Upcoming Workshops, Films & Events
at The Arlington Center

Preregistration is recommended for workshops!




January

Release Into RESTORATIVE YOGA*
with Karen Barbarisi and Keith Herndon
Saturday, January 26, 2-4pm ~ Join Karen Barbarisi and Keith Herndon for an 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 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. 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. The class may also feature gentle chanting and Reiki to sooth and relax. $35 or class card x 2 + $5 at the door; $28 if registered by today via email with Karen or Keith
Karen Barbarisi and Keith Herndon have been practicing yoga for more than 15 years and are both certified at the 500 hour level from Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health. Karen is a Second Degree Reiki Practitioner in the Usui Tradition

New Monthly Class!
COMMUNITY KUNDALINI YOGA with Laura Stevens
Saturday, January 26, 2-3:15pm ~ Kundalini Yoga combines asanas or physical postures with breath work and mantra. All are welcome to this new monthly offering, which strives to create an inclusive community that is a safe space for LGBTQ folks and people of all diverse backgrounds. Beginners and experienced yoga practitioners welcome. 22% of proceeds will go to an organization that supports social and environmental justice. $10 suggested donation at door
Laura Stevens, LICSW is a certified Kundalini Yoga and Meditation Teacher as well as a licensed independent social worker and a psychotherapist. She completed an art and yoga teacher certification from Kripalu Yoga Center and is trained in Yoga Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Laura is an adjunt instructor at Simmons College

Special Benefit Class!
YOGA Against Violence with Nicole Kelley
Saturday, January 26, 5-6:30pm ~ Join Arlington teacher Nicole Kelley, a friend of Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP MA), for a free Vinyasa Flow class, with discretionary donations going to AVP. Vinyasa Flow is a rich tradition that uses breath to link postures in ways that invite grace, strength, and flexibility to the body as a way of calming the mind - suitable for students new to yoga and for those who wish to expand their regular practice to include longer holds and fresh variations. You will leave sweaty, sweetened, and steadied, ready for deeper engagement throughout the rest of your day. Appropriate for ages 16 and up if accompanied by an adult who can sign a waiver and can supervise their participation. The instructor hopes this time can be used to build bridges among like-minded people interested in yoga, in the principle of non-violence (ahimsa), and in taking action to promote better choices in how we are living (karma). A $10 donation is suggested but not required. Please publicize to your community, bring a friend, and donate what you can
Nicole Kelley is a classically trained vinyasa yoga teacher certified at the 200-hr level. She is an Arlington parent devoted to the study of yoga as a way to live one's life. She has worked primarily with Hands to Heart Center, teaching without financial compensation in historically underserved communities of urban Boston since 2017

Live Music! KIRTAN with Shubalananda & Friends
Saturday, January 26, 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. Free ~ 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 shubalananda.com

DHARMA TALK & MEDITATION with Lama Tsering Ngodup
Sunday, January 27, 10am-12pm
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

MEETING THE CHALLENGES OF PARENTING Using Mindfulness
with Julie Ramsey & Kelley Bothe
Sunday, January 27, 2-4pm ~ In this workshop, we will explore how, as parents and grandparents, we can enhance our capacity to be more attuned to our children and ourselves in mindful, fresh, and creative ways. We will discuss how reflective listening, curiosity and non-judgmental attitudes can nurture our relationships with our children. Through case examples and experiential exercises, we will apply the principals of Focusing (a mindful practice) to our relationships with ourselves as parents as a way to enrich our capacity to be present to the children in our lives. $25 payable by check or cash at the door
Julie Ramsey, LICSW, Certified Focusing-Oriented Therapist, is a psychotherapist in private practice in Wellesley. She works with adolescents, families, and adults in individual and couples therapy
Kelley Bothe, LICSW is a psychotherapist in Wellesley and Concord. Kelley is a Certified Focusing Trainer and enjoys teaching classes for beginning and experienced Focusers

DIVINE SLEEP™ YOGA NIDRA: A Workshop with Juin Cohen
Sunday, January 27, 2:30-3:45pm  ~   Join Juin to experience and learn about Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra. You'll be guided in a deep and restful Divine Sleep meditation practice, during which nothing required of you except to lie down, listen and give yourself permission to rest and restore. Through Dive Sleep Yoga Nidra you will experience deeper levels of inner relaxation than you imagined possible, finding new sources of balance and energy. $18 or class card ~ suitable for all levels

