Well Being Retreat Center - Event

"Where Silence Is Expressed"

Opening the Doorway of Awareness

a Three-Night Meditation & Inquiry Retreat

February 20 - 23, 2020

Well Being Retreat Center is offering a weekend retreat entitled “Opening the Doorway of Awareness” led by Don Oakley, the author of "It's Time to Wake Up Now: The Top Ten Myths that Can Hijack Spiritual Awakening," a five star rated book on Amazon, and by Patty Bottari, a Director of Well Being Foundation and longtime employee and student of both Adyashanti and Byron Katie. A sample of Don's talks may be found on his YouTube Channel.


"We are all already operating from awareness, but it is unseen, unrecognized. Unseen because it is not a thing to be observed. Unrecognized because we take the miracle of consciousness for granted - believing that it is generated by our own bran cells. Seeking doesn't get us there, although seem to be compelled to seek. But when spacious awareness recognizes itself, it changes everything. It's as if the light of awareness illuminates what this life is really about..There is rest, There is peace.​ At last."

This weekend retreat will begin with supper on Thursday February 20th and will end after lunch on Sunday February 23rd.

About the Retreat

This retreat is a non-denominational opportunity to explore one’s own true nature – free from the everyday distractions and busyness of our lives. The retreat will include silent sittings in the serenity of our meeting room or down by the river, some guided meditation, structured sharing and several guided inquiry talks by Don Oakley on the subject of “Opening the Doorway of Awareness,“ and time for some Q&A,


All activities during the weekend are voluntary, of course, and all inquiry will be experientially grounded.

During the weekend there will be opportunities for quiet walks around our 160 acre property, sitting by the scenic Powell River which surrounds the property for 2 1/2 miles, for exploration of Nature, or simply to rest. You will be staying in one of the comfortable cabins. All meals and the event sessions will be in our Main Meeting Hall.

Silent Sittings

Each period of silent sitting will be an opportunity to simply let everything be as it is – naturally and without effort. You may discover the awake spaciousness that is ever-present – that exists prior to (and during) any effort to control or manipulate our experience.


There will be a $50 "Housekeeping Fee" for this retreat and we ask that you bring and prepare one meal. There is no charge for housing which will be on a first come first serve basis. Depending on the number of people attending, two or three people may be responsible for a supper or a breakfast, for example. (We expect that 18 – 25 people may attend.) In this way, you will have an opportunity to experience serving and being served. You will also be asked to help with kitchen clean-up for one or two of the meals – usually a 20 or 30 minute endeavor. You may be surprised to find that these “yogi chores” can create a sense of community and surprisingly deep friendships.

Even if you've never cooked for a larger group before, please do not let this prevent you from coming. You can team up with someone who likes to cook or just jump in and risk it! It always seems to work out beautifully. Talk to Patty if you have questions or need help in this regard.

Please visit Don's YouTube channel for a sampling of his dharma talks.


Your tax-deductible donation to Well Being Foundation before or at the end of the retreat will allow us to further this work of offering a venue for exploring your deepest nature. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.


We are located in Tazewell, Tennessee about an hour north of Knoxville. Click here for driving directions. Check-in will be between 4:00 and 5:30 pm on Thursday February 20, 2019. Registration will close Sunday February 16th so that cooking arrangements can be made. These retreats have been filling up, so if you would like to attend, we recommend that you sign up early using the form below. Patty@WellBeingCC.org or phone at 423-626-9000. Patty will send details of cooking responsibilities by email no later than Monday February 17th.

Well Being's Accommodation Policies for this retreat are HERE.

Please Use the Form Below to Register