Well Being Retreat Center - Event

"Where Silence Is Expressed"

"Letting Go"

a Day-Long Meditation & Inquiry Retreat

Saturday August 15, 2020

This Event is Full and Registration is now Closed

Well Being Retreat Center is offering a day-long retreat entitled “Letting Go” led by Don Oakley, the 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. Many of Don's talks may be found on his YouTube Channel.

"We may have heard that letting go is a good thing to do, spiritually speaking. But the "little me" has no interest in actually letting go. So we end up trying to figure out how we can let go and hold on at the same time. We navigate near the edge without ever allowing ourselves to be drawn further into the unknown. We retain our spiritual persona without any real risk to the little me. Note that this is not about trying harder; it is about clearly seeing the falsity of what we're hanging onto and the price we pay for it."

With COVID precautions on the minds of most, Patty and Don are offering this in-person retreat with a format that will, hopefully, feel safe for all. So, on Saturday August 15th from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm we will be offering a day long retreat of meditation and inquiry. (If you wanted to come earlier in the day or stay later to be able to spend some quiet time on the land or to have a chance to talk with folks that you may not have seen for a while, that would be fine.

The Program: Except for lunchtime, the one-day retreat will hold silence. Don will give a guided meditation and a talk in the morning. There will be an opportunity to ask question in the afternoon and a sharing session to close. There will be several sitting sessions during the day. All sessions are, of course, optional and there will be time after lunch to sit by the river or walk the land.

Outdoor Meeting Location: The sessions will all be in the open air Powell River Pavilion on the bank of the river. There are overhead fans and plenty of area for socially distanced seating. The outdoor setting was chosen because nearly all COVID infections have been traced to indoor settings. Nonetheless, we will ask everyone to maintain social distancing during the event. 

Wellness and Compassion for Others: We will serve chilled lemon ginger water, coffee, hot water for tea and iced black tea. We will also provide napkins, hand sanitizers, and individually wrapped disposable eating utensils. Because of concern about sharing food, please plan to bring your own lunch and snacks for the day and your own drinking cup. 

If you have a fever or have had one in the two weeks prior to the event, or have been with someone who has had a respiratory infection, or have had a sudden loss of taste or smell, or have a cough or a cold, please do not attend. If you carpool with anyone outside your partner, please wear a mask during the trip and drive with the windows open. If you arrive with a fever, a cough or a cold, we will ask you to leave for the sake of everyone else who may attend.

Cost: We are requesting a $40 registration fee to attend this event. Please pre-register since will restrict the number of people attending. The registration form is below. If the $40 charge poses a financial burden on you that would prevent you from  coming, please let Patty know so we can waive the charge. During this time when all our events have been cancelled or postponed, your financial support of Well Being Retreat Center will be greatly appreciated.

We are located in Tazewell, Tennessee about an hour north of Knoxville. Click here for driving directions.


Cabin Rentals


Note: We have cabins available (but not Cabinettes) for occupancy by single persons, couples, or consenting roommates. Cabin reservations are separate from the event registration and you will need to provide your own food. Two night minimum please. Our policy regarding cabin cleaning between cabin occupancies during this time of COVID-19 is HERE.


To register for this retreat, please use the form below.

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This Event is Full and Registration is now Closed