Published on Aug 25, 2012
Ellen is celebrating her 28th year on staff at the Esalen Institute, where she studies, practices, and teaches various modalities of moving meditation practice. A licensed minister, Ellen believes that the core of all healing begins in the realm of the heart and the Spirit. Among her great pleasures is opening the door for people to dance, to sing and play and pray, to touch and be touched. She is passionate about spreading the good news about how waking up can heal and transform the mind, body and soul. Ellen is a teacher of Esalen® Massage, Gabrielle Roth's 5Rhythms™, Holotropic™ Breathwork, SpiritDance, The Art of Essential Touch, and Your Body is a Musical Instrument. From 1984 through 2003, Ellen developed and administered the Movement Arts Program at Esalen. In 1996, she founded MovingVentures™ School, a 501c3 non-profit, education organization, whose mission is education in the somatic arts, focusing on women and men in developing countries, and the southern USA. MovingVentures™ faculty offer workshops, retreats, and trainings at Esalen, in Bali, and at other inspiring locations around the globe. Esalen®Massage is a unique form of bodywork developed over the past forty-five years. Known for its long, integrating strokes that create an experience of deep relaxation, the Esalen® Massage approach supports the natural ability of body and mind to self-heal. Massage study is complemented by daily meditation, yoga, dance, and other movement disciplines, giving participants the experience of aliveness and flowing presence central to Esalen® Massage. This process of self-exploration is key to grounding the teaching in embodied experience. In so doing, what might simply be a technique is transformed into a healing art. Whether your intent is to explore a change of career, deepen your knowledge of bodywork, or to spend time on a journey of self-exploration and transformation, the skills and knowledge gained may last a lifetime.
Ellen developed/birthed SpiritDance in the 1980's & early 90's at Esalen. Deeply influenced by the Native American practices woven into the fabric of Esalen and practiced during the 80's, Ellen found embodiment of spiritual principles through Sweat Lodge, Vision Questing, Fire Circles, Teepee Ceremonies,, using the Talking Stick, and ritual and ceremonies that honored Mother Earth. Ellen worked extensively with a group of women who sat in Teepee Ceremonies in Ojai and Sebastapol, CA. Ellen's work with Stan Grof, from 1984-1995, and his neo-shamanic approach to Spiritual Emergency, allowed Ellen to lead SpiritDance classes for all who came to the month-long programs between 1984 and 1990. These SpiritDance sessions opened/prepared individuals for the Holotropic Breathwork sessions, which uses music from around the world to catalyze energy, breathwork, and bodywork, in a safe environment.
Having sat for and been sat for over 1,000 Holotropic Sessions and facilitated the integration of these experiences afforded Ellen personal healing and professional development. Between 1984 & 2003, Ellen developed and directed the Movement Arts Program at Esalen; during this time she led 1000's of early AM and PM public classes, work-scholar groups, catalog workshops at Esalen.
Working with people from all backgrounds, who 'walked through the door' to the class, has supported her development as a skilled facilitator in support of Spiritual Emergency becoming Grounded Spiritual Emergence. In addition, during this time, Ellen studied extensively with Gabrielle Roth, certifying as a 5Rhythms teacher in 1995. Ellen also certified, during these years, in Clinical Hypnosis, numerous Yoga Schools/Lineages.
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