Upcoming Classes and Retreats in the Bellingham Area

    • 23 Feb 2017
    • 30 Mar 2017
    • 6 sessions
    • Bell Tower Community Center, 1430 N. Garden St, Bellingham, WA 98225
    • 13

    Our most accessible in-depth training in mindfulness

    Are you interested in mindfulness and its potential for enhancing health and well-being? Are you under stress? Are you struggling with chronic conditions such as chronic pain, depression, and anxiety? Are you feeling as if life is too much? Or do you simply want to live a fuller life with greater balance?

    Join us for our most accessible in-depth training in mindfulness. A great way to get started with mindfulness training. Our 6-week Taking the Path of Mindfulness class offers the essential learnings and practices of our longer and more intensive courses in a shorter time frame.

    Research over the last ten years has shown mindfulness training to reduce chronic pain and boost the immune system; to address painful mental states like anxiety and depression; to promote well-being and reduce emotional reactivity; to increase attention and focus; and to enlarge the brain in the areas of decision-making, flexibility and empathy.

    Course details:
    Our multi-week courses in mindfulness promote stress reduction, health, self-awareness and well-being. This highly participatory, practical course includes:

    • Guided instruction in mindfulness meditation practices
    • Gentle stretching and mindful yoga
    • Inquiry exercises to enhance awareness in everyday life
    • Group dialogue and small group exercises
    • Daily home assignments
    • Guided audio files for home practice
    • A workbook with short readings, a guide to the course, and resources to support your ongoing investigation of mindfulness
    This course is derived from the well-researched, 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course designed by Jon Kabat-Zinn and the Center for Mindfulness at the UMass Medical Center.

    Schedule:
    6 classroom sessions: Thursday Evenings, 6:30pm - 8:30pm, February 23 to March 30th

    Instructors:
    Ronna Biggs and Debra Wibe, recent graduates of the Mindfulness Northwest Teacher Training Program who recently taught this course at the Lynden Library.

    Location:
    Bell Tower Community Center
    1430 N. Garden St
    Bellingham, WA 98225
    (map and directions)

    Cost:
    $200-$300 regular sliding scale (paying on the higher end makes the lower end possible, our usual built-in "scholarship" system). 

    The fee includes all 6 meetings and instructional materials (course manual and home practice CDs).

    Scholarships:
    Two types of scholarship assistance are available:

    • Paying on the low end of the sliding fee scale - please use this option if at all possible

    • Applying for scholarship assistance - if the low end represents a financial hardship, we have limited additional scholarship funds available. The link to open a scholarship application is at the bottom of the page during the registration process

    Our funding for scholarships is from donations! Please consider making a donation to our Scholarship Fund!

    Registration:
    Use the "Register" button (above and to the left) or call us at 360-830-6439 ext 0.

    • 12 Mar 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Semiahmoo County Park (Whatcom County)
    • 6

    A silent day of continuous practice at beautiful Semiahmoo.

    A silent day of continuous practice at the gorgeous Semiahmoo County Park north of Bellingham (near Blaine) led by Mindfulness Northwest director Tim Burnett. Tim will lead us in a sequence of meditation and mindfulness practices including: sitting meditation, the body scan, walking meditation (indoors and out!), gentle mindful yoga, and contemplative practices like the loving-kindness meditation.

    We will practice together inside their beautiful historic Cannery Lodge with options for walking meditation and lunch break time outside on the water.

    The retreat is designed especially for those who have taken Mindfulness Northwest classes. A day to gather, see old friends, and re-invigorate our practice together. Others with teacher-led meditation experience or a background in contemplative practice are invited to join as well. If you are totally new to meditation this day may be a challenge but you are welcome to inquire - for some "jumping in" is a great way to start.

    Schedule:
    Sunday March 12th, 10:00am - 4:00pm (arrivals 9:30 - 10:00am)

    Location:
    Semiahmoo County Park (Whatcom County) - a very beautiful and peaceful location for practice on the spit surrounding Drayton Harbor across from Blaine, WA. Directions and details about the location and what to bring are on our Semiahmoo Park places page and will also be emailed to all participants.

    Cost & Options:
    $50 - $90 regular sliding scale (paying on the higher end makes the lower end possible, our usual built-in "scholarship" system).

    For those in need: further Scholarship and Alumni Discount options are available during registration - please see our Scholarship and Alumni Discount page for more information.

    Registration:

    Register Online or by phone at 360-830-6439 ext 0.

    Additional Course details:

    A day of immersion into mindfulness, stress reduction, and body awareness. Formal practices including body scan, mindful yoga, sitting and walking meditation practiced together in silence.

    Please bring:

    1) a lunch

    2) warm clothing / layers / rain coat & umbrella/sun protection as needed.

    3) Sitting gear (cushions, bench, yoga mat) if you have them - some will be provided.

    This course will be taught by Mindfulness Northwest director and senior instructor Tim Burnett.

    Please see the MBSR page to review details about the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program. This retreat is based on the MBSR principles and practices. MBSR is a well-researched class designed by Jon Kabat-Zinn and the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts. It has proved very effective in helping with many stress-related issues.

    • 16 Mar 2017
    • 13 Apr 2017
    • 5 sessions
    • St. Joseph Hospital, Conference Room 5/6, 2901 Squalicum Parkway, Bellingham, WA 98225
    • 23

    A new mindfulness 14-credit CME series in Bellingham for area medical providers and therapists and their spouses or partners. 

