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Well Being Retreat Center - Event

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The Inner Stability and Freedom Retreat
with Leslie Rawls (Chan Giac Xu)

October 27 - 30, 2022

Presented by the 

Mountain Solid Water Reflecting Sangha

of Knoxville

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A favorite Plum Village meditation song reminds us that we can be “solid as a mountain, firm as the earth.” How do we nourish our capacities to move through life with mountain-earth stability, especially in difficult or confusing times?

Leslie Rawls (Chan Giac Xu)

The Inner Stability and Freedom Retreat


We will practice with the Buddha’s teachings to cultivate such stability and freedom in this weekend retreat, practicing to be fully present and grounded in the here and now. The retreat will offer sitting meditation, walking meditation on the beautiful Well-Being grounds, mindful movement, deep relaxation, silent vegetarian meals, Dharma talks by Leslie, Dharma sharing in small groups, practice interviews, and free time for personal practice. Sunday morning, Leslie will transmit the Five Mindfulness Trainings to those who would like to formally receive them.    


Suitable for newcomers or seasoned practitioners—all are welcome!




Check in will be at 4 pm.on Thursday October 27, 2022 and the program will end by 2 p.m. on Sunday October 30th. 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. 

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 .  


On the last day, Leslie will offer a ceremony to transmit the Five Mindfulness Trainings. (See

Registration for October 27th - 30th 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 $260 to $420, 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 ($180 - $305)

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 at 423-626-9000 or

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