Upcoming Workshops, Films & Events
at The Arlington Center

Preregistration is recommended for workshops!




February

Sunday Morning DHARMA TALK & MEDITATION with Lama Tsering
Sunday, February 1, 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

BUDDHIST PSYCHOLOGY LECTURE SERIES
Conversations At The Edge
Monday, February 2, 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: SOCIAL WORK IN NORTHERN THAILAND
Joys And Complexities Of Cross-Cultural Work In A Buddhist Context with Ashley Sitkin, LICSW
What is it like to practice psychotherapy and social work in a Buddhist cultural context? As a therapist what does it really mean to be a culturally sensitive practitioner? What preconceived notions about ourselves and others do we discover in the process of cross-cultural work? How can mindfulness support curiosity and openness as a cultural outsider? Together, we will unpack and explore these questions. The evening will be framed by the retrospective journey of an American social worker who trained, studied and worked in Chiang Mai, Thailand with "at risk," indigenous young women and youth with developmental disabilities. The evening will offer a woven tapestry of mixed media, field notes, and storytelling, to engage participants in exploring and understanding mindfulness and cross-cultural practice in a Buddhist context
Ashley Sitkin, LICSW is mind-body therapist, incorporating mindfulness approaches, yoga therapy, and movement-based exercises for clients, couples, and families. She is also a registered yoga teacher and Thai bodywork practitioner

THE ARTIST'S WAY* with Kim Childs
Saturday, February 7, 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

Dharma Film Series presents BRAD WARNER'S HARDCORE ZEN
Saturday, February 7, 7pm
What exactly is 'hardcore' about the Zen of Buddhist priest, author, and punk bassist, Brad Warner? Although sex, drugs, and rock 'n roll are all on the table, Hardcore Zen is really more about getting real. In this entertaining documentary glimpse, Warner comes off as something more, or perhaps less, than a typical Zen priest: diffident, gentle, and quirky to be sure, but utterly unafraid to speak truth to power (or even tussle with an implausibly aggressive dharma combatant). In between zafu fights, Warner manages to dispense some insightful, compassionate teaching; dash off a bit of punk headbanging; and act in some cheesy horror movies, all with the engaging air of a teacher with a light touch who cares enough to call BS on Buddhist excesses and self-aggrandizement. 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

SHAMANIC JOURNEY CIRCLE with Comma Williams
Sunday, February 8, 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

CHAKRADANCE: The Heart
Friday, February 13, 7:30-9pm
Chakradance is a sweet dance with the soul. As you take this beautiful inner journey, you will clear blocked or stuck energy and revitalize your mind, body, and spirit. Through meditation, dancing to rhythm of the heart, and creating a mandala, we will unlock this center of deep love and compassion. Allow any hurts to melt away as your heart gently opens its doors, and feels the freedom that love offers. Please wear comfortable clothing to move in and bring a water bottle. No experience with the chakras necessary. I look forward to dancing into love together! $25 or class card + $10
Christabeth Ingold is a fierce, sparked up certified life coach, energy healer, and Chakradance™ facilitator. Her favorite work is being a student of life and loving you up. Meeting you exactly where you are, Christabeth will dive deeper with you and push you forward into living the awesome life you want! She is committed to your growth and spreading your flame. Christabeth has a background in expressive therapy, wellness and life coaching, reiki and loving big. You may find her giving hugs, laughing, dancing or connecting with Mother Earth

Release Into RESTORATIVE YOGA*
with Karen Barbarisi and Keith Herndon
Saturday, February 14, 2-4PM
Join Karen Barbarisi and Keith Herndon for an in-depth experience of Restorative Yoga - a therapeutic system that uses the comfortable support of cushions & blankets to nurture the body in various gentle, long held resting postures. Restorative Yoga allows the nervous system to completely quiet and return to a balanced state, quieting the mind. At the same time the body gently stretches and opens, releasing even chronic patterns of tension. And, as attention focuses on each breath, Restorative Yoga also cultivates the qualities of mindfulness and presence. The afternoon will unfold with a brief sequence of flowing Kripalu yoga to warm up and prepare the body, then plunge into profound spheres of tranquility and ease. $35 or class card x 2 + $5 at the door; $28 if registered by Feb 10th via email with Karen or Keith
Karen Barbarisi and Keith Herndon have been practicing yoga for more than 10 years and are both certified at the 500 hour level by the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health

Live Improv! An Evening With TRUE STORY THEATER
Saturday, February 14, 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
Stories of friendship Let's celebrate all the people we love. New love and old. What enables us to sustain or deepen friendships through the years? Bring a valentine/close friend to this show!

