Elenna has worked with individuals, organizations, communities and spontaneously arising groups at the threshold of change, navigating the sometimes chaotic, often grief laden and ultimately inspiring terrain between one iteration of life and another. As it best benefitted the situation, she’s been known as an Organizational Consultant, Program Founder/Director/Team Member/Designer, Community Organizer, Guide, Mentor, Coach, Counselor, Teacher, Writer, Dancer/Storyteller, Curator of Healing Spaces, Ritualist & Ceremonialist. And often, simply a Healing Presence.
Her work is devoted to gathering and nourishing community as creative spaces of healing and sanctuary to support communication and connection where separation may have prevailed. Reciprocity, collaboration, deep listening, curiosity, rigorous hope, gratitude, compassion and commitment to the well-being of Mother Earth and all Life are values that guide her.
Elenna holds a BA in Political Science from Barnard College (NY) and a MA in Anthropology and Social Change from CIIS (SF). She has been trained in Council Facilitation rooted in the Ojai Foundation lineage, and is a Practicing Rites of Passage Guide trained by School Of Lost Borders founders Steven Foster and Meredith Little. She has had the privilege of training with Joanna Macy in the Work that Reconnects, Deena Metzger - healer, community holder, medicine person and writer, Francis Weller in the sacred work of grief and renewal, and with Marti Spiegelman in her work of bringing the original technologies of consciousness into meaningful relationship with the modern world. She is deeply honored to have been mentored in a diversity of Indigenous Ways of Knowing and Practices.