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We so appreciate your ongoing support of Well Being Retreat Center and want to let you know about the next step we are taking to ensure a long and healthy future for the organization.


We are looking for an Associate Director, someone who can eventually step into the CEO role. It is time for us to begin to cultivate the future leadership of Well Being and make sure this retreat center has everything it needs to thrive in its mission to “to promote harmony with Nature, wellness of our bodies, and peace of mind.”


Patty and Don will continue in their teaching roles, retain certain management responsibilities, oversee training of the Associate Director to ensure a smooth transition, and will retain their Board of Directors capacities. We look forward to finding and working with the right person to transition into this leadership role that we have provided for the last 14 years.


Please forward this announcement to anyone you think might be a good candidate for this position. 

A detailed description of the position is below. If interested, please send a cover letter and resume to

About the Associate Director's Position

Well Being Retreat Center is seeking an Associate Director/Marketing  Director with the intention of training this person to become Director/CEO.

Well Being Retreat Center (WBRC) is an independent, financially stable, non-denominational, non-profit organization situated on 160 acres of pristine rural land, bordered by 2 1/2 miles of the scenic Powell River, in the Cumberland hills ninety minutes north of Knoxville. Developed with care by the Founders and current on-site managers, Don Oakley and Patty Bottari, the buildings, grounds, and garden are of high quality and appreciated by guests. WBRC enjoys an excellent reputation for its meals, management, quality of programs offered, and for the natural beauty of the land. Programs offered include non-dual spirituality, yoga, meditation, mind/body awareness, and nature appreciation.

This new position is intended to allow the founders to step back from their roles as full-time managers, increase visibility and use of WBRC, and transition to an ongoing sustainable organization. It is WBRC’s goal for the successful applicant to assume, over time, full responsibility as CEO of the Well Being Foundation.

The position includes a salary commensurate with experience, an on-site house, most food and participation in the Foundation’s SIMPLE IRA plan. 

Responsibilities for the Associate Director position include:

  • Participate in long-term planning and management with the Board of Directors

  • Oversee the marketing and increasing event participation via:

  • Manage email and social media marketing 

  • Contact like-minded organizations

  • Extend outreach in Knoxville, Asheville, Nashville and Lexington

  • Increase website and online presence

  • Organize workshop registration and housing assignments-    

  • Manage full and part-time staff, volunteers and interns for housekeeping, food service and event support

Applicant qualities we are looking for include:

  • 5-10 years, or more, of similar experience

  • A deep understanding of mindful business practices in managing others and in overseeing a business-    

  • Dedication and desire to support others in personal and spiritual growth-    

  • Creative and enthusiastic marketing expertise-    

  • Ability to serve the larger vision while attending to the details that make Well Being a respected retreat center    

  • Ability to interact with others in a positive, constructive manner 

  • Awareness of, and respect for, the essential beingness of all others regardless of race, creed, gender, age, nationality, or sexual preference.



Please apply by sending your cover letter and resume to

The position is open until filled. The start date is flexible. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

About Well Being Retreat Center
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Well Being Retreat Center is an independent, non-denominational 501(c)3 non-profit organization that offers and hosts programs in the areas of meditation, non-dual spirituality, wellness, energy modalities, nature awareness and movement. We promote the connection between healthy soil, organic gardening and wholesome (and delicious) meals. We enjoy the silence of our rural Tennessee setting surrounded by 2 1/2 miles of frontage on the scenic Powell River. Nature abounds here. We value our relationship with the local community and enjoy meaningful relations with the Claiborne County Tourism Commission, the Nature Conservancy, Tennessee Wildlife resources Agency and our neighbors. Well Being Retreat Center initiated and continues to sponsor the County's Annual Powell River Kayak & Canoe Regatta and the Powell River Blueway Trail..

Our Intentions are stated HERE.


Well Being Retreat Center is located 1 1/4 hour north of Knoxville. The nearest town, Tazewell, which is 20 minutes away, can provide food, gas, banking, and building materials but lacks places to socialize. In other words, the Associate Director would need to be content to live in nature, meet many interesting people who come to programs here, but not require an active in-town social scene. 

The Associate Director would be provided with an on-site 2-bedroom, 1,200 square foot house (pictured)

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On-site recreation choices include kayaking on the Powell River, the second largest un-dammed river in Tennessee; swimming in the 25 yard, infinity edge pool, hiking the 160 acre site, observing Nature, walking the Labyrinth, star-gazing from the hilltop and enjoying the silence here which is virtually absent of manmade sounds.

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Well Being Retreat Center Facilities

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We are currently holding all events at our 1,800 square foot open-air Powell River Pavilion which has a small commercially licensed kitchen, men's & women's bathroom, a sound system, electric blankets for colder weather events, and oversized picnic tables for distanced meals.

There are 11 Cabins and 6 Cabinettes with a total bed capacity of 39 (during the pandemic the bed capacity is reduced to 14 - 24 depending on the number of couples and consenting cabin mates). All the Cabins have kitchenettes and full baths.

Our Main Conference Building with a Meeting Room, Dining Room and large commercial kitchen is not currently being used due to the pandemic. Map of the Retreat Center.

We have a Library, a large Labyrinth, a Fire Circle, a one acre organic vegetable garden and fruit orchard, and a 25 yard lap pool. We are a licensed riverfront campground with full climate controlled bathrooms bathrooms nearby.

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