• Four year training in Hatha Yoga with Amrit Desai, founder of Kripalu Yoga and Kripalu Holistic Center in Lennox, Mass.

  • Graduated University of California, Santa Cruz with B.A. in humanistic psychology; honorable citation from graduate board for original work in the field of creativity; also attended U.C.L.A. and La Salle University

  • While working on her creative psychology thesis (1973-4) at UCSC under Dr. Frank X. Barron, Ellen designed one of the earliest recorded visual templates for amassing data in an academic setting; This right brain organizer, later became coined as mindmap templates.

  • Numerous courses on herbology and naturopathy; study course with Dr. John Christopher, N.D.

  • Certified in Swedish Massage, Polarity Techniques, Shiatsu from the Wholistic Health Institute of Santa Cruz, California

  • Certified by the La Salle /Urasenke School of Chado in Kyoto, Japan - with a 10 year study of Japanese Tea Ceremony - Zen Awareness Training under the directorship of Brother Joseph Keenan

  • Certified 3 years training in Gestalt Psychotherapy processes through The PA Gestalt Center in Paoli, PA under the supervision of founder Mariah Gladis and Dr. Dori Middleman

  • Supervision group in Gestalt Psychotherapy with Dr. Dori Middleman, psychiatrist

  • Participated in yearly international intensives with Hungarian philosopher, Georg Kuhlewind

  • 1989-1999 Certified in Magnetic Spiritual Healing by attending abroad studies in spiritual energy healing and initiatory training with Rev. Alex Orbito, world reknown spiritual healer and President of the Phillipine's Spiritual Circle

  • 1986-1996 attended ongoing Native American spirituality teachings, creation storytelling and sweat lodge cereminies with shaman/poet Beautiful Painted Arrow, Joseph Rael