Well Being Retreat Center - Event

Cultivating a Mind of Love Retreat

with Leslie Rawls (Chan Giac Xu)

October 31 - November 3, 2019

Retreat is Now Full - Wait List Only Available

Presented by the Mountain Solid Water Reflecting Sangha of Knoxville

What are we nourishing in our daily lives? Are we busy and distracted? If so, this retreat invites us to stop, step aside from our busy lives, and simply rest. Are we cultivating peace and understanding in daily life? If so, this retreat will help us rest and center so those seeds blossom more fully. Although the retreat will be largely in silence, our study and practice will rest on the Buddha’s teachings on mindfulness.

Leslie Rawls (Chan Giac Xu)

Cultivating a Mind of Love


This retreat will focus on cultivating the beauties and strengths in our hearts. Bodhisattvas are great beings who, acting from minds of love, respond to and help transform suffering. Just as suffering comes in many forms, bodhisattvas come in many forms. Looking in the mirror, we may see a bodhisattva to be. On this retreat, we will practice sitting and walking meditation with stability, so we can unveil the light of our own bodhisattva natures. We will enjoy meditation, Dharma talks, small group sharing, and walking in the glorious beauty of nature. Suitable for newcomers and experienced practitioners; all are welcome.  




Check in will be at 4 pm.on Thursday October 31, 2019 and the program will end by 2 p.m. on Sunday November 3rd. 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 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 Oct 31st - Nov 3rd Retreat 

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 $210 to $365, 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 ($150 - $260)

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

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