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



February

Dharma Film Series presents GROUNDHOG DAY
Saturday, February 2, 7pm ~ A clock radio flips on, Sonny & Cher croon I Got You Babe, and prickly, self-centered TV weatherman Phil Connors awakens to another day in hell—in this case, Punxsatawney, PA. Doomed to relive a long and eventful day in the company of the folksy burg’s idiosyncratic citizens until he gets it right, Phil must first fail spectacularly—and hilariously—in his every attempt to selfishly exploit his predicament. Nothing delivers him from the round of rebirth or wins the heart of the lovely, perceptive Rita—not achieving sensual pleasure, money, power, nor even suicide---except perhaps his decision to let go of all that and become a bodhisattva. First screened in the Dharma Film Series’ inaugural 2002-3 season, and most recently revived as a terrific Broadway musical, Groundhog Day may be the most astute, compelling treatment of Buddhist rebirth and ethics on film, and it is no doubt the funniest and most touching...especially on Groundhog Day! Presented with the Institute For Meditation & Psychotherapy. $10 at the door, with free refreshments and post-film discussion; $35/2 CEUs for mental health professionals

DHARMA TALK & MEDITATION with Lama Tsering Ngodup
Sunday, February 3, 10:15am-12:15pm
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

FAMILY YOGA: Mindful Play* with Charlotte Ott
Sunday, February 3, 2-3:15pm ~ Yoga and acrobatic play awaken the whole person through embodied learning, allowing each of us to shine individually while moving collectively. It's amazing how energized we'll feel through mindful play - partner poses, group balance, ball rolling and yogi games - cultivating focus, self-confidence and ease before ending with a guided relaxation and 'chocolate meditation'. $15 or class card, preregistration suggested ~ open to ages 7 and up

THE 5 RHYTHMS with Margaux Skalecki
Ecstatic Dance Practice & Authentic Relating
Friday, February 8, 7:30-9:30pm ~ The 5 Rhythms™ ~ Flowing, Staccato, Chaos, Lyrical, Stillness ~ create a wave of energetic states of being. Each rhythm has a gateway and a 'map to ecstasy' we each dance to find our own way. This is an evening of returning: to the love of who we are, and to our own wealth of bodily wholeness. All ages, levels of experience welcome, from adults to kids 10+. Wear soft soled shoes, or dance in socks or bare feet, and bring extra layers of clothing. Preregistration suggested ~ sliding scale $15-$25 ~ click on Paypal tab at MargauxSkalecki.com

IT'S NEVER TOO LATE TO BEGIN AGAIN: Transitions at Midlife
A workshop with Kim Childs
Saturday, February 9, 2-4pm ~ For those 55 and older, approaching retirement, or in retirement and wondering about their next phase of life. Based on the book by Julia Cameron (author of The Artist’s Way), It’s Never Too Late to Begin Again helps those embarking on midlife and retirement find new and creative pursuits and passions that make good use of your time and nourish your soul. Certified life and career coach Kim Childs will introduce a variety of tools such as memoir writing, journaling, regular walks and creative excursions (know as Artist Dates) that put you in touch with who you really are and what you really love. This can be one of the richest chapters of your life if you approach it with curiosity, playfulness, willingness, and a desire to know yourself better. Bring a notebook or journal for written exercises. $28 or class card x 2 at the door
Kim Childs is a certified life and career coach specializing in Positive Psychology (aka the “science of happiness”), creativity, spiritual living and midlife transitions. She’s also a former public radio reporter and newscaster, 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 several Chicken Soup for the Soul books, Natural Awakenings magazine, the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, Grub Street, Wholebeing Institute and her blog, A Pilgrim on the Path. To learn more, visit KimChilds.com

BE THE CHANGE! Focusing with Beilah Ross
Accessing Our Ancestors as a Force for Activism
Sunday, February 10, 2-4pm ~ We find ourselves living in a time where demagoguery, tribalism, xenophobia, and racist, classist policy seem to be gaining ground across the world. How can we cope with the fear, anger, despair and helplessness we feel whenever we read the news? We know that Focusing can help us move from paralysis to action through embodied awareness. Focusing can also facilitate embodied connection with ancestors, who can listen to our distress, care for us when we’re depleted, comfort us when we feel hopeless and guide us when we need a way forward. Our ancestors can offer a wider perspective that comes from their own lived experience, and from having watched human history over time. Whether they were oppressors, the oppressed, or a mixture of both, their legacy can fuel us to challenge oppressive systems, within and without. When we work with ancestors using Focusing, our anger and heartbreak can be transformed into resolve and resilience to be the change we wish to see in the world. $25 at the door in cash or check
Beilah Ross, LICSW, has been practicing Clinical Social Work for over 20 years, has been Focusing since 2006, and gained certification as a Focusing-Oriented therapist in 2009. She works in private practice with adults, couples and children, using Focusing and other experiential modalities to help her clients connect with body-centered wisdom.  She teaches Focusing to individuals and groups through community workshops. She has led workshops on healing inter-generational trauma using FOT, accessing ancestral wisdom with Focusing and is interested in running future workshops on how Focusing can support anti-racist action

SHAMANIC JOURNEY CIRCLE with Comma Williams
Sunday, February 10, 7-9pm ~ Shamanic journeying is a tool that has been traditionally used by indigenous shamans for the healing of individuals and communities. Most commonly, shamans use drums and rattles to shift their consciousness into non-ordinary reality, a trance-like state, to communicate with their helping guides and spirits. We know now that anyone can learn to journey! Join Comma Williams along this monthly crossing into non-ordinary reality to gain insight, information, and clarity about your path going forward. $15 or class card

