Upcoming Workshops, Films & Events
at The Arlington Center

Preregistration is recommended for workshops!




September

BALANCING HORMONES NATURALLY: A Holistic Approach To Women's Hormone-Related Health Concerns**
with Ruth Knill, LicAc
Wednesday, September 3, 7:30-9pm
Over 80 million women in the U.S. currently suffer with PMS and symptoms of menopause. Many of these women are confused as to what health options are available or even right for them. This lecture will educate the audience about natural alternatives to address problems related to hormone imbalances and menopause. This presentation and workshop will help dispel some of the mysteries surrounding the symptoms women experience with PMS and menopause. Free but space is limited - preregistration required with Ruth at ruth@knill.com or 781-888-0101

Take your career to the next level!
THE TECHNOLOGY OF TOUCH: The Pelvis & Legs**
Adjusting Asana For Lasting Change
with Michelle Fleming & William Broder
Saturday, September 6, 12-8pm
You're invited to an introductory workshop designed for bodyworkers, yoga & pilates teachers. You'll learn how to: analyze posture using 'X-ray vision' • see beyond symptoms & find deeper causes • identify key spots in need of attention • work locally to make global change • touch with skill to release restrictions. $185/Early bird $150 by Aug 22 ~ preregistration required

THE ARTIST'S WAY* with Kim Childs
Saturday, September 6, 2:30-4pm
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 or simply 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, talents, and desires. No artistic experience is required, and 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 Positive Psychology Life and Career Coach, a writer and a Kripalu yoga teacher who leads workshops based on The Artist's Way. Kim's writing is featured in Chicken Soup for the Mother and Daughter Soul, Natural Awakenings magazine Kripalu's Thrive and her blog, A Pilgrim on the Path. Visit her at KimChilds.com

Sunday Morning DHARMA TALK & MEDITATION with Lama Tsering
Sunday, September 7, 10-12n
You’re invited to receive Buddhist teachings (dharma), practice meditation, and experience the relevance and benefits of Buddhist philosophy and meditation in daily life. People of all ages, backgrounds, and beliefs are welcome to this freely offered biweekly event ~ donations gratefully accepted 
Tsering Ngodup is a lama, or spiritual teacher, authorized to teach by HH ShaMar Rinpoche. He has devoted over twenty years to sharing the religious and spiritual teachings of Tibetan Buddhism in the West. He has traveled across the world, translating and interpreting Buddhist teachings for highly accomplished Tibetan lamas and masters from all four schools of Tibetan Buddhism. He is currently a chaplain at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Brookline, MA

Special Extended Class! RESTORATIVE YOGA with David Schouela
Sunday, September 7, 4:15-6:45pm
Join yoga & meditation teacher David Schouela for a special extended restorative yoga class. Restorative yoga allows the nervous system to quiet and return to a balanced state, quieting the mind. At the same time the body gently stretches and opens, releasing chronic patterns of tension. As attention focuses on each breath, Restorative Yoga also cultivates the qualities of mindfulness and presence. Read more in David's recent article. $25 or class card + $10

AFRICAN HEALING DANCE: A Training with Wyoma
Sunday, September 7, 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, Sep-Nov, Jan-Mar, & May-Jul. The 7-day Intensive runs Sun-Sat. 4 hrs/day - next intensive Sep 7-13. 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, September 8, 7:45-9:45pm
This monthly continuing education (CE) program presented by the Institute For Meditation & Psychotherapy is for psychotherapists interested in Buddhist psychology, meditation, or mindfulness. Each lecture will address theoretical and clinical issues at the interface of these rich healing traditions, with topics ranging from addictions to forgiveness to countertransference. These community evenings offer an opportunity to gather with colleagues in an informal setting to explore the intersection between Buddhist psychology and modern psychotherapy. This year’s presenters are long- term meditators with significant expertise in practice and in teaching. Each presentation will be followed by Q&A and discussion, moderated by Christopher Willard, PsyD. 2 CE’s are offered each evening to psychologists, social workers, nurses, LMFTs and LMHCs. $25/members of IMP, $30/non-members, $10/mental health students with ID. 9-month series $175/members, $225/non-members ~ no refunds > missed sessions
Tonight: SITTING TOGETHER: Essential Skills for Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapy ~ Susan Pollak, Tom Pedulla & Ron Siegel
More and more therapists want to bring the power of mindfulness into their everyday clinical work. But how do we actually do that? In their new book Sitting Together, Susan Pollak, Tom Pedulla and Ron Siegel offer a clear path. In this presentation, they will discuss the ways therapists of all backgrounds can choose and adapt the mindfulness practices most likely to be effective with particular patients, while avoiding those that are contraindicated. Building on the foundation of a personal meditation practice, they will introduce exercises designed to develop the core skills of concentration, open monitoring, and compassionate acceptance, and bring these to life with clinical illustrations.
Susan Pollak, Tom Pedulla and Ron Siegel are longtime meditators, clinicians, and IMP board members, as well as the co-authors of the recently published book, Sitting Together: Essential Skills for Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapy

Free Info Session!
MINDFULNESS-BASED STRESS REDUCTION with Sunada Takagi
Wednesday, September 10, 7:15-9pm
There’s an increasing body of research showing that mindfulness meditation is good for us – for the body, the mind, and overall well-being. Come learn about the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program, an intensive 8-week course that gets you well on your way to reaping the benefits ~ the full program begins the following week.
Free! All are welcome - no preregistration required
Sunada Takagi is a mindfulness trainer 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

Live Improv! An Evening With TRUE STORY THEATER
Saturday, September 13, 7:30-9:30pm
True Story Theater, an Arlington-based improvisational theater company, wants to hear about your life. This troupe of skilled listeners will honor each story through the power of improvisatory drama, music, and movement. The stories you share will magically be brought to life as we explore this important common theme.  Come celebrate our community, bring a friend, share a special story, or just watch, listen and enjoy! General admission $15 or class card at door ~ $10 for students/elders/low income ~ $20 for supporters of the arts ~ all are welcome
Sharing with strangers Stories of trade and gifting. Finding unexpected treasures...or scams? Making new friends and teachers. Sharing possessions, support, ideas, play, and more…

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

New 8-Week Series!
MINDFULNESS-BASED STRESS REDUCTION** with Sunada Takagi
Wednesdays, September 17 - November 5, 7:15-9:30pm,
plus one all-day class on Sunday, November 2, 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 begin to see ourselves and our world more clearly. We can step out of our habits and reactions, and choose our responses more wisely. We live in a more conscientious way -– guided by our inner strengths and values rather than by our feelings or external pressures. This 8-week series is a thorough introduction to the art of mindfulness. It’s based on Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn's pioneering work in mind-body medicine originated at the UMass Medical Center.
$450 – preregistration with Sunada required

Sunada Takagi is a mindfulness trainer 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

YOGA TWISTS: A Workshop* with Anne Curtis
Saturday, September 20, 1-4pm
Join Anne Curtis for an exploration of yogic twists that will deepen your practice and energize your inner organs
$35 or class card x 2 + $5 at the door
Anne Curtis has been teaching student-centered Iyengar-based yoga for more than 10 years. Her goal is for each individual to find their way toward greater understanding of their own body and how to work with yoga poses to bring about a finely tune and mindful balance. She offers classes and workshops in Arlington, Cambridge and surrounding areas through Yoga Within, founded in 2010

KIRTAN with Shubalananda plus special guests
Saturday, September 20, 7:30pm
Created by ancient Indian rishis from Vedic mantras, kirtan is a yoga of sound - an evening of beautiful music and heartfelt call-and-response singing. No previous experience is necessary to experience its emotional depth, yet powerful as it is, kirtan is effortless and incredibly enjoyable. Shubalananda (Larry Kopp) has been leading kirtan for many years, having studied with Neem Karoli Baba, Sathya Sai Baba, Karunamayi and Shree Maa. His guitar & harmonium playing and voice of experience gives his kirtan a power and a heartfulness that is shared with all who join in. Find out more at www.shubalananda.com. Freely offered ~ please make a donation!

Sunday Morning DHARMA TALK & MEDITATION with Lama Tsering
Sunday, September 21, 10-12n
You’re invited to receive Buddhist teachings (dharma), practice meditation, and experience the relevance and benefits of Buddhist philosophy and meditation in daily life. People of all ages, backgrounds, and beliefs are welcome to this freely offered biweekly event ~ donations gratefully accepted 
Tsering Ngodup is a lama, or spiritual teacher, authorized to teach by HH ShaMar Rinpoche. He has devoted over twenty years to sharing the religious and spiritual teachings of Tibetan Buddhism in the West. He has traveled across the world, translating and interpreting Buddhist teachings for highly accomplished Tibetan lamas and masters from all four schools of Tibetan Buddhism. He is currently a chaplain at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Brookline, MA

