Upcoming Workshops, Films & Events
at The Arlington Center

Preregistration is recommended for workshops!




March

Special Event! PSYCHODRAMA Open Session with Maria Mellano
Friday, March 27, 7:30pm
Join us for an evening of community building, personal growth and healing while learning about Psychodrama! Open sessions are psychodrama demonstrations offered under the direction of a qualified Psychodramatist to the public. Participate as little or as much as you want! All are welcome - both lay and professional - who are either interested in being part of experiential work for personal growth, want to learn about action techniques that could be used in individual and group psychotherapy, professional coaching and counseling, and/or who are considering joining an ongoing therapy or training group. For details, email Maria Mellano or call 857 284 7237. Sponsored by the NE Chapter of the American Society for Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama. $10 at the door

Celebrate Spring! Plant Hope, Grow Love!
SACRED DRUM, CHANT & DANCE WITH THE MOTHER DRUM*
with Laney Goodman, Dave Estes & Tribe
Saturday, March 28th, 7pm doors open, circle begins 7:30pm
Now is the Brightening. It seems as if the sky is hanging equal to the land for this one moment before night gives way to longer days. Wild winds sweep through old dreams to clear the way for the new rising energies of light and it enters our waking senses and hearts as we watch the primroses and daffodils rise up from the Mother Earth. We'Moon Almanac
Come celebrate with TRIBE - the first warm winds of Spring as we gather in Sacred Drum,Chant and Dance with the MOTHER DRUM ~ her first time out of hibernation - another reason to come and celebrate. We'll be calling in the four directions using Native American and Celtic pagan teachings with all types of chants and instruments and of course our drums. Please bring drums and rhythm instruments ~ bells, ocean drums, shakers, singing bowls and join your tribe as we celebrate the sacred circle of life and the Vernal Equinox. Please bring a snack to share with the Tribe. All Welcome! Ages 9 and up. This is a drug, alcohol, smoke and SCENT free event
$20 or class card, $15 with canned or dry goods*/ Children 9-17, $5. Please RSVP via
email to Laney or visit sacredwavesofrhythm.com. *Please think about bringing canned or dry goods for a local food pantry. Feed those in need while we feed our spirits with gratitude and joy as we gather to celebrate Spring! * If you need a discount to join us please email Laney at the address above

Sunday Morning DHARMA TALK & MEDITATION with Lama Tsering
Sunday, March 29, 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

HEALTHY HORMONES: A Yin/Yang Paradigm for Women
with Emmie Stamell and Charlotte Ott
Sunday, March 29, 1-3pm
Reclaim your mojo, with a primarily Ayurvedic perspective on lifestyle, diet, and stress reduction to restore hormonal balance. In this interactive workshop, we will review 'stress' and 'sex' hormones ~ learn what we do to deplete their quantity and quality ~ discuss symptoms of imbalance and learn how to restore balance ~ reflect on the Yin and Yang qualities of our daily lives ~ chakra meditation for endocrine balance ~ consider how to transition with ease through the stages of womanhood. $30 or class card x 2 at the door
Charlotte Ott has been practicing yoga for over 20 years and is certified at the 500 hour level through Kripalu and Shiva Rea. She is co-creator of the Ultimate Rejuvenation Cleanse and head chef for Shoals Marine Lab in Maine
Emmie Stamell is a yoga teacher, Ayurvedic practitioner, massage therapist and 'well-being enthusiast!'

Special Extended Class! RESTORATIVE YOGA with David Schouela
Sunday, March 29, 4-6:30pm
Join yoga & meditation teacher David Schouela for a special extended restorative yoga class. Restorative yoga allows the nervous system to quiet and return to a balanced state, quieting the mind. At the same time the body gently stretches and opens, releasing chronic patterns of tension. As attention focuses on each breath, Restorative Yoga also cultivates the qualities of mindfulness and presence. Read more in David's recent article. $25 or class card + $10

