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"Where Silence Is Expressed"

12th Annual Well Being New Years Retreat

a 3-Night Retreat of Silence & Contemplation

December 30, 2020 - January 2, 2021

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Well Being Retreat Center is offering a 3-night mostly silent New Years Retreat led by Don Oakley, author of "It's Time to Wake Up Now: The Top Ten Myths that Can Hijack Spiritual Awakening," a five star rated book on Amazon, and by Patty Bottari, a Director of Well Being Foundation and longtime employee and student of both Adyashanti and Byron Katie.

We can't quite believe that this will be our 12th New Years Retreat, but it's true. It has always been a delightfully quiet and introspective way to bring in the New Year for those of us who have outgrown kazoos. It has always been a time of meeting new friends and perhaps seeing friends from events past. 

"This Event will be devoted to exploring deeply into the Nature of our Existence."


The retreat will begin with check-in on Wednesday afternoon December 30th and will end mid-day on Saturday January 2nd. All sessions will be held at the open-air Powell River Pavilion with appropriately spaced seating. Electric wraparound stadium blankets and electric foot warmers will be provided for everyone. Well Being will provide breakfasts during the retreat which will also be served at the Pavilion. Please plan to bring and prepare food for your lunches and suppers. All cabins have kitchenettes. Maximum one person per bedroom except for couples. Shared two bedroom room cabins are available for consenting friends. Cost $150.

About the Retreat


This retreat is a non-denominational opportunity to explore one’s own true nature – free from the everyday distractions and busyness of our lives. The weekend will include silent sittings in the serenity of our riverside Pavilion, guided meditations, inquiry, structured sharing and a guided inquiry talks by Don Oakley.. Closing Sharing Circle will be led by Patty Bottari. All activities during the retreat are voluntary, of course. However, we ask that you remain fully engaged in the spirit of the retreat for the duration of the event and not simply use the time for a personal vacation. 

During the weekend there will be opportunities for quiet walks around our 160 acre property, sitting by the scenic Powell River which surrounds the property for 2 1/2 miles, for exploration of Nature, or simply to rest. You will be staying in one of the comfortable cabins. All meals and the event sessions will be in the Powell River Pavilion.

Silent Sittings


Each period of silent sitting will be an opportunity to simply let everything be as it is – naturally and without effort. You may discover the awake spaciousness that is ever-present – that exists prior to (and during) any effort to control or manipulate our experience.


There is a $150 Fee to register for this event.  This fee covers your lodging, housekeeping and breakfasts. You will be responsible for your own lunches and suppers which can be prepared in each of the cabins. All cabins have kitchenettes.




There will be an opportunity to make a tax-deductible donation to Well Being Foundation while at the retreat or afterwards which will allow us to further this work of offering this venue for future retreats for yourself and others to explore our deepest nature. Your generosity is always greatly appreciated.


We are located in Tazewell, Tennessee about an hour north of Knoxville. Click here for driving directions. Check-in will be between 4:00 and 6:00 pm on Wednesday December 30, 2020. If you plan on attending, we suggest that you register early as these New Years retreats have been fully booked in the past. This year due to more limited housing due to pandemic considerations, registration will be limited to about 16 people. So, if you would like to attend, we recommend that you sign up early.

If any questions, contact Patty@WellBeingCC.org or phone at 423-626-9000. 

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