Program Details

The 2017 Earth Vase Pilgrimage in the Smoky Mountains will begin and end at the Enlightenment Stupa at Milarepa Retreat Center, just on the border of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park.  The journey will take place primarily in the Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest, one of the very few old growth forests of its size remaining in the southeast.  Some of the trees in this forest are over 400 years old and can be wider than 20 feet around.  We will hike from here up to the ridge line to witness and do practices around the full solar eclipse that is crossing the region on the 21st of August.

This year’s journey will be moderate and easy in its intensity. Pilgrims should expect to walk only a few miles a day, and several days will be stationary. Backcountry camping standards will be the norm, bring your own equipment if possible.

DAY O, AUGUST 17

All pilgrims are arriving to Milarepa Retreat Center

 

DAY 1, AUGUST 18

Orientation, Equipment, Group Introductions, Introducing the Work that Reconnects.  Walking the land.  Public program in the evening on Pilgrimage.

 

DAY 2, AUGUST 19

Departure to the trailhead at Joyce Kilmer.  A few hours of hiking to the campsite.  Retreat Practices

 

DAY 3, AUGUST 20

A few hours of hiking, Retreat Practices

 

DAY 4, AUGUST 21

Total Solar Eclipse, Practices to Avert Obstacles, Retreat Practices

 

DAY 5-7, AUGUST 22-24

Retreat Practices and Vase Installations

 

DAY 8, AUGUST 24/25

Return to Milarepa Retreat Center, Welcome Party at Top of the World overlooking the Smokies