Upcoming Workshops, Films & Events
at The Arlington Center

Preregistration is recommended for workshops!




May

Special Event! PSYCHODRAMA Open Session with Maria Mellano
Friday, May 27, 7:30pm
Psychodrama is a creative, enlightening use of drama and roleplaying to explore the issues in our lives. Open sessions are offered under the direction of a qualified Psychodramatist. An open session unfolds in an instructional and low key way, introducing you to the process within a safe setting with time for processing and questions. Though therapeutic value is often felt from the experience, open sessions are not psychotherapy and the director is not in the role of therapist. Please join, and invite anyone you like! You may participate as little or as much as you want, and all experience levels - lay and professional - are welcome. $10 at the door - no prior registration is necessary though it is appreciated. Contact Maria Mellano for more information. Application for MaMHCA/MMCEP and Social Work continuing education credits have been submitted for 2 Category 1 credits



June

The Yin & Yang of CHAIR YOGA
A Special Class with Ruth Knill
6 Wednesdays, June 1 - July 6, 6-7pm
Of all the aids BKS Iyengar pioneered to enable everyone to improve and benefit from yoga, a simple folding chair is the front runner! Folding chairs are affordable and universal, providing support for the entire range of asanas from relaxed to dynamic, beginner to adept. Working with a chair imparts a balance of yin and yang in our actions, teaching us to relax yet awaken even in the most challenging movements. This special 6-week class will explore uses of the chair for different asanas, based on Eyal Shifroni's comprehensive book A Chair For Yoga. Whether using props restoratively, to prepare your body for more advanced poses, to get the benefit of asanas you cannot yet perform, or to work with seniors or students with challenges, this class will be enligthening and endlessly useful.
$5 at the door

Open House ~ All Welcome!
THE YOGA OF ENERGY FLOW 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training
Sunday, June 5, 4:30-6pm - 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

AFRICAN HEALING DANCE: A Training with Wyoma
Sunday, June 5, 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, June 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: TRAUMA, COMPASSION, AND NONVIOLENT FUTURES: Towards A Transformative Global Presence with Jeffrey Ansloos
In this presentation, Dr. Ansloos explores trauma-focused community development practice in diverse global contexts through the lens of compassion and nonviolence. Dr. Ansloos will be sharing from his experience working in locations such as Guatemala, Nicaragua, China and more through working within existing networks of care and cultural practices. Dr. Ansloos will share the ways practitioners of various backgrounds and training can supportcommunity transformation locally and globally through diverse expressions of contemplative practice, leading to a rich cultural and healing exchange
Jeffrey Ansloos, PhD is Assistant Professor of International Mental Health and Trauma and a fellow of the Global Education Center at Lesley University.  His scholarship focuses on complex psychological trauma, violence prevention, critical and indigenous psychologies, and gender, race, and religion. He is a researcher in the Templeton Research Program on Chinese Psychologies of Religion, with a focus on communal contemplative practices. From 2011-2014, he was a leadership fellow of the Max DePree Institute and a research fellow of the Travis Research Institute-Center for Spirituality, Language, and Transformation. He is a practitioner of yoga and meditation in the Ignatian tradition

Free Info Session!
MINDFULNESS-BASED STRESS REDUCTION with Sunada Takagi
Wednesday, June 8, 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 ~ summer course starting next week is nearly full - register today
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

CHAKRADANCE with Christabeth Ingold
Friday, June 10, 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, and creating a mandala, we will feel our connection rooting from within ourselves and out to the divine. 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

Trauma Center TRAUMA SENSITIVE YOGA*
An Informational Seminar with David Schouela
Saturday, June 11, 2-4pm
Trauma Center - Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TC-TSY) is an adjunctive treatment for complex trauma that focusses on giving clients an opportunity to practice noticing body sensations (interoception) in the context of a safe relationship based on an invitational approach to yoga forms with no physical assists. TSY has been studied in a randomized control trial and has shown encouraging results. This workshop will be delivered in a lecture format with some optional chair based yoga. $28 if registered by Thursday, June 9th; $32 or class card x 2 at the door
David Schouela, RYT-500, TCTSY-F is a Kripalu Yoga teacher whose current primary focus is teaching yoga to teens and adults with complex trauma and chronic treatment resistant PTSD. David is on the teaching faculty for the trauma sensitive yoga certificate program offered through the Trauma Center at JRI in Brookline, MA. He is also a co-founder and board member of True North Insight Meditation Center in Quebec. David provides training in yoga and meditation as scientifically validated healing modalities for stress-related conditions and as a means of liberating body, mind and heart