Sunday Morning DHARMA TALK & MEDITATION with Lama Tsering
Sunday, February 15, 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
CHRISTIAN CONTEMPLATIVE PRACTICES
with Allen Bourque
Sunday, February 15, 2-4pm
Are you longing for a deeper connection with the Divine? This 2-hr workshop will provide a brief overview of the Christian contemplative tradition and will explore various practices from this tradition that nurture and deepen our relationship with the Sacred. In addition, we will experience periods of silent prayer and take time to share our journeys with one another. For those who are interested, there will be information about local prayer groups, communities, and resources to support us in our evolution. People from all spiritual traditions or none are welcome and no prior experience with prayer or meditation is necessary. Requested donation $10
Allen Bourque left Catholicism at age 9 and returned to the Christian path several years ago through the teachings in The Cloud of Unknowing. Prior to that his inner life came alive through 12 years of practice and study of Vipassana (insight meditation). He has also been practicing Taoist internal arts (tai chi, etc.) for over 20 years. He currently leads contemplative programs and retreats throughout New England. He is a member of the Board of Contemplative Outreach Boston and an advanced student of Cynthia Bourgeault. For more information, please email Allen

7 KEYS TO CREATIVITY: Focusing* with David Smith
Saturday, February 21, 2-4pm
Creativity brings joy and meaning to our lives and yet it remains mysterious.  Where does creativity lie?  How can we enter “the zone” when we want to?  Why do we become blocked?  What gets us unstuck?We will explore seven “keys” to creativity to help us receive more joy from this most unique of human qualities.  Celebrate playfulness.  Manage performance expectations.  Share experiences with others.  Develop a personal routine.  Learn to clear a space for curiosity. Participants should bring a notebook and pen. $25 or class card + $10 at the door

KIRTAN with Shubalananda plus special guests
Saturday, February 21, 7:30pm
Created by ancient Indian rishis from Vedic mantras, kirtan is a yoga of sound - an evening of beautiful music and heartfelt call-and-response singing. No previous experience is necessary to experience its emotional depth, yet powerful as it is, kirtan is effortless and incredibly enjoyable. 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!

SOUND HEALING CIRCLE with Brad Brockmann & Comma Williams
Sunday, February 22, 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

TAI CHI: The Wu Style Short Form** with Steven Cardoza
Saturdays, 2:30-6:30pm:
February 28, March 28, April 25, May 23
The Wu Style Short Form is an excellent way to begin a tai chi/taiji practice and enjoy its superb health benefits. The movements of taiji stimulate qi, the energy of life, to flow through pathways within the body, promoting physical openness, balance, flexibility, coordination, and stamina, emotional calm and centeredness, and mental focus and clarity. The Wu style is considered by many to be the best taiji form to improve overall health, and is especially good for healing back problems. Once learned, the short form takes just a few minutes to perform. Taiji was originally developed as a martial art over 700 years ago. While we will focus on its health benefits and no sparring will be involved, some of the martial aspects may be introduced as a memory aid to help you practice the movements optimally. This class is taught in five four-hour workshops, one Saturday each month beginning January 24. By the end of May, you will learn the entire form and begin a lifetime of better health and vital longevity. As this is a cumulative course, preregistration for the series is required, with these exceptions: students new to taiji can attend the first workshop before deciding if they want to learn the form and enroll for the series; and returning students who already know the Wu style can attend any workshop without preregistration, as review or to receive deeper training. $95 per afternoon for experienced students



March

Sunday Morning DHARMA TALK & MEDITATION with Lama Tsering
Sunday, March 1, 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

