A group of monks from Abhayagiri and Pacific Hermitage along with anagarikas, a samanera, and six lay supporters are visiting the Old Gold Mine Hermitage (OGM) in North-Central Washington to plant trees. OGM is run by Roger Fox, a longtime friend of the monastic community. The hermitage is offered as a place for personal retreat. A fire in 2010 damaged the forest and this week-long visit is part of the reforestation effort.
We’ll be here through Wednesday, May 7th. We’re expecting a visit from the nuns of Sravasti Abbey in Eastern Washington on Tuesday, who will pitch in and help us finish the job. More than a 1000 trees will be planted by the group before the end of the week.