Live Improv! An Evening With TRUE STORY THEATER
Saturday, June 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 if preregistered online, $20 or class card at door ~ need help? $5+ pay what you can
Tonight Making friends with those we avoid Stories of how we build relationships with people different from us

Sunday Morning DHARMA TALK & MEDITATION with Lama Tsering
Sunday, June 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

SHAMANIC JOURNEY CIRCLE with Comma Williams
Sunday, June 12, 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

SUMMER CLASSES Begin! ~ Monday, June 13

New 8-Week Series!
MINDFULNESS-BASED STRESS REDUCTION** with Sunada Takagi
Wednesdays, June 15 - August 3, 7:15-9:30pm
plus one all-day class on Sunday, July 24, 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. Preregistration required - this course will fill - sign up today
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

Release Into RESTORATIVE YOGA*
with Karen Barbarisi and Keith Herndon
Saturday, June 18, 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 June 15 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

KIRTAN with Shubalananda plus special guests
Saturday, June 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. Freely offered ~ please make a donation!
Shubalananda (Larry Kopp) has been leading kirtan for many years, having studied with Neem Karoli Baba, Sathya Sai Baba, 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

Special Event! PSYCHODRAMA Open Session with Maria Mellano
Friday, June 24, 7:30pm
Psychodrama is a creative, enlightening use of drama and roleplaying to explore the issues in our lives. Open sessions are offered under the direction of a qualified Psychodramatist. An open session unfolds in an instructional and low key way, introducing you to the process within a safe setting with time for processing and questions. Though therapeutic value is often felt from the experience, open sessions are not psychotherapy and the director is not in the role of therapist. Please join, and invite anyone you like! You may participate as little or as much as you want, and all experience levels - lay and professional - are welcome. $10 at the door - no prior registration is necessary though it is appreciated. Contact Maria Mellano for more information. Application for MaMHCA/MMCEP and Social Work continuing education credits have been submitted for 2 Category 1 credits

Special Event!
WAVE HANDS IN THE CLOUDS QIGONG (CHI GUNG)
A Workshop with Stephen Cardoza
Saturday, June 25, 1-5pm
Cloud Hands teaches proper body alignments while in motion, and is considered by many to be the best single movement practice for overall health. It is one of the oldest and most widely practiced among all qigongs, introducing the major movements of taiji (tai chi) and providing many of its health benefits while developing a strong ability to root, helping to further open the body, strengthen ligaments, heal or prevent joint problems, increase qi flow and harmonize Yin and Yang qi. Cloud Hands integrates and unifies the body, connecting the arms and legs to the torso and the spine by the gentle twisting motion of muscles, tendons and ligaments, and by opening the deep energy channels of the entire body to move more qi through them. It improves balance, bone density, physical suppleness, emotional calm and mental clarity. $100; $90 if payment received by June 22
Steven Cardoza, MSc, LAc is an acupuncturist, herbalist, and taiji and qigong instructor with over 30 years of experience. He is the author of the book Chinese Healing Exercises and its companion DVD. His newest book, Chinese Medicine In your Daily Life, is due in November

Sunday Morning DHARMA TALK & MEDITATION with Lama Tsering
Sunday, June 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, June 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, June 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



July

AFRICAN HEALING DANCE: A Training with Wyoma
Sunday, July 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

Live Improv! An Evening With TRUE STORY THEATER
Saturday, July 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 if preregistered online, $20 or class card at door ~ need help? $5+ pay what you can

Sunday Morning DHARMA TALK & MEDITATION with Lama Tsering
Sunday, July 10, 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

SHAMANIC JOURNEY CIRCLE with Comma Williams
Sunday, July 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

YOGA SUMMER CAMP: Weeklong Morning Yoga For Adults
with Annie Hoffman
Monday-Friday, July 11-15 & 18-22, 7-9am
Join Iyengar yoga teacher Annie Hoffman for a two-week yoga retreat in your home town - sometimes a stay-cation can do more to add a spacious and new outlook to your life than the work to get away from it all.  Each morning a new sequence will align your body, inspire your mind and open the heart of being human. Come to one or both weeks and jump start your summer intention to cultivate liberation and strength. $150/week, $35/session ~ attend any day or week ~ all levels welcome

