Upcoming Workshops, Films & Events
at The Arlington Center

Preregistration is recommended for workshops!




June

SOUND HEALING CIRCLE with Brad Brockmann & Comma Williams
Sunday, June 25, 7-9pm ~ doors open 6:45, close 7:20
Join us on the last Sunday of the month to explore the transformative healing powers of sound. You will both co-create and receive sound healing, and learn how to improvise music with a healing intention. Bring your favorite instruments or just yourself, your voice and your love. Prior musical or healing experience is welcome but not required. We look forward to seeing you! Suggested donation $15-25

Special Series! IYENGAR YOGA: Yin and Yang
Light on Yoga & Chinese Medicine with Ruth Knill, LicAc
Wednesdays thru July 12, 5:30-7pm
BKS Iyengar was famous for introducing props and alignment instructions to yoga. He was also noted for the subtle way he evoked different anatomical parts to integrate the whole body in asana - for example, aligning the 4 corners of the knee or bifurcating the armpit. In this series, we will explore alignment concepts using the tools of Traditional Chinese Medicine: yin yang in skillful proportions, balancing the 5 elements and 12 meridians. This complementary perspective of yin yang will deepen your experience of alignment and energy in yoga. Each class will emphasize a different yin yang pair of meridians, fostering a vital, intuitive, and grounded practice. $15 or class card at the door

PSYCHODRAMA: An Open Session with Maria Mellano
Friday, June 30, 7:30pm ~ all welcome!
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. $15 or class card at the door



July

Dance! 5 RHYTHMS: An Ecstatic Moving Meditation
with Margaux Skalecki
Friday, July 7, 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

Free! KUNDALINI YOGA: A Practice with John J. Hunt
Saturday, July 8, 2-3:30pm
Kundalini Yoga is a powerful energy technology which fortifies the nervous system, enhances the endocrine glands, and harnesses the mind to experience our own highest consciousness. Using pranayama, yoga, and meditation to optimize the body's energetic systems, Kundalini practice brings about mental clarity, relaxation, and emotional tranquility. This free afternoon practice will focus on pranayam, a special series of breathing techniques that can be applied at any time to bring more mindfulness and joy to everyday life, along with an asana flow and meditation. Free ~ all are welcome ~ no preregistration required

Live Improv! An Evening With TRUE STORY THEATER
Saturday, July 8, 7:30pm
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: Roots Stories about where we came from...our ancestors and what they gave to us...parents, kin, and important teachers

DHARMA TALK & MEDITATION with Lama Tsering Ngodup
Sunday, July 9, 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

Open House ~ All Welcome!
THE YOGA OF ENERGY FLOW 200 & 300hr Teacher Trainings
Sunday, July 9, 4-5:30 - free!
Join us for an informal Q & A about the upcoming 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, July 9, 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

YOGA SUMMER CAMP: Weeklong Morning Yoga For Adults
with Annie Hoffman
Monday-Friday, July 10-14 & 17-21, 7-9am
Join Iyengar yoga teacher Annie Hoffman for a two-week yoga retreat in your home town - sometimes a stay-cation can do more to add a spacious and new outlook to your life than the work to get away from it all.  Each morning a new sequence will align your body, inspire your mind and open the heart of being human. Come to one or both weeks and jump start your summer intention to cultivate liberation and strength. $150/week, $35/session ~ attend any day or week ~ all levels welcome

Live Music! KIRTAN with Shubalananda plus special guests
Saturday, July 15, 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, KarunaJulyi 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

DANCING WISDOM WARRIORS:
An African Healing Dance Workshop
with Wyoma, author of bestselling DVD, African Healing Dance
Sunday, July 16, 6:45-9:45pm
Uncover Your Voice...Your Truth...Your Bliss! African dance and improvisation with live drumming, integrating practices of meditation, yoga, and writing. This workshop is open to all! And for those of you who have been curious about the African Healing Dance Training, this would be a perfect opportunity for you to join us on this magical evening. $150 - for information & registration, email or call Wyoma at 617-823-6053

Special Event!
QIGONG for Healthy Digestion with Maryellen LaBelle
Wednesday, July 19, 5:30-7pm
Qigong is an amazing practice for health, healing and inspiration, with a series of flowing and repeated movements, stretches and breathing exercises that are very easy to learn and may be done anywhere and without any special equipment. This workshop focuses on optimizing digestion - you'll be guided through standing and floor exercises that release stress and open energy pathways to stimulate organs and balance metabolism. You'll also receive handouts offering guidelines for continued practice. $18 or class card

PSYCHODRAMA: An Open Session with Maria Mellano
Friday, July 21, 7:30pm ~ all welcome!
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. $15 or class card at the door