UNBALANCED WORLD, BALANCED MIND*
Meditation for Difficult Times
A Half-Day Retreat with Chris Crotty
Saturday, February 16, 1-4:30pm ~ The world is often not as we want it to be. This is an understatement. Politically, socially, environmentally, we are confronted with the truth that human beings dominate the earth, while deeply embedded illusions of many types limit freedom for some people and protect it for others. On a personal level, each of us faces the continuous challenge of sustaining well-being within a constantly changing set of conditions within our work, family, health, and relationships. The Buddha's teachings propose that through meditation practice, we can achieve equanimity, a mind that remains balanced when the world is out of balance. Is this a real possibility for us? If so, how? What if we have doubt or feel overwhelmed? This half-day retreat will explore the Buddha's teachings on equanimity through meditation practices that are relevant to our personal lives today. It is open to all levels of experience – beginners are welcome and encouraged. Preregistration recommended here
Chris Crotty, a Buddhist teacher, pastoral counselor, and adjunct professor in alternative medicine, is the guiding teacher of Boston Meditation Center. He has practiced meditation since 1998 with Burmese monastics Sayadaw U Indaka and Sayadaw U Tejaniya, as well as Bhikkhu Analayo; Western monastics of the Zen and Thai Forest tradition; and senior western Vipassana teachers. Chris is an active member of the Center for Spiritual Care and Pastoral Formation. Learn more about Chris here

Release Into RESTORATIVE YOGA*
with Karen Barbarisi and Keith Herndon
Saturday, February 16, 2-4pm ~ Join Karen Barbarisi and Keith Herndon for an 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 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. 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. The class may also feature gentle chanting and Reiki to sooth and relax. $35 or class card x 2 + $5 at the door; $28 if registered by February 13th via email with Karen or Keith
Karen Barbarisi and Keith Herndon have been practicing yoga for more than 15 years and are both certified at the 500 hour level from Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health. Karen is a Second Degree Reiki Practitioner in the Usui Tradition

New Monthly Series!
YOGA: A Class for Continuing Students with Liz Owen
Saturday, February 16, 4:30-6pm ~This alignment-based practice will renew, refresh, and restart your body and mind at the end of your busy week. Each class includes centering your mind and warming up your body, a mix of vinyasa and sustained postures, pranayama, and deep relaxation - just what one needs to approach a new week with clarity and vitality! Open to students with 1+ year experience. $18 or class card at the door

Live Music! KIRTAN with Shubalananda & Friends
Saturday, February 16, 7:30pm
Created by ancient Indian rishis from Vedic mantras, kirtan is a yoga of sound - an evening of beautiful music and heartfelt call-and-response singing. No previous experience is necessary to experience its emotional depth, yet powerful as it is, kirtan is effortless and incredibly enjoyable. Free ~ 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 shubalananda.com

CONTINUUM: Moving Inquiry* with Megan Bathory-Peeler
Sunday, February 17, 1:30-4:30pm
Awareness changes how we physically move. As we become more fluid and resilient so do the mental, emotional and spiritual movements of our lives. Emilie Conrad Da'Oud, Continuum founder
Continuum is an awareness practice sourced by movement and sound that facilitates explorations into embodiment, health, creativity and universal connections. Unfolding as moving mindfulness, Continuum consistently brings one into the present moment through simple awareness of audible breath and wave motion. By being present to what is in the moment, one can make more informed choices for action that are more symbiotic, less effortful, and also maintain a focus on connection rather than fear or isolation. For more info & registration, please email Megan
Megan Bathory-Peeler is a passionate somanaut. For 25 years, Megan has been exploring the frontiers of embodiment and human relationships - insatiably curious about what it means to live fully in a human body and within the human experience. Based in Western Massachusetts, she guides her students and clients to make their own innovative discoveries, drawing on her skills as a Continuum teacher, somatic therapist/educator, performance artist, activist, and mother. She also teaches classes weekly in Greenfield, MA and will start teaching in Europe in 2019. Please visit somanautiko.com

ROCK AND ROLL: Ball Rolling* with Charlotte Ott 
Friday, February 22, 7-9pm ~ Ball work is fantastic for muscle and fascia release as well as increasing circulation. Groove to the beat of classic rock, funk and blues with Charlotte while enjoying the benefit of deep tissue massage using strategic ball placement and pressure, then finish with an extended yoga nidra relaxation. $28 or class card x 2, preregistration suggested ~ open to ages 12 and up

