Keys to Healing Intergenerational Trauma and Reclaiming Wholeness with Ellen Mains
April 17, 2023 will mark Yom Hashoah, a day of Holocaust remembrance around the world. To bring healing awareness to this time, Ellen will share keys to working with inherited trauma, beginning with recovering the lost memories of her own family before and during the Holocaust.
Why would anyone choose to excavate a painful or traumatic family history? What elements help loosen or release emotional patterns or imprints passed down to us from previous generations? How can this inner work restore wholeness in a world where dehumanization and genocide keep happening?
Underpinning Ellen’s approach to healing is a life of Buddhist practice and study, and training and certification as an Inner Relationship Focusing Guide. Interweaving these approaches highlights the importance of gentleness, trusting the body’s wisdom, including its responses to trauma, and developing the capacity to host discomfort with radical acceptance.
Ellen will draw from her award-winning memoir “Buried Rivers: A Spiritual Journey into the Holocaust” and guide an attunement exercise so that we can explore these movements together.

About “Buried Rivers: A Spiritual Journey into the Holocaust”

“An evocative and deeply spiritual book about a journey through space and time that also unfolds into a mystery about how the body carries and receives messages from the past. Read this and be prepared to think about your own ancestors in a new way.”

– Sonya Huber, author of Pain Body Takes Your Keys

“. . . What makes [Ellen’s] venture so remarkable is the haunting question that accompanies her and a deep conviction in the human disposition for goodness. By shedding light on something so dark, she demonstrates that healing, opportunity, and magic can emerge from the densest suffering.”

– Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel, author of The Logic of Faith and The Power of an Open Question

“. . . An intimate and illuminating memoir that depicts how trusting in the spontaneous wisdom of one’s own body and heart can heal intergenerational trauma.”

– David I. Rome, author of Your Body Knows the Answer

“A compelling personal spiritual journey that crosses religious boundaries in order to tackle some of the deepest mysteries of life and death. Revealing how the past, present, and future intersect in the very cells of our bodies, Buried Rivers shows how we can more fully discover spiritual truth and personal healing through the conscious meeting of our ancestors as they appear to us in the here and now.”

-Rabbi Zvi Ish-Shalom, Ph.D., author of The Path of Primordial Light: Ancient Wisdom for the Here
and Now
Ellen Mains has practiced and taught meditation for over 4 decades including years of  Kyudo (Zen Archery) which she taught at Naropa University and internationally. After developing chronic fatigue, she turned her attention to healing and then to integrating different ways of knowing and sensing, creating a self-coaching journey called “The Magical Practice of Feeling Your Life.” Her work with clients emphasizes radical acceptance, empathic presence, and basic goodness as keys to deepening self-awareness, overcoming obstacles, and inviting ancestral support into our lives. More info at or [email protected]
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