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New-- Unmasking, A Weekend Retreat of Mindfulness and Art

376 Well Being Circle
Tazewell, TN
376 Well Being Circle
Tazewell, TN

(423) 626-9000

  • Date(s): July 20, 2018 to July 20, 2018
  • Event Times: Friday, July 20 registration opens at 4:00 PM, until Sunday July 22 2:00 PM
  • Price: prices vary and include room and board, ut not donation for teacher. $14b
  • Location: Well Being Retreat Center

Unmasking, A Weekend Retreat of Mindfulness and Art will offer a few of the Knoxville artists' community--as well as aspiring artists--a new way to create--in total silence. Led by mindfulness teacher and mask maker Judith Toy of Washburn, the retreat will take place at the remote mountain setting of Well Being Retreat Center, 376 Well Being Circle, Tazewell, TN, on 160 acres bound on three sides by the Powell River, Friday 4 PM July 20 through Sunday July 22 after the midday meal.

Toy emphasizes that in the West, we rarely stop long enough to honor our land, spiritual and blood ancestral lineages. "This retreat will offer that possiblity-- in the relaxed and lush natural surroundings of a the nine-year-old Well Being Retreat, a hidden gem in our mountains. There we will seek and find our wild inner artist child, as well as the very ground of our being."

Participants will enjoy cool mountain air, three nutritious veggie meals a day, indoor and outdoor seated and walking meditation, sketching,
journaling and writing to focus their creative abilities.

On a tutorial with the renowned Peter Schumann of Bread & Puppet Theatre of Vermont, Toy explored various possibilities of working with cardboard to fashion masks, which she has been doing, primarily with children since 1991. A a 27-year student of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, she will overlay this retreat with the gentle influence of the Plum Village tradition. "In the Zen way," she says, "we can remember that every mask is a mirror. And we can ask ourselves as we create our masks, what does it mean to unmask?" Toy is author of Murder as a Call to Love, A True Story of Transformation and Forgiveness,

Well Being Retreat Center is operated by the independent, non-denominational, donation-based Well Being Foundation whose mission is “to promote harmony with Nature, wellness of our bodies, and peace of mind.”

Note that while there is basic room and board cost, Toy will lead this retreat on a dana, or offering basis. To register, go to Room and board starts at $140 for camping and maximum is $300 for a private cabin. Questions about the accommodations? Contact Patty Bottari at or at 423-626-9000.
For queries about the substance of the retreat, and suggestions sof what supplies to bring, contact Judith Toy at 865-497-2820, txt at 828-669-6000, or email

New-- Unmasking, A Weekend Retreat of Mindfulness and Art
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  • Well Being Retreat Center
  • prices vary and include room and board, ut not donation for teacher. $14b