Well Being Retreat Center

"Where Silence Is Expressed"

Well Being Retreat Center Events

Covid-19 Precautions: Even during these pandemic times, we are able to offer in-person retreats due to the uniqueness of our facilities. We have 12 separate cabins and three cabinettes. We limit occupancy to one person per cabin except for couples and mutually consenting friends. So we have a retreat capacity of 15 - 24 people. We can seat up to 24 people at six foot minimum spacing in our open-air Powell River Pavilion directly on the bank of the scenic Powell River. In cooler weather, we provide electric stadium blankets and electric foot warmer pads for everyone. The Pavilion also has eight foot square picnic tables for socially distanced meals served from the outdoor take-out window from our commercial kitchen. Cabins and blankets are ozonated between groups in addition to our normal thorough cleaning.

Don Oakley will be speaking online talk Tuesday evening at 6:30 pm EST. These talks will be extemporaneous presentations with a brief guided meditation to begin and time for Q&A. All sessions are non-denominational and experientially based. More information on the upcoming Tuesday evening session can be found HERE.

 

Video Recordings of the previous sessions are on Don's YouTube Channel.

More information HERE

Wednesday Mar 3, 2021 online from 2:00 - 3:30 pm EST- "Well Being Shared Space" with Patty Bottari

Patty will host an online Zoom space in which participants in Don's Tuesday evening Satsangs can "meet" to share their thoughts, experiences, realization, challenges, and joys during this time of relative isolation. An invitation will be sent with the Zoom login link.

Please share from your own perspective, refrain from offering advice to others, and listen lovingly. Sometimes it is helpful to say things out loud - it helps to clarify our intentions - even to ourselves. It is also helpful to hear that what may seem like personal struggles may not be all that uncommon. 

We are each on our own unique journey but we can learn and rejoice in the company of others. More information here

March

This in-person weekend retreat will be led by Don Oakley & Patty Bottari will be held on the weekend of March 5 - 7, 2021 . The event will be held in the Powell River Pavilion, an open-air, covered Powell River Pavilion on the bank of the river. We have electric wraparound stadium blankets and electric foot warmer pads for everyone. Please plan to bring your own meals which can be stored and prepared in the cabins. Cabin occupancy is limited to one person except for couples and consenting cabin-mates. $125 including lodging. More information HERE.

March 27, 2021  "Our Pursuit of Happinessan ONLINE Saturday Retreat with Don Oakley & Patty Bottari 

This day-long ONLINE retreat will be led by Don Oakley & Patty Bottari will be held on Saturday March 27, 2021 from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm EST. More information HERE

April

IApril 2 - 4, 2021  Opening Your Heart Through Loving Kindness Retreat with John Blackburn

John Blackburn, Ph.D., has practiced meditation for over 45 years, practicing intensively with teachers in the Vipassana, Zen, and Dzogchen traditions. He leads a local meditation group, the Knoxville Community of Mindfulness. He also serves on the board of directors for Southern Dharma Retreat Center in Spring Creek, NC. More information HERE about this retreat. (Only one Private Cabin Left)

April 8 - 11, 2021  Embodied Life & Feldenkrais Retreat with Brenda Rasch

Brenda Rasch is a licensed Physical Therapist, Feldenkrais® instructor and Healing Touch Instructor. This popular three-night retreat is a celebration of Embodied Life™ and will include body awareness practices, meditation, some river paddling, a fire ceremony, and much more. More information HERE or contact Brenda at 865-363-6416 or at brendaraschpt@gmail.com. 

April 24, 2021  Powell River Kayak & Canoe Regatta 

The 6th Annual Powell River Kayak & Canoe Regatta is a 12 mile race on the scenic, Class 1 Powell River in Claiborne County, Tennessee. The race begins at Well Being Retreat Center and ends at Riverside (Kayak) Rentals.

The Powell River Regatta is a function of the Claiborne County Chamber of Commerce. Net proceeds from the Regatta will be used exclusively for the Powell River Blueway project, an effort to improve public access onto the 114 miles of the Powell River for paddling and fishing in the beautiful Cumberland Mountains of northeast Tennessee.

May

May 3 - 6, 2021  By-Invitation Retreat with Su Robertson

This three-day event is a "by invitation only" retreat will be led by Susan Robertson and will be held on the 160-acre Well Being Retreat Center on the Powell River in rural northeast Tennessee. More information HERE.

July

July 23 - 25, 2021 The Art of Belonging Retreat with Chelsea Green

Chelsea Green will return to lead a weekend retreat of exploration at Well Being this July which will include meditation, art and Constellation work. Chelsea is an accomplished artist, Certified Meditation Instructor (C-MI) and holds a Masters degree in Counseling. More information HERE.

August

August 27 - 29, 2021  Silent Retreat with Alaya Dickinson

Alaya Dickinson will return from Asheville for her 6th retreat at Well Being Retreat Center August 27 - 29, 2021. Bask in Alaya's loving presence and clarity for a two-night silent retreat at Well Being Retreat Center where you will be well cared for, well fed, and have the opportunity to experience profound inner and outer silence. More info HERE.

September

September 20 - 24, 2021  HILS 3/4 Retreat with Stop-at-Nothing, Inc

This is a training event for those who have already taken High Impact Leadership Seminar Levels 1 & 2.  For more information click HERE.

October

October 1 - 3, 2021   Retreat with Melanie McGhee & David Patterson

Melanie McGheeL.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 Nourishing Presence Retreat which will include Mindfulness & Acceptance and Integration Training.  More information to follow.

October 7 - 10, 2021  Yoga Retreat with Frankie Hart

Frankie Hart is a Yoga Teacher 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 to follow.

October 14 - 17, 2021  T'ai Chi Retreat with Frankie Hart

Frankie Hart is a Yoga Teacher 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 to follow.

October 28 - 31, 2021  T'ai Chi Retreat with Leslie Rawls

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. Details to follow.