New Monthly Class!
COMMUNITY KUNDALINI YOGA with Laura Stevens
Saturday, February 23, 2:15-3:30pm ~ Kundalini Yoga combines asanas or physical postures with breath work and mantra. All are welcome to this new monthly offering, which strives to create an inclusive community that is a safe space for LGBTQ folks and people of all diverse backgrounds. Beginners and experienced yoga practitioners welcome. 22% of proceeds will go to an organization that supports social and environmental justice. $10 suggested donation at door
Laura Stevens, LICSW is a certified Kundalini Yoga and Meditation Teacher as well as a licensed independent social worker and a psychotherapist. She completed an art and yoga teacher certification from Kripalu Yoga Center and is trained in Yoga Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Laura is an adjunt instructor at Simmons College

DIVINE SLEEP™ YOGA NIDRA: A Workshop with Juin Cohen
Sunday, February 24, 2:30-3:45pm  ~   Join Juin to experience and learn about Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra. You'll be guided in a deep and restful Divine Sleep meditation practice, during which nothing required of you except to lie down, listen and give yourself permission to rest and restore. Through Dive Sleep Yoga Nidra you will experience deeper levels of inner relaxation than you imagined possible, finding new sources of balance and energy. $18 or class card ~ suitable for all levels

SOUND HEALING CIRCLE with Brad Brockmann & Comma Williams
Sunday, February 24, 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

THE 5 RHYTHMS with Margaux Skalecki
Ecstatic Dance Practice & Authentic Relating
Friday, March 1, 7:30-9:30pm ~ The 5 Rhythms™ ~ Flowing, Staccato, Chaos, Lyrical, Stillness ~ create a wave of energetic states of being. Each rhythm has a gateway and a 'map to ecstasy' we each dance to find our own way. This is an evening of returning: to the love of who we are, and to our own wealth of bodily wholeness. All ages, levels of experience welcome, from adults to kids 10+. Wear soft soled shoes, or dance in socks or bare feet, and bring extra layers of clothing. Preregistration suggested ~ sliding scale $15-$25 ~ click on Paypal tab at MargauxSkalecki.com

Special Event! TUNE UP YOUR SPIRIT!
Using Lessons from Music to Harmonize Your Life
A Workshop with Janet Kessenich
Saturday, March 2, 2-4pm ~ You know how you want to show up in the world – expressing yourself through your Essence, centered in your heart, effective in your life and work. But this is sometimes easier said than done! Navigating our complicated, stimulating culture makes it difficult to stay aligned and in tune with Spirit, in harmony with our active lives. Sound healer, musician, and author Janet Kessenich, draws inspiration from music to enrich our spiritual lives and get us "in tune." You'll discover the power of rest and silence to help you renew and restore, the poignancy of living from a heart-centered space, how to modulate thoughts and beliefs for your personal growth. In this workshop, we'll use a tapestry of self-exploration, group discussion, sound healing, and musical experiences to deepen your connection with your soul and inspire you to live a more insightful, meaningful, and satisfying life. No musical background necessary. Bring a notebook or journal. $28 or class card x 2 at the door
Janet Kessenich, MM is a workshop and retreat leader in the New England area specializing in connecting participants with what brings meaning, purpose, satisfaction and empowerment into their lives. Janet is a holistic sound and energy healer who uses the essence of music – calibrated vibration – in her work with clients and workshop participants to, in a sense, tune them to their most aligned way of being. She is the author of Music Lessons for the Spirit, a collection of essays drawn from the spiritual/life lessons she learned as a pianist. www.spiralenergies.com

DHARMA TALK & MEDITATION with Lama Tsering Ngodup
Sunday, March 3, 10am-12pm
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

Dharma Film Series presents VOYAGE OF TIME: Life's Journey
Saturday, March 9, 7pm ~ How did we get here…and how did we get here? Jumping off from his extraordinary 2011 film The Tree of Life, director Terrence Malick departs altogether from characters and their stories to craft an epic visual poem: a meditation on the story of life itself. Operating on a cosmic scale, Voyage Of Time: Life’s Journey traces life’s origins back to the genesis of matter, as the universe expands and crystallizes into gases, galaxies, stars, and eventually our own Sun and Earth. No sooner than life enacts its first twitch does its quest commence to slake a primordial thirst for its own source, the Mother—a longing voiced (by Cate Blanchett) as an ethereal thought-poem of wonder and need that intensifies as flashes of raw present-day human interaction and conflict are intercut with the primeval evolutionary pageant. Neither documentary nor nature film, Voyage Of Time is of an art beyond category, like life itself Presented with the Institute For Meditation & Psychotherapy. $10 at the door, with free refreshments and post-film discussion; $35/2 CEUs for mental health professionals

SHAMANIC JOURNEY CIRCLE with Comma Williams
Sunday, March 10, 7-9pm ~ Shamanic journeying is a tool that has been traditionally used by indigenous shamans for the healing of individuals and communities. Most commonly, shamans use drums and rattles to shift their consciousness into non-ordinary reality, a trance-like state, to communicate with their helping guides and spirits. We know now that anyone can learn to journey! Join Comma Williams along this monthly crossing into non-ordinary reality to gain insight, information, and clarity about your path going forward. $15 or class card

