My name is Eloise de Leon (aka Eloisa) and I live in New York City. I am a mother, grandmother, artist, healer, and former Peace Corps Volunteer in Guatemala (2016-2018).
My certifications include:
Ordained Spiritual Minister, Order of the Ascended Rose (OAR is no longer active)
Ordained Minister, Universal Life Church
N.A.D.A. Ear Acupuncture
Significant Trainings also include:
Energy Metaphysics & Spiritual Healing with V.R.R. Chriss Lemmon
Spiritual Healing with Madre Sarita (Mexican curandera)
Holodynamics with Victor Woolf
Creativity Coaching with Eric Maisel
Acupressure training with Michael Reed Gach
Flower Essence Practitioner training with Brooke Sullivan of The Wild Temple
My work in the health field began in 1977 as a prenatal clinic coordinator at a community clinic. I got to observe the work of the nurse midwives and attend a monthly case conference at the hospital. Meanwhile, outside of the clinic, I taught childbirth classes, trained childbirth educators, and attended births. It was in those early years, especially while labor sitting, that I learned about subtle energies and family dynamics.
- I was initiated into Transcendental Meditation in 1972. In 1976, I attended a 3-month Phase I TM Teacher Training course in Fairfield, Iowa.
- In 2004, I began sitting and doing mindfulness walks with with Zen Buddhist Master, Thich Nhat Hanh at Deer Park Monastery in Escondido, CA.
- In 2006, I met Mother Sarita, a Mexican curandera (spiritual healer). I studied with her and spent many days in her company, enjoying lunch, seeing clients with her, and taking her classes in spiritual healing. She died at the age of 95 in 2008 and it was both expected and shattering. Three months after her death, she communicated with me during a channeled session. I was shocked! Mother Sarita reminded me of a pact we’d made eons ago, a pact to help bring forth teachings that would help in the ascension of earth and humanity. The teachings she brought forth were deeply spiritual and important for the ascension of humanity and the earth.
I self-published her teachings, All Light, All One (2012). At that time, the channeler wanted to remain anonymous but since then, she, Rosaria Cabrera, has decided to be known. Together, we revised the book’s format and made corrections in the initial print. The book is now in her hands to be re-published under a new title at a future date.
I do not follow any religion but I respect all religions. I am devoted to God (I call her ‘Divine Mother’) I am deeply grateful for all of the teachers who have graced my path.
Photo: Madre Sarita and my daughter, Ariel, seated. I am behind them. (2007)
B.A. in Urban Studies and Planning, (UCSD) University of California, San Diego
M.A. in Cross Cultural Counseling, CBB program, California State University, San Diego
M.F.A. in Visual Arts (UCSD)
Two-year post-graduate artist research fellowship from MEXUS, UCRiverside
I was a founding member of the San Diego Reiki Corps and for five years I served on their Reiki team at Sharp’s Memorial Hospital for Oncology patients. In NYC, I served five years on the volunteer healing team at You Can Thrive, providing Reiki to women with breast cancer.
From 2016 – 2018, I served in the Peace Corps in Guatemala, working with educators in rural schools. I even taught educators and students the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)! Outside of my Peace Corps work, I taught Reiki and offered Reiki sessions. The role of a Peace Corps Volunteer is three-fold: provide technical assistance according to the needs of the area and its people; help host country national understand the diversity of U.S. culture; and help Americans understand and appreciate the culture of your country of service. There is no age limit for Peace Corps Volunteers – but you must be in good health and have the education or commensurate experience required for the position you seek.
I served 1 1/2 years as a Volunteer Advocate for Mt. Sinai Beth Israel Hospital’s Victim Services Program. I provided support to people who arrived in the emergency room after a sexual assault or domestic violence.
I highly encourage everyone to find ways to volunteer or be of service in one’s community. We are here to help each other just as people have helped each of us along the way.
Photo below: A Mayan women’s group in Guatemala. I’m seated to the far right. They provide Reiki sessions and trainings, herbal consultations, counseling, and education to women in their city. I continue a strong friendship and ongoing communication with this outstanding women’s group.
I pursue a blend of spiritual and creative practice through writing, photography and videography. I co-produced this video, Colors of Compassion: Teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh (2010), with Ralph Chaney and Tripp Mikich; edited by Michael De Leon (my brother). It is a documentary about mindfulness, recorded at a retreat for People of Color at Deer Park Monastery in California.