Well Being Retreat Center - Event

Silent Meditation Retreat 

with Upasaka Upali (Paul Peterson)

March  13 - 20, 2021

If you have already registered for this event, please contact patty@WellBeingCC.org to let her know whether you would like a full refund or whether you would like to roll your reservation to Upali's March 2021 retreat.

This seven-night meditation retreat will serve as a platform to support your practice, wherever it’s at, and aims to provide a space where it can deepen and flourish.  It will be filled with extended periods of meditation, personal interviews, evening teachings, nourishing food, and natural surroundings. It will be especially beneficial for those wanting to deepen and their experience and understanding of the stages described in The Mind Illuminated by Culadasa.   

Upasaka Upali (Paul Peterson)


Check in will be at 4 pm.on Saturday March 21, 2020 and the program will end by 2 p.m. on Saturday. March 28, 2020/ Meals will be vegetarian (including organic eggs and some organic dairy) and are generally gluten-free. Meals include Saturday supper through Saturday lunch (21 meals). Teas, coffee & snacks provided throughout. Cabins (but not Cabinettes) have equipped kitchenettes if you have "special" foods you want to bring.

He has taught audiences ranging from adult professionals seeking stress reduction to elementary students in underserved communities. He began teaching in the Southeastern United States where he would travel once a month to a Federal Prison in Virginia to talk with inmates of a prison Sangha (meditation community). He later moved to South America, where he was encouraged to continue his teaching practice by Tucker Peck, Ph.D. through teaching beginning meditation classes online. Since then, his online teaching practice has expanded, which he has found to be a delightful way to connect with meditation practitioners from all over the world.

Upali eventually returned to the United States and settled in Chattanooga, Tennessee where he currently lives. He started a local meditation community and taught mindfulness to elementary students in underserved communities of Chattanooga. In April of 2018, he completed a one month Teacher in Residence program at Dharma Treasure with Upasaka Culadasa.  Since the program, Upali has increased his teaching of in-person meditation retreats both at home and abroad and has enjoyed seeing the immense benefit silent retreats create for practitioners.  He currently studies with Culadasa, the author of The Mind Illuminated.

This will be Upali's 3rd Retreat that he has led at Well Being Retreat Center.

About the Seven Night Meditation Program

The retreat will be held in noble silence (meaning minimal talking and distraction).  It 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, but all traditions and styles of meditation are welcome. If you have any questions about whether this retreat will be a good fit for you, send a message to upasakaupali@gmail.com    

Registration for March 13 - 20, 2021 Retreat 

Register with Well Being Retreat Center for Accommodations using the online form below. The Accommodations charge, once paid, is 50% refundable until January 13, 2021, 25% then refundable until February 13th and then non-refundable after February 13, 2021 in the event of attendee's cancellation. Note:

Prices do not include Dana (generosity/donation) for Upali's teachings.

Pictures of Cabins and Cabinettes are shown hereAccommodations (lodging, meals and snacks) for this 7 night retreat range from $530 to $1,075, depending on the lodging selected.

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

Our Policies related to Covid-19 are here.

If you have any questions about the program content or structure, please contact Paul at upasakaupali@gmail.com 

If you have any questions about lodging or Well Being Retreat Center facilities, please contact Patty at 423-626-9000 or patty@WellBeingCC.org


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