SOUND HEALING CIRCLE with Brad Brockmann & Comma Williams
Sunday, March 29, 7-9pm ~ doors open 6:45, close 7:20
Join us on the last Sunday of the month to explore the transformative healing powers of sound. You will both co-create and receive sound healing, and learn how to improvise music with a healing intention. Bring your favorite instruments or just yourself, your voice and your love. Prior musical or healing experience is welcome but not required. We look forward to seeing you! Suggested donation $10-20



April

New 8-Week Series!
MINDFULNESS-BASED STRESS REDUCTION** with Sunada Takagi
Wednesdays, April 1 - May 20, 7:15-9:30pm,
plus one all-day class on Sunday, May 17, 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 – preregistration with Sunada required
Sunada Takagi is a mindfulness instructor and coach, as well as a member of the Triratna Buddhist Order. She is passionate about helping people transform their lives through mindfulness. Learn more about her at mindfulpurpose.com

LISTENING FOR ALIVENESS: Entering The Flow Of Our Joy*
with Rosa Zubizaretta & Bruce Nayowith, MD

Saturday, April 4, 2-4pm
In Focusing, we take time to pause and be present to the felt dimension of our living, as we are experiencing it freshly in this moment. As we delve more deeply into "what is", we discover new, felt insights arising. While often used for working on challenging aspects of our experience, Focusing is also a way of deepening and building on our strengths. "Entering the Flow of Our Joy" is an updated version of our earlier "Listening to Our Callings" workshop, suitable for anyone from beginners to experienced practitioners. In this Focusing-friendly process, we will be inviting in rich and meaningful aspects of our life experience, and then allowing those energies to express themselves in other areas of our lives. Quite simple, enjoyable, and surprisingly powerful! $25 or class card + $10 at the door

Dharma Film Series presents HER
Saturday, April 4, 7pm
Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix) lives alone in an ultra-modern hi-rise looking out upon an LA of the near future where everything is soft pastels and hushed orderliness. Recently divorced, he spends his days at work composing greeting cards for others but moves largely in isolation, save for the occasional elevator encounter with neighbors like former flame Amy (Amy Adams). When OS1, the ‘first artificially intelligent operating system’, becomes available for his ubiquitous cellphone and introduces him to ‘Samantha’ (Scarlett Johansson), his hunger for connection and her unquenchable thirst for knowledge make them soulmates before long, then ‘lovers’ with all that mightt entail. Her is a startlingly original and affecting love story as well as a parable about identity and the human predilection for projecting it upon the world - a need that appears to be growing in the digital age. Gently and memorably, Her points its befuddled characters, and us, toward something real. Presented with the Institute For Meditation & Psychotherapy. $10 at the door, with free refreshments and post-film discussion; $35/3 CEUs for mental health professionals

AWAKENING TO THE JOY WITHIN**
Learning to Witness and Cultivate our Heart and Mind
A Day of Mindfulness in the Tradition of Thich Nhat Hahn
with Margrit Romang
Sunday, April 5, 10-4
Often we rush through daily life without giving much credence to our bodily sensations, feelings and perceptions. However, without realizing it, we identify very strongly with these mind states, which seem to arise unbidden. If we slow down enough, we can develop more awareness about this stream of consciousness and we can cultivate an awakening to a happier life. Learning to differentiate between what brings us happiness and what brings us suffering provides us with the opportunity to open our hearts and minds to the potential within us. We will start by practicing acceptance of all our states of mind and then, like a good gardener, we will nourish the seeds that bring beautiful flowers and transform the seeds that bring suffering. Thich Nhat Hanh says, Beauty is a heart that generates love and a mind that is open. During this workshop, Margrit will lead you through meditation exercises designed to help you deepen your mindfulness, concentration and capacity to observe what is unfolding in your mind and heart from moment to moment. We will focus on practices that help us grow our capacity for loving kindness, compassion, joy and inclusiveness. Please bring a vegetarian brown bag lunch and wear comfortable clothes for sitting and mindful movements. $55 or class card x 3 + $10 at the door ~ $40 for members of the 6 week class series with Margrit in March/April. More information and registration at margritromang.com

AFRICAN HEALING DANCE: A Training with Wyoma
Sunday, April 5 & 19, 6:45-9:45pm
What are daily practices that sustain us? Wyoma created the African Healing Dance mastery program to answer that question. This bi-monthly program offers African dance and Improvisation. Included also are practices of meditation, imagery, yoga, massage, and nutrition arts, integrated. The curriculum focuses on Traditional African and Caribbean dance, Ashe Namaste (yoga dance), singing, meditation, and the mystery of the divine feminine. You will both write and dance the abundance of your story. Each 3-month period focuses on a different theme. Sessions feature live or recorded music. The Training offers both a 1-year program and a 2-year certificate track. Participants may attend individual 3-month modules or 7-day intensives. Three 3-month modules are offered each year on 1st & 3rd sundays of the month, Jan-Mar, May-Jul, & Sep-Nov. The 7-day Intensive runs Sun-Sat. 4 hrs/day. 3-month session/$595, 7-day Intensive/$595, 1 year/$1450, 2 years/$2450 - no prior dance experience needed. For registration please contact wyoma@wyomadance.com

BUDDHIST PSYCHOLOGY LECTURE SERIES
Conversations At The Edge
Monday, April 6, 7:45-9:45pm
This monthly continuing education (CE) program presented by the Institute For Meditation & Psychotherapy is for psychotherapists interested in Buddhist psychology, meditation, or mindfulness. Each lecture will address theoretical and clinical issues at the interface of these rich healing traditions, with topics ranging from addictions to forgiveness to countertransference. These community evenings offer an opportunity to gather with colleagues in an informal setting to explore the intersection between Buddhist psychology and modern psychotherapy. This year’s presenters are long- term meditators with significant expertise in practice and in teaching. Each presentation will be followed by Q&A and discussion, moderated by 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: USING MEDITATION IN PSYCHOTHERAPY FOR ADULTS WITH ADHD with Peter McEntee, LICSW
It is now widely acknowledged that ADHD, once assumed to be limited to childhood, typically persists well into adulthood. Intuitively, it seems that meditation, a practice requiring sustained attention, would be a poor fit for adults with ADHD. In fact, there is good reason to believe that meditation can be a valuable tool, if teaching is tailored appropriately. This talk will outline a current conceptualization of ADHD as a disorder of executive function, and will touch on the neuroscience literature considering meditation and ADHD. Practical considerations and strategies for making meditation accessible to the attentionally challenged will be described and demonstrated
Peter McEntee, LICSW, has been a clinical social worker for over thirty years. He is currently in full-time practice at the Family Practice Group, an integrative primary care practice in Arlington Center. For over twenty years, he was affiliated with the Behavioral Medicine Program at Cambridge Health Alliance, serving in various roles. He has held faculty appointments at Simmons School of Social Work, Smith School of Social Work, and Harvard Medical School

Live Improv! An Evening With TRUE STORY THEATER
Saturday, April 11, 7:30-9:30pm
True Story Theater, an Arlington-based improvisational theater company, wants to hear about your life. This troupe of skilled listeners will honor each story through the power of improvisatory drama, music, and movement. The stories you share will magically be brought to life as we explore this important common theme.  Come celebrate our community, bring a friend, share a special story, or just watch, listen and enjoy! $15 or class card at door ~ $10 for students/elders/low income ~ $20 for arts supporters
THE BODY ELECTRIC: Stories Of How We Relate To Our Bodies How have we been disconnected or uncomfortable...and how have we embraced our bodies?

Sunday Morning DHARMA TALK & MEDITATION with Lama Tsering
Sunday, April 12, 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

KIRTAN with Shubalananda plus special guests
Saturday, April 18, 7:30pm
Created by ancient Indian rishis from Vedic mantras, kirtan is a yoga of sound - an evening of beautiful music and heartfelt call-and-response singing. No previous experience is necessary to experience its emotional depth, yet powerful as it is, kirtan is effortless and incredibly enjoyable. 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!

SHAMANIC JOURNEY CIRCLE with Comma Williams
Sunday, April 19, 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

Honor The Ancestors With
SACRED DRUM, CHANT & DANCE with the Mother Drum
Led by Laney Goodman, Comma Williams, Dave Estes & friends
Saturday, April 25, 7:30-10:30pm
7pm doors open ~ 7:30pm Circle begins
Drum your heat, Dance your light! Come honor our Ancestors with Sacred Drum, Chant and Dance with the MOTHER DRUM in the four directions of the Medicine Wheel. Bring drums and rhythm instruments and join your tribe as we celebrate the sacred circle of life during the time leading up to this powerful cross quarter gateway. If you wish, come and remember your ancestors with a photo or an article of clothing to put on our Remembrance Altar (be sure and take this personal article home with you at the conclusion). $20 or class card ~ bring a canned or dry good for a local food pantry and pay only $15 - feed those in need while we feed our spirits with gratitude and joy as we gather to Re-Member. This is a drug, alcohol and smoke free event. All welcome! (Children age 10 or over welcome if accompanied by an adult). Email Laney for more information or visit sacredwavesofrhythm.com

Sunday Morning DHARMA TALK with Lama Tsering Ngodup
Sunday, April 26, 10-12n
You’re invited to receive Buddhist teachings (dharma), practice meditation, and experience the relevance and benefits of Buddhist philosophy and meditation in daily life. People of all ages, backgrounds, and beliefs are welcome to this freely offered biweekly event ~ donations gratefully accepted 
Tsering Ngodup is a lama, or spiritual teacher, authorized to teach by HH ShaMar Rinpoche. He has devoted over twenty years to sharing the religious and spiritual teachings of Tibetan Buddhism in the West. He has traveled across the world, translating and interpreting Buddhist teachings for highly accomplished Tibetan lamas and masters from all four schools of Tibetan Buddhism. He is currently a chaplain at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Brookline, MA

Special Extended Class! RESTORATIVE YOGA with David Schouela
Sunday, April 26, 4-6:30pm
Join yoga & meditation teacher David Schouela for a special extended restorative yoga class. Restorative yoga allows the nervous system to quiet and return to a balanced state, quieting the mind. At the same time the body gently stretches and opens, releasing chronic patterns of tension. As attention focuses on each breath, Restorative Yoga also cultivates the qualities of mindfulness and presence. Read more in David's recent article. $25 or class card + $10

SOUND HEALING CIRCLE with Brad Brockmann & Comma Williams
Sunday, April 26, 7-9pm ~ doors open 6:45, close 7:20
Join us on the last Sunday of the month to explore the transformative healing powers of sound. You will both co-create and receive sound healing, and learn how to improvise music with a healing intention. Bring your favorite instruments or just yourself, your voice and your love. Prior musical or healing experience is welcome but not required. We look forward to seeing you! Suggested donation $10-20



May

Dharma Film Series presents
DYING TO KNOW: Ram Dass & Timothy Leary
Saturday, May 2, 7pm
Dying To Know explores the relationship of two of the most famous and controversial figures of a generation. In the early 1960s Harvard psychology professors Timothy Leary and Richard Alpert began experimenting with psychedelics to better understand human consciousness. Leary became an infamous LSD guru, turning on, tuning in and dropping out, and eventually landing in prison after Nixon called him "the most dangerous man in America". Alpert travelled to Asia and became Ram Dass, a spiritual teacher who inspired a generation with Be Here Now and is still with us teaching compassion. Narrated by Robert Redford and containing rare interviews spanning 50 years, this intimate portrait challenges us to ponder the deepest questions about life, death and human existence. Presented with the Institute For Meditation & Psychotherapy. $10 at the door, with free refreshments and post-film discussion; $35/3 CEUs for mental health professionals

Sunday Morning DHARMA TALK with Lama Tsering Ngodup
Sunday, May 3, 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

AFRICAN HEALING DANCE: A Training with Wyoma
Sunday, May 3 & 17, 6:45-9:45pm
What are daily practices that sustain us? Wyoma created the African Healing Dance mastery program to answer that question. This bi-monthly program offers African dance and Improvisation. Included also are practices of meditation, imagery, yoga, massage, and nutrition arts, integrated. The curriculum focuses on Traditional African and Caribbean dance, Ashe Namaste (yoga dance), singing, meditation, and the mystery of the divine feminine. You will both write and dance the abundance of your story. Each 3-month period focuses on a different theme. Sessions feature live or recorded music. The Training offers both a 1-year program and a 2-year certificate track. Participants may attend individual 3-month modules or 7-day intensives. Three 3-month modules are offered each year on 1st & 3rd sundays of the month, Jan-Mar, May-Jul, & Sep-Nov. The 7-day Intensive runs Sun-Sat. 4 hrs/day. 3-month session/$595, 7-day Intensive/$595, 1 year/$1450, 2 years/$2450 - no prior dance experience needed. For registration please contact wyoma@wyomadance.com

BUDDHIST PSYCHOLOGY LECTURE SERIES
Conversations At The Edge
Monday, May 4, 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: PROMOTING RESILIENCE AMONG HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS Using Mindfulness And Yoga ~ Nayla Khoury, MD
Resilience has been defined as the ability of individuals to manage and adapt to stress and life challenges. This talk will explore the evidence for programs and techniques to promote resilience among healthcare providers, using mindfulness and yoga. Nayla will describe a specific program used at the Cambridge Health Alliance to promote resilience among providers and share her experience using yogic principles. Using an interactive, experiential format, we will reflect on how yogic principles of niyamas may relate to patient care, provider wellness and resilience
Nayla Khoury, MD, MPH, is a psychiatry resident, IMP board member, and yoga instructor

Live Improv! An Evening With TRUE STORY THEATER
Saturday, May 9, 7:30-9:30pm
True Story Theater, an Arlington-based improvisational theater company, wants to hear about your life. This troupe of skilled listeners will honor each story through the power of improvisatory drama, music, and movement. The stories you share will magically be brought to life as we explore this important common theme.  Come celebrate our community, bring a friend, share a special story, or just watch, listen and enjoy! $15 or class card at door ~ $10 for students/elders/low income ~ $20 for arts supporters
Tonight: Stories of Friendship How have important people come into our lives? How have we built those relationships? What challenges have we had to face and what has helped us deepen friendships?

Open House ~ All Welcome!
THE YOGA OF ENERGY FLOW 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training
Sunday, May 10, 6-7:30pm - free!
Join us for an informal Q & A about the upcoming 200 hour 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, May 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, 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 6-week course!
MINDFUL SELF-COMPASSION** with Brenda Rogers & Judi Stein
6 Mondays, 6:30-9pm, May 11 – June 29 (off May 25, June 16)
A moment of self-compassion can change your entire day.
A string of such moments can change the course of your life.

Christopher Germer
Join us in learning Mindful Self-Compassion, meditative practices based on the work of Christopher Germer and Kristin Neff. Mindful self-compassion promotes greater self-awareness, compassion, healing, and resilience as we cope with the inevitable stresses and challenges of life. You will learn to calm yourself with kindness, quiet your inner critic, and transform difficult emotions with compassion. $325; $300 if paid by April 15. Preregistration required - please email Brenda for more information & registration
Brenda Rogers has been trained as a teacher of Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) through the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion. She has been leading an MSC practice group at The Arlington Center for three years, and has been a Buddhist practitioner since 2006
Judi Stein, PhD is a certified Focusing-oriented psychotherapist in private practice in Lexington. She teaches Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindful Self-Compassion groups and has an active insight-oriented meditation practice

OPENING THE DOOR TO SPIRITUALITY THROUGH FOCUSING
with Joan Klagsbrun, PhD
Saturday, May 16 2-4pm
In the busyness of life, we can easily get separated from our longing for a deeper connection to ourselves, and for that which is greater than ourselves. This workshop, geared for those new to Focusing as well as for experienced Focusers, will demonstrate how Focusing can open the door to our spiritual selves. In cultivating compassion for ourselves, Focusing helps us to listen to our innate wisdom about what is most meaningful in our lives, what brings us our deepest sense of peace, and what brings us most alive. Through experiential exercises, and the supportive presence of one another, we will discover and journey together to the sacred, spiritual places that we all have within. $25 or class card + $10 at the door

EXPLORING THE SEVEN SPIRITUAL LAWS OF YOGA*
Study and Practice with Claire Diab & Kate McHugh
Saturday, May 16, 2-5pm
Each one of us travels a unique journey to the heart, exploring options along the way that constrict or expand our potential, draw us closer to fear or to love, and contribute to feelings of separation or to an enhancement of our capacity for union . As the late David Simon, Chopra Center's co-creator of the Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga, wrote, "The same creative force that generated the universe created your body. It is vibrating with intelligence and spirit. It is ultimately sacred and worthy of your love, respect, and intention. Take good care of it, and it will take good care of you." The Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga Workshop offers explicit directions for the conscious exploration of this amazing journey to the self. During a three-hour workshop, participants will explore the seven signature elements of yogic philosophy: The Laws of Giving and Receiving, Karma (the past influencing the circumstances of the present), Least Effort, Intention and Desire, Detachment, Dharma (purpose) and Pure Potentiality. Embodying these seven principals via yoga asana, we will cultivate a sense of balance, flexibility and strength, while setting the intention to begin to manifest these same qualities spontaneously in all aspects of life. As we expand our awareness through the seven spiritual laws, we gain an increased capability to perceive the richness of life, recognizing our roles as co-creators, and consciously manifesting a world abundant in happiness, well being, love and purpose. $65 early bird , $75 at the door
Claire Diab is a Master Educator, Vedic Master and Chopra Center University Advisory Board Member, as well as an International Yoga Therapist, health & wellness expert, and inspirational speaker who has been teaching throughout the world for more than twenty-five years. She has co-developed the Chopra Center's Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga Teacher Training courses with co-founders, Drs. Deepak Chopra and David Simon
Kate McHugh, MBA, LMHC, LADCI, RYT500, CPS is a Prevention, Health & Wellness Educator in MA. She holds two licenses in counseling, and other relevant credentials. For over fifteen years, in variety of settings, Kate has provided professional psychotherapy, health, wellness & yoga workshops, corporate consults, fitness classes, and trainings in mind-body techniques throughout the East Coast

KIRTAN with Shubalananda plus special guests
Saturday, May 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. 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!

Special Preview Evening!
TANTRA: The Art of Conscious Loving
with bestselling author Charles Muir
Wednesday, May 20, 8pm
Would you like to enhance your sensual and emotional life? ~ Are you interested in expanding your ability to be spiritually and sexually intimate? ~ Would you like to experience the joys of being a more selfless, generous, and pleasured lover? ~ Do you feel you have more to learn about sensual and sexual communication and emotional partnership? Tantra is a 4,000-year-old Indian tradition that will help you address these and many other questions relating to your sensual, sexual, emotional, and spiritual lives - and also to your intimate relationships. Join Charles Muir, the internationally acclaimed teacher and interpreter of Tantra who is quoted in over 130 books about sex, relationship, yoga and Tantra in a preview of the upcoming Boston area workshop, The Art of Conscious Loving/Beginner Weekend, May 22th-May 24th. For info please contact Brynn Bishop at 415-244-1652 or via email. Charles will demonstrate some basic principles of tantra that you can use at home, teach you the secret Tantric technique to quadruple the length of your orgasms, share some fascinating stories, and talk about the upcoming weekend seminar. A short healing and awakening ritual puja will conclude the evening, sending you off uplifted and more conscious. He will also be available to sign his bestselling book Tantra, The Art of Conscious Loving and 12 of his other works, five of which will be given away during the door prize raffle.
$12 in advance, $15 at the door. Register here!

Sunday Morning DHARMA TALK with Lama Tsering Ngodup
Sunday, May 24, 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

SOUND HEALING CIRCLE with Brad Brockmann & Comma Williams
Sunday, May 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 $10-20