Well Being Retreat Center

"Where Silence Is Expressed"

Having a cup of tea on the deck at Well Being Retreat Center with view of the hillside along the Powell River
View from top of the hill at Well Being Retreat Center in Tazewell, Tennessee
Don Oakley and Patty Bottari, Directors and on-site Managers of Well Being Retreat Center

The Board of Directors of Well Being Foundation

Photo of Directors of Well Being Foundation: Greg Winterowd, Don Oakley, Patty Bottari, & David Grein

About the Foundation


The Well Being Retreat Center is located on a 160 acre site in Tazewell, Tennessee approximately one hour north of Knoxville in the Cumberland hills of Northeastern Tennessee. The land and all facilities are owned by Well Being Foundation. Well Being Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)3 private operating foundation founded in 1996.

Well Being Foundation is a non-denominational, non-affiliated organization. It's one and only location is in Tazewell, Tennessee.

Well Being Foundation has five Directors. Four of them are pictured from left to right: Greg Winterowd, Don Oakley, Patty Bottari, and David Grein. Gary Hahn is the fifth member of our Board.

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Don Oakley, Founder, Managing Director & President


Don Oakley is the Founder Director and President of Well Being Foundation. Don was previously a Lieutenant in the US Army Corps of Engineers, President of two homeowner associations, on the Board of Directors of Adyashanti's Open Gate Sangha – a non-profit organization, and Chairs the Powell River Tourism Committee of the Claiborne County Tourism Commission. Don is a licensed Civil Engineer in Oregon and Washington and majored in engineering at Princeton University. He is a retired homebuilder and home designer, an organic gardener, a swimmer, a kayaker, a meditation mentor, a public speaker, and is delightfully married to Patty Bottari. His book, "It's Time to Wake Up Now" is a five-star rated book on Amazon. Samples of his is discourses are on his YouTube Channel.

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Patty Bottari, Director & Vice-President


Patty Bottari, BSN has been a Registered Nurse employed by the University of Pennsylvania Hospital and Stanford University Hospital. More recently, she has worked for and travelled with Byron Katie (www.TheWork.org) and for Adyashanti (www.Adyashanti.org) as Director of Relations. Patty and Don were married in September 2008 and are the full-time on-site managers of the Well Being Retreat Center. Patty is from San Jose, California and has traveled extensively abroad and has served on the Claiborne County Tourism Commission. Don and Patty are the full-time, on-site Managers of Well Being Retreat Center.

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Greg Winterowd, Director


Greg Winterowd is a Principal of the land use and environmental planning firm of Winterbrook Planning Services located in Portland, Oregon. Greg holds a Masters degree in Urban and Regional Planning and has served as President of the Oregon Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA). Greg spends much of his free time cross country skiing, hiking, traveling and canoeing. Greg is shown here relazing on the Powell River.

David Grein, Director


David Grein, J.D., LL.M is an Attorney-at-Law and Principal of the law firm of Parsons Farnell and Grein, LLP in Portland, Oregon specializing in business and tax law. David is the Vice President for Legal Affairs for Well Being Foundation. He is married to his charming wife Julie and has three children.

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Gary Hahn, Director


Gary Hahn is the founder and owner of Hahn and Associates, Inc. of Portland, Oregon, an environmental consulting company. He is also a long-time supporter and former Chair of SEVA Foundation, an international non-profit organization working with restoring eyesight in third world countries. (SEVA was founded by Ram Dass and others.)  

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Dr. Colleen Brophy, Director


Colleen Brophy, M.D. is Professor of Surgery (Vascular) at Vanderbilt University. She has been funded by the NIH and the VAMC for over 20 years. She has over 100 publications in peer reviewed journals and holds ten medical patents. Colleen has been founder and inventor in five start-up companies (medical drugs and devices).  She is founder, cook and instructor at Ivy House (www.theivyhouse.org), a meditation and yoga retreat center in Nashville. She received her undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Utah and has been on the faculty at Yale, Medical College of Georgia, Arizona State University/University of Arizona.  Colleen frequently volunteers at, and participates in, retreats at Well Being Retreat Center.  She has two daughters and enjoys reading, skiing, hiking, and travel.