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Upcoming Retreats at Well Being Retreat Center 

Well Being Retreat Center hosts a variety of nondual spiritual retreats, yoga workshops, Nature appreciation programs, and meditation retreats. These retreats are led by qualified, experienced retreat leaders.


In addition, Don Oakley and Patty Bottari, on-site Directors of Well Being Retreat Center, lead monthly non-denominational spiritual retreats intended to promote spiritual awakening to one's own true nature.

Retreat topics are selected to provide a variety of doorways into a person's deeper understanding of themselves and how to live in harmony with Nature, with respect to this physical body and to use our mental capacity wisely.

The following retreats, workshops and events are in support of that aspiration

Sunday June 16, 2024 "The Essence of Spirituality" a Day-Long Retreat with Don Oakley & Patty Bottari
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Don Oakley and Patty Bottari will lead a day-long retreat of meditation, inquiry and dialogue into the essential beingness of our lived existence. A freshly prepared lunch will be served. $65 

Topic: "The Essence of Spirituality"

More information HERE.

Tuesday Evening June 18, 2024 6:30 - 7:30 pm EDT - An Evening Online with Don Oakley                               Topic: "What's the Difference Between Growing Up and Waking Up?"
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Don Oakley will be speaking on Zoom Tuesday evening June 4th from 6:30 - 7:30 pm EDT. The presentation will include a brief guided meditation to begin, a spontaneous discourse on the topic of "TBA", and time for dialogue. There is no charge to attend. More information HERE.

These online satsangs will be on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays each month.

June 20-23, 2024  Renew, Recharge, Reconnect with Nature Retreat  with Christine Hoyer

Join Christine Hoyer for a 3-night retreat to be in and be with nature.  We are part of nature and it is important to take the time to renew, recharge, and reconnect with nature and ourselves.  The weekend will include guided nature and forest therapy walks, simple mindful movement from the Tai Chi tradition, and other activities designed to connect you with the natural world directly through your senses.  This retreat will be mostly silent to allow for nature’s voice to be heard.  There will be times for sharing, guided activities, and time to explore the land.  

More information HERE

June 27-30, 2024  ChiRunning and ChiWalking Workshop  with Katherine & Danny Dreyer
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Danny and Katherine Dreyer are co-founders and co-authors of ChiWalking, ChiRunning and ChiLiving books and programs. Join them for a weekend of injury-free running with Danny, and/or fitness walking with Katherine. The many studies on the benefits of running and walking all agree: They are nothing short of a miracle for creating and maintaining good health (if done consistently and without pain and injury). These practices combine principles of T’ai Chi with running and walking for an energized, balanced body and a clear, focused mind. Your movement becomes a meditative, mindful practice as well as a great way to get and stay healthy. You’ll enjoy moving the way you were designed to – naturally, smoothly and without stress or strain.

More information HERE.

July 12 - 14, 2024 "Claim Your Inheritance" Retreat with Don Oakley & Patty Bottari
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Don Oakley and Patty Bottari will lead a weekend retreat of meditation, inquiry and dialogue into the essential beingness of our lived existence. Supper on Friday evening and lunch at the end of the retreat on Sunday will be provided. Please plan to bring and prepare you other meals. $195 includes tuition, lodging, two meals and snacks throughout.

Topic: "Claim Your Inheritance"

More information HERE.


August 12 - 18, 2024  Holotropic Breathwork & Somatic Experiencing Workshop  
with Kim Lee and Jeffrey Warren

Holotropic Breathwork® is a powerful approach to self-exploration and personal empowerment that relies on our innate inner wisdom and its capacity to move us toward wholeness. Somatic Experiencing® is a ​body-oriented therapy that helps resolve symptoms of stress, shock, and trauma and release stuck patterns of fight, flight, or freeze to increase resilience ​and vitality.  Kundalini Yoga is a mystical and practical transportation system that enables you to enhance your health, energy and vitality.

More information HERE


September 6-8, 2024  "Authentic Radiance" Restorative Yoga & Meditation Retreat 
with D'lene Reeves and Jessica Mishu
    Retreat is now full - Wait List Only             
Jessica Mishu yoga instructor at Blue Ridge Yoga

Join us on a retreat to discover your connection to the divine self, where trust, safety, and connection to the body reside. During this retreat, you will have the space to let go of physical and emotional blocks of shame, guilt, fear, or doubt that are getting in the way of your authentic radiance.


We will be using deep relaxation techniques that release limiting or unhealthy subconscious beliefs including Yoga Nidra. Throughout the weekend, guided gentle & restorative yoga and meditation practices will help you to connect to a more blissful state of full-body awareness and pave the way to rediscovering true self-love inside yourself. More information HERE.

D'lene Reeves yoga instructor at Blue Ridge Yoga
September 13 - 15, 2024  "Settling into Embodied Presence" Retreat  
with Melanie McGhee, L.C.S.W. and David Patterson, PhD
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Join us for to discover pathways for settling into embodied presence. Melanie McGhee serves as our guide in AAIT™, Acceptance and Integration Training practices that often reveal higher states of awareness while facilitating psycho-emotional and spiritual wellbeing. David Patterson ushers us into mindful awareness. With yoga, silent sits, and teaching talks. Kathy White shepherds us into experiencing awareness through movement with Feldenkrais. More information HERE.