    The Physicians' Well-Being Network is happy to announce new programs to enhance the health of regional physicians, with gratitude for their sponsor: The St. Joseph Hospital Foundation.

    Eligibility:
    This course is for healthcare providers and therapists (MD/DO/PA/NP/LMHC/MHC/MSW, etc.) and their spouse or partner.

    Course details:
    Mindfulness for Healthcare Professionals is a structured 5-week, 16 hour course on mindfulness that promotes stress reduction, health and well-being. This highly participatory, practical class includes:

    • Guided instruction in mindfulness meditation practices
    • Guided instruction in stretching and mindful yoga
    • Inquiry exercises to enhance awareness in everyday life
    • Group dialogue and small group exercises
    • Daily home assignments
    • A CD of meditations for home practice
    • a 50-page workbook with short readings, a guide to the course, and resources to support your ongoing investigation of mindfulness

    This course is derived from the well-researched, 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course designed by Jon Kabat-Zinn and the Center for Mindfulness at the UMass Medical Center. Further details found below.

    This course has been offered to physicians at many regional medical centers since 2012 including UW Medicine, Evergreen Health, The Everett Clinic, and the Skagit Valley Medical Center through the Northwest Washington Medical Society or co-sponsored with the Washington Physicians Health Program.

    Instructor: Tim Burnett, Executive Director & Senior Instructor

    Location:
    St. Joseph Hospital
    Conference Room 5/6 (behind the cafeteria)
    2901 Squalicum Parkway
    Bellingham, WA 98225

    Schedule:

    • Thursday evenings 6pm - 8:30pm March 16th - April 13th (skipping April 6th)
    • Extended session 9am - 3pm on Sunday April 2nd

    Cost:
    $100 subsidized base cost for providers.
    $200 base cost for spouses/partners.

    The fee includes all 5 meetings and instructional materials (course manual and home practice CDs).

    There is also an option to make a donation to extend the wellness funds of the Physicians' Well-Being Network.

    To Register: Mindfulness Northwest is handling registration on behalf of the Physicians' Well-Being Network.

    Register Online or register over the phone at 360-830-6439 ext 0.

    Continuing Education:
    PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center is accredited by the Washington State Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

    PeaceHealth St. Joseph designates this live activity for a maximum of 14 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

    This activity meets the criteria for up to 14 hours of Category I CME credit to satisfy the relicensure requirements of the Washington State Medical Quality Assurance Commission.

    Disclosure: The Planning Committee, faculty and CME Committee disclose no relevant commercial interest.

    Learning Objectives:
    After this education, learners should be able to:

    • 1.  Employ formal and informal mindfulness training techniques in preventive and responsive ways in high stress situations;
    • 2.  Identify the three primary components of burnout and implement mindfulness practices to reduce risk of burnout along these three axes;
    • 3.  Discuss with peers strategies for positive, mindful engagement in work and home situations which trigger stress response and unhelpful behaviors;
    • 4.  Identify helpful and unhelpful thought patterns, problem solving, emotional regulation, and meaning-focused coping strategies;
    • 5.  Show change in mindfulness, perceived stress, and burnout as shown in standardized measures administered pre and post.

    Additional Details:
    This course is based on the longer Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) training which has been shown in numerous studies to:

    • increase immune system function
    • reduce anxiety
    • prevent relapse of depression
    • reduce negative emotions responding to stress
    • manage chronic pain
    • help manage chronic health conditions including high blood pressure, fibromyalgia, heart disease, asthma, GI distress, and skin disorders
    • provide an effective coping mechanism for short and long-term stressful situations
    • encourage growth in the brain areas associated with learning, memory, focus, attention, emotional regulation, and empathy
    • enhance compassion and altruism
    • with relationships and communication, parents reduce pregnancy-related anxiety
    • help professionals cope with stress, connect with patients, and reduce burnout-inducing negative emotions and anxiety.
    • help veterans and other sufferers of PTSD
    • with obesity - increase “mindfulness of eating”
    • provide an increase in general health and well-being through a focus on prevention and improved awareness of what's truly harmful and helpful

    This condensed Mindfulness for Healthcare Professionals class includes much of the MBSR material, offering a deep taste of mindfulness benefits in a shorter class.

    Related Course:
    Mindfulness for Healthcare Providers
    Monday evenings June 26th - July 31st 6pm - 8:30pm (skips July 24th & 31st)

    • 23 Mar 2017
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Village Books, 1200 11th St Bellingham, WA 98225-7015

    Mindfulness Practices with Tim Burnett



    Join local mindfulness practitioner Tim Burnett, Executive Director of Mindfulness Northwest, for an exploration of mindfulness practices that promote awareness and well being. We will discuss the origins of mindfulness, touch on stress physiology, and explore how mindfulness practices can help us engage in our relationship to experience, reducing stress and enhancing well being. Simple practices of breathing and mindful movement will support our discussion as we explore mindfulness from the inside out.

    Mindfulness teacher Tim Burnett has been practicing meditation for 30 years. He is knowledgeable about mindfulness from its traditional Buddhist origins into its contemporary applications in medicine and psychology. Tim is authorized to offer Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Mindful Self-Compassion, and Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT). Tim founded the local non-profit Mindfulness Northwest in 2011 and offers classes, workshops, and retreats in mindfulness in Bellingham, Skagit Country, and Seattle. Tim is also a fully authorized teacher of Soto Zen Buddhism.

