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Tibetan monk to visit local retreat
Will spend month meeting, teaching
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Tenzin Lama Sherpa

At a glance

NaMestoy Farm is at 7490 Whitmire Road. Events will be updated on the Web site and those scheduled so far include:

• Gong meditation welcoming: 7:30 p.m. Saturday

• Meet and greet: 10 a.m. to noon June 9

Contact: For more information or to set up an appointment, visit or call Nancy Amestoy at (770) 205-9358.

A Tibetan Buddhist monk will arrive in Forsyth County on Saturday for a monthlong visit offering his services to the community.

Tenzin Lama Sherpa will stay at the NaMestoy Farm, a nonprofit center for retreat and meditation in northwestern Forsyth.

Nancy Amestoy, owner of the farm, said Sherpa has been traveling the U.S. teaching usui reiki healing and Buddhist meditation and philosophy.

She explained reiki healing as a somewhat meditative state where trained healers use their hands to transmit energy.

The practice, Amestoy said, is “a very scientifically acknowledged modality for healing” that is used at schools and clinics, including Harvard University.

In the past 10 years, Sherpa has given reiki to more than 5,500 people and has taught reiki to more than 450 students.

Sherpa will be available to meet with people at the NaMestoy Farm this month through appointments for individuals or groups or at scheduled events.

“Any way that he can serve, he’s come to impart some of the Tibetan Buddhist wisdom to our part of the world,” she said. “If they just want to come here to the farm and walk around this beautiful property and spend time with him or ask him questions, for anybody who’s interested, we’ll find a way for them to connect with him.”

Sherpa will be welcomed with a gong ceremony at the center on Saturday, and he’ll be available for an open meet and greet on June 9.

Amestoy opened the 14-acre retreat center more than a year ago with her husband, Martin, who died in a bicycling accident just three weeks after they moved in.

She continued with the vision that her husband and his family had for the site, naming it NaMestoy, as a play on words.

The farm’s name contains her first initial and married last name and sounds like Nameste, which means “The divinity in me recognizes the divinity in you.”

Amestoy is looking forward to Sherpa’s visit at the tranquil farm, which she said is open to the community for other events.

“I’m left with this beautiful estate,” she said. “And I’m just wanting to do whatever I can to help make life more wonderful for people — to bring peace and healing and loving kindness into the world at a time that seems to be so stressful for so many.”