Ellie, Program Director at Awakening Your Truth, is the former Director and creator of Family and Spiritual Recovery programming at The Retreat. She is a Certified Spiritual Director. She has worked as a social worker at the county and state level. She has an on-going practice with the principles of the twelve steps and has completed professional training on Mindful Self-compassion.
Ellie believes to embrace self-compassion it is necessary to know and accept the truth about ourselves, that we are all children of one creator and that gives us inherent value. She has experienced the pain of this feeling of separation from our source and has found the practices of prayer, meditation (or formal mindfulness practice) and daily inventory are essential to remove the blocks that separate us from a relationship with our creator.
The building blocks to self compassion include mindfulness, awareness and acceptance of our common humanity, and learning to practice self-kindness. Current research on mindfulness and her own personal experience show the transformative power of these practices.
Ellie's education includes a B.S. from Ursinus College, training at Christos Center for Spiritual Formation, and Mindful Self Compassion from the San Diego School of Medicine. Professional presentations have included Innovations in Recovery National Conference - San Diego, Minnesota Association of Resources for Recovery and Chemical Health (MARRCH) conference - Saint Paul, Saint Louis County Health and Human Services conference - Duluth.