Founded in 2016, Lamplighter Company was created by John Almanzor and Kate Dutton as a way to support their meditation practice and studies with the aspiration to help support the mindfulness movement in the West. An initial conversation about their affinity for Herman Hesse’s Siddhartha has since led them to pursing a spiritual path across the globe. Prior to that, Kate had been studying Buddhism and meditation since 2011 when she participated in a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course in Sydney, Australia. John’s spiritual interest began at the University of Vermont where he enrolled in a course on Eastern religions. They have studied meditation with highly respected teachers including Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, HH the 17th Karmapa, Thich Nhat Hanh and more. Kate and John have participated in meditation retreats and Buddhist teachings in India, Nepal and Hawaii.