​Serene Retreat in North Georgia

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 Coming In November

November 12 Relationship Tune Up With Peter Vajda
11:00AM - 2 PM  

The Four Noble Truths of Relationship
Relationships are uncomfortable — feelings of fear, or being hurt, misunderstood, disappointed, stressed, rejected or ignored arise over and over. This is life in relationship — even happy relationships. Impermanence leads to terror and bliss, highs and lows, love and hate - the roller-coaster experience of relationship. If you're looking to live your relationship on the "happy-only" end of the continuum, please disregard this notice. If you want to experience aliveness, authenticity, chaos, depth, sadness and meaning in your relationship, the Four Nobel Truths can help you understand what you long for and fear the most — love.

Understanding and Working with "Internal Knots" 
Buddhist psychology refers to internal formations, fetters or "knots" as the experience we have when, for example, our partner says something unkind to us and we then become reactive, confused or irritated. Our lack of understanding is the basis of every "knot" we experience. Often in our relationships we become uncomfortable with the fear, anger, and resentment or regrets these "knots" cause. Rather than face our emotional reactivity head-on, we resort to defense mechanisms in order to bury these emotions. Recognizing the knot in the moment provides us with an opportunity for deeper exploration and clarity — the path to inner peace, calm, harmony and balance within our self and between our self and our partner.

Why Accommodating to Your Partner May Be Unhealthy
Many folks believe a heathy, loving relationship requires us to sacrifice some of our requirements, wants or needs "for the good of the order." However, can sacrifice sometimes undermine our relationship? Some recent research shows that accommodating our partner can, in fact, sometimes lead to resentment, regret and depression. How so?

Suggested offering: $15 per person. Everyone is welcome to attend and Gratitude Offerings are acceptable if you are unable to pay the suggested offering.
RSVP: Pvajda(at)truenorthpartnering.com 770-804-9125

Welcome to NaMestoyFarm

Welcome To NaMestoy Farm  

If you're looking for serenity and peace, you've come to the right place. At NaMestoyFarm we provide space for both personal and group retreats.There are 14 acres to roam, enjoy the natrual wooded beauty, gaze at the sunset, and literally smell the roses that bloom in abundant glory. NaMestoyFarm has been located in North Georgia since 2011. We look forward to your visit........


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Ongoing Events
Yo-Chi-Ahh! and Sacred Circle will not meet this Sunday (Oct. 22) & Monday (Oct. 23). Nancy will be in San Jose for the Science and Non-Duality Conference. We will miss you and look forward to being with you next week!... Yo-Chi-Ahh! at 9:30 AM on Sunday (Oct. 29) and Healing Circle at 1PM (Oct. 29). Sacred Circle will reconvene at 9AM on Monday (Oct. 30).

News Flash!!!
NaMestoy Farm featured in Home Magazine of North Georgia

Even as a mother protects with her life her child, her only child,

So with a boundless heart should one cherish all living beings;

Radiating kindness over the entire world

Spreading upwards to the skies, & downwards to the depths; Outwards & unbounded

How could anyone ever tell you you were anything less than beautiful.  

How could anyone ever tell you you were less than whole.  

How could anyone fail to notice that your loving is a miracle

and how deeply you're connected to my soul. (lyrics by Libby Rodrich)
From left to right Staci Tye, Karen Cole, Nancy Amestoy, Tenzin Lama Sherp, Shankar & Renee Subramanium, and Mary Ann Witcher

Nancy's Notes......

Talks of war take me back to Vietnam. Marty and I had been married four months when he got his orders to go. They'd promised he wouldn't have to. Having graduated from the University of Florida as a second lieutenant in the army, they needed him at Fort Bliss to train the men who would be going. It was gruelling work waking up at four in the morning, running with his men in the blistering cold and returning to our apartment after dark, getting them ready for thier inevitable orders. We were both in shock when he got his orders. He'd be leaving in a month.

A year later he was back, but so much of the terror he experienced with the 11th armoured cavalry was brought back with him. I wish we'd both known about the teaching of a young monk, Thich Nhat Hahn, who was there during his tour of duty from April 1969 to April 1970. Marty earned every award a platoon leader could win. Just to remind us of how awful war is, I'll quote just one of the things he had to do to be given these awards:

"his platoon was on a reconaissance mission when the lead vehicles in the armored column suddenly came under intense small arms, automatic weapons and rocket-propelled grenade fire from an estimated enemy battalion. Lieutenant Amestoy quickly located the source of the heaviest hostile fire and directed his vehicles into an assault formation and led an attack on a group of enemy positions. Because of a loss of radio contact, he stood on his vehicle and directed his platoon by hand signals. While in this exposed position, he was wounded when a rocket-propelled grenade exploded nearby. Refusing medical attention, he continued to lead his vehicles in overrunning the hostile positions. Several times during the four-hour battle, he left his vehicle and ran through enemy fire to aid casualties and reorganize the assault formation."  

At the height of the war, there were more than half a million U.S. troops in Vietnam. More than three million Vietnamese died in the war. I'm telling you all of this to let you know about the big "Aha" moment I had while reading Thich Nhat Hanh's latest articles in Lion's Roar Magazine.  

NaMestoy Farm was created with the same intention that Thich Nhat Hahn had for his communities. After his exile from Vietnam, Nhat Hanh was granted asylum in France. In 1982 his community bought the land in southern France that would become Plum Village. All of this history has been given to say that what Plum Village is doing now, Nhat Hahn recommends that others should do to regain their sense of priorities. What is needed is to set up an environment where people live simply and happily, and invite others to come and observe. That is the only thing that will convince them to abandon their materialistic idea of happiness. 

I'm not saying that we are doing this daily at NaMestoy Farm, but I will say that most of the time groups of people come here for retreat they get a taste of what that can be like. Nhat Hahn says, 'We need to demonstrate that living simply with a practice of the dharma can be very fulfilling, because until people see it and experience it, they cannot be convinced. In Plum Village, we laugh all day long, yet not one of us has a private bank account, car, or telephone.... I think in Buddhist circles we have to reorganize so that we can show people a way of living happily based on mutual understanding, not materialism. Just a dharma talk isn't enough, because a dharma talk is just a talk. Only when people see such an unmaterialistic community, when they see such a way of life, will they be convinced."

In remembrance of Thich Nhat Hahn and Marty's contributions to creating space for communities to live in peaceful coexistence, we will be playing the gong every hour on the hour on Sunday to remember the peace that is always in us and praying that war will be no more! Yo-Chi-Ahh! will be from 9:30 -10:45 and Meditation will be on-going from 11:00AM - 3:00 PM. Come feel the Peaceful Presence....

Love, Nancy

Nancy, Tenzin & Honored Guests
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