YOGA DANCE FOR CAREGIVERS with Addie Dublin 
Compassionate and Joyful Movement to Music
Friday, March 15, 7:30-8:45pm ~ For individuals who care for others in their professional or personal life, this is a chance to redirect that compassionate energy inward. Experience an energizing and joyful way to nurture your body, mind, heart and spirit! Let Your Yoga Dance® is a unique approach to movement that uses the body’s seven energy centers as a guide to gently and compassionately stretch, strengthen, and heal not only the physical body but the mind, heart and spirits as well! We all start as beginners, then stretch out our bodies and minds as we warm up, shake out the dust, and make space for fresh energy and new beginnings. Arrive with an open mind and you are likely to leave class feeling more connected, compassionate, creative, and courageous! Open to adults of all ages and abilities, no prior experience with yoga or dance required. Dress in comfortable layers. Dancing can be done barefoot, with non-skid socks, or soft soled shoes. $18 or class card at the door
Addie Dublin is a Board Certified Psychiatric and Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist and a certified instructor of Let Your Yoga Dance®. After more than fifteen years working in various healthcare settings, her passion for helping people to feel more content, compassionate and connected brought her to this inspirational and transformative movement practice

Live Music! KIRTAN with Shubalananda & Friends
Saturday, March 16, 7:30pm
Created by ancient Indian rishis from Vedic mantras, kirtan is a yoga of sound - an evening of beautiful music and heartfelt call-and-response singing. No previous experience is necessary to experience its emotional depth, yet powerful as it is, kirtan is effortless and incredibly enjoyable. Free ~ 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 shubalananda.com

DHARMA TALK & MEDITATION with Lama Tsering Ngodup
Sunday, March 17, 10am-12pm
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

Free Info Session!
MINDFULNESS-BASED STRESS REDUCTION with Sunada Takagi
Wednesday, March 20, 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

WOMEN AND THE SACRED FEMININE IN THE BUDDHA’S LIFE: Forgotten Stories ~ A Half-Day Workshop with Wendy Garling
Saturday, March 23, 1-4:30pm ~ Drawing from the earliest Pali and Sanskrit biographies of the Buddha, Wendy Garling will share little-known stories of women and the sacred feminine that arose during the Buddha’s era but over time were “forgotten” or suppressed by patriarchy. A far cry from the minimally represented, passive, and stock female characters we find in his conventional biography, these stories tell us that women were influential figures in the Buddha’s life and in the emergence of early Buddhism, participating with agency, voice, and their own spiritual aspirations. Now more than ever these stories—of mothers, wives, daughters, solitary seekers, and upholders of the Dharma—offer today’s Buddhist women and men a deeper connection, not just to a more gender-balanced past, but to each other, and to women’s voices rising across a world calling for renewed wisdom, compassion, and nurturance. In this afternoon retreat we’ll explore several women’s stories in depth, learning more about the Buddha’s mother Maya, his stepmother Gautami, his wife Yasodhara, his harem wives, and others who helped shape the Buddha’s journey to awakening. Together we will read and discuss the stories, followed by periods of silent reflection. How do the stories reshape the roots of Buddhism? How are these first Buddhist women relatable in today’s world? Questions like these are bound to arise. Women and men of any practice level are welcome. $35/Base, $45/Sustaining (actual cost of the program), $55/Contributing ~ paying at the highest level you can afford helps us make our programs available to as many people as possible. There is also an opportunity to offer additional dana (generosity) for the teacher at the end of the program. Please let BMC know if finances are an obstacle. Preregistration recommended here
Wendy Garling is a writer, mother, independent scholar, and authorized dharma teacher with a BA from Wellesley College and MA in Sanskrit language and literature from the University of California, Berkeley. She is the author of Stars at Dawn: Forgotten Stories of Women in the Buddha’s Life (2016, Shambhala Publications), a groundbreaking new biography of the Buddha that relates his journey to awakening through the stories of Buddhism’s first women

Release Into RESTORATIVE YOGA*
with Karen Barbarisi and Keith Herndon
Saturday, March 23, 2-4pm ~ Join Karen Barbarisi and Keith Herndon for an 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 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. 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. The class may also feature gentle chanting and Reiki to sooth and relax. $35 or class card x 2 + $5 at the door; $28 if registered by March 20th via email with Karen or Keith
Karen Barbarisi and Keith Herndon have been practicing yoga for more than 15 years and are both certified at the 500 hour level from Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health. Karen is a Second Degree Reiki Practitioner in the Usui Tradition