BUDDHIST PSYCHOLOGY LECTURE SERIES
Conversations At The Edge
Monday, March 2, 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: YOGA, MINDFULNESS, NEUROSCIENCE, AND THE BODY: Getting to the Heart of the Matter with Bo Forbes, PsyD
The body constantly changes in unpredictable ways, much like our emotional lives. Interoception- our attention to momentary bodily sensation- plays a key role in both mindfulness and emotional balance. How can we use the body's interoception as a resource in our clinical work? And how can we cultivate embodied awareness in our clients as a gateway to emotional well-being? Drawing from emerging research in affective neuroscience as well as the yoga and mindfulness traditions, we will explore ways to develop the art and practice of embodied awareness. We will map out several powerful, evidence-based practices and embodied experiences that create a learning laboratory for change. Using tools from the yoga and mindfulness traditions, we will build the self-compassion that alleviates anxiety and depression, the interoception that scaffolds mindfulness, the empathic regulation that enables us to set healthy boundaries in our work. Through this workshop, we will become more at home in the changing wilderness of the body, creating a visceral resilience that will nurture emotional well-being.
Bo Forbes is a clinical psychologist, yoga teacher, and integrative yoga therapist. She is the founder of Integrative Yoga Therapeutics, a system that specializes in the therapeutic application of yoga for anxiety, insomnia, depression, immune disorders, chronic pain, physical injuries, and athletic performance. Bo conducts teacher trainings and workshops internationally in the U.S., Canada, the U.K., Europe, Asia, and more. She is the author of Yoga for Emotional Balance: Simple Practices to Relieve Anxiety and Depression

Release Into RESTORATIVE YOGA*
with Karen Barbarisi and Keith Herndon
Saturday, March 7, 2-4PM
Join Karen Barbarisi and Keith Herndon for an in-depth experience of Restorative Yoga - a therapeutic system that uses the comfortable support of cushions & blankets to nurture the body in various gentle, long held resting postures. Restorative Yoga allows the nervous system to completely quiet and return to a balanced state, quieting the mind. At the same time the body gently stretches and opens, releasing even chronic patterns of tension. And, as attention focuses on each breath, Restorative Yoga also cultivates the qualities of mindfulness and presence. The afternoon will unfold with a brief sequence of flowing Kripalu yoga to warm up and prepare the body, then plunge into profound spheres of tranquility and ease. $35 or class card x 2 + $5 at the door; $28 if registered by Feb 10th via email with Karen or Keith
Karen Barbarisi and Keith Herndon have been practicing yoga for more than 10 years and are both certified at the 500 hour level by the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health

Dharma Film Series presents MONK WITH A CAMERA
Saturday, March 7, 7pm
In 2012, the Dalai Lama chose Geshe Thupten Lhundup to become the abbot of Rato Dratsang, a Tibetan Buddhist monastery in India. What made this appointment historic was the fact that the new abbot was the first Westerner in Tibetan Buddhist history to attain such a lofty, highly regarded position. Even more remarkable, he had been born Nicholas Vreeland, and he was the son of a US Ambassador, grandson of the legendary Vogue editor Diana Vreeland, and himself a photographer trained by Irving Penn and Richard Avedon. Indeed, if the events in this film hadn’t actually happened, they’d be deemed too fantastic and implausible for fiction. Following a youthful meeting with the exiled Khyongla Rato Rinpoche, Nicky abandoned his hedonistic life and budding career in photography and headed to India for 13 long years of arduous study and austerity.  Then in one of life’s beautiful twists, Nicky went back to the worldly pursuit of photography in order to raise money to help his fellow monks rebuild their monastery. Monk With A Camera is an exhilarating, one-of-a-kind film about a modern-day prince whose unique path from privilege to renunciation to artistic success charts a new course for the dharma. 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

SHAMANIC JOURNEY CIRCLE with Comma Williams
Sunday, March 8, 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

MINDFULNESS: A Path To Cultivating Joy And Compassion
An introduction to concepts and meditation practices in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh** with Margrit Romang
6 Mondays, 7:45-9:45pm ~ March 9, 16, 23, 30, April 13, 20
Mindfulness awakens and enriches every part of us: body, mind, and heart. Let mindfulness coach and psychotherapist Margrit Romang guide you in transformative practices based on essential teachings by Thich Nhat Hanh. Each session you will have the opportunity to explore and develop a meditation practice that touches on a different aspect of life and experience, including how to establish calm and joyful presence, as well as transform old wounds and difficult emotions. You'll learn how to look deeply into old habitual, emotional and relational patterns rooted in our own, collective and ancestral consciousness, and to loosen their grip. $175, preregistration required. For more information and registration, visit margritromang.com or call 781-643-2565
Margrit Romang, PhD, LMHC has been a student of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh for the past 15 years and received ordination by him into the Order of Interbeing in 2006. Margrit teaches meditation and works as a psychotherapist and mindfulness coach in private practice in Arlington

