Well Being Retreat Center - Event
"Where Silence Is Expressed"
Debugging the Egoic Operating System
a Weekend Meditation & Inquiry Retreat
August 9 - 11, 2019
Well Being Retreat Center is offering a weekend retreat entitled “Understanding Personal Will” 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.
Rugged individualism and strong personal will are highly valued attributes in the US. But do they always serve our deeper desires for relationship, community and a sense of being at home in the world? This weekend will be devoted to exploring the limitations of personal will and the vast opportunity possible when we come into whole-hearted alignment with Life itself. This weekend will explore this rich territory.
This weekend retreat will begin with supper on Friday April 12th and will end after lunch on Sunday April 14th.
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 “Understanding Personal Will.“ . 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.
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 $40 "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.
Note that with the recent completion of the Tiny Houses, we now have additional cabin bed capacity.
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 Friday April 12, 2019. Registration will close Sunday April 7th 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. or phone at 423-626-9000. Patty will send details of cooking responsibilities by email no later than Monday April 8th.
Well Being's Accommodation Policies for this retreat are HERE.