About Amita Lhamo
About Amita Lhamo

Founding Director


Amita Lhamo (Connee Pike) holds a Bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies, and a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. As a psychotherapist, she specialized in death, dying, and grief, as well as trauma, chronic illness, and women’s issues. As a spiritual practitioner, she has studied within the Lakota dream tradition, working with her first teacher for nearly a decade before meeting the lineage of Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche and studying with his Dzogchen lineage holder, Lama Drimed Norbu. Under his guidance, she completed a formal five-year meditation retreat in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. She has cared for thousands of individuals and their families through the process of dying, both as a hospice chaplain and as an independent midwife in her community. She was the spiritual care manager for Napa Valley Hospice and Adult Day Center and has since trained individuals, groups, and organizations in spiritual care to the dying. She integrates her professional experience with her spiritual training to write and teach. Her first book, Dandelions Blooming in the Cracks of Sidewalks:  Stories from the Bedside of the Dying, will be released in January 2019 by Mandorla Publications.

"Joy and sorrow share the same piece of soil."


Invite Amita to Speak


Amita is available to give book readings, offer talks, or teach seminars and retreats.

Suggested topics include:

Reading from, Dandelions Blooming in the Cracks of Sidewalks: Stories from the Bedside of the Dying, with guided discussion.
Spiritual Presence
Soul’s Journey
Radical Kindness
Sacred Ritual
Death as Retreat
Prayer at the Bedside of the Dying
Tonglen and Other Breath Meditations
Sacred Nature of Story

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Upcoming Projects

In Fall 2019, we will release our first chapbook trilogy, written by Amita Lhamo. As part of our new wisdom and compassion series, this trilogy lays a philosophical and practical foundation in spiritual care for the dying.

The first chapbook explores the nature of death and its role in the soul’s journey. The second delineates the principles of midwifery and the nature of spiritual presence. The third explores the psycho-spiritual processes of dying and contemplative, prayerful, loving ways to greet the final days and hours of life. Together they invite us to gaze into the mirror of death with open hearts and hands at any stage of our lives.