    • 07 Apr 2017
    • 5:00 PM
    • 09 Apr 2017
    • 3:00 PM
    • Samish Island Campground, 11633 Scott Road, Bow, WA
    • 47

    Join us for our annual weekend retreat of mindfulness practices in the style of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction at a beautiful retreat site in the Skagit Valley.

    Course details
    This residential retreat will be held mostly in silence and will include a series of gently guided mindfulness practices including sitting meditation, walking meditation, gentle yoga, and the body scan. Informative talks on  the process of being on retreat, mindfulness, stress reactivity, and other topics will be presented by the instructors. Small and large group discussion centered around our experience together walking, sitting, and breathing in the quiet of the beautiful retreat site. This course is designed for graduates of mindfulness classes - please see the prerequisites below.

    Simple accommodations and all meals will be included.

    Details on what to bring will be sent upon registration.

    Schedule: Arrive Friday by 5pm.  Leave Sunday at 3pm.

    Prerequisites
    Before practicing for a full weekend we recommend that you have experience with mindfulness or related contemplative practices. 

    Instructor: Tim Burnett, Executive Director & Senior Instructor

    Cost & Options
    $220 - $320 regular sliding scale (paying on the higher end makes the lower end possible, our usual built-in "scholarship" system).

    For those in greater need: further Scholarship and Alumni Discount options are available during registration - please see our Scholarship and Alumni Discount page for more information.

    Registration

    Register Online or register by phone at 360-830-6439 ext 0.

    Location
    Samish Island Campground. 11565 Scott Road, Bow, Washington. Instructions and details will be provided when you register. Samish is about 90 minutes north of Seattle, and 30 minutes south of Bellingham.

    This beautiful campground maintained by the Community of  Christ at the east end of Samish Island (accessible by road) offers stunning views, deep quiet, and simple accommodations. 

    It is not really an island - you can drive there.
    And it's not exactly a campground - there are simple rustic cabins and motel-like "e-cabins" available. RV and tent camping is also available.

    Directions and Transportation
    Directions and more information about Samish are available here.

    Round trip transportation from SeaTac Airport (Seattle) to Samish Island is available with our SeaTac to Samish Island Airporter Shuttle.

    Note that there is no public transportation all the way to Samish Island.

    And see also the ride board for setting up ride shares.

    Housing
    Samish "Campground" does not require camping. There are two types of cabins: rustic cabins, which are simple plywood cabins built in the 1950's - they have heat, beds, and share campground bathroom buildings; and e-cabins, which are modern motel-level buildings where two units share a bathroom.

    The 40 rustic cabins are quieter and simpler but one must walk across the lawn to the bathrooms.

    The 16 e-cabins are lighter, more modern, and share a bathroom. There can be more noise in e-cabins due to the sharing of the bathroom and we ask e-cabin residents to be very careful of the noise from doors and bathroom fixtures so as not to disturb their neighbor.

    A surcharge is required for housing in the more modern e-cabins. A $15 surcharge is required for double occupancy in an e-cabin (with a single roommate), and a $30 surcharge is required for single occupancy. This surcharge can be waived in cases of need from disability or age, or for military veterans on scholarships.

    Consider helping us make e-cabins available to more people, and save $15, by requesting double occupancy. We will do our best to match you with a compatible roommate and to honor requests for roommates if you are coming to retreat with a friend.

    During the registration process, you may request one of these housing options: rustic, e-cabin with double occupancy, e-cabin with single occupancy, or RV or camping.

     Rustic Cabins Exterior:  Rustic Cabin Interior:
     Samish rustic cabin  
     E-Cabin Exterior:  E-Cabin Interior:
       

    Expectations of Participants
    By signing up for this retreat you are agreeing to:

    1) Follow the Schedule - participate in the practice schedule as fully as possible. We allow alternate schedules and variations in the schedule due to health needs. This is a structured weekend of practice with a schedule of practices we will do together starting first thing in the morning. That structure is a powerful support for deepening our mindfulness practice.

    2) Do jobs and chores - do some chores around the camp. You will be assigned an ongoing job or requested to help with cleaning and organizing at the end of the weekend. The Samish Island Campground is staffed by a small volunteer staff and costs are held low by asking the visiting group to leave the camp as clean as they found it.

    3) Consider making a teacher donation - an on-site opportunity to make a separate donation to the teachers (sometimes called "dana" from the Buddhist tradition around generosity). 

    Unlike our classes and other events we choose to keep the fees low and the retreat accessible by not paying salary to the teachers. Please consider supporting our teachers with an additional donation if possible.

    This additional donation done on site is kept separate from retreat finances.


    • 10 Apr 2017
    • 12 Jun 2017
    • 8 sessions
    • Garden Street Methodist Church, Room B, 1326 N Garden St, Bellingham, WA 98225
    • 24

    Mindfulness Northwest is delighted to offer it's second evening Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) class this Spring. CCT is a great extension of mindfulness training and also works on it's own to support our development of compassion, empathy and connection.

    What is Compassion Cultivation Training?

    Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) is an eight-week program designed to develop the qualities of compassion, empathy, and kindness for oneself and for others. CCT integrates traditional contemplative practices with contemporary psychology and scientific research on compassion. The program was developed at Stanford University by a team of contemplative scholars, clinical psychologists, and researchers. 

