Workshops, Trainings & Event Offerings

Registration for all courses and workshops at Arcana can be done through the Arcana front desk, either in person at 81 Market St in downtown Portland or by calling us at 207-773-7801. Payment is required at the time of registration, unless otherwise noted.


Radical Compassion: Healing Trauma in Ourselves & Our Culture

with Katy Benjamin

3 Wednesday August 2nd, 6:30pm – 9:00pm

Cost of Workshop: Sliding Scale, $30-$50

Open to yoga teachers and students alike, this is a critical workshop about how we can facilitate healing in both ourselves and in our culture as we process traumas of all layers and levels. Katy Benjamin, ERYT, is leading this workshop after her time in service at Standing Rock. In Katy’s words: “[this is] a workshop to address trauma in our bodoes, as well as in our culture; examining cultural appropriation in our western yoga model and how we can actively work to undo these actions through the practice of yoga itself.
Utilizing trauma-informed teaching, individuals will be supported through reflection, breathing, somatic movement & optional sharing. It is an ideal workshop for those who are experiencing trauma, PTSD, anxiety, depression or grief.
We will close with yoga nidra as a means of peacefully integrating the session, soothing the nervous system for an optimal night’s rest.”

*this workshop is currently sold out. Wait-List spaces are available by calling the front desk at207-773-7801*


Galactic Rose Quartz Sound Bath

with Bianca Pastrana

Saturday, August 19th, 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Cost of Workshop: $33, Advance registration is required, maximum capacity 12 participants

Join Bianca Pastrana, local powerhouse of a practitioner and love warrior, for a 60 minute high-vibrational experience in the healing wavelengths of crystals and sound. Bianca uses singing bowls and channels galactic sound frequency from beyond Beyond. She blends vocal toning, chanting and singing galactic mantra and light languages into a blanket of sound used to cocoon each participant in a chrysalis of rose quartz nurturance and support. You will leave this evening feeling deeply nourished, uplifted and replenished.

To stay up to date on this workshop’s capacity, check its Facebook Page.

Traditional Usui Reiki II/Okuden Level Certification Course

with Mea Tavares, Reiki III/Shinpiden Level Practitioner & Teacher

3 Week Course: Wednesdays, August 9th, 16th & 23rd, 6:15pm – 8:45pm

Cost of Certification Program: $210 Payment plans are available for this training, Advance registration required.

Building on the fundamental teachings of the 1st Degree (Shoden Level, meaning “Initiation” or “Initial Teachings”), the 2nd Degree invites the practitioner to go deeper within the system of Reiki. Okuden, the traditional name for the 2nd degree, translates to “Inner Teachings”. It is at this level that we learn much about the inner workings of the system of Reiki, through the practice of symbols and mantras and the techniques of the 2nd Degree, and also much about ourselves. Through continued work of mantra and meditation we learn to sit compassionately with the inner teachings that come from within each of us as we better know our own centers, our own journeys and our own Light.

Each week we will focus on one symbol and one mantra, learning the techniques and teachings associated with each. Through the first symbol and mantra, we learn about grounding and nurturing the center of the self. Through the second we learn techniques to increase our intuition and our mental and emotional clarity, and through the third we deepen our compassion and our understanding of the inter-connectedness of all beings. It is in working with the teachings of the Okuden Degree that we learn the practice of “distance healing” (which really is a practice of dissolving the illusion of distance), and students will get in-class instruction and practice in this technique.

Between class sessions, students will have self-guided practices working with each symbol and mantra in meditation, as well as working with others in hands-on healing sessions using new techniques learned in class. Each student will have personal experiences with the techniques and teachings of the second Degree, as well as in-class time for discussion and integration of these experiences. At the culmination of the course, students will be certified as Reiki II/Okuden Level practitioners.

If you are feeling called to train at the Okuden level, please contact us to register or to discuss payment plan options for this class, as they are available. It is our intention that students who feel called to practice and learn have the opportunity to do so. You may also email Mea directly with any questions.

Arcana 200 Hour Yoga & Reiki Teacher Training

with Jennie Tavares & guest instructors Mea Tavares & Katie Beane

Training dates: September 2017 – March 2018 Weekends & National Holidays
(Excluding Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years & Easter)
September 2nd, 3rd & 4th
October 7th, 8th & 9th
November 10th, 11th & 12th
January 13th, 14th & 15th
February 17th, 18th & 19th
March 16th, 17th & 18th

Cost of Course: see full tuition information below, payment plans & scholarships, as well as early registration prices, are available

Upon completion of this Yoga Alliance approved training, you’ll possess the necessary skills to create engaging vinyasa flow classes, adaptable to various body types and conditions. You’ll gain a plethora of knowledge in multiple styles of yoga, meditation techniques, ethics, marketing skills and more. Students will also graduate with a certification in traditional Usui Reiki, level 1.

Your lead trainer, Jennie Tavares (E-RYT, Reiki III), has over 2,500 hours of training and teaching experience in multiple traditions including Vinyasa, Yin, Kripalu & Recovery Yoga, Meditation, Ayurveda, and Reiki. Jennie’s goal is to embody what she teaches, accrediting yoga to helping her grow through obstacles like PTSD, substance use disorder, and an eating disorder. She believes yoga has the power to transform our lives rapidly and radically and to teach us not just to live, but to live well.

To assure you thrive, you’ll receive free yoga and meditation classes and a complimentary reiki session at Arcana upon registration, as well as ongoing counsel and support. Our community classes give real-time teaching experience before graduation. Tuition is also designed with accessibility in mind, ranging from $2,600- $2,900, with partial scholarships and payment plans available. Space is limited to 12 students, connect with us to register and find a payment plan that works for you.

Payment Plans:
Early bird price: $2,600 due by June 1st
Early-ish bird price: $2,800 due by July 1st
Regular/ payment plan price: $2,900
Payment plans available, and partial scholarships available by inquiry and application, contact Jennie at jennie@arcanamaine.com with questions.

The front desk can be contacted from 10-6pm, 7 days a week, 207-773-7801. Registration can be completed over the phone or in person at 81 Market Street, Portland, Maine.

$110 dollars will be taken off of the total price for anyone who has already completed Reiki I with Mea Tavares

This training has limited spaces and is expected to fill. For up to date information on space availability and other information, check the training’s Facebook event page.

*Note- a $500 non-refundable deposit is due at the time of registration to reserve a spot in this training.