Well Being Retreat Center

"Where Silence Is Expressed"

Well Being Retreat Center Events


During this time of relative self-isolation and uncertainty, Don Oakley will be presenting a series of online talks (with an opportunity for questions) via Zoom every Tuesday evening at 6:30 pm for the foreseeable future. We have the opportunity to explore our deeper Nature during this time rather than dwelling entirely in fear and anxiety. We must, of course, take care of our bodies and be prudent to the extent we must venture out in the world, but that still leaves considerable space to venture into the mystery of our own being. With impermanence staring us in the face, motivation may be heightened to find the timeless, the unchanging, that place where fear has no foothold.


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

More information HERE

Friday July 10, 2020 online from 3:00 - 4:30 pm EDT- "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

Saturday July 11, 2020 9:00 am - 5:00 pm EDT- "Listening to Mother Earth, a Day Long Retreat"

with Don Oakley & Patty Bottari

This day-long retreat led by Don Oakley & Patty Bottari will be held on Saturday July 11, 2020 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. The event will be held in the Powell River Pavilion , an open air covered facility non the bank of the river. Please plan to bring your own lunch and snacks. We will limit attendance so we can maintain social distancing. More information HERE.

July 25, 2020  "Exploring Medicinal Plants" Workshop with Steve Roark

Steve Roark will be leading a Saturday workshop to explore the medicinal plants at Well Being Retreat Center. Steve is a retired state forester with 36 years of local experience in Tennessee. His knowledge of forest ecosystems and personal passion for botany has provided him with sound plant identification skills that he enjoys sharing with others. Steve continues to use his natural history knowledge as a volunteer naturalist at Cumberland Gap National Historical Park and writes a popular nature column for several local newspapers.

More information HERE.

July 29 - August 1, 2020  Bodywork for Depression & Anxiety with Sharon Nash & Tracey Moon

Sharon Nash and Tracey Moon will be returning to Well Being Retreat Center July 29 - August 1, 2020 for a 3-night workshop. Register first for the training at www.CultivatingInnerStillness.com or call 919-885-1069. Sharon & Tracey teach internationally. Open to everyone. Massage Therapists receive 21 NCBTMB CE’s. More information HERE.


Saturday August 15, 2020 9:00 am - 5:00 pm EDT- a Day Long Retreat with Don Oakley & Patty Bottari

This day-long retreat led by Don Oakley & Patty Bottari will be held on Saturday August 15, 2020 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. The event will be held in the Powell River Pavilion , an open air covered facility on the bank of the river. Please plan to bring your own lunch and snacks. We will limit attendance so we can maintain social distancing. More information to follow. 

August 21 - 23, 2020  Weekend Retreat with Alaya Dickinson

Alaya Dickinson will return for her 5th retreat at Well Being Retreat Center August 21 - 23, 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



October 2 - 4, 2020  Healers Retreat - An Invitation into the Mystery with Theresa Nardi & Dr. Karmi Patel

Calling all healers! You are invited to attend our 5th annual Healer’s Healing Retreat.  Come, rest and restore, for we cannot give from an empty well.


Theresa Nardi, HTCP will be leading this weekend event  to anyone who has completed Healing Touch Level One or or an equivalent energy medicine course. Dr. Karmi Patel (Internist - Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Lifestyle Medicine) will present "An Introduction to Food as Medicine," And much more! Detailed information here.

October 8 - 11, 2020  Yoga Retreat - A Transformative Mountain Experience 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 HERE

October 29 - November 1, 2020  "The Oasis of Mindfulness" with Leslie Rawls EVENT POSTPONED TO 2021

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.

Registration is now open. More information is HERE.


Dec 2 - Dec 5, 2020 Mujeres Creando Lazos Retreat with Anna (Beatriz) Herrera & Cecilia Calderon

More information to Follow

Year 2021


March 13 - 20, 2021  Seven-Night Silent Retreat with Paul Peterson (Upali Upasaka)

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.


IApril 2 - 4, 2021  Weekend Retreat with John Blackburn

John Blackburn will be leading a meditation retreat April 2 - 4, 2021. More information to follow

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. Detailed information is to follow or contact Brenda at 865-363-6416 or at brendaraschpt@gmail.com. 

April 14 - 18, 2021  Our Essential Thread: A Mindfulness 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