Special Benefit Class!
YOGA Against Violence with Nicole Kelley
Saturday, March 23, 5-6:30pm ~ Join Arlington teacher Nicole Kelley, a friend of Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP MA), for a free Vinyasa Flow class, with discretionary donations going to AVP. Vinyasa Flow is a rich tradition that uses breath to link postures in ways that invite grace, strength, and flexibility to the body as a way of calming the mind - suitable for students new to yoga and for those who wish to expand their regular practice to include longer holds and fresh variations. You will leave sweaty, sweetened, and steadied, ready for deeper engagement throughout the rest of your day. Appropriate for ages 16 and up if accompanied by an adult who can sign a waiver and can supervise their participation. The instructor hopes this time can be used to build bridges among like-minded people interested in yoga, in the principle of non-violence (ahimsa), and in taking action to promote better choices in how we are living (karma). A $10 donation is suggested but not required. Please publicize to your community, bring a friend, and donate what you can
Nicole Kelley is a classically trained vinyasa yoga teacher certified at the 200-hr level. She is an Arlington parent devoted to the study of yoga as a way to live one's life. She has worked primarily with Hands to Heart Center, teaching without financial compensation in historically underserved communities of urban Boston since 2017

CONTINUUM: Moving Inquiry* with Megan Bathory-Peeler
Sunday, March 24, 1:30-4:30pm
Awareness changes how we physically move. As we become more fluid and resilient so do the mental, emotional and spiritual movements of our lives. Emilie Conrad Da'Oud, Continuum founder
Continuum is an awareness practice sourced by movement and sound that facilitates explorations into embodiment, health, creativity and universal connections. Unfolding as moving mindfulness, Continuum consistently brings one into the present moment through simple awareness of audible breath and wave motion. By being present to what is in the moment, one can make more informed choices for action that are more symbiotic, less effortful, and also maintain a focus on connection rather than fear or isolation. For more info & registration, please email Megan
Megan Bathory-Peeler is a passionate somanaut. For 25 years, Megan has been exploring the frontiers of embodiment and human relationships - insatiably curious about what it means to live fully in a human body and within the human experience. Based in Western Massachusetts, she guides her students and clients to make their own innovative discoveries, drawing on her skills as a Continuum teacher, somatic therapist/educator, performance artist, activist, and mother. She also teaches classes weekly in Greenfield, MA and will start teaching in Europe in 2019. Please visit somanautiko.com

DIVINE SLEEP™ YOGA NIDRA: A Workshop with Juin Cohen
Sunday, March 24, 2:30-3:45pm  ~   Join Juin to experience and learn about Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra. You'll be guided in a deep and restful Divine Sleep meditation practice, during which nothing required of you except to lie down, listen and give yourself permission to rest and restore. Through Dive Sleep Yoga Nidra you will experience deeper levels of inner relaxation than you imagined possible, finding new sources of balance and energy. $18 or class card ~ suitable for all levels

New 8-Week Series!
MINDFULNESS-BASED STRESS REDUCTION** with Sunada Takagi
Wednesdays, March 27 - May 15, 7-9:15pm
plus one daylong class on Sunday, May 12, 9-4
Mindfulness isn’t so much a tool or technique, but a different way of being. When we pay attention to our present moments, we start to see ourselves and our world more clearly. Instead of being driven by worry, anxiety, or feeling pressured, we begin to choose our responses more wisely. We find our way to a more balanced and centered life, guided by our inner strengths and values rather than old habits and reactions. This 8-week series is a thorough introduction to the art of mindfulness. It’s based on Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn's pioneering work in mind-body medicine originated at the UMass Medical Center. $450/sliding scale – 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

New Monthly Class!
COMMUNITY KUNDALINI YOGA with Laura Stevens
Saturday, March 30, 2:15-3:30pm ~ Kundalini Yoga combines asanas or physical postures with breath work and mantra. All are welcome to this new monthly offering, which strives to create an inclusive community that is a safe space for LGBTQ folks and people of all diverse backgrounds. Beginners and experienced yoga practitioners welcome. 22% of proceeds will go to an organization that supports social and environmental justice. $10 suggested donation at door
Laura Stevens, LICSW is a certified Kundalini Yoga and Meditation Teacher as well as a licensed independent social worker and a psychotherapist. She completed an art and yoga teacher certification from Kripalu Yoga Center and is trained in Yoga Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Laura is an adjunt instructor at Simmons College

Special Evening with Laney Goodman & The Mother Drum!
WINDS OF CHANGE: Sacred Drum, Chant, & Dance Circle
Saturday, March 30, 7:30-10:30pm ~ doors open at 7pm
Go ahead, breathe a deep sigh, a long letting go of winter.  Life is singing again in color. Just turning past the Vernal Equinox, we will gather to celebrate life, and to drum and chant in the four cardinal directions....East/Air, South/Fire, West/Water, North/Earth. Bring all kinds of drums and rhythm instruments and a snack to share- thank you! $20 or class card ~ all welcome, including kids ages 9+(no younger children, please, due to ceremonial focus) - scent free space. For more information, any questions, or if you need to borrow a drum, please email Laney and visit sacredwavesofrhythm.com

