Ellen’s intuition of the deepest reality awakened fully when she met her teacher, Francis Lucille. In his presence, over many years, she explored the non-dual understanding through the pathways of body and mind. The process of aligning and stabilising her life to and in this beautiful truth has never ceased to unfold and deepen since then.
As a child Ellen was in love with movement and dance. She knew without words the joy and limitless transparency that the body dissolved into when it was free and alive and one with its source. As an adolescent and young adult, she acutely felt and enacted suffering through her body, struggling with an eating disorder and with depression. Thus, the experience that we call the body has always been central to all of her experiences, both in the ignoring and in the recognition of her true nature.
Today, Ellen lives in Oxford with her husband Rupert Spira, a teacher in the tradition of non-duality. She offers meetings and weekend retreats in the Awakening Body, an exploration of the body sourced in the tradition of Kashmir Shivaism and non-duality. During these sessions our true nature of Awareness is explored at the level of the body. Ellen also has a practice as a Psychotherapist, and facilitator of Authentic Movement. Her background of Dance-Movement Therapy and Transpersonal Psychology has been deeply influenced by the non-dual understanding.