith Herndon
Saturday, March 25, 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 March 22 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

SOUND HEALING CIRCLE with Brad Brockmann & Comma Williams
Sunday, March 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 $15-25

Special Event! WHAT'S YOUR TYPE?*
How To Identify & Relate Well To All 9 Personality Types
with Herb Pearce
Friday, March 31, 7:30pm
Join author and therapist Herb Pearce for an exploration of the Enneagram, a revelatory model of personality whose identification of nine interconnected types sheds light on why we all perceive and act the way we do. Herb, who was recently profiled in The Boston Globe, will help you discover and make the most of your core type, as well as develop the strengths of all nine and learn how to recognize and relate well to each kind. Armed with humor and insight, along with a hat for every type, Herb will assume each persona to show how relationships can improve dynamically when you recognize where everyone's coming from...especially yourself. As he points out, "the Enneagram doesn't put you in a box - it takes you out of the box you're in." $28 or class card x 2 - preregistration recommended
Herb Pearce, MEd in Counseling, is an individual, couples and family therapist in Arlington, a life coach and authority on the Enneagram and Myers-Briggs personality systems. With over 35 years of experience working with clients and organizations, and over 2000 workshops on relationship and communication skills, self-esteem, and personal development, he has helped thousands of people have better relationships by understanding personality differences. Herb is the author of Enneagram Basics, Enneagram Beyond the Basics, The Caregiver's Enneagram, Lessons from the River, Herb's Tips for Living, and his new book, US Presidents and Personality Type. More at herbpearce.com, or contact Herb by email or at 781-648-3737