Teaching and Author Events


Ellen has taught Buddhist and Shambhala programs in the United States since 1975.  Since 2008, she has also led retreats in Poland, Ukraine, England, and France. Her teaching style is precise and intimate, anchored by body-mind work including Kyudo (the Way of the Bow), Inner Relationship Focusing, and a number of healing modalities.

Upcoming Events
Nov. 7, 2018Buried Rivers – Author presentation at Delray Orthodox Synagogue, Delray Beach, Florida. 7:30 pm. Info: renheyden52@aol.com
Nov. 11-13, 2018 – 24th annual Jewish American & Holocaust Literature Symposium, Miami Beach, Florida. Presentation on Love, Trauma, and Spiritual Daring in 2nd Generation Holocaust Memoirs
Nov. 18, 2018 – 10 a.m. A Spiritual Approach to the Holocaust? – Awakened Heart Spiritual Center, Wilmington, DE [www(dot)awakenedheart(dot)net]
Nov. 30, 2018Inherited Trauma and Ancestral Connection – Talk and Book Signing at The Caritas Center, Boulder, CO. 7-9 pm
Jan. 10, 2019 – Author Event at Boulder Bookstore, Boulder, CO, 7 pm

“Meditating is just like collecting fresh vegetables from one’s home garden instead of going to the supermarket and buying packaged things.”

-Glimpses of Abbidharma by Chögyam Trungpa

Past Events
Sept. 29, 2018 – Author Reading from Buried Rivers: A Spiritual Journey into the Holocaust followed by reception at Inkberry Books in Niwot, Colorado, 7 pm
Sept. 22, 2018 – Local Author Reading at Jaipur Literary Festival, Boulder Public Library, 4:45 pm
January 14, 2018 – Family Research on the Ground in Poland,
Jewish Genealogy Society of Colorado, 9:30-12:00, 1527 Cherryvale Rd., Boulder, free and open to all
Dec. 2, 2017- Revisiting the Holocaust, A Buddhist Perspective 1:30-4:30, Nalandabodhi, 100 Arapahoe #6, Boulder, Colorado. Open to all
August 19-20, 2017 – The Four Foundation of Mindfulness, a weekend meditation program to be held near Gdansk, Poland.
August 17, 2017 – Public talk/workshop in Sopot, Poland: Returning to Our Roots  5 – 8 pm
June 16-25, 2017 – Living Abhidharma and the Mandala Principle, at the Profound Treasury Retreat with Judith Lief, Saco, Maine.
May 15, 2017 – A Survivor’s Daughter Revisits the Holocaust through Buddhist Eyes – Guided meditation, talk and discussion. Open to all. 7-9 pm, Boulder Shambhala Center, 1345 Spruce St., Boulder, Colorado.
Feb. 20, 2017 – Wakefulness and Communication – Guided meditation, talk and discussion. Open to all.  7-9 pm, Boulder Shambhala Center, 1345 Spruce St., Boulder, Colorado.
June 13, 2016 –  Nowness and the Circle of Ancestors – Guided Meditation followed by talk and discussion. Open to All.
Boulder Shambhala Center, 1345 Spruce St, Boulder, Colorado, 7 to 9 pm.
July 31, 2015 – Awakening the Heart – Public Talk Open to All
Warsaw Shambhala Center, Poland, 7 pm.
July 24-26, 2015 – The Mandala of Compassion
A weekend program of guided meditation, talks and discussion.
L’viv Shambhala Center, Ukraine