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 December 6th at 6:30 pm EDT. The title of the presentation will be "TBA" 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

December 10, 2022  "The End of Seeking" (day-long) Retreat"  - with Don Oakley & Patty Bottari    
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"The End of Seeking" Retreat. Don & Patty will lead a day-long Saturday Retreat on Saturday December 10, 2022 from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm. Coffee, teas and snacks served. Lunch will be served. $70. The event will be held indoors in the Main Conference Building. Cabin Rentals are also available if you would like to come early or stay after the retreat and enjoy the land over the weekend. 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.

This Event is Now Full - Wait List Only

Year 2023
January
January 4 - January 10, 2023 "University of Pennsylvania Graduate Program Workshop - (Private Event)
January 20 - 22, 2023 "Silent Non-dual Weekend Retreat" with Alaya Dickinson
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Alaya Dickinson will return to lead a weekend retreat at Well Being Retreat Center January 20 - 22, 2023. Bask in Alaya's loving presence and clarity for a two-night silent retreat where you will be well cared for, well fed, and have the opportunity to experience profound inner and outer silence. The retreat will be held primarily indoors at the Main Conference Building

More information HERE.

February

February 2 - 5, 2023 "Discover Your Inner Peace"  - a Three Night Retreat with Don Oakley & Patty Bottari        
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A Three-Night Retreat of Contemplation & Meditation. Don & Patty will lead a weekend retreat from Thursday afternoon through Sunday lunch. Meals will be organized pot-luck with Well Being providing Thursday Supper upon arrival and Sunday lunch. Coffee, teas and snacks will be served throughout. Patty will coordinate pot luck meal prep schedule for the remaining seven meals. $250. Indoor sessions in the Meeting Hall .More information HERE. 

March
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.

March 26 - 31, 2023  "Stop-at-Nothing's HILS2 Workshop with Jon Patten

Stop-at-Nothing, Inc. will be holding a High Impact Leadership Seminar Level 2 (HILS2) event at Well Being Retreat Center March 26-31, 2023. This event is limited to clients of Stop-at-Nothing. Please register with Stop-at-Nothing first for Tuition and then HERE for Accommodations.

April
April 6 - 9, 2023  "Tai Chi with Frankie Hart"
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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 HERE

April 20 - 23, 2023  "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.

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
May 4 - 7, 2023 "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, 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 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.

May 18 - 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, 2023 - 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."

June

June 9, 2023 - June 11, 2023 The Secrets of Great Relationships with Charlie & Linda Bloom
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Linda Bloom, LCSW and Charlie Bloom, MSW have been married since 1972. Trained as psychotherapists and relationship counselors, they have worked with individuals, couples, groups, and organizations since 1975.

They have lectured and taught at learning institutes throughout the USA (Esalen, Omega, Kripalu) and internationally have have co-written 5 books, including the best-seller,101 Things I Wish I Knew When I Got Married (over 100,000 sold.), which have been translated into several languages.

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More Information HERE.

June 15 - 18, 2023  "An Ivy House Retreat with Corrine Champigny                  
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Reconnect with yourself during this 3-night profoundly restorative retreat led by Corrine Champigny from the Ivy House Retreat Center in Nashville. Now is the time to redefine what your life is going to look like. Will you go back into the busy, frenetic life you had before or are you ready to approach and in-joy life in a new way?  Trained by Deepak Chopra, Corrine has over thirty years of experience in the healing arts and specializes in helping people find balance in their lives through yoga, meditation and mindfulness, More information HERE.

August

August 4 - 6, 2023 "Awakening the Heart to the Great Perfection" Retreat with John Blackburn, PhD
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What would it feel like to be spontaneously open, loving, generous, and fearless? This retreat will offer simple practices for uncovering these qualities in ourselves. John Blackburn 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. For many years he served as chair of the board of directors for Southern Dharma Retreat Center in Spring Creek, NC.

More information HERE.

October
October 19 - 22, 2023 "Yoga with Frankie Hart
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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 HERE