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Well Being Retreat Center - Event

Being Wisely Human
A 4-Night Mindfulness Retreat
with Therese Fitzgerald
August 16-20, 2023

Join us for an immersive experience along the tranquil Powell River,
nestled amid the idyllic Appalachian Mountains. During our time together without the usual distractions, we will delve into a state of profound mindfulness. With the support of our fellow practitioners, the nourishing power of solitude and silence, and the opportunity to open ourselves to new insights, this retreat promises to be a transformative journey of self- discovery and renewal.


For four days, we will practice meditation and mindfulness in community, supported by Well Being Retreat Center's nurturing food and hospitality, forest, fields, and river.

Each day, we’ll practice sitting and walking meditation, eat mindful meals in silence, listen to Dharma talks, engage in small group discussions, and practice mindful movement. Personal interviews with the teacher, Therese Fitzgerald, will be available. There will also be personal time for being in nature, rest, study, and reflection.

Therese’s talks will encourage inquiry and provide guidance for living in balance, with stability, helping us meet life's opportunities and challenges wholeheartedly. Therese will draw on Buddhist teachings on
the "sublime abode" of equanimity and the Four Noble Truths on cultivating conditions that give rise to happiness or suffering. 

Beginners and experienced meditators are welcome to join in this 
program of contemplation and mindful living.

During the retreat, participants will receive instructions in:

  • sitting meditation (posture, conscious breathing)

  • mindful eating

  • Dharma discussion (deep listening, relating the teachings and practices to one's daily life)

  • mindful movement


Check in on Wednesday, August 16, will be at 3 p.m. and the program will end on Sunday, August 20, by 2 p.m. Meals—Wednesday supper through Sunday lunch—will be vegetarian (including organic eggs and
some organic dairy) and are generally gluten-free. Teas, coffee, and snacks are provided throughout. Cabins (but not Cabinettes) have equipped kitchenettes if you have "special" foods you want to bring.

About Therese Fitzgerald


Therese Fitzgerald trained at the San Francisco Zen Center and Tassajara Mountain Monastery and then with Thich Nhat Hanh, who ordained her as a Dharma teacher. She co-founded the Community of
Mindful Living, helped start three retreat centers, and edited a number of spiritual books. Originally from North Carolina, she has been teaching in the southeastern U.S. for more than thirty years. Therese lives on the island of Maui with her husband, Arnie Kotler, and works as a hospice chaplain and a Dharma teacher.

Registration for August 16, 2023 - August 20, 2023 Retreat
with Therese Fitzgerald 

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Register for this event with Well Being Retreat Center using the online form below.


The rates do not include dana, donations of generosity, to be given to Therese at the end of the retreat.

Pictures of Cabins and Cabinettes are shown hereAccommodations (lodging, meals and snacks) for this 4-night retreat range from $465 to $820, depending on the lodging selected.

Well Being Retreat Center's Policies for Accommodations are here.

If you have any questions about the program content or structure, please contact Therese at

If you have any questions about lodging or Well Being Retreat Center facilities, please contact Patty at 858-682-6884 or

Please register with Well Being Retreat Center for Accommodations (lodging and meals) using the form below:

After you have "Previewed" your Registration form, scroll again to bottom of page to "Submit" your registration.

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