A Chat with Elli Richter
Would it be safe to say, based on your accent, that you are not originally from the United States?
Yes, I was born and raised in Germany and immigrated here at age 23.
Is Germany where you originally developed a desire to help people?
Very much so. As a little girl, I would randomly call people to sing them a song or play a tune on the piano, because I wanted to spread joy. My life’s purpose chose me early on.
What brought you to the United States?
A man. We met in Germany and were married for 12 years. I have been divorced for three years and am very grateful for all of it.
Were you able to continue the same work in the States that you did in Germany?
Yes and no. I worked as a physical therapist in Germany, and my degree was not transferred. Initially I was feeling frustrated about that, and then it gave me a second chance to evaluate what I wanted to do with my life. I am still using what I learned as a PT and added a lot more layers as a healer and coach.
What led you leave behind the physical approach to health and turn toward the mental and spiritual aspects of helping others?
I love the physical aspect, and I burned out teaching and training so much. Through that, I became aware that my zone of genius is in the mental, emotional, and energetic approach.
Once I aligned more with my true design and purpose, I found way more love and energy to give. My workflow now is 70 percent coaching one on one, and 30 percent about teaching classes, workshops, groups and retreats.
I encourage people to do the same, live in alignment with what they are good at and what makes them feel stronger.
What would you say are some of the main reasons people seek out your help?
I feel extremely honored to work with a wide variety of people with many different reasons for seeking support. Grief, transitions, divorce, burnout, chronic health issues, anxiety, depression, career change, low self-esteem, self-sabotage, relationship issues and eating and body image issues to name a few. Many people also come to me because they really want to connect to their true passion and purpose, after living someone else’s expectations.
Every single one of my clients is amazing, and many of them come to me for proactive therapy when they feel stuck or overwhelmed.
Is there a common missing ingredient in the lives of your clients?
I think it’s true for most of us that what is missing is self-love and self-care. And these terms have become mainstream, which is exciting to me, though also need clarification. Self-love to me means actually loving who you are, not because of what you do or have accomplished, and to talk to yourself and treat yourself like your own best friend. To meet yourself in every moment with compassion and acceptance versus criticism and condemnation like we are all conditioned to do. When you love yourself, and are self-aware, you also know what you need, you know your yeses and your noes, you know what you are here to do. Self-care is the practice of staying in alignment with that purpose. The daily practices that allow us to navigate the day to day, beyond diet and exercise, are also emotional and mental self-care rituals. We so often look to other people or outside things to give us peace, connection, stability and happiness. And those are all wonderful experiences that we can enjoy so much more when we turn our inner relationship with ourselves from being our own worst critic, to being our own best friend. When we shift from fear and lack to abundance and gratitude.
Tell us about your workshops.
To support people in more ways, and to make Charleston the number-one self-care destination, my dear friend Caryn O’Hara and I have teamed up to create uplifting, inspiring and healing events around town. Our collaborations have four goals:
- We want to heal on a large scale: spark plug our guest healing, growth and transformation [and] offer a safe space [for] the nourishment of authentic community.
- And we also want to give back to local organizations that do a lot of great work, so part of our profits flow back into the community.
- We want to support the professional growth of other teachers, healers and experts of their field, so we include a lot of brilliant people in our events.
- We want to highlight local businesses and build bridges.
Caryn also offers Ayurvedic Cleanse Programs and a variety of healing and uplifting experiences. Details via www.carynohara.com
If you could describe Elli Richter in one sentence, how would it read?
A multi-passionate spark plug on a mission to inspire as many people as possible to live life fully.
To learn more visit http://www.theminiretreat.com