Well Being Retreat Center - Event

Photo of Leslie Rawls, Chan Giac Xu

The Joyfully Together Retreat

with Leslie Rawls (Chan Giac Xu)

October 28 - 31, 2021

Presented by the 

Mountain Solid Water Reflecting Sangha

of Knoxville


In this mostly silent retreat, we will ground ourselves in basic mindfulness practice while studying and practicing with the Buddha’s teachings on the three Dharma Seals: impermanence, nonself, and nirvana. Through the lens of the Dharma Seals, we will practice to cultivate love and understanding. These foundational teachings help us deal with strong emotions, live in balance, practice self-care, and respond to individual or collective trauma. We will enjoy guided sitting meditation, outdoor walking meditation, mindful meals, and personal practice time. Leslie will offer a Dharma talk each day, personal practice interviews, and a question-and-response session. A weekend respite to refresh ourselves and open our hearts.

Leslie Rawls (Chan Giac Xu)

The Joyfully Together Retreat


During this mostly silent retreat, we will study and practice the Buddha’s basic teachings on living in the present moment through awareness of breath, body, mind, and heart. We’ll enjoy sitting meditation to settle and refresh ourselves. We’ll walk peacefully to be in touch with the great beauty around us in the retreat center. Leslie’s Dharma talks will focus on the Buddha’s most basic mindfulness sutras. The retreat will also include deep relaxation, small group sharing, and other practices to develop and support our mindfulness. For those interested, Leslie will offer formal transmission of the Five Mindfulness Trainings Sunday morning. All levels of experience are welcome. 




Check in will be at 4 pm.on Thursday October 28, 2021 and the program will end by 2 p.m. on Sunday October 31st. Meals will be vegetarian (including organic eggs and some organic dairy in cooked dishes with cheese on the side) 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. From Leslie's last retreat at Well Being, it is suggested that you bring your own dinner napkin.

About Leslie Rawls (Chan Giac Xu)


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 www.charlottemindfulness.org/dharmateacher.html .  

About the Program

The retreat will include Dharma talks by Leslie, small group sharing, sitting and walking meditation, deep relaxation, and personal practice time. On the last day, Leslie will offer a ceremony to transmit the Five Mindfulness Trainings. (See http://www.charlottemindfulness.org/five.html ) All are welcome — newcomers and experienced practitioners.

Registration for October 28th - 31st 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.

Pictures of Cabins and Cabinettes are shown hereAccommodations (lodging, meals and snacks) for this 3 night retreat range from $225 to $385, 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 ($160 - $275)

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 leslierawls@carolina.rr.com or Barbara Carter at bcarter@boatlf.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

To register for this retreat please use the form below.

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