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Well Being Retreat Center - Event

What's Called for Now?

Cultivate Resilience for Uncertain Times


AAIT® and Mindfulness Practices

with Melanie McGhee and David Patterson

October 21 - 23, 2022

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The events of recent years have challenged us all. The sense of overwhelm, the allure of numbing, and the flooding of life’s precious moments with the insubstantiality of screens and media can alienate us from ourselves and connection to this one wild and precious life. We long for skillful means to move through the turbulence of these uncertain times with clear intention, equanimity, and fostered connection to self and others. 

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Join us for an exploration of What’s Called for Now? Drawing from the wisdom traditions and emergent understanding of the value of mindfulness and integrative awareness practices, we’ll explore skills and perspectives that illuminate a path into presence, equipoise, and resilience.

100% of the proceeds from this retreat benefit the non-profit organization, the Alliance for Integrated Awareness (AIA = Iya). AIA fosters emotional wellbeing in at-risk communities through service, outcome research, and certification of practitioners in Acceptance and Integration Training® (AAIT), advancing social justice in mental health care.  -

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Your Facilitators:

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

Melanie and David have been committed to daily meditation practice for more than 30 years. As Professor Emeritus (UTK) and a certified Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction teacher, David brings a grounding in science to the pragmatic cultivation of presence. With close to 40 years serving as a psychotherapist and the founder of Acceptance and Integration Training®, Melanie brings practical understanding of her decades long study of non-dual philosophies.

About the Venue

We will gather at the Well Being Retreat Center nestled along the Powell River in scenic Northeast Tennessee. The Wellbeing 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.

A spacious schedule allows time for enjoying the beauty of the retreat center, the luxury of delicious, fresh and organic meals (veg and non-veg) prepared by the generous and talented staff of the Wellbeing Retreat Center, and meaningful practice. Our sessions will take place in the comfort of the outdoor pavilion alongside the Powell River. Exploring the confluence of AAIT and mindfulness practice will reveal expanded awareness and new perspectives.

Program Schedule

The retreat will begin with check in Friday October 21st between 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm. Supper will be served at 6:00 pm Friday evening. All meals, snacks, teas and coffee will be served through the event. The retreat will end after lunch on Sunday October 23, 2022.

Tuition and Accommodations (Meals & Lodging)

Total Cost for this 2-night weekend retreat ranges from $595 - $790, depending on housing options selected. This includes your tuition, meals, snacks, and lodging for the weekend. 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

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Please use the form below to Register for Accommodations (Meals and Lodging)

Contact & Questions

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

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


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