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Kirsten is a teacher in the field of contemplative care and leads courses, workshops, and retreats worldwide. For over twenty-five years she has accompanied terminally ill patients and their families.

Kirsten helped to pioneer Authentic Presence, one of the first contemplative-based programs in end-of-life care in the United States, now also offered in Ireland as well.

Kirsten is an international trainer with the Spiritual Care Programme, a network offering contemplative-based, non-denominational education in eleven countries.

Kirsten is trained in the Hakomi mindfulness-based somatic approach to psychotherapy and has been immersed in Buddhist study and practice for over twenty years, including a three-year meditation retreat. She is a member of the Harvard Buddhist Ministry working group.