Introduction To CHINESE HEALING EXERCISES*
with Steven Cardoza
Sunday, September 21, 12:30-6:30pm
Learn how to address many common health challenges, reduce stress, increase energy and fitness levels, recover faster and more completely from illness or injury, reduce or eliminate chronic pain, improve mental focus, concentration, and emotional balance, and minimize or reverse many of the signs of aging, extending the healthy years of your life. These simple yet powerful self-care exercises are drawn from numerous ancient Chinese healing practices, including acupressure, paidagong, Daoist yoga, warm-ups for taiji and qigong, and more. Steven will guide you through each exercise and introduce ways you can select the ones that best suit your needs. $120, preregistration recommended, $100 if payment received by Sep 8th. Attendees are eligible for a 10% discount on his book, Chinese Healing Exercises: A Personalized Practice for Health and Longevity, and its companion DVD, A Visual Guide to Chinese Healing Exercises ~ watch preview
Steven Cardoza, MSc, LAc holds a Master of Science degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine, is a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist practicing in the alternative health field since 1985, and a certified instructor of Wu style taiji and numerous styles of qigong, with more than 25 years of teaching experience. He is the author of the book Chinese Healing Exercises and its companion DVD, has authored numerous published articles, and has been interviewed on radio programs throughout New England

The Secrets Of EASE-FULL SITTING*
Feldenkrais with Josh Schreiber
Sunday, September 21, 2-4:30pm
Whether you sit to meditate, to work at a desk, or, as I do, to play a musical instrument, the quality of what you are doing is deeply affected by how well you sit. We don't need a physical therapist or a mom to tell us that there is something wrong in our sitting posture: we can feel it in our aching backs and sore shoulders and necks (though we may need a professional to point out to us that our so-called repetitive strain injuries are also linked to the way we hold ourselves as we sit). The key to improving your sitting posture lies not in the position in which you sit, but in the way you move while you sit. Not just how you move your hands as you reach for a mouse (though that's important too) but how you organize your back and move your pelvis, how you breathe, and how you receive the support of the floor through your feet and the support of the seat through your bottom. In this Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement® workshop you will begin to discover a balanced and dynamic approach to sitting posture and learn some tools to practice and improve at home. For a more in-depth exploration, join Josh's weekly Awareness Through Movement class. More information at discover-yourself.com. $32 or class card x 2 + $5

Special Weekend Retreat!
HOW THE BUDDHA TAUGHT MEDITATION**
New Light On The Early Teachings with Chip Hartranft
at the Barre Center For Buddhist Studies
Friday, September 26, 7:30pm - Sunday, September 28, noon
If you're a meditator who has encountered the Buddha's instructions in the Satipatthana or Anapanasati Suttas, have you ever wondered why they don't exactly match what you've experienced or were taught? Meditation was the most important element in Siddhattha Gotama's own path to Buddhahood–it was how he came to see things as they are and know the end of suffering, nibbana, for himself. Important discoveries in recent years, however, have led to a growing scholarly consensus that the key texts laying out the Buddha's meditative path Satipatthana, Anapanasati, and Kayagatasati suttas–are the inventions of later compilers. As we compare our experience to the fragmentary original instructions that have survived and been integrated in sometimes contradictory ways into the Pali Canon, as well as Chinese, Tibetan, Sanskrit and other sources, a new picture begins to emerge: a simpler, more practical and organic approach to the teachings and their application that is both consistent with the Buddha's time and culture, and an antidote to our own. This workshop will consist of illuminated presentation, dialogue, and meditation. For information and registration, click here
Chip Hartranft is the founding director of The Arlington Center, dedicated to the integration of yoga and dharma practice, and has taught a blend of yoga movement, breathwork, and mindfulness in the Boston area since 1978. He is the author of The Yoga-Sutra of Patañjali: A New Translation with Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO FOCUSING*
A Mind-Body Approach to Self Understanding,
Acceptance and Growth
with Cathy Cornell & Judith Stein
Saturday, September 27, 2-5pm
Focusing is a gentle, compassionate and non-judgmental way of giving attention to your inner experience. By following a series of steps, focusing helps us to tap into our natural abilities and resources to find a way to accept our reality, gain a healthy perspective on our problems and grow and change in ways that we desire. This 3-hour workshop will give you the basics of Focusing. You will have opportunities to practice the Focusing process and get familiar with felt sensing. You will be able to explore how you might use this process to make change in your life, find what is truly alive for you, deepen your understanding or relieve some stress. We will use experiential exercises and didactic teaching and include time for discussing and sharing. This workshop is for those new to Focusing as well as those who have had some experience. $25 if registration received by 9/24; $30 at the door. Learn more at FocusingNewEngland.com
Cathy Cornell, LICSW is a social worker and a Focusing-oriented psychotherapist in a private practice in Wellesley. She is a Certified Focusing Trainer and has taught Focusing to individuals and groups. She also practices and studies Buddhism
Judith Stein, PhD is a licensed psychologist and a Focusing-oriented psychotherapist, who has a private practice in Lexington. She is also trained in Mindfulness-Based therapeutic approaches and has been teaching and practicing mindfulness in the Boston area for many years. As a therapist, she relies on her mindfulness practice and focusing orientation as a foundation for her work with others

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