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Well Being Retreat Center - Event

"Where Silence Is Expressed"

Finding Peace in a Turbulent World
a Weekend Retreat of Silence & Contemplation
November 18, 2022 - November 20, 2022


Photo of Don Oakey, Founding Director of Well Being Retreat Center, Tazewell, TN

Well Being Retreat Center is offering a 2-night mostly silent Weekend Retreat led by Don Oakley, 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.

This event will be held in the open-air Powell River Pavilion on the bank of the scenic Powell River. The weekend event includes lodging in one of our 12 cabins. Each cabin has a kitchenette so that you can store and prepare your meals. We will provide drinks and snacks. 

Photo of Patty Bottari, a Director of Well Being Retreat Center in Tazewell, TN

"This Event will be devoted to exploring deeply into the Nature of our Existence."


The retreat will begin with check-in on Friday afternoon November 18th and will end mid-day on Sunday November 20th. All sessions will be held at the open-air Powell River Pavilion. Well Being will provide drinks and snacks during the retreat. Please plan to bring and prepare food for your meals. All cabins have kitchenettes. Due to Covid precautions, maximum one person bedroom except for couples and consenting roommates. Cost $150 per person.


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 weekend will include silent sittings in the serenity of our riverside Pavilion, guided meditations, inquiry, structured sharing and a guided inquiry talks by Don Oakley.. Closing Sharing Circle will be led by Patty Bottari. All activities during the retreat are voluntary, of course, but we ask that you remain fully engaged in the spirit of the retreat during the weekend.

Silence will be observed throughout the weekend except for the Q&A sessions. 

This weekend will be a rare opportunity to devote your attention fully to yourself


During the weekend 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 event sessions will be at the Powell River Pavilion.

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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 is a $150 Registration Fee for this event.  This fee covers your lodging, housekeeping, drinks and snacks. You will be responsible for your own meals which can be prepared in the cabins, all of which have kitchenettes. 




There will be an opportunity to make a tax-deductible donation to Well Being Foundation while at the retreat or afterwards which will allow us to further this work of offering this venue for future retreats for yourself and others to explore our deepest nature. Your generosity is always greatly appreciated.


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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 6:00 pm on Friday November 18, 2022. registration will be limited to about 16 people. Rooms will be limited to one person except for couples and consenting roommates.

If any questions, contact or phone at 423-626-9000. 

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Well Being's COVID policies and Procedures may be found HERE.

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