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Finding Peace in a Chaotic World
a Weekend Retreat of Silence & Contemplation
March 15 - 17, 20243

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," and "Empty Wisdom: The Subtle Art of Discovering What You Already Are", 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 14 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.


"We can wait for the world to become peaceful, but we will wait for a very long time. Or we can see that the world is as it is because we humans are the way we are. From that understanding, the possibility arises to find peace within ourselves and then live that for the benefit of others. If we can’t find it in ourselves first, we will never find it. This weekend will be about finding that, within ourselves, which is already at peace."


The retreat will begin with check-in on Friday afternoon March 15th and will end mid-day on Sunday March 17th. 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. We will also provide coffee, teas and snacks during the retreat. Please plan to bring and prepare food for your other meals. All cabins have kitchenettes. Cost $225 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

Hay Bales on Top of Hill at Well Being R

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.


Wildflowers at Well Being Retreat Center in Tazewell, TN

There is a $225 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. 


The Labyrinth at Well Being Retreat Center, Tazewell, TN

We are located in Tazewell, Tennessee about an hour north of Knoxville. Click here for driving directions. Check-in will be between 3:00 and 5:00 pm on Friday March 15, 2024. Orientation will take place at 5:30 pm. Cabins will be assigned on a first come first served basis.

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

A Tiny hOuse at Well Being Retreat Center

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