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Well Being Retreat Center - Event
"Where Silence Is Expressed"

15th Annual New Years Retreat
a Retreat of Silence & Contemplation
December 29, 2023 - January 1, 2024


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.

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 Friday afternoon December 29th and will end mid-day on Monday January 1st. Well Being will provide supper when you arrive on the 29th and lunch on New Year's Day January 1st as well as drinks and snacks during the retreat. Please plan to bring and prepare food for your other meals. All cabins have kitchenettes. Cost $295 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 Conference Building, 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.

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.

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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. 

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There is a $295 Fee to register for this event.  This fee covers your tuition, lodging, two meals, housekeeping, drinks and snacks. You will be responsible for your own meals which can be prepared in the cabins, which have kitchenettes. Room assignments will be made on a first come first served basis.




Make a tax-deductible donation to Well Being Foundation 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 Friday December 29, 2023. 

If any questions, contact:;

Tel: 423-626-9000;

Text: 408-510-0660


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