Amma Thanasanti, Spiritual Director

Amma Thanasanti’s motto is “Whatever it takes.” She supports you to grow up through developmental stages, clean up trauma and attachment wounding, wake up to your essential nature, and show up fully to have authentic connections with others. She has been meditating for over 40 years. She was a Buddhist Nun for 26 years including 20 years in the Ajahn Chah Forest Tradition. She has been teaching meditation retreats internationally since 1996.

Decades of living in monastic communities showed her several ways that ending suffering required more than what was available from Insight meditation practices and ethical guidelines; particularly true when individuals were dealing with developmental trauma. She returned to civilian life in 2017. 

Amma’s North Star is the truth where love, pervasive awareness, and the power of the land teach and support her every day. She continually returns to the profound but straightforward practices in early Buddhist teachings and the ever-present awakened mind. 

Amma is currently living in Piedmont, California.

Tia Paquin, President

Josh, Treasurer

Lenore Kitani, Secretary

Lenore has been a dedicated meditation practitioner for two decades and once called herself a “Satipatthana Sutta junkie”. She first heard Amma teach the Dhamma at a 10-day retreat in 2009. Not long after was fortunate to have been a part of the Women’s Facilitator’s Group- a 4-year Dhamma, Leadership Study training with Amma and Jess Nichols. Since 2009, Lenore has supported Amma and Awakening Truth in various capacities. Now she is the Secretary of the Board. Lenore is also a licensed physical therapist, Iyengar yoga teacher, and pelvic floor yoga teacher and lives in Boulder, Colorado with her husband Tim.

Anne Heerdt, Member-at-Large