Well Being Retreat Center
"Where Silence Is Expressed"
Availability of Meal Service
Meal Service is available for retreats, meetings, events and workshops by prior arrangement.
Note: Unless you are here as a participant in a retreat, meeting, event or workshop, meal service is not available. Therefore, for guests renting the cabins only, meal service is not available, but there are outfitted kitchenettes in all the cabins so you can prepare meals yourself
Well Being Retreat Center has two licensed Commercial Kitchens:
Main Retreat Center Building
Powell River Pavilion
The kitchen at the Main Retreat Center Building is directly adjacent to the Dining Room which seats 32 people and the outside deck which seats an additional 28 people.
The kitchen at the Powell River Pavilion is intended to serve meals at the Pavilion which can seat 50 or more people in the open air pavilion directly on the Powell River. There is also an outdoor grill and a wood fired cob pizza oven at the Pavilion
Our kitchens are inspected by the State of Tennessee Health Department twice a year.
Meal Preparation Policies
Meal served at Well Being Retreat Center are tasty, mostly freshly prepared, and healthy.
By prior arrangement, we can serve vegetarian or non-vegetarian meals. We can also offer a vegetarian option with our non-vegetarian meals. We are also fully capable to serve dairy-free, gluten-free and vegan meals. Since "vegetarian" can mean different things to different people, we find it useful to define Vegetarian as including eggs, dairy, and honey, but not including fish or meat.
For group events, we do not prepare special individual meals, For example, if the retreat
is a vegetarian retreat, we will not prepare a special raw food plate for an individual.
Here are some things that we do and don't do:
We DO Use:
Non-chlorinated well water (which is tested by the Claiborne County Utility District)
Mostly organic ingredients
Produce from our own organically tended vegetable garden in season
Healthy oils such as organic extra virgin olive oil, ghee, real organic butter, and unscented organic coconut oil
High quality stainless steel pans
Ceramic plates and cups and BPA-free drinking "glasses"
Veganaise, a vegan form of mayonaise
Organic eggs, from our own chickens when available
Mostly gluten-free ingredients (we list ingredients when we serve the meals)
Our own honey. (We don't treat our five hives with chemicals & we don't feed with HFCS)
We Don't Use:
Soy Products, except wheat-freeTamari and, rarely, tofu (because of their hormonal effects)
Peanuts (because of their potential for aflatoxins)
Aluminum Cookware or aluminum based baking powder (aluminum detrimental to brain cells)
Soft plastic food storage containers (due to BPA content)
Corn, Canola, or soybean oils (due to high Omega-6 levels and propensity to oxidize)
Trans-fats (like Margerine)
High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS)
Mono Sodium Glutamate (MSG)
What Meal Service Means
Meal Service means three meals a day plus all day availability of drinks and snacks.
Breakfasts (served at 8:30 AM) usually consists of organic scrambled, organic gluten-free oatmeal with a choice of nut & fruit toppings, organic yogurt, sliced oranges, choice of breads (GF & wheat) & jams. Occasionally, we will serve GF banana almond pancakes with real maple syrup. (I promise you won't yearn for wheat pancakes after you've tried these melt-in-your-mouth morsels.)
Lunches (served at 12:30 PM) will vary with season and availability of vegetables from our one-acre, organically-tended garden. Generally, there will be a fresh hearty, mostly organic salad. (We won't bore you with a bowl of wimpy iceberg lettuce and call it a salad.) The salads may be mixed green salads, complex cole slaw, or a grain salad such as a tangy barley or rice salad. And then usually a hearty home-made soup or other hot dish such as chili with home-made corn bread, or (wild-caught Alaskan) seared salmon tacos.
Suppers (served at 6:00 pm) will have one or two cooked vegetables (almost never white potatoes and often from the garden in season), a meat (or vegetarian) main dish, freshly prepared complex salad, and dessert. Most of our meals are low glycemic, tending towards Paleo in character, but we will often make a sweet dessert for supper as well as offering fresh fruit for those abstaining.
All Day Choices for Drinking
Drinks will be available all day and will include:
Chilled, tested, non-chlorinated well water which is delicious and mineral rich
Starbucks coffee, both caffeinated and not
Unsweetened black tea with ice (sweeteners available including our own unadulterated raw honey)
An unsweetened herbal tea (usually lemon balm) with ice available
On-demand steaming hot water and a variety of herbal and black tea
Snacks will be available all day and will include one or more of the following:
Mixed Nuts (does not include peanuts)
Paleo sweet loaf such as banana-apple-carrot cake, zucchini-almond loaf. These are moist and yummy, low-guilt delights that Patty serves up.
Choice of breads (GF and not) with organic (or Vegan) butter and jam
How Meals are Served
We endeavor, and almost invariably succeed, in serving meals at the scheduled times.
Each dish being served will be label. Labels will list ingredients and whether it is Gluten-Free (GF), vegetarian (VEG), organic (OG), and/or dairy free (DF).
Cafeteria Style Meal Service
In the main Retreat Center building, meals are served on the counter that separates the kitchen from the dining room. Conveniently, this is the same building that the Meeting Room is located in so time is not spent walking between buildings for meals.
Retreat attendees will serves themselves cafeteria style.
Unless it is an unusually large meeting (50 or more people), meals will be served with real plates and stainless steel flatware.
The dining room seats 32 people in padded hardwood chairs and hardwood tables. The adjacent outside, partially covered deck with a view to the river seats an additional 28 people.
Retreat attendees are asked to return their dishes to the Dish Return Area.
Retreat attendees (but not meeting or conference attendees) are asked to help with kitchen clean-up ("Yogi Chores") for a total of perhaps an hour over a weekend. Even if this is a task that you may not ordinarily enjoy, there is something magical that happens while working together in the kitchen for even a very short time with your co-retreatants. Some might call it a sense of community. We can't say for certain what it is; We can only report that it is almost universally enjoyed.
Food Waste Recycling
We have a very efficient food waste recycling system. We call it "Having Chickens."
Chickens are omnivorous and will happily devour almost any kind of food wastes. However they don't like citrus, pineapple, banana peels, or raw onions. And, as a matter of principle, we don't give them leftover chicken or turkey (their cousins). It just doesn't pass the "feel right" test, although non-organic industrial meat production do not seem to have the same qualms.
We have the chickens located in the orchard and, in off-season, field crop locations in the garden but not in our vegetable production beds. Therefore, food waste is cycled back into the topsoil of the garden.
Contact Well Being Retreat Center:
or at 423-626-9000 for more information