Invitation to Commemorate International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Photo Credit: Ellen Korman Mains

A Contemplative Focusing-oriented Zoom Gathering
January 25, 2020, 12 Noon – 1:30 pm EST
with Ellen Korman Mains
author of the award-winning memoir

Buried Rivers: A Spiritual Journey into the Holocaust

To the chagrin of her parents—Polish Jews who survived the Holocaust—Ellen became a Buddhist at 19, nearly tearing her family apart. Decades later, on the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, an experience on a German train sent her on a series of life-changing journeys to Poland to explore the meaning of basic goodness after the Holocaust, and her own family history. January 27, 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz and 15 years since that 2005 train ride.

As nationalism and other threats increase around the planet, 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, to create an environment of safety, and to invite ancestral support. Breakout groups will allow us to freshly share our experience.

“We, the living, are the body of our ancestors, and in our bodies we carry all the tears they could not cry during their lifetimes. And when we allow their tears to be cried through us, something is being made whole between the generations . . .”

-The Tears of the Ancestors: Victims and Perpetrators in the Tribal Soul, by Daan van Kampenhout

“If we go underneath the overwhelming emotions and touch into physical sensations, something quite profound occurs in our organism—there is a sense of flow, of “coming home.”

-In an Unspoken Voice: How the Body Releases Trauma & Restores Goodness by Peter Levine

Please join us!

Email EllenKormanMains@gmail.com to RSVP and receive the Zoom link.

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5 thoughts on “Invitation to Commemorate International Holocaust Remembrance Day”

  1. Ellen, this sounds like an amazing workshop! I would love to attendit! Unfortunately I have already signed up for a workshop on Focusing on climate change through the Institute, a series of three sessions of which the first happens on the same date, at the same time. I hope Ellen you might consider offering this again in some form later in the year. With appreciation, Ana

  2. Hi Ana, Thank you for the comment and your interest. There was a strong response and others who were not able to attend. So we are tentatively planning a further gathering on Sunday, March 15th. Probably it will be announced here again, but you can email me at EllenKormanMains@gmail.com to indicate your interest and be sure to be notified.

  3. Hello Maria, As I just wrote to Ana, there was a strong response last Saturday and other people who were not able to attend. So we are tentatively planning a further gathering on Sunday, March 15th. Probably it will be announced here again, but you can email me at EllenKormanMains@gmail.com to indicate your interest and to be sure to be notified.

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