    Please see our page on Compassion Cultivation Training for more information.

    Extensive background about CCT is also available at the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education website.

    Course Details:
    Similar to MBSR (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction) but with a different curriculum and emphasis, this highly participatory, practical course includes:

    • Guided instruction in a sequence of compassion meditations
    • Gentle stretching and mindful yoga
    • The science of compassion and why compassion is a challenging quality to develop
    • Group dialogue and small group exercises
    • Daily home assignments
    • Guided audio files for home practice

    Please see Stanford CCARE's website for full details about this well-researched class designed at Stanford. Results suggest that participants do increase their compassion and their own sense of well-being.

    Schedule:
    8 classroom sessions: Monday Evenings 6pm - 8:30pm, April 10 - June 12 (no class May 8th or May 29th)

    InstructorTim Burnett, Executive Director and Senior Teacher at Mindfulness Northwest

    Location
    Garden Street Methodist Church
    Room B (entrance on south side, from parking lot)
    1326 N Garden St
    Bellingham, WA 98225
    (map and information)

    Cost & Options:
    $270-$370 sliding scale (paying on the higher end makes the lower end possible, our usual built-in "scholarship" system).

    The fee includes all 8 meetings and instructional materials (course manual and home practice CDs).

    For those in greater need: further Scholarship and Alumni Discount options are available during registration - please see our Scholarship and Alumni Discount page for more information.

    Registration:

    Register Online or by phone at 360-830-6439 ext 0.

    • 15 Apr 2017
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Red Cedar Dharma Hall, 1021 N. Forest St, Bellingham, WA 98225
    • 22

    Our new Mindful Relationships Workshop

          Neuroscience has proven what people intuitively know — human beings need connection: we’re neurologically wired for it and psychologically dependent on it to thrive. This innate need and capacity requires early, consistent experiences with attuned and secure parents in order to develop. Research tells us, however, that 45% of all adults in the U.S. have not experienced the kind of parenting that provides the foundation for the neurological patterning of lifelong feelings of safety, security, and well-being, the underpinnings of healthy adult relationships.    

        BUT THERE IS GOOD NEWS. Recent neuroscience has also discovered that we can build new neural pathways, ones which lead to stable, meaningful, and happy relationships.  The skills which reflect this re-patterning are the same characteristics of people who experienced healthy, attuned childhood relationships and are present in people who practice mindfulness. These skills include:

    • Management of the body’s reactions
    • Regulation of fear reactivity
    • Emotional resilience
    • Response flexibility
    • Insight (self knowing)
    • Empathy and attunement - within self and with others
    • Perspective shift from “me” to “we”

    Course Details
    In this 3-hour class, we explore these fundamentals of how to improve relationships with others - at home or at work - through mindful awareness and an open heart:

    • What it means to have a Mindful Heart
    • Getting to the root of relationship patterns such as blame, defensiveness, avoiding conflict, and shutting down 
    • Letting go of unhelpful narratives about ourselves, our partner, and our relationships
    • 6 mindfulness practices that nourish and sustain relationships
    • Practical benefits of mindfulness in relationships

    Also Included:

    • Guided instruction in mindfulness meditation practice
    • Inquiry exercises to enhance awareness in everyday life
    • Group dialogue and small group exercises
    • Guided audio files for home practice
    • A handout with short readings, a guide to the course, and resources to support your ongoing investigation of mindfulness

    Schedule:
    1 classroom session: Saturday afternoon April 15th, 1:00pm - 4:00pm

    Location:
    Red Cedar Dharma Hall
    1021 N. Forest St
    Bellingham, WA 98225
    (map and directions)


    Instructors: Richard and Teresa Johnson

    Cost:
    $30 - $60 regular sliding scale (paying on the higher end makes the lower end possible, our usual built-in "scholarship" system).

    Scholarships
    Two types of scholarship assistance are available:

    • Paying on the low end of the sliding fee scale: please use this option if at all possible.

    • Applying for scholarship assistance: if the low end represents a financial hardship, we have limited additional scholarship funds available. Special consideration is given to military veterans. The link to open a scholarship application is at the bottom of the page during the registration process.

    Our funding for scholarships is from donations. Please consider making a donation to our Scholarship Fund.

    Registration:
    Use the "Register" button (above and to the left) or call us at 360-830-6439 ext 0.

    • 26 Jun 2017
    • 31 Jul 2017
    • 5 sessions
    • St. Joseph Hospital, Conference Room 5/6, 2901 Squalicum Parkway, Bellingham, WA 98225
    • 25

    A new mindfulness 14-credit CME series in Bellingham for area medical providers and therapists and their spouses or partners. 

    The Physicians' Well-Being Network is happy to announce new programs to enhance the health of regional physicians, with gratitude for their sponsor: The St. Joseph Hospital Foundation.

    Eligibility:
    This course is for healthcare providers and therapists (MD/DO/PA/NP/LMHC/MHC/MSW, etc.) and their spouse or partner.

    Course details:
    Mindfulness for Healthcare Professionals is a structured 5-week, 16 hour course on mindfulness that promotes stress reduction, health and well-being. This highly participatory, practical class includes:

    • Guided instruction in mindfulness meditation practices
    • Guided instruction in stretching and mindful yoga
    • Inquiry exercises to enhance awareness in everyday life
    • Group dialogue and small group exercises
    • Daily home assignments
    • A CD of meditations for home practice
    • a 50-page workbook with short readings, a guide to the course, and resources to support your ongoing investigation of mindfulness

    This course is derived from the well-researched, 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course designed by Jon Kabat-Zinn and the Center for Mindfulness at the UMass Medical Center. Further details found below.

