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Karma Wangmo is the first person in the United States to attempt and complete the 12 year retreat; doing so after having been ordained as a Buddhist nun, by H.H. the 16th Karmapa, March 1976, in Nepal.karmawangmo.com
Karma Wangmo completed three Ngondros' (preliminary practices) and a 210 day isolated Nyungne (thousand - armed chenrezig, fasting ritual) in a tree house in the Catskill Mountains, for the benefit of all sentient beings