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Well Being Retreat Center - Event

"Where Silence Is Expressed"

Why Postpone Your Enlightenment?
a Weekend Retreat of Silence & Contemplation
July 28, 2023 - July 30, 2023

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

Well Being Retreat Center is offering a 2-night 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 Main Conference Building. The weekend event will be held in noble silence and includes lodging in one of our 12 cabins. We will provide Friday supper and Sunday lunch as well as coffee, teas and snacks throughout. Each cabin has a kitchenette so that you can store and prepare your remaining meals.

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.


"Most people imagine enlightenment to be difficult, far away, and only for a select few. It is difficult to realize only because it is so simple, so near, and already complete as our essential nature. How then do we recognize what we already are? It is not a matter of adopting some belief system nor committing to a lifetime of striving. But it does require self-honesty, openness and humility. And a certain amount of courage. Why wait to discover your birthright?"


The retreat will begin with check-in on Friday afternoon July 28th and will end mid-day on Sunday July 30th. The retreat will be held in noble silence. Sessions will be held indoors in the Main Conference Building. Well Being will provide supper on Friday evening upon arrival and lunch on Sunday to end the retreat. Also, we will provide coffee, teas and snacks during the retreat. Please plan to bring and prepare food for your other meals. All cabins have kitchenettes. Cost $195 per person.

Dining Room at Well Being Retreat Center

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, guided meditations, discourses by Don Oakley and time for Q&AClosing 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.

Noble 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

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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 Main Conference Building

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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 $195 Registration Fee for this event.  This fee covers tuition, your lodging, housekeeping, Friday supper and Sunday lunch as well as drinks and snacks. You will be responsible for your remaining meals which can be prepared in the cabin kitchenettes. 


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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 5:00 pm on Friday July 28, 2023. Orientation will take place at 5:30 pm. Cabins will be assigned on a first come first served basis.

If any questions, contact or phone at 858-682-6884. 

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Regarding Covid, masks and vaccinations are not required. The Meeting Room and Dining Room have very high efficiency air filters which can filter virus size particles.

Please register for this event with Well Being Retreat Center using the form below:

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