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Well Being Retreat Center - Event

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Bask in Alaya's loving presence and clarity for a two-night silent retreat at Well Being Retreat Center where you will be well cared for, well fed, and have the opportunity to experience profound inner and outer silence.

Following a spontaneous awakening twenty years ago, Alaya has deepened her understanding by immersing herself in the teachings of Neelam (in the lineage of Ramana Maharshi) and with personal counseling with Adyashanti.

           Two-Night Retreat with Alaya
          September 8 - 10, 2023


Alaya Dickinson


The retreat will begin with supper on Friday September 8th and will end after lunch on Sunday September 10th.


About the Retreat


The retreat will be held largely in silence except for Q&A with Alaya during the Dharma sessions that she will lead. There will be a number of silent sittings to enhance the inner inquiry and silence. Also, Alaya will be available for a limited number of private sessions Saturday afternoon.

The retreat will begin with check-in after 4 pm on Friday September 8th and end after lunch around 2 pm on Sunday September 10th, 2023.

Cabins at Well Being Retreat Center are comfortable. Those who wish can share our cabins. The open-air Powell River Pavilion and Conference Center may be used during this retreat. Check in and meals will take place at the Conference Center.

Meals will be non-vegetarian with a vegetarian option at each meal, The meals will be almost entirely gluten-free with lots of freshly prepared ingredients. The Cabins (but not the Cabinettes) have kitchenettes if you have special food needs to allow you to prepare your own supplementary food. 

About Alaya Dickinson


Alaya first experienced brief glimpses leading to a spontaneous awakening in 1997.  This left her with a burning fire for truth and a determination to find a release from her suffering.  She was drawn Satsang and to the feet of her beloved Neelam: a teacher of the Ramana Maharshi lineage.  From that very first meeting there arose a profound recognition of unconditional love but also a strong sense of separation and resistance.  However, Alaya instinctively knew that penetrating the resistance was exactly what was needed to penetrate the suffering.  With Neelam’s unconditional love this separation fell away shortly after the birth of Alaya’s first child in 2001.


With a new husband and baby, Alaya moved to Asheville.  She found in her daily experience of being a householder and working mother, that there was much abiding awareness/living in present Reality. But the non-abiding dream state kept arising which created an even deeper desire to investigate what was still appearing as separation. She realized that what was needed was already in the life she was leading and that every moment was a gift and opportunity to return to the natural awakened Self.  “My husband, my children, my job, everything is my teacher, and true love is laying down whatever pulls on you, turning back to this life with an open heart and open palms”.  With the realization that ordinary everyday life was sacred and that each moment was the Beloved pointing us home, she continued to question and inquire into her ideas, perspectives, and feelings until the veil of separation finally fell away.  “With tenderness and openness, conditioning can unmanifest -leaving what naturally remains, as stillness, presence and love”.  As people began to ask her to teach, Grace appeared as the non-dual teacher Adyashanti and with his support and friendship she began to give Satsang in 2011.  “Grace is like gravity, it will continue to pull you within for the truth of who you are isn’t found in doing.  It is found in the silence – in stillness.


More Information

If you have any questions about the program. contact Diana Flynn at or 828-553-6761

If you have questions about facilities or accommodations, contact or at 858-682-6884.


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