Pati Bielak-Smith


Pati began practising in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition in 2004 in her motherland, Poland, and became an Awakened Heart Sangha student in 2005. In addition to the ongoing training with Lama Shenpen which included several years of residency at the Hermitage, she studied in Pullahari Monastery, Nepal, where she received teachings from Drubpon Khenpo. She has been a member of the Shrimalagana, an inner circle of responsibility within AHS, since its beginnings.

She is actively involved in training AHS mentors, offering individual and group mentoring for Discovering the Heart of Buddhism and wider Living the Awakened Heart training and Awakening Dialogue.

Pati is a professional counsellor and communication trainer (Nonviolent Communication Certified Trainer and author of Dementia Together: How to Communicate to Connect). She holds a Master's Degree in Philosophy (Intersubjectivity and Christian mysticism dissertation) and her background is in art (founder of Eventual Theatre).