Speaking & Events

To schedule a book talk, workshop, or other event with Ellen Korman Mains in your community, please email EllenKormanMains@gmail.com. Here are a few suggestions:

  1. Author Events:  Talk, Reading, and Book Signing with Q & A or Book Club Meeting to discuss Ellen’s award-winning memoir, Buried Rivers: A Spiritual Journey into the Holocaust.
  2. Experiential Workshops: Embodied Mindfulness (2-3 hours): Deepening the body-mind connection through the practices of mindfulness, awareness, and felt sensing.  Opening to Ancestral Connection (can follow Embodied Mindfulnes for an all-day program): Using embodied awareness and heart-based practices to connect with our ancestral karma and lineage gifts.
  3. Social Transformation and Holocaust Remembrance: A spiritual approach to holding the memory of the Holocaust. Transforming sadness as sacred work. Resilience and basic goodness: how do we move from trauma patterns to finding our own best way of healing and repairing the world?
  4. Tolerance and Interfaith: Speaker, panel participant, or dialog facilitator on one or more of the following topics:  How can we help prevent the roots of genocide? Can identity and inclusivity co-exist in our global society? How do Buddhism and Judaism (or other spiritual traditions) speak to each other?


Upcoming Virtual Events

Time, Memory, and the Present Moment “At some point, there will be no more living survivors, but we will still need to heal the collective heart.” International Zoom Gathering with Ellen Korman Mains – Sunday, May 3, 2020 at 1:00 pm EDT. Please email Ellen to RSVP.


Past Events
April 23, 2020, 7-9 pm MDT – Bringing Ancestral Awareness to the Path of Meditation, Zoom Workshop presented by Boulder Shambhala Center.

Jan. 25, 2020, 12 Noon EST – A Contemplative Holocaust Remembrance Gathering with Ellen Korman Mains on Zoom –  How do we acknowledge and hold space for an event as monumental as the Holocaust? Is healing possible? As a daughter of Holocaust survivors, Ellen will offer some personal and historical context for this gathering, including her journey since January of 2005. This gathering will include a guided meditation to help us connect with grounded presence, create an environment of safety, and invite ancestral support. Breakout groups will allow us to share our experience.

November 4, 2019 – How to Be With a Broken Heart at the Amsterdam Shambhala Meditation Center, 19:00-21:30 (with meditation and social time)
November 2-3 – Bringing Ancestral Awareness to the Path of Meditation, A Weekend Program at the Rotterdam Shambhala Meditation Center, Saturday 9 – 18, Sunday 9:30 – 13

August 27, 2019 – Marek Edelman Centre for Dialogue, Łódź, Poland – Author Meeting at 4:30 pm – Part of Week-long Events Commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the Liquidation of the Łódź Ghetto

June 11, 2019 – Shambhala Online – Author Meeting with Ellen via Zoom, 7:00 pm Eastern Access the Video Recording Here

June 29, 2019 – Boulder Barnes & Noble Author Reading & Book Signing, 2999 Pearl St., Boulder, CO  80301 4:00-6:00 pm
JCCBoulder JLFMay 1, 2019 – How Do We Hold the Memory of the Holocaust? – Ellen in dialog with Kathryn Bernheimer, 12:00 – 2:00 Lunch & Learn at the Boulder Jewish Community Center, 6007 Oreg Ave., Boulder, CO
Feb. 25, 2019 – Author Meeting in dialog with Krzysztof Czyżewski, 4:00 pm, Szkolna 26, Puńsk (Poland)
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
Jan. 10, 2019 – Boulder Book Store Author talk & signing, 1107 Pearl St., Boulder, Colorado, 7:30 pm
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 and 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 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



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