Special Meditation Event!
BEFRIENDING THE ANIMAL BODY: Somatic Experiencing® for Mindfulness Practitioners with Julia Barry
Saturday, July 22, 12-4:30pm
While mindfulness offers essential skills for working with the body and emotions, often we still find ourselves emotionally overwhelmed in practice. In this workshop we will emphasize basic tools for self-regulation based on the principles of Somatic Experiencing®: grounding, resourcing, titration, pendulation, orienting, and body tracking to explore mindful awareness on a more interactive level. These basic skills help to increase nervous system regulation and to develop a higher capacity for interoceptive awareness (an ability to track one's own body sensations and emotions). We will also learn techniques for working with the body's basic defensive strategies: fight, flight and freeze. Self-practice and dyadic practices will be included. Somatic Experiencing is a gentle, naturalistic technique developed by Peter Levine, PHD which focuses on the ways that overwhelming, stressful or traumatic experiences get stored in our bodies and nervous systems. We all experience stress and trauma and our bodies are naturally inclined to move into fight, flight or even freeze when we are overwhelmed. These "survival energies" often get stored in the body and can manifest as physical or psychological symptoms. SE's gradual approach emphasizes the body's innate healing mechanisms and assists in cultivating resilience and reinstating the body's natural capacity for self regulation. To learn more visit traumahealing.org or www.juliabarrymft.com
$35 plus teacher dana (donation) - please register here
Julia Barry is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and certified Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner. Julia's clinical practice focuses on the treatment of single event trauma, complex trauma, dissociative disorders, anxiety, depression, mother/infant bonding, relationship issues, sex and sexuality and personal growth. Julia has received training in psychodynamic psychotherapy, with an emphasis on adult and infant attachment as well as cognitive behavioral therapy and Somatic Experiencing® (a body based method for working with trauma). Julia has also completed Level One EMDR training through the EMDR Institute and remains passionate about staying up to date with the most cutting edge modalities in the field of trauma treatment. Julia also enjoys being an assistant in the Somatic Experiencing® 3 year Professional Training and teaching the principles of somatic practices to the general public

SUN DRUM!
Sacred Drum, Chant, Dance With The Mother Drum
In celebration of the Living Gaia

with Laney Goodman, Dave Estes and Tribe
Saturday, July 22, 7-10:30pm
Join Laney Goodman, Dave Estes and Tribe as we celebrate the fullness of summer. We just welcomed the Summer Solstice and now it is time to celebrate the fullness of Summer with the Sun Drum that is high and taut as the wheel of life lifts to the peak of ascension. We will drum, chant and dance in the four directions of the Medicine Wheel. We will also, send prayers to the four corners of the Earth for Global Healing and healing For All Our Relations. We will learn how to best be in balance together in a tribal way - once again bringing forth the old wisdom into our present time, where it is needed for healing our hearts, minds, and the global community. Please, bring bells, shakers, rattles, and drums of all types. Dave will bring his didgeridoos and we will tone and chant with this ancient., primal instrument and feel the deep vibrations of the Mother Earth and our own deep roots. And he will bring other instruments that will help us go deeper into each "Elemental". And the MOTHER DRUM will help keep the One or the Heartbeat throughout our journey. Some of you will have the chance to play the Mother Drum if you so choose. This ceremony teaches us the power of deep listening and helps take us deeper into community to find our commonUNITY as we heal ourselves and our Mother Earth for All Our Relations-A-Ho!
$15-$20 or class card ~ $5 for children ages 10-15. Please email Laney to RSVP or ask a question ~ more on Laney's work at sacredwavesofrhythm.com

DHARMA TALK & MEDITATION with Lama Tsering Ngodup
Sunday, July 23, 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

Release Into RESTORATIVE YOGA*
with Karen Barbarisi and Keith Herndon
Saturday, July 29, 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 July 26th 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

CHAKRA YOGA & CHAKRADANCE: A Day of Total Transformation
with Christabeth Ingold and Tyler St. Jean
Sunday, July 30, 9-5
This daylong workshop combines Chakra Yoga with Chakradance to create a seamless balance between form and structure, and flow and freedom. Starting at the foundation (feet and legs) we will work our way up the body to align and refine our connection to the earth, ourselves, and the universe so that we can channel more energy and direct it more precisely to creating the lives and world we want to live in. Each section will begin with basic information about the chakra, questions, and a brief discussion. Then we will move into gentle yoga poses and movements to access and bring awareness to that specific part of the body. We will talk about biomechanics and alignment for optimal energy flow through that area. From there, we'll move into the wide open space of Chakradance to journey further into your inner connection. Integrating the information we gathered through the yoga practice, we'll move intuitively allowing the body and the energy to guide us from the inside out. Each section will end with a short visualization/meditation and a brief moment of journaling and reflection. We will wrap up the day with a celebration. No prior experience with yoga or Chakradance needed! There will be an hour break for lunch. With a short walk or drive, you can enjoy nearby restaurants or Whole Foods. Early bird discount $75 if registered by July 24th; $95 after
Christabeth Ingold and Tyler St. Jean (all the way from New Orleans!) are dear friends from middle school who have combined their forces of passion for healing, alignment, and living from the heart to create this beautiful flow with mind, body, and spirit. Christabeth Ingold is a Transformational Life Coach, Reiki and Polarity Therapy Practitioner, Hawaiian Lomilomi Bodyworker, and Chakradance Facilitator. Tyler St. Jean trained with Swan River Yoga in New Orleans and has recently been inspired and immersed in Iyengar yoga. Tyler is a facilitator of The Bars, Access Consciousness, is a Thai Massage Therapeutics Practitioner and a Reiki Practitioner

