Well Being Retreat Center - Event
"Where Silence Is Expressed"
Ten Useful Spiritual Practices That Anyone Can Do
a Two-Night Meditation & Inquiry Retreat
April 10 - 12, 2020
Well Being Retreat Center is offering a weekend retreat presenting “Ten Useful Spiritual Practices That Anyone Can Do” 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.
Time is short, yet haste is counter-productive. In spiritual circles, many forms of practice are bandied about, but only some lead to freedom, while others may only lead to lifelong efforting. Many paths are possible and it is up to you to figure out which one to take.(No path is also an option, though seldom productive.) What resonates for you is usually a good place to start, but often it is a matter of trial and error. During this weekend, ten useful, direct-path practices will be presented that anyone can do..
This weekend retreat will begin with supper on Friday April 10th and will end after lunch on Sunday April 12th.
About the Retreat
This retreat is a non-denominational opportunity to explore one’s own true nature – free from the everyday distractions and busyness of our lives. The retreat will include silent sittings in the serenity of our meeting room or down by the river, some guided meditation, structured sharing and several guided inquiry talks by Don Oakley on on the subject of “In Search of a Quiet Mind.“ . All activities during the weekend are voluntary, of course, and all inquiry will be experientially grounded.
During the retreat there will be opportunities for quiet walks around our 160 acre property, sitting by the scenic Powell River which surrounds the property for 2 1/2 miles, for exploration of Nature, or simply to rest. You will be staying in one of the comfortable cabins. All meals and the event sessions will be in our Main Meeting Hall.
Each period of silent sitting will be an opportunity to simply let everything be as it is – naturally and without effort. You may discover the awake spaciousness that is ever-present – that exists prior to (and during) any effort to control or manipulate our experience.
There will be a $50 "Housekeeping Fee" for this retreat and we ask that you bring and prepare one meal. There is no charge for housing which will be on a first come first serve basis. Depending on the number of people attending, two or three people may be responsible for a supper or a breakfast, for example. (We expect that 18 – 25 people may attend.) In this way, you will have an opportunity to experience serving and being served. You will also be asked to help with kitchen clean-up for one or two of the meals – usually a 20 or 30 minute endeavor. You may be surprised to find that these “yogi chores” can create a sense of community and surprisingly deep friendships.
Even if you've never cooked for a larger group before, please do not let this prevent you from coming. You can team up with someone who likes to cook or just jump in and risk it! It always seems to work out beautifully. Talk to Patty if you have questions or need help in this regard.
Your tax-deductible donation to Well Being Foundation before or at the end of the retreat will allow us to further this work of offering a venue for exploring your deepest nature. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.
We are located in Tazewell, Tennessee about an hour north of Knoxville. Click here for driving directions. Check-in will be between 4:00 and 5:30 pm on Friday April 10, 2020. Registration will close Sunday April 12th so that cooking arrangements can be made. These retreats have been filling up, so if you would like to attend, we recommend that you sign up early using the form below. or phone at 423-626-9000. Patty will send details of cooking responsibilities by email no later than Monday April 6th.
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