About Us

Well Being Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization organized in Oregon in 1996.

History

Patty and Don

Patty and Don

Our headquarters and only active location is now in Claiborne County, Tennessee (50 miles North of Knoxville in the Cumberland hills.  In 2008, the Foundation purchased 158 acres at the north end of Narrows Road in Tazewell, Tennessee. The property is surrounded by 2.4 miles of the Powell River. The property had previously been a cattle farm and was later purchased by a developer intending to subdivide it into residential lots. Well Being Foundation will keep the land as a unified whole. In February 2009, Don Oakley and Patty Bottari, husband and wife, and Directors of the Foundation moved to the Tazewell property as full-time caretakers and managers of the Foundation’s activities.

Mission

Patty building stairs

Patty building stairs

The Mission of Well Being Foundation is to promote harmony with Nature, wellness of our bodies, and peace of mind. At first glance, these goals may seem unrelated. But it seems that we tend to treat Nature as we tend to treat our own bodies. This is not surprising since our bodies are not separate from Nature.  If treated with care and respect, both tend to thrive. They can even stand some abuse and still get by for a while. (Remember being 21?) But Nature is the home team and always bats last. And, of course, a certain peace of mind is essential to how we all respond to the inevitable challenges of life and to the choices that we make. Noticing the stillness within ourselves and in our surroundings can bring these aspects of our being into alignment.

Development of Facilities

Don at barn with asparagus

Don at barn with asparagus

When the Powell River property was purchased in 2008, there was only an old barn here. Since that time we have constructed: four Earth Sheltered Cabins, the Wood Duck Cabin, and the Conference Center Building, and six Cabinettes which are all available for rental. These facilities are available for personal retreats, civic meetings, scientific conferences having to do with the Powell River, sustainable agriculture, and alternative energy, and for group retreats and workshops that are in alignment with the mission of Well Being Foundation.

Inquiries and Questions

Patty at rest

Patty at rest

If you have any questions or interest in what is happening at Well Being Foundation, please contact one of our on-site caretakers:  Patty Bottari or Don Oakley