Well Being Retreat Center - Event

"Where Silence Is Expressed"

In Search of a Quiet Mind

a Two-Night Meditation & Inquiry Retreat

January 24 - 26, 2020


Well Being Retreat Center is offering a weekend retreat entitled “In Search of a Quiet Mind” 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


One of the great benefits of meditation is that we get to spend some time alone with our own mind and we find out how noisy silent meditation can be. The difficulty is that trying to be quiet only makes things worse. So what to do? Well, one thing you can do is come to this weekend retreat where this very common issue will be explored and addressed.

This weekend retreat will begin with supper on Friday January 24th and will end after lunch on Sunday January 26th.

About the Retreat

THIS RETREAT IS NOW FULL - Registration is Closed

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.

For a sample of Don's dharma talks, visit his YouTube Channel.

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.

Silent Sittings

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 January 24, 2019. Registration will close Sunday January 19th 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. Patty@WellBeingCC.org or phone at 423-626-9000. Patty will send details of cooking responsibilities by email no later than Monday January 20th.

Well Being's Accommodation Policies for this retreat are HERE.

The next Well Being Retreat led by Don & Patty will be a three-night event February 20 - 23 on "Opening the Doorway of Awareness."