    This course has been offered to physicians at many regional medical centers since 2012 including UW Medicine, Evergreen Health, The Everett Clinic, and the Skagit Valley Medical Center through the Northwest Washington Medical Society or co-sponsored with the Washington Physicians Health Program.

    Instructor: Tim Burnett, Executive Director & Senior Instructor

    Location:
    St. Joseph Hospital
    Conference Room 5/6 (behind the cafeteria)
    2901 Squalicum Parkway
    Bellingham, WA 98225

    Schedule:

    • Monday evenings 6pm - 8:30pm June 26th, July 3rd, July 10th, & July 31st (skipping July 17th & 24th)
    • Extended session 9am - 3pm on Sunday July 16th

    Cost:
    $100 subsidized base cost for providers.
    $200 base cost for spouses/partners.

    The fee includes all 5 meetings and instructional materials (course manual and home practice CDs).

    There is also an option to make a donation to extend the wellness funds of the Physicians' Well-Being Network.

    To Register: Mindfulness Northwest is handling registration on behalf of the Physicians' Well-Being Network.

    Register Online or register over the phone at 360-830-6439 ext 0.

    Continuing Education:
    PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center is accredited by the Washington State Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

    PeaceHealth St. Joseph designates this live activity for a maximum of 14 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

    This activity meets the criteria for up to 14 hours of Category I CME credit to satisfy the relicensure requirements of the Washington State Medical Quality Assurance Commission.

    Disclosure: The Planning Committee, faculty and CME Committee disclose no relevant commercial interest.

    Learning Objectives:
    After this education, learners should be able to:

    • 1.  Employ formal and informal mindfulness training techniques in preventive and responsive ways in high stress situations;
    • 2.  Identify the three primary components of burnout and implement mindfulness practices to reduce risk of burnout along these three axes;
    • 3.  Discuss with peers strategies for positive, mindful engagement in work and home situations which trigger stress response and unhelpful behaviors;
    • 4.  Identify helpful and unhelpful thought patterns, problem solving, emotional regulation, and meaning-focused coping strategies;
    • 5.  Show change in mindfulness, perceived stress, and burnout as shown in standardized measures administered pre and post.

    Additional Details:
    This course is based on the longer Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) training which has been shown in numerous studies to:

    • increase immune system function
    • reduce anxiety
    • prevent relapse of depression
    • reduce negative emotions responding to stress
    • manage chronic pain
    • help manage chronic health conditions including high blood pressure, fibromyalgia, heart disease, asthma, GI distress, and skin disorders
    • provide an effective coping mechanism for short and long-term stressful situations
    • encourage growth in the brain areas associated with learning, memory, focus, attention, emotional regulation, and empathy
    • enhance compassion and altruism
    • with relationships and communication, parents reduce pregnancy-related anxiety
    • help professionals cope with stress, connect with patients, and reduce burnout-inducing negative emotions and anxiety.
    • help veterans and other sufferers of PTSD
    • with obesity - increase “mindfulness of eating”
    • provide an increase in general health and well-being through a focus on prevention and improved awareness of what's truly harmful and helpful

    This condensed Mindfulness for Healthcare Professionals class includes much of the MBSR material, offering a deep taste of mindfulness benefits in a shorter class.

    • 27 Aug 2017
    • 4:00 PM
    • 01 Sep 2017
    • 2:00 PM
    • Samish Island Campground, 11633 Scott Road, Bow, WA
    • 50

    The Roots of Compassion: a 5-day Mindfulness & Compassion Practice Retreat.


    The roots grow deep...
    Sunday August 27th - Friday September 1st

    Join us for a 5-day mindfulness and compassion retreat in the style of Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) at a beautiful retreat site in the Skagit Valley, Washington (roughly 90 minutes north of Seattle). The retreat will be a deep exploration of the roots of mindfulness and compassion practices, both experientially and through a series of talks on Buddhist teachings and connected ideas from philosophy, poetry, and the sciences.

    2017 Roots of Compassion Theme: Mind Training Slogans for Compassion.
    This year we will explore the classic "lojong" (Mind training) slogans of Tibetan Buddhism. These 51 classic slogans bring forward both practical everyday exploration of compassion and philosophical and spiritual pointers towards the depth and wonder of the human heart opening to compassion. Our primary text will be Norman Fischer's modern translation and commentary on these slogans, Training in Compassion. (Note that it is not necessary to own or to bring this book to the retreat but if may make helpful reading before or after our time together).

    Course details:
    This residential retreat will be held mostly in silence and will include a series of gently guided mindfulness practices including sitting meditation, walking meditation, gentle yoga, and the body scan, as well as compassion cultivation and loving kindness meditations.


    This retreat will be highly relevant both to students of mindfulness and compassion interested in deepening their practice and to teachers of mindfulness and compassion who would like to strengthen their background understanding of the Buddhist roots of contemporary programs like MBSR and MSC.

    Simple accommodations (single occupancy in most cases) and all meals will be included.

    Details on what to bring will be sent upon registration.

    Schedule 

    August 27 - September 1, 2017:
    Starts Sunday with 3pm-5pm check-in.
    Closes on Friday by 3pm after camp clean-up.

