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Settling Into Embodied Presence


AAIT® and Mindfulness Practices

with Melanie McGhee and David Patterson

September 13 - 15, 2024

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Join us for our annual retreat and discover pathways for Settling into Embodied Presence.


With AAIT™, mindfulness, and Feldenkrais, we will experientially discover how these practices can guide us into settling into embodied moment to moment presence in this ever-changing life.


Melanie McGhee serves as our guide in AAIT™, Acceptance and Integration Training practices that often reveal higher states of awareness while facilitating psycho-emotional and spiritual wellbeing.


David Patterson ushers us into mindful awareness. With yoga, silent sits, and teaching talks, David’s understanding and teaching comes alive with great good humor and strong intellect.


Kathy White shepherds us into experiencing awareness through movement with Feldenkrais. This year, Kathy will support us with Feldenkrais “snacks,” mini-lessons throughout our retreat.

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Your Facilitators:

Melanie McGhee, LCSW & David Patterson, Ph.D.

Melanie and David have been committed to daily meditation practice for 40 years.


As Professor Emeritus (UTK) and a certified Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction teacher, David brings a grounding in science to the pragmatic cultivation of embodied presence.


Melanie is a founding board member of the Alliance for Integrated Awareness and the founder of Acceptance and Integration Training®, an approach to mental health care and spiritual wellbeing that resolves reactivity and uncloaks the true self. A multi decade study of the wisdom traditions enlivens their exploration of seeing into the nature of being and experiencing the wonder of embodied presence.


With Melanie McGhee, L.C.S.W. and David A. Patterson, Ph.D. as light-hearted guides, decades of their shared study and practice illumine a path into resilient, sustainable wellbeing.

Feldenkrais with Kathy White

Also offered on retreat will be morning Feldenkrais movement classes with Kathy White.


Kathy White, MPT GCFP, a long-time champion of AAIT™, is also a seasoned Feldenkrais practitioner and instructor. Kathy infuses her Feldenkrais lessons with the deep understanding gained from her practice as a physical therapist and AAIT practitioner. With her radiant energy, Kathy brings presence and grace as she guides transformative experiences, blending physical therapy expertise with Feldenkrais principles. Kathy's powerful approach empowers participants to discover self-awareness, bodily intelligence, and personal growth, fostering vibrant well-being.

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Interior of a Tiny House at Well  Being Retreat Center
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About the Venue


These retreats are an opportunity to come back to yourself in community with others sharing a similar intention. Surrounded by the beauty of East Tennessee, the gorgeous Powell River, and good company, it’s a chance to remember who you are and what life is while eating THE BEST FOOD! The food offered at the Well Being Center is infused with love and awareness, much of it grown on the land in season.


We sure hope you can join us for our fundraising retreat for the Alliance for Integrated Awareness. Your participation not only serves you, it supports our mission to advance equity in mental health care with AAIT™. We believe in equity and see a world where communities prioritize the emotional and mental wellbeing of all people. Thank you for being a part of that.

Well Being Retreat Center offers comfortable accommodations and ample meeting space that inspires an awareness of silence and simplicity. Surrounded by nature, we will have access to a labyrinth, riverside Pavilion, Fire Circle, hiking and beauty at every turn. Our sessions will take place in the comfort of the Main Conference Building or the beauty of the outdoor pavilion alongside the Powell River. 

Accommodations and Meals


Food provided will be mostly gluten-free, non-vegetarian with a vegetarian option at each meal. Vegetarian may include eggs and limited dairy. Lodging is available on a first come, first serve basis; there are a limited number of private cabins. The Tiny Houses and the earth-sheltered private cabins by the river are both listed as "Private Cabins." For pictures of the lodging options, go here. For accommodation policies click HERE

Contact & Questions

Contact Melanie McGhee if you have any questions about the content of the event:  (865-384-4104,

Contact or call her at 423-626-9000 if you have questions about facilities or accommodations.


Please use the form below to register for tuition and accommodations. 

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