Founded in 2014, Against the Stream Boston is a Theravada Buddhist community offering weekly group meditation and dharma talks as well as daylong and residential retreats. Our guiding teacher is Chris Crotty.

We are affiliated with Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society, founded in 2007 by Noah Levine, author of Dharma Punx, Against the Stream, Heart of the Revolution, and Refuge Recovery. The mission of Against the Stream is to make the teachings of the Buddha available to all who are interested. We wish to create and sustain communities of healthy, accountable, wise, and compassionate people from all walks of life. We welcome people from all racial, economic, sexual, social, political, and religious backgrounds and preferences and believe that the path of awakening is attainable by all and should be available to all. We strive to create a safe environment for all who come to practice.


Weekly Meditation

ATS Boston meets every Thursday from 7:15 to 8:45 p.m. at Karma Yoga Studio in Harvard Square (1120 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge). Meetings typically begin with 20 to 30 minutes of guided meditation, followed by a dharma talk and discussion with our guiding teacher, Chris Crotty, or another teacher or facilitator.

Though grounded in the Theravada tradition, we strive to expose our members to diverse approaches to the dharma by occasionally hosting teachers from other traditions, such as Tibetan or Zen Buddhism.

Thursday Schedule


Befriending the Animal Body: Somatic Experiencing® for Mindfulness Practitioners

With Julia Barry

While mindfulness offers essential skills for working with the body and emotions, often we still find ourselves emotionally overwhelmed in practice. In this workshop we will emphasize basic tools for self-regulation based on the principles of Somatic Experiencing®: grounding, resourcing, titration, pendulation, orienting, and body tracking to explore mindful awareness on a more interactive level. These basic skills help to increase nervous system regulation and to develop a higher capacity for interoceptive awareness (an ability to track one’s own body sensations and emotions). We will also learn techniques for working with the body’s basic defensive strategies: fight, flight, and freeze. Self-practice and dyadic practices will be included.

Somatic Experiencing is a gentle, naturalistic technique developed by Dr. Peter Levine, which focuses on the ways that overwhelming, stressful, or traumatic experiences get stored in our bodies and nervous systems. We all experience stress and trauma, and our bodies are naturally inclined to move into fight, flight, or even freeze when we are overwhelmed.  These “survival energies” often get stored in the body and can manifest as physical or psychological symptoms. SE’s gradual approach emphasizes the body’s innate healing mechanisms and assists in cultivating resilience and reinstating the body’s natural capacity for self regulation.

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Saturday, July 22, 2017, from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The Arlington Center
369 Massachusetts Ave.
Arlington, MA

$35 plus teacher dana

Please use the following link to register and pay the registration fee online.

Please email us at with any questions about this program or how to register.

Julia Barry is a licensed marriage and family therapist and certified Somatic Experiencing® practitioner. Julia’s clinical practice focuses on the treatment of single-event trauma, complex trauma, dissociative disorders, anxiety, depression, mother/infant bonding, relationship issues, sex and sexuality, and personal growth. Julia has received training in psychodynamic psychotherapy, with an emphasis on adult and infant attachment as well as cognitive behavioral therapy and Somatic Experiencing® (a body-based method for working with trauma). Julia has also completed Level One EMDR training through the EMDR Institute and remains passionate about staying up to date with the most cutting-edge modalities in the field of trauma treatment. Julia also enjoys being an assistant in the Somatic Experiencing® three-year professional training and teaching the principles of somatic practices to the general public.

Guiding Teacher

Chris Crotty

Chris Crotty has practiced meditation since 1998, taking retreat with Burmese monastics Sayadaw U Indaka, Sayadaw U Tejaniya, and Bhikkhu Analayo, as well as western monastics of the Zen and Thai Forest tradition and senior western Vipassana teachers. He completed teacher training with Noah Levine and Vinny Ferraro (Against the Stream) in 2015 and was endorsed to teach metta and vipassana by Sayadaw U Indaka (Chanmyay Myaing Meditation Center, Burma) in 2016.

Chris’s teaching integrates Theravada Buddhism’s focus on awakening and ethics with the Mahayana ideal of compassion and service. He is also influenced by the fields of ecopsychology, attachment theory, and contemplative, pastoral, and palliative approaches to sickness, aging, and end-of-life care.

In addition to serving as the guiding teacher at Against the Stream Boston, Chris teaches retreats and manages the Mindfulness Teacher Training Program at Inward Bound Mindfulness Education (iBme), offers meditation mentoring and counseling through Contemplative Wellness and Education, and is an adjunct professor in Wellness and Alternative Medicine at Johnson State College in Vermont. Chris currently studies Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) through the Center for Spiritual Care and Pastoral Formation.

Chris Crotty, Guiding Teacher
Chris Crotty, Guiding Teacher