    Prerequisites
    Before practicing for nearly a full week we recommend that you have experience with mindfulness or related contemplative practices. The retreat is designed firstly for graduates of the intensive 8-week classes in Mindful Self-Compassion and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and should also be fine for those who have tasted mindfulness or meditation in teacher-led classes, retreats, or meditation centers. Contact us if you have questions about whether this retreat will be appropriate for you.

    Teacher Training and Development
    This retreat meets requirements for training as a Mindful Self-Compassion teacher which requires a 5-day silent retreat before beginning Teacher Training (see the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion website for details). This course also meets the prerequisites for those in the the Center for Mindfulness' Oasis training pathway which requires both 5-day and 7-day retreats. See the CFM website for more information.

    Instructors

    Cost
    $690 - $990 regular sliding scale (paying on the higher end makes the lower end possible, our usual built-in "scholarship" system). Plus teacher & scholarship donations and an additional surcharge for some housing (see below).

    For those in greater need: further Scholarship and Alumni Discount options are available during registration - please see our Scholarship and Alumni Discount page for more information.

    Registration

    Register Online or register by phone at 360-830-6439 ext 0.

    Location
    Samish Island Campground, 11565 Scott Road, Bow, Washington. Instructions and details will be provided when you register. Samish is about 1 and half hours north of Seattle, and 30 minutes south of Bellingham.

    This beautiful campground maintained by the Community of Christ at the east end of Samish Island (accessible by road) offers stunning views, deep quiet, and simple accommodations. 

    It is not really an island - you can drive there.
    And it's not exactly a campground - there are simple rustic cabins and motel-like "e-cabins" available. RV and tent camping is also available.

    Directions and Transportation
    Directions and more information about Samish are available here.

    Round trip transportation from SeaTac Airport (Seattle) to Samish Island is available with our SeaTac to Samish Island Airporter Shuttle for Roots of Compassion Retreat (follow the link to register).

    Note that there is no public transportation all the way to Samish Island.

    And see also the ride board for help.

    Housing
    Samish "Campground" does not require camping. There are two types of cabins: rustic cabins, which are simple plywood cabins built in the 1950's - they have heat, beds, and share campground bathroom buildings; and e-cabins, which are modern motel-level buildings where two units share a bathroom.

    The 40 rustic cabins are quieter and simpler but one must walk across the lawn to the bathrooms.

    The 16 e-cabins are lighter, more modern, and share a bathroom. There can be more noise in e-cabins due to the sharing of the bathroom and we ask e-cabin residents to be very careful of the noise from doors and bathroom fixtures so as not to disturb their neighbor.

    A surcharge is required for housing in the more modern e-cabins. A $50 surcharge is required for double occupancy in an e-cabin (with a single roommate), and a $100 surcharge is required for single occupancy. This surcharge can be waived in cases of need from disability or age, or for military veterans on scholarships.

    Consider helping us make e-cabins available to more people, and save $50, by requesting double occupancy. We will do our best to match you with a compatible roommate and to honor requests for roommates if you are coming to retreat with a friend.

    You may request: rustic, e-cabin with double occupancy, or e-cabin with single occupancy in the registration process. You may also choose to camp or stay in your RV.

     Rustic Cabins Exterior:  Rustic Cabin Interior:
     Samish rustic cabin  
     E-Cabin Exterior:  E-Cabin Interior:
       

    Expectations of Participants
    By signing up for this retreat you are agreeing to:

    1) Follow the Schedule - participate in the practice schedule as fully as possible. We allow alternate schedules and variations in the schedule due to health needs. This is a structured week of practice with a schedule of practices we will do together starting first thing in the morning. That structure is a powerful support for deepening our mindfulness practice.

    2) Do jobs and chores - do some chores around the camp. You will be assigned an ongoing job or requested to help with cleaning and organizing at the end of the week. The Samish Island Campground is staffed by a small volunteer staff and costs are held low by asking the visiting group to leave the camp as clean as they found it.

    3) Consider making a teacher donation - an on-site opportunity to make a separate donation to the teachers (sometimes called "dana" from the Buddhist tradition around generosity). 

    Unlike our classes and other events we choose to keep the fees low and the retreat accessible by not paying salary to the teachers. Please consider supporting our teachers with an additional donation if possible.

    This additional donation done on site is kept separate from retreat finances.

    • 01 Sep 2017
    • 03 Jun 2018
    • Bellingham area plus distance learning
    • 7


    Application for the 2017-18 cohort of the Mindfulness Northwest Mindfulness Teacher Training Program - MTTP. For details please see the MTTP page and especially be certain you can attend all of the in-person retreats and seminars listed on the 2017-18 Key Dates page and insure you have completed the pre-requisites for this program.

    Please note that this an application, not a registration form. We will be selecting a maximum of 14 participants for this the cohort.

    Key selection criteria:

    * Prior meditation / teaching experience

    * Applicable situation / plan for teaching mindfulness

    * Cohort diversity of backgrounds

    * Flexible, independent, learner.

    * Team-oriented, "we first," orientation.

    The MTTP is a significant commitment of time, energy, and funds. We are excited to be offering this intensive training and encourage you to review all materials before applying.

    You are also invited to speak with lead instructor, and Mindfulness Northwest Director, Tim Burnett, if you have any questions about the program.

    The application process includes a brief interview. After receiving your application we will contact you about an in-person or video interview using the Zoom platform.