September 25, 2024 - September 29, 2024  ANFT Guide Immersion with Christine Hoyer & Tam Willey

This immersion is for Nature and Forest Therapy Guides-in-Training through the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy.  An immersion is an opportunity to be guided by ANFT trainers and to practice guiding with others. Those who have completed at least four months of the six-month remote Forest Therapy Guide Training are eligible to apply.  Completion of this Immersion and the six-month Guide Training fulfills ANFT requirements for full Guide Certification. More information HERE.


October 17 - 20, 2024 Yoga Workshop with Frankie Hart
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Frankie Hart has been teaching the art of movement and healing for over thirty years. Her credentials include ERYT500, YACEP, RPYT, MFA, Master Level certified Qigong Instructor and Certified Lifeline Practitioner. Enjoy daily Yoga classes, meditation, self healing forms, yummy vegetarian meals, social activities, bonfires & so much more. Most of all enjoy Frankie's beautiful presence! More information on this retreat HERE.

October 24 - 27, 2024 "Riding the Waves of Life," a Three-Night Retreat with Leslie Rawls
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Leslie Rawls is a Dharma teacher in the Plum Village tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh, who has been her teacher for nearly 30 years. In 1995, Thich Nhat Hanh ordained Leslie into the Order of Interbeing. In 2009, he transmitted the Dharma Lamp to her, authorizing her to teach as a Dharmacharya.

This silent retreat will offer sitting meditation, walking meditation on the beautiful Well Being grounds, mindful movement, deep relaxation, singing meditation, silent vegetarian meals, Dharma talks by Leslie, Dharma sharing in small groups, practice interviews, and plenty of free time for personal practice. More Information Here

October 31 - November 3, 2024  Feldenkrais® & Embodied Life™ Retreat with Brenda Rasch                  
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Join Brenda for a Three-Night Feldenkrais & Embodied Life Retreat which will include Embodied Meditation, Feldenkrais Movement, and guided inquiry. Silence is observed each evening through breakfast the following day. There are morning and evening meditations. Class time is spent in various experiential exercises, guided inquiry, movement lessons, conversation and talks. There is also unscheduled time each day allowing for ample self reflection, reading, journaling, napping, walking and hiking. More Information HERE.


November 17- 22, 2024  "Stop At Nothing's HILS2 Workshop" with Jon Patten & Cecelia Calderon

Stop At Nothing, Inc. will be holding a High Impact Leadership Seminar Level 2 (HILS2) event at Well Being Retreat Center November 17-22, 2024. This event is limited to clients of Stop-at-Nothing, Inc. Please register with Stop-at-Nothing first for Tuition and then HERE for Accommodations.

March 17 - 23, 2025  "A 4-Night or 6-Night Meditation Retreat" with Upali (Paul Peterson)

Upasaka Upali (Paul Peterson) is a Chattanooga meditation teacher from a style that combines ancient meditation techniques with modern cognitive science. He has taught a wide array of meditators, from federal prison inmates to elementary school students. The Pragmatic Meditation Retreat is open to beginning and advanced practitioners alike.   The only prerequisite to attend is a history of consistent meditation practice.  It will largely be taught in the style of The Mind Illuminated by Upasaka Culadasa (Tucker Peck, PhD), but all traditions and styles of meditation are welcome. More information HERE.

May 4- 9, 2025  "Stop At Nothing's HILS 3 Workshop" with Jon Patten & Cecelia Calderon

Stop At Nothing, Inc. will be holding a High Impact Leadership Seminar Level 3 (HILS 3) event at Well Being Retreat Center May 4 - 9, 2025. This event is limited to clients of Stop-at-Nothing, Inc. Please register with Stop-at-Nothing first for Tuition and then HERE for Accommodations.

May 22 - 26, 2025 Four-Night Retreat with Jim Newman

Jim Newman has given talks on non-dualism internationally. This in-person, residential, four-day program will be a unique opportunity to inquire deeply. Meetings will have no agenda, list of topics or specific structure. Space is open for questions and discussion with Jim.


In the meetings, there will be an uncovering, revealing, pointing to the reality, that that experience of separation, that experience that I'm real, that there's something wrong and that I need to do something about it, is illusory. In reality, THIS is whole, this is complete. There's nothing missing, there's no real lack, there's no real need for anything to happen. More information HERE.

May 30 - June 1, 2025 Awakening the Heart to the Great Perfection Meditation Retreat with John Blackburn

Experience the profound transformation of embracing spontaneity, love, generosity, and fearlessness. This retreat is designed to guide you through simple yet powerful techniques that unveil these inherent qualities within you. By awakening these attributes, you will enrich your ability to connect with others and infuse a sense of tranquility and contentment into your daily life. 

Nurture these qualities in yourself amidst a backdrop of serene surroundings, delectable cuisine, and profound teachings. Prior meditation experience is not necessary. While rooted in Buddhist principles, these practices transcend spiritual boundaries and can be embraced by individuals of all beliefs. More information HERE.

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