Well Being Retreat Center

"Where Silence Is Expressed"

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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. 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 are ozonated and rested between groups in addition to our normal thorough cleaning.

Don Oakley, Director, Well Being Retreat Center

Don Oakley will be speaking online Tuesday evening at 6:30 pm EST on "Creative Expression." 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. Don's talks are also posted as podcasts as "Well Being with Don Oakley"

More information HERE

Wednesday October 27, 2021 online from 2:00 - 3:30 pm EST- "Well Being Sacred Spacewith Patty Bottari

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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

October 23, 2021  "Coming Home to Yourself" a Day-Long Retreat  - (THIS EVENT IS NOW FULL) with Don Oakley & Patty Bottari

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"Coming Home to Yourself" Retreat. Don & Patty will lead a day-long Saturday Retreat on Saturday October 23, 2021 from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm. Coffee, teas and snacks served. Please plan to bring your own lunch. $50. Open Air Venue on the bank of the scenic Powell River. Cabin Rentals are also available if you would enjoy the land over the weekend. More information HERE.

October 28 - 31, 2021  The Joyfully Together Retreat with Leslie Rawls (THIS EVENT IS NOW FULL)
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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.


November 5 - 7, 2021  "Non-Dual Meditation & Inquiry Retreat"  with Alaya Dickinson
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Alaya Dickinson will return to lead her 8th retreat at Well Being Retreat Center November 5 - 7, 2020. 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

November 19 - 21, 2021  "Finding Your Essential Beingness" a Well Being Weekend Retreat  - with Don Oakley & Patty Bottari
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This in-person weekend retreat will be led by Don Oakley & Patty Bottari will be held November 19 - 21, 2021 . The event will be held in the Powell River Pavilion, an open-air, covered Powell River Pavilion on the bank of the river. Warm, cozy electric stadium blankets will be provided for all. 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


December 29, 2021 - January 1, 2022 "Well Being's 13th Annual New Years Retreat"  - with Don Oakley & Patty Bottari
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The 13th Annual New Years In-Person Retreat will be devoted to exploring deeply into the Nature of our Existence. The retreat will begin with check-in on Wednesday afternoon December 29th and will end mid-day on Saturday January 1st. All sessions will be held at the open-air Powell River Pavilion with appropriately spaced seating. Electric wraparound stadium blankets and electric foot warmers will be provided for everyone. Please plan to bring and prepare food for your meals. All cabins have kitchenettes. Maximum one person per bedroom except for couples. Shared two bedroom room cabins are available for consenting cabin mates. Cost $165. More Information HERE.


YEAR 2022
March 16, 2022 - March 20, 2022  Retreat with Upali Upasaka (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.


NOTE: If you registered for last year's cancelled event and rolled your registration forward to 2022, you are due some money back because this is a shorter retreat. Please contact patty@WellBeingCC.org


April 27, 2022 - May 1, 2022  "Our Essential Thread" Retreat with Therese Fitzgerald

The retreat will be mostly in silence and is recommended for both beginning and experienced meditators who feel drawn to mindful living, contemplation, and inner work.

Therese Fitzgerald trained for eight years at the San Francisco and Tassajara Zen Centers and then with Thich Nhat Hanh for fifteen years. She was ordained as a Dharma teacher by Thich Nhat Hanh in 1994. Therese lives on the island of Maui, where she is a Dharma teacher and a hospice chaplain.

More information HERE


Sept 21, 2022 - Sept 25, 2022  "ANFT Guide Immersion Training" with Tam Willey & Christine Hoyer

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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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