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Patricia Ellsberg

Ellsberg Bio for Temple Body Arts Day

Patricia Ellsberg is a social change activist, public speaker, meditation teacher and spiritual mentor. In their first year of marriage in 1971, she helped her husband, Daniel Ellsberg, release to the press the Pentagon Papers, a top secret history of US involvement in Vietnam, which helped end the Vietnam War.

A central theme of her life has been bridging spiritual experience with social activism. For years Patricia had her own nationally syndicated interview radio program called New Voices. Her guided meditations have inspired thousands of people world-wide.

Patricia currently mentors and leads tele-seminars on personal and social transformation. Her forthcoming teleseminar is entitled, Opening to Divine Eros. For more information visit

I teach and live as fully as I can, embodied love. A primary source of this embodiment for me is through practicing and leading guided meditations or journeys that open us to vast internal worlds of love, joy and body bliss. This kind of creative mediation is a sacred form of worship for me. I call it “experiential mysticism”, not rooted in any particular religion or metaphysics, but in a visceral experience of the body’s capacity for experiencing ecstasy and a sacred union between the human and divine.

I had the great delight of experiencing a class led by Sofiah at a conference. I fell in love with her; her presence, teaching, beauty and grace. She is a pioneer of body bliss and creative expression. Bless her.