Ecie Hursthouse

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Ecie Hursthouse

Managing Director - ‎Amitabha Hospice Service Trust, Auckland

Ecie Hursthouse

‎Buddhist Chaplain, Managing Director - ‎Amitabha Hospice Service Trust, Auckland

Spiritual Connection Needs Presence

Ecie will discuss what spiritual connection means and how presence is not dependent on religious affiliation. Spiritual presence empowers strength and resilience for patients, clients, carers, staff, and self.


Ecie Hursthouse was born in the USA. She became a Mahayana Buddhist in Nepal in 1973. Then in 1976, she and her husband and two other people started the first Tibetan Buddhist Centre in NZ, Dorje Chang Institute. In 1992 Ecie became a Registered Nurse, specializing in palliative care. Ecie was critically injured in a car accident in 2008, which she says gave her a lot of experience on the other side of the caring equation.

Ecie is the Managing Director of Amitabha Hospice which she started in 1995. Ecie says that while she was nursing dying patients in their own homes, she felt her usefulness was more as a spiritual companion supporting their transition. She has been on the executive of the New Zealand Buddhist Council since 2009. Ecie has been a Buddhist Chaplain since 2013 and she trains NZ Apprentice Buddhist Chaplains.

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