OCTOBER 18 – 20, 2019

Inevitably the stressors and demands of life accumulate and inhibit our capacity for joy, peace and love.
Taking the time to pause, restore and refresh ourselves can re-infuse life with a sweet presence of being. 

Join us for a retreat into Presence.

Nourished by the beauty of east Tennessee, good company, nutritious meals (veg and non-veg), along with practical teachings, we will explore PRESENCE with mindfulness and integration practices. 

Our days will unfold in an easy flow of mindfulness and embodiment practices exploring and integrating polarities related to time. No experience is necessary.

Gentle movement will tend to our bodies while lectures on mindfulness and non-dualism will inspire and intrigue our minds.

Our nights will offer warmth from the riverside campfire and the glow of our souls holding the promise of PRESENCE.

Mindfulness manifests through non-judgmental present focused attention. Cultivation of mindful awareness will be a foundational practice for the weekend.

Integration is widely recognized as essential to living WHOLE. Such integration can be a doorway into the spacious inner territory of non-dual open awareness. These guided integration experiences, woven with mindfulness promise to nurture our souls and inspire our hearts.

We will gather at the Wellbeing Retreat Center, nestled along the Powell River in scenic Northeast Tennessee. The Wellbeing Retreat Center offers comfortable accommodations and ample meeting space that inspires an awareness of silence and simplicity. Surrounded by nature, we will have access to a labyrinth, riverside pavilion, fire pit, hiking and beauty at every turn.

Can you read these words without being somewhere else?



Melanie McGhee, L.C.S.W. is an award-winning author, psychotherapist, and the founder of Acceptance and Integration Therapy (AAIT™). After three plus decades practicing psychotherapy, she developed AAIT™. This promising transpersonal approach is the formation of her dedicated study with master therapists coupled with a multi-decade meditation practice and contemplation of nondual philosophy. 

David Patterson, Ph.D. is a UMASS Center for Mindfulness Qualified Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Teacher with a daily meditation practice of more than a quarter century. He has taught mindfulness and meditation practices to a number of populations in a wide array of settings. As an aspiring non-dualist and empirically informed humanist, the primary teaching focus of David’s 28-year academic career has been on clinical social work practice. 

Along with AAIT™ and mindfulness, your schedule will include the movement offerings:

  • Gentle Yoga with David Patterson

  • NIA with Elizabeth Cole of Speak, Move, Thrive: Based on the intelligent design of the body, a classic Nia class is a barefoot, sensory-based, cardio movement class to music. Nia helps us weave these powerful teachings into the fabric and rhythm of your every day life.


WHAT: NOURISHING PRESENCE with Mindfulness and Acceptance and Integration Training

WHEN: 4:00 PM October 18, 2019 – 2:00 PM October 20, 2019


The retreat will begin with check in Friday October 18th between 4:00 pm and 5:30 pm. Supper will be served at 6:00 pm Friday evening. All meals, snacks, teas and coffee will be served through the event. The retreat will end after lunch on Sunday October 20, 2019.


Registration is a two step process. You will register HERE on our website first. Then you will complete your registration by booking accommodations with the Wellbeing Retreat Center directly on their website.

The tuition for the retreat is $245. This is separate from your accommodation costs. 

Bring a friend and BOTH receive a $25 discount on tuition!

Once you click the button to register and pay your tuition on our website, be sure to follow the link provided on the registration page to secure your accommodation with Registration at the retreat site is necessary to secure your space.



There will be time to enjoy the 160 acres of rural Tennessee land and the 2 1/2 miles of Powell River frontage.

The Well Being Retreat Center offers a conducive environment for this event: quiet natural spaces, climate controlled main event room, and delicious healthy food.

Accommodations for this 2-night weekend retreat range from $160 – 340, depending on housing options selected . This includes your tuition, meals, snacks, and lodging for the weekend. Food provided will be mostly gluten-free non-vegetarian with a vegetarian option at each meal. (Vegetarian may include eggs and dairy.) Lodging is available on a first come, first serve basis; there are a limited number of single rooms. The Tiny Houses and the earth-sheltered private cabins by the river are both listed as “Private Cabins.” For pictures of the lodging options, go here. There is also a low cost option for camping by the river with bathrooms and hot showers nearby. 


Please note that there will be no refunds or discounts for arriving late, leaving early, flight cancellations, travel delays or illness. If you cancel your participation in a retreat for any reason, the cancellation policy below will apply. 

Though we would like to be able to compensate people for unforeseen circumstances that is not feasible in this circumstance. We have designed the cancellation policy to be as compassionate as possible. If you are traveling to the retreat site, we encourage you to purchase travel insurance. The only change to this policy is if we have a waiting list and can fill your spot.

Policy: No refunds or credits are given after August 1, 2019, see above. To cancel, you will need to send an email stating that you wish to cancel to


In the unlikely event that we cancel the retreat, you will receive a 100% refund for tuition and accommodations.


The Retreat Center’s property is located on hilly ground with gravel roads. Group Leaders acknowledge this limitation and agree to select participants accordingly. Because of the hilly terrain, WBF’s venue is probably not suitable for mobility challenged individuals. Pets, alcohol, firearms, or illicit drugs are not permitted on the premises. Smoking is not permitted inside, or on the decks of, any building.

Yogi Chores: Attendees will be asked to help with “yogi chores” in the kitchen during the event – up to 1.5 hours total per person during our retreat. Offering this kind of self-less service is a rich tradition while on retreat for the rewards are often surprising and delightful.

Though there is no experience necessary, if you have any concerns or if you have suffered RECENT trauma, hospitalization, loss, major health or mental health challenges, please call or email Melanie McGhee (865-484-4104, to discuss if this retreat is the best fit for you at this time. 


There are many individuals who would love to attend this retreat and reap the benefits of everything it has to offer. However, due to financial constraints and difficult circumstances, they are unable. If you’re willing to contribute to a scholarship fund to help cover the cost, a donation of $50-$75 is recommended, however any amount would be greatly appreciated! If interested, you may click here to make a donation on Paypal.