Upcoming Orientations and Public Events
Orientations offer information about joining.
Public events are free (usually) events offered by TTC members that are open to non-members as well.
Notes about our schedule of orientation dates:
We have orientations almost monthly in Cambridge, and 3-5 times a year in other locations.
It's a good idea to check back here close to, and on the day of an orientation in case of cancellation due to weather, illness, etc. (Last-minute changes are rare but it has happened.)
Checking this page is the best way to keep informed about upcoming orientation choices.
Feb 26 Wednesday 7:30-8:30 PM
Tufts University Alumnae Lounge
40 Talbot Ave., Medford, MA, 02144
Hosted by Tufts New Economy
This orientation will be led by Lynn. There will be refreshements served before the orientation starting at 7pm.
Worcester, Saturday, March 15th, 4 p.m.
Stone Soup, 4 King Street, Worcester, MA 01610
Contact info for Stone Soup: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Great place to meet new members and arrange some trades or to bring your friends that want to join.
Carpooling from Wayland: call by March 14th at 508 650 3913 if interested.
This orientation will be led by Judy.
Josephine A. Fiorentino Community Center
April 5 Saturday 3-4 PM
123 Antwerp Street, Brighton
On bus lines 86, 70 and 70A
Street parking around the residences of the CharlesView property.
This orientation will be led by Carol.
April 20 Sunday 5-6 PM
Cambridge Community Center *
5 Callender Street, Cambridge
Children are welcome. Please try to arrive on time.
This orientation will be led by Carol.
Offered by TTC, free and open to the public.
Cambridge Community Center, 5 Callender Street, Cambridge 02139
Meditation and yoga at CCC
Mark your calendars for the Meditation and Yoga series this winter! We
have a wonderful set of events on the schedule (see below). We will
post more specific information about each event as we get closer to
Jan 19, 3-4 pm, Slow Vinyasa yoga lesson by Belinda C
This introductory slow vinyasa yoga (movement linked with breath)
class will begin with warmup exercises to help lubricate the joints,
and sun salutations. We will then move into standing and seated
postures (balance, core stabilizing, twists, chest/shoulder/hip
openers, forward/back/lateral bends) generally held 3-5 breaths, and
will end with relaxation in savasana. Please bring a yoga mat and any
props available that may support your practice (blocks, strap, towel,
Jan 26, 3-4 pm, Mindfulness in the body lesson by Beatriz G
Mindfulness in the body is the first level of meditative training
taught by the Buddha. This class combines concentration on the breath
(Anapanassati) with gentle yoga asanas (Viniyoga) to help develop
awareness in the body and connection between body movement and the
workings of the mind. In turn, increasing the mind 's ability to stay
focused promotes relaxation of the mind and body, and clear seeing.
We'll begin with a short period of sitting meditation (5-10 min),
followed by a Viniyoga sequence that will mostly stretch and work the
whole body (15 min). The asana sequence ends with another sitting
meditation period (5-10 min) and will be followed by a discussion on
practice at the end.
Bent Park Apartments Community Building, 12 Bent Avenue, Wayland, MA 01778
February 1st, 4 p.m. Metrowest Potluck Social & New Beginnings Dance
Park on the street, The event is in building behind the parking lot in center of complex.
: Bring your favorite food [suggested food by Last name: A-G - main course, H-P dessert or appetizer, Q-Z non alcoholic drinks]
Circle Dance is a moving meditation done to beautiful world music in a circle of community. The dances are fairly simple and straightforward, and are done in a circle. When the body is engaged in these simple, repetitive motions and resonating to powerful music the mind slips into a meditative state, stress falls away, and peace and joy well up.
Our dance will celebrate renewal and new beginnings, as it falls between the Chinese New Year and Imbolc, the first day of spring in the pre-Gregorian calendar. It will also be the time of the new moon--a fertile time for planting seeds. Consider what you desire to create, voice it (or just think it) in the circle and let this dance ritual catalyze growth and fruition. Above all, have no cares for how you 'perform' the dances. In Circle Dance there are no mistakes, only variations!
Kaeza Fearn is a Boston-based composer, pianist, singer, teacher and sacred circle dancer. She co-leads the Circle Dance Meditation in Cambridge, MA with Merry Henn-Lecordier and has danced in circles around New England for years. With training in music, theater and movement, she finds joy teaching many kinds of artistic activities with a spiritual twist. As Music Director at First Parish Unitarian in Taunton, she is also service leader of the Soulful Sundown series, in which she teaches sacred circle dance. Also see www.danceofenergy.com.
The dance is followed by a potluck. Meet metrowest members, arrange trades, and meet your neighbors and new friends.
Feb 9, 2-5 p.m. TTC WINTER FAIR in JP: for members, and the public
TTC Fair planners are busy at work planning our wonderful TTC 2014 Winter Fair!!
The First Church in Jamaica Plain, Unitarian Universalist, 6 Eliot St, Jamaica Plain 02130. (Across from the monument)
This fair is open to the public, to give potential members a great idea
of what TTC is all about and then to attend an orientation at 4 if they
want to join us. Come for the fair, the orientation or both!
= Location is wheelchair accessible.
Directions to the Cambridge Community Center:
From Central Square (on the T red line), walk out Western Ave. There is a traffic light at Howard
St., and a small convenience store on the corner. Turn right. The Center is
about 150' from there, on your left, at the corner of Howard & Callender: a
large red building with stairs and a ramp in front.
What to do if you're interested in joining:
1. Attend an orientation!
Because the Time Trade Circle is a community, we have to meet new members before they can start participating in time trades. If you're not sure you want to join but are interested in learning more, please come to a meeting where you will:
- Meet the orientation leader and other new members
- Fill out a basic biographical information form
- Brainstorm what services you might offer and request
- Learn more about how time banks work and get all your questions answered
We hold orientations in different neighborhoods but no matter where you live or where you attend a meeting, you are joining the same timebank. Please feel free to come to any of orientations listed above.
2. Create your account!
Create an account on the Time Trade Circle's internal website. This site is where members arrange trades. It's best not to create this account until after you attend the orientation because you won't be able to see any of the actual information until then, and it helps us activate accounts more smoothly.
Once we've met you and you've created your account, it will be activated. If you have trouble using the Web site, our ambassadors can help you figure it out. Then you can post your offers and requests, and browse other members' profiles. When you join, you start with 5 "Timebank Hours" (hours) in your account, so you can start spending right away.
3. Start time trading!
Use the site to get in touch with other members and arrange trades. Look at members' offers to find services you need. Look at members' requests to find things you can help with. If you see a possible match, send the person a message through the site, use your regular email, or call on the phone. Arrange a time that works for both of you. After the trade, typically the person who received the service "pays" by deducting the hours from their own account. Ambassadors are available to support members in arranging and doing trades.
Note: We have two websites. This one (timetradecircle.org) is a public site - it provides information about the group before you become a member as well as some resources for current members. The internal site (hourworld.org) is used for time trades and is only accessible to members.