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Well Being Retreat Center - Event

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Leslie Rawls (Chan Giac Xu)

Riding the Waves of Life
with Leslie Rawls

October 24 - 27, 2024

Presented by the 

Mountain Solid Water Reflecting Sangha

of Knoxville


Riding the Waves of Life


Life isn’t always smooth sailing; sometimes the seas are quite choppy. The Buddha taught many practices to help us ride life’s waves in difficult moments.


Among these practices are the Four Immeasurable Minds, the Brahmaviharas—practices of love, compassion, equanimity, and joy. During this retreat, we will explore and practice with the Brahmaviharas, using mindfulness to ground us. We will have guided sitting meditation, silent meals, outdoor walking meditation, Dharma Talks, and private practice interviews.

For those who may be interested, we will offer a Five Mindfulness Trainings transmission ceremony the last morning. The retreat will be primarily in silence. Suitable for beginners and experienced practitioners.

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





Check in will be at 3 pm on Thursday October 24. (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 25.) The program will end by 2 p.m. on Sunday October 27th. 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 has been a student of Thich Nhat Hanh for over thirty years. In 1995, Thich Nhat Hanh ordained her into the Order of Interbeing. In 2009, he gave her the Dharma Lamp authority to teach. In March 2024, Leslie was inducted into the Council of Elders for the North American Plum Village Dharma Teacher Sangha. In the 1990s, she was lay coordinator for Thich Nhat Hanh’s North American retreats. She has practiced and taught in the Plum Village centers in Europe and North America. Leslie is the cofounder and resident Dharma Teacher for the Charlotte (NC) Community of Mindfulness, and has led retreats and days of mindfulness in North Carolina prisons, hospitals, and Sanghas across North America. More information about Leslie HERE.  

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


Registration for October 24th - 27th 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 $320 to $510, 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 $235 - $370 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.

When you submit the form, you will be directed to make payment with your credit card. Your registration will be completed with your payment. 

After you "Preview Your Submission,"  scroll again to bottom of page to "Continue to Payment." (The Payment Screen takes a few seconds to appear.) When processed, your payment will show as payment to Well Being Center. 

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