    Application Process:

    1) fill out the application (click Register to begin)

    2) ask a mentor, teacher, or colleague to send a letter of recommendation to office@mindfulnessnorthwest.com - please ask your reference to help us understand why this teacher training program is a good fit for you at this time.

    3) upon receipt of application and letter of recommendation we will contact you to schedule an applicant interview

    4) if you are selected for this year's cohort we will let you know and request that you finalize your enrollment by making a $500 tuition deposit

    Note we recommend writing your statements in a Word document and copy-pasting them into the application to ensure you don't lose your work as this is a web form and there is no Save feature until you complete the entire application.

    Begin the Application

    • 01 Sep 2017
    • 4:00 PM
    • 04 Sep 2017
    • 2:00 PM
    • Samish Island Campground, 11633 Scott Road, Bow, WA
    • 50

    Join the trainees in the 2017-18 Mindfulness Teacher Training Program (MTTP - details here) for the Opening Retreat of that program. This is a great way to find out if you'd like to participate in a future MTTP cohort or pursue other mindfulness teacher training.

    We'll explore who we are as mindfulness practitioners and dive deeply into the aspiration to become teachers. 

    There will be a mix of silent and led mindfulness training, exercises in values clarification and discernment, conversations and informal time to meet each other deeply.

    "Discernee" students at this retreat also will help to support the launch of the trainees as they begin their 9-month journey of discovery.

    The retreat will run Friday 5pm - Mon 2pm at this residential retreat space in the Skagit Valley (details below). Room, board, and instruction is included in the registration fees (with a surcharge for some housing choices).

    Plan to be as fully present at the retreat as possible with business at home squared away, cell phone off, and other technology away.

    Location
    Samish Island Campground. 11565 Scott Road, Bow, WA. Instructions and details will be provided when you register. Samish is about 90 minutes north of Seattle and 30 minutes south of Bellingham.

    This beautiful campground maintained by the Community of Christ at the east end of Samish Island (accessible by road) offers stunning views, deep quiet, and simple accommodations. 

    It is not really an island - you can drive there.
    And it's not exactly a campground - there are simple rustic cabins and motel-like "e-cabins" available. RV and tent camping is also available.

    Directions and Transportation
    Directions and more information about Samish are available here. Note that there is no public transportation all the way to Samish Island. You may find our ride board helpful in setting up rideshares and carpools.

    Housing
    Samish "Campground" does not require camping. There are two types of cabins: rustic cabins, which are simple plywood cabins built in the 1950's - they have heat, beds, and share campground bathroom buildings; and e-cabins, which are modern motel-level buildings where two units share a bathroom.

    The 40 rustic cabins are quieter and simpler but one must walk across the lawn to the bathrooms.

    The 16 e-cabins are lighter, more modern, and share a bathroom. There can be more noise in e-cabins due to the sharing of the bathroom and we ask e-cabin residents to be very careful of the noise from doors and bathroom fixtures so as not to disturb their neighbor.

    A surcharge is required for housing in the more modern e-cabins. This surcharge can be waived in cases of need from disability or age, or for military veterans on scholarships.

    A $25 surcharge is required for double occupancy in an e-cabin (with a single roommate), and a $50 surcharge is required for single occupancy. 

    Consider helping us make e-cabins available to more people, and save $25, by requesting double occupancy. We will do our best to match you with a compatible roommate and to honor requests for roommates if you are coming to retreat with a friend.

    You may request: rustic, e-cabin with double occupancy, or e-cabin with single occupancy in the registration process.

     Rustic Cabins Exterior:  Rustic Cabin Interior:
     Samish rustic cabin  
     E-Cabin Exterior:  E-Cabin Interior:
       

    Expectations of Participants
    By signing up for this retreat you are agreeing to:

    1) Follow the Schedule - participate in the practice schedule as fully as possible. We allow alternate schedules and variations in the schedule due to health needs. This is a structured week of practice with a schedule of practices we will do together starting first thing in the morning. That structure is a powerful support for deepening our mindfulness practice.

    2) Do jobs and chores - do some chores around the camp. You will be assigned an ongoing job or requested to help with cleaning and organizing at the end of the week. The Samish Island Campground is staffed by a small volunteer staff and costs are held low by asking the visiting group to leave the camp as clean as they found it.

    Additional Notes:

    • Enrolled members of the MTTP should not register for this event. This retreat is included in the MTTP registration and tuition.
    • Joining us for this retreat is a separate process from the application process for the MTTP - please see the MTTP Pages for details on our 9-month training in the fundamentals of teaching mindfulness.
    • 15 Oct 2017
    • 4:00 PM
    • 22 Oct 2017
    • 2:00 PM
    • Samish Island Campground, 11633 Scott Road, Bow, WA
    • 53
    Co-Sponsored by The Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society.  The roots grow deep...

    The Roots of Mindfulness - a week of extended Mindfulness Practice.

    Sunday October 15 - Sunday October 22

    Join us for a full week-long retreat of mindfulness practices in the style of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) at a beautiful retreat site in the Skagit Valley (roughly 90 minutes north of Seattle). The retreat will be a deep exploration of the roots of mindfulness practice both experientially and through a series of talks on Buddhist teachings and connected ideas from philosophy, poetry, and the sciences.

