Teaching and Author Events


Ellen has taught contemplative programs in the United States, Poland, Ukraine, France, and England. Her teaching style is precise and intimate, anchored by deep body-mind training including Kyudo (the Way of the Bow), Felt Sensing, and other forms of healing.

Now accepting invitations for book talks, presentations, workshops, and retreats focused on Holocaust education and commemoration, preventing inner roots of genocide, emotional and ancestral healing.


Upcoming Events
Jan. 10, 2019 – Author talk and book signing at Boulder Book Store, 1107 Pearl St., Boulder, Colorado, 7:30 pm, $5.
Jan. 13, 2019 – Opening to Our Ancestral Karma: Embodying a Path to Healing  – Experiential workshop at Boulder Shambhala Meditation Center, 2:00-5:00 pm, $20 Suggested. Click here for more information!
May 1, 2019 – Yom Hashoa – Join Ellen in dialog with Kathryn Bernheimer, 12:00 – 2:00 “Lunch & Learn” program at the Boulder Jewish Community Center, 6007 Oreg Ave., Boulder, Colorado

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
Nov. 30, 2018 – Inherited Trauma and Ancestral Connection – Talk and Book Signing at The Caritas Center, Boulder, Colorado. 7-9 pm
Nov. 18, 2018 – 10 a.m. A Spiritual Approach to the Holocaust? – Awakened Heart Spiritual Center, Wilmington, Delaware
Nov. 11-13, 201824th Jewish American & Holocaust Literature Symposium, Miami Beach, Florida. Presentation – Love, Trauma, and Spiritual Daring in 2nd Generation Holocaust Memoirs
Nov. 7, 2018 – Buried Rivers – Author presentation at Delray Orthodox Synagogue, Delray Beach, Florida. 7:30 pm. Info: renheyden52@aol.com
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 – Returning to Our Roots Public talk/workshop in Sopot, Poland, 5:00 – 8:00 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 CommunicationGuided 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