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Don Oakley

Spiritual Teacher and Founder of the Well Being Retreat Center

Don Oakley spiritual teacher

Don is the Founding Director of Well Being Foundation, a non-profit organization which operates the Well Being Retreat Center in Tazewell, Tennessee. Don and his wife, Patty Bottari, are the full-time on-site Managers of the Well Being Retreat Center.


Don is 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 has studied intensively with Eckhart Tolle and Adyashanti. He currently serves as a Director of Adyashanti’s organization, Open Gate Sangha.


Don’s fifty-year journey has explored many of life’s apparent avenues for happiness: sports, world travel, ashram living, hippiedom, relationships, professional respect, adventure, creativity, children, wealth, etc.  When outward seeking finally ceased to motivate, the “coming home” phase of spirituality began in earnest.

A sample of Don’s teaching on silence may be found on his YouTube Channel.

Don shares his insightful perspective about becoming available for creativity.

Don and his wife Patty discuss the Well Being Retreat Center which they run and created together.

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