Well Being Retreat Center - Event

Nourishing Presence

with Mindfulness & Acceptance and Integration Training

with Melanie McGhee and David Patterson

October 18 - 20, 2019

Inevitably the stressors and demands of life accumulate and inhibit our capacity for joy, peace and love.


Taking the time to pause, restore and refresh ourselves can infuse life with a sweet presence of being.


Join us for a retreat into Presence.

About the Program


Nourished by the beauty of east Tennessee, good company, nutritious meals (veg and non-veg) along with practical teachings, we will explore PRESENCE with mindfulness and integration practices.


Mindfulness manifests through non-judgmental present focused attention. Cultivation of mindful awareness will be a foundational practice for the weekend.


Integration is widely recognized as essential to living WHOLE. Such integration can be a doorway into the spacious inner territory of non-dual open awareness. These guided integration experiences, woven with mindfulness promise to nurture our souls and inspire our hearts.

Along with AAIT™ and mindfulness, your schedule will include the movement offerings:

  • Gentle Yoga with David Patterson

  • Feldenkrais with Kathy White of Feldenkrais Knoxville

  • NIA with Elizabeth Cole of Speak, Move, Thrive

Your Facilitators:

Melanie McGhee, L.C.S.W. is an award-winning author, psychotherapist, and the founder of Acceptance and Integration Therapy (AAIT™). After three plus decades practicing psychotherapy, she developed AAIT™. This promising transpersonal approach is the formation of her dedicated study with master therapists coupled with a multi-decade meditation practice and contemplation of nondual philosophy. 

David Patterson, Ph.D. is a UMASS Center for Mindfulness Qualified Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Teacher with a daily meditation practice of more than a quarter century. He has taught mindfulness and meditation practices to a number of populations in a wide array of settings. As an aspiring non-dualist and empirically informed humanist, the primary teaching focus of David’s 28-year academic career has been on clinical social work practice. 

We will gather at the Wellbeing Retreat Center (www.wellbeingretreatcenter.org), 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 pit, hiking and beauty at every turn.


Can you read these words without being somewhere else?


Program Schedule


The retreat will begin with check in Friday October 18th between 4:00 pm o 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 20, 2019.

About the Venue - Well Being Retreat Center


There will be time to enjoy the 160 acres of rural Tennessee land and the 2 1/2 miles of Powell River frontage.

The Well Being Retreat Center offers a conducive environment for this event: quiet natural spaces, climate controlled main event room, and delicious healthy food.

Tuition and Accommodations (Meals & Lodging)

Please click here register first with Melanie & David for Tuition ($245), then register for Accommodations (Meals and Lodging) with Well Being Retreat Center using the online form below.

Bring a friend and BOTH receive $25 discount on Tuition!

Accommodations for this 2-night weekend retreat range from $160 - 340, 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 dairy.) Lodging is available on a first come, first serve basis; there are a limited number of single rooms. 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. There is also a low cost option for camping by the river with bathrooms and hot showers nearby. 

Go here to review Well Being's Accommodations Policies.

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: Though there is no experience necessary, if you have any concerns or if you have suffered RECENT trauma, hospitalization, loss, major health or mental health challenges, please call or email Melanie McGhee (865-484-4104, Melanie@aait.solutions) to discuss if this retreat is the best fit for you at this time.

Contact Patty@WellBeingCC.org or at 423-626-9000 if you have questions about facilities or accommodations.


After you have "Previewed" your Registration form, scroll again to bottom of page to "Submit" your registration. You will then be redirected to PayPal to make payment for your Accommodations.