POSITIVE AGING: Recollecting Highlights and Gathering Wisdom for the Journey Ahead ~ Focusing with Joan Klagsbrun
Sunday, March 31, 2-4pm ~ Aging has, as one of its benefits, the possibility of perspective and looking back. It also has the promise of greater wisdom for future living. This workshop, for those who consider themselves to be in mid-life or beyond, will explore highlights from our lived years, and will open us to the intrinsic wisdom we carry within. We will explore what aging means to each of us, and will reflect on how we have gained wisdom from past experiences. We will then turn to the future, and explore how, through Focusing, we can find personal wisdom for our journey ahead. $25 payable at the door by check or cash
Joan Klagsbrun, PhD, a psychologist in private practice, has been teaching Focusing internationally to psychotherapists, educators, healthcare providers and the public for over three decades on seven continents. Her current passion is crossing Focusing with creative expression and positive aging

SOUND HEALING CIRCLE with Brad Brockmann & Comma Williams
Sunday, March 31, 7-9pm ~ doors open 6:45, close 7:20
Join us on the last Sunday of the month to explore the transformative healing powers of sound. You will both co-create and receive sound healing, and learn how to improvise music with a healing intention. Bring your favorite instruments or just yourself, your voice and your love. Prior musical or healing experience is welcome but not required. We look forward to seeing you! Suggested donation $15-25



April

DHARMA TALK & MEDITATION with Lama Tsering Ngodup
Sunday, April 7, 10:15a-12:15p
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

THE 5 RHYTHMS with Margaux Skalecki
Ecstatic Dance Practice & Authentic Relating
Friday, April 12, 7:30-9:30pm ~ The 5 Rhythms™ ~ Flowing, Staccato, Chaos, Lyrical, Stillness ~ create a wave of energetic states of being. Each rhythm has a gateway and a 'map to ecstasy' we each dance to find our own way. This is an evening of returning: to the love of who we are, and to our own wealth of bodily wholeness. All ages, levels of experience welcome, from adults to kids 10+. Wear soft soled shoes, or dance in socks or bare feet, and bring extra layers of clothing. Preregistration suggested ~ sliding scale $15-$25 ~ click on Paypal tab at MargauxSkalecki.com

Special Event! GODDESS LOVES: A Women's Circle**
with Alisa Wright Tanny & Laney Goodman
Saturday, April 13, 2-5pm ~ Take an embodied journey into the wheels of light, nourishing the creative shakti that dances through each of our cells and activates our embodied presence and power. This feminine empowerment & chakra activation will be supported by toning, soundscapes, sacred drum & chant, yogaflow & BodyDance™. We’ll explore authentic embodied expression and reclaim our playful relationship to the presence, power & pleasure in the blossoms of our alignment: pelvis~belly~womb. Please bring a journal, colored pencils, and a scarf or wrap. $40 - preregistration required - save your space with Alisa@theEmbodimentSanctuary.com or call 413-695-6950. Find out more about Alisa at TheEmbodimentSanctuary.com, and about Laney at sacredwavesofrhythm.com

Dharma Film Series presents WALK WITH ME: Thich Nhat Hanh
Saturday, April 13, 7pm ~ The teachings of Zen monk Thich Nhat Hanh, celebrated since his famous resistance during the Vietnam War, have brought together a vibrant community of monks and nuns in France and America who’ve dedicated their lives to the practices of mindfulness meditation and compassion. Walk With Me, both meditative and quietly stirring, journeys into the heart of their world as they confront and transform the suffering in themselves and others. At the center is the uplifting presence of Thich Nhat Hanh, whose example inspires others to inquire fearlessly into the nature of being itself and awaken to things as they are. Presented with the Institute For Meditation & Psychotherapy. $10 at the door, with free refreshments and post-film discussion; $35/2 CEUs for mental health professionals

CONTINUUM: Moving Inquiry* with Megan Bathory-Peeler
Sunday, April 14, 1:30-4:30pm
Awareness changes how we physically move. As we become more fluid and resilient so do the mental, emotional and spiritual movements of our lives. Emilie Conrad Da'Oud, Continuum founder
Continuum is an awareness practice sourced by movement and sound that facilitates explorations into embodiment, health, creativity and universal connections. Unfolding as moving mindfulness, Continuum consistently brings one into the present moment through simple awareness of audible breath and wave motion. By being present to what is in the moment, one can make more informed choices for action that are more symbiotic, less effortful, and also maintain a focus on connection rather than fear or isolation. For more info & registration, please email Megan
Megan Bathory-Peeler is a passionate somanaut. For 25 years, Megan has been exploring the frontiers of embodiment and human relationships - insatiably curious about what it means to live fully in a human body and within the human experience. Based in Western Massachusetts, she guides her students and clients to make their own innovative discoveries, drawing on her skills as a Continuum teacher, somatic therapist/educator, performance artist, activist, and mother. She also teaches classes weekly in Greenfield, MA and will start teaching in Europe in 2019. Please visit somanautiko.com

