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Well Being Retreat Center Events

February 29 - March 3, 2024 "This Deep Drink" Retreat with Alaya Dickinson & Corrine Champigny

March

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Alaya Dickinson will return for a three-day retreat of silence, inquiry and contemplation at Well Being Retreat Center February 29 - March 3, 2024. 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

March 5, 2024 6:30 - 7:30 pm EST "Being Surrenderedwith Don Oakley on Zoom
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Don Oakley will be speaking online Tuesday evening March 5th  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, are experientially based, and are structured to direct attention to our Essential Nature. Registration not required. More information on the upcoming Tuesday evening session can be found HERE.  There's is no charge for this online event.

Mar 12, 2024 6:30 - 8:00 pm EST - Don Oakley Speaking at The Meaningful Life Center in Knoxville
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Don Oakley will be speaking at The Meaningful Life Center in the Bearden area of Knoxville on Tuesday evening March 12th from 6:30 - 8:00 pm EST. These sessions will include a brief guided meditation to begin, a spontaneous discourse on accessing our fundamental awareness, aka spiritual awakening, and time for dialogue. The Meaningful Life Center is located at 116 Carr Street, Knoxville.

March 15 - 17, 2024 "Finding Peace in a Chaotic World" - a Weekend Retreat with Don Oakley & Patty Bottari    
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A Weekend Retreat of Contemplation & Meditation. Don & Patty will lead a weekend retreat from Friday supper through Sunday lunch. Well Being will provide Friday Supper upon arrival and Sunday lunch and will provide coffee, teas and snacks throughout. You will be on your own for the other meals. All the Cabins have kitchenettes. Cabins will be assigned on a first come first served basis. $225. Indoor sessions in the Meeting Hall. More information HERE. 

March 24 - 29, 2024 Stop At Nothing's HILS2 Workshop with Jon Patten & Cecelia Calderon
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Stop At Nothing, Inc. will be holding a High Impact Leadership Seminar Level 2 (HILS2) event at Well Being Retreat Center March 24 -29, 2024. This event is limited to clients of Stop-at-Nothing, Inc.. Please register with Stop-at-Nothing first for Tuition and then HERE for Accommodations.

April

April 3, 2024 - April 7, 2024  Four Night Silent Retreat with Upasaka Upali (Paul Peterson)

This four-night meditation retreat will serve as a platform to support your practice, wherever it’s at, and aims to provide a space where it can deepen and flourish.  It will be filled with extended periods of meditation, personal one on one interviews, evening teachings, nourishing food, and natural surroundings. Upali’s formal training comes from a Shamatha-Vipassana background as expounded upon in The Mind Illuminated, but he teaches with a student-centric approach, aiming to uplift the experience and values each student brings to their own practice. More information HERE.  NOTE: Early Bird Special in effect until February 15th.

April 11 - 14, 2024  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. Silence is observed each evening through breakfast the following day. There are morning and evening meditations. Class time is spent in various experiential exercises, guided inquiry, movement lessons, conversation and talks. There is also unscheduled time each day allowing for ample self reflection, reading, journaling, napping, walking and hiking. More information HERE.

April 17, 2024 - April 21, 2024  ANFT Guide Immersion with Christine Hoyer & Darlene Rooney-Keller
 

This immersion 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 four months of the six-month remote Forest Therapy Guide Training are eligible to apply.  Completion of this Immersion and the six-month Guide Training fulfills ANFT requirements for full Guide Certification. More information HERE.

Logo of the Powell River Kayak & Canoe regatta held each spring in Claiborne County, Tennessee

The 7th Annual Powell River Kayak & Canoe Regatta is a 12-mile race on the scenic Powell River in NE Tennessee beginning at the Well Being Retreat Center and ending at Riverside Rentals. The event is a production of the Claiborne County Chamber of Commerce and the Claiborne County Tourism Commission. All net proceeds of the race will benefit the Powell River Blueway Trail Project, an effort of the Claiborne County Tourism Commission to improve public access to the Powell River for paddling and fishing. 

