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Well Being Retreat Center - Event

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Leslie Rawls (Chan Giac Xu)

Tending the Garden of our Hearts
with Leslie Rawls

October 26 - 29, 2023

Presented by the 

Mountain Solid Water Reflecting Sangha

of Knoxville


Tending the Garden of our Hearts


How can we learn to cultivate and nourish seeds of wholesome joy in our minds and learn to live in a way that brings a smile to people we encounter in our daily lives?   How do we transform unwholesome seeds?  How are seeds transmitted to us?  We will practice with the Buddha’s teachings on dwelling in the present moment, understanding and love in order to realize joy, stability and freedom. 


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. 


Sunday morning, Leslie will transmit the Five Mindfulness Trainings to those who would like to formally receive them. 

This retreat is Suitable for newcomers or seasoned practitioners—all are welcome!





Check in will be at 3 pm on Thursday October 26. A 2-night option beginning with Friday supper is also available for those who cannot begin the retreat Thursday evening. Check in for this option will be at 3 pm on Friday October 27. The program will end by 2 p.m. on Sunday October 29th. Meals will be vegetarian (including organic eggs and some organic dairy) and are generally gluten-free. Meals include Thursday 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. Cabinettes have mini-fridges. 

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About Leslie Rawls


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. She sits in the 43rd generation of the Lam Te Dhyana School and the 8th generation of the Lieu Quon Dharma line. Leslie is the resident Dharma teacher for the Charlotte (NC) Community of Mindfulness. For more information about Leslie, visit the link HERE.  


On the last day, Leslie will offer a ceremony to transmit the Five Mindfulness Trainings. For more information click HERE.  


Registration for October 26th - 29th Retreat 

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


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

For more information about lodging options click HEREAccommodations (lodging, meals and snacks) for this 3 night retreat range from $300 to $470, depending on the lodging selected. A 2-night option beginning with Friday supper is also available for those who cannot begin the retreat Thursday evening ranging in price from $215 - $345 depending on 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 Leslie at or Barbara Carter at

If you have any questions about lodging or Well Being Retreat Center facilities, please contact Patty Bottari:; Tel: 423-626-9000; Text: 408-510-0660

To register for this retreat please use the form below.

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After you have "Previewed" your Registration form, scroll again to bottom of page to "Submit" your registration. You will then be redirected to PayPal to make payment for your Accommodations.

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