DIVINE SLEEP™ YOGA NIDRA: A Workshop with Juin Cohen
Sunday, April 14, 2:30-3:45pm  ~   Join Juin to experience and learn about Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra. You'll be guided in a deep and restful Divine Sleep meditation practice, during which nothing required of you except to lie down, listen and give yourself permission to rest and restore. Through Dive Sleep Yoga Nidra you will experience deeper levels of inner relaxation than you imagined possible, finding new sources of balance and energy. $18 or class card ~ suitable for all levels

SHAMANIC JOURNEY CIRCLE with Comma Williams
Sunday, April 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! Join Comma Williams along this monthly crossing into non-ordinary reality to gain insight, information, and clarity about your path going forward. $15 or class card

New Monthly Series!
YOGA: A Class for Continuing Students with Liz Owen
Saturday, April 20, 4:30-6pm ~This alignment-based practice will renew, refresh, and restart your body and mind at the end of your busy week. Each class includes centering your mind and warming up your body, a mix of vinyasa and sustained postures, pranayama, and deep relaxation - just what one needs to approach a new week with clarity and vitality! Open to students with 1+ year experience. $18 or class card at the door

Live Music! KIRTAN with Shubalananda & Friends
Saturday, April 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. Free ~ 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 shubalananda.com

New Monthly Class!
COMMUNITY KUNDALINI YOGA with Laura Stevens
Saturday, April 27, 2:15-3:30pm ~ Kundalini Yoga combines asanas or physical postures with breath work and mantra. All are welcome to this new monthly offering, which strives to create an inclusive community that is a safe space for LGBTQ folks and people of all diverse backgrounds. Beginners and experienced yoga practitioners welcome. 22% of proceeds will go to an organization that supports social and environmental justice. $10 suggested donation at door
Laura Stevens, LICSW is a certified Kundalini Yoga and Meditation Teacher as well as a licensed independent social worker and a psychotherapist. She completed an art and yoga teacher certification from Kripalu Yoga Center and is trained in Yoga Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Laura is an adjunt instructor at Simmons College

Special Benefit Class!
YOGA Against Violence with Nicole Kelley
Saturday, April 27, 5-6:30pm ~ Join Arlington teacher Nicole Kelley, a friend of Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP MA), for a free Vinyasa Flow class, with discretionary donations going to AVP. Vinyasa Flow is a rich tradition that uses breath to link postures in ways that invite grace, strength, and flexibility to the body as a way of calming the mind - suitable for students new to yoga and for those who wish to expand their regular practice to include longer holds and fresh variations. You will leave sweaty, sweetened, and steadied, ready for deeper engagement throughout the rest of your day. Appropriate for ages 16 and up if accompanied by an adult who can sign a waiver and can supervise their participation. The instructor hopes this time can be used to build bridges among like-minded people interested in yoga, in the principle of non-violence (ahimsa), and in taking action to promote better choices in how we are living (karma). A $10 donation is suggested but not required. Please publicize to your community, bring a friend, and donate what you can
Nicole Kelley is a classically trained vinyasa yoga teacher certified at the 200-hr level. She is an Arlington parent devoted to the study of yoga as a way to live one's life. She has worked primarily with Hands to Heart Center, teaching without financial compensation in historically underserved communities of urban Boston since 2017

DHARMA TALK & MEDITATION with Lama Tsering Ngodup
Sunday, April 28, 10am-12pm
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

FOCUSING AND POETRY: One Poem—Many Stories
Focusing with Sharon Heermance
Sunday, April 28, 2-4pm
Even after I have forgotten what year it is, my middle name, and the meaning of money, I will still carry in my pocket the small coin of that moment, minted in the kingdom that we pace through every day.
In his powerful poem, This Much I Do Remember, former US Poet Laureate Billy Collins shows how close attention to a cherished moment and his ongoing life story intersect. Through time together with this poem, we will practice Focusing's distinctive process that invites gentle awareness of what echoes inside. We will lean into this poem to deepen resonance with our own meaningful experiences. Memory is the diary that we all carry about with us, wrote Oscar Wilde. Indeed, each of us is a collection of stories. With simple prompts, we will gather vivid details from our lives. What emerges may include nuances of experience to a special memory. No prior reading of poetry is necessary -- the instructor will provide the poem (and others if time allows); we will provide each other with an afternoon of rich reflection, stories, and conversation. $25 payable at the door by check or cash
Sharon Heermance, PhD is a psychologist with a private practice in Arlington. She has studied Focusing with Joan Klagsbrun, PhD, and integrates this into her clinical practice. Higher education includes a doctorate in counseling psychology from Boston College and an MA in Teaching from Brown. She has led workshops with Lexington and Arlington Community Education that integrate poetry with mindfulness. In 2017, she led workshops blending Focusing with poetry at the Focusing Oriented Therapy conference and with Focusing New England

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