Well Being Retreat Center
"Where Silence Is Expressed"
Caretaker Position Available
The Well Being Retreat Center is seeking responsible Caretaker at our 160-acre, riverfront location in NE Tennessee (single person or couple). The position will support our mission “to promote harmony with Nature, wellness of body and peace of mind” Hospitality and inter-personal skills are essential. Other useful, but not essential, skills include IT support, website maintenance, social media marketing, gardening, cooking, cleaning, and facilities maintenance. Important qualities include a can-do attitude, open-hearted, flexible, self-aware and in alignment with our mission. House and stipend provided.
Don Oakley and Patty Bottari are Directors and on-site Managers of Well Being Retreat Center.
About Well Being Retreat Center
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.
COVID Era Considerations: We decided early on during this ongoing pandemic to continue to provide a venue for in-person retreats and to do so with a very high degree of safety. We were in a unique position to do so. We have 11 cabins (to allow individual or couple occupancy) and an open-air Pavilion on the Powell River (to allow plenty of air circulation and spaced seating). We are not using the main Conference Building during the pandemic out of concern about shared indoor air.
The Pavilion has been outfitted with wrap-around electric blankets for all. We have been able to continue to hold retreats during colder months. The Pavilion also has a commercial kitchen to serve meals outdoors at oversized picnic tables to allow 6-foot separation and still be able to converse.
Cabins are treated with virus-killing ozone after each use and remain vacant for a minimum of three days in addition to our normal thorough cleaning. (Ozone is a gas that requires a two hour treatment in an empty cabin and then 8 hours to allow the ozone to change to oxygen.) Detailed COVID policies are 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 Service Manager 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 Service Manager would be provided with an on-site 2-bedroom, 1,200 square foot house (pictured)
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.
Well Being Retreat Center Facilities
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 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.
About the Position
We are a busy retreat center offering programs most weekends year-round. Because our unique facilities have allowed us to hold safe, in-person programs, we have continued to function even during this pandemic.
Your role will be to assume many, but not all, of the functions that the on-site Directors (Don & Patty) are currently doing. This position will require your flexibility to perform both manual and managerial functions depending entirely on what needs to be done.
We will expect you to work responsibly, efficiently and with awareness of what requires attention. As a representative of the Retreat Center, a friendly, professional and respectful attitude towards our guests, volunteers and co-workers is essential. As a retreat venue, we provide a service and our role is to serve.
Our guests at Well Being Retreat Center come from a wide variety of backgrounds and interests and we believe that a staff which reflects that diversity enhances our ability to achieve our mission. We strongly encourage applicants of all genders, ethnicity, cultural backgrounds, sexual orientation, abilities and with broad life experiences to apply.
As Caretaker you will have diverse responsibilities that will include both manual and managerial tasks. We recognize that you may have more experience in some of these areas than others. The position can be tailored to your skills and interest although a desire to learn new skills will be appreciated. A willing attitude of mindfulness will be encouraged for the more repetitive aspects of the position. (If you are applying as a couple, we recognize that you may likely have experience in more of these areas than if you are applying as a single person.)
Cooking and Meal Service
Manage Housekeeping staff & provide backup as necessary
Manage Kitchen Volunteers
Retreat and Cabin Rental Reservation Management & Support
Event Set-up and Support
Meal Planning and Stocking
Garden to Table
Conduct Guest Check-In as necessary
Provide information about Retreat Center facilities
Social Media Promotion
Also, depending on your skills or your desire to acquire new skills, there may be opportunities to work in other areas such as carpentry, farming, plant propagation, irrigation, and wildlife habitat enhancement.
Previous experience in customer service including leadership roles
Excellent inter-personal communication skills
Strong organizational and administrative skills
Working knowledge of computers, including basic software programs and social media
Effective decision-making and problem solving skills
Efficient, but calm, demeanor
Hold a valid U.S. Driver's License
Since we are located in rural Northeast Tennessee far from city lights, the position requires someone who prefers nature to night life.
We host a wide variety of events including yoga, meditation, non-dual spirituality, movement, energy work, as well as community events, the position requires a broad acceptance and appreciation of others.
Since our events are mostly scheduled to include weekends, including legal holidays, flexibility and adaptability in terms of weekly work schedule is necessary.
Although our location is rural, our events attract many interesting people.
Please Don't Apply if....
You don't enjoy working
You do drugs
You enjoy drama
You have a pet that you can't live without
You require City nightlife in the evenings
Please Apply if....
You have a "can-do" attitude
You get along well with others
You desire to learn sustainable living skills
You enjoy meeting and interacting with interesting people
You want to figure out what this life is all about
Please apply by sending your cover letter and resume to contact@WellBeingCC.org
The position is open until filled. The start date is flexible. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.