To schedule a book talk, workshop, or other event with Ellen Korman Mains online or in your community, please email 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 News & Events

Nov. 7, 2023 – Author Event as part of Holocaust Education Week: In Conversation with Olga Milosevich, Halifax Central Library, 6:30 pm, Free and open to all with book signing and reception to follow. Click HERE for LIVESTREAM LINK .  More info at Holocaust Education Week 2023

Past Events

Oct. 12 – 15, 2023 3-day residential retreat at Dorje Denma Ling, Nova Scotia, entitled “Joining our Ancestral Inheritance with our Spiritual Path” Program Listings | Dorje Denma Ling

Sept 15 – Oct.25, 2022 – In Poland presenting the new Polish Translation of Buried Rivers at The Marek Edelman Dialogue Center in Łódź, the Borderland Foundation in Sejny, and other venues TBA – Stay tuned and subscribe to my email list for updates, or contact me directly for more information!

June 5, 2022, 3:00 pm EDT – Brokenness and Belonging in a Time of War – Shambhala Global Sunday Gathering. The recording is available to all after the live event by registering: HERE (free or by donation) 

Feb. 27, 2022, 1:00 pm EST – Intimate Burdens, Unexpected Blessings – Ellen’s interview with 2G colleague, Hindy Stegman (Victim to Victory) is available at: YouTube Interview

Aug. 24, 2021, 9:00-10:45 EDT – The Holocaust Through Buddhist Eyes – 3rd presentation in the online series: ‘The Holocaust, Genocide Distortion, and Interfaith Dialogue’, organized by the ‘NEVER AGAIN’ Association and its regional partners. Lessons for and from Southeast Asia supported by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance. Recording available HERE

Oct. 31, 2020, 10:30- 3:30 EDT Ancestral Drala & the Primordial Heart – An online workshop in embodied awareness & ancestral connection hosted by the Shambhala Meditation Centre of Toronto. More Information & To Register

Sept. 26, 2020, 10:30-12:30  EDT – The Magical Practice of Meeting our Lives – A contemplative online workshop hosted by the Shambhala Meditation Centre of Toronto

August 23, 2020, 2 pm EDT –  Reverberations of Holocaust Memory – Ellen will moderate an online panel discussion with children & grandchildren of Łódź Ghetto survivors as part of the 76th anniversary of the ghetto’s liquidation. Online at

May 3, 2020, 1:00 pm EDT – International Zoom Gathering on the 100th birthday of Masza Korman with Ellen Korman Mains and special guest, Michael Schudrich, Chief Rabbi of Poland. At some point, there will be no more living survivors, but we will still need to heal the collective heart.

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 – Time, Memory, and the Present Moment – A Contemplative Holocaust Remembrance Gathering with Ellen Korman Mains on Zoom –  How do we acknowledge and approach healing an event as monumental as the Holocaust? This gathering will include a guided meditation to connect us with grounded presence, create an environment of safety, and invite ancestral support. Breakout groups will allow us to share our experience.

November 4, 2019How to Be With a Broken Heart at the Amsterdam Shambhala Meditation Center, 19:00-21:30 (with meditation and social time)

November 2-3Bringing 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, 4:30 pm – Author Meeting – Marek Edelman Center for Dialogue, Łódź, Poland.  Part of 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, 2019How 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, 4:00 pm – Author Meeting with Krzysztof Czyżewski, Szkolna 26, Puńsk (Poland)
Jan. 13, 2019Opening to Our Ancestral Karma: Embodying a Path to Healing – Experiential workshop at Boulder Shambhala Meditation Center, 2:00-5:00 pm
Jan. 10, 2019Boulder Book Store Author talk & signing, 1107 Pearl St., Boulder, Colorado, 7:30 pm
Nov. 30, 2018Inherited 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, 2018 – 24th Jewish American & Holocaust Literature Symposium, Miami Beach, Florida. Presentation – Love, Trauma, and Spiritual Daring in 2nd Generation Holocaust Memoirs
Nov. 7, 2018Buried Rivers – Author presentation at Delray Orthodox Synagogue, Delray Beach, Florida. 7:30 pm. Info:
Sept. 29, 2018Author Reading and reception at Inkberry Books in Niwot, Colorado, 7 pm
Sept. 22, 2018Author Reading at Jaipur Literary Festival, Boulder Public Library, 4:45 pm
Jan. 14, 2018Family 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, 2017Revisiting the Holocaust, A Buddhist Perspective 1:30-4:30, Nalandabodhi, 100 Arapahoe #6, Boulder, Colorado. Open to all
August 19-20, 2017The Four Foundation of Mindfulness, a weekend meditation program to be held near Gdansk, Poland.
August 17, 2017Returning to Our Roots – Public talk/workshop in Sopot, Poland, 5:00 – 8:00 pm
June 16-25, 2017Living Abhidharma and the Mandala Principle, at the Profound Treasury Retreat with Judith Lief, Saco, Maine.
May 15, 2017A 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, 2017Wakefulness 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, 2015Awakening the Heart – Public Talk Open to All
Warsaw Shambhala Center, Poland, 7 pm.
July 24-26, 2015The Mandala of Compassion
A weekend program of guided meditation, talks and discussion.
L’viv Shambhala Center, Ukraine