There will be eight race categories and a "recreational" category for those who are interested in an enjoyable paddle on a beautiful river in the early Spring.

More information HERE. Or go directly to the Registration Page for this event..

May

Frankie Hart earned her Master Level Qigong Certification in 2007 after many years of study with Master Tianyou Hao. 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. Enjoy Tai Chi and Qigong classes everyday! Study movement, meditation and self healing forms. Learn techniques to stretch and strengthen your body for Tai Chi. Enjoy yummy vegetarian meals, social activities, bonfires & so much more. More information on this retreat HERE.

May 15 - 19, 2024 Four-Night Mindful Living Retreat with Therese Fitzgerald
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Join Therese for an immersive experience along the tranquil Powell River, nestled amid the idyllic Appalachian Mountains. During our time together without the usual distractions, we will delve into a state of profound mindfulness. With the support of our fellow practitioners, the nourishing power of solitude and silence, and the opportunity to open ourselves to new insights, this retreat promises to be a transformative journey of self- discovery and renewal. Therese was ordained in the Thich Nhat Hanh tradition and has been teaching mindfulness for over  thirty years.

More information HERE.

May 23 - 27, 2024 Four-Night Retreat with Jim Newman

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.

 

In the meetings, there will be an uncovering, revealing, pointing to the reality, that that experience of separation, that experience that I'm real, that there's something wrong and that I need to do something about it, is illusory. In reality, THIS is whole, this is complete. There's nothing missing, there's no real lack, there's no real need for anything to happen. More information HERE.

May 31 - June 2, 2024 Awakening the Heart to the Great Perfection Meditation Retreat 
with John Blackburn

Experience the profound transformation of embracing spontaneity, love, generosity, and fearlessness. This retreat is designed to guide you through simple yet powerful techniques that unveil these inherent qualities within you. By awakening these attributes, you will enrich your ability to connect with others and infuse a sense of tranquility and contentment into your daily life. 

Nurture these qualities in yourself amidst a backdrop of serene surroundings, delectable cuisine, and profound teachings. Prior meditation experience is not necessary. While rooted in Buddhist principles, these practices transcend spiritual boundaries and can be embraced by individuals of all beliefs. More information HERE.

June

June 6-9, 2024  Karma Yoga Wellness Retreat with Elizabeth McNeil

Join Elizabeth McNeil for a distraction free weekend to Reset, Restore
and Refresh
your body, mind and spirit. Enjoy daily yoga, meditation and discussion in the beautiful surroundings of the Well Being Retreat Center located in the Appalachian Mountains. There will be plenty of free time for meandering the 160-acre property, enjoying the Powell river, or just reading and relaxing. No experience required! 
More information HERE.

June 20-23, 2024  Renew, Recharge, Reconnect with Nature Retreat  with Christine Hoyer

Join Christine Hoyer for a 3-night retreat to be in and be with nature.  We are part of nature and it is important to take the time to renew, recharge, and reconnect with nature and ourselves.  The weekend will include guided nature and forest therapy walks, simple mindful movement from the Tai Chi tradition, and other activities designed to connect you with the natural world directly through your senses.  This retreat will be mostly silent to allow for nature’s voice to be heard.  There will be times for sharing, guided activities, and time to explore the land.  

More information HERE

June 27-30, 2024  ChiRunning and ChiWalking Workshop  with Katherine & Danny Dreyer
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Danny and Katherine Dreyer are co-founders and co-authors of ChiWalking, ChiRunning and ChiLiving books and programs. Join them for a weekend of injury-free running with Danny, and/or fitness walking with Katherine. The many studies on the benefits of running and walking all agree: They are nothing short of a miracle for creating and maintaining good health (if done consistently and without pain and injury). These practices combine principles of T’ai Chi with running and walking for an energized, balanced body and a clear, focused mind. Your movement becomes a meditative, mindful practice as well as a great way to get and stay healthy. You’ll enjoy moving the way you were designed to – naturally, smoothly and without stress or strain.

