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Date & Time Details: Friday, April 26 - Saturday, May 4, 2024

Location: The Heartwood Dharma Hall

Address: 271 Old Barn Rd suite a, Hendersonville, NC 28791, USA

Contact: Soma
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(971) 645-8254

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The Pilgrimage of Life

with Venerable Soma Bhikkhuni

April 26 - May 4, 2024

Friday, April 26, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Saturday, April 27, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Saturday, May 4, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

We are born, we grow old, we have illness and we die. How we experience this journey determines our extent of suffering or joy. During this retreat we will travel like pilgrims, considering the 4 seasons, the edges of joys and sorrows, loss and gain, growth and change in our exploration of the years… be they few or many.

We will experience the mileposts we’ve encountered and allow for opportunities to re-visit, let go and move into the next and perhaps final chapters of this particular lifetime. Using music, poetry, writing and simple activities, we will journey inward and forward. 

Please gift yourself this opportunity to engage in the geography of your life. Any pilgrimage requires time to truly explore the landscape.

Bring: a water bottle, a lunch for our break and a journal to take notes

Dana: Generosity – There will be no charge but rather dana to support the teaching and facility use


Venerable Soma Bhikkhuni
Venerable Soma is ordained as a Theravadan Monk and has resided at Heartwood Refuge since 2019. During this time she has been the assistant to Venerable Pannavati, Abbot and the coordinator of Treasure Human Life, developing educational programs for Dalit children in India, migrant camp for children and other service programs. Prior to taking and receiving vows Venerable Soma received  Buddhist Chaplaincy training from Upaya Zen Center. As a lay practitioner she received her clinical Masters of Social Work practicing with families and children as well as 25 years in public education working in comprehensive high schools, K-8 schools and…
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