Well Being Retreat Center

"Where Silence Is Expressed"

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Well Being Retreat Center Events

Don Oakley, Director, Well Being Retreat Center

Don Oakley will be presenting LIVE on Zoom Tuesday evening October 4th at 6:30 pm EDT. The title of the presentation will be "Next, More and Better - The Three Carrots" More information on the next Tuesday evening session can be found HERE.

Don's talks are also posted on his YouTube Channel and as podcasts under the title "Well Being with Don Oakley"

More information HERE

October 6, 2022 - October 9, 2022  Yoga Retreat with Frankie Hart
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Frankie Hart is a Yoga and T'ai Chi instructor with over 10,000 hours of teaching experience.  She has owned and operated Satya Life Yoga in Lakeland, Florida since 2004. Frankie leads Yoga Teacher Training certification programs yearly. She has been teaching the art of movement and healing for over thirty years. Her credentials include ERYT500, YACEP, RPYT, MFA, Master Level certified Qigong Instructor and Certified Lifeline Practitioner. More information on this 3-night retreat HERE


October 14-16, 2022 "Coming Home to Yourself"  - a Weekend Retreat with Don Oakley & Patty Bottari                      
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Coming Home to Yourselfl" Retreat. Don & Patty will lead a weekend retreat from Friday afternoon through Sunday lunch. Coffee, teas and snacks will be served. Please plan to bring your own meals. $150. Open-air venue on the bank of the scenic Powell River. More information HERE.


October 21 - 23, 2022  "What's Called for Now? Retreat" with Melanie McGhee and David Patterson
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Melanie McGhee, L.C.S.W. an award-winning author, psychotherapist, and the founder of Acceptance and Integration Therapy (AAIT™). and David Patterson, PhD, a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Teacher will lead this "What's Called for Now?" Retreat which will include  Acceptance and Integration Training (AAIT) Retreat. More information HERE.

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October 27 - 30, 2022  "Inner Stability and Freedom Retreat" with Leslie Rawls (Chan Giac Xu)
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Leslie Rawls (Chan Giac Xu) is a Dharma teacher in the Plum Village tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh, who has been her teacher for nearly 30 years. She has studied in his monasteries in Europe and North America and traveled with him to Vietnam. In 1995, Thich Nhat Hanh ordained Leslie into the Order of Interbeing. In 2009, he transmitted the Dharma Lamp to her, authorizing her to teach as a Dharmacharya. More details HERE.

This Event is now Full - Wait List Only

November 4 - 6, 2022 Volunteer Trailbuilding Weekend                 
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Come for the weekend or just for Saturday and help work on the new trail from the Wood Duck Cabin to the Garden. "Many hands make trail happen!" Meals, snacks, drinks and lodging will be provided. The work will be led by Christine Hoyer. The trail is under mature tree canopy so there will be shade. Bring good footwear with treads and appropriate clothing. Contact patty@wellbeingcc.org to volunteer. Meet new friends and see old friends.

November 10 - 13, 2022  "Feldenkrais® & Embodied Life™ Retreat with Brenda Rasch                    
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Join Brenda for a Three-Night Feldenkrais & Embodied Life Retreat which will include Embodied Meditation, Feldenkrais Movement, and guided inquiry. Contact Brenda at 865-363-6416 or at brendaraschpt@gmail.com for information about the content of the retreat. There will be time to enjoy the 160 acres of rural Tennessee land and the 2 1/2 miles of Powell River frontage.


November 18 - 20, 2022 "Finding Peace in a Turbulent World"  - a Weekend Retreat with Don Oakley & Patty Bottari         
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"Finding Peace in a Turbulent World" Retreat. Don & Patty will lead a weekend retreat from Friday afternoon through Sunday lunch. Coffee, teas and snacks will be served. Please plan to bring your own meals. $150. Open-air venue on the bank of the scenic Powell River. More information HERE.

December 29, 2022 - January 1, 2023 "Well Being's 14th Annual New Years Retreat"  - with Don Oakley & Patty Bottari      
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The 14th Annual Well Being New Years Retreat will be devoted to exploring deeply into the Nature of our Existence. The retreat will begin with check-in on Thursday afternoon December 29th and will end mid-day on Sunday January 1st. Sessions will be held either at the indoor Conference Building or at the open-air Powell River Pavilion depending on weather. Electric wraparound stadium blankets will be provided for the open-air sessions. Please plan to bring and prepare food for your meals. We will provide coffee, teas and snacks throughout. (All cabins have kitchenettes.) This event will be held in noble silence. Cost $195. More Information HERE.

Year 2023
March 15 - 19, 2023  "Silent Meditation Retreat with Upasaki Upali (Paul Peterson)
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Upasaka Upali (Paul Peterson) is a Chattanooga meditation teacher from a style that combines ancient meditation techniques with modern cognitive science. He has taught a wide array of meditators, from federal prison inmates to elementary school students. The Pragmatic Meditation Retreat is open to beginning and advanced practitioners alike.   The only prerequisite to attend is a history of consistent meditation practice.  It will largely be taught in the style of The Mind Illuminated by Upasaka Culadasa (Tucker Peck, PhD), but all traditions and styles of meditation are welcome. More information HERE.

April 12, 2023 - April 16, 2023  "ANFT Guide Immersion Training" 
with Christine Hoyer & Darlene Rooney-Keller
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This Guide Immersion Training is for Nature and Forest Therapy Guides-in-Training through the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy.  An immersion is an opportunity to be guided by ANFT trainers and to practice guiding with others.  Those who have completed at least 4 months of the six-month remote Forest Therapy Guide Training you're eligible to apply.  Completion of this immersion and the six-month training fulfills the requirements for full Guide Certification. More information HERE.

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May 18, 2022 - May 21, 2023 "Silent Non-dual Retreat" with Alaya Dickinson
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Alaya Dickinson will return to lead another retreat at Well Being Retreat Center May 18 - 21, 2023. Bask in Alaya's loving presence and clarity for a three-night silent retreat where you will be well cared for, well fed, and have the opportunity to experience profound inner and outer silence. More information HERE.

May 25, 2022 - May 29, 2023 Retreat with Jim Newman
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Jim Newman has given talks on non-dualism internationally. This in-person, residential, four-day program will be a unique opportunity to inquire deeply. Meetings will have no agenda, list of topics or specific structure. Space is open for questions and discussion with Jim. More information HERE.

Jim Newman's NON-DUALITY meetings share a mystery, a paradox. The paradox is that THIS, this appearance, isn't what it appears to be. It is and it isn't. It's no-thing being something. It's emptiness appearing as everything. It's unified appearing as divided or separated.  

"The meetings share a message of freedom. What is is already free, all-inclusive."