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Well Being Retreat Center - Event

"Where Silence Is Expressed"

14th Annual New Years Retreat
a Retreat of Silence & Contemplation
December 29, 2022 - January 1, 2023
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Photo of Don Oakey, Founding Director of Well Being Retreat Center, Tazewell, TN

Well Being Retreat Center is offering a 3-night silent New Years Retreat to bring in the New Year. The retreat will be 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.

This event will be held indoors at the main Meeting Hall and outdoors at the open-air Powell River Pavilion, depending on the weather. For the outdoor sessions, electric stadium blankets will be provided.  The weekend event includes lodging in one of our 12 cabins. Each cabin has a kitchenette so that you can store and prepare your own meals. We will provide drinks and snacks. 

Photo of Patty Bottari, a Director of Well Being Retreat Center in Tazewell, TN

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


The retreat will begin with check-in on Thursday afternoon December 29th and will end mid-day on Sunday January 1st. Well Being will provide drinks and snacks during the retreat. Please plan to bring and prepare food for your meals. All cabins have kitchenettes. Cost $195 per person.


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, since this events has been fully booked in the past, we ask that you register early if you would like to be at the retreat and remain fully engaged in the spirit of the retreat for the duration of the event. If you wish to come for a personal retreat, you are encouraged to choose another time.

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 event sessions will be at the Powell River Pavilion.

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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 $195 Fee to register for this event.  This fee covers your lodging, housekeeping, drinks and snacks. You will be responsible for your own meals which can be prepared in the cabins, all of which have kitchenettes. Room assignments will be limited to consenting room-mates, so please list the person you want to room with. Room assignments will be made In cabins with more than one bedroom




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.

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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 Thursday December 29, 2022. registration will be limited to about 20 people due to continuing pandemic considerations, Private Cabin occupancy will be one person per cabin except for couples or for consenting cabin-mates. Multiple bedroom cabins will be limited to one person per bedroom except for consenting roommates.

If any questions, contact:

or phone at 423-626-9000. 

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Well Being's COVID policies and Procedures applicable to this event may be found HERE.

Please register for this event with Well Being Retreat Center using the form below:

After you have "Previewed" your Registration form, scroll again to bottom of page to "Submit" your registration. You will be redirected to PayPal for payment where you can pay with credit card or with your PayPal account. You do not have to register with PayPal to make payment. (Do not press the "After Submit" button, or you will be redirected.)

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