Well Being Retreat Center - Event

"Where Silence Is Expressed"

11th Annual Well Being New Years Retreat

a 4-Night Meditation Retreat

December 28, 2019 - January 1, 2020


Don Oakley

Well Being Retreat Center is offering a 4-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 10th 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. The food has always been amazing and the silence profound.

Patty Bottari

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

The retreat will begin with supper on Saturday December 28th and will end after lunch on Wednesday January 1st.

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 meeting room, guided meditations, inquiry, structured sharing and a guided inquiry talks by Don Oakley.. 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 our Main Meeting Hall.

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 $65 Housekeeping Fee to register for this event. Also,  we ask that you bring and prepare one meal for the group. Depending on the number of people attending, two or three people may be responsible for a supper or a breakfast, for example. (We expect that  30 people may attend.) In this way, you will have an opportunity to experience serving and being served. You will also be asked to help with kitchen clean-up for two or three of the meals – usually a 30 minute endeavor. You may be surprised to find that these “yogi chores” can create a sense of community and surprisingly deep friendships even during a brief weekend retreat.

Even if you've never cooked for a larger group before, please do not let this prevent you from coming. You can team up with someone who likes to cook or just jump in and risk it! It always seems to work out beautifully. If you don't know someone else to cook with, Patty will pair you up with someone.



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 5:30 pm on Saturday December 28, 2019. If you are interested in attending, register using the form below no later than Sunday December 22nd  to reserve your space. However, in recent years, our New Years retreat has filled to capacity well before this deadline. 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. Patty will send details of cooking responsibilities by email no later than Monday December 23rd.