More information HERE.

August

August 12 - 18, 2024  Holotropic Breathwork & Somatic Experiencing Workshop  
with Kim Lee and Jeffrey Warren

Holotropic Breathwork® is a powerful approach to self-exploration and personal empowerment that relies on our innate inner wisdom and its capacity to move us toward wholeness. Somatic Experiencing® is a ​body-oriented therapy that helps resolve symptoms of stress, shock, and trauma and release stuck patterns of fight, flight, or freeze to increase resilience ​and vitality.  Kundalini Yoga is a mystical and practical transportation system that enables you to enhance your health, energy and vitality.

More information HERE

September

September 6-8, 2024  "Authentic Radiance" Restorative Yoga & Meditation Retreat 
with D'lene Reeves and Jessica Mishu
                 
Jessica Mishu yoga instructor at Blue Ridge Yoga

Join us on a retreat to discover your connection to the divine self, where trust, safety, and connection to the body reside. During this retreat, you will have the space to let go of physical and emotional blocks of shame, guilt, fear, or doubt that are getting in the way of your authentic radiance.

 

We will be using deep relaxation techniques that release limiting or unhealthy subconscious beliefs including Yoga Nidra. Throughout the weekend, guided gentle & restorative yoga and meditation practices will help you to connect to a more blissful state of full-body awareness and pave the way to rediscovering true self-love inside yourself. More information To Follow.

D'lene Reeves yoga instructor at Blue Ridge Yoga
September 13 - 15, 2024  "Settling into Embodied Presence" Retreat  
                                
with Melanie McGhee, L.C.S.W. and David Patterson, PhD
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Join us for to discover pathways for settling into embodied presence. Melanie McGhee serves as our guide in AAIT™, Acceptance and Integration Training practices that often reveal higher states of awareness while facilitating psycho-emotional and spiritual wellbeing. David Patterson ushers us into mindful awareness. With yoga, silent sits, and teaching talks. Kathy White shepherds us into experiencing awareness through movement with Feldenkrais. More information HERE.

September 25, 2024 - September 29, 2024  ANFT Guide Immersion with Christine Hoyer & Tam Willey
 

This immersion 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 four months of the six-month remote Forest Therapy Guide Training are eligible to apply.  Completion of this Immersion and the six-month Guide Training fulfills ANFT requirements for full Guide Certification. More information HERE.

October

October 17 - 20, 2024 Yoga Workshop with Frankie Hart
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Frankie Hart 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. Enjoy daily Yoga classes, meditation, self healing forms, yummy vegetarian meals, social activities, bonfires & so much more. Most of all enjoy Frankie's beautiful presence! More information on this retreat HERE.

October 24 - 27, 2024 Three-Night Retreat with Leslie Rawls
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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. 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.

This silent retreat will offer sitting meditation, walking meditation on the beautiful Well Being grounds, mindful movement, deep relaxation, singing meditation, silent vegetarian meals, Dharma talks by Leslie, Dharma sharing in small groups, practice interviews, and plenty of free time for personal practice. More Information to Follow

October 31 - November 3, 2024  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. Silence is observed each evening through breakfast the following day. There are morning and evening meditations. Class time is spent in various experiential exercises, guided inquiry, movement lessons, conversation and talks. There is also unscheduled time each day allowing for ample self reflection, reading, journaling, napping, walking and hiking. More Information TO FOLLOW.

November

November 17- 22, 2024  "Stop At Nothing's HILS2 Workshop" with Jon Patten & Cecelia Calderon
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Stop At Nothing, Inc. will be holding a High Impact Leadership Seminar Level 2 (HILS2) event at Well Being Retreat Center November 17-22, 2024. This event is limited to clients of Stop-at-Nothing, Inc. Please register with Stop-at-Nothing first for Tuition and then HERE for Accommodations.

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