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Dianne Aigaki leads what many consider to be the “high life of adventure”. For most of the year, Ms. Aigaki resides in Dharamsala, India, home of the XIVth Dalai Lama, in the foothills of the Himalayas. Ms. Aigaki built a home there, and spends her time writing, painting, entertaining friends from India and abroad, working as a volunteer consultant for the Tibetan Government, and leading tours to India.


Ms. Aigaki has been self-employed for the majority of her career.

  • Fine Artist working in stained glass, print-making, abstract art and botanical illustration (1975-present); Currently completing series of 100 botanical watercolors of wildflowers growing between 11,000-17,000 feet altitude in Tibet
  • Fund-raiser, grant-writer for hundreds of non-profit organizations and government agencies (1975-2005)
  • Consultant to non-profit organizations and government agencies on employee retreats, board development,
    organizational development (1975-2005)
  • Owner, East Greets East, a handmade greeting card company selling over 500,000 cards (1989-2004)
  • Coordinator of USA Tour for Gyudmed Tantric Monastery (Tibetan Buddhist Monastery) (2000-2001)
  • Clinical psychologist (1971-1992)
  • Assistant Director of San Joaquin Delta Planetarium (1972-1977)
  • Owner, Living Things plant store (1972-1977)


  • The Dream of the Turquoise Bee, Fiction (novel) based on travels to Tibet. Expected publication: 2006-2007
  • Insight and Clear Thinking: A Guide to Effective Grant-Writing Editions: 1993-2006
  • Insight and Clear Thinking: A Guide to Effective Grant-Writing; (International Funding); Editions: 1993-2006
  • EnVee Magazine, “Democracy in Nicaragua” 1991
  • Turtle Soup Magazine, Los Angeles, CA 1985-1991; 125 articles on Northern California restaurants
  • Trouble in Paradise: A Manual for Couples, Dry Creek Press, Napa, CA 1987 (Self-Published)
  • One In A Billion - American Students in China: A psychological/sociological study of eleven American university students studying in Mainland China 1985


  • Latin America: Belize, Brazil, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua , Venezuela
  • Asia: China, Hong Kong, India, Laos, Japan, Singapore, Th ailand, Tibet
  • Europe/British Isles: Denmark, Great Britain
  • Australia, New Zealand


Intermediate fluency in the following languages:

  • Tibetan
  • Spanish
  • Portuguese


  • Master of Science/Clinical/Counseling Psychology (1971), Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO
  • Bachelor of Arts/Psychology (1968), Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO USA