September 1, 2020
By Liz Dossa
Sister Elaine Pacheco feels a strong bond with Earth. She is certain that listening to its language is as essential as listening to our own bodies. What needs to be healed in us? What messages is Earth sending us through melting ice, Amazon fires and polluted seas?
Sister Elaine’s love of nature blossomed naturally during childhood. She grew up in Colorado in view of the Wet Mountains and visiting her grandparents in New Mexico in the summer.
“There were constant opportunities to be outside in the family gardens, picnics in the park, camping and hiking in the mountains,” she remembers.
Sister Elaine is devoted to healing trauma that has affected women and Earth. A licensed therapist, social worker and spiritual director, she discovered a new perspective on healing in the 1980s. She attended a workshop by somatic therapist Peter Levine and became convinced that to heal trauma, therapy needs to include the body. “An hour of body work can be worth 90 hours of talk therapy,” she says.
Her concern for Earth was intertwined with the need to heal the body.Read More