Well Being Retreat Center - Event

Meditation Retreat

"Opening the Heart Through Loving Kindness and Compassion"

with John Blackburn

March 13 - 15, 2020

What would it feel like to be spontaneously open, loving, generous, and fearless?   Buddhism teaches that these are the natural qualities of the heart that emerge from the cultivation of loving-kindness and compassion.  With the support of beautiful surroundings, good companions, and profound teachings from the Theravada and Tibetan Buddhist traditions, we will cultivate these ancient practices of healing and protection.  

John Blackburn


The retreat will be conducted in Noble Silence with periods of sitting meditation, walking meditation, solitary practice, Dharma talks, and time for Q and A.

Check in will be at 4 pm.on Friday March 13, 2020 and the program will end by 2 p.m. on Sunday. Meals will be vegetarian (including organic eggs and some organic dairy) and are generally gluten-free. Meals include Friday supper through Sunday lunch. Teas, coffee & snacks provided throughout. Cabins (but not Cabinettes) have equipped kitchenettes if you have "special" foods you want to bring.

John Blackburn, PhD, has practiced meditation for over forty-five years, studying intensively with teachers in the Vipassana, Zen, and Dzogchen traditions. He teaches meditation in Knoxville and leads a local sitting group, the Knoxville Community of Mindfulness (knoxcomind.org). He also serves as a member of the board of directors for Southern Dharma Retreat Center in Spring Creek, NC.

The Knoxville Community of Mindfulness, which John leads, is a gathering of spiritual friends who support each other in the process of healing and transformation. The community  is grounded in various meditation practices including mindfulness, insight, loving-kindness, and compassion. We are particularly inspired by the living example and teachings of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, and our aspiration is to practice the way of awareness in order to benefit others. We offer a refuge where our innate capacities for kindness, wisdom, peace, and joy are nurtured and can find expression. Members of the community come from all walks of life and a variety of spiritual traditions. For more information visit www.knoxcomind.org

Registration for March 13 - 15, 2020 John Blackburn Retreat 

Register for this event with Well Being Retreat Center using the online form below.


Prices do not include Dana (generosity/donation) for John's teachings.

Pictures of Cabins and Cabinettes are shown hereAccommodations (lodging, meals and snacks) for this 2 night retreat range from $160 to $345, depending on the lodging selected.

Well Being Retreat Center's Policies for Accommodations are here.

If you have any questions about the program content or structure, please contact John at johnmb1948@hotmail.com

If you have any questions about lodging or Well Being Retreat Center facilities, please contact Patty at 423-626-9000 or patty@WellBeingCC.org

Please register with Well Being Retreat Center for accommodations (lodging and meals) using the form below:

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