    2017 Roots of Mindfulness Theme: Beginner's Mind
    This year we will explore the teachings of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, author of the classic book Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind, who coined the term "beginner's mind." Jon Kabat-Zinn, when he designed MBSR in the 1970's, named beginner's mind as a key "Foundational Attitude" for effective participation in mindfulness training. 

    Course details
    This residential retreat will be held mostly in silence and will include a series of gently guided mindfulness practices including sitting meditation, walking meditation, gentle yoga, and the body scan. 


    This retreat will be highly relevant both to mindfulness students interested in deepening their practice and to teachers of mindfulness who would like to strengthen their background understanding of the Buddhist roots of MBSR.

    Simple accommodations (single occupancy in most cases) and all meals will be included.

    Details on what to bring will be sent upon registration.

    Schedule 

    October 15 - 22, 2017:
    Starts Sunday October 15th (3pm-5pm check-in).
    Closes Sunday October 22nd by 3pm after camp clean-up.

    Prerequisites
    Before practicing for a full week we recommend that you have experience with mindfulness or related contemplative practices. The retreat is designed firstly for graduates of the intensive 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction class and should also be fine for those who have tasted mindfulness or meditation in teacher-led classes, retreats, or meditation centers. Contact us if you have questions about whether this retreat will be appropriate for you.

    Teacher Training and Development
    This course meets the prerequisites for those in the the Center for Mindfulness' Oasis training pathway. See the CFM website for more information. It meets CFM's requirement to attend an annual, silent, teacher-led retreat of at least 7 days for ongoing development and one of the 4 required retreats before certification as an MBSR teacher. This retreat also meets requirements for training as a Mindful Self-Compassion teacher which requires a 5-day silent retreat before beginning Teacher Training (see the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion website for details).

    Instructors

    Cost
    $690 - $990 regular sliding scale (paying on the higher end makes the lower end possible, our usual built-in "scholarship" system). Plus teacher & scholarship donations and an additional surcharge for some housing options (see below).

    For those in greater need: further Scholarship support is available. Please see our Scholarship page for more information.

    Registration

    Register Online or register by phone at 360-830-6439 ext 0.

    Location
    Samish Island Campground, 11565 Scott Road, Bow, Washington. Instructions and details will be provided when you register. Samish is about 90 minuntes north of Seattle and 30 minutes south of Bellingham.

    This beautiful campground maintained by the Community of Christ at the east end of Samish Island (accessible by road) offers stunning views, deep quiet, and simple accommodations. 

    It is not really an island - you can drive there.
    And it's not exactly a campground - there are simple rustic cabins and motel-like "e-cabins" available. RV and tent camping is also available.

    Directions and Transportation
    Directions and more information about Samish are available here.

    Round trip transportation from SeaTac Airport (Seattle) to Samish Island is available with our SeaTac to Samish Island Airporter Shuttle for Roots of Mindfulness Retreat.

    Note that there is no public transportation all the way to Samish Island.

    And see also the ride board for setting up ride shares.

    Housing
    Samish "Campground" does not require camping. There are two types of cabins: rustic cabins, which are simple plywood cabins built in the 1950's - they have heat, beds, and share campground bathroom buildings; and e-cabins, which are modern motel-level buildings where two units share a bathroom.

    The 40 rustic cabins are quieter and simpler but one must walk across the lawn to the bathrooms.

    The 16 e-cabins are lighter, more modern, and share a bathroom. There can be more noise in e-cabins due to the sharing of the bathroom and we ask e-cabin residents to be very careful of the noise from doors and bathroom fixtures so as not to disturb their neighbor.

    A surcharge is required for housing in the more modern e-cabins. A $50 surcharge is required for double occupancy in an e-cabin (with a single roommate), and a $100 surcharge is required for single occupancy. This surcharge can be waived in cases of need from disability or age, or for those on scholarships.

    Consider helping us make e-cabins available to more people, and save $50, by requesting double occupancy. We will do our best to match you with a compatible roommate and to honor requests for roommates if you are coming to retreat with a friend.

    During the registration process, you may request one of these housing options: rustic, e-cabin with double occupancy, e-cabin with single occupancy, or RV or camping.

     Rustic Cabins Exterior:  Rustic Cabin Interior:
     Samish rustic cabin  
     E-Cabin Exterior:  E-Cabin Interior:
       

    Expectations of Participants
    By signing up for this retreat you are agreeing to:

    1) Follow the Schedule - participate in the practice schedule as fully as possible. We allow alternate schedules and variations in the schedule due to health needs. This is a structured week of practice with a schedule of practices we will do together starting first thing in the morning. That structure is a powerful support for deepening our mindfulness practice.

    2) Do jobs and chores - do some chores around the camp. You will be assigned an ongoing job or requested to help with cleaning and organizing at the end of the week. The Samish Island Campground is staffed by a small volunteer staff and costs are held low by asking the visiting group to leave the camp as clean as they found it.

    3) Consider making a teacher donation - an on-site opportunity to make a separate donation to the teachers (sometimes called "dana" from the Buddhist tradition around generosity). 

    Unlike our classes and other events we choose to keep the fees low and the retreat accessible by not paying salary to the teachers. Please consider supporting our teachers with an additional donation if possible.

    This additional donation done on site is kept separate from retreat finances.

Mindfulness Northwest, a 501c(3) Tax-Exempt Non-Profit registration@mindfulnessnorthwest.com  360-830-6439
214 N. Commercial St. #103, Bellingham, WA 98225


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