KIRTAN with Shubalananda plus special guests
Saturday, July 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. Freely offered ~ please make a donation!
Shubalananda (Larry Kopp) has been leading kirtan for many years, having studied with Neem Karoli Baba, Sathya Sai Baba, 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

Sunday Morning DHARMA TALK & MEDITATION with Lama Tsering
Sunday, July 17 & 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

Special Event! PSYCHODRAMA Open Session with Maria Mellano
Friday, July 22, 7:30pm
Psychodrama is a creative, enlightening use of drama and roleplaying to explore the issues in our lives. Open sessions are offered under the direction of a qualified Psychodramatist. An open session unfolds in an instructional and low key way, introducing you to the process within a safe setting with time for processing and questions. Though therapeutic value is often felt from the experience, open sessions are not psychotherapy and the director is not in the role of therapist. Please join, and invite anyone you like! You may participate as little or as much as you want, and all experience levels - lay and professional - are welcome. $10 at the door - no prior registration is necessary though it is appreciated. Contact Maria Mellano for more information. Application for MaMHCA/MMCEP and Social Work continuing education credits have been submitted for 2 Category 1 credits

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

with Laney Goodman, Dave Estes and Tribe
Saturday, July 23, 7-10:30pm
Join Laney Goodman, Dave Estes and Tribe as we celebrate the fullness of summer. We just welcomed the Summer Solstice and now it is time to celebrate the fullness of Summer with the Sun Drum that is high and taut as the wheel of life lifts to the peak of ascension. We will drum, chant and dance in the four directions of the Medicine Wheel. We will also, send prayers to the four corners of the Earth for Global Healing and healing For All Our Relations. We will learn how to best be in balance together in a tribal way - once again bringing forth the old wisdom into our present time, where it is needed for healing our hearts, minds, and the global community. Please, bring bells, shakers, rattles, and drums of all types. Dave will bring his didgeridoos and we will tone and chant with this ancient., primal instrument and feel the deep vibrations of the Mother Earth and our own deep roots. And he will bring other instruments that will help us go deeper into each "Elemental". And the MOTHER DRUM will help keep the One or the Heartbeat throughout our journey. Some of you will have the chance to play the Mother Drum if you so choose. This ceremony teaches us the power of deep listening and helps take us deeper into community to find our commonUNITY as we heal ourselves and our Mother Earth for All Our Relations-A-Ho!
$15-$20 or class card ~ $5 for children ages 10-15. Please email Laney to RSVP or ask a question ~ more on Laney's work at sacredwavesofrhythm.com

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



August

Live Improv! An Evening With TRUE STORY THEATER
Saturday, August 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! $15 if preregistered online, $20 or class card at door ~ need help? $5+ pay what you can

Sunday Morning DHARMA TALK & MEDITATION with Lama Tsering
Sunday, August 14, 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

SHAMANIC JOURNEY CIRCLE with Comma Williams
Sunday, August 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

KIRTAN with Shubalananda plus special guests
Saturday, August 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. Freely offered ~ please make a donation!
Shubalananda (Larry Kopp) has been leading kirtan for many years, having studied with Neem Karoli Baba, Sathya Sai Baba, 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

Special Event! PSYCHODRAMA Open Session with Maria Mellano
Friday, August 26, 7:30pm
Psychodrama is a creative, enlightening use of drama and roleplaying to explore the issues in our lives. Open sessions are offered under the direction of a qualified Psychodramatist. An open session unfolds in an instructional and low key way, introducing you to the process within a safe setting with time for processing and questions. Though therapeutic value is often felt from the experience, open sessions are not psychotherapy and the director is not in the role of therapist. Please join, and invite anyone you like! You may participate as little or as much as you want, and all experience levels - lay and professional - are welcome. $10 at the door - no prior registration is necessary though it is appreciated. Contact Maria Mellano for more information. Application for MaMHCA/MMCEP and Social Work continuing education credits have been submitted for 2 Category 1 credits

Sunday Morning DHARMA TALK & MEDITATION with Lama Tsering
Sunday, August 28, 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, August 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