Well Being Retreat Center - Event

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Meditation Retreat
"Opening the Heart Through Loving Kindness"
with John Blackburn
September 2 - 4, 2022

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.  

Note: If COVID-19 is still an issue at the time of this event, all meals will be served and all sessions will be held at Well Being's open-air and covered Powell River Pavilion on the riverbank.



The retreat will be conducted in Noble Silence with periods of sitting meditation, walking meditation, solitary practice, Dharma talks, and time for Q&A.  Private interviews with the teacher will also be offered.

Check in will be at 4 pm on Friday September 2nd and the program will end by 2 p.m. on Sunday September 4th. Meals will be vegetarian (including organic eggs and some organic dairy) and are freshly prepared and 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.

About John


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. More information here.

Registration for September 2 - 4, 2022 John Blackburn Retreat 

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


Tuition and Accommodations (lodging, meals and snacks) for this 2-night retreat range from $300 to $515, depending on the lodging selected. 

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

Well Being's current COVID-19 Policies and Procedures are shown here.

If you have any questions about the program content or structure, please contact John by clicking this link.

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

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