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March Events

Start 2018 Meditating With
Bert Levitt March 4,  11AM - 3PM

Bert Levitt MA, LPC has been working with couples and individuals for over 38 years. He has seen firsthand that everyone has within them the ability to change. The skills set that Bert brings to his practice comes from a wide array of sources and experiences.

He has worked with abusive partners, addicts, bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, chronic pain syndrome, and numerous other conditions, as well as all sorts of life and relationship issues. Working with couples to clarify intentions and act skillfully is a special focus. His marriage of 35 years has been his greatest teacher in couples counseling. 

Bert has been nurturing and facilitating our meditation group here at NaMestoy since its birth in 2011. This is what he has to say about meditation: "My life long spiritual quest has led to my current meditative practice. The non-dual (not two but one out of which all things arise) way of meditation that leads to an awakened heart in the most direct way I know. Ramana Maharshi, perhaps the best known teacher of the non-dual way here in the west,also instructed students to meditate this way.

During the meditation time we search inside ourselves for the “I” we most fundamentally believe ourselves to be. The work is to put all our attention on the inner feeling of “I”, holding that feeling for as long as possible. Aides in this quest are questions to pose to ourselves; "From where does this 'I' thought arise?" Or "Who am 'I'”?

What we discover is that the “I” which we believe to be our individual self in the world vanishes when searched for. In it's place appears Absolute Being. Residing effortlessly and constantly in unshakable Absolute Being is the Awakened State.

Format For Meditation: Our first silent meditation is 15 minutes, from 11:00 - 11:15. Our second is 30 minutes, from 11:20 - 12:50. The third is an hour, from 11:50 - 12:50. The fourth is an hour, from 1:00 - 2:00, and the last is 45 minutes, from
2:10 - 3:00. We sit in silence together most of the time and take breaks occasionally for walking meditation and brief discussions. Participants may come and go as they please while still respecting the silence.

Donation: Free

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........


​       View Details on Ongoing Events at NF on Calendar Page
Sacred Circle ongoing Mondays

*Meditation With Bert 
Sunday March 4 see below for details

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

From left to right Staci Tye, Karen Cole, Nancy Amestoy, Tenzin Lama Sherp, Shankar & Renee Subramanium, and Mary Ann Witcher

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)

Nancy's Notes......

I spent much of the day yesterday in the kitchen creating a homemade cake for Ryan's birthday (Feb. 24). He wll be 45. Years ago I could have completed the cake project in no time at all. That's one of the things aging does to us. And another is that we tend to lose our passion for worthwhile causes. Watching all the speeches given by our amazing "children" who haven't become as apathetic and complacent as their "elders" was another reason for staying long in the kitchen. The words, "And a little child will lead them...." kept coming to me.  

One of the internet commentators had this to say about that verse...Isaiah 11:6-9 is a wonderful passage that describes what God has in store for this fallen world that has so much violence, fear and death. It will be a world of peace. The wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the young goat, and the calf and the lion and the fattened calf together; and a little child shall lead them.....The cow and the bear shall graze; their young shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. The nursing child shall play over the hole of the cobra, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the adder’s den. They shall not hurt or destroy in all my holy mountain; for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea. 

My sons are no longer children, but I must say that oftentimes they are just like the child mentioned in the above passage. They walk barefoot on the farm; and I'm sure there are lots of snakes, rats, wasps, bees and other possibly malevolent critters slithering and flying around. The beautiful thing about this is that my sons have little fear in their relationship with all of nature. Mother cow & her huge bull are at peace with them. The sheep and new born lambs are at peace with them; and the donkey, horse, chickens, cat, and 7 dogs all gather in a circle of worship with them from time to time.

Having been bitten by a copperhead and dog, I'm still far from making peace with "all our kin," but knowing that humans can easily get their hands on weapons of mass destruction and that our 4 footed friends can only harm one person at a time; I'd rather be in the woods than a school classroom any day. How crazy and sick our politics are today! If you need a bit of calm nurturing after listening to these "children" talk about and do what we adults haven't done to protect them; come experience Reiki Healing through the hands of Karen Cole this Sunday from 1-3PM.

Some of our elders are stepping up to the plate encouraging all of us to support those "elders" who do have the passion to make a difference and call our politicians into accountability for doing what is best for the American people rather than their own bank accountants. I am proud of my brother, Ed, for encouraging me and others on his email list to support the efforts of the organization mentioned below. If his message resonates with you; you, too, may want to contribute to this organization:  

Brave students are leading the way, and it is up to us to follow them.

Click here to chip in $3 to help MoveOn raise $100,000 to organize in support of student-led efforts to end gun violence.

Ed's message: 

 Love Nancy - Here I am with brothers in June, 2017

                       Winter Beauty
First, let me say, ​I am not a political person. I'm independent and have voted for candidates both "red" and "blue" and in between. I've even not voted too many times!

I'm passing this call-to-action opportunity along because it came to me and I want to do something about this ongoing violence related to gun deaths. I know this is a complex issue and I respect differing points of view. But it seems we need to start somewhere and banning assault weapons is a start. How much fire power do we need to protect our 2nd Amendment freedoms? And, will an AR-15 or AK-47 really hold off a US government intent on rounding up​ its citizens! Better we fight the fight for democracy before it ever gets to this.

Let's add mental health access and background checks, and "cooling off" periods as well. But, this seems an obvious and reasonable first step. These weapons were made to kill enemy soldiers in battle not kill our kids in schools!

I know MoveOn is a liberal organization and it is not without its biases and sometimes questionable tactics, but on this single issue they seem to be taking the lead. I am willing to suspend other concerns in the spirit of "the perfect being the enemy of the good" and get something going that seems all too logical and overdue. Let's give the kids a chance to see if they can turn the all-to-easy, but temporary, rage after these events into some actions. If the NRA will not budge on its "slippery slope" fight against banning even these mass-killing weapons, they should at least own the consequences. If it takes our kids to speak an all-too-obvious truth to power, then I want to give them their chance at the podium.

Thanks for being friends, and indulging this rant. I do not take our friendship lightly and respect your right to disagree. But, I had to call to your attention this opportunity to begin to do something.