SOUND HEALING CIRCLE with Brad Brockmann & Comma Williams
Sunday, July 30, 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

'THE WORK' OF BYRON KATIE with Barbara Cherington
Mondays, July 31-August 21, 7:45-9:45pm
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. $18 or class card at the door
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



August

Special Dance Event!
5 RHYTHMS: An Ecstatic Moving Meditation
with Margaux Skalecki
Friday, August 4, 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 TALK & MEDITATION with Lama Tsering Ngodup
Sunday, August 6, 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

Open House ~ All Welcome!
THE YOGA OF ENERGY FLOW 200 & 300hr Teacher Trainings
Sunday, August 6, 6:30pm - free!
Join us for an informal Q & A about the upcoming 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

'THE WORK' OF BYRON KATIE with Barbara Cherington
Mondays, August 7-21, 7:45-9:45pm
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. $18 or class card at the door
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

MOVEMENT INTELLIGENCE ~ BONES FOR LIFE®
A Training Workshop with Deborah Elizabeth Lotus
Friday, August 11, 7-9pm
Saturday, August 12, 2-6pm
Sunday, August 13, 10:30-3
In this Bones for Life workshop, the first 15 'Basic Bones' processes will be offered over 10 hours as personal enhancement of one's own bone strength, skeletal alignment, and 'biological optimism' OR the workshop may also be taken as your first step towards becoming a BFL Teacher, certified by the Foundation for Movement Intelligence, Ruthy Alon, PhD, President. For information on the Bones for Life Program, requirements to become a BFL Teacher, and where to get your questions answered about the complete program, please visit MovementIntelligence.org. After this 10-hour weekend training, the program will continue throughout 2017, completing all 60 hours/90 'processes'. $180 for personal use; $220 for teacher trainees, including a separate 1-hour mentoring session. For teachers-in-training, there will be additional fees for teaching manuals, 'bones wraps', weights, and certification fees. Attendance is limited to 12 participants. For more information, contact Deborah via email or call 875-205-5673
Deborah Elizabeth Lotus, GCFP/T is a Bones for Life Trainer. Deborah was trained personally by Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais and mentored by Senior Trainer Dr. Ruthy Alon from the mid-'70s to present. She has taught both Feldenkrais and Bones for Life in such diverse settings as Harvard and Lesley Universities, Longy and Berklee Schools of Music, the Cambridge Center for Adult Education, and Lexington Community Education

Live Improv! An Evening With TRUE STORY THEATER
Saturday, August 12, 7:30pm
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: Facing our mortality Stories of preparing for death...at any age

SHAMANIC JOURNEY CIRCLE with Comma Williams
Sunday, August 13, 7-9pm
Shamanic journeying is a tool that has been traditionally used by indigenous shamans for the healing of individuals and communities. Most commonly, shamans use drums and rattles to shift their consciousness into non-ordinary reality, a trance-like state, to communicate with their helping guides and spirits. We know now that anyone can learn to journey, to connect with their own helping guides and spirits in non-ordinary reality in order to get answers to personal questions, solve problems, open creativity, see new ways of being in the world and obtain healing information for themselves and their community. Join Comma Williams for this journey circle where we will travel into non-ordinary reality and ask for information to help us get clarity about our path for this coming year. At the end of the journey you will have an opportunity to create a visual representation of your journey, to help ground it in ordinary reality, to make it visible in this world. $15 or class card

PSYCHODRAMA: An Open Session with Maria Mellano
Friday, August 18, 7:30pm ~ all welcome!
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. $15 or class card at the door

Live Music! KIRTAN with Shubalananda plus special guests
Saturday, August 19, 7:30pm
Created by ancient Indian rishis from Vedic mantras, kirtan is a yoga of sound - an evening of beautiful music and heartfelt call-and-response singing. No previous experience is necessary to experience its emotional depth, yet powerful as it is, kirtan is effortless and incredibly enjoyable. Freely offered ~ please make a donation!
Shubalananda (Larry Kopp) has been leading kirtan for many years, having studied with Neem Karoli Baba, Sathya Sai Baba, KarunaAugusti 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, August 20, 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

Release Into RESTORATIVE YOGA*
with Karen Barbarisi and Keith Herndon
Saturday, August 26, 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 August 23rd 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, August 27, 7-9pm ~ doors open 6:45, close 7:20
Join us on the last Sunday of the month to explore the transformative healing powers of sound. You will both co-create and receive sound healing, and learn how to improvise music with a healing intention. Bring your favorite instruments or just yourself, your voice and your love. Prior musical or healing experience is welcome but not required. We look forward to seeing you! Suggested donation $15-25