Since graduating from the traditional Tibetan Buddhist three-year retreat under the guidance of Lama Norlha Rinpoche, Lama Samten has devoted her energy and creativity towards connecting a wide range of students to their innate compassion and embodied wisdom. With an accessible and gentle presence she gently guides students using the teachings of the Buddha Dharma and yogic practices. In addition to being a resident teacher at Wonderwell Mountain Refuge, Lama Samten helped to found a retreat center in the Smoky Mountains outside of Knoxville, TN (www.mocd.org). She is passionate about bringing to light the tantric elements inherent in all paths– particularly those of healers, artists, and earth protectors. Her own path is currently unfolding as an exploration of ways in which the “instrument of the heart,” Herbie Hancock’s description of the innate artist in all lives, can be tuned to its own particular gifts in order to transmit expressions of awakening wisdom and compassion in the sacred world.