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Well Being Retreat Center Facilities

The facilities at Well Being Retreat Center support nondual spiritual retreats, nature appreciation events, meditation retreats, and yoga workshops

Well Being Foundation is a 501(c)3 a non-profit, non-denominational, unaffiliated organization located on 160 acres of scenic rural land in Tazewell, Tennessee bordered by 2 1/2 miles of the environmentally significant Powell River.


The Retreat Center began in 2009 when Don Oakley and Patty Bottari (husband and wife) moved onto the raw land. The retreat center has all been constructed since. We hold our own monthly retreats and host a variety of other weekend or longer retreats throughout the year. The cabins are comfortable and the retreat meals are tasty and nutritious. Nature and silence abound.

Our Main Conference Building has a Meeting Room which can seat up to 50 people, a licensed Commercial Kitchen and Dining Room which can seat up to 38 people indoors and there is an expansive outdoor deck overlooking the Powell River Valley that has additional seating. The building is climate controlled with AC and has excellent new fiber optic wifi, full service bathrooms and vaulted ceilings.

Our 1,800 square foot open air Powell River Pavilion on the banks of the scenic Powell River is an alternative fresh-air meeting facility. A second Commercial Kitchen and Men's and Women's bathrooms are adjacent.

Well Being Retreat Center has 14 cabins and six Cabinettes that can sleep up to a total of 38 people on retreat.

Main Conference Building

The Main Conference Building at Well Being Retreat Center has a 1,000 square foot vaulted Meeting Room which is  air-conditioned space with views across the Powell River valley. Meals are served from our licensed Commercial Kitchen and Dining Room in the same building. There is a huge deck for outside dining. The Meeting Room can seat over 50 people (or up to 28 Yoga mats). There are plenty of comfortable padded chairs, Yoga mats, pillows, blankets, cushions and backjacks. The Meeting Room has wifi, a flat screen wall-mounted TV, voice amplification recording system, and beautiful Persian carpets. 

Powell River Pavilion

The Powell River Pavilion is Well Being's open air retreat venue. It is located directly on the banks of the Powell River and includes covered seating for up to 50 people overlooking the river, a stage, and a commercial kitchen for onsite meal prep. This venue is ideally suitable for open-air silent retreats, outdoor yoga, and TaiChi sessions, and nature appreciation workshops. It has 1,800 square feet under cover, electricity and four overhead fans. Bathrooms and a small commercial kitchen are directly adjacent.


Full Service, freshly prepared meals are served for Retreat attendees. We serve vegetarian meals, or non-vegetarian meals with a vegetarian option. Nearly all of our recipes are gluten-free and mostly organic, often from our garden in the warmer months. We provide assorted herbal and black teas, coffee, fruits, mixed nuts and homemade sweet loafs (such as almond banana loaf) during retreats. Click here for a more detailed information on Retreat Meals. (Note that meal service is not available if you are renting a cabin for your own personal retreat or sabbatical.)

Retreat Lodging

Earth Sheltered Cabins

There are 4 Earth-Sheltered Cabins. They all have tiled floors, vaulted pine ceilings, kitchenettes with fridge, unlimited (on demand) hot water, and very comfortable beds.  Four cabins are earth-sheltered with sod roofs which keep the cabins warm in the winter and cool in the summer. (Deer will sometimes graze on the rooftops.) In cooler months the tile floors are heated. 

Purple Martin Cabin (2) - Two Bedrooms each with two extra long twin beds, shared bath

Blue Heron Cabin (2) - Two Bedrooms, each with two XL twin beds, shared bath

Kingfisher Cabin (1 or 2) - A "Private Cabin" with One Bedroom with Queen Bed

Chickadee Cabin (1 or 2) - A "Private Cabin" - Studio with Queen Bed

Tiny Houses & Westview Cabins