Free Evening Talk!
TRIGGER POINT THERAPY: Alleviating Stress Symptoms**
with Ruth Knill
Wednesday, March 11, 7:30pm
Learn how to apply trigger point therapy, an acupressure technique, to improve your health in this interactive workshop. We'll address symptoms, causes, effects, and helpful techniques to alleviate stress and pain. Free, but preregistration required - contact Ruth via email or at 781-888-0101
Ruth Knill, PhD, Lic Ac received her doctoral degree in applied mathematics from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, and was a researcher in the field of Astronomy, publishing over 30 research articles. She received her Masters of Oriental Medicine from the New England School of Acupuncture, the nation's oldest college of Chinese medicine. She is a National Board Certified Acupuncturist and Chinese Herbalist. During the past 11 years she helped many people handle stress using acupressure techniques

CHAKRADANCE: The Crown
Friday, March 13, 7:30-9pm
Chakradance is a sweet dance with the soul. As you take this beautiful inner journey, you will clear blocked or stuck energy and revitalize your mind, body, and spirit. Through meditation, dancing the sweetness of the crown chakra, and creating a mandala, we will feel our connection rooting from within ourselves and out to the divine. The crown is the place where we open to and dance with spirit. Come see how this vital connection supports and moves your whole being, and what possible messages source has for you. Please wear comfortable clothing to move in and bring a water bottle. No experience with the chakras necessary. I look forward to connection back to the divine with you! $25 or class card + $10
Christabeth Ingold is a fierce, sparked up certified life coach, energy healer, and Chakradance™ facilitator. Her favorite work is being a student of life and loving you up. Meeting you exactly where you are, Christabeth will dive deeper with you and push you forward into living the awesome life you want! She is committed to your growth and spreading your flame. Christabeth has a background in expressive therapy, wellness and life coaching, reiki and loving big. You may find her giving hugs, laughing, dancing or connecting with Mother Earth

Live Improv! An Evening With TRUE STORY THEATER
Saturday, March 14, 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
SAYING NO!: Stories Of Boundaries When have we needed to protect ourselves (or others we love) by refusing to accommodate... or by standing up to authority… or by saying “no” to yourself about an addiction or habit?

Sunday Morning DHARMA TALK & MEDITATION with Lama Tsering
Sunday, March 15, 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

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

Saturday, March 21, 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 preregistered, $30 at the door

KIRTAN with Shubalananda plus special guests
Saturday, March 21, 7:30pm
Created by ancient Indian rishis from Vedic mantras, kirtan is a yoga of sound - an evening of beautiful music and heartfelt call-and-response singing. No previous experience is necessary to experience its emotional depth, yet powerful as it is, kirtan is effortless and incredibly enjoyable. 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!

TAI CHI: The Wu Style Short Form** with Steven Cardoza
Saturdays, 2:30-6:30pm:
March 28, April 25, May 23
The Wu Style Short Form is an excellent way to begin a tai chi/taiji practice and enjoy its superb health benefits. The movements of taiji stimulate qi, the energy of life, to flow through pathways within the body, promoting physical openness, balance, flexibility, coordination, and stamina, emotional calm and centeredness, and mental focus and clarity. The Wu style is considered by many to be the best taiji form to improve overall health, and is especially good for healing back problems. Once learned, the short form takes just a few minutes to perform. Taiji was originally developed as a martial art over 700 years ago. While we will focus on its health benefits and no sparring will be involved, some of the martial aspects may be introduced as a memory aid to help you practice the movements optimally. This class is taught in five four-hour workshops, one Saturday each month beginning January 24. By the end of May, you will learn the entire form and begin a lifetime of better health and vital longevity. As this is a cumulative course, preregistration for the series is required, with these exceptions: students new to taiji can attend the first workshop before deciding if they want to learn the form and enroll for the series; and returning students who already know the Wu style can attend any workshop without preregistration, as review or to receive deeper training. $95 per afternoon for experienced students

Honor The Ancestors With
SACRED DRUM, CHANT & DANCE with the Mother Drum
Led by Laney Goodman, Comma Williams, Dave Estes